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#373 of 1173 brakes make a grinding noise when released, 2001E320
Oct 23, 2004 (10:43 am)
I am posting this again since the thread to a reply was old.
I bought a certfied pre-owned 2001 E320 2 months back. ACcording to the dealer it goes over a rigorous inspection, in certification problem, and is certified by Merceded to be problem free, cost of this being 3000$ extra.
I test drove 3 E320's in three different dealerships, and all made a grinding sound, when releasing the brakes, especially if releasing it slowly, after a full stop. All the three different dealers said it was normal. Since I really liked the drive smoothness and handling, I bought the car, not realizing how frequently this would show up alter. It has become much worse now just after 900miles since I bought the car (my car now has 37300 miles).
Now I recently heard from a friend that this is conincidence that 3 cars from 3 different dealerships had the same problem. He has owned a E320 2001 which did not have this problem. His car does nor make any such noise when releasing the brakes. Therefore this is not normal.
The brakes makes a grinding noise when releasing them slowly from a full stop, in transmission, which is growing to be more and more annoying, especially becasue my honda accord is noiseless.
Please help with referrals/your own experience regarding this problem, to convince my dealer to take in the car and fix it.
#374 of 1173 need help E320 97
Oct 23, 2004 (10:46 am)
i have 97 E320 AND THE LEFT FROM SPRING PERCH HAS JUST COLLASPED DUE TO EXCESSIVE RUST AND THE RIGHT FRONT IS GOING TO COLLASP SOON. I HAVE 103K MILES AND WARRENTY IS 100K. MERCEDES TOLD ME TO GET THE CAR TOWED THERE AND THEY DOUBT THEY WOULD COVER CAUSE IT WAS SO OUT OF WARRENTY 3,000 MILES.
WELL THIS WAS A PRE-EXSISTING BEFORE 100K ON MY CAR. SO I HAVE A 7,000 DOLLAR REPAIR..
#375 of 1173 2003 E320 - needs 1 qt oil every 600 miles
Oct 23, 2004 (1:25 pm)
My husband's car has been in for service three times because the oil indicator was coming on. the first time, they fixed the indicator. The second time, they determined that the oil was actually down 1 qt, and told my husband that this car needs 1 qt every 1000 miles. The problem got worse, and he took it in again today, and was told that this model needs 1 qt every 600 miles! This doesn't sound right to me. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks.
#377 of 1173 lack of response
Oct 24, 2004 (2:56 pm)
I own a 2004 e-320. Periodically, the engine does not respond when accelerating from a traffic light. I must depress the accelerator further and then the car lunges forward. I also experiece the same when turning a corner and the car does not respobd unless I depress the accelerator further which likewise causes the car to lunge forward.
The dealer as well as Mercedes headquarters offers no help.
#378 of 1173 Lack of Response
Oct 25, 2004 (4:38 am)
I own a 2003 E-320 and have experienced the same problem, especially going around corners, since I got the car. I had the service manager at my dealer drive the car and he said that this was normal. He said the transmission was programmed to function in this manner and the best way to get around this is to give the gas pedal a hard push so the transmission will shift to generate more power . My next door neighbor also has a 2003 E320 and has the same issue. His dealer gave him the same explanation. I cited this problem on a questionnaire I returned to MB and they called me to discuss it. They said they have had many complaints regarding the way the transmission functions and they were looking into it. It is interesting to see the problem still exists on the 2004 model.
#379 of 1173 Re: getting the run-around? [microrepair]
Oct 25, 2004 (5:40 am)
Sorry, haven't been back to the board for a while. My car is an '04 E320 4Matic. I'm familiar with a warm up period with higher revs for a while on cold mornings. But what I don't understand is why THAT would cause a rough shift. I'm usually at 3000 rpm or higher when the car shifts from 1st to 2nd anyway. So why would the same rpm cause the rough shift only during warm up? It doesn't happen from 2nd to 3rd or 3rd to 4th. But if I slow down and start from 1st it happens again for the first mile or so. It feels like the transmission just won't hook up and then catches suddenly.
#380 of 1173 Re: Lack of Response [rrusso1]
Oct 25, 2004 (8:04 am)
I've noticed the same thing on my 2001 E320 that I bought 5 months ago. At first I thought it might have been the throttle-by-wire (I think that's whats in the E-class now ??) but it is more likely the adaptive transmission. Mine doesn't do it constantly, only occasionally. I appears as though it happens when I have been driving in a very docile manner and have stopped for a light or pulled into a driveway and attempt to back up. It is embarrassing when I have passengers as it is very un-Mercedes like behavior to have the car **lunge** like that. I guess the solution is to drive as if you were in a race at Lime Rock??
#381 of 1173 Re: Lack of Response [microrepair]
Oct 25, 2004 (1:23 pm)
Please take your car to the dealership for inspection on the transmission.
I have a 99 e320 4matic that was doing the same thing. The e320 would "lunge" or "jump" in driving slow (10 MPH) or approaching a stop sign. When I took it to the dealership, they looked at the transmisison since it was under warranty. The Mercedes dealership in Fife, WA (Tacoma, Washington) indicated that they found metal debris in the transmission. They gladly put in a brand new one free of charge.
On the flip side of things, I had the transmission replaced twice - the metal debris was the first, and then the second one was another manufacturer defect. The transmission housing had a leak in the seal. So they gladly replaced that free of charge too.
For the rest who are having to see their tach rev up to 3000 miles, check the engine control unit. That could be an issue. Long term, it will cause the car to go to "limp home mode". In this mode, you'll be stuck in first gear... Kinda suxs...
#382 of 1173 Re: 2003 E320 - needs 1 qt oil every 600 miles [marie2]
Oct 27, 2004 (1:12 pm)
I have a 2003 E500 w/ 23,000 miles on it. It doesn't need any oil between oil changes which are done at roughly 10,000 mile intervals.