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#393 of 1173 RE: 2003 E320 LEFT TURN SIGNAL GOES ON BY ITSELF
Nov 23, 2004 (2:16 am)
Hi Everybody, I just brought my 2003 E320 for a safety recall on the brakes at Penske Mercedes Benz in West Covina. When they return the car to me, I have noticed my odo meter was off, so I notify them right away. They said they have forgotten to turn the computer back on. So that was fixed. Shortly after that, on the following day, after I have driven for about 6 hours, my left turn signals came on by itself, I tried to stop it, it just wouldn't stopped, it just got worst and worst as I was driving around in Pasadena. The next morning I bring it back to PENSKE, and told them what happen, first they said it got nothing to do with the safety recall, but I said they did turn off the computer after they did the work on the brakes. Anyway, finally they figure out that it was a switch that is in maulfuction Luckily my car is under still under warranty , with a 18,000 miles on it. Can any one tell me if this is normal? And what other problems will I be encountering with a 2003 E320 in the near future? I need to cross my fingers now and pray...........................
#394 of 1173 Re: electrical issues [thinkinboutit]
Dec 02, 2004 (7:28 pm)
I would think twice about buying a 2004 E500. I have 3600 miles on my car. It has been in 3x for same command system failure. Twice after they claim it was fixed and they checked it out it had the same shut down problem. I requested to speak with the area service rep and was told I can't talk with them. I must go through the service manager first. Words cannot express the lack of confidence I currently am having with the vehicle. MB say some of the cars have the problem and some don't. They know there is a problem with the system but don't have a fix. The 2005 has the same system. When one pays 65K plus on a vehicle, you expect it will work right. If you want a MB look at the 2005 C55, very nice, no electrical problems in the C series noted. Good Luck.
#395 of 1173 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Dec 27, 2004 (12:36 am)
I would have to disagree and I will tell you why per hard facts. I own a 2002 S-500 that I bought new 2 years ago. I have since had Cell phone, navigation, Power Stirring, Both Cay Convertors replaced, 2 sets brakes, and gear shifter replaced. All 4 struts, relay, pump, Hydrollic and brake value. The car has been in the shop 3 months, and the suspension goes out every time the car gets wet from the rain or the car wash. It causes the Block/Value to go out. The Manufactor Rep said they did not want to replace it and did not want to figure out what keeps making it break. The car rides very rough. I bought the car because it rides smooth and it did until the suspension went out 3 months ago. So because this is the most comfortable car for my back I am going to buy another one. As I have researched cars to buy as low as 4k miles and as high as 30k miles I have pulled VIN repair reports from the Dealerships and all but one car with 6k miles and not had numerous problems with them. Cars under 8k have suspension problems and battery problems. Car with 30k have two pages of repairs. The thing I notice the most including my own car is most things continually go to the shop for the same problem over and over 2 to 5 times or more. If there was any other car that was comfortable for my back I would buy it. I am paroniod about which 2002 S-500 to buy. The 2002 has the most comfortable seat for me. I feel like it is Russian Rollet. What else I find a little scary is why was it every time my car left the dealership it had more problems than it went in with. Why was when they told me the suspension was fine the car road rough and the next dealership would fix one more problem with the suspension and then the same thing happen with the next dealership. This has cost me thousands of dollars from missing work from trying to get this car fixed and a lot of back pain that I did not have before the suspension broke. My point is all the VIN Repair Reports all have numerous repairs which tells me I am risking my money and time by buying another one, yet it is the only comfortable car for my back.
#396 of 1173 Re: [melodym]
Dec 27, 2004 (9:03 pm)
I'm not sure why you are posting this in the E-Class Problems forum, but I'm even more confused why someone with your experience would want to subject themselves to dealing again with the difficulty of owning the most unreliable sedan sold (at least the 2001 S is so rated by JD Power 3 yr ownership study).
I too have severe back problems (failed surgery) so seat comfort is very important to me. I had been driving a '98 E320 with extra cushions on the seat and the back and a lumbar roll behind me, until I test drove a Lexus LS 430 and found the best seat I had ever been in-- better than even the S-Class. I actually thought I would buy a new or slightly used S until my research showed me that in recent years MB had lost the ability to build a reliable vehicle.
I still have 2 E320s in the "family fleet", but the LS 430 is my absolute delight. Please don't be dissuaded by the German car enthusiasts; when the 2005 LS is equipped with the 18" wheels and low profile tires, the handling is excellent. You do sit up a bit higher than in the MB, but that is part of the reason why the seat is so much better for people with chronic back pain. You have the ability to set two separate lumbar supports, and can adjust the top of the seat cushion forward or back in relation to the seat back. If you haven't yet tried the seat of the LS, please do yourself a favor and check it out. And let me know what you think after you try it. Good luck!
#397 of 1173 E320 Cannister thump in rear of automobile
Jan 04, 2005 (8:53 pm)
I have owned a 2003 E320 and now own a 2005 E320. Both have had an irritating thump caused by the cannister in the rear of the car near the right rear wheel well. Tech reps say this is normal. Has anyone else had this problem and if so, what was done to quieten it or fix it? Also, does anyone know of a Technical Service Bulletin on this issue?
Thanks in advance for your help.
#398 of 1173 Re: lack of response [pjl]
Jan 06, 2005 (11:27 pm)
I've seen my mech change the acceleration peddle in regards to that problem which has some kind of electronic sensor in it. I don't know how he did it but it took a few minutes to get the accelerator out and replace it with a new one. It just pulls out from the bottom of the car. ")
#399 of 1173 E300 D '97
Jan 06, 2005 (11:33 pm)
I have a problem with the car surging between 40 and 60 miles an hour. Anybody have any idea what that can be? Also fuel spitting out the fuel cap if I fill up too much???? The fuel spitting out I can fix, but haven't been able to find why the surging????
#400 of 1173 Re: [garyh1]
Jan 08, 2005 (12:31 pm)
Maybe it's because Lexus is really designed for women.
Everything has a "soft" touch in the Lexus.
After I test drove the GS400 and the LS430 I felt like putting on lipstick. (I'm a guy)
I bought a E320 and the thing just does everything right.
It sits on 19 inch wheels and is lowered about and inch and a half and handles incredibly.
PS: Sorry to hear about your back.
Jan 10, 2005 (5:45 pm)
Re: garyh1's comments:
"You do sit up a bit higher than in the MB, but that is part of the reason why the seat is so much better for people with chronic back pain. You have the ability to set two separate lumbar supports, and can adjust the top of the seat cushion forward or back in relation to the seat back. "
I guess sitting a bit higher is why I don't fit in any Lexus product. On the other hand every MB I've ever sat in has a power seat that can be raised up if you so desire. And from sitting in an S last year, I do recall that the seat cushion had at least two segments that were individually adjustable in height and depth.
I will agree that lumbar support adjustment is my one big complaint about the two E-class cars I've owned. Even my $12,000 1988 Mazda had adjustable lumbar. I cannot understand why a car in this class doesn't have an adjustment for such an important anatomical factor. (I too have occasional back problems.)
I agree with you on "the thing just does everything right".. My 2001 E320 is as near to perfect in the driving experience as anything I've ever owned. And I even have the stock 16" tires! I doubt I'd ever go for 19" tires; ride comfort is important to me now. Driving a newer E gives a feeling of competence and confidence that can't be matched by many other vehicles. For "fun to drive" I've only owned two others that could surpass it, but they didn't have any luxo cruiser feel to them; a 1988 Mazda MX-6 and a 1979 Fiat 2000 Spyder. Both were a gas to drive, but noisy and cramped. At least the Mazda was ultra reliable and had a killer stereo.. Zoom, zoom..
#402 of 1173 Re: Need help with noise [jplouisville]
Jan 18, 2005 (8:07 am)