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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#904 of 1173 Re: 2001 E430 Bad Catalytic Convertor?? [blckislandguy]
Jan 27, 2007 (10:09 am)
I'm assuming it's OK to mention the name of the "good" guys in this forum, so I'll say that I've bought two slightly used E-class cars from Wagner Motors in Boylston, MA, a suburb of Worcester. They have treated me very well over the last 8 years.. They will probably be known from here on as Boylston Mercedes, due to corporate's dictate on using the town/city name.
The independent mechanic I use is located in Marlboro, MA, where I live. He operates as Quality Auto Repair and Rick is a very good, honest, and reasonable guy. He is experienced and works on most all brand of cars.
#905 of 1173 The end of the line
Jan 29, 2007 (3:57 am)
Since 1990 I have owned or leased a procession of E class Mercedes. I started with a 300E followed by E320 (2), E430 and most recently a 2003 E500. These vehicles have been a joy to drive and, until this last one, of reasonable quality.
As I read back through all the original postings to the beginnings of the 2003 series E class I can relate to most of the problems. Electronics are obviously very weak. Complete systems have been changed more than once. I won't bore everybody by listing all of the failures. They are well documented by others. I've also had the usual failure of suspension pump, voltage regulator on the alternator ( that renders the brakes inoperable) etc. etc.. The vehicle long ago reached the point where my wife didn't feel safe in driving it lest she be stranded.
Next week I will be delighted to get rid of the car.Of course to give it back to the lease company it has to be tested by the state and, of course, with 78,000 miles on the clock the ball joints had failed. Another expensive repair!
As I said in a letter to Dieter Zetsche, I will never again buy another Mercedes. Though I realize that every manufacturer has a bad year of quality now and again, the difference between companies worthy of my business and the rest is the manner in which they handle a bad situation. Since this vehicle came out of warranty I have been forced to pay repair costs that are disproportionately high in comparison with other luxury car manufacturers ( Lexus, or even BMW). That means both Daimler Chrysler and my local distributor have profited from their own poor quality. That is simply unethical.
Jan 30, 2007 (3:16 am)
Eventually, customers will decide which car is best for them... Thanks in part to internet where we all could share our car experience. If you go into Lexus website, you can tell how much they enjoy their cars, when you are in MB website, you hear a lot of quality problems. I am not surprised that in 5 yrs Toyota will take over GM as no.1 in US. I own both MB and Toyota/ Nissan products , so I think I am qualified to speak based on my own experience. I think people don't put up with poor quality anymore... Remember Yugo ??? ... that's why Toyota and Honda shares are increasing why GM and Ford shares are dropping. ten yrs ago when I traveled a lot to Germany, my German friend told me that People in Germany love Japanese cars, but the government/system makes Jap. cars depreciated very fast, that's why it was not popular then (to me that's a cheap shot from Government).
Don't get me wrong, MB is a nice car to drive, but I would rather drive a boring, high quality Lexus than to drive a MB with a question mark in my head as whether my MB would start in the morning. when the head gasket will leak, when the spring towers be rusted etc...
This is a free world, please feel free to express your opinions.. In the end, informed customers will win in this battle
#907 of 1173 Re: 300E FRONT END SQUEAK [yanola]
Feb 03, 2007 (3:25 pm)
Ball joint or sway bar link bushings.
#908 of 1173 Re: Safety news/ Headgasket [ccmbduong1]
Feb 03, 2007 (3:29 pm)
10-11hrs labor ? per hour? $125? Job should take no more than 1 day if engine is cold when starting repair. Parts about $200. Don't machine the head.
#909 of 1173 Re: tick tick sound at cold start.... [jodar96]
Feb 03, 2007 (3:36 pm)
The service manager is full of the well-known article. There are problems with the lifters/camshafts/piston slap/cam oiler tubes etc. On the other hand carbon build-up can cause a tapping/knocking-type noise. One remedy is to perform and engine induction service - running the engine on a special cleaning fluid instead of gasoline. This also has a feature to clean the intake system. It has helped before. It may have helped your engine.
#910 of 1173 Re: 2001 E430 Bad Catalytic Convertor?? [microrepair]
Feb 03, 2007 (3:41 pm)
8yr/80K mi on catalytic converters - save that receipt for reimbursement if your car has less than that.
#911 of 1173 Re: Safety news/ Headgasket [3screwsloose]
Feb 04, 2007 (6:09 am)
It seems to be a going rate for a head gasket problem... 2 local MB dealers around Wilmington DE want $2000-2200 for the job, so even though $1711 is expensive, but I KNOW that my car was serviced by a true MB master mechanic. He told me that the head engine is very flat so he did not have to planarize the head. I will bring my car back to him after 300 miles so that he can flush out engine oil and replace with Mobil 1.
Anybody out there with repeated head gasket problems with E320? Please let us know your experiences. Thanks
#912 of 1173 2005 ROUGH IDLE/AT TIMES
Feb 08, 2007 (7:32 am)
Hello there, I have a 2005 E320. It has a very sporadic
issue where at idle/car in gear, usually warmed a rough idle begins, engine seems to want to stall but as soon as you give it gas/accelerate problem goes away. It has been to
local Mercedes dealer where it has checked out..wondering if there are any similar problems out there???? Thanks in advance..
#913 of 1173 2003 E320 Rear headrest
Feb 12, 2007 (7:35 pm)
The release button for the rear headrest is not working. The rear headrest will not go down. Nothing in the manual about a fuse on the circuit boards. Is there anyone who has had a similar problem? If so, how did you fix it? Appreciate any help