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#50 of 68 R320 Explodes during blizzard
Feb 02, 2007 (5:52 am)
Fully loaded, 2 month old R320 explodes suddenly in our driveway during a Colorado blizzard.
See the complete story and pictures at http://www.landxml.org/R320.
#51 of 68 Re: R320 Explodes during blizzard [ncrews]
Feb 03, 2007 (2:43 pm)
that'll buff right out.
#52 of 68 Re: R320 Explodes during blizzard [elias]
Feb 03, 2007 (11:02 pm)
I got sick of the Honda dealer here in Colorado Springs and traded our Odyssey in for an r350 with a p1 package. I've had it only about a week. I really like it. It has most of the versatility of a minivan but is a better drive, has all wheel drive, much quieter and much better looking. There are only two things that I don't like: most annoying is the mercedes texture seating surface....fancy word for vinyl. It gets hot and sticky and does not breath well. I notice this in the winter, so I'm guessing summer months will be awful. The other issue is outwards visibility. The rear view is very small. The nose of the car is much longer than expected and takes getting used to to park. But that's it. I'm hoping that Mercedes service will be much better than Honda if we need it.
#53 of 68 sensor/fuel leakage issues
Mar 08, 2007 (8:43 pm)
Anyone else, particularly 320 CDI owners, had a problem like this? We have owned our R Class 320 CDI for 5 weeks and it has thus spent 3 in the shop, with one more in the forecast before we get it back. Turns out that a sensor -- apparently, of water in the fuel filter -- failed in a way that not only led the engine to misfire and triggered the "check engine light" but allowed fuel to leak back through a line to a control-box into which other sensors, including that for backpressure in the exhaust upstream of the catalytic converter, also feed. Backpressure sensor failed first; mechanics replaced it (took them 3 work days), but didn't detect underlying problem until water-in-fuel sensor failed a week after initial repair. Second failure also failed the backpressure sensor for a second time. Car's now in its second, longer trip to the hospital. Parts mostly available from US, but one needs to come from Black Forest, so second stay in hospital is going to last 3 weeks.
Dealer has been great -- put us into another R Class 320 CDI, which drives like the dream we thought we were buying, and the diagnostic process seems to be working methodically. But it is sure taking a long time, and if this is a harbinger rather than an anomaly, I want out. We didn't spend $50K+ to have an invalid car.
#55 of 68 Why Are R Class Sales Low?
Dec 24, 2007 (2:53 pm)
I am exploring car options and the R class is on the list, but it is not getting good sales reviews. Is this car a dud? I currently own a E320 and it has 200k miles. The car does have minor repair problems that I would happen with a car that has 200k and is 10 years old. I also have a Volvo V70 that is 5years old. It is a good car but after driving it for the last few years, I understand why Volvo and Mercedes are not in the same class. I am considering a trade on the Volvo because it is just not what I want in a long term car (to much plastic and to many squeaks), but the reality is my Volvo is 5years and 120K newer. The replacement would be the R class, however if this is not a vehicle that is designed to last 10+ years I'll keep the Volvo and replace the E320.Any opinions on the long term reliability of the R class. Currently my Benz is just a better driving car that has a lot more miles and years of service.
#56 of 68 Re: 1000 mile trip impressions [jabbahop]
May 13, 2008 (7:37 pm)
I just bought my wife a new R-Class 320 CDI about 7 days ago and it is awesome! A few comments include:
1. Would like to have the entertainment package but $1900 seemed a bit steep. I think I will either install aftermarket or use my MacBook Pro. My kids want to know how they can play their XBOX on long trips so I have some research to do.
2. So far we have driven almost 1,000 miles and the love the diesel mileage (21/27).
3. The room is to die for!
4. Seats are difficult to keep clean......any suggestions are welcome.
5. The panoramic roof is the kids favorite along with the ability to control their own A/C
6. The Navigation systems is extremely accurate, but the joy stick is a bit awkward. I would also like to scan channels using the steering controls.
Overall I think the car is 9 out of 10.
#57 of 68 Re: 1000 mile trip impressions [swwalker]
May 22, 2008 (1:30 pm)
I have been looking at this car, but am not sure about it yet. Do you feel like you have enough space in the trunk? I have kids too and am worried about fitting groceries and kid gear in the back!
Also, would you mind sharing what you paid? I have been to a couple of dealerships and the prices seem to be all over the place........
#58 of 68 Re: sensor/fuel leakage issues [dpirwin]
May 22, 2008 (8:47 pm)
Update, a little more than a year after repair of this weird problem. The R Class has turned out to be a terrific car. Diesel gets 28-30 mpg on highway, ~18-22 in city. Handles well, holds the mob, pets and beach week stuff in comfort and quiet. M-B origin removable roof rack fits cunningly, is very sturdy, and very useful when the mob wants to take more stuff than any reasonable family unit should. The few shortcomings are self-apparent: blind spot in right rear corner (one gets used to it and compensates for it), long wheelbase (turning radius is surprisingly tight, but the center of the car is in a different place on a turn than a shorter wheelbase car), somewhat arbitrary, hierarchical controls on nav system (once you get used to it, it is just fine). No recurrence of initial problem, no new problems, great car for what we wanted it for.