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#40 of 56 1998 E320 Sedan, Transmission speed select lever.
Mar 14, 2009 (12:26 pm)
I notice that my daughter's mercedes transmission speed range select lever does not travel through the full range of settings. It will not go lower than the D - 4 settng.
I could not move it to the 1, 2, or 3 settings. Has this happened to anyone else?
I think that there are times in bad weather or in mountainous regions when the
slower settings are useful.
Maybe one of my grandchildren has dropped something into the center console that has become an obstruction.
I did take the car to a reputable transmission repair shop and a specialist drove the car for a few miles. He said the car engine and transmission are working fine and that the problem is probably in the center console. Maybe a mechanical blockage.
#41 of 56 Re: E 320 1998 SRS Warning Light [bobsgoodlife]
Apr 14, 2009 (12:04 pm)
Had this experience on my '99 about two years ago. Had to replace the switch in the seat belt, or seat--I don't recall which. I use an independent MZB shop. I think it cost me about $275.
May 31, 2009 (8:54 am)
I had a Mercedes 2004 E320S wagon with 100000 miles on it that caught on fire and burned.The car was maintained by the dealer from day one. The insurance adjuster said it was either a fuel injector or fuel line fire. Is this a problem with this model?
#43 of 56 '00 E320 4Matic Wagon "DEAD"
Jul 14, 2009 (2:39 pm)
My '00 MB won't start!! 3wks ago, the ignition key would not turn...after moving the steering wheel, directional/light levers, etc. it 'clicked', the key turned, engine started...No malfunction lights came on...everything had power...next morning, same problem...I waited til that evening to try again...boosted the battery, called Road Assistance, etc...no luck...waited til my husband came home...started all over & finally after a few hours, they key turned, engine started.
Bought a new battery for the car and for the key. Had a MB mechanic check the car w/ the computer...no malfunction codes appeared.
Last week, same problem. But now, nothing seems to work. And the new battery when checked, shows there are defective positive plates. Will exchange the battery,but...what could this be?? Any thoughts. Can't get to a MB mechanic/dealership any time soon...thanks, ama
#44 of 56 the trunk on 94 e320
Jul 15, 2009 (2:26 pm)
i cant get my trunk open on my 94 mb e320. when i bought it all i had to do is unlock the passengers side door and it would unlock the whole car including the trunk, but not anymore.what do i do. can someone please help me out?
also the key doesnt open the trunk from the key slot on the actual trunk is this normal.? does the key usualy open the trunk ?
#45 of 56 brake light problem
Aug 15, 2009 (2:36 pm)
i own a 97 benz e320 and the brake lights aren't working. the light bulbs are good. the fuse is good. i replaced the brake switch and still the lights won't work. does anyone have any suggestions??????????
#46 of 56 Re: brake light problem [rydinfly]
Aug 19, 2009 (3:39 pm)
Two things, you need a test light or a multimeter to verify 12vdc is getting to the bulb when you press the brake. If it is, keep in mind that the ground must also be intact to complete the circuit. So, could be a broken wire in either the ground or hot, a bad switch, or a corroded connector.
#47 of 56 2001 E320 w/ 68k miles too old?
Jan 11, 2010 (3:31 am)
My daughter is moving to LA to finish school and needs something safe to drive.
We were considering a 2006 Cadillac CTS when we saw a 2001 E230 on the dealers website.
Is it practical to buy such an old car? The price is affordable.
Is this a car that is difficult to maintain?
Is there much reliability difference between a 4 year old Cadillac and a 9 year old Mercedes?
#48 of 56 Re: 2001 E320 w/ 68k miles too old? [jannis]
Jan 11, 2010 (5:15 am)
Based on my experience I would NOT buy the Mercedes. "Routine" maintance ends up anything but routine. The minute you drive into the service center you can expect them to hit the $200.00 key. What should be a simple $25.00 repair to the instrument panel is estimated to cost $1,100.00. Mercedes must have used defective or inferior parts or poor enginering decisions when they built the 2001. I've tried "working" with Mercedes' national and local reps but there is no effort to resolve the issues. The '06 Caddy CTS would be a better investment. Good luck.
#49 of 56 Re: sunland [sunland]
Feb 01, 2010 (6:03 pm)
Finally replacing a much loved 98 Toyota 4Runner, 5 speed, with 292K miles. ( Still running great but will have first rust work ever this month.) Checked out a 2004 E320 4 X 4 wagon certified, 32K easy miles, bells and whistles! 25K. Rides like a dream. Any comments, suggestions, pitfalls etc? Warranty to 100K, option to buy two more years warranty to 100K miles