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#7 of 56 1995 E320 sedan
Feb 12, 2007 (8:39 pm)
I own a 1995 E320 sedan with 150,000 miles and have owned it since 95,000 miles. The car has been fantastic! Recently; all power windows, power roof and windshield wipers stopped working all at the same time with no warning signs (just stopped working). Does anyone know if there is a relay or something that may be linked to all three? Any useful information would be greatly appreciated.
#8 of 56 Re: catalytic converter&dash displays malfunctions in E320 4matic 2002 [pas
Apr 03, 2007 (9:51 pm)
Geez, we must have the exact SAME car!! I just had the same experience with the second cat converter 2 months ago at 84K miles. I chose to have my neighborhood mechanic replace it and saved about $100 with him. My dealer gave me the same story, even Starmark wouldn't cover it.. The first one failed at 47K and they paid for that one..
And I have the same problem with the temp display in the warm weather; some of the segments in the numbers don't light up so some days I can't tell what the temperature is. Seems to be OK in the colder weather though.
Have you ever had the alarm sound off when you opened the driver door when it was UNLOCKED? It has happened to me 7 or 8 times in the last year. My dealer can't seem to fix that or the right side rear view mirror that won't tilt down when you back up.. I've only asked them to try once on those, and they claim to have replaced switches but that didn't fix them..
#9 of 56 Problems with Power Windows and Steering on E320
Nov 04, 2007 (7:30 pm)
I have a 2001 E-320 MB sedan with 60,000 miles. While the car has performed properly for the most part, recently crazy items have failed.
Both rear power window motors stopped working and had to be replaced. The dealer said the cause was that they were not used often enough and that was the reason for their failure. I have heard some lame excuses in my time, but a part fails because of none use. PLEASE GIVE ME A BRAKE!
While driving home from the dealer after getting the power window issue fixed at $400 per window, I noticed a loud strange noise as I turned into a parking space. After this noise I could not turn the steering wheel. the car was towed into the dealer where it was discovered that the bolt which connects the steering wheel shaft to the steering gear under the hood had failed. It completely sheared off.
This is turning out to be one of the most undependable cars I have yet owned. To think that its original new cost was over $55,000 and now have a critical part fail is most disturbing.
This is the first and last MB I will buy. My Lexus cars have been by far better built and significantly more dependable.
#10 of 56 Re: 2003 E320: How To Problem Proof It [spiritd]
Nov 04, 2007 (7:43 pm)
Unless you must have a MB since it has been a life long dream of yours, all I can say to you is good luck!
Twenty years ago MBs were the best on the road but in the last 10 years their quality and dependability have gone down hill significantly. The number of miles on it is absolutely no indication that it will be problem free. My experience is, that the more miles on it the better the chances are that there will be more problems in the future. If you want a dependable luxury car buy a 3 year old LS430 Lexus with 20k to 40K miles on it. You will never regret following this advice.
As for adding an after market GPS there are many available today. Some merely stick on the dash or windshield and a good one can be had for as low as $300 to $400. The Garmin 4040 is an excellent unit. However if you want one that is built into the dash they are available as part of a new radio and will cost about $1500 and up. The only real advantage of the built-in units is that most have larger screens then those mounted on the dash. Circuit City has both types of units on display. Also do a search on the INTERNET to learn more about what is out there.
#11 of 56 1994 E320 Alarm problem
Dec 01, 2007 (10:59 pm)
I changed the battery in my E320 and now the alarm will not reset. I can even get it to turn on and start. But the alarm still tries to activate. Is there something I can do. Thanks.
#12 of 56 Anyone install trailer hitch E-Class Mercedes
Dec 07, 2007 (7:40 pm)
I own a 2001 E55 AMG. I know that Mercedes in North America does not recommend trailer hitches, for whatever reason. Still would like to get one installed so I can tow a small trailer. www.etrailer.com has one listed here: http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2001_Mercedes-Benz_E-Class+Sedan.htm.
Anyone installed one on theirs?
#13 of 56 '96 E320 - Key Problem - Can't lock or unlock Car
Dec 10, 2007 (5:21 pm)
I have a '96 E320 with key problem. This just happened couple days ago, I replaces the (key) battery and it still does not work to unlock or lock the car. Anyone has this problem? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
#14 of 56 Re: '96 E320 - Key Problem - Can't lock or unlock Car [pky6471]
Dec 11, 2007 (4:38 pm)
Not sure if there is a time delay after changing (car key) battery or not, but it's working as normal now. I did not have to reprogram anything... Thanks All
#15 of 56 Re: Anyone install trailer hitch E-Class Mercedes [mac2002]
Jan 02, 2008 (8:03 pm)
You've got to be kidding. A trailer on an E-55? Sure it will work. The lights for the trailer may be a bit tricky to work out without affecting BAS ESP and the Lighting Control Module.
Jan 22, 2008 (9:13 pm)
My grandmother is offering to 'sell' me her 1996 Mercedes E320 with only 15,000 miles (she can no longer drive). I am a Toyota Camry/Honda Odyssey owner and have never considered a Mercedes until now. The E320 is rear wheel drive and I live in a winter climate (roads are mostly clear) in the foothills near Salt Lake City. Any comments on the reliability of the E320, winter handling, history of problems from previous owners ... would be appreciated.