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MERCEDES E320 Problems with Fuel Propulsion System

 
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2003 MERCEDES E320 Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2003 MERCEDES E320. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2003 MERCEDES E320 by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (193 Complaints)
Date reported Aug 09, 2016
Location ORLEANS, MA
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
Vehicle 2003 MERCEDES E320
Transmission Not Specified
Drivetrain Not Specified
Fuel type Not Specified
Occurences 0
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
All Complaints

AFTER FUEL FILTER REPLACEMENT, VEHICLE OPERATED FINE FOR ABOUT 7 MILES. WHILE IDLING A COUPLE OF MINUTES IN THE DRIVEWAY UPON RETURN FROM THE SHORT TRIP, THE RETURN LINE HOSE EXITING THE FUEL FILTER EXPANDED, RUPTURED, AND SPRAYED FUEL OUT AT A HIGH RATE. AFTER HOSE WAS REPAIRED, FUEL GUSHED OUT OF EVAPORATIVE CANISTER DISCHARGE TUBE AND PURGE VALVE CANISTER. VISE GRIPS PLACED ON THE RUBBER TUBE LEADING FROM THE RETURN LINE TO THE CANISTER STOPPED THE GUSHER. NEW FUEL FILTER THAT WAS JUST INSTALLED (PRONTO PF5416) WAS SUSPECTED TO BE DEFECTIVE - CAUSING EXCESSIVE RETURN LINE FUEL VOLUME. WITH THE POOR DESIGN OF THE RETURN LINE PLUMBING AND RESTRICTION BACK TO THE TANK, THE EXCESS VOLUME WAS PILING UP IN THE EVAPORATIVE CANISTER AND OUT THE PURGE VALVE IN A MASSIVE GUSHING LEAK. ONCE A SECOND NEW FUEL FILTER WAS FITTED (PUROLATOR F65416), VEHICLE RAN PROPERLY AGAIN WITHOUT LEAKAGE - HOWEVER, SEVERE LEAKAGE FROM THE TOP OF THE EVAPORATIVE CANISTER WAS NOTED DURING A FILLUP ATTEMPT SHORTLY AFTERWARDS. THIS NEVER OCCURRED IN THE PRIOR TO THE FILTER REPLACEMENT. FROM ALL INDICATIONS, THE DESIGN IS VERY POOR AND SUSCEPTIBLE TO ANY CONDITIONS WHICH RESULT IN EXCESSIVE RETURN LINE FUEL VOLUME. THE AMOUNT OF FUEL POURING OUT OF THE TOP OF THE EVAPORATIVE CANISTER ASSEMBLY AND DISCHARGE WAS INDEED A FIRE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD - THE EQUIVALENT OF AN OPEN FUEL PUMP OUTPUT DISCHARGE. IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THIS, DURING THE FILTER REPLACEMENT/TESTING PROCESS, LOUD BANGING WAS HEARD FROM THE TANK ITSELF. REMOVAL OF THE GAS CAP RESULTED IN A MASSIVE PRESSURE RELEASE. FROM MY OBSERVATIONS AS A MECHANIC WITH OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE SERVICING FOREIGN CARS, THE VENTILATION AND FUEL PRESSURIZATION SYSTEM ON THIS VEHICLE IS IMPROPERLY DESIGNED AND UNSAFE. VEHICLE WAS ON A LIFT WHILE BEING SERVICED.

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