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MERCEDES E320 - 2004 MERCEDES E320 Problems & Complaints

 
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by Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

There are 177 complaints filed for the 2004 MERCEDES E320

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2004 MERCEDES E320. These 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. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2004 MERCEDES E320, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

4/26/2014 - CINCINNATI, OH
I LEFT MY HOME IN CINCINNATI, OH AT 8:25, WITH A 1/2 TANK OF GAS, DROVE ~ 3 MILES TO HWY126 AND MERGED TO 75S. I MOVED FROM THE RIGHT TO THE MIDDLE TO THE LEFT LANE. AFTER BEING AT 50 MPH ~ 2 MINUTES ON THE LEFT LANE, THE CAR SUDDENLY STOPPED. THE DASHBOARD WAS ALL LIT UP WITH WARNING SIGNS, CHECK ENGINE, BRAKES AND OIL. I PUT MY HAZARD LIGHT ON, PUT THE CAR IN PARK, TURNED THE KEY OFF, AND THEN BACK ON. THE SAME WARNING SIGNS CAME ON AND THE CAR DID NOT START. I CALLED MERCEDES ASSISTANCE WHO ADVISED TO CALL 911 AND THAT A TOW TRUCK WILL ARRIVE IN 1 HOUR. I CALLED 911 AND SURPRISINGLY GOT A VOICE MESSAGE THAT ALL OPERATORS ARE BUSY! A MINUTE LATER AN OPERATOR CAME ON THE LINE, SHE ASKED WHERE I WAS AND I TOLD HER THAT I WAS ON THE LEFT (HIGH SPEED LANE). SHE ASKED ME IF I WAS IN A BLACK MERCEDES. SHE INDICATED THAT A DISPATCHER IS ON THE WAY. AT 8:51 I CALLED AAA TO GET A TOWTRUCK EARLIER. THEY SAID THEY WILL COME IN 45 MIN. A CAR ASSISTANCE VAN CAME AND EVENTUALLY THE POLICE CAR. THEY STOPPED BEHIND MY CAR, AND TRIED TO TURN THE CAR ON AND WERE UNABLE TO, THEY ASKED ME TO PUT IT IN NEUTRAL BUT THE GEAR WOULD NOT MOVE. THE POLICEMAN STOPPED THE TRAFFIC ON THE HIGHWAY, ASKED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE CAR WHILE HE MANAGED TO PUT THE GEAR ON NEUTRAL AND ASKED ME TO SIT BACK IN THE CAR AND STEER. THEY MANUALLY PUSHED THE CAR TO THE RIGHT SHOULDER BUT I WAS NOT ABLE TO STEER AS THE POWER STEERING WAS NOT WORKING. AT 9:18 THE AAA TRUCK CAME AND TOWED THE CAR TO THE MERCEDES DEALERSHIP. THEY DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM AS A SUDDEN FAILURE OF THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR AND REPLACED IT FOR A CHARGE OF $463.46. I FOUND ON THE WEB THAT SEVERAL MERCEDES MODELS HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM OCCUR BUT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A RECALL. THE SUDDEN COMPLETE FAILURE OF A CAR IN THE MIDST OF RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC CREATING A MAJOR HAZARD TO ME AND OTHER DRIVERS NEEDS THE ATTENTION OF THE NHTSA.

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ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL

4/26/2014 - CINCINNATI, OH
I LEFT MY HOME IN CINCINNATI, OH AT 8:25, WITH A 1/2 TANK OF GAS, DROVE ~ 3 MILES TO HWY126 AND MERGED TO 75S. I MOVED FROM THE RIGHT TO THE MIDDLE TO THE LEFT LANE. AFTER BEING AT 50 MPH ~ 2 MINUTES ON THE LEFT LANE, THE CAR SUDDENLY STOPPED. THE DASHBOARD WAS ALL LIT UP WITH WARNING SIGNS, CHECK ENGINE, BRAKES AND OIL. I PUT MY HAZARD LIGHT ON, PUT THE CAR IN PARK, TURNED THE KEY OFF, AND THEN BACK ON. THE SAME WARNING SIGNS CAME ON AND THE CAR DID NOT START. I CALLED MERCEDES ASSISTANCE WHO ADVISED TO CALL 911 AND THAT A TOW TRUCK WILL ARRIVE IN 1 HOUR. I CALLED 911 AND SURPRISINGLY GOT A VOICE MESSAGE THAT ALL OPERATORS ARE BUSY! A MINUTE LATER AN OPERATOR CAME ON THE LINE, SHE ASKED WHERE I WAS AND I TOLD HER THAT I WAS ON THE LEFT (HIGH SPEED LANE). SHE ASKED ME IF I WAS IN A BLACK MERCEDES. SHE INDICATED THAT A DISPATCHER IS ON THE WAY. AT 8:51 I CALLED AAA TO GET A TOWTRUCK EARLIER. THEY SAID THEY WILL COME IN 45 MIN. A CAR ASSISTANCE VAN CAME AND EVENTUALLY THE POLICE CAR. THEY STOPPED BEHIND MY CAR, AND TRIED TO TURN THE CAR ON AND WERE UNABLE TO, THEY ASKED ME TO PUT IT IN NEUTRAL BUT THE GEAR WOULD NOT MOVE. THE POLICEMAN STOPPED THE TRAFFIC ON THE HIGHWAY, ASKED ME TO STEP OUT OF THE CAR WHILE HE MANAGED TO PUT THE GEAR ON NEUTRAL AND ASKED ME TO SIT BACK IN THE CAR AND STEER. THEY MANUALLY PUSHED THE CAR TO THE RIGHT SHOULDER BUT I WAS NOT ABLE TO STEER AS THE POWER STEERING WAS NOT WORKING. AT 9:18 THE AAA TRUCK CAME AND TOWED THE CAR TO THE MERCEDES DEALERSHIP. THEY DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM AS A SUDDEN FAILURE OF THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR AND REPLACED IT FOR A CHARGE OF $463.46. I FOUND ON THE WEB THAT SEVERAL MERCEDES MODELS HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM OCCUR BUT THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A RECALL. THE SUDDEN COMPLETE FAILURE OF A CAR IN THE MIDST OF RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC CREATING A MAJOR HAZARD TO ME AND OTHER DRIVERS NEEDS THE ATTENTION OF THE NHTSA.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

4/21/2014 - LA QUINTA, CA
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 MERCEDES E-320. THE CONTACT STATED THAT HE WAS EXPERIENCED A STRONG ODOR OF GASOLINE AFTER REFUELING THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT TAKEN TO THE DEALER OR INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE MANUFACTURE WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 90,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 92,000. UPDATED 07/15/14 MA

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FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

4/11/2014 - KIHEI , HI
THE CONTACT OWNS A 2004 MERCEDES BENZ E320. THE CONTACT STATED THAT FUEL WAS POOLING ON THE FLOOR BOARD OF THE REAR SEAT. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER. THE TECHNICIAN DIAGNOSED THAT THE SENDING UNIT WAS DEFECTIVE AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 55,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 56,000.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

4/5/2014 - DAYTONA BEACH, FL
UPON ENTERING MY CLOSED GARAGE IN THE EARLY MORNING, I NOTICED A VERY STRONG GASOLINE SMELL. I TOOK THE CAR TO MY MERCEDES REPAIR SHOP (NOT A DEALER) WHO INFORMED ME THAT THERE WAS A LEAK IN THE FUEL SENDING UNIT AND THAT THIS WAS A DEVELOPING PROBLEM WITH E CLASS CARS. HE SAID THERE WERE CLASS ACTION SUITS AGAINST MERCEDES FOR THIS PROBLEM. HE SAID MERCEDES WOULD NOT ADMIT IT WAS A SAFETY PROBLEM. WELL, IT SEEMS LIKE A SAFELY PROBLEM TO ME! I CERTAINLY HOPE MY GOVERNMENT'S NTSB IS LOOKING INTO THIS. ARE WE WAITING FOR PEOPLE TO BE SEVERELY BURNED OR KILLED DUE TO THIS PROBLEM?

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

4/1/2014 - ELKINS, WV
STRONG SMELL OF GASOLINE PRESENT AFTER FILL UPS AND WHEN CAR IS STATIONARY. WITH FUMES PRESENT IN THE CABIN, THE RISK OF FIRE IS SEVERE. MERCEDES IS AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM, AS IS THE NHTSA, SO PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!..UPDATED 07/23/14

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

3/11/2014 - CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
I HAVE A FUEL UNDERCARRIAGE LEAK FROM THE REAR PASSENGER LEFT SIDE WITH A STRONG GAS SMELL WITHIN THE CABIN OF MY CAR- THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN REFERENCED MANY TIMES IN THE MB FORUMS AND SEEMS TO BE A NATIONAL PROBLEM. I WOULD APPRECIATE A THROUGH INVESTIGATION REGARDING THIS ISSUE BEFORE A FATALITY ENSUES BECAUSE OF A FAULTY PLASTIC PIECE DESIGNED BY MB. THIS PROBLEM OCCURS WHEN THE TANK IS FILLED WITH GAS, BUT OVER FILLED. I IMPLORE TO DO THE RIGHT THING AN IMPLEMENTING A RECALL FOR CORRECTIVE ACTIONS.[XXX] INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

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AIR BAGS

3/5/2014 - MISSION VIEJO, CA
DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY, 61 MPH, START RAINING HARD, POURING, CAR SLIPPED, TURNED AND HIT THE WALL ON THE SIDE OF THE FREEWAY HEADS ON STRAIGHT. GOT HIT BY ANOTHER CAR ON THE SIDE, AFTER COUPLE OF TURNS, IT STOPPED ON THE MIDDLE OF THE FREEWAY. COUPLE OF SIDE AIR BAGS DEPLOYED, THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES, THE FRONT AIR BAGS, DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE DID NOT DEPLOYED.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

2/25/2014 - DULUTH, GA
FUEL LEAKING FROM TOP OF FUEL TANK. TANK WAS CRACKED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED.

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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

2/3/2014 - DECATUR, GA
WHILE DRIVING I STARTED SMELLING GAS, ESPECIALLY WHEN I WOULD HAVE JUST FILLED THE TANK. THIS SMELL WENT ON FOR YEARS, IT GOT ODOR GOT STRONGER AND STRONGER SO FINALLY I WENT AND GOT IT DIAGNOSED AND MY MECHANIC SAID THAT I NEED REPLACE MY FUEL PUMP AND SHOWED ME THE GASOLINE UNDER THE REAR SEAT (REAR DRIVER'S SIDE) THE AMOUNT OF GAS WAS SO GREAT THAT I CALLED AND ASKED MY REP AT MERCEDES IF THERE WAS INDEED A RECALL ON THE PART AND I ALSO TOLD HIM THAT MY MECHANIC SAID THAT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RECALL ON IT , AND STILL HE SAID NO. SO I REPLACED THE PART ON MY OWN. NOW I AM SMELLING THE FUMES AGAIN, I TAKE IT THAT IT IS COMING FROM THE OTHER SIDE. I HAVE TO RIDE WITH MY WINDOWS DOWN AND/OR SUNROOF OPEN TO KEEP FROM GETTING THE HEAD-ACHES AGAIN. THIS HAVE BEEN ONGOING FOR YEARS NOW . I PURCHASED THE CAR IN JAN. 2008.

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