Hi, my name is Summer and I am looking at a 1994 Mercedes Benz 320E class. It is fully loaded and is very sharp and sporty looking. It drove remarkably well. I owned a 1991 190-E years ago and it was nice and rode well, but this one seems to take the cake. Has anyone out there owned or do you own one and how has the repairs been and what do you think. They are asking $13,500 and it has 73,000 miles. Please help :-)
My E200 estate clonked over bumps - most annoying.
Local independent dealer knew exactly what the cause was -replaced drop links on anti roll bar - all is quiet again - cost - about £40.00 including parts and labour.
Well worth the expense.
E320CDI Estate bought in Germany 30th March 2001,now 2 1/2 years old with 30,000 miles on the clock. Used for light domestic purposes only.
Serviced by MB garage.
Differential pinion oil seal said to be leaking - replaced -£220.05 plus 17 1/2% VAT
Also rear self-leveling shock absorbers said to be leaking they want £675.90 plus 17 1/2% VAT. MB UK have refused any 'Goodwill'.
Are there any other owners of direct imports into the UK having similar problems?.
I did not expect any problems so early in the car's life
The car is garaged the floor has been professionally sealed there has never been any evidence of oil on the garage floor am I being taken for a ride?
I own an E300 TD Auto Saloon Avantgarde. 1999 model
It is a pleasure to drive and mechanically sound, but the car has more rust than my 17 year old Mercedes 190E.
All four doors have corrosion under the rubber door seals, the boot lock surround has paint bubbling, and the near side wing is also showing signs of corrosion. This appears to be a very common problem with the E300.
Because I have not got a full Mercedes Benz service history the 30 year anti corrosion warranty is invalid even though servicing would not prevent the rust appearing.
The paint used in the late 90's was prone to damage from bird droppings as it was water based very thinly applied.
We had a '99 Merc E240. We drove through a pothole the size of a small country and totalled the left front suspension. It was replaced by the insurance. Afterwards both the right and left rear suspension developed highly irritating grating noises when going over the slightest bumps! Even going around a corner with the cars weight shifting to one side it would make this sound. It could not be remedied by Mercedes nor by our private mechanic. We did replace the rear shocks with the original Sachs units at R3500 ($500) but it didn't help. The car was sold - creak and all!
The Mercedes creak when turning hard or going over road humps is usually a sign that the service engineers did not check the front ball joints and they need greasing - they are difficult to grease because the rubber covers are a tight fit.
The E300TD has a problem with the driveshafts; the ring for the brake sensors breaks off and can't be replaced, so you need a new driveshaft for £600 plus fitting. If you don't replace it, the car has no ABS BAS cruise control and just acts up as the computer does not know what is going on.
Just a quickie...
I had some knocking on 3 of my Merc E Classes (w210 models). Same problem each time, I never had the ball joints go, but the top cap which holds the front springs in place broke away from inner wheel arch.
Not too bad if you catch it early, just a quick drop the spring out, knock the cap back and weld it back in place...
I left one for a little too long once, and near side front suspension collapsed... totally my fault though, should have fixed it sooner.
Common problem from what I have seen, at least 5 other people I know who have owned or still own the w210 series have all had their welding goggles on at some point to repair this issue.