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    Alan
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    Default 2003 E500 Reliability

    I'm tempted to buy a Mercedes E500 - secondhand, probably a 2003 model.
    However, to my surprise, I read something on Wikipedia about this
    particular model having a very poor reliability record - problems with
    electrics, brakes, engines, etc. Can anyone comment? How to spot a
    good one from a dud?

    Thanks.




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    Howard
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    I'm the proud (so far) owner of this exact model. I also purchased mine used
    last March with 34,000 miles. I now have just over 43,000 on it. I also
    heard after I purchased it that it is Mercedes most problematic model. Not
    what I wanted to hear after buying. Mine was and still is under MB new car
    warranty until the end of this year. That's small consolation for the coming
    years I intend to keep it. It's a great car with a terrific ride, great
    handling for a sedan and plenty of power. I am not at all sorry I bought the
    car. I love it. I have since purchased a so-called "bumper to bumper"
    extended warranty for 7 years or 100,000 miles for about $2500. I sleep a
    little easier now.
    I have had a few electronic gremlins since buying. I've twice experienced an
    alphabet soup of failure warnings on the computer display. It said I had
    failures or faults in my ABS, EBC, ESP and maybe one or two other letter
    combinations I can't remember. None of them were a reason to stop the car.
    The malfunction codes reset after turning off the car and restarting. The
    message said to bring car to dealer for inspection. I've also had some
    problems with the Logic 7 Harmon-Kardon sound system. The electronics (like
    a computer) would not boot up two different times. Also, once I had a static
    that would rise until it drowned out all other sound. All of my electronic
    problems were corrected. A failed driver seat headrest motor and a new
    console armrest due to a bubble in the leather were replaced under warranty
    by my local dealer. All of the electronics were repaired with updated and
    "reflashed" software programs. I had only a good experience with my dealer
    so far. I'm not aware of any engine reliability problems and I did new new
    brakes soon after purchasing. The rotors were a little scored so I went
    ahead and replaced all rotors (MB says you don't cut them) and opted for
    Greenstuff brake pads which have almost no brake dust dirtying up my new 19"
    chrome wheels. The stock pads were pouring out brake dust. I have to put up
    with a little squealing, but shiny wheels!
    As for spotting a good one you may want to have the VIN checked on any
    prospective vehicle. Your dealer can do this and give you a complete history
    of maintenance and repairs. The vehicle condition and the history should
    give you an idea of the car and also get a Carfax to check as much as
    possible.
    Good luck to you, and me too!
    Howard
    "Alan" <kipper_fillet@hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
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    ....> I'm tempted to buy a Mercedes E500 - secondhand, probably a 2003 model.
    > However, to my surprise, I read something on Wikipedia about this
    > particular model having a very poor reliability record - problems with
    > electrics, brakes, engines, etc. Can anyone comment? How to spot a
    > good one from a dud?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >




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    T.G. Lambach
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    A relatively low mileage recent model won't have much wrong with its
    mechanicals - unless it's been in a crash, then all bets are off. But
    the electronics cause owners' unhappiness. And nobody can look at one
    car and know whether IT will or will not have problems. A fleet yes but
    not a single sample.

    In the USA M-B dealers (only) sell recent vintage cars with a Certified
    Pre Owned warranty - 12 months to 100K miles. Such CPO cars are also
    eligible for a purchased M-B Extended Limited Warranty at additional
    cost - about $2,000 for one year and $2,500 for two years following the
    CPO.

    Gamblers can buy used M-Bs quite cheap and take a chance on their repair
    cost, others choose to stay within the system, pay extra and know the
    inevitable repairs will be covered by M-B.

    Repair cost apprehension isn't part of owning a luxury product, IMHO.

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    jdoe
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    Default Re: 2003 E500 Reliability

    On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 18:13:04 -0800, "T.G. Lambach"
    <tlambach@nohamorspamcomcast.net> wrote:

    >A relatively low mileage recent model won't have much wrong with its
    >mechanicals - unless it's been in a crash, then all bets are off. But
    >the electronics cause owners' unhappiness. And nobody can look at one
    >car and know whether IT will or will not have problems. A fleet yes but
    >not a single sample.
    >
    >In the USA M-B dealers (only) sell recent vintage cars with a Certified
    >Pre Owned warranty - 12 months to 100K miles. Such CPO cars are also
    >eligible for a purchased M-B Extended Limited Warranty at additional
    >cost - about $2,000 for one year and $2,500 for two years following the
    >CPO.
    >
    >Gamblers can buy used M-Bs quite cheap and take a chance on their repair
    >cost, others choose to stay within the system, pay extra and know the
    >inevitable repairs will be covered by M-B.
    >
    >Repair cost apprehension isn't part of owning a luxury product, IMHO.

    '03 was the first year for the 211s and there were many complaints
    about the electronics, if the car is a late year build you'll probably
    have less issues, you need to get the service records and see what
    problems the car has had and how the issues were resolved

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    Richard Sexton
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    Default Re: 2003 E500 Reliability

    In article <6nbjl21ik8emuis8k2aktrdq2b3ftlqj05@4ax.com>,
    jdoe <jdoe@aol.com> wrote:
    >On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 18:13:04 -0800, "T.G. Lambach"
    ><tlambach@nohamorspamcomcast.net> wrote:
    >
    >>A relatively low mileage recent model won't have much wrong with its
    >>mechanicals - unless it's been in a crash, then all bets are off. But
    >>the electronics cause owners' unhappiness. And nobody can look at one
    >>car and know whether IT will or will not have problems. A fleet yes but
    >>not a single sample.
    >>
    >>In the USA M-B dealers (only) sell recent vintage cars with a Certified
    >>Pre Owned warranty - 12 months to 100K miles. Such CPO cars are also
    >>eligible for a purchased M-B Extended Limited Warranty at additional
    >>cost - about $2,000 for one year and $2,500 for two years following the
    >>CPO.
    >>
    >>Gamblers can buy used M-Bs quite cheap and take a chance on their repair
    >>cost, others choose to stay within the system, pay extra and know the
    >>inevitable repairs will be covered by M-B.
    >>
    >>Repair cost apprehension isn't part of owning a luxury product, IMHO.

    >'03 was the first year for the 211s and there were many complaints
    >about the electronics, if the car is a late year build you'll probably
    >have less issues, you need to get the service records and see what
    >problems the car has had and how the issues were resolved


    It was actually right around this time and laregely because of this
    car that MB admitted they'd gone too far with the complexity of their
    electornic systems and vowed to make it 40% less complex.

    I took this to mean "c-lan".

    --
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    Dori A Schmetterling
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    Default Re: 2003 E500 Reliability

    A long-serving employee of Merc London -- currently working in parts dept --
    said to me this week that all the issues in the C and E class (many South
    African-built) have been addressed and all new ones will be fine. I can't
    recall from which date this applies but it wasn't that long ago. Doesn't
    help buyers of used ones, though.

    But it does explain why my CLK Cabrio hasn't given me any big problems; this
    range wa snot affected, according to this guy.

    Apparently the issues were dealt with with and then the CEO made that
    announcement in which he acknowledged there was a problem.

    Whether it was a factory matter or electronics complexity or both, let's
    hope there will really be an improvement in the bread-and-butter ranges.

    DAS

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    "Richard Sexton" <richard@news.vrx.net> wrote in message
    news:ejcp9i$na9$9@news.datemas.de...
    > In article <6nbjl21ik8emuis8k2aktrdq2b3ftlqj05@4ax.com>,
    > jdoe <jdoe@aol.com> wrote:
    >>On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 18:13:04 -0800, "T.G. Lambach"
    >><tlambach@nohamorspamcomcast.net> wrote:
    >>
    >>>A relatively low mileage recent model won't have much wrong with its
    >>>mechanicals - unless it's been in a crash, then all bets are off. But
    >>>the electronics cause owners' unhappiness. And nobody can look at one
    >>>car and know whether IT will or will not have problems. A fleet yes but
    >>>not a single sample.
    >>>
    >>>In the USA M-B dealers (only) sell recent vintage cars with a Certified
    >>>Pre Owned warranty - 12 months to 100K miles. Such CPO cars are also
    >>>eligible for a purchased M-B Extended Limited Warranty at additional
    >>>cost - about $2,000 for one year and $2,500 for two years following the
    >>>CPO.
    >>>
    >>>Gamblers can buy used M-Bs quite cheap and take a chance on their repair
    >>>cost, others choose to stay within the system, pay extra and know the
    >>>inevitable repairs will be covered by M-B.
    >>>
    >>>Repair cost apprehension isn't part of owning a luxury product, IMHO.

    >>'03 was the first year for the 211s and there were many complaints
    >>about the electronics, if the car is a late year build you'll probably
    >>have less issues, you need to get the service records and see what
    >>problems the car has had and how the issues were resolved

    >
    > It was actually right around this time and laregely because of this
    > car that MB admitted they'd gone too far with the complexity of their
    > electornic systems and vowed to make it 40% less complex.
    >
    > I took this to mean "c-lan".
    >
    > --
    > Need Mercedes parts? http://parts.mbz.org
    > Richard Sexton | Mercedes stuff: http://mbz.org
    > 1970 280SE, 72 280SE | Home pages: http://rs79.vrx.net
    > 633CSi 250SE/C 300SD | http://aquaria.net http://killi.net




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