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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,345 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 172005

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


Driving car at 55 miles per hour when harmonic balancer failed, lost power steering, was able to direct car to side of road. Had car towed to shop who diagnosed problem, suggesting it go to a mb dealer. Had car towed to dealer where

- Deltaville, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 272004

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,035 miles
The crank shaft balancer disintegrated without warning at 40 mph resulting in partial engine destruction, oil pan, fan blade, fan shroud, idler pulley, etc. Car was towed to local mbz dealer and repairs completed in amount of $1584. Mbz area representative offered 50% compensation. Mercedes Benz of North America was contacted for compensation of balance and obliged. The failure of the crankshaft balancer might not be considered a safety issue but the immediate loss of power steering as a result most certainly is! I hate to think of what would have been the consequences of this incident had my wife been driving the car in traffic at freeway speed. It is my contention that Mercedes Benz was well aware of this problem (reference: Mb tech tips, December 1, 2000, page 4) as well as 27 pages of owner documentation on an internet website < > it should have been the subject of a safety recall!

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 022003

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
Failure of harmonic crankshaft balancer in 1998 Mercedes Benz E320.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

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