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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,195 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #4

Feb 102013

E320 8-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The warning light of brakes failure came on at highway exit at 65mph and the brake paddle hit the floor with no brakes. Pulled over and took the car to the dealer in mid March and was told by the dealer that this is the sbc pump that failed which would have been covered by Mercedes Benz under service bulletin no.: 484656 but the warranty expired on 02/28/13 and since I was 15 days over this will not be covered. Contacted Mercedes Benz of na and asked them that I bought the car used and was not told by anyone about this tsb and they should cover the repairs since the pump actually failed when the car still under extended 10 year warranty (service bulletin no.: 484656 ). they flatly refused. I than asked that if this was a known issue that the brakes could fail completely than its Mercedes duty to tell the owners even if they buy used, the person just kept quiet. People can actually get hurt or die when this failure happens. At the end I was charged $2309 for something that was a known issue by Mercedes.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #3

Dec 232012


  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes-Benz E320. The contact stated that the brake warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was determined that the sbc hydraulic unit failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #2

Dec 252012


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes E320. The contact was driving approximately 50 mph when the brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle eventually came to a stop. The contact shut the engine off and after restarting the vehicle the brake system functioned without failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Daphne, AL, USA

problem #1

Apr 262012


  • 86,150 miles
While driving at 45mph to go to work my car lost the brakes. The display showed brakes defective. Luckily I had plenty of space to stop the car with emergency brakes. I did diagnostic on the car and the sensotronic brake control sbc unit as Mercedes-Benz calls it (the brake unit) was defective. This is unacceptable defect and could be life threatening to others if they loose the brakes like I did while driving. Dealer diagnosed the car as well and replaced the sbc pump.

- Parkville, MD, USA

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