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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,017 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

problem #5

Dec 152004

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,905 miles


Intermittently when lifting foot off the brake pedal and commence to depress the brake pedal again it causes a lack of braking. Vehicle had been to the dealer, who informed the consumer that they could not locate a problem.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 132004

E320 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,900 miles
100% brake failure/lost I left my office at 02:30 am. 3.5 miles from home, as I'm driving up hill approximate speed of 55 miles per hr temp. Of 75 degrees dry road conditions. I approach one of the intersections as I press on the brake there is 100% brake failure the pedal feels normal not hard not soft normal, the warning system activates a red lettering display on the instrument panel stop! vehicle brake (something) I canT remember the instructions other than stop vehicle but I could not stop at all. I proceeded to downshift and flickering my hi/low beams to make the red light turn green with success it turns green as I reached the intersection, since my car was going uphill it made it easier to come to a stop. There is no physical consequence, probably due to the hr. Of the day it was but it makes me think about what if I was on my way down to work @ 8:00 am. I could have killed my self my 3 kids or someone elseS family or yours for that matter. My vehicle is at the dealers now the last report from the asst. Manager is that the there was an engineer being sent from Mercedes Benz to inspect vehicle.

- Alta Loma , CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 182004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,230 miles
New brakes were installed on vehicle, and they failed while it was going about 70 mph. Vehicle slowed down, but the brakes did not grab completely, even when the vehicle was going about 10 mph. Consumer contacted the manufacturer and informed them of the problem. However, they would do nothing about it. See voq 10083022, 10086185.

- Asbury Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jun 172003


  • 50 miles
While driving at any speed and when depressing the brakes consumer heard a noise coming from the engine. The noise occurred at least 23 times since ownership of the vehicle. Also, transmission caused the vehicle to jerk when the gas pedal was depressed. Dealer examined the vehicle three times.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 272003


  • miles
Mercedes Benz E class and sl class 2003 2004 models with electro-hydraulic brake systems are experiencing brake failures, sometimes within 1000 miles of purchase. Electrical failures can leave the vehicle with no rear brakes and limited use of the front brakes! some of the brake lines are rubber and attached with hose clamps! I have worked on cars for fifteen years and had not seen a brake failure, but have now seen three in the last three months. When these vehicles age, complete brake failures may be possible.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

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