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1.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,065 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

Oct 012012

E320 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the gas tank is filled full of fuel a strong odor of fuel is present inside of the car. I have looked under the back seat and seen a small amount of fuel escapes from the fuel system. Since I noticed this I have not filled my car up all the way as long as I don't fill it more than three quarters full the problem does not occur.

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #21

Apr 022013

E320 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Car is used only for work and mostly highway driving for appointments. At 70,000 miles the transmission went out on the E320. An investigation reveled that a valve had failed in the radiator causing coolant from the engine to mix in with the transmission fluid which in turn burnt out parts in the transmission. Also there is hesitation when stepping on the gas pedal the car sometimes sputters to shut off when stopping.

- York, PA, USA

problem #20

Feb 272012

E320

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact stated that when refueling, there was strong smell of gasoline inside and outside of the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 62,000.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #19

Feb 132012

E320 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The car develops a very strong smell of gasoline after filling the gas tank. Other owners of Mercedes E class vehicles have investigated where the smell is coming from and found that gasoline is pooling up under the rear seat on the fuel sender unit. When I went to my dealer, they told me that it in fact was the fuel sender unit that was causing the strong smell of gas inside my garage, and sometimes car. The fact that there are live wires near the pooling gas and the fact that the smell of gasoline is so strong leads me to believe that this is a safety issue that Mercedes needs to address right away. I have kids that are in the car 3 times a day and I do not feel comfortable with them in the car.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 042013

E320 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz E 320. The contact stated that the check engine warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised her that the two valves and the fuel sending unit failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred a few months after the repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 91,000. The current mileage was approximately 92,000.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

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problem #17

Jan 012013

E320 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Fuel leak strong gasoline smell after refueling the vehicle.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #16

Mar 062011

E320 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is a strong distinct gasoline odor in the cabin of the car. This is most noticeable and strongest after refueling.

- La Palma, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 212012

E320

  • miles
When I fill the gas tank of my 2003 mbz E320 there is always a strong smell of gas. Emitting from my vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #14

Feb 012013

E320 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Whenever I fill my gas tank, there is a strong smell of gas in the garage that persist until I've driven approx. 100 miles or more. I've since started parking outside for fear that the gas water heater for my house (which is located in the garage), may explode because the smell is so strong. I went online and noticed that there are a lot of the same complaints for the E320. Is there some kind of recall for this problem" if not, does Mercedes Benz have any responsibility for this repair which seems to be a plastic part on top of the fuel tank"

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #13

Sep 062012

E320

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns 2003 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact stated that there was a strong odor of fuel inside and outside of the vehicle as well as a small amount of fuel leaking onto the ground. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the fuel tank would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Nov 132012

E320 6-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I begin to smell fumes after a fill up and replaced the filler cap. This did not solve the problem and the problem progressed. I was told by the dealership were I purchased the car that the fuel tank was leaking. The dealer wants $3,000 to repair something that should not be happening under normal ware.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #11

Jan 172013

E320 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
There is a strong gasoline smell coming from the car after I filled up at the local gas station. I noticed the smell was very strong in my garage and was able to trace it to my Mercedes 2003 E320. It only has 40,000 miles on the odometer and is maintained on a regular basis at my local Mercedes dealer.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #10

Jan 082013

E320 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 E320 Mercedes Benz - fuel tank leaking - dealers wants to charge over $2,000 to repair.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Dec 202011

E320

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes-Benz E320. The contact stated that while approaching the vehicle, a strong gasoline fuel smell was emitted from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that the fuel tank had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #8

Dec 122012

E320

  • 169,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes-Benz E320. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact also stated that fuel leaked onto the passenger side rear floorboard and the odor of gasoline fuel was prominent in the cabin of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was confirmed that the fuel pump and the fuel tank failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the issue. The failure and current mileages were 169,500.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 182007

E320 6-cyl

  • 210,000 miles
Each time I fill up the gas tank to capacity, the fuel tank emits vapors. It seemed somewhat tolerable in the past, though this past week, it was enough to go through walls and up 2 stories. It's past tolerable and just downright unacceptable now. I know I'm not the only owner to have this problem. Frankly I'm amazed a company with the "pedigree" of Mercedes Benz has allowed this to go unsolved across the market.

- Millsboro, DE, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012

E320 6-cyl

  • 79,547 miles
Sending unit leaks gasoline into the cabin of the vehicle letting in intense fuel vapors as well as actual liquid fuel into the cabin. Furthermore the faulty sending unit causes a fuel leak from the gas tank to the exterior of the vehicle leaving puddles outside of the car while parked and continuing to leak while driving. Both of these pose an extreme danger of fire hazard, as well as a health risk from constantly inhaling gasoline fumes.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012012

E320

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz 320E. The contact stated that while driving out of the parking lot fuel fumes were emitted into the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and the current mileage was 49,000.

- Washington Dc, DC, USA

problem #4

Aug 152012

E320 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Strong gas smell in garage after filling gas tank. Appeared to come from left rear side of the car. A few days later, the check engine light came on. Diagnosis by dealer is that there is a crack in the upper part of the gas tank. Gas tank and fuel assembly must be replaced. Estimate is for $3,000. Not covered by warranty and customer must pay full replacement cost.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 312012

E320

  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz E320. While at the dealer for unrelated repairs, the contact was made aware of a fuel leak. The technician stated that the fuel line would have to be replaced. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate fialure mileage was 49,000.

- New York, NY, USA

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