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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,475 miles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 262014

E320 6-cyl

  • 175,000 miles


Wire in wiring harness to trunk lid severed, preventing third brake lamp and both license plate lamps from functioning.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #3

Nov 132013

E320 6-cyl

  • 164,400 miles
On opening the driver's door from the inside, the driver suffered a deep laceration of the middle finger as a result of sharp edges of the chipping metal coat of the door handle. Upon further inspection, it appears that the plating of the inner edge of the handle is delaminating from the plastic structure, leaving protruding, sharp edges on the very part of the handle used to open the door. This may also be a potential site of bacterial infections.

- Seekonk, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 182010

E320 6-cyl

  • miles
The inside door lock stems keep breaking off. I have replaced them with non Mercedes parts. The ones I purchased don't fit very well but the ones from Mercedes don't hold up. They keep breaking.

- Belden, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 012005


  • 14,500 miles
Transmission problems, vehicle would not shift out of park position to reverse or drive. The plastic piece attached to the fender was loose and the tire was rubbing the plastic. There was an oil leak which had come from the pan in the engine. When the consumer went to change the tire, he discovered there was no spare tire in the vehicle.

- Riverside, CA, USA

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