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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,484 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.

2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 132010


  • 174,000 miles


While driving my 2004 mb E320 to the local grocery store the engine stalled. I was pulling up to a red light at the time that turned green before I stopped. When I stepped on the gas to go, there was no power. I pulled to the side of the road and sat for several hours waiting for a tow truck. The local garage said I was out of gas, put ten dollars worth of gas in it, charged me $60 and said the car was working fine. The next time my wife took the car out, it stalled again in nearly the same place. She was not as fortunate as I was and was stuck in the middle of the road. We had it towed back to our house and I looked up the symptoms on the internet. After letting it sit for a few days, I turned the car on and let it idle. After the car reached about 75 - 80 degrees, it shut off again. It turns out that it was the crank position sensor (cps) that went bad. I bought one, learned how to replace it and the car is running fine. The safety concern here is that while driving, the car just shuts off!! there is no warning whatsoever! thankfully there was not an accident.

- Uniontown, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 072009


  • 58,968 miles
I was driving a 2004 mb E-320 on the road, suddenly the lights on the dashboard were all lit up and then I lost power to the car. I made my way to the curb along industrial blvd near West sacramento. The car was towed to the mb sacramento dealership. A quick scan found a fault code. It was the crank position sensor malfunction. The dealership has to replace the sensor.

- West Sacramento, CA, USA

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