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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
88,789 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 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012014

E320 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Driving on the freeway, 61 mph, start raining hard, pouring, car slipped, turned and hit the wall on the side of the freeway heads on straight. Got hit by another car on the side, after couple of turns, it stopped on the middle of the freeway. Couple of side air bags deployed, the most important ones, the front air bags, driver and passenger side did not deployed.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #4

May 012012

E320 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
After refueling, the car has a strong gasoline odor inside and outside the car. The air brakes make a roaring noise when pressed. The air bag is deactivated SRS indicator remains on.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 022013

E320 6-cyl

  • 44,200 miles
After refueling, the car has a strong gasoline odor inside and outside the car. The air brakes make a roaring noise when pressed. The air bag is deactivated.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #2

May 312012

E320 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Car started reading SRS airbag malfunction (still needs to be repaired) car is sometimes unable to read how much gas is in the vehicle. Car couldn't pass emissions. Check engine light on.the car smells of a strong gas odor. Unable to park the car in the garage because of the strong smell. Every time the tank is filled with gas the car presents a strong gas odor until it gets below half a tank. Mercedes wanted to charge me $4000 to have it fix so I took my car to a foreign car repair shop who charge me $1,300. Problem fixed, however I recently took my car to Mercedes because my check engine light came back on so they charged me $2,100 to fix that along with regular maintenance.

- Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #1

Oct 182011


  • 56,745 miles
The SRS, (supplemental restraint system) or "air bag" light illuminated, caused by the srscontrol unit experiencing an internal electrical fault. The fault displayed code 9120. Mercedes vehicles of this year and model are known to have air bag wiring harness issues. Even though my issue wasn't the harness itself, it presents a flaw resulting in a safety and state inspection issue.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

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