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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,773 miles

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 brakes problems

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 012011

E320 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2005 Mercedes Benz E320. Consumer states brake failure the consumer stated the brake failure occurred as she was driving 65 mph. The dash lights including the brake light lit up on the dashboard and the vehicle began to decelerate. The consumer applied repeated pressure to the brake pedal which finally stopped the vehicle nd had the vehicle towed. The brake sbc system needed to be replaced

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #6

Nov 122010

E320

  • 99,264 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact was driving approximately 25-30 mph when a beeping noise sounded inside of the vehicle with the illumination of the brake warning indicator on the instrument panel. When force was applied to the brakes there was minimal response. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated that the vehicle be repaired by the dealer. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer where the sbc hydraulic unit was replaced under the service warranty. The failure mileage was 99,264.

- Cinicinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 132010

E320 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,798 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle began to decelerate and the brake system failure light illuminated on the instrument panel. There was repeated pressure to the brake pedal which stopped the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the vehicle was repaired under recall 05V133000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The current and failure mileages were 90,798. The consumer stated the brake failure occurred as she was driving 65 mph. The dash lights including the brake light lit up on the dashboard and the vehicle began to decelerate. The consumer applied repeated pressure to the brake pedal which finally stopped the vehicle. She had the vehicle towed to the dealer where it was determined the brake sbc system needed to be replaced.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 112010

E320 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

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

(this is an from a letter I sent to Mercedes Benz) I have had a recent experience with my Mercedes Benz 2005 E 320 diesel that I would like to relate. While driving in cincinnati last week, I was on a semi-rural road doing about 25-30 mph and suddenly got a beeping and red light flashing alarm on the instrument panel indicating that my brakes were failing. Luckily I was able to slow down and turn into an apartment complex driveway and bring the car to a stop. The pedal went all the way to the floor and had almost no stopping power, if any. I turned off the ignition and waited a few minutes before re-starting. The car re-started but would not come out of park, so I could not move it out of the driveway to an adjacent parking lot. The brake alarm and warning continued after re-starting. I called my mechanic in cincinnati (precision motorcars 513-271-5565) and arranged to have the car towed in. After analysis by them, they determined that the sbc hydraulic braking unit was probably defective and was a mb warranty item. In the meantime, they replaced my front brake pads and rotors. The car was then towed to Mercedes Benz of cincinnati (where I had purchased it in February 2008). They replaced the sbc and got the brakes working correctly again, under warranty and at no charge to me. This event has certainly shaken my faith in this car. What kind of car gives you a warning that your brakes don¿T work, and then you find that they do not. If I had been in a different driving situation, such as coming up to a red light at 30 mph, I might not be writing this letter today.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 062007

E320 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,350 miles
Traveling down steep hill at 45 mph. Attempted to apply brakes as I approached a stop sign at bottom of hill. Braking system totally failed as a warning light read "braking system failure - service immediately" attempted to apply brake manually but did not have to strength to push the pedal hard enough to stop the car at that speed. I manually downshifted the car and it slowed to about 10 mph and I coasted it onto the shoulder of the main road and was then able to stop the car with the brake pedal manually. After turning the car off and restarting, the brake system worked again for a few minutes and again failed. Apparently a computer malfunction.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152005

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes grind when put in drive, park and at stop lights. Seat belt indicator had to be fixed after 5 times at the shop, brakes were identified with a problem by mbz after 6 visits to the shop (fletcher jones mbz las vegas), tech stated on the invoice he identified the problem and ordered the parts. When I took the car back in to get the parts, the service manager stated there was a mistake and there was nothing wrong with the brakes and mbz would not fix the problem. Currently none of the seat belts work (when slamming on the brakes they do not lock). Control panel reads "SRS malfunction drive to shop", "airbags off", "check engine". fletcher jones mbz las vegas refuses to comply with the lemon law, repair for one malfunction more than 3 times, out of service (in the shop) for more than 30 days in one calendar year.

- Las Vegas , NV, USA

problem #1

May 162005

E320 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Side airbag deployment: Contact states while driving vehicle he ran over a piece of rubber in the road, all three side air bags deployed. The service dealer states the passengers in the rear of the car were jolted because of hitting the rubber in the road. Contact states while decelerating the transmission down shifts, the brake system slows down too much and vehicle lurches forward. In stop and go traffic has no brake control.

- Oakbrook, IL, USA

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