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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,697 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.

2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 engine problems

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 122012

E320 6-cyl

  • 75,113 miles


Cable harness and connectors in steering column airbag, poor connection from using steering wheel. Engine and transmission mounts disintegrated and needed to be replaced. Front thrust arms with bushings had torn boots and needed to be replaced. Crankshaft sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. Transmission data link connector was faulty and needed to be replaced.

- Los Alamitos, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 052011


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact was driving 25 mph and attempting a right turn when the engine started to emit a noise and the rpms increased excessively. The vehicle was pulled to the curb and the contact turned the engine off for about ten seconds. The vehicle was restarted and returned to normal. The contact stated that the failure recurred twice within six months. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or a mechanic for repairs or inspection. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- La Jolla, CA, USA

problem #4

Apr 152011


  • 62,000 miles
Vehicle was acting normally up to incident. Entering highway accelerating like normal and pulled out in front of tractor trailer when suddenly car had dramatic and frightening loss of power. Full throttle did nothing. Downshifting did nothing. With truck horns blaring and near collision, I pulled off the road. Restarting cleared the problem. Dramatic loss of power has occurred three more times with no warning nor check engine light. Now light comes on with egr out of range code. Discussing this with other Mercedes diesel owners points towards soot clogged egr valve and soot clogged intake manifold. How such a problem could occur so frequently at such a low mileage with a company known for diesels is unknown.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 012010


  • 13,745 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320 cdi. The contact stated that when he attempted to start the vehicle, it would not respond. The failure occurred several times and there were no warning lights. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer several times and the computer was reprogrammed. The failure continued. The failure mileage was 13,745 and the current mileage was 14,027.

- Kearny, NJ, USA

problem #2

May 212010


  • 124,325 miles
Faulty cam and crankshaft position sensor caused engine to die (stall) in heavy nyc traffic in the center lane of us hwy 9. dealer indicated that the cam position sensor 003-153-28-28 and sender unit 004-153-69-28 must be replaced, indicating the cause as an internal fault. Dealer's service rep stated that this was a common problem. The failure mode is the same as occurred on my E 320 model year 2000.

- Colts Neck, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 052002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The vehicle smelled like something was burning and the steering wheel squeaked. The dealer was unable to find any defects after servicing the vehicle.

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

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