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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,240 miles

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 152006

E320 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,240 miles


I own a 2005 Mercedes E320 cdi (diesel). The car gives off black smoke (intermittently) and a black tar like substance (black soot) pours out of my exhaust. I have complained to Mercedes and they state, "the car is operating within factory specifications." The dealership (skyland automotive, asheville, nc) states that it is due to poor quality diesel fuel. I have considered legal action under the "nc lemon law", but would rather just have the problem solved or a return of the purchase price of the vehicle.

- Murphy, NC, USA

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