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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,545 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 brakes problems

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 182015


  • 107,000 miles


The engine of my car stalled suddenly, braking power was reduced dramatically. I was about to get into a serious crash but likely this happened in a local street at a traffic light when everyone was ready to slow down and stop. My dealer told me the engine stalled due to a broken vacuum intake manifold linkage which controls air in and out in the system. The only way to fix is to replace the entire manifold ($2100) and Mercedes Benz does not offer an extended warranty on this component. I was surprised with the quality of mb especially when I checked the internet to find out hundreds with the same incident and with many unpleasant customers. The broken intake manifold linkage is 100% design issue. My car has 107K miles, I had my extended warranty up until 100K, so I can't believe these 7K miles caused this linkage to be broken. It is a design issue (probably cheap plastic part that aged over time). Mb had several extended warranty on other major components such as: Gas tank ($2,400) and sbc pump ($2,000) due to fatal incidents, so I am not sure how many people have to die in car crashes before mb offers this extended warranty. I can't believe I am saying this about mb quality, but just go online and you will find out more and more about these issues. The problem with this component is the fact that it is unpredictable because it depends on the position of these flabs (closed, semi opened, opened position). Which makes it scary to drive the car when you know that this may happen at any time and it could impact your life and the lives of your beloved ones and probably others who would be driving around you.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 102011

E350 6-cyl

  • 48,090 miles
I just was advised by my Mercedes only independent garage that the on-going cel on my 2006 E350 (48000 miles) is for the camshaft wear mentioned in this lawsuit. The mechanic advises repair cost is $6200. He has the bulletin and has seen this issue in multiple cars. I will be complaining to the NHTSA and hoping NHTSA can recover my damages for this obvious and known defect.check engine lights star diagnosis indicated : code 1200 and 1208 ( P0016 and P0017) for mb E350 2006 48000 mil Mercedes has known about this problem since 2007 and has failed to notify any owners of the problem. Probably because the repair is so expensive ranging from $4,000-$8,000 and with most, the problem doesn't show up until after the warranty has expired. So it's a win-win situation for Mercedes. I don't feel all warm and fuzzy inside because Mercedes offered to put a little "goodwill cash" towards a repair that cost me thousands that they should have covered in full. And their 2 "rules" for qualifying for "goodwill assistance" for the repair has nothing to do with the repair. It's not preventable. If your vehicles falls between the serial numbers, your balance shaft will fail. On facebook specifically for the balance shaft you can get information and a number of vehicles affected. please help me to resolve this issue!!! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Castro Valley, CA, USA

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