hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,875 miles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 032018


  • 161,000 miles


The shifter module is defective because after starting the engine, when in drive, it stays in 2nd gear only. To put the car in reverse, I must shut the engine. Otherwise I can't shift from D to N to R. the shifter will not move past neutral. To get to P or R, I must shut the engine. This is unsafe when trying to back into a city street parking. When the car is stationary, after starting it, once I shift from P to R & arrive at N, the shifter will not allow me to shift back into R without shutting the engine & then restarting it.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 192012

E320 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Driving South on I95 near savannah the dash lights including the brake light lit up on the dashboard and the vehicle began decelerating. Applied the emergency brake and was able to drive the vehicle to the shoulder. After the engine was shut off the vehicle could be started but could not get from park into a gear or even neutral. All four wheels were frozen and so getting the car on to the tow truck was almost impossible. Were towed to the nearest Mercedes dealership where the sbc system was replaced. This took over night as the part was not available at the dealership. Besides being greatly inconvenienced - we had to spend a night in a hotel, we could have been killed if this would have occurred at night. The car was serviced by Mercedes since purchase new in 2004. The part should have been identified during a service call, this obviously was a recall that was kept quiet. Not informing the owners of this potentially deadly issues is a major negligence on Mercedes part.

- Yulan, NY, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005


  • 14,500 miles
Transmission problems, vehicle would not shift out of park position to reverse or drive. The plastic piece attached to the fender was loose and the tire was rubbing the plastic. There was an oil leak which had come from the pan in the engine. When the consumer went to change the tire, he discovered there was no spare tire in the vehicle.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 032005


  • miles
Transmission problems resulted when downshifting, the car will downshifts 2 or 3 more gears at a time.

- West Nyack, NY, USA

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