really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,153 miles

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E320 Owner Comments

problem #11

Sep 062016


  • miles


The driver of the Mercedes was traveling East on interstate 80 in a rural area of California. The driver claims to have fallen asleep while driving the vehicle and allowed the vehicle to leave the South side of the freeway while traversing a left curve in the roadway. The vehicle launched off a slight downhill embankment South of the roadway and the vehicle traversed an undulated vegetative area prior to striking a large diameter tree with the front of the vehicle. The impact was right of the center of the front of the vehicle. The driver and front passenger were wearing their type-2 safety belts. After striking the tree, the vehicle overturned onto its left side and came to rest on its roof. The driver front and side-curtain airbags deployed as did the front passenger side-curtain airbag. The front passenger front airbag did not deploy. Both occupants sustained major injuries as a result of the collision. The investigating chp officer observed that the front passenger front airbag did not deploy and requested an evaluation of the system due to a perceived potential SRS system failure. Chp multidisciplinary accident investigation team (mait) evaluated the system (see included mait investigation).

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #10

Oct 202006


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Mercedes Benz E320. The contact stated that the fuel gauge and the speedometer gauge displayed inaccurate readings on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 08V303000 (electrical system). The dealer did not recode the scn, but rather emptied the fuel tank and replaced the fuel and the fuel lever sensor. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was also not included in NHTSA action number: EA13003 (fuel system, gasoline). The contact reported the safety concern with the air bag sensor, which was not included in PE: 10017 (air bags and electrical system). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer more than twice, but the failures persist. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Mar 062011


  • miles


I was driving a 2005 E320 Mercedes and had another vehicle passes the stop sign and we had a car accident. None of the airbags in my vehicle deplored and I was injured.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 122010


  • 51,000 miles
2005 Mercedes E320 steering column wiring failure ( 'clock spring" & steering wiring module & SRS air bag "failure). Partial repair corrected loss of turn signals, horn and speedometer at a cost to me ( owner of $749.). one day later SRS (air bag fail indicator) came on again. Back to dealer who said a wiring harness in the steering column is also bad & needs to be replaced at an additional fee of $516. But that they would do repair for $429. "?? did not affect repair yet. Just noticed defect investigation?? what should I do ?" (failure light for SRS is still on etc.). can I recover (past $749) and future? ($516 / $429) costs"?"

- Kennett Square, PA, USA

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problem #6

Jul 172010


  • 45,000 miles
SRS malfunction light goes on.

- Vancouver, 00, USA

problem #5

Mar 152010


  • 30,000 miles


"airbag failure" the SRS light came on my 2005 Mercedes E320 cdi. I paid the dealer $100+ to pull the codes and it was the airbag connector in the steering column. Since I work on the car myself and it was just out of out of warranty (30,000 miles but 4 years and a couple of months). I bought another connector and replaced it myself. I have a 1992 Mercedes and it has gold pins on the airbag circuit whereas this 'new' car has grey 'zinc' pins.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

problem #4

Sep 192009


  • 50,485 miles
SRS indicator lamp on. The SRS light is illuminated and dash display reports complete failure of all SRS systems. Error code 9103, defective connector and wire, airbag line to steering column, caused entire SRS shutdown.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #3

Jul 172006

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,835 miles
SRS (passive restraint system) failure. Warning light came on while driving car with message the SRS had malfunctioned which could cause airbags to not deploy. Took car to dealer who verified complaint. This is the third time in six months that the system has failed. Dealer performed the exact same service as they did on the second failure (6/29/06). They rewired the passive restraint system per instructions from Mercedes technical assistance.

- Gardner, KS, USA

problem #2

Feb 202006

E320 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,050 miles
SRS light on - message on dash that SRS has malfunctioned. Took car to dealer on 2/20/06 and was told I could wait for car. As it turned out I did not get my car back until 6pm on 2/22/06. Per dealer's repair invoice...check codes and evaluate. Check actual values and check dtb. Perform repairs, replace wiring to steering wheel control module. On 06/29/06 SRS light on again with malfunction message. Took to dealer and advised same problem as on 2/20/06. Car is at dealer awaiting repair and has been promised for today, 6/30/06.

- Gardner, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 242004

E320 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
SRS (passive restraint system failure) warning lamp came on while driving the vehicle. The vehicle (2005 Mercedes Benz C230 sport sedan) was taken to the dealer as directed by the owner's manual. Vehicle has been at the dealer for repairs since 7/26/04. On 8/17/04 the vehicle was still not repaired. The service manager told me that there are over twenty (20) vehicles with the same failure awaiting parts. Service manager told me that the car is unsafe to drive until repaired and would not let me take the car from the repair facility.

- Upland, CA, USA

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