really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,503 miles

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 fuel system problems

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2006 Mercedes-Benz E350 Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #75

Nov 152011

E350 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles


I needed to replace my gasoline tank in my Mercedes Benz when the smell from gasoline fumes became overwhelming. I had the smell, especially after I filled up the tank for several years and was always told that nothing was wrong and that a gasoline smell after filling up is normal. When I took in the car because I could not drive it any longer because of the severe smell, I was told that my gas tank had a leak and needed to be replaced. I was also told this was very unusual. The gas tank has been replaced and I have had no gasoline smell since then.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #74

Oct 192014

E350 6-cyl

  • 108,808 miles
Began to notice a significant fuel smell outside the rear tire on the driver's side of the vehicle. It is so strong that when it is enclosed in the garage, we are afraid a Pilot light could ignite a fire.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #73

Oct 132014

E350 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles
After filling car with gas there is a strong gasoline smell coming from the car. Goes away after driving and some of the gas is used out of the tank. Cannot find any gas leaking on the ground around the vehicle and I do not 'top off' the tank. I am no longer parking the car in the garage as I am concerned about an explosion as there is a gas water heater in the garage. Somewhere in the system this gas is leaking....and it's not coming out on the ground!!! scary

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #72

Nov 012011

E350 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


Massive fuel smell inside car became sick from fumes fear of possible explosion.still cannot drive without windows being openŠ..had to purchase new car and park E350 as under these conditions car was undriveable pooling fuel in back seat area.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #71

Oct 082014

E350 6-cyl

  • 132,500 miles
Strong fuel smell in inside (and outside) particularly after filling it up with gas. Find gasoline on top of fuel sending unit.

- Lafayette, IN, USA

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problem #70

Oct 102014

E350 6-cyl

  • 110,561 miles
Fuel smell inside car we found that top fuel tank has several cracks and fuel leaks through them, we find out that it happened to lot of that car owners.

- Tarzana , CA, USA

problem #69

Mar 012014

E350 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles


After refueling the car to a full tank of gas, I began to smell a strong odor of gasoline in and around the vehicle parked in my garage. This happened after repeated fill ups. I took the car to the mercedesbenz dealership and was told the problem was bad purge valve which was replaced for approximately $300. The problem has continued and I am now being told by the dealer that the fuel tank, lines and other components need replacing for estimated $3500. I was told by the dealership service manager that this was due to the age of the car and that there had been no recalls or prior complaints, to his knowledge, of this similar complaint. I have now learned that the NHTSA has been investigating this same problem in this year and model car for over 2 years and there is a class action lawsuit filed against Mercedes Benz for this same issue.

- Gallatin, TN, USA

problem #68

Sep 012014

E350 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Fuel smell inside the vehicle every time full tank is filled. Heavy fuel smell inside and outside the vehicle.

- Porter Ranch , CA, USA

problem #67

Aug 132014


  • 82,000 miles
Noticed strong fuel smell in cabin after filling tank - took car to dealer and was quoted over $700 to replace fuel level sender and seals. Problem causes unsafe level of flammable and toxic gasoline vapor to build up in car due to evaporation of pool of leaked fuel on top of tank (located under rear seat). Appears to be common on '03 to '09 W211 body style, but mb offers no help unless car was sold in states requiring pzev certification.

- Oldsmar, FL, USA

problem #66

Sep 092014

E350 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I have a strong smell of gas after filling up tank. Noticed very strong when sitting in garage overnight.

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #65

Jun 252014

E350 6-cyl

  • 155,435 miles


Fuel smell in rear inside (and outside) particularly after filling it up with gas.

- Hingham, MA, USA

problem #64

Aug 012014

E350 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Check engine light comes on shortly after fill up of gasoline. Light goes out when tank is about 1/2. repeats at next fill up. Check engine code is P0456: Evap system very small leak.

- Herndon, VA, USA

problem #63

Aug 192014


  • 143,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz E-350. The contact stated that a strong fuel odor emitted in and around the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 143,000.

- Woodlands , TX, USA

problem #62

Aug 012013

E350 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz E350. While filling up the vehicle with fuel, the contact smelled fuel inside the cabin and outside the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 53,000. Updated 02/10/15 updated 10/6/2015

- Scotts Dale, AZ, USA

problem #61

Jul 152014

E350 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Very strong fuel (gas) smell in cabin. Will not go away. Smells like gas in cabin.

- Maitland, FL, USA

problem #60

Jul 252014

E350 6-cyl

  • 137,000 miles
When I fill the gas tank to full, the gas smell is very strong inside/outside of car. The problem is consistent with every fill up. Dealer suggests that this may be a result of fuel tank leaks. Updated 4/24/2015

- Overland Park , KS, USA

problem #59

Jul 012014


  • 71,000 miles
When I fill the gas tank to full, the gas smell is very strong inside/outside of car.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #58

Jun 032014

E350 6-cyl

  • 62,500 miles
After fueling the car, strong odor of gasoline stays until tank is 3/4 or less full. The problem is consistent with every fill up. Replaces gas cap but it was not it. Seems like it is commonly occurring problem with leaking gas seals or tanks.

- Murrieta , CA, USA

problem #57

May 012013

E350 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
About a year ago (May 2013) we noticed gas smell in the compartment of the car. Initially it was sporadic. We thought it was from outside of the car or may be under the car, or gas tank cap was not tightened properly. After I took my car to Mercedes Benz dealership on 9/6/13, I found out that the smell was not from either of the above scenarios. It was indeed from inside the cabin and the Mercedes Benz technician told me that it was from fuel leakage under the back seat and it would cost $1380 to fix it. Additionally he said that he had seen numerous cases like mine, and some were so bad that they would not be able to drive it in, and had to tow the car in. Because of the high cost in addition to the other repairs that I had to do worth $1,200, I decided to delay this repair. Now we can not even drive the car because of the intense smell and will cost me probably more that $1,380 to fix it. I believe strongly that this is a manufacturer defect and should be fixed and paid for by Mercedes Benz.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #56

Sep 022013


  • 78,089 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz E350. The contact stated that the odor of fuel was present while inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who diagnosed that the fuel line was cracked and there was a fuel leak on the driver's side. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 78,089.

- Beauford, SC, USA

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