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New to Mercedes, E320 Issues

Hello, everyone! I purchased a 1995 E320 almost a year ago, and it is the best car I've ever had. I completely understand why there are forums like this where people are so passionate about these cars. Unfortunately, I have come across a few isues with the car, and some of them seem to be getting worse. Here's the main problems I'm concerned with:

1. The Check Engine Light is on. It was when I bought it, and the guy said it was because of the muffler or some sort of exhaust issue (it had a hole in the exhaust which I had repaired). I've done the light flasher under the hood, but I don't know what to do with the information it gave me.

2. Intermittently, but getting worse, when I turn the lights on after starting the car, the lights for the radio, for around the shifter, and for the windows do not come on. The headlights have always come on, though.

3. A few weeks ago, I was driving in the dark and needed my brights on. When I pushed the lever forward to turn them on, the headlights completely went out. The regular lights came right back on when I pulled the switch back to the original position, but the brights wouldn't work. It was intermittent, then the brights didn't work at all when pushing the switch forward. For whatever reason, I decided to just hold the lever towards me, as though I were flashing someone, and shortly thereafter I could smell the burn of the switch I apparently burned out.

4. There is also a kind of knock or clunk when I drive over rough roads. It's kind of a hollow sound, I can tell it's on the right side. I'm not sure if these cars have a history of issues with boots or joints or anything like that.

Sorry to air all my worries in one post. I've read a lot on this site and I am very impressed with the amount of knowledge shared here. My husband is very good at fixing cars, but he doesn't have the faith in this car that I have. It is really a fantastic car! Horribly expensive to fix, but absolutely a wonderful vehicle. Also, if there are any other things I should check out, please let me know. There are 155,000 miles on it. Thanks so much for all of your help!
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Welcome aboard. Please click user cp and add your vehicle and location to your profile, it's useful information.

That is a lot for a first post. Do you also propose on a first date?

Okay, seriously, depending on where you are in the world you most likely have a W124. You posted into the general forum, and you're likely to get far better information if you go dig around in the 124 forum (with particular attention to the stickies). That will help you figure out what code your car is reporting and what the likely fix(es) is.

#2 makes me think first of a ground issue, but the guys in the 124 forum will probably have better info for you.

Your headlight #3 issue is most likely a bad combo switch. It's easy enough to DIY and if you have to buy/rent a couple of tools that's still cheaper than paying someone else.

The clunking may be a ball joint or a sway bar bushing or link. Deeper clunks of lesser frequency suggest the former. but sway bar bushings/links are cheap and relatively easy to DIY. In your shoes at that mileage I'd change them myself and if the noise persists, then have it inspected by a competent mechanic.

Good luck.

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Ha ha! Well...if the mood hits, I guess a first date proposal can't be all bad?!

Thanks a lot for all the info. I wasn't really sure which car I had, thanks for letting me know it's the W124. I'll start perusing for answers to my issues, but I really appreciate your help in guiding me!
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