Date registered: May 2010
Vehicle: '95 E320S
Location: Northern KY
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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!