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NHTSA chance of recall for gas leak?

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I bought a 2003 E320 last December, and about 6 weeks ago, a strong gas smell started invading the interior cabin. The "check engine" light has been on, until my area's Mercedes specialist does something to try to fix it and the light disappear. Sure enough, I took the car to the same specialist three times already because the "check engine" keeps coming back. He cleaned the leak and replaced a part - forgot the name of it. He also changed two valves in the process... The light reappeared again and the smell is still there. Occasionally, a light that says "check gas cap" also appears, although intermittently. I am going to have the repair man check again if there is yet another leak behind the passenger seat. For what I know, there does not seem to be a leak outside of the car on the ground.

This is very frustrating as we need the car and my wife and I refuse to drive it long distance - only for errands - and there is no way we are going to get our young children exposed to gas fumes. We are aware of the NHTSA recently expanded investigation on 250,000 vehicules made between 2003 and 2008 that might have the gas leak problem. I hope that there will be a recall and Benz will be forced to come up with a fix that works. I read many threads about the leak and it looks at though there is no fix as of now and people are just in waiting mode.

I am going to file a complaint, as everyone else concerned with a similar issue should, this weekend. I reckon there are thousands of people out there who either don't have time to do anything about it, maybe suck it up , or are just not aware this is a widespread problem. I would really like to hear that thousand more complaints have poured in at NHTSA so that we build a strong case to get this fix once and for all in the near future. Thank you!
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There is a problem with the fuel pump seals but no fix for this problem at this time, we simply replace the seal with a new one. It will put the CEL on as this affects the sealing of the fuel tank. Most of the cars affected are approx 10 years old now so I would not hold my breath for a recall.

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Thanks Eric for the reply. So, just to make sure I understand what you are saying... I should suggest to my MB repair guy that the tank's two top access seals must be replaced? Aren't those parts the ones that each cost about $13? Thanks!!
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Thanks Eric for the reply. So, just to make sure I understand what you are saying... I should suggest to my MB repair guy that the tank's two top access seals must be replaced? Aren't those parts the ones that each cost about $13? Thanks!!
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Yes replace the seals and I am not sure of the price. I have lived in China for the last 19 years so I am out of touch with pricing in the US and UK.

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Will do. Just wondering... did you suggest that the CEL will stay on, and I should just ignore it? Also, approximately how often should I change the seals?
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Will do. Just wondering... did you suggest that the CEL will stay on, and I should just ignore it? Also, approximately how often should I change the seals?
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The CEL should not stay on. Changing the seals once should be enough as long as you do not fill the tank to the brim too often.

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Correct, I heard about the need to not fill more than 3/4 of a tank. I have consciously not filled the tank much more than 1/2 in recent weeks already after reading posts on this forum.
Gee, if this was enough to prevent further issues for a while, that would just be great! Thanks for your advice.
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