Date registered: Mar 2013
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NHTSA chance of recall for gas leak?
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!