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Date registered: Feb 2014
Vehicle: 2001 e320
Location: Upstate New York
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New Benz Owner
I inherited my 2001 E320 Sedan from my grandfather who passed recently (I just picked it up last night) and have a few questions for anyone who knows the answers. The car runs beautifully (why wouldn't it? It is a MB) so my questions are not mechanical. Please keep in mind when you read this that I am a Department Manager at Walmart (this is not prestigious, it's .50 cents over minimum wage) and I loved my grandfather dearly and don't want to have to sell or sideline his car just because I don't make enough to repair it through a dealership. I never dreamed someone like me would ever own a car like this.
1. The drivers seatbelt is stuck all the way out and won't go back in. I went to the local dealership who quoted me 400.00 to replace it. OUCH! I remember my grandfather complaining that the seatbelt had twisted when it retracted before so I'm hoping that it's just twisted inside the panel. Does anyone know how to take the small panel the seatbelt retracts into off?
The passenger side seatbelt in the rear is also has a cracked piece (the piece where you plug the seatbelt into). The rest of that seatbelt is fine just the black piece with the red button is cracked off. Another 140.00 according to the dealership DOUBLE OUCH! None of these prices include labor.
2. My key fob works fine but the housing is cracked and the lock button has a hole worn through. Again, I ask the dealership if the housing can be replaced and they said no, another 350.00 for a new one. TRIPLE OUCH! But I've seen on ebay that there are housings for sale (but you have to take it to a key shop to get the ignition part programmed). Is this true? Can the housing be replaced?
That's it. I tell you what, having always owned cheap little American cars, the difference in driving this wonderful car is night and day. My other car feels like a soda can on wheels compared to the fantastic engineering and handling of this wonderful car.
Any help would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you