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I finally got an E-Class a couple of months ago and for the most part I love it. I upgraded from a 2004 C240 so the difference is noticeable. But it seems like a bunch of random little issues keep popping up and I want to make sure I'm dealing with them correctly. Treat the "disease" and not just the symptoms.

Let me start from the front of the car.

Horn - sounds like a dying goose. Sounds to me like either the woofer or tweeter horn is not working. Is it a fuse issue, the horn or electrical.

You'll see why I say electrical in a bit.

Headlights and instrument panel - Headlights and instrument panel lights dim momentarily once in a while like there is a drop in voltage. Is this normal? A battery issue? or alternator starting to die?

Transmission - I've already had to have the TCM reset because about 3 weeks after I bought the car, it started to shift weird. Wouldn't shift out of 1st or second. And then wouldn't come out of 4th or 5th. The next day, starts up and drives fine. Drove it straight to the selling dealer who "sent it out" to a Benz specialist who then reset the TCM.
I'm wondering if there is in fact an electrical issue, if that affected the TCM and cause the erratic shifting? It happened again a couple of days ago where it would downshift hard between 2nd and 3rd or 2nd and 1st. Then it drove fine the rest of the day.
My indy shop recommended I change the transmission and transfer case fluids/filter because it didn't "look like" it was ever done.

Rear driver's side window - Again randomly, seems like the window decides it doesn't want to work. Doesn't go down or up using either the rear passenger window button or the driver's window button. The door lock also goes out of sync. It does that for a bit. I'll go somewhere, come back to the car about an hour later and the window magically works again and the door locks are synced.

Rear defroster and radio - When I turn the rear defroster on my radio reception is very staticcy. I've read that this is an issue on some cars but could this be related to the other issues?

And lastly the trunk - In y research I found some posts that mention that there would be a water leak in the trunk that could affect the battery and electrical wiring. It rained yesterday, I looked in the trunk, under the carpet and near the battery and there was no water or moisture whatsoever. I do notice that when I open the trunk after it has rained, water seems to leak out between the exterior skin of the trunk and the interior metal seam on the left side. Could just be water running in from the exterior but not sure

Anyway….I know it's a long post and thank you for reading so far.

Could all these issues be related to each other? or am I having a bunch of unrelated problems happening at the same time? What can you recommend I do? or start to do?

I've haven't had any luck getting the VMI for my car from the dealership. I was hoping that would give me an idead of what's going on because clearly the previous owner didn't take good care of it.

Thank you.
 

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For your tranny when was last time oil was changed?

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According to the Maintenance Booklet, transmission and transfer case oil should've been changed at 39,000 miles but when the shop looked at it they said that it didn't look like it had been.
 

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Just turned over to 68,000 miles a couple of days ago.
I agree about the maintenance I just want to make sure there isn't an bigger issue, otherwise money spent on maintenance might be wasted.
 

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You need to start with oil change filter etc, remember cheap Mercedes end up being most expensive . Sounds like ur car was not maintained well so start with fluids, filters, spark plugs, check valve covers for oil leak

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These issues are not normal.
+1 on fluids, if it hasn't been done, replace ALL fluids, the transmission should be flushed with 14 qts. The brake fluid should be replaced as well. Transfer case, front and rear diffs. Leave coolant alone for another 5 years or 80k miles.
 
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