Can anyone help me with a similar problem? Anyone?
About 2 months ago, the "engine check" came on and the car started running strange. It wouldn't start correctly, sometimes not at all. The engine would turn but not turn over. So I purchased a code machine, in hopes of finding out what was wrong, the cheap way. It came up with a "throttle position sensor" and a "camshaft position sensor". I took it to benz, they claimed it was not the throttle position sensor but just the camshaft position sensor. After finding out the cost, I purchased it online and took it to pepboys. They fix it, runs okay but now starts to rev certain times and other times there wouldn't be enough gas it seemed and the car would rev too low, but not die, just start shaking at a very, very low idle. Not to mention, the camshaft position sensor is still on when I use the code machine. Anyway, I bring it back to benz, this time they claim it's the "air flow mass sensor". Fine, brought it home, ordered the part online and did it myself this time (they wanted $700 or so, I did it for $55 plus a set of polygonal tamper proof wrenches. I read in this post that a cheap one will cause problems. Is that true? Should I have bought one from another place, NOT EBAY? I got mine on EBAY.) Now, the engine light goes off, BUT it still is idling strangly. So here I am, 2 sensors fixed (camshaft position sensor and MAF) and now I'm thinking it's the oxygen sensors. By the way, the "check engine" light was off for about 5 days, then it came back on. Did I hurt the new "air mass sensor" by not fixing the oxygen sensors I wonder? Or is it even the oxygen sensors? When I hook up that machine, I get a bunch of code readings, all the same for the most part. They read:
bank 1 and 2 too rich and too lean.
For the most part, I have the same symptoms as you, I changed the MAF and it still runs poorly. It doesn't die but revs high and low at times, sometimes making the car lunge forward, other times and mostly making it idle to the point of stalling, although it doesn't stall- just shakes a bit until I give it gas again. Does this seem familiar? Thanks!