Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Camshaft Adjuster Solenoid on Mercedes-Benz E350

The camshaft adjuster solenoid (which is related to the variable valve timing system) may fail or timing chain/balance shaft components may wear, resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light and various drivability issues. Mercedes-Benz has released a service bulletin outlining specific repair instructions depending on fault codes stored.

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Average mileage: 75,596 (9,422–155,000)
Engine affected: 3.0L V6
7 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, more2010, 2011, 2012
111 people reported this problem
62 people shared problem details
Check engine light came on and has been on for several months. Car failed CT emissions test due to engine light being on. Engine light is on due to camshaft problem and was told that this problem is endemic in this E350 and that there should be a recall by M-Benz. Mechanic says he needs to remove the engine to access and repair the camshaft issues and this will cost several thousand dollars!! Can anyone corroborate this problem in the E350.
I learned about a recall from a co-worker and decided to do an Internet search. After contacting the local dealer, I learned that there is a Mercedes Benz recall for the camshaft solenoid. They repaired the issue at no cost. If anyone was charged previously, you may want to demand a refund. February 2013.
I have a same problem with check engine light on; dealer sais it's a camshaft problem which would cost from $5000 to $8000.to fix. He's submitting request for assistance to Mercedes. Waiting for a reply.
check engine light came on. I took took the dealer and have found out this is a common problem with these car's. Mercedes- Benz as the leader should see this and take car of these problems for their owners when reported. As everyone know's nothing on these car's are cheap.
I am still looking for a solution. Someone suggested that there is a recall on it and the Mercedes Benz Dealer would do it free of cost. But, I don't know if this information is true. Would appreciate it if somebody could verify this information.
Engg light came on while going to work, left the car and started the next morning. Engg light was off, car was driving fine. Took the car for service at Smythe European, San Jose dealership and mentioned the issue. The diagnostics came up with Camshaft Solenoid to be replaced. Checking on-line, I find that many E350 owners are facing the same issue..Mercedes should take care of this issue immediately. Am getting my car back tomorrow, hoping i have no further issues..Am a happy Mercedes owner!
Purchased the car with 62400 or so miles and have never truly felt satisfied with the performance. I checked the drivers manual for the "comfort" setting as well as for the "standrd" setting. The manual suggests a differential is the shifting between the two settings, however there has been a noticeable issue with the timing/shifting of the vehicle since the time of purchase. This has resulted in a disappoining experience with Mercedes. I had a diganostic done yesterday identifying codes 1200 and 1208 which are associated with a "Worn Balance Shaft Gear", estimated cost is $4972.00.
I have this problem now and I want to knw what it should cost to get it fixed
Check engine light is on and has been diagnosed as balancer shaft - estimated repair is over $6K (24-30 hours labor). Currently there is a pending class action lawsuit that is expected to be final 8/2015 and Mercedes will have to pay some or all of the expenses.
I have just joined the rest, my E350 engine warning light came on and took it to the dealer he has just rung, $6000 of costs of a known problem this is the 3rd major issue with the car that I have had. My love affair with a mercedes car my 3rd is over. My 3 issues all known by mercedes what I can't understand is why no recalls?
Check engine light came on - code said camshaft adjustment soloniod failure on the drivers side. Bought a set of two magnets from dealer for approx $50 and took 15 mins to replace. Detailed videos showing how to do this on you tube. Total investment was $78 including the code reader. Dealer wanted $600 to fix.
engine light on solenoid sensors replaced---still have light go on
i will take this to the dealer
Camshaft noted on Check Engine Light. The light would come on and turn off. The ride quality was diminished. Felt like I was driving over thousands of tiny bumps. The camshaft was replaced. Happened 7 mos after warranty expired. Received partial payment from MBZ Consumer Affairs Goodwill department.
I also have this same problem on my Bluetech E350 Coupe. Assemble in 2011 and in Indonesia on 2012. I found this problem on 24 December 2015 around 17:00 West Jakarta Time, and I was very very disappointed, when I had this problem, I start the engine and engine indicator light was on, and when I took it for around with my guess from Africa (it's a long way, and sit him on this car and on the way, suddently engine is stop, all indicators turn on, including abs, anti slip, fuel, temperature, airbag, etc) and I can say anything with this and make me screwed and so embarrassed!!!. And I ask my wife to bring another car for me to bring my guess back to hotel. And when I get back at 18:00, I directly call a 24 hour Mercedes-Benz service, which is very near to where my e350 coupe was located. And he help me to use jumper cables and it also not helping anything. So I need Towing Truck and unluckily the towing from PT. Dipo Angkasa Motor (an authorized Mercedes-Benz showroom) 2 on Job, and another 2 are on service, so I call Towing Truck from outside, and it came around 22:30, directly to PT. dipo Angkasa Motor. On 25 December 2015, Christmas Holiday (Merry Christmas Guysss) On 27 December 2015, not fully operated, so they just check with their computer for diagnose, and They found out it's Camshaft Adjuster Problem. They also told, inside camshaft there is indicator, so they could know about this problem. And they need to take of the engine and overhaul. Just rough estimate, they charge 22 Hours only for taking off the engine and overhaul. They also told me, need 1 week time to process exclude ordering time for sparepart. And I direcly give them approval for further process. 28 December 2015. They start to work. I hope it can be solved soon. Conclusion : - Engine check indicator was very crucial for Mercedes-Benz - Don't bring along your special people with this condition - Gurantee only for 3 Years, mine was expired on April 2015 - I was very very disappointed to have this car. E350 Coupe Bluetech is not a cheap and ordinary car. And found this problem on 9422 km - More Dissatisfied, Disappointed, they charged me with out any excuse and seeing the 9422 Km when it happen - Hope there will be some solution, some dicount or what, because it will be very expensive. (sorry for my bad grammars) (sorry I put wrong zipcode, I just want this problem to be shared) Hope my car repaied soon.
Check engine light came on at 81000. Camshaft solonoid repaired at dealer cost me $2800.00. Check engine light came on again at 91000. Took it to Autozone they said camshaft solonoid retard/failure. Taking it back to Sugarland Mercedes today.
I had the exact same engine light / camshaft problem: first I was told a sensor (relatively inexpensive sensor replacement $100 for three), then air intake manifold ($1800), now camshaft teeth are worn out ($5,000). At this point the repairs cost more than the car. This must happen often because they had a new and worn camshaft to show me the difference.
I recently experienced my car not starting and was towed to the closest MB Dealership. It turned out to be the "fuel tank kit" so they said, after doing my own investigating I found that MB had extended the warranty on the fuel tank kit to 15 yrs unlimited mileage. The dealer never informed me of this, thankfully I did my homework and it was replaced for free. However, after not having my car for a month, after having it back for 1 hour the check engine light came on, and now it is experiencing the same exact problem. I have no idea what to do next.
My engine and brake lights have been on for months now and I am unable to pass Texas inspection. Right now I am stuck because I am still paying off bill for Christmas. Hope that there is some type of rectifications on this issue
I have this problem but have not had it fixed yet as the dealer wanted over 5grand
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