1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Mercedes-Benz E320

Instrument cluster displays tend to fail, especially the clock and gear indicators. Our technicians tell us the instrument cluster will require replacement to correct this issue.

The crankshaft position sensor may fail. Symptoms of this are: The engine will crank—but not start—especially when the engine is warm. The car may start again if it is left to cool off, but it may run roughly or have poor performance.

The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern.

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VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. SOME OF THESE VEHICLES HAVE EXPERIENCED SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENTS IN THE ABSENCE OF A CRASH.

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We have 1997 E320 wtih 300+K miles. Very happy, as it is one of the best and most dependable car. Basic maintance: 1) Change oil (Castrol 10W-30 or 10W-40) + Bosch oil filter every 10,000 miles. 2) Clean K&S air filter very 20K or as needed 3) Replace differential oil - Castrol 85W90 every 50K 4) Replace Bosch fuel filter every 25K-50K 5) Brake flush with Castrol Dot 4 - 50K ...

Bought this 1997 E-320 only 67 K always covered excellent condition Somehow it has a short that burns the fuse when trying to put it in gear. The fuse that controls the dash gages (gas,speedometer, engin idle,etc) and it says CHECK ENGIN. The radio and the A.C. work and it rides good other than all the gages out. My mechanic has no clue Is it the transmission sensor? Any clues?

Purchased used E320 with 110k miles with known maintenance history. Transmission locked up into limp home mode due to faulty ECM inside transmission, which I learn later is a common fault with this particular transmission. Find repair procedures online and replace faulty component which fixes problem, but confidence in car lost, as any hickup in electronic sensors associated with transmission...

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