Due to wear, high usage vehicles can experience ignition lock and tumbler failures. The ignition lock cylinder will generally require replacement to correct this concern.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Mercedes-Benz E420
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 Problems
Oil feed tubes break and fall into the crankcase (engine) and the tappet becomes noisy (ticking), resulting in degraded idle quality. Our technicians recommend replacing all of the tubes at the same time, broken or not.
A coolant leak may develop form the Radiator due to degradation of its plastic components. Replacement of the failed radiator will be necessary.
Instrument cluster displays tend to fail, especially the clock and gear indicators; the instrument cluster needs to be replaced.
A malfunctioning HVAC blower motor regulator can cause the blower motor to operate below the requested speed or not at all. Updated regulators are available; the blower motor and cover need to be replaced at the same time to upgrade the system.
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 Recalls (Recent)
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 Questions and Answers
WHERE ARE THE SPARK PLUGS LOCATED IN MY 97 E 420 MERCEDES
when my air conditioner is on full cool it blows 55 degrees on the passenger side and 71 degrees on the drivers side. why?
Car has been starting with no problems. Today it idled up and turned off. It will not start up. The lights, radio, and air comes on. Please help!
My 1997 E420 with 134k miles on it will sometimes blow a small puff of white smoke when I start it. Only every now and then so I have no idea of the logic there. I noticed the other day when I had ...
1997 Mercedes-Benz E420 Reviews
1997 E420 Sport - My first Mercedes, bought from a friend's estate. Car is a creampuff, 95,000 miles and all dealer serviced. The exhaust system is like a new car, not rusted, the chassis is really olid,again no rot. The materials used are very high quality and the car holds up well as a result. Over the years and during the extended warranty the tranny was replaced, as was the AC blower motor. These are both problem areas in these cars , since repairs exceed the car value in many cases.
The V8 is very strong ,great mileage over 20mpg in everyday use. It is fairly quick but hampered by the ASR and traction control which limits jack rabbit starts. Top end is another matter altogether - 100 mph comes up quickly when passing. Theoretically, the car goes as fast in 3rd - 130mph - as it does in 5th, so it is an autobahn warrior. Rather amazing for a 12 year old car. There are not many places where I can get away with my speed tests, but we have a nice quiet 5 mile stretch near the ocean that makes me appreciate the wonderful brakes that Mercedes puts on all their cars.
These cars are dirt cheap today, and can be expensive to maintain - but they are worth every penny in satisfaction.