1996 Mercedes-Benz E300 Problem Reports

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Cup holders break easily, especially if sticky liquids are spilled into the cup holder mechanism.
Oil leaks can develop around the oil filter housing.

PSE system, voice control module, or Tele Aid module failure can cause a lack of audio. These same modules can also cause dead battery conditions when they fail to "time out." Many electronic control modules are active even when the engine is off. If these modules stay active, they will drain the battery, which is why they have a timer built into the modules. The timer shuts down the modules after a preset amount of time (timing out). If a module does not time out, it will stay active and drain the battery.

The third (high) brake light housings melt, resulting in a loss of electrical contact for the light, which stops working. A complete housing (contacts and lens) is needed to repair the problem. On certain vehicles, if this happens, the anti-lock brake system will not function. The brakes will work in normal mode, but not provide the ABS control.
Fuel leaks can develop around the high pressure fuel injection pump. The fuel lines around the fuel filter and the fuel pump also tend to leak.