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Mercedes-Benz E430 Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A squeak from the steering column is often related to a rubber boot in the column or a seal in the power steering rack.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Brake lamp housings can melt, resulting in a loss of contact for the brake light bulb holder. If this happens, the brake light will not work. Replacement of the damaged lamp housing should correct this problem.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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.

Engine -- Verified

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.

Mercedes-Benz E430 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., November 20, 1998

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. A WRONG CLAMP MAY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON THE WINDOW AIR BAG UNITS.

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Body, Interior & Misc.

Summary: THIS IS NOT A SAFETY RECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED A SAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 2000 SLK AND E-CLASS VEHICLES. SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENTS HAVE OCCURRED WHEN THE VEHICLE IS LEFT PARKED IN HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING WARMER MONTHS.

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Mercedes-Benz E430 Questions and Answers

tlee, 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430, Chestnut Hill, MA

My front engine seal failed and i replaced it but when i start the car it blows it out again and oil comes out from it. What may cause the seal to blow agian and fail???

tlee, 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430, Chestnut Hill, MA

Where can i locate the the PVC system and check the whole system by myself?

Would the system cause a oil leak in front of the engine? looks liek the lower half of the engineif your standing in ...

tlee, 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430, Chestnut Hill, MA

Would the system cause a oil leak in front of the engine? looks liek the lower half of the engineif your standing in front of the engine. Looks like oil is leaking from the right side front side of...

monica45, 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430, Lithonia, GA

Approximately how much will it cost to repair a drive shaft

mike430, 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430, Mount Laurel, NJ

I just purchased a 1998 e430 and the ac is blowing out hot air. I bought 2 cans of refrigerant but when i got under the hood i could only find the low side. Can anyone tell me where to look possibl...

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Mercedes-Benz E430 Reviews

i own 2 of these cars,one of the best models that mercedes has build.
small problems here and there,nothing major.
get the car repaired by the best independent shop in town
and have no issues.250k miles and no car payments goes a long way.

Car run smooth & accelerates good. Have had check engine light go on several times and was told the (2) rear oxygen sensors need to be replaced for $700 each. I did not have them replaced. Instead I used Z Max gas & oil additive and the check engine light went away. My son in law who took automotive tech said they had tested it in school and it works as claimed.

I've had my, 2000 E430 for almost 2 years & I'll never drive anything else. I Take it to the dealer once a year and that's it. I barely passed the 100,000 mark & yes it's true. the tranny is acting funny. Just take it in and have it worked on. I'm a firm believer if you drive a Mercedes, be prepared to fork it over and i do. This car literally saved our lives. We were driving in the pounding rain at night, my wife was talking to her daughter when all of a sudden the car started doing a 360 on the freeway, the rain. She started yelling about dying & I was waiting for the impact, that's when the car took over, all the stabilization systems kicked in and i couldn't do anything about it. The yellow diamond lit up as well as the other system. It shifted itself into Manual shifting and stopped on its own, Quickly. It then transferred control to me. When we got home she was full of rocks, mud and debris. I still gave her a big kiss. She saved our lives that night. Mercedes Benz, is the safest car on the road. I know now. So when it comes time to put money into her, I do it with a smile. because i know I'm investing in the safety of our lives.

I am the second owner of a 1999 E-430. It had 73,000 miles when I became the owner which was 10 months ago. It drives well; the engine runs smoothly. I had to replace the blower and add freon but no major repairs. It is a a great performing car.

I am second owner of Sport model. I absolutely love this car. The car has 100,000 on it now and has a few minor issues. Slowly leaking freon (fill once per year), one O2 sensor needs replaced, etc. Not sure yet if I want to attempt the 100,000 service myself or just take it in.

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