2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 Q&A
2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 Question: Radiator Problem
My 2006 MB has only 30,000 miles on it and I took it into the dealer I purchased it from and they said that the radiator had a small hole the size of a pinhead and the fluide ran into the transmission. I had taken my care in 2 months earlier and everthing checked out find. What should I do they are telling me it going to be over $5000.00 for repair. my email address is email@example.com - minesjac
They are saying the transmission oil cooler has a pinhole in it that is allowing coolant into the radiator? Do you experience any transmission problems right now? Do they think it would be worth while flushing out and refilling the transmission (with correct oil) after first repairing the coolant/ transmission oil transferring problem. - patrick mannion
After your MB warranty expires, you are an orphan. Any MB participation in this repair is up to them, but I have never seen more than 50%. they are not obligated to give anything and you will find that out quickly if you even hint at legal action. This is the reason 90% of all dealership service work leaves and goes into the independent specialty market as soon as the warranty is over. I suggest you meet in person with the service manager or general manager and ask them to get the zone office involved. Be nice, be persistant and do not threaten. - overbys
Unfortunately you had 4 years / 50,000 miles warranty. Since you have only 30K and MB just inspected the vehicle 2 months ago you can try to make a deal with MB. Try to talk to the service manager directly, as overbys suggested it, if they won't offer any help you can call MB of North America and see if they can do something. If no help available from them, you are your own. Did you have any shifting / transmission problem before you took the car to the MB dealer or no shifting problem at all? If there was no problem I'd definitely try to perform a transmission flush, just like Patrick suggested it. In case the transmission has to be repaired or rebuild I'd suggest a good independent MB shop. They usually have lower prices than the dealer. Zee - ZeeTech
When turning the air conditioner to auto or auto max the radiator fan makes a loud humming noise as well as the back seat air vent start blowing hot air. The front air works fine.
A coolant leak may develop form the Radiator due to degradation of its plastic components. Replacement of the failed radiator will be necessary.