Mercedes-Benz E350 Problem Report
Mercedes-Benz E350 Check Engine Light Due to Faulty Camshaft Adjuster Solenoid
The camshaft adjuster solenoid (which is related to the variable valve timing system) may fail or timing chain/balance shaft components may wear, resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light and various drivability issues. Mercedes-Benz has released a service bulletin outlining specific repair instructions depending on fault codes stored.
Check engine light came on and has been on for several months. Car failed CT emissions test due to engine light being on. Engine light is on due to camshaft problem and was told that this problem is endemic in this E350 and that there should be a recall by M-Benz. Mechanic says he needs to remove the engine to access and repair the camshaft issues and this will cost several thousand dollars!! Can anyone corroborate this problem in the E350. - Visitor
I learned about a recall from a co-worker and decided to do an Internet search. After contacting the local dealer, I learned that there is a Mercedes Benz recall for the camshaft solenoid. They repaired the issue at no cost. If anyone was charged previously, you may want to demand a refund. February 2013. - gajgrant
I have a same problem with check engine light on; dealer sais it's a camshaft problem which would cost from $5000 to $8000.to fix. He's submitting request for assistance to Mercedes. Waiting for a reply. - Visitor
Engg light came on while going to work, left the car and started the next morning. Engg light was off, car was driving fine. Took the car for service at Smythe European, San Jose dealership and mentioned the issue. The diagnostics came up with Camshaft Solenoid to be replaced. Checking on-line, I find that many E350 owners are facing the same issue..Mercedes should take care of this issue immediately.
Am getting my car back tomorrow, hoping i have no further issues..Am a happy Mercedes owner! - Visitor
Purchased the car with 62400 or so miles and have never truly felt satisfied with the performance. I checked the drivers manual for the "comfort" setting as well as for the "standrd" setting. The manual suggests a differential is the shifting between the two settings, however there has been a noticeable issue with the timing/shifting of the vehicle since the time of purchase. This has resulted in a disappoining experience with Mercedes. I had a diganostic done yesterday identifying codes 1200 and 1208 which are associated with a "Worn Balance Shaft Gear", estimated cost is $4972.00. - Visitor
check engine light came on. I took took the dealer and have found out this is a common problem with these car's. Mercedes- Benz as the leader should see this and take car of these problems for their owners when reported. As everyone know's nothing on these car's are cheap. - Visitor
i will take this to the dealer - Visitor
I have just joined the rest, my E350 engine warning light came on and took it to the dealer he has just rung, $6000 of costs of a known problem this is the 3rd major issue with the car that I have had.
My love affair with a mercedes car my 3rd is over.
My 3 issues all known by mercedes what I can't understand is why no recalls? - Visitor
engine light on solenoid sensors replaced---still have light go on - Owl69
I have this problem now and I want to knw what it should cost to get it fixed - just_reggie52
Camshaft noted on Check Engine Light. The light would come on and turn off. The ride quality was diminished. Felt like I was driving over thousands of tiny bumps. The camshaft was replaced. Happened 7 mos after warranty expired. Received partial payment from MBZ Consumer Affairs Goodwill department. - Visitor
MB replaced the shaft - Visitor
i have the p0304 misfire in 4 cilinder and i check it and didnt have compression - Visitor
Check engine light kept coming on intermittently. We thought it was the gas cap, so replaced it 2 times--- didnt need another rock to fall on our heads to have it checked out. 3 of the 4 activators had to be replaced. - Visitor
Vehicle needed a new camshaft. Mercedes should do a recall! - Visitor
Had to replace camshaft adjuster, aprox $4,000 out of pocket expense - Visitor
Tech trouble shot problem with computer program. Indication is that the gear is bad and must be replaced. Quoted $5,000 for the work, including engine removal. - Visitor
Same problem -- engine light stays on; diagnosed as camshaft solenoid failure. Understand Mercedes has a 'campaign' to fix the problem. Will see if it costs me! - Visitor
WHILE DRIVING THE CAR WILL NOT CATCH - Visitor
Check engine light came on at 127,000 miles, Diagnosed to code P0016, also brought to a Mercedes Benz Certified tech who confirmed I then called Mercedes Benz USA in Newark NJ. They do not stand behind their product. Politely told me that I had to bring car to an approved dealership, who will rip me off by charging ($130 an hour versus $85) to confirm what I already know which is a bad Balance Shaft (272-030-0613. If I did that then they will look at case and check the service history to try and not pay for repairs (All expensive service must have been done at one of their approved dealerships), if you did all that then maybe they will help you a bit. 30 Hours to repair balance shaft at $130 an hour = $3,900 in labor alone. The part cost $440 with all the gaskets online. Not sure what Mercedes Benz charges but I am sure its a lot more. Here is the story of a company that says "The Best or Nothing". How can anyone believe them anymore when they know they have a problem and do NOT take responsibility. - Visitor
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