Mercedes-Benz E320 Problems

Rattle From Beneath Vehicle on Mercedes-Benz E320

Problem Description and Possible Solution

When the engine is running, but the vehicle is not moving, a rattle heard from beneath the vehicle could indicate that one of the exhaust catalytic converters has failed. The substrate (the internal part of the catalyst that reduces emissions) can loosen and bounce around inside the canister section of the converter—the defective unit will need to be replaced. If this problem is ignored, the substrate can break down and reduce to a size that plugs the outlet pipe, which will cause a sudden loss in power.

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Mercedes-Benz E320 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 169,160 (66,000–210,000)
7 model years affected: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2001, 2003
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My husband says it is the muffler housing. He just needed to tighten a bolt. But after a while it came loose again and started rattling again. It was nice while it lasted.
Familiar rattle due to a faulty catalytic converter. The engine power is unchanged and it still passes the California smog test. Currently, the rattle has stopped so until the mpg or engine power significantly changes for the worse I'll keep driving until the wheels fall off the chassis. I've looked into options to replace the catalytic converter but the cost still isn't reasonable enough to proactively fix the issue at this stage.
Rattle in cat pipe and falling apart. Mercedes Benz replaced cat pipe and rattle was louder 2 days later.