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About Mercedes-Benz 300TE

As a model of the Mercedes-Benz W124, which is the internal chassis designation for some versions of the E-Class as well as the first generation to be officially referred to as E-Class, Mercedes-Benz 300TE was built by the Daimler-Benz between 1988 and 1993 as a mid-size executive car. Originally introduced as a model in the W124, 300TE was also known as 300TE-24 and 300TE 4Matic. After being available for about six model years, the production of 300TE was ended.
Mercedes-Benz 300TE (W124) made its debut for the 1988 model year and was offered in only one body style, 5-door estate as well as came in only one trim level. Like other models in this lineup, 300TE also featured a front suspension using a separate spring and damper with a rubber top mount and a rear suspension featuring the Mercedes multi-link axle. Moreover, equipped with a single windscreen wiper hat had an eccentric mechanism at its base that extended the wiper's reach to the top corners of the windscreen, optional headrests that would fold down remotely to improve rearward visibility when required, a "neighbor-friendly" rear door that was pulled in the shut-position silently and automatically by a sensor-controlled servomotor, a tight-fitting rear gate that could minimize the cabin noise, additional oxygen sensor in the exhaust system in conjunction with a semi-electronic fuel injection system, could make the engine run more efficiently, 300TE got two engine options, 3.0 L I6 rated at 178-185 hp and 188-192 lb-ft of torque and 3.2 L I6 good for 228 horsepower and 201 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the rear wheels or four wheels through 4-speed, 5-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

Mercedes-Benz 300TE Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

For a vehicle having an age of at least twenty-four years old, the Mercedes-Benz 300TE must be on the verge of breaking down. If you have a 300TE, you are advised to learn about these common problems in advance:
First, a rough running engine is the most common and serious problem that Mercedes-Benz 300TE drivers could have ever met during driving. This is a typical engine failure, which could decide if your vehicle borders on breaking down. To avoid the worst situation, you are advised to learn how to diagnose and solve it before it is too late with the help of experienced 300TE drivers. It often starts with strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling from the engine, leaking oil on the ground and burnt oil odor in the compartment; then you will get a suffered-performance engine that misfires, stalls and even suffers from starting issues including hard starting and inability to start. Finally, the vehicle also experiences a reduction in power, acceleration and fuel economy. The best advice for you is once the Check Engine Light comes on, you need to inspect the 300TE spark plug, air filter, oil filter, engine control module, oxygen sensor, exhaust manifold gasket, fuel pump and valve cover gasket immediately.
Second, according to the reliable car repair statistics site repairpal.com, the transmission failure is another common and horrible problem on Mercedes-Benz 300TE. As the culprit of drivability problem, you have to get it diagnosed and solved as soon as possible. Experienced 300TE drivers offered some recognizable and simple symptoms of it for your reference. Starting with the clunking or grinding noises coming from underneath the vehicle, leaking transmission fluids on the ground and the non-matching indicator, you will find the vehicle starts in another gear or refuses to go into gear, transmission slips or surges and you have difficulty in shifting gear. Once all these happen, then the 300TE transmission assembly, shift cable, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, transfer case seal and clutch fork must be out of order.
Moreover, please take routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts of your Mercedes-Benz 300TE as an effective way to lower the possibility of fatal accidents. Some parts undertake the responsibility of creating a safe and comfortable driving environment, but they are also exposed to harsh working conditions. So, please add the 300TE seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, cabin air filter, fog light and headlight to your routine maintenance list.
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