About Mercedes-Benz E300
As a member of the Mercedes-Benz's long-running luxury mid-size vehicle lineup E-Class, Mercedes-Benz E300 has been built by a German manufacturer of motor vehicles and internal combustion engine Daimler-Benz AG from 1996 to 1998, DaimlerChrysler from 1999 to 2003, and a German multinational automotive corporation Daimler AG since 2007 as an executive car. Originally introduced as the second-generation E-Class (W210), E300 succeeds in squeezing into the upper end of the luxury market. Competing against the Infiniti Q70L, Cadillac CT6 and Lincoln Continental, E300 has won many awards and recognition such as Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year, and IIHS's Top Safety Pick+. Now, E300 is in its fourth generation.
The third-generation Mercedes-Benz E300 (W212) was produced from January 2009 to 2016 and debuted at the 2009 North American International Auto Show. It went on sale in North America in July 2009 as a 2010 model and was offered in only one body style, 4-door sedan. E300 came in four trim levels: base E300, E300 BlueEFFICIENCY, E300 BlueTEC, E300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and E300 4Matic. During this generation, Mercedes-Benz E300 was powered by 3.0 L V6 rated at 228 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque and 3.5 L V6 producing 249 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. And engines sent power through 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission to rear wheels or four wheels. The current E300 (W213) was launched at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January as a 2017 model. Now, E300 gets power from the 2.0 L turbocharged I4 cranking out 242 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and power is sent through 9-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission to rear wheels or four wheels.
Mercedes-Benz E300 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
As Mercedes-Benz's best mid-size car to date, the Mercedes-Benz E300 should be an excellent choice for car enthusiasts no matter what model year they are considering. But as time passes by, you have to pay more attention to these common problems on your E300:
First, according to the reliable car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, bad fuel economy is what Mercedes-Benz E300 drivers complained most during their driving experience. Besides taking the leaking oil, which is also a typical symptom of engine failure, you should know that the engine failure is also a main reason to cause bad gas mileage. Some professional E300 repairmen told that when the engine fails, it not only needs more oil to maintain its normal operation, it will also perform worse such as misfiring, stalling and hard starting or inability to start, which exactly poses great pressure on the excessive oil consumption. What's more, you will also find a decrease in power while acceleration and the Check Engine Light gets on. All these could be attributed to the E300 spark plug, engine control module, engine mount, air filter, oil filter, fuel pump, fuel tank and valve cover gasket.
Second, another most reported issue with the Mercedes-Benz E300 would be braking failure. Every driver knows that how important a well-functioning braking system is and what serious consequences it could bring once it has something wrong. Therefore, these recognizable and simple symptoms of braking failure provided by experienced E300 drivers should be borne in your mind. Noises from brakes and poorly responded brakes when being depressed; pulsating brake pedal; locked-up rear brakes, especially on wet surfaces; leaking brake fluids; and parking brake could not hold the vehicle properly as well as illuminated Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Light could be caused by E300 brake pad set, brake disc, brake drum, brake caliper, brake line, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable.
For perfect ride on your Mercedes-Benz E300, you need to perform routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on it. Some parts just could not last as long as the vehicle could due to fragile materials and harsh working conditions. And E300 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter are helpful in creating safe and comfortable driving environment, maintaining them routinely is a must.
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