1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Mercedes-Benz E-Class 1998

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (6%)

Suspension and Steering (8%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (44%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 36 repairs.
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class repair cost distribution

$2500+ (6%)

$1000 - $2499 (9%)

$500 - $999 (13%)

$100 - $499 (47%)

< $100 (25%)

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Chart based on 32 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Engine not specified

Mercedes-Benz in Texas, United States
Apr 2012 - Sep 2012
Jul 2012

85300 mi

US $1200
Computer sensor failed and needed replacement. 
Mercedes-Benz in Ontario, Canada
Feb 2012 - Mar 2013
Mar 2012

179800 mi

C $600
R&R muffler R&R motor mounts 
Oct 2012

184140 mi

C $100
Rear driver's side window failed. 
Feb 2013

185780 mi

C $200
Upper body mount for FR shock rusted away and had to be replaced. I was told that this repair was common for cars in Canada. 
Mercedes-Benz in Texas, United States
Feb 2012 - Mar 2012
Mar 2012

130000 mi

US $300
AC Expansion Valve replaced 
Mercedes-Benz in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Oct 2011
Oct 2011

34000 mi

US $25
BAS/ASR light on intermittently for weeks. Replaced brake light sensor myself with $25 part from local shop - they got it from MB in a few hours. Problem resolved. 
Mercedes-Benz in Ohio, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2014
Sep 2013

156000 mi

US $40
replaced front bushings flushed coolant heater blower regulator replaced Window, steering wheel and seats can not be moved anymore. Tried replacing control modules. No success. 
Mercedes-Benz in Texas, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
May 2013

155900 mi

US $300
Weak, shorted battery, caused sensitive system shutdowns. 
Mercedes-Benz in North Carolina, United States
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012
Oct 2011

155000 mi

US $1000
catalytic converter 
Mar 2012

175000 mi

US $86
Repair Oil Housing Leak Repair windshield washer fluid pump 
Mercedes-Benz in California, United States
Nov 2012 - Apr 2014
Dec 2012

162000 mi

US $200
Rear driver side window regulator failed. 
Mercedes-Benz in Georgia, United States
Dec 2011 - May 2012
Apr 2012

118000 mi

US $450
bad window motor 

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

turbocharged 6-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz in California, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2011
Jun 2011

217000 mi

US $100
A/C blows hot - used superseal to repair leak. 

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz in New York, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2013
Jun 2012

135000 mi

US $2500
Discovered the whole air conditioning unit (compressor, etc) needs to be replaced. Would cost >$5000 to fix. cost is just for analyzing issue. 

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

8-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz in Minnesota, United States
May 2011 - Aug 2011
Jul 2011

154000 mi

US $150
Rust bubbles on both sides of vehicle - door skins, wheelwells, front fenders. (Owner) I chiseled/scraped out all rust spots, treated with Rust Bullet, sanded, repainted with base/clearcoat kit, wet sanded clear, rub out, wax, detail. 

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz in California, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2013
Feb 2012

150000 mi

US $300
Accessory Belt tensioner replaced 
May 2012

152400 mi

US $400
Replaced blower motor regulator and blower motor with new design 
Oct 2012

156300 mi

US $3800
Catalytic converters on both sides failed.  Also replaced front CV boots on both sides. 

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz in Kansas, United States
Oct 2010 - Dec 2012
Sep 2011

57000 mi

US $560
AIR MASS METER 
Mercedes-Benz in Virginia, United States
Oct 2010 - Jun 2011
Apr 2011

216800 mi

US $950
Water pump and idler pulley belt tensioner were shot 
Mercedes-Benz in Chile
Nov 2010 - Nov 2013
Sep 2011

84940 mi

$90
Engine and transmission mounts had to be replaced after a loud noise and vibration coming from the engine and transmission. 
Jun 2013

93000 mi

$150
BAS/ASR sensor replaced. 
Mercedes-Benz in Alabama, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2011
Jun 2011

121000 mi

US $1032
REPLACED THE CONDENSOR FAN AND CONTROL UNIT, RECHARGED SYSTEM. 
Mercedes-Benz in Florida, United States
Jul 2011 - Aug 2014
Nov 2011

209800 mi

US $150
rear power door lock actuator was not working on one side. actuator was replaced and everything works well now. 
May 2012

218300 mi

US $872
The AC had been switching off at stoplights on hot days. The system was found to be low on refrigerant. It was evacuated and refilled. The function of the aux radiator fan was also checked 
Jun 2012

219000 mi

US $400
AC still not working after recharge. Found to be pressure sensor. The system has 3 sensors, this was the most expensive one. Sensor was replaced and system works perfectly now. 
Feb 2013

236000 mi

US $250
Needed new bushings up front 
Aug 2014

252000 mi
The condenser failed, taking the compressor with it. Entire AC system needed replacing. That repair exceeded the value of the car, so I sold it. The whole car really started to fail at 250,000 miles. 
Mercedes-Benz in California, United States
Nov 2010 - May 2014
Jul 2012

164300 mi

US $220
Replace TDC sensor 
Mercedes-Benz in California, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013
Oct 2011

178000 mi
Third brake light stopped working. Mechanic checked power and connections, and corrected minor problem at no cost. 

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