2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2005

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (36%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (11%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (12%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (27%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (4%)

Chart based on 141 repairs.
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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (19%)

$500 - $999 (22%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (31%)

Chart based on 113 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Engine not specified

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New York, United States
Dec 2016 - May 2017
Mar 2017

89000 mi

US $400
Changed motor mounts. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2015 - Apr 2017
Jun 2015

135000 mi

US $1500
Left cv joint leaking Transmission service 
Sep 2015

137000 mi

US $890
Replace Left and Right CV boots Windshield Washer Pump Power steering filter clogged 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Wagon

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in California, United States
Jun 2014 - Jul 2015
Sep 2014

124000 mi
Supplemental Braking Control (SBC) module end-of-life warning message 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Minnesota, United States
Jun 2008 - Aug 2012
Jan 2009

26000 mi
Replacement of left front ball joint and related hardware -- a squeak developed when going up or down an incline.  Transmission fluid leak - connector, cover plate and gasket replaced; transmission fluid drained and replaced.  
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Tennessee, United States
Apr 2010 - Oct 2015
Aug 2015

127900 mi

US $1900
Oil leak 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Oregon, United States
Nov 2014 - Mar 2015
Dec 2014

143000 mi

US $1600
Left windshield wiper came loose. Mounting bolt failure. New struts, transmission and differential flush, oil change, replaced breather. 
Jan 2015

144000 mi

US $50
Antenna loose, torx screw stripped, replaced. 
Mar 2015

144000 mi

US $1600
Replaced front and rear flex discs (starting to crack) Replaced front lower control arm bushing (severe cracking) 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New York, United States
Nov 2009 - Sep 2017
Jun 2010

46000 mi

US $100
Brake light has come on twice. Said take for immediate service. Problem disappeared after parking. Reappeared two days later.  
Nov 2012

61200 mi
Gas struts on power tailgate failed and tailgate did not fully close. Ran battery down. Struts replaced under warranty 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in British Columbia, Canada
Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
Oct 2016

79960 mi

C $800
The rear SAM broke, so the fuel gauge can't show gas level 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
Jan 2012

115000 mi

US $198
As usual it was normally easy but the emergency brake was problem. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 3.2L I6 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Virginia, United States
Feb 2010 - Feb 2016
Jul 2010

47500 mi

US $800
EGR valve died - this appears to be a known manufacturing defect on the car but since it was out of warranty I ate the cost. 
Dec 2015

166000 mi

US $5400
High pressure fuel pump, 2 injectors, turbo and in-tank fuel lift pump replaced due to failure of high pressure pump and metal shavings throughout the system. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Jun 2011
Jun 2010

75000 mi

US $500
Changed control arms 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Florida, United States
Sep 2010 - Apr 2015
Jan 2011

53000 mi
Intermittent squeal from blower motor. Motor replaced. 
Apr 2015

70000 mi
Front passenger air vent at dash was broken and could not change the direction of flow. A $480 repair for something that could not be seen and still functioned. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Washington, United States
Aug 2012 - Oct 2017
Oct 2013

89300 mi

US $420
Replaced all glow plugs in engine. Two had become faulty so I replaced all of them since they would all evenyually fail. 
Jun 2014

95000 mi

US $2005
Scheduled maint. D, replace all engine mounts, brake fluid flush. 
Oct 2014

96300 mi

US $1090
Glow plug light remained on after engine started, check engine light came on. Glowplug relay was bad, replaced. Heating system quit blowing warm air. Heater exchange failed. Replaced. 
Feb 2016

108000 mi

US $2200
Complete instrument cluster replaced. 
Nov 2016

115700 mi

US $1300
glowplug failure 
Oct 2017

123000 mi

US $1485
Front stabilizer bars replaced 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in California, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2017
Apr 2015

143300 mi

US $550
Replace belt tensioner, pulleys and belt. 
Sep 2015

146000 mi

US $1500
Received a "Service Brake - visit workshop" message on my dashboard. Mechanic's code search called for the Sensotronic Brake Control Unit to be replaced. Brakes worked fine but after discussion decided to go with my trusted guy's advice. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in California, United States
Jul 2013 - Sep 2017
Aug 2013

28000 mi

US $500
Leaking transmission plug adapter found during routine transmission service, replaced part. 
Aug 2017

87000 mi

US $400
EGR sticking open causing limp home mode. Replaced with redesigned oem part. Main battery low voltage. Replaced main and aux battery with new units 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

74700 mi
suspension 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Arizona, United States
Mar 2006 - Jun 2011
Mar 2006

9010 mi
COMAND had to be replaced due to problem with NAV 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in South Carolina, United States
Jun 2008 - May 2014
Jul 2008

51000 mi
Bad glow plug. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New York, United States
- Oct 2007
Apr 2007

52001 mi

US $980
Replace left headlight assembly (trim ring had dislodged and could not be repaired) 
Oct 2007

55000 mi

US $520
Replace left and right lower balljoints 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Missouri, United States
Jun 2006 - Oct 2015
Sep 2006

42000 mi

US $750
Bought DVD navigation system from Ebay, Installed it myself in about 3 hours. worked perfectly. 
Jan 2007

50000 mi

US $350
Bought Sirius Satellite radio from Ebay, Installed it myself. Had to make 1 mounting bracket. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New York, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
Sep 2008

96000 mi

US $500
Pulley seized.  
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2006 - Mar 2012
Sep 2006

23000 mi
OIL LEAK COVERED BY WARRANTY 
Jun 2009

36000 mi

US $700
A check engine light went on. I brought the car to the dealer who diagnosed the problem and repaired the car. The problem was with the glow plugs used to start the ignition as this car is a diesel. 
May 2010

42000 mi

US $2070
The A/C vent doors did not function. The entire dash had to be removed and new parts installed. The local auto repair was much less expensive than had I brought it to a Mercedes dealer. 
May 2011

46900 mi

US $1000
ball joints needed replacing; total with new secondary battery and normal service was $1246.34 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Florida, United States
Oct 2008 - Jun 2011
Mar 2009

147000 mi

US $400
SRS system. Clock spring in steering wheel had to be replaced as it was worn out. 
Apr 2010

182000 mi
Glow plug replaced. glo plug replaced 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Maryland, United States
Jun 2008 - Apr 2017
Nov 2009

41700 mi

US $25
Replaced diesel glow plug 
Dec 2016

142000 mi

US $125
Replaced Glow Plug 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in California, United States
Jun 2008 - Sep 2017
Feb 2011

86000 mi

US $10
Replaced passenger side headlamp. 
Mar 2012

100000 mi

US $65
Replaced thermostat. Engine operating temperature was about 60C instead of 92C. After replacement engine warms up much more quickly and runs at 92C. 
Nov 2014

140000 mi

US $28
Glow plug controller failed. Controller was replaced. After glow plug controller was replaced, a glow plug failed. Replaced at 140k miles. This is the third glow plug that has been replaced on the car since it was new, and is considered a wear item. 
Dec 2015

156000 mi

US $200
Water pump bearing failed. In hindsight I had plenty of warning but ignored the symptoms. Impeller contacted engine block and put tiny aluminum filings throughout cooling system, and then locked, causing belt to to squeal and then come off. 
Oct 2016

169300 mi

US $95
Replaced #3 glow plug. Replaced SBC battery. Battery was original (12 years old). 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Florida, United States
May 2009 - Jun 2011
Jun 2009

202000 mi

US $574
Had "Check Engine" light. Dealer replaced all glow plugs PR Bulletin. P-B-15.20/66. 
Aug 2009

213400 mi

US $450
Replaced inoperative sun visors. 
Feb 2010

234000 mi

US $2300
Replaced front struts, body control module, and other suspension parts. 
May 2010

247200 mi

US $500
Bolt holding fuel injectors came loose and diesel fuel leaked upwards around fuel injector on front two injectors. Diesel fuel got hot,carborized, and melted electrical connections on injectors. Engine cover also partially melted.  
Sep 2010

258000 mi

US $25000
More than one of the fuel injectors started to leak. Had all the injectors removed and rebuilt. Reinstallation taking place right now. One injector was not able to be rebuilt, had to purchase one new injector. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Florida, United States
Jun 2008 - Sep 2017
Dec 2009

34000 mi
tpms tire pressure moniter sys 
May 2017

83399 mi
fuel tank replaced under extended warranty 
Sep 2017

87000 mi

US $1700
Active headlights rear sunshade stuck up 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Virginia, United States
Jun 2010 - Jul 2017
Jun 2011

40000 mi

US $400
Dead instrument cluster was replaced. Due to integrated computers on this car, it also affected HVAC & stereo (these worked fine once cluster was replaced). 
Sep 2016

63000 mi
Replace gas tank, fuel pumps, and associated parts. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in South Carolina, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
Jan 2009

56000 mi

US $200
Transmission leak required new electronic plug and transmission service. Replace supercharger clutch pack also. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Texas, United States
Nov 2013 - Oct 2015
Mar 2014

108000 mi

US $600
Alternator went bad, started to melt plastic behind unit. Replaced with new Bosch unit, but also had to replace both batteries as well. Airmatic system failing, motor makes noise and bags leak overnight every night 
Jun 2014

112000 mi

US $255
Supercharger intercooler leak. Replaced. Supercharger pulley bearings fell apart, replaced. Heater core switch malfunctioned, replaced. 
Sep 2014

115000 mi

US $250
Evaporator sensor malfunction. AC also recovered and recharged 
Jan 2015

121000 mi
Fuel pressure seems to be low when car has less than quarter tank. Car stumbles and hesitates frequently 
Apr 2015

123000 mi
Fuel tank, pumps and sending units replaced under extended warranty SBC system warning message 
Oct 2015

131000 mi
Sbc light came back on. Dealer said replacement of system due to accumulator leak. Cost is ~$3000.  Also AC motor making squeaking noises, might need replacement (~$1000). Traded car in immediately 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in California, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2012
Nov 2008

45000 mi
Bladder for thigh extension was defective.  Also radio speaker was replaced. 
Feb 2009

46000 mi
Parktronic indicator on dash was defective. 
Dec 2009

53000 mi
TPMS sensor failed. Dealer replaced all of them due to age. Problem resolved. 
Nov 2011

61200 mi
Rear SAM unit failure. Battery would drain overnight. Rear SAM unit replaced. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 5.0L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in United Arab Emirates
Mar 2013 - Jun 2014
Mar 2013

84940 mi

¤1350
Replace Front Control Arm joints. Replace Front Brakes and Rotors. Replace Engine Oil and Filter. Replace Transmission Oil and Filter. Clean Air Filters. Replace Battery - Both (Auxiliary and main). Replace Air Intake Element. 
May 2013

85440 mi
SBC System is showing alarm and visit workshop .. a mercedes w211 issue and the dealer refuses to repair 
Nov 2013

88700 mi

¤500
W211 SBC issue Airmatic suspension issues 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in California, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2015
Sep 2010

96000 mi

US $650
Oil leak from RH valve cover Battery light with "visit workshop" displayed. Car needed emergency brake battery replaced Noise hear from front end while driving. New steering rods, and new struts installed. Transmission not downshifting smoothly. Software updated, new engine and transmission mounts installed 
Dec 2010

100000 mi
Turn signal switch not working properly cooling fan not working 
Mar 2011

104000 mi

US $175
Rear main oil seal was leaking Engine misfire case. I was told it was spark plug wires at a cost of $1100. I attempted the repair myself but the problem was not corrected. The car will be going back to the dealer tomorrow. 
Apr 2011

104700 mi

US $650
mass airflow sensor 
Sep 2011

115000 mi

US $600
Battery light came on. Told it was a battery control module and it could possibly be corrected by a re-flash of memory which seems to be working.  Engine would crank for an extended period of time before it would start especially when hot. Eventually the CEL came on. Told it was either a crank or cam position sensor. Dealer replaced Crank Sensor and problem went away. 
Feb 2013

141500 mi

US $350
CEL on and rough idle. Replaced EGR valve. 
Jul 2015

187500 mi

US $3000
Driveshaft support bearing worn Leaking rear airbag. Mechanic recommended replacing all airbag suspension with coil springs 
Aug 2015

187900 mi

US $1500
Fuel pump failed. fuel pump replaced Water pump making noise 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Texas, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Aug 2009

53000 mi

US $2400
active headlamp not available = new headlamp assembly because motor was broken 
Mar 2010

57000 mi

US $1200
Crank position sensor failed 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Nebraska, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2014
Jun 2014

48000 mi

US $57
A/C Needed recharged 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Texas, United States
Jun 2008 - Apr 2013
Sep 2009

18000 mi

US $800
valve cover leaks - car just went out of warranty, Mercedes covered repair. 
Jun 2010

23000 mi

US $450
front strut failed, mercedes covered parts due to low miles but not labor 
Jul 2012

57200 mi

US $700
steering input sensor failed and was replaced 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

302-horsepower 5.0L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Virginia, United States
Apr 2009 - Feb 2011
Jun 2009

55000 mi

US $120
TPMS on LR wheel failed 
Sep 2009

60000 mi

US $785
GPS antenna failed--no nav. Discovered cracked rim during wheel alignment. Rim was replaced. 
Feb 2010

67000 mi

US $300
4 matic seal replaced 
Nov 2010

81700 mi

US $1000
PSE pump failure; door locks, auto trunk close, and dynamic seats affected. 
Feb 2011

85000 mi

US $1620
Electronic ignition switch failed intermittently. New switch installed and software reloaded. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2008 - Jun 2012
Mar 2009

67000 mi
Had faulty transfer case (4Matic model) diagnosed and replaced. Was a Mercedes TSB (Order No. P-SC-2007100004), so no problem. Great experience with dealer service.  They also replaced third brake light w/ 3 dead LED's under warranty while in the shop :)  
Jun 2009

76000 mi

US $65
Wiper mechanism was out of alignment. Special Mercedes tool used to re-calibrate it Driver seat was stuck in almost full forward position (where the wife puts it). I can't fit that close, so wife drives it until the part comes in. Motor/etc... ordered by dealer and they will replace under CPO warranty 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New Jersey, United States
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Oct 2009

40000 mi
Valve cover gasket leaking. 
Oct 2010

52300 mi

US $3200
Car made excessive noise from rear tire area. Dealer investigated and found Rear Differential required replacement. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2008 - Feb 2014
Oct 2013

44300 mi
A battery related cable came loose....repair was quick , once problem located. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in New York, United States
Dec 2013 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

109000 mi

US $510
Changed water pump 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Maryland, United States
Nov 2010 - Oct 2011
Dec 2010

106000 mi

US $375
Needed a new ignition switch. Dealer replaced, Mercedes paid for part, I paid labor. 
Sep 2011

119000 mi

US $700
Upper ball joints replaced 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4dr Sedan

221-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Virginia, United States
Apr 2012 - Jan 2015
Jul 2013

121000 mi

US $1450
Replaced the A/C unit behind the passenger side dash 
Feb 2014

123200 mi

US $750
Replaced the engine mounts 
Jan 2015

123000 mi

US $767
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replaced the Auxiliary battery 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Virginia, United States
- Jun 2006
Feb 2006

1200 mi
complete breakdown due to failure of main vehicle computer 
Mar 2006

3800 mi
correction: electronic brake unit problems/failure replacement was in March not jan. 
Jun 2006

5000 mi
complete failure of navigation system. replaced. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Romania
Dec 2012 - Apr 2017
May 2014

29980 mi

$200
Right upper arm noisy. Replaced with aftermarket part 
Oct 2014

36580 mi

$100
Ripped inner front right cv boot. Cought in time replcead only the boot kit. 
Nov 2016

59520 mi

$200
changed boot on right cv front. changed fluids in 4matic. 
Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Pennsylvania, United States
Jan 2011 - Jul 2011
May 2011

102000 mi

US $450
Transfer case for front wheel drive was replaced 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Cyprus
Nov 2013 - Dec 2014
Nov 2014

96720 mi
Central locking actuator 
Dec 2014

97340 mi
The lock actuator repaired previous month was working ok to lock the car but making a strange noise when reaching 15km. Dealer verified the issue and said must be a faulty spare fitted before and replaced without extra cost. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz E-Class in Indiana, United States
Jun 2008 - Dec 2008
Oct 2008

27000 mi

US $149
Replaced cupholder after it broke. 

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