MERCEDES-BENZ 1991-1997 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT

MERCEDES-BENZ 1991-1997 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT
NHTSA CONSUMER COMPLAINTS

 

Below, please read the list of 672 reported consumer complaints (and counting) that I have found on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website concerning the chronic disintegrating engine control / fuel injection wiring harness failure suffered by 1991 through 1997 Mercedes Benz automobiles. This list should not--by any means--be considered complete, as it only lists those reports of Mercedes wiring harness defects that I was able to locate on the NHTSA's website.

ALERT: a recent NHTSA search has shown that there are now 1997 Mercedes wiring harness failures being reported!

As you scroll down the list, fast approaching SEVEN-HUNDRED COMPLAINTS and DOZENS OF FIRES, please note that the first of the NHTSA complaints on the list is my own. I have printed out these collected complaints, and mailed the hard copy to the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigations (ODI), to encourage a much needed safety recall. In fact, I have sent two sample wiring harnesses to the NHTSA's Director of Investigations, Gregory Magno, at his request.

If your 91-97 Mercedes has suffered from this same disintegrating engine wiring harness defect--and if it hasn't, it will--please call John Hart, a customer service supervisor at Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), who claims to have NEVER heard of this problem: 1-800-FOR-MERCEDES (1-800-367-6372)

In fact, as you read through the list, notice the arrogance by which the consumer is told this same lie--over and over--by MBUSA. (note, a more current MBUSA customer service supervisor to complain to is Robyn Letz, 1-800-367-6372, ext. 6209)

Click the below link to see hi-resolution images of a few typical defective MB engine wiring harnesses (remarkable pics):
http://sites.google.com/site/infoage1/mercedes-benz-1991-1996-engine-wiring-harness-defect/images

Mercedes-Benz USA is willfully putting you and your family's lives in jeopardy, and they have their hand in your wallet. Highway robbery? Read the below list, and judge for yourself.

Then, go straight to the top: Click the following link to email MBUSA President, Stephen Cannon, and let him know how you really feel: Stephen.Cannon@mbusa.com

Help force Mercedes to recall this appalling defect:
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NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10118292

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 500E (64,000 MILES), HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT AND IS BEGINNING TO SHORT-CIRCUIT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION--AND EVEN FIRE--INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I HAVE READ MANY REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ CARS OF THE SAME AGE RANGE HAVING THE EXACT SAME DEFECT. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH MERCEDES THAT THEY REFUSE TO RECALL.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10326399

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 MERCEDES E 320. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 10 MPH, BLACK SMOKE CIRCULATED THROUGHOUT THE AIR VENTS INSIDE THE VEHICLE. THE CONTACT SHIFTED THE GEAR INTO PARK AND EXITED THE VEHICLE. IMMEDIATELY, THE VEHICLE ENGULFED INTO FLAMES AND WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED AND SENT AN INVESTIGATOR TO INSPECT THE VEHICLE. THE INVESTIGATOR STATED "THERE WAS NO PRODUCT DEFECT REGARDING THE FIRE". THE CONTACT REQUESTED THE INCIDENT REPORT OF THE INVESTIGATION AND THE MANUFACTURER HAD NOT PROVIDED THE INFORMATION AT THE TIME OF THE COMPLAINT. THE CONTACT STATED THE CAUSE OF FAILURE WAS ELECTRICAL; AND LIFE THREATENING. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 95,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10393998

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE STREET WHEN SMOKE BEGAN TO COME FROM BENEATH THE HOOD AND INTO THE VEHICLE. I PULLED OVER AND OPENED THE HOOD AND SAW FLAMES COMING OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT. AFTER EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE THE CAR NO LONGER STARTED. UPON INSPECTION ALL OF THE ELECTRICAL WIRING HAD MELTED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10000365

Summary:

 

FAULTY WIRING IN THE ENGINE BAY. THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS DISENTIGRATING FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN AGE. AS A RESULT, THE ENGINE IS STARTING TO EXIBIT STALLING ISSUES AND ROUGH RUNNING, ALSO FAULT CODES ARE PRODUCED ON THE CAR COMPUTER.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

8019881

Summary:

 

CONSUMER STATES IN 08/02 EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS W/AIR CONDITIONING CUTTING OFF. VEHICLE CHECKED BY DLR WHO DIAGNOSED THAT INSULATION ON FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATED CAUSING WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER. CONSUMER DISCOVERED THAT HARNESS INSULATION IS MADE OF BIO-DEGRADABLE MATERIAL RESULTING IN EARY DETERIORATION. NLM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10005286

Summary:

 

MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS CURRENTLY DETERIORATING CAUSING THE WIRES TO BE EXPOSED TO AN INTENSE AMOUNT OF HEAT.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10018929

Summary:

 

VEHICLE CHECKED AND FOUND THAT INSULATION ON ALL OF THE FUEL INJECTION WIRING, TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND FAN THERMAL SWITCH HARNESS DETERIORATED CAUSING WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER. CONSUMER DISCOVERED THAT HARNESS INSULATION IS MADE OF VERY POOR MATERIAL .THE INSULATION BREAKS VERY EASY AT THE TOUCH AND TURNS INTO DUST. THE WHOLE WIRE HARNESS IS IN THE SAME SITUATION. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

759679

Summary:

 

MY RESEARCH INDICATE THAT THIS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM IS AN ONGOING ISSUE FOR MANY MERCEDES BENZ, 300 E, AND 300SE CARS WITH THE TWIN CAM ENGINES MADE BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 1993-1995. NOT ONLY I AM UNABLE TO HAVE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE DONE, BUT I AM TOLD BY THE REPAIR FACILITY THAT THIS PRESENTS A SAFETY PROBLEM, BECAUSE THERE IS A RISK OF FIRE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS DEFECT.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

767819

Summary:

 

I TALKED TO SEVERAL MACHANICS AND TO DEALER THEY TOLD ME THAT IT IS A COMMON PROBLEM IN THIS VEHICLE I AM VERY SUPRISED THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN RECALLED. IT ALSO CAUSES THE CAR TO STALL DURING TAKE OFF AND ON THE ROAD WHILE DRIVING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS IT WILL STALL. SOMETHING MUST BE DONE BEFORE PERSONS ARE KILLED OR INJURED. TS

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10005860

Summary:

 

MY 1993 300CE WIRING HARNESS HAS TOTALLY DRIED UP AND CRACKED IN NUMEROUS PLACES. RESULTING IN INTERNITTANT ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS AND WASTED DOLLARS SPENT ON TROUBLE SHOOTING.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10003489 & 10003491

Summary:

 

MERCEDES 1993 300E WIRE HARNESS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS.(300E MERCEDES) CRACKED AND BRITTLE. MADE WITH VERY POOR MATERIALS. THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THIS YEAR AND MAKE OF MERCEDES. IF YOU OWN ONE OF THESE CARS IT IS WELL KNOWN YOU WILL NEED TO REPLACE YOUR HARNESS. MERCEDES KNOWS OF THIS PROBLEM AND DOES NOTHING TO HELP. I HAVE A PROBLEM WHEN MY CAR WILL NOT PASS SMOG UNTIL I REPLACE MINE. I THINK MERCEDES SHOULD A THE LEAST REPLACE THE PART AT NO CHARGE. THOUSANDS OF THESE CARS WERE MADE AND AT A COST OF OVER $500.00 PER HARNESS THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY FROM CONSUMERS. IF YOU CAN HELP GREAT. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP. DAVE MYERS

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10052963

Summary:

 

DURING A RECENT SERVICE OF MY VEHICLE AT AN AUTHORIZED MERCEDES BENZ SERVICE CENTER, I WAS INFORMED THAT THE INSULATION COVERING MY WIRES WERE DECOMPOSING AND THE WIRES WERE EXPOSED TO THE ENGINE, HENCE CREATING A SAFETY HAZARD FOR MY FAMILY. DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF THIS PROBLEM, AND THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES IF THE WIRES CAUGHT ON FIRE, I ATTEMPTED TO ASCERTAIN SOME CLARITY TO WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THIS PROBLEM. I THEN SPOKE TO THE MECHANIC, AT WHICH TIME HE ADVISED IT WAS A MATERIAL DEFECT. DURING THIS BRIEF DISCUSSION IT WAS ALSO REVEALED THAT THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE HAD OBSERVED THIS PROBLEM WITH 1993 300E CLASS. SINCE THIS APPEARED TO BE A HABITUAL DEFECT WITH THIS MAKE AND MODEL; I ASKED IF A RECALL HAD BEEN ISSUED TO REPLACE THIS DECOMPOSING WIRE HARNESS. AS A RESULT, HE REPLIED "NO." I THEN PAID TO REPLACE MY WIRE HARNESS BECAUSE OF THIS EXTREME HAZARDOUS CONDITION. *LA

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10010094

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON 1993-1994 MERCEDES BENZ 300E. THIS IS A KNOWN FAULT BY MERCEDES BENZ RESULTING IN A PREMATURE CORROSION OF THE WIRING HARNESS RUNNING ALONG THE TOP OF THE ENGINE. MERCEDES IS WELL AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND HAS A LARGE STOCK TO MEET THE DEMAND! *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10010497

Summary:

 

THE ELECTRICAL INSULATION OF THE MAIN WIRING HARNESS HAS VIRTUALLY DISINTEGRATED, APPARENTLY FROM THE (NORMAL) HEAT OF THE ENGINE. THE INSULATION LITERALLY FLAKES AWAY IN MY HAND WHEN BEING HANDLED EVEN WITH THE MOST GENTLE TOUCH. THE MANUFACTURER (MERCEDES) CLAIMS THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM DESPITE THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. THE COST TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS IS $500+ FOR ONLY THE PART; THE COST OF INSTALLATION IS ALSO IN EXCESS OF $500, THUS COSTING OVER $1,000. THIS IS A CRITICAL SAFETY ISSUE! THE DETERIORATED INSULATION CAUSES INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL SHORT-CIRCUITS, CAUSING MY CAR TO SUDDENLY LOSE ENGINE POWER WITHOUT WARNING. JUST AS SUDDENLY, THE CAR REGAINS POWER AND LURCHES AHEAD, THEN LOSES POWER, LURCHES AHEAD, ETC. THE CYCLE OF LURCHING/LOSING POWER HAPPENS IN RAPID SUCCESSION -- FOUR OR FIVE TIMES INSIDE OF A MINUTE -- MAKING THE VEHICLE DIFFICULT TO "CONTROL." ALL OF THIS ON THE 405N FREEWAY IN LOS ANGELES ON THE CUSP OF RUSH-HOUR. *NLM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10105816

Summary:

 

UNEXPLAINED ELECTRICAL-RELATED PROBLEMS THAT AFFECT THE CAR'S ABILITY TO OPERATE NORMALLY AND SAFELY. SEVERAL INSTANCES OF CAR GOING INTO "LIMP HOME" MODE AFTER STOPPING AT STOPLIGHT. THIS OCCURRED ON 1/3/05. TURNING OFF CAR AND RESTARTING RESOLVED ON ALL OCASIONS. CAR ALSO RUNS ROUGH AND HAS INSTANCES WHERE IT WILL NOT ACCELERATE WHEN REQUIRED TO DO SO (FIRM PRESSURE ON ACCELERATOR (AS IN PASSING) CAUSE ENGINE TO 1. MISFIRE AND 2. NOT DOWNSHIFT. SERVICE PEOPLE WILL NOT LOOK AT THE PROBLEM UNTIL "KNOWN ENGINE DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS" IS REPLACED. IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE AND SEARCHABLE ON THE INTERNET THAT THE WIRING HARNESSES IN THE MB W124 CARS WERE MADE WITH AN INSULATION THAT DECAYS RAPIDLY AND CAN CAUSE INTERNAL SHORTS MAKING PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. MERCEDES WILL, OF COURSE, NOT ADMIT THIS. THIS PUTS ALL ELECTRICAL AND ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEMS AT JEOPARDY AND THEREFOR, THE OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE IN JEOPARDY. THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A COMPLETE RECALL BY MB. IT REPRESENTS POOR QUALITY CONTROL, POOR TESTING OF COMPONENTS, AND AN ARROGANCE UNSURPASSED BY AUTO MAKERS. I AM IDENTIFYING THE MOST RECENT OCCURRENCE ALTHOUGH ISOLATED INSTANCES OF THE CAR ENGINE OPERATING ERRATICALLY HAVE OCCURRED SINCE WE PURCHASED THE CAR IN 2001. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10056735

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS: UNDER HOOD TOP OF MOTOR FAILED. SHEATHING HAS BECOME BRITTLE AND INDIVIDUAL WIRING STRANDS HAVE MELTED TOGETHER. VEHICLE QUIT RUNNING AND WOULD NOT RESTART. BURNT WIRE COULD BE SMELLED WHEN HOOD WAS RAISED. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10105752

Summary:

 

I AM IN THE PROCESS OF BUYING A SL600 MERCEDES AND IM FINDING EVIDENCE OF BIODEGRADABLE WIRE THAT IS FLAKING AND SHORTING OUT. I AM CONCERNED THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN A RECALL ON THESE VEHICLES TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. PLEASE SEE LINK. AK*  

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10045725

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS IS BAD ON MY C280 MERCEDES. THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND WILL NOT ADMIT IT. MY CAR STALLED GOING DOWN A HILL ON THE WAY TO PARK CITY. I ALMOST WRECKED IT. THIS INFORMATION IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET, BUT MERCEDES WILL NOT DO A RECALL. *LA

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10059002

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS ON CAR FACTORY INSTALLED BY MERECEDES BECOMES BRITTLE AND CRACKS EXPOSING WIRING CREATING PROBLEMS WITH ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

733503

Summary:

 

WIRING-HARNESS FAILURE CREATED EXTREEM SAFETY CONCERN. GASOLINE FLOWED OPEN INTO CYLINDER #1 UNBURNED THRU TAILPIPE & C. CONVERTER(USED 10 GAL GAS IN 50 MILES). SHORT IN HARNESS ALSO SHORTED OUT HFM CONTROL. GAS LADEN OIL FILLED THE CRANKCASE

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

769109

Summary:

 

THIS VEHICLE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A LEAKING HEAD GASKET AND FAILED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. THE OIL LEAK HAD BEGUN OVER THREE YEARS AGO, BUT WAS MINOR AND I WAS LEAD TO BELIEVE THAT IT WAS A MINOR SEAL OR GASKET. UPON CONTACTING OTHER OWNERS OF THE SAME TYPE OF VEHICLE, I FOUND OUT THAT IT WAS GENERALLY KNOWN BY MANY OWNERS OF C280'S THAT THE HEAD GASKETS LEAK OIL AND THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESSES GO BAD. THE TERM MOST USED WAS "IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF IF IT WILL FAIL BUT WHEN IT WILL FAIL". UPON LEARNING THIS INFORMATION I INSPECTED THE WIRING IN THE CAR AND IN AREAS WHERE THE WIRES WERE NOT WRAPPED TOGETHER, I COULD SEE THE INSULATION CRACKING AND WHERE THE WIRING LOOKED FINE, ALL I HAD TO DO IS LIGHTLY MOVE THE WIRES AND A NEW CRACK WOULD DEVELOP. WHERE THE CRACKS EXISTED YOU COULD SEE THE WIRE STRANDS BELOW. I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE CAN LEAD TO EQUIPMENT FAILURE AND POTENTIALLY AN ENGINE FIRE. IN MY OPINION AN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SHOULD LAST THE LIFE OF THE CAR, DEFINITELY LONGER THAN 50K MILES AS SHOULD A HEAD GASKET THAT HASN'T BEEN STRESSED IN AN OVER HEAT SITUATION. IT IS ALSO MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE HEADGASKET HAS BEEN REVISED IN LATER VERSIONS. DT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10086612

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNES HAS FAILED. I HAVE LEARNED THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM FOR ALL 92-95 E-320 CARS. IT IS A SAFETY PROBLEM AS THE ENGINE CAN JUST QUIT WITHOUT ANY NOTICE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

714914

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE DIES INTERMITTENTLY WHILE DRIVING. THIS PROBLEM HAS HAPPENED AT TIMES WHEN WE COULD HAVE BEEN HIT BY ANOTHER CAR. WHEN IT DIES. THE CAR IS STILL ROLLING WHEN THE ENGINE DIES. TO RESTART THE ENGINE YOU MUST TURN THE KEY OFF, WHICH LOCKS THE STEERING AS YOUR ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD. THIS IS A VERY UNSAFE SITUATION. I CONTACTED THE DEALER AND THEY TOLD ME THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM WITH MY TYPE OF CAR. THE SAID THAT MERCEDES-BENZ WILL NOT PAY TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEY TOLD ME THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE ENGINE IS BURNT UP. THEY SAID THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE WIRES ARE NOT BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY THE ELECTRICAL LOAD. ADDITIONALLY, THE NEW REPLACEMENT HARNESS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ORIGINAL ONE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

8014973

Summary:

 

E SERIES HAS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT DUE TO WIRES SHEARING AND BEING EXPOSED. VEHICLE HESITATES BECAUSE WIRES ALSO REGULATE FUEL. PLEASE DESCRIBE DETAILS. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

350

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10045719

Summary:

 

SAFETY: THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY MERCEDES BENZ S350 (140 CHASSIS SERIES) HAS DETERIOATED BADLY THAT IT CAUSES A SEVERE SAFETY HAZARD. THE CAR IS DANGEROUS. THE SRS SYSTEM DOES NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY. THE SRS SYSTEM WILL NOT ACTIVATE IN THE 8-10 SECONDS REQUIRED. IT TAKES AS MUCH AS 5-10 MINUTES BEFORE THE SRS LIGHT GOES OUT TO SIGNAL THAT THE SYSTEM IS WORKING. HOWEVER, WITH THIS MALFUNCTION THERE IS NO WAY TO KNOW IF THE SRS IS WORKING AT ALL LEAVING ONE TO WONDER IF THE SYSTEM WILL ACTUALLY WORK, IF NECESSARY. THE WIRES INSIDE THE HARNESS ARE SO DETERIOATED THAT EACH WIRE HAS HUNDREDS OF COMPLETE FRACTURES AND SEPARATIONS. THE ELECTRONICS ARE HAYWIRE AND NONE OF THE ELECTRIC POWERED INSTRUMENTS AND GAUGES CAN BE RELIED UPON FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION. THIS PRESENTS A FIRE HAZARD RISK AS WELL. THE HEADLIGHT SYSTEM BLINKS. AT INOPPORTUNE TIMES. LIGHTS BLOW FOR NO DISCERNABLE REASON. I HAVE OWNED THIS CAR FOR ONE WEEK AND I HAVE EXPERIENCED ALL OF THIS. M *LA

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10116522

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES BENZ E320 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND THROTTLE ACTUATOR WIRING . THE WIRE INSULATION USED ON THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND THE THROTTLE ACTUATOR IN MY CAR HAS BADLY DEGRADED! THIS CAUSES ALL KINDS OF SHORTS WITHIN THE ELECTRONICS OF THE VEHICLE AND PROBLEMS WITH THE ELECTRIC THROTTLE SYSTEM IN THIS CAR. THE PROBLEMS WITH THE THROTTLE ACTUATOR CAUSED MY CAR TO GO IN AND OUT OF LIMP MODE(REDUCED POWER) WHILE I WAS DRIVING. THIS CAUSED MY CAR TO ACCELLERATE VERY QUICKLY AND NEARLY CAUSED AN ACCIDENT!. MY LOCAL MERCEDES DEALER DENIES THAT THERE IS A DEFECT IN THE WIRING ON MY VEHICLE AND THAT THIS IS NOT A COMMON PROBLEM. THAT IS NOT THE CASE! M I HAVE RESEARCHED THIS SITUATION ACROSS THE UNITED STATES VIA THE INTERNET AND I HAVE FOUND WEB FORUMS THAT ARE FULL OF THESE SAME COMPLAINTS. IT WAS MADE CLEAR TO ME THAT FROM 1993-1995 MERCEDES BENZ USED A DEGRADABLE INSULATION ON THE WIRING OF THE VEHICLES. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ENVIORNMENTALY FRIENDLY BUT IT DIDNT STAND UP TO THE HEAT OF THE ENGINE BAY VERY WELL.. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE CARS WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS I HAVE WITH THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DUE TO THIS DESIGN FLAW BUILT INTO THE CAR. NOTHING WAS DONE BY MERCEDES TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM EXCEPT SELL ME A NEW WIRING HARNESS FOR 1000 DOLLARS!!!.. THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO BE A MANUFACTURERS RECALL BEFORE SOMEBODYS THROTTLE GETS STUCK AND THEY GET HURT OR BEFORE THEIR CAR BURNS UP.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10026308

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS FAILED WHILE CONSUMER WAS MAKING A HIGH SPEED MERGE ONTO THE FREEWAY CAUSING THE VEHICLE'S AUTOMATIC STABILITY CONTROL TO ENGAGE. THIS REDUCED THE ENGINE'S POWER TO APPROXIMATELY 20%, SLOWING THE CAR DOWN, ALMOST CAUSING A COLLISION. 1994, MERCEDES BENZ, 320. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10074886

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES BENZ E420- WIRING HARNESS IS DECAYING. THE WIRES ARE BRITTLE AND MELTING TOGETHER. THE INSULATION AROUND THE WIRE IS GONE; AS A RESULT, THE WIRE IS BARE AND UNSAFE. THE VEHICLE SUFFER FROM ALL TYPES OF PROBLEMS; SUCH AS, STALL ON THE HIGHWAY, SURGING IN TRAFFIC JAMS, AND GAUGES INTERMITTENTLY GO HAYWIRE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

MERCEDES BENZ

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10113455

Summary:

 

ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS FOR THE ENGINE DEFECTIVE ON ALL MODELS RELATED TO 94-95 MERCEDES. *BF THE CONSUMER HAS A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ, HE EXPERIENCED WIRING HARNESS PROBLEMS AND WANTED TO KNOW THE OUTCOME OF OTHER COMPLAINTS THAT HE SAW LISTED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10074940

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS TO THE ENGINE CONTROL SYSTEM DEVELOPED SEVERE SHORTS, STALLED THE ENGINE, DISABLED THE ABS, ASR,SRS SYSTEMS. WITH ENGINE STALLED, STEERING AND BRAKING WERE DIFFICULT AND RESULTED IN FRONT END DAMAGE FROM IMPACT TO ROADSIDE BRUSH AND DIRT. WIRING INSULATION INSIDE THE WIRING BUNDLES HAD CRUMBLED TO DUST IN MANY PLACES FAR REMOVED FROM THE SHORT/MINOR FIRE. CAR STILL NOT OPERABLE DUE TO OTHER MAJOR WIRING HARNESS SHORTS DUE TO CRUMBLING INSULATION ON THE WIRES (HIDDEN BY THE BUNDLE JACKET) DEALER RESPONSE "TOUGH IF YOU HAD BOUGHT IT FROM US, AND IT WAS NEW, MAYBE, OTHERWISE GOOD BYE!" *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10129101

Summary:

 

SEVERAL YEAR HISTORY OF INTERMITTANT ENGINE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. FOUND INSULATION ON ENGINE WIRING HARNESS BADLY CRACKED, DECAYED, DRIED OUT, ETC. CLOSER INSPECTION REVEALED LOTS OF EXPOSED COPPER WIRE. REPLACED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WITH NEW PART, PROBLEM SOLVED. MERCEDES BENZ IS WELL AWARE OF PROBLEM, BUT REFUSES TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY. PROBLEM RESULTED FROM MB'S EXPERIMENTATION WITH BIODEGRADEABLE WIRE INSULATION.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

8014541

Summary:

 

PROBLEM WITH VARIOUS ELECTRICAL COMPONENT FAILURED DUE TO ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS UNDERHOOD. DEALER AND MANUFACTURER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED. FEEL FREE TO PROVIDE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10005610

Summary:

 

FAULTY WIRING HARNESS. RUBBER COATING HAS DETERIORATED EXPOSING COPPER WIRE, CAUSING ERRONEOUS SIGNALS OF SYSTEMS FAILURES ON DASH PANEL AND REPORTED DURING DIAGNOSTIC TESTING.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10087041

Summary:

 

MY SON'S CAR QUIT RUNNING. THE MECHANIC AT THE GARAGE DISCOVERED THAT THE UNDERHOOD WIRING HARNESS HAD COMPLETELY DETERIORATED. HE SPOKE WITH A MERCEDES MECHANIC WHO TOLD HIM THIS WAS A WELL KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THIS ERA CAR WITH THIS ENGINE. I SPOKE WITH A MERCEDES CUSTOMER SERVICE REP WHO SAID THAT THEY WERE UNAWARE OF AN ISSUE. I POINTED OUT THAT I WAS SEEING COMPLAINTS ON THE NHSTA SITE. HE DENIED THEIR EXISTENCE. HERE ARE THE ODI ID NUMBERS I FOUND IN A QUICK SEARCH. THEY ALL DESCRIBE THE SAME TYPE OF PROBLEM: 769109 10059002 10005610 8014541 742685 737212 836664 733503 720365 720365 10016993 898986 714914 767707 NOW, I AM IN INFECTION CONTROL AND EPIDEMIOLOGY. IF I WERE TO SEE THESE 14 RECORDS ALL ABOUT 1994 AND 1995 MODELS, IT WOULD SUGGEST A CLUSTER AND REQUIRE SOME ACTION ON MY PART. I DON'T KNOW IF THE NHTSA WORKS THAT WAY, BUT REMEMBER THIS DATA IS FROM THE VERY FEW ANGRY CUSTOMERS THAT KNOW HOW OR HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET INTO THIS AGENCY. THE CAR HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED YET. THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE WAS IN THE $2000.00 RANGE. TO THIS POINT MERCEDES HAS BEEN UNWILLING TO HELP OR COOPERATE. HIGH AND LOW VOLTAGE EXPOSED COPPER WIRES UNDER THE HOOD, NEXT TO A POTENTIAL GROUND CAN BE AN EXTREME FIRE HAZARD. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

737212

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE ELECTRICAL HARNESS ON 1995 E320 MERCEDES ARE FLAWED BEYOND BELIEF. THE ENTIRE HARNESS BUNDLE WHICH INCLUDES HIGH VOLTAGE LINES FOR IGNITION COILS AND THE FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM HAS A SEVERE FIRE PROBLEM DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE WIRE INSULATION IS INFERIOR IN MATERIAL QUALITY. THE INSULATION ALONG THESE WIRE IS CRACKING AT A RATE OF EVERY 1/4 INCH, THROUGOUT THE ENTIRE HARNESS. HIGH VOLTAGE COPPER WIRE ARE MAKING CONTACT, THESE WIRE RUN ON TOP OF THE FUEL CONTROL SYSTEM. ALL AUSTIN BASED MERCEDES SHOPS INFORM ME THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THIS YEAR AND MODEL, BUT MERCEDES WILL NOT ADMIT TO IT. THIS PROBLEM IS AS DANGEROUS AS ANY FACING THE CURRENT BOARD AND TO HAVE MERCEDES BENZ ACT LIKE IT IS NOT A PROBLEM IS JUST A BUNCH OF FUEY. PLEASE SEND AN INVESTIGATOR TO LOOK AT THIS WIRING HARNESS AND I WILL ASSURE YOU THAT THIS WILL BE A RECALL EVENT ONCE YOU SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THESE HARNESSES. THANKS. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

742685

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE RAN VERY ROUGH AND RAW GAS WAS GOING OUT OF THE EXHAUST PIPE. THE "CHECK ENGINE" WARNING LIGHT DID NOT COME ON. THE REPAIR SHOP SAID THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD MELTED THE INSULATION AND CAUSE THE WIRES TO TOUCH. THIS CAUSED THE #6 INJECTOR TO SPRAY TO MUCH FUEL. THE WIRES THAT TOUCHED ALSO BURNED OUT THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE. THE CRANK CASE AND THE EXHAUST WERE FILLED WITH GAS, AND STILL NO "CHECK ENGINE" LIGHT CAME ON. MERCEDES-BENZ HAS A DIAGNOSTIC DIRECTORY # AF07.00-U-3400A ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, BUT THE WILL NOT PAY FOR THIS REPAIR. THEY SAY THAT THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS HAPPENING. I FEEL THAT MERCEDES-BENZ SHOULD BE RESPONSABLE AND THEY SHOULD BE MADE TO RECALL THIS CARS BECAUSE OF THE OBVIOUS FIRE HAZARD. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

720365

Summary:

 

I PURCHASED THE VEHICLE AND MY SERVICE TECH ADVISED ME OF A DETERIORATED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION. I CONTACTED OUR PARTS SUPPLIER AND WAS TOLD THAT MERCEDES WAS HAVING A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THE HARNESSES IN 1994 AND 1995 E CLASS MODELS. AT THAT POINT I CALLED THE LOCAL DEALER TO HAVE A FACTORY REP LOOK AT MY CAR. I WAS TOLD THAT THE FACTORY REP SAID MERCEDES WAS NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF RECONDITIONING CARS. I THEN ASK TO SPEAK TO THE FACTORY REP MYSELF. THE FACTORY REP CALLED AND SAID HE KNEW OF NO SUCH PROBLEM. HE SUGGESTED I TAKE MY CAR TO ATLANTA SINCE THEY HAD EXPERIENCED THIS PROBLEM IN THEIR REGION. AFTER CALLING SEVERAL DEALERS INSIDE HIS REGION AS WELL AS OTHERS I FOUND THAT ALL DEALERS WERE AWARE OF THIS FIRE HAZARD AND MOST WERE REPLACING THE HARNESS AT NO COST. THE PART NUMBER IS 124-440-5632 AND IS STOCKED AT MOST MAJOR DEALERS BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING PROBLEM. MY FEELING IS , IF MERCEDES-BENZ KNOWS OF THIS SAFETY PROBLEM, WHY HASN'T A RECALL BEEN ISSUED. PLEASE CONTACT ME AND LET ME KNOW OF YOUR FINDINGS. SINCERELY KEITH B. KINGAN. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10016993

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1995 MERCEDES E320 HAS DETERIORATED AND NEEDS REPLACEMENT AT MY EXPENSE AS PER MERCEDES DEALER. THE CAR STALLS AND IS A SAFETY AND FIRE HAZARD. ONBOARD DIAGNOSTICS ARE RENDERED USELESS. IT IS AN OBVIOUS MATERIALS OR MANUFACTURING DEFECT. PROBLEM IS WELL KNOWN BY MECHANICS, BUT DENIED BY DEALER SERVICE MANAGER. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

600

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10109530

Summary:

 

THE ASR LIGHT WAS ON . VEHICLE EXPERIENCED SUDDEN AND ABRUPT LOSS OF POWER WHILE BEING OPERATED ON THE FREEWAY. *BF THE CONSUMER WAS ADVISED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FAILED AND SHORTED OR DAMAGED OTHER ELECTRICAL COMPONETS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10014643

Summary:

 

THE WIRING UNDER THE HOOD WAS STRIPPED, WHICH CAUSED THE ENGINE LIGHT TO STAY ON. *JB *SCC

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10068304

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS ON MY CAR IS BEGINING TO SHORT OUT, CAUSING FIRE HAZARD, LOSS OF VEHICLE POWER. MERCEDES IS AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM AS THEY ADMIT TO USING AN EXPERIMENTAL PLASTIC TO INSULATE THESE WIRES WHICH BREAKS DOWN WHEN THE WIRES GET HOT. BEING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT ON THE ENGINE THEY NATURALLY GET HOT. A PROBLEM ON ALL OF THESE VEHICLES WHICH IS NOW SHOWING ITSELF AS THESE WIRES ARE BREAKING DOWN. MERCEDES WILL REPLACE THE PART AT NORMAL COST. MODEL YEARS 1994, 1995 MERCEDES. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10081445

Summary:

 

FAX FM CORY MCCALL (OR) RE A SAFETY ISSUE W/HIS 1995 MERCEDES C280, ENGINE WIRE HARNESS IS CRACKING AND SHORTING, HAS FILED A REPORT W/NHTSA BUT AN INVESTIGATION DENIED. *MR THE FAULTY HARNESS CAUSED THE VEHICLE TO HESITATE AND SURGE. THE INSULATION AROUND THE WIRES IS DISINTEGRATING. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10082859

Summary:

 

1995 C280 MERCEDES. ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. CAUSING LOSS OF POWER. ALMOST HIT BY TRUCK WHILE CROSSING A ROAD DUE TO ENGINE ALMOST QUITING. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10105869

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNEST ON MY CAR IS BAD. THIS SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THIS CAR AND THIS YEAR. THIS IS VERY EXPENSIVE TO FIX. THE CAR CAN NOT BE DRIVEN. WHEN DRIVING THE CAR IT SPEEDS UP VERY FAST AND ITS HARD TO STOP IT. THE BRAKES GET HARD AND TAKES A WHILE TO STOP. I HAD TO PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL AND SHUT OFF THE ENGINE. NOW THE CAR STARTS BUT THE MOTOR RACES UP AND DOWN ALL BY ITSELF. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10016302

Summary:

 

I BOUGHT A 1995 C280 AND THE WIRING HARNESS IS DEFECTIVE AND THE DEALER IS NOT WILLING TO REPLACE IT. I HAD NO IDEA THAT THERE WAS A POOR PLASTIC FORMULATION. THE COST IS >$1100. SINCE IT CONTROLS ALL THE SAFETY FEATURES OF THE VEHICLE MY FEELING IS THAT IT SHOULD BE A RECALL. *NLM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10016656

Summary:

 

ON NOV 6, 2001, I TOOK MY CAR TO THE DEALERSHIP FOR ROUTINE SERVICE. THE CAR HAD 115,633 MILES AND THE 120,000 MILE SERVICE COST $743.39. THE DEALER ADVISED ME THAT THE VEHICLE HAD A DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS DUE TO POOR QUALITY INSULATION AND RECOMMENDED THE PART BE REPLACED. SINCE THE PART WAS A KNOWN DEFECT, THE MANUFACTURER WOULD PAY FOR THE PART IF I WOULD PAY FOR THE LABOR. I THANKED THE DEALER FOR THE INFORMATION AND SAID I WOULD HAVE THE PART REPLACED AT MY NEXT VISIT. MY NEXT VISIT WAS OCTOBER 29,2002 AND THE MILEAGE WAS 136,544. THE WIRING HARNESS WAS NOT GIVING ME PROBLEMS AT THAT POINT, HOWEVER, SINCE IT DID NEED REPLACING, I REQUESTED THE PART TO BE REPLACED UNDER THE STATED AGREEMENT. I WAS TOLD THAT THEIR OFFER HAD BEEN WITHDRAWN AND THE MANUFACTURER WOULD NOW ONLY PAY FOR 25% OF THE PART. I WAS APPEALING THE DECISION WHEN THE PART FAILED ON APRIL 3, 2003. AFTER MUCH NEGOTIATION, NEITHER THE MANUFACTURER OR DEALER WOULD STAND BEHIND THEIR STATEMENT THAT THE PART WOULD BE REPLACED AND THE PART COST $895 PLUS $62.65 TAX AND $225 IN LABOR FOR A TOTAL OF $1,182.65. I HAVE SINCE LEARNED THROUGH INTERNET RESEARCH THAT THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH THIS MODEL AND MANY OWNERS HAVE REPORTED PROBLEMS INCLUDING THREE ON THIS WEBSITE. THIS ISSUE IS A KNOWN MANUFACTURER'S DEFECT AND MAY CAUSE SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUES SHOULD THE ENGINE FAIL SUDDENLY BY THE HARNESS SHORTING OUT DUE TO THE DEFECTIVE INSULATION. PLEASE SEE ODI 10016302, 10014643, AND 552493. I DID NOT CHECK YOUR SITE FOR OTHER YEARS OF THIS MODEL. THE MANUFACTURER SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR REPLACING ALL THESE DEFECTIVE HARNESSES, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR MILEAGE. *NLM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10026838

Summary:

 

THE VEHICLE SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING. INSULATION ON THE WIRES IN THE WIRING HARNESS PEELED OFF WHICH CAUSED A SHORTAGE. VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER, WHO REPLACED THE WIRING HARNESS. *AK *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10120731

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS ON THE ENGINE DEGRADES DRASTICALLY TO THE POINT OF THE WIRES BEING NAKED. THE HARNESS USED IN ALL 1994-1996 CARS WERE MADE OF EXPERIMENTAL INSULATION AND SO DOES NOT LAST AND REQUIRES CHANGING WITHIN G 50,000 MILES. THIS CAUSES THE WIRES RUNNING THROUGH THE ENGINE TO SHORT AND POSES A SIGNIFICANT FIRE HAZARD. THE SHORTING OF THE HARNESS BURNS THE SENSORS CAUSING FURTHER DAMAGE AND CAUSES MISFIRES IN THE CYLINDERS CAUSING INTERNAL DAMAGE TO ENGINE COMPONENTS. SEVERAL TUNE UPS WERE PERFORMED TO TRY TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM BUT LATER ITS WAS ESTABLISHED THAT THE WHOLE HARNESS WAS THE CULPRIT.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10083365

Summary:

 

WHILE TAKING OFF FROM A STOP POSITION, THE VEHICLE STALLED. THE VEHICLE WOULD RESTART WITHIN 10 MINUTES. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A REPAIR SHOP. THE MECHANIC INFORMED THE CONSUMER THAT THE PROBLEM MAYBE AN ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS. PLEASE PROVIDE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10005396

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 STATION WAGON THAT HAS 76,000 MILES ON IT AS OF 2/6/03. DURING A 75,000 MILE SERVICE, THE DEALER DISCOVERED THAT THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT WIRING HARNESS WAS DECOMPOSING AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. SHORTLY AFTERWARD THE "CHECK ENGINE " TROUBLE LIGHT BEGAN TO COME ON REPEATEDLY. THE ENTIRE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD TO BE REPLACED. THE DEALERS SERVICE TECHNICIAN MADE A COMMENT ON MY PAPERWORK THAT THE HARNESS HAD FRAYED THROUGH IN ONE AREA AND WAS SHORTING OUT IN A VALVE COVER. THIS TYPE OF DEFECTIVE PRODUCT CONSTITUTES A CLASS 1 SAFETY ISSUE. VIA THE INTERNET, I DISCOVERED THAT MANY OTHER OWNERS OF THIS TYPE CAR FROM 1994 TO 1996 HAVE EXPERIENCED SIMILAR DECOMPOSING WIRING HARNESSES. THIS SITUATION SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BY A GENERAL RECALL AND MERCEDES BENZ OF NORTH AMERICA SHOULD REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESSES.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10007924

Summary:

 

OEM WIRING HARNESS IN 1995 E320 BECOMES BRITTLE AND CRACKS AT AROUND 100,000 MILES THAT CAUSES ENGINE TO MISFIRE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10021229

Summary:

 

PRODUCT:MERCEDES 1995 E320 SEDAN PROBLEM: THE ENGINE'S WIRING HARNESS HAS ITS INSULATION MADE OF PVC. PVC CANNOT AND HAS NOT TOLERATED THE HEAT AND VIBRATION DEVELOPED WITHIN THIS VEHICLE'S ENGINE COMPARTMENT. IT, THE PVC INSULATION, HAS BECOME SO BRITTLE IT IS LITERALLY CHIPPING APART AT EVERY VITAL SENSOR AND/OR DEVICE- INCLUDING FUEL DELIVERY COMPONENTS! THIS HAS ME EXTREMELY CONCERNED SINCE I'M STARTING TO GET CHECK ENGINE SIGNALS TO THE DASH DISPLAY NOW. I CALLED MERCEDES' 800 NUMBER AND THEY ARE ACTING IGNORANT ABOUT THIS ISSUE SINCE I'M NOT THE ORIGINAL OWNER. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10021237

Summary:

 

WHILE VEHICLE WAS BEING SERVICED AND INSPECTED, THE MECHANIC EXAMINED THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND DETERMINED THAT THE WIRE INSULATION ON THE HARNESS WAS SHOWING SIGNS OF SERIOUS DETERIORATION AND RECOMMENDED REPLACING IT BEFORE IT CAUSED PROBLEMS BY SHORTING OUT. *TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10025278

Summary:

 

UNDERHOOD ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION DETERIORATING RAPIDLY ON OUR 1995 E320 WAGON DUE TO HEAT FATIGUE. THIS IS A UNIVERSAL DEFECT WITH ALL 1993-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ E320 MODELS. ON OUR PREVIOUS 1994 E320, THIS PROBLEM CAUSED THE CAR TO LOSE POWER TO ONE OR MORE CYLINDERS. DEFINITE FIRE HAZARD. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10025251

Summary:

 

ENGINE STALLED MULTIPLE TIMES IN TRAFFIC. REPLACEMENT OF ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SOLVED THE PROBLEM. INSULATION ON THE INDIVIDUAL WIRES IN THE ORIGINAL ENGINE WIRING HARNESS ASSEMBLY HAS SERIOUSLY DECAYED TO THE POINT THAT IT IS FLAKING LEAVING BARE EXPOSED COPPER WIRE WITHIN THE ASSEMBLY. THE BARE WIRES WITHIN THE ASSEMBLY CONCEIVABLY MADE SPURIOUS ELECTRICAL CONTACT CAUSING THE ENGINE STALLS.I AVIDLY PARTICIPATE IN MERCEDES AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICAL CHAT ROOMS. THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM (DECAY OF ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION) IS RUMORED TO BE CONFINED TO THE MERCEDES 1993-1995 MODELS WITH M104 ENGINES. THIS WOULD INCLUDE MODELS C280, 300E (3.2L AND 2.8L ENGINE), E320, S320. WITHIN THESE MODELS, THE PROBLEM APPEARS WIDESPREAD. IT IS RUMORED THAT MERCEDES WAS TRYING TO FORMULATE AN ECO-FRIENDLY INSULATION THAT WOULD DEGRADE IN THE LANDFILL. THOUGH IT WAS A NOBLE EFFORT, THE WIRING UNFORTUNATELY DECAYED BEFORE ITS TIME WAS DUE, LEAVING A THREE YEAR PRODUCTION OF E320 MODELS WITH WIRING THAT IS UNSAFE AND PRONE TO CAUSE STALLING. I HAVE THE OLD WIRING FROM MY VEHICLE AND I CAN PROVIDE DIGITAL IMAGES OF THIS WIRING ILLUSTRATING THE PROBLEM IN DETAIL UPON REQUEST. I BELIEVE THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS OF ALL AFFECTED MERCEDES VEHICLES SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO RECALL BECAUSE IT IS NOT A PART OF A CAR THAT IS NORMALLY EXPECTED TO FAIL, AND IT HAS A PROFOUND EFFECT ON SAFETY AND EMISSIONS. THE REFERENCES BELOW CONTAIN DOCUMENTED COMPLAINTS OF MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE ABOVEMENTIONED PROBLEM. REFERENCES:HTTP://WWW.MERCEDESSHOP.COM/SHOPFORUM HTTP://WWW.BENZWORLD.ORG/FORUMS HTTP://FORUMS.MBWORLD.ORG/FORUMS *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10025434

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 WAGON. PURCHASED IN FEB 2003 WITH 5300 MILES ON ODOMETER. THE HFM ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD TO BE REPLACED IMMEDIATELY AFTER TRIP TO DEALERSHIP FOR EXCESSIVE FUEL CONSUMPTION/HEAVY SULFUR ODOR. MERCEDES BENZ WEB CHATROOMS (MBWORLD.ORG, BENZWORLD.ORG, MERCEDESSHOP.COM) DETAIL LITERALLY SEVERAL DOZEN CASES OF DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESSES WHICH REQUIRED REPLACEMENT FOR W124 CARS WITH M104 ENGINES OF MODEL YEARS 1992 TO 1995. THESE WIRING HARNESSES WERE APARENTLY MADE WITH WIRES WHOSE INSULATION IS PRONE TO EXCESSIVE DEGREDATION WITH HEAT AND TIME. THE LOSS OF INSULATION EVENTUALLY LEADS TO SHORT-CIRCUITING OF THE WIRES AND A HOST OF DRIVEABILITY ISSUES. REPLACEMENT OF MY HARNESS FIXED MY PROBLEM. THIS PART IS APPARENTLY UNIVERSALLY DEFECTIVE FROM THE FACTORY, AND AS SUCH I BELIEVE THAT A RECALL OF THE DEFECTIVE ITEM IS IN ORDER. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10028506

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 E320 SDN, I HAVE 87,000 MILES ON THE VEHICLE AND MERCEDES HAS PERFORMED ALL MAJOR SERVICE OF THE VEHICLE DURING THE TIME I HAVE OWNED THE CAR (4YRS). I WAS INFORMED THAT THE MAIN WIRE HARNESS IS FALLING APART AND IT WAS RECOMMENDED THAT IT BE REPLACED TO THE TUNE OF $1,200.00 PLUS. I HAVE WORKED ON CARS FOR MANY YEARS AS WELL AS RESTORING THEM AND HAVE NEVER RUN ACROSS A PROBLEM SUCH AS THIS. M.B. SHOULD STAND BEHIND THIS FAILURE AND INITIATE A RECALL. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10047373

Summary:

 

DISINTEGRATION OF THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS CAUSING LOSS OF POWER WHILE DRIVING. *LA

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10049625

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 WAGON. I HAVE OWNED THE CAR FOR SEVERAL MONTHS AND DECIDED TO CHANGE THE OIL. WHILE REACHING INTO THE ENGINE COMPLARTMENT, I FELT AN ELECTRICAL SHOCK FROM A WIRE BUNDLE NEAR THE OIL FILTER. I LOOKED AND SAW BARE WIRES EXPOSED WHERE THE INSULATION WAS MISSING. I HAVE SINCE FOUND OUT MANY OTHER OWNERS OF SAME VEHICLE HAVE EXPERIENCED SIMILAR ISSUES WITH THE WIRING HARNESS. THIS SEEMS TO ME TO BE A VERY DANGEROUS AND VERY COMMON DEFECT WITH CERTAIN MODEL YEARS. THE REPAIR IS VERY COSTLY. WHY IS THERE NOT A RECALL ON THIS VERY COMMON AND HAZARDOUS ISSUE? IT IS AN OBVIOUS DESIGN FLAW. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

MERCEDES BENZ

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

567089

Summary:

 

CONSUMER STATES THAT ALL THE WIRES NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *SLC

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10100487

Summary:

 

THE INSULATION THAT PROTECTS THE WIRES IN THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS OF 1995 MERCEDES E320 VEHICLES DETERIORATES AND CAUSES THE WIRES TO SHORT. THIS ELECTRICAL SHORT MAY RESULT IN UNEXPECTED ENGINE STALLING, THUS CREATING A HAZARDOUS CONDITION. THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS MUST BE REPLACED. THIS CONDITION EXISTS IN ALL 1995 E320 VEHICLES SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES. THE CONDITION EXISTS IN OTHER YEARS AND MODELS BY MERCEDES, HOWEVER I DO NOT HAVE SPECIFIC INFORMATION CONCERNING THE AFFECTED YEARS AND MODELS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10074970

Summary:

 

WHEN I HAD MY 60,000 MILE SERVICE I WAS TOLD THE THE WIRING HARNESS WAS DEFECTIVE AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT 1500.00 DOLLARS. MERCEDES WOULD NOT PAY ANY PART OF THIS REPAIR EVEN THOUGHT THE DEALER INDICATED THAT IT WAS A OBVIOUS DESIGN PROBLEM IN THE WIRING HARNESS OF THE E320 SERIES AND HAD BEEN FIXED IN LATER MODELS. MY PROBLEM WAS THAT THE HARNESS WIRES LEADING TO THE SPARK PLUGS HAS HARDENED AND THE INSULATION HAS FLAKED OFF OF THE WIRES. GOD ONLY KNOWS WHERE THE HARNESS HAS HARDENED ELSEWHERE AND WHAT POTENTIAL PROBLEMS COULD OCCUR WHEN THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN. I THINK THAT SINCE IT HAS BEEN OMITTED AS A DEFECT AND IS NOW CAUSING SAFETY AND RELIABILITY PROBLEMS THAT THE MANUFACTURE SHOULD STEP UP AND REPAIR THE PROBLEMS. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10112214

Summary:

 

EXPERIENCING MULTIPLE CHECK ENGINE FAULTS IN MY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ S600. SURGING ENGINE, INTERMITTENT ROUGH IDLE. INSPECTION OF WIRING HARNESS CONTROLLING ENGINE SHOWS DEGRADING WIRING INSULATION. MANY CRACKS IN INSULATION ARE CAUSING SHORT CIRCUITS WHICH CAN CAUSE ENGINE STALLING, SURGING, AND IS A FIRE HAZARD. THIS WILL REQUIRE THE WIRING HARNESS TO BE REPLACED. THE WORK HAS NOT YET BEEN PERFORMED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10014590

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE INJECTOR HARNESS FAILED, THE DEALER AND MANUFACTURER WERE CONTACTED AND STATED THEY WOULD ONLY COVER 80% OF THE BILL. *JB

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NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10133655

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS IN MY VEHICLE, LIKE MANY OTHERS OF THE SAME MAKE/MODEL/VINTAGE, IS BEGINNING TO CAUSE ENGINE ISSUES. THE CAR STALLS AND MISSES WHEN IDLING AND IT IS A SAFETY CONCERN. IT WOULD BE QUITE DANGEROUS FOR THE VEHICLE TO STALL ON THE HIGHWAY ETC. MERCEDES IS WELL AWARE THAT THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM, AND IT IS A MATTER OF WHEN THE PART WILL FAIL AND NOT IF. IT IS A DESIGN FLAW THAT CAUSES THE ISSUE. MERCEDES DESIGNED THE HARNESS TO DEGRADE OVER TIME, THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE DEGRADATION IS HAPPENING AT A FASTER RATE THAN EXPECTED, LEAVING THE CONSUMER AT RISK OF INJURY. THIS IS A DAILY DRIVER VEHICLE AND SAFETY IS A HUGE CONCERN. THE PART IS EXOBIDANTLY EXPENSIVE AND NOT READILY AVAILABLE, SO I AM STUCK DRIVING A VEHICLE THAT IS POSSIBLY UNSAFE UNTIL THE PART IS MADE AVAILABLE TO ME.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10128437

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

1994 E320 HAD INTERMINTENT RUNNING PROBLEMS. CAR WOULD STALL WITHOUT WARNING, ESPECIALLY DURING A RAIN OR AFTER WASHING THE CAR. REPLACED MANY PARTS(MASS AIR METER, TUNE UP, OVP RELAY, FUEL PUMP RELAY, ETC) TO CHASE THE PROBLEM, NONE OF WHICH SOLVED IT. BEGAN TO LOOK ON MERCEDES FORUMS AND FOUND THIS TO BE A COMMON PROBLEM. BEFORE I REPLACED THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IT BEGAN TO SMOKE HEAVILY FROM UNDER THE HOOD. I HAD AN EXTINGUSIHER WITH ME AND STOPPED IT FROM CATCHING FIRE. MERCEDES COVERED PART OF THE COST UNDER THEIR "GOODWILL" PROGRAM HOWEVER I HAD TO INSTALL IT WHICH TOOK ABOUT 8 HOURS. THE FIRST OCCURANCE HAPPEND AROUND 125K MILES HOWEVER IT WAS MANY MONTHS AND MILES LATER THAT THE PROBLEM WAS FIXED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10025241

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1994 MERCEDES-BENZ E320 IS CRACKED BECAUSE OF THE USE OF POOR WIRING INSULATION CAUSING MY CAR TO DIE IN THE MIDDLE OF DRIVING. TO RESTART IT, I HAVE TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP, PUT THE SHIFTER GATE TO P, TURN THE KEY ALL THE WAY BACK, AND FINALLY RESTART IT. IT IS VERY DANGEROUS BECAUSE I NEVER KNOW WHEN IT WILL OCCUR, I HAVE ALMOST BEEN IN MANY ACCIDENTS BECUASE OF THIS PROBLEM. THE BENZ TECHS TOLD ME THAT THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM AND THAT MERCEDES-BENZ REFUSES TO MAKE IT A RECALL. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10025560

Summary:

 

ON 5 SEPARATE OCCASIONS OVER THE PAST 4 MONTHS MY CAR HAS SUDDENLY CUT OUT WHILE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY AND CITY STREETS, ALL WITHOUT ANY PRIOR WARNING. THESE INCIDENTS RESULTED IN A SUDDEN LOSS OF MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL POWER, RESULTING IS POOR BRAKING AND STEERING. ON A PREVIOUS DEALER VISIT, THE CAR WAS INSPECTED AND SERVICED WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. THIS CAR IS NOW AT THE DEALER HAVING THE WIRING HARNESS REPLACED AS A COST OF $1500 WITHOUT ANY GOOD WILL FROM MERCEDES BENZ. THIS IS CLEARLY A MANUFACTURING DEFECT AFFECTING A LARGE NUMBER OF VEHICLES, HOWEVER THE MANUFACTURER STILL APPEARS TO BE IGNORANT TO THE FACT. THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE ON THE INTERNET SUGGESTING THAT THIS IS AN ONGOING PROBLEM. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10136413

Summary:

 

CAR SUDDENLY LOST POWER, DROVE HOME AT VERY REDUCED SPEED. MECHANIC DIAGONSED IT AS A FAULTY WIRING HARNESS, A COMMON DEFECT ON THIS MODEL CAR 1992 MERCEDES BENZ 500E.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10136387

Summary:

 

MERCEDES BENZ ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. AS MANY ENTHUSIASTS AND OWNERS KNOW, THE MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS MOST 1992 TO 1995 MERCEDES BENZ VEHICLES SUFFERS DETERIORATION AND PREMATURE FAILURE. THE RESULT IS POOR RUNNING CONDITION AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FIRE. MY OWN HARNESS SHOWED SIGNS OF DETERIORATION AT THE 7 YEAR MARK AND MERCEDES BENZ WOULD NOT REPLACE IT UNDER GOODWILL, HOWEVER, BECAUSE I WAS HAVING OTHER WORK DONE, THEY REPLACED IT FOR THE PART COST ONLY WAIVING LABOR CHARGES.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10136633

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES BENZ 500E - STALLS, ROUGH IDLE AND HESITATION. THE CAR DUE TO WIRING DEFECT SHUTS DOWN DURING DRIVING ACTIVITIES IE. PULLING INTO TRAFFIC AND ALMOST IN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT. THIS WAS REPORTED TO MERCEDES USA AND REPORTED TO DEALERSHIP, THEY STATED UNAWARE OF PROBLEM BUT WOULD REPLACE FOR $1200. PER CLUBS AND USER GROUPS (WWW.500ECSTASY.COM) ALL OWNERS HAVE REPLACED OR EXPERIENCED SAME PROBLEMS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10137157

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND EA/CC/ISC(PART M16/1,ELECTRONIC ACCELERATOR/CRUISE CONTROL/IDLE SPEED CONTROL) WIRING INSULATION HAS BADLY DETERIORATED ON MY 1995 E320 CABRIOLET DUE TO HEAT FATIGUE FROM POOR MANUFACTURING. THIS CAR HAS 92000 MILES. THE DECAY HAS REACHED THE POINT OF LEAVING BARE EXPOSED WIRE WITHIN THE HARNESS. THESE WIRES MAKE CONTACT CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL, SURGE AND SET MISC. ENGINE CODES. IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL...WHO KNOWS. THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM TO OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES AS EVIDENCED BY CONVERSATION THREADS ON SEVERAL WELL REGARDED FORUMS. THE GENERAL UNDERSTANDING IS THAT MERCEDES WAS ATTEMPTING TO CREATE ECO-FRIENDLY WIRE INSULATION THAT WOULD DEGRADE IN THE LANDFILL. IT WAS A GREAT IDEA, BUT HAS FAILED MISERABLY. IN MY OPINION SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE SERIOUSLY INJURED IF THIS PROBLEM IS NOT RESOLVED WITH A RECALL. NOW. THIS IS NOT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION A PART THAT IS PRONE TO FAILURE. MY FEELING IS THAT BY WAITING IT OUT MERCEDES IS HOPING THESE CARS WILL JUST GO AWAY. IF YOU WOULD LIKE I CAN PROVIDE DIGITAL IMAGES OF THE HARNESS CLEARLY SHOWING THE DECAY. QUITE FRANKLY IT IS OUTRAGEOUS. I ALSO DO HAVE A BAD HARNESS THAT I KEPT. I HESITATE TO SEND IT AS I MAY BE FORCED TO TRY AND RECONDITION IT SOMEHOW. THE COST OF A NEW HARNESS IS RIDICULIOS NOT TO MENTION I WOULD END UP WITH A HARNESS THAT WILL DO THE SAME THING UNLESS THEY HAVE CHANGED THERE WAYS FOR THIS PART! HERE ARE THE FORUMS I MENTIONED ABOVE. HTTP://WWW.MERCEDESSHOP.COM/SHOPFORUM HTTP://WWW.BENZWORLD.ORG/FORUMS HTTP://FORUMS.MBWORLD.ORG/FORUM. I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT A COMPANY KNOWN FOR A HIGH QUALITY LONG LASTING PRODUCT WOULD DUCK OUT OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS ISSUE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300E

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

8001345

Summary:

 

VEHICLE WILL NO LONGER START BECAUSE OF WIRING HARNESS; COATING ON WIRES HAVE MELTED, AND WERE TOUCHING ONE ANOTHER, CAUSING VEHICLE NOT TO START.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

190

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

958826

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE WHILE STOPPED, IT STALLED THEN BURST INTO FLAMES UNDER HOOD. TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

511109

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ELECTRICAL WIRING OVERHEATED, CAUSING FIRE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

601885

Summary:

 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FAILURE

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10104057

Summary:

 

WIRING IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND ALL RUBBER HOSES ON THE VACUUM SYSTEM HAVE DETERIORATED. THE WIRING CONNECTORS HAVE ALL FELL APART AND THE HOSES HAVE TURNED HARD AND FELL APART. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300SE

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

8009073

Summary:

 

THE WIRES ARE EXPOSED UNDERNEATH THE VEHICLE. AND THE CONSUMER IS CONCERNED BECAUSE THE WIRES CAN CAUSE A FIRE. THE DEALERSHIP IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM. *JB CONSUMER ADDS THE WIRING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT HAD TOTALLY DETERIORATED TO THE POINT THAT BARE WIRES WERE EXPOSED BECAUSE THE INSULATION HAD CRACKED AND FELL OFF THE WIRE HAVING AN POTENTIAL TO CAUSE AN FIRE. *TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300SE

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10011882

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

CONSUMER NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM UNDER THE HOOD. THE VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE AND WAS TOTALED. THE FIRE INSPECTOR INDICATED THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300SE

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10040933

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

UNDER-HOOD FIRE TOTALED CAR. FIRE DEPT. REQUIRED TO EXTINGUISHED FIRE. FIRE STARTED WHILE CAR WAS BEING DRIVEN. CAUSE UNDETERMINED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

420

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

706220

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

No Summary

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10129347

Summary:

 

THE WIRE HARNESS ON THIS CAR IS COMPLETELY STRIPPED OF INSULATION. THE BARE WIRES ARE HANGING IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THE CAR RUNS POORLY AND SOMETIMES FEELS LIKE IT WILL STALL. THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS COME ON IN THE DASH CONSTANTLY WHICH REQUIRES DIAGNOSIS. I HAVE DECIDES IT IS TOO COSTLY TO GET DIAGNOSIS DONE REGULARLY SO I JUST UNPLUG THE BATTERY TO RESET THE COMPUTER. IN ADDITION TO THE FIRE HAZARD, ACCIDENT HAZARD, NOW I AM COVERING UP OTHER POSSIBLE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS BY DISREGARDING CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS ON THE DASH. MERCEDES WILL NOT DO ONE THING TO ASSIST ON THIS PROBLEM. I HAVE READ OF HUNDREDS OF THESE PROBLEMS AND AM SURE MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF THESE PROBLEMS AND MERCEDES WILL NOT NOTIFY ANYONE. SOMEONE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO GET HURT BEFORE SOMETHING IS DONE TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE!

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10058951

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

BRITTLE, DEFECTIVE UNDERHOOD WIRING HARNESS CAUSING STALLING/LOSING POWER AT SPEED, HIGH EMISSIONS AND ENGINE FIRES. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

8009965

Summary:

 

CONSUMER HAD TO REPLACE WIRING HARNESS 3 TIMES. DEALER HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND OUT CAUSE OR FIX THE PROBLEM. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

724438

Summary:

 

THE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE WIRING OF THIS CAR HAS COMPLETELY DISINTIGRATED IN NORMAL USE. THE LOCAL DEALER AND INDEPENDENT GARAGE HAVE REPLACED THE WIRING ON MANY OTHER CARS OF THIS MODEL. WITH MUCH OF THE BARE WIRING EXPOSED, IT IS BOTH A SEVERE FIRE RISK, AS WELL AS POSING A SEVERE RISK OF ENGINE FAILURE WITHOUT WARNING. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10124113

Summary:

 

FAULTY ENGINE WIRE INSULATION

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

552493

Summary:

 

VEHICLE HAS HAD CONTINUAL MECHANICAL AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, DETAILS NOT PROVIDED. YH

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10038660

Summary:

 

MAIN ENGINE HARNESS CORROSION ON A 1995 C 280 MERCEDES BENZ. THIS TYPE OF DETERIORATION IS NOT FROM ABUSE OF THE CAR. IT IS CAUSED BY POOR QUALITY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP. SHOULDN'S WIRES IN A VEHICLE LAST A LIFETIME? I COULD SEE REPLACING TIRES, BRAKES A TRANSMISSION, BUT AN ENGINE HARNESS. THIS PART IS NOT EVEN READILY AVAILABLE, IT NEEDS TO BE ORDERED IN GERMANY. I AND MY FRIEND BOTH OWN THIS MODEL VEHICLE AND WE ARE BOTH EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM. MY MECHANIC INFORMEND ME THAT HE REPAIRED A FEW OTHER CARS OF THE SAME MODEL WITHIN THE LAST 2 MONTHS OR SO. ANY RESPONSE OR INVESTIGATION INFORMATION THAT YOU TURN UP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10133909

Summary:

 

MERCEDES BENZ WIRING HARNESS FAILURE C280 1995 DEFECTIVE WIRING INSULATION SHORTING OUT OF WIRES ENGINE FAILURE POSIBLE FIRE NO RESPONCE FROM MERCEDES BENZ THIS IS A COMMON DEFECT KNOWN BY ALL BENZ TECHNICIANS

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10136000

Summary:

 

4 UNITS OF S600 (V12) AND 1 UNIT S500 ALL SUFFERED DETERIORATION OF THE WIRING HARNESS IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, I AM NOT THE FIRST VICTIM, AND MERCEDES BENZ AS A COMPANY IS AWARE OF THIS PLEASE STOP PRETENDING YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS ISSUE CAUSE THE TECHNICAL AND ENGINEERING DIVISION OF DAIMLER CHRYSLER WAS WELL INFORMED AND IT WAS ALSO DOCUMENTED, AND YET TO AVOID RESPONSIBILITY, THEY WILL KEEP ALL THEIR EYES CLOSE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

420

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10128910

Summary:

 

SHORTLY AFTER PURCHASE OF A 1995 MERCEDEZ-BENZ E420, I WAS TOLD BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC OF THE NEED TO REPLACE WIRING HARNESSES IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT BECAUSE THE WIRING INSULATION BECOMES BRITTLE, CRACKS, AND FALLS OFF. THIS WAS DEMONSTRATED TO BE THE CASE ON MY CAR, WITH THE MECHANIC SHOWING ME THE CONDITION OF THE WIRES IN THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. THIS REPAIR COST ME OVER $2000 - OF COURSE I HAVE RECEIPTS. I BELIEVE THIS TO BE A MANUFACTURING DEFECT - IT IS SO PREVALENT, I CAN FIND COUNTLESS MENTIONS OF IT IN MERCEDES DISCUSSION BOARDS ON THE INTERNET, WHOSE CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE MERCEDES-TRAINED MECHANICS. MERCEDES SHOULD TREAT THIS AS A SAFETY-RELATED RECALL - DO YOU WANT YOUR ENGINE QUITTING ON THE FREEWAY? DO YOU WANT A FIRE IN YOUR ENGINE COMPARTMENT? MERCEDES SHOULD REFUND ME THE MONEY I SPENT RETURNING MY CAR TO A SAFE CONDITION.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

420

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10136415

Summary:

 

TWO MAJOR FAILURES OF WIRING ON MY 1995 S420. (1) MAIN WIRING HARNESS SHORTED, BURNED INSULATION AND FAILURE TO OPERATE. DEALER CLAIMED NORMAL WITH A CAR THIS AGE. (2) THROTTLE ACTUATOR WIRING HARNESS SHORTED, AGAIN BURNED INSULATION AND OPERATE IN LIMPED MODE ONLY. CONTACTED REGIONAL MANAGER AND MB USA, RESULTING IN SENDING IN DAMAGED PART TO MB USA FOR ENGINEERING STUDY. ONE MONTH LATER I CONTACTED THE PRESIDENT OF MB USA. ONE WEEK LATER I WAS CONTACTED BY MB USA CUSTOMER SERVICE, WAS TOLD THEY (MB USA) KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE ENGINEERING STUDY. I CONTACTED MY LOCAL DEALER,WHO CLAIMED THE FAULTY ACTUATOR WAS SHIPPED TO MB USA. THERE IS NOT ONLY A SERIOUS ENGINEERING PROBLEM WITH THESE WIRING HARNESSES BUT UNCONSCIONABLE THAT THEY CHOOSE TO IGNORE IT. FURTHER, I FOUND CUSTOMER SERVICE TO BE PRETTY MUCH NON EXISTENT, PARTICULARLY AT MB USA. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

898986

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WHILE TRAVELING APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH SMOKE STARTED COMING OUT FROM UNDERNEATH HOOD OF VEHICLE. DEALERSHIP EXAMINED VEHICLE, AND DETERMINED THERE WAS A POWER SURGE IN ELECTRICAL SYSTEM THAT CAUSED A FIRE TO START. *AK *YH

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

836664

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

CONSUMER WAS TURNING A CORNER WHEN THE VEHICLE STALLED, TOTAL VEHICLE FAILURE.SMOKE STARTED COMING FROM THE HOOD BURSTING INTO FLAMES. NO DAMAGE TO THE INTERIOR OF THE VEHICLE, BUT TO THE RIGHT HAND SIDE UNDERNEATH THE HOOD, INCLUDING THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE MELTED. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

190

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

479825

Summary:

 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM FAILURE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10049352

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON A 1996 MERCEDES C220 WITH 74,000 MILES INTERMITTENTLY FAILING, AND CAUSING CAR TO STALL ON FREEWAY AND SURFACE STREETS. THIS IS PUTTING ME AND MY FAMILY IN DANGER, AS WELL AS OTHER DRIVERS. MERCEDES DOES NOT RECOGNIZE THIS AS A PROBLEM, THERE ARE NUMEROUS WEBSITES DEDICATED TO THIS ISSUE, HUNDREDS OF CASES, AND NO RESPONSE. THIS PART WHICH SHOULD OUTLAST THE CAR, IS FAILING ON CARS WITH LESS THAN 100,000. I AM AFRAID TO DRIVE MY CAR! I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS GOING TO COMPLETELY STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREEWAY... AND GET ME INTO AN ACCIDENT. *LA

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

6900615

Summary:

 

UPON TAKING OWNERSHIP OF VEHICLE AIR BAG LIGHT ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL WAS ILLUMINATED. DEALERSHIP CHANGED AN UNKNOWN COMPONENT, AND SINCE THEN HAS EXAMINED VEHICLE TWO MORE TIMES FOR SAME PROBLEM. CONSUMER HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT WIRING HARNESS HAD TO BE REPLACED IN ORDER TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM, AND WAS BEING CHARGED $2,500.00 FOR REPAIRS. PLEASE PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / DOCUMENTATION. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10136391

Summary:

 

DT: THE CONSUMER STATED THAT ON 1993 MERCEDES 500 SEL ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SHORTED OUT. THE INSULATION ON THE WIRING CRUMBLED OFF. THE DEALER SAID THAT THEY COULD REPAIR THE PROBLEM AT CONSUMER'S COST. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT BEEN CONTACTED. *AK

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NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10138286

Summary:

 

UPPER ENGINE WIRE HARNESS FAILURE - ERRATIC IDLE, POWER LOSS, RF NOISE EXCESSIVE, INCONSISTENT ECU FAULT CODES. REPLACED HARNESS AND ALL DEFECTS NO LONGER OCCURRED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

8004706

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS IS EXPOSED OUTSIDE OF HOOD AREA. DEALERSHIP IS AWARE OF PROBLEM. *AK CONSUMER STATED THAT INSULATION IS CRACKING AND FALLING OFF ALL WIRING AROUND THE ENGINE. *YD

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10134359

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1992 300CE MERCEDES BENZ. THE WIRING HARNESS IS BAD AND I'M TOLD THAT THE PLASTIC WAS MADE OF WHAT HAS BEEN OUTLAWED. THIS MATERIAL MAY CAUSE A FIRE. WHAT IF ANYTHING CAN I DO TO REMEDY THIS WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY AN ARM AN LEG, AS FAR AS THE MERCEDES COMPANY IS CONCERNED? HELP!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN NO ACCIDENT BUT IN ORDER TO PROCEED I HAD TO PUT IN A DATE. THANK YOU. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

478416

Summary:

 

THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING PROBLEM WITH OUR CAR IN THAT IT STALLS ON OCCASION WHILE DRIVING. THIS HAPPENS WHILE THE CAR HAS BEEN WARMED UP AND WITH A FULL TANK OF GAS WITH ON FOREWARNING. THE CAR HAS BEEN TESTED AT (ILLEGIBLE) MASSACHUSETTS WHERE IT IS USUALLY SERVICED, AS WELL AS A FACTORY REP WHO CAME TO SEE THE CAR AND AT L.P. EVENS IN (ILLEGIBLE) FLORIDA. NO ONE CAN DISCOVER THE PROBLEM, BUT WE ARE AFRAID TO DRIVE THE CAR AS AT ANY TIME THE MOTOR WILL CUT OUT, AND WE FEAR A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT. PLEASE HELP US SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BEFORE A DISASTER OCCURS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

514982

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE. I HAD DRIVEN TO WORK FROM HOME (75 MILES), AND STOPPED AT THE GATE TO OPEN. AS I RETURNED TOWARD THE CAR, FLAMES BEGAN UNDER ENGINE COMPARTMENT. CALLED FIRE DEPT. 911

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E KLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10136061

Summary:

 

MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS CURRENTLY DETERIORATING CAUSING THE WIRES TO BE EXPOSED TO AN INTENSE AMOUNT OF HEAT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10128593

Summary:

 

DISINTEGRATION OF INSULATION ON ENGINE WIRING HARNESS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10134777

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES WAGON E320 HAS ONLY 42K MILES ON IT BUT ALL THE WIRES AKA THE ENGINE HARNESS ARE CRUMBLING TO THE TOUCH. ALL THE WIRE INSULATION HAS DETERIORATED BECAUSE OF THE USE OF BIO-GRADABLE PLASTIC. THE DEALER WANTS ME TO PAY $1500 FOR THE ENGINE HARNESS. HOW CAN SUCH A MAJOR PART BE SO POORLY MADE AND UNRELIABLE. THIS IS A MAJOR SAFETY ISSUE FOR MY FAMILY. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10139795

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT HAS CRACKED, DRY ROTTEN, AND MISSING INSULATION. THIS IS CAUSED BY POOR MATERIALS USED IN PRODUCTION. IT COULD BE A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARD AND CAUSE A FIRE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10021251

Summary:

 

BAD ENGINE WIRING WHICH POSSIBLY CAUSED ENGINE TO STALL IN TRAFFIC. *TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10009343

Summary:

 

MY MECHANIC REPORTED THAT THE INSULATION IS CRACKING AND PEELING AT THE HARNESS, AND THAT IT IS DANGER OF CAUSING SERIOUS ELECTRICAL DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM, ENTAILING MALFUNCTION OF COMPUTERS, CRUISE CONTROL, BRAKE AND OTHER SYSTEMS, AS WELL AS SEVERE ENGINE DAMAGE, INCLUDING ENDANGERING PASSENGERS IN THE EVENT FAILURE OCCURS WHILE DRIVING. I HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT THE PROBLEM IS OF POOR QUALITY INSULATION IS ENDEMIC AMONG 1993-96 MBZ MODELS. I OBSERVED THE HARNESS MYSELF, AND THE INSULATION ON ALL WIRES ENTERING THE HARNESS IS CRACKED AND WIRES ARE EITHER ACTUALLY EXPOSED OR ON THE VERGE OF EXPOSURE. THE CONDITION IS DANGEROUS, AND I AM ADVISED THAT THE LOCAL MBZ DEALER(RAB) DID OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM MBZ IN ONE CASE TO REPLACE A SIMILARLY AFFECTED HARNESS WITH MBZ PROVIDING THE PARTS,BUT NOT THE LABOR. IT IS APPEARS THAT THE DEFECT IS DANGEROUS AND WIDESPREAD, AND PERHAPS IS SYMPTOMATIC, AS I NOTE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER COMPLAINT IN YOUR RECORDS ABOUT THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IN SAME YEARS MODEL. *TS *JB ***DIMSII IVOQ ENTRY POSTED AFTER 12-12-02 CUT OVER TO ARTEMIS***762213

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10131814

Summary:

 

THE VEHICLE HAS HAD INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS FOR AWHILE, BUT NONE OF THEM VERY SERIOUS. FOLLOWING RECENT SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE, THE ENGINE DEVELOPED A FAILED SPARK PROBLEM. AFTER REPLACING PLUG WIRES AND CONNECTORS AND A COIL ASSEMBLY ATTEMPTING TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM, IT WAS OBSERVED THAT THE WIRING FEEDING THE FRONT COIL ASSEMBLY HAD LOST THE INSULATION AND WAS SHORTED OUT. UPON FURTHER INSPECTION, THE WIRING TO THE OTHER COIL ASSEMBLIES ALSO EXHIBITED THE SAME PROBLEM. THE WIRING WAS TRACED BACK TO WHERE IT JOINED UP WITH THE REST OF THE HARNESS, AND IT WAS FOUND TO HAVE BRITTLE, CRACKED OR MISSING INSULATION EVERYWHERE IT WAS CHECKED. UPON DOING RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET, I FOUND THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM AND FOUND OTHER VERY SIMILAR COMPLAINTS ON THE NHTSA WEBSITE AS WELL. IN CHECKING THE COST OF THE PART FROM THE LOCAL DEALER, I FOUND THAT THEY HAD ONE IN STOCK (A SIGN THAT THEY MUST REPLACE QUITE A FEW OF THESE) AND THE PRICE FOR THE NEEDED PART WAS $1033, THIS DIDN'T INCLUDE LABOR WHICH WAS ESTIMATED AT 5 HOURS. I AM PURSUING THE LEAST EXPENSIVE OPTION FOR SUITABLE REPAIR, BUT I AM EXPECTING NEARLY A $1500 REPAIR COST. I HAVE OWNED MANY VEHICLES IN EXCESS OF 10 YEARS OF AGE, AND THIS IS THE MOST CATASTROPHIC WIRING FAILURE I HAVE SEEN. I SHOULD CONSIDER MYSELF LUCKY THAT THIS PROBLEM DIDN'T MANIFEST ITSELF WITH A MORE SERIOUS PROBLEM SUCH AS A FAILURE AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS OR AN ENGINE FIRE, WHICH UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES SEEMED QUITE LIKELY. I WILL SAVE THE WIRING HARNESS FOLLOWING REPLACEMENT SHOULD IT BE NEEDED FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10137365 & 10138922

Summary:

 

INSULATION ON ELECTRICAL WIRING CRUMBLES TO DUST, RESULTING IN SHORTS, DAMAGED ELECTRONICS, ENGINE STALLING, ABS FAILURE, ETC. IT APPEARS MBZ USED DEFECTIVE INSULATION ON THE ELECTRICAL WIRES IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT WIRING HARNESSES. IN ALL LOCATIONS THAT ARE EXPOSED TO HIGHER THAN AMBIENT TEMPERATURE THE INSULATION CRUMBLES TO DUST. . DEALER SAYS 'ITS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM WITH 92-95 MODEL YEARS'. REPLACEMENT HARNESSES COST OVER $3000 (2 RQD) AND REPLACEMENT COMPONENTS WITH INTEGRAL DEFECTIVE WIRING COST OVER $8000 (NOT INCLUDING ANY COMPUTER BOXES THAT GET DAMAGED BY SHORTS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10140668

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ C280 VIN#WDBHA28E1RF067288 WITH ABOUT 84000 MILES ON IT AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. I HAD PROBLEMS WITH THE ENGINE MISFIRING, WARNING LIGHTS COMING ON RANDOMLY AND OTHER ELECTRICAL GREMLINS. I WAS CHECKING UNDER THE HOOD GETTING READY TO CHANGE THE SPARK PLUGS TO TRY TO MAKE IT RUN BETTER, WHEN I NOTICED SOME BARE WIRES COMING OUT OF THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS TO A CONNECTOR NEAR THE FRONT OF THE ENGINE. I REACHED DOWN TO REMOVE THE CONNECTOR AND WHEN I DID THERE WAS A POP, AND A PUFF OF SMOKE FROM THAT AREA. THE HARNESS GOT VERY HOT, SO I IMMEDIATELY DISCONNECTED THE BATTERY. UPON CAREFUL INSPECTION I FOUND THAT ALL OF THE INSULATION ON THIS AND MOST ALL OF THE WIRES IN THE HARNESS HAD DISINTEGRATED, THE INSULATION ALMOST COMPLETELY AND THE COPPER WAS ALSO GREEN AND IN POOR CONDITION. UPON CHECKING THE INTERNET I FOUND THAT 1994 AND 1995 C280 MODELS HAVE THIS AS A CHRONIC COMPLAINT. I HAVE WRITTEN MERCEDES BENZ AND RECEIVED NO REPLY. I SPOKE WITH A BENZ MECHANIC I KNOW IN ANOTHER STATE AND HE SAID HE HAD REPLACED DOZENS OF THESE WIRE HARNESSES ON THIS MODEL. HE STATED THAT MERCEDES BENZ HAD EXPERIMENTED WITH A BIODEGRADABLE WIRE INSULATION AT THIS TIME AND THAT THEY FINALLY STOPPED IN LATE 1995 ON THIS MODEL. FURTHER THAT MERCEDES IS AWARE, BUT LEAVES IT UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL DEALERSHIP TO DECIDE IF THEY WILL REPAIR IT AS A GOODWILL REPAIR. HE SAID THEY CHARGE ABOUT $1500 FOR THIS REPAIR. THE CAR SITS IN MY DRIVEWAY INOPERABLE BECAUSE OF THIS PROBLEM. MERCEDES LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE NOT EVEN GOING TO REPLY. I NOTICED A COMPLAINT 10129347 WHICH SOUNDS ABOUT IDENTICAL. MERCEDES SHOULD OWN THIS DEFECT BEFORE SOME ONE BURNS UP ON THE HIGHWAY DUE TO AN ELECTRICAL FIRE. THE HARNESS IS STILL IN PLACE IF SOMEONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT. I WILL TAKE A FEW PICTURES TO DOCUMENT IT. THIS NEED TO BE CORRECTED BEFORE SOMEONE GETS SERIOUSLY INJURED IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SD

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10141195

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. APPARENTLY THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 100 OF THESE REPORTED BUT NO ACTION. WHY? *JB *TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10032138

Summary:

 

THE DESIGN AND LOCATION OF THE SPARK PLUGS CAUSES A VERY SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD. IN ORDER TO REPLACE OR INSPECT THE PLUGS WIRE HARNESS NEEDED TO BE UNBOLTED AND PUSHED BACKWARDS, WIRE HARNESS SHOULDN'T BE MOVED. WIRE HARNESS SHORTED OUT, CAUSING A SHORT OUT OF ALL COMPONENTS IN THAT CIRCUIT. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10136148

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WIRE INSULATION HAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED. VERY POOR GAS MILEAGE AND ROUGH RUNNING ARE THE RESULT ON A LOW MILE CAR (90K TOTAL MILES). REQUEST REPLACEMENT OF DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10140856

Summary:

 

WHILE DRIVING, MY CAR STALLED OUT SEVERAL TIMES, BUT WAS ABLE TO RESTART A FEW TIMES. IT EVENTUALLY WOULD NOT START AND I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, WITH NO PHONE SERVICE, AND HAD A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE FINDING HELP AFTER HAVING TO PUSH MY CAR OFF THE ROAD. TURNS OUT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILED, BIG SURPRISE!!! THIS WHOLE ORDEAL COST ME 1800 DOLLARS ON SOMETHING THAT MB USED TO REPLACE FOR FREE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

561347

Summary:

 

THE AIR CONDITIONER HAS NOT WORKED CONSISTENTLY FOR TWO SUMMERS, THE A/C COMPRESSOR WAS NOT COMING ON BECAUSE THE HARNESS WAS CRACKED AND COMING APART AND THE EVAPORATOR LEAKS, ALL OF THESE FAULTY COMPONENTS CAUSED THE SYSTEM TO BLOW WARM AIR. NLM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10143426

Summary:

 

INITIAL PROBLEM STARTED IN LATE OCTOBER 2005. INTERMITTENT MISFIRING OF CYLINDERS, HESITANT. SEVERAL TRIPS INTO SHOP RESULTED IN "COULD NOT REPLICATE TROUBLE". FINALLY SENT IN WITH SEVERE MISFIRING. REPLACED COIL, SOME IGNITION WIRES, SPARK PLUGS. A FEW DAYS LATER, SAME SYMPTOMS HAPPENED. AFTER MORE DIAGNOSIS, DETERMINED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD FAILED. INSULATION HAD COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED ALLOWING WIRES TO TOUCH. POTENTIAL FOR MORE SEVERE DAMAGE TO VEHICLE COMPUTERS, ACCIDENT OR WORST, FIRE. LOCAL MB SHOP INDICATED IT WAS "NOT A MAJOR PROBLEM", "SHOULD EXPECT IT WITH 10 YEAR OLD CAR". ITEM WAS IN STOCK FOR $975.00 (SO I ASSUME IT DOES HAPPEN FREQUENTLY), WITH LABOR OF 8 HOURS @$119.00. I DID NOT FEEL THIS SHOULD HAPPEN ON A 10 YEAR OLD CAR, NOT TO MENTION A FORMER "CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED" VEHICLE. AFTER RESEARCHING INTERNET, FOUND OVER 36 PAGES WORTH OF NHTSA MANUFACTURERS COMPLAINTS, REGARDING SIMILAR TROUBLE WITH THE WIRING HARNESS. TOTAL SPENT TO REPAIR = $2313.43. WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MERCEDES BENZ

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500SL

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10143261

Summary:

 

UPON DISASSEMBLY OF THE INTAKE SYSTEM OF MY CAR, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS HAD COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED - THE INSULATION USED ON THE WIRING HAD BECOME HARD AND BRITTLE, CAUSING MULTIPLE SHORTS AND PREVENTING IT FROM BEING RE-INSTALLED IN THE VEHICLE. THE ENTIRE ENGINE HARNESS HAD TO BE REPLACED TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM. TOTAL COST APPROXIMATELY $1100. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10144877

Summary:

 

Summary: WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

420

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10033790

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

Summary: AFTER PARKING THE VEHICLE, THE CONSUMER NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM THE STEERING COLUMN. AS A RESULT OF THE FAILURE, FIRE CAME THROUGH THE FIREWALL. THE LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT ARRIVED TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE. *AK THERE WERE NO PRIOR PROBLEMS. THE VEHICLE HAD FILLED WITH BLACK SMOKE WITH THE IGNITION OFF AND THE VEHICLE PARKED. THERE WAS NO WARNING. *SCC *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10145500

Summary:

 

ALL THE INSULATION OF THE WIRES IS DISINTEGRATING ON MY MERCEDES E300 1995 IT IS VERY DANGEROUS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

124

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10143995

Summary:

 

UPPER ENGINE WIRING HARNESS (MB PART# A 124 440 19 06) INSULATION CRACKED IN MANY PLACES. IT DECOMPOSED/DETERIORATED SO BADLY IT EFFECTED ADDITIONAL ENGINE COMPONENTS. ENGINE STALLED MANY TIME WHILE IN TRAFFIC. HARNESS WAS REPLACES ON 04-21-2005 AND CAR REQUIRED ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE FROM MERCEDES DEALER SHIP DUE TO ECU PROBLEMS AND STILL ONGOING PROBLEMS WITH ASR (ANTI SKID CONTROL) PROBLEMS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10143626

Summary:

 

THE MATERIAL AROUND THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEGRADED TO THE POINT WHERE IT WAS NO LONGER PROTECTING THE WIRING ITSELF CAUSING IT TO MELT AND DAMAGE THE WIRES INSIDE. THIS LED TO THE CAR ONLY RUNNING ON 5 OUT OF 6 CYLINDERS INTERMITTENTLY AS WELL AS OTHER ELECTRICAL ISSUES. I HAVE HEARD MANY OTHER CASES OF THIS HAPPENING AMONG OTHER OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES AND MANY HAVE FILED COMPLAINTS. THE P[ARTS WERE REPLACED OUT OF MY POCKET. THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT MB USA NEEDS TO ADDRESS INSTEAD OF TELLING OWNERS THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS COMPLAINT BEFORE. I DO NOT KNOW THE EXACT DATE OF THE FAILURE AS IT HAPPENED MULTIPLE TIMES BEFORE BEING PROPERLY DIAGNOSED AND IT WAS APPROXIMATELY A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, I ALSO DO NOT REMEMBER THE DATE BECAUSE I JUST RECENTLY FOUND THIS WEBSITE AND THE PROBLEM OCCURRED A WHILE AGO. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10148105

Summary:

 

94 MERCEDES BENZ E320 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS COMPLETELY DESINTEGRATED EXPOSING ALL WIRING IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. AS THE ENGINE RUNS AND MISFIRES IT SPARKS AND SHORTS TO GROUND. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10148631

Summary:

 

CONSUMER COMPLAINT REGARDING 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E320 WIRING HARNESS. *TS THE MERCEDES BENZ M-104 ENGINE WAS MANUFACTURED FROM BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS THE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS BEGAN TO DETERIORATE AND FAIL. THIS LEAD TO A CYCLE OF INCREASINGLY SEVERE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10147769

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ C220 - NUMEROUS ISSUES WITH A CAR THAT ONLY HAS ABOUT 80K MILES ON IT. WE ARE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS OF THE VEHICLE. GAVE UP WITH USING MERCEDES FOR SERVICE EONS AGO....AFTER FEELING THAT WE WERE LIED TO. DEALER LED US TO BELIEVE THAT WE WERE HAVING PROBLEMS BECAUSE MICE NESTED IN THE CAR AND PROBABLY ATE THROUGH THE WIRING. 3 OTHER SERVICE PEOPLE HAVE THOUGHT THAT THEY SUCCESSFULLY 'FIXED' THE CAR... BUT PROBLEM RECURS (SOMETIMES WITHIN A HALF HOUR OF LEAVING REPAIR SHOP) CAR WILL NOT RUN UNLESS YOU KEEP YOU FOOT ON THE GAS CONTINUALLY.... REPLACED WIRING HARNESS COUPLE OF YEARS AGO....FREQUENT BULB BURN OUTS, SRS LIGHT IS ILLUMINATED FOR FIRST 2 MINUTES CAR IS ON THEN GOES OUT... VARIOUS GAUGES ARE OUT....FUSES BLOW....I COULD GO ON FOREVER. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10148030

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1995 MERCEDES-BENZ C280 (120,000 MILES), HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT AND IS BEGINNING TO SHORT OUT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION, AND EVEN FIRE INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I HAVE READ MANY REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ CARS OF THE SAME AGE RANGE HAVING THE EXACT SAME ISSUE. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH MERCEDES THAT THEY REFUSE TO RECALL. THIS REPAIR WILL COST ME $2300 TO FIX AT A NON-DEALER SHOP. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10146315

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS COMPLETELY DETERIORATED!! THIS IS NOT RIGHT FOR A CAR 10 YEARS OLD. MB USA WONT HELP AT ALL. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10148527

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 WHICH WAS WELL MAINTAINED. AS I WAS DRIVING TO WORK THIS MONTH, THE CAR STARTED STALLING ON THE HIGHWAY AND I WAS LUCKY I WAS NOT HIT FROM BEHIND BY OTHER FAST MOVING CARS. AFTER REPLACING IGNITION PARTS THE CAR STILL WAS STALLING AND THEN STOPPED TOTALLY. UPON EXAMINATION, ALL THE ENGINE HARNESS WIRES WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN TOTALLY STRIPPED OF THEIR INSULATION INSIDE THE OUTER FABRIC COVER. THEY ALL WERE CONTACTING EACH OTHER AND IT WAS HOPLESS TO FIX SINCE ALL THE WIRES FAILED AT ONCE. SEVERAL MERECEDES BENZ DEALERS KNEW OF THIS PROBLEM AND IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE TO THEM. HOWEVER, MERECEDES BENZ SEEMS TO THINK THIS PROBLEM IS NOT OF THEIR CONCERN AND CONTACTING THEM RESULTS IN REFUSAL TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS AS CAR IS OUT OF WARRANTY. THIS IS A DEFECT THAT COULD INJURE BY ACCIDENT OR START A FIRE AND NOT A WARRANTY PROBLEM. MERCEDES-BENZ NEEDS TO RECALL THESE CARS AND REPLACE THE ENGINE HARNESS BEFORE SOMEONE IS UNLUCKY AND BECOMES INJURED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10148915

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES E320 ALMOST CUT OFF AT IDLE AFTER SEVERAL TRIPS AND COSTLY REPAIR BILLS. FINALLY DIAGNOSED AS FAULTY WIRING HARNESS. WAS TOLD BY MECHANIC THAT MERCEDES HAD A PRIVATE RECALL. DUPONT MADE SOME BIODEGRADEABLE INSULATION FOR MERCEDES THAT JUST FELL APART. THIS WAS NOT FAIR TO CONSUMERS. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10148813

Summary:

 

1994 C280 WAS BEING DRIVEN ON AN INTERSTATE WHEN THERE WAS A TOTAL LOSS OF POWER. THE CAR REQUIRED TOWING TO THE MB DEALERSHIP. THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD COMPLETELY DETERIORATED AND REQUIRED REPLACEMENT TO THE TUNE OF $1500.00. MB IS NOT ONLY BRUSHING ASIDE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS WELL DOCUMENTED DEFECT, THEY ARE MAKING MONEY ON THE REPAIRS, WHAT A SCAM. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10149260

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS HAS COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED FROM THE IGNITION CONTROL UNIT ALL THE WAY TO THE ENGINE SENSORS INCLUDING WIRES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO THE FUEL INJECTION. WIRES ARE BARE AND TOUCHING. VEHICLE SMELLS ON FUEL BUT THERE ARE NO LEAKS TO BE FOUND. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED PICTURES. THIS IS NOT SOME 11,000 HYUNDAI GUYS. THIS IS A 142,000 S600 MERCEDES. I FEEL FORTUNATE THAT MY CHILDREN AND MYSELF DID NOT BURN TO DEATH SOMEWHERE ON THE ROAD. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. *NM WIRING HARNESS HAS COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED FROM THE IGNITION CONTROL UNIT ALL THE WAY TO THE ENGINE SENSORS INCLUDING WIRES THAT ARE CONNECTED TO THE FUEL INJECTION. WIRES ARE BARE AND TOUCHING. VEHICLE SMELLS ON FUEL BUT THERE ARE NO LEAKS TO BE FOUND. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU NEED PICTURES. THIS IS NOT SOME 11,000 HYUNDAI GUYS. THIS IS A 142,000 S600 MERCEDES. I FEEL FORTUNATE THAT MY CHILDREN AND MYSELF DID NOT BURN TO DEATH SOMEWHERE ON THE ROAD. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

140

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10149418

Summary:

 

DISINTEGRATION OF WIRING HARNESS INSULATION ON 1993 (AND OTHERS) S-CLASS CARS CREATING FIRE HAZARD, DANGEROUS STALLING PROBLEMS AND FAILURE OF VEHICLE DRIVABILITY. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10151360

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

TOTAL ELECTRICAL FAILURE, ENGINE STOPPAGE, DEACTIVATION OF ABS, ASD, SEAT BELTS, ELECTRIC DOOR LOCKS, LIGHTS. WHEN GOING OVER A RAILROAD TRACT, ROAD VIBRATION CAUSED DETERIORATED WIRING INSULATION (INSIDE A BUNDLE OF WIRES) TO FALL OFF CAUSING A MASSIVE ELECTRICAL SHORT CIRCUIT. APPARENTLY SEVERAL MODEL YEARS OF THESE CARS WERE MANUFACTURED WITH WIRE INSULATION THAT 'CRUMBLES' TO A POWDER. THIS CONDITION IS NOT VISIBLE DURING ORDINARY INSPECTION AND REQUIRED ONE TO CUT OPEN THE ENCAPSULATED WIRING HARNESSES. FAILED WIRING HARNESSES FOR THESE CARS ARE COMMON I LEARNED FROM SEARCHING THE MDZ BULLETIN BOARDS. I HAVE 6 FAILED ELECTRONIC THROTTLE ACTUATORS (AT $1800 EACH!!) EXHIBITING THIS TYPE OF FAILURE. ONE EXHIBITED UNCOMMANDED WIDE OPEN THROTTLE. THE OTHERS FAILED BY ENTERING THE 'LIMP HOME' MODE. MERCEDES BENZ NORTH AMERICA IS AWARE OF THIS SERIOUS DEFECT BUT REFUSES TO REPAIR OR WARRANT THIS DEFECTIVE SAFETY SYSTEM. I WAS SHOCKED THAT MY CAR SHUT OFF COMPLETELY AND A SMALL FIRE ERUPTED IN THE MAIN ENGINE WIRING COMPARTMENT HARNESS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10152244

Summary:

 

THE IGNITION MODULE (ALSO KNOWN AS AN EZL) IN MY 500E SHORTED OUT, CAUSING MY CAR TO LOSE SPARK TO 4 OUT OF 8 CYLINDERS (ONE-HALF MY ENGINE), AND THREW MY CAR INTO "LIMP-HOME" MODE, NEARLY CAUSING AN ACCIDENT. THIS HAPPENED WHILE I WAS BEGINNING TO MERGE ONTO THE #405 FREEWAY IN LOS ANGELES. I BELIEVE THE DISINTEGRATING ENGINE WIRING HARNESSES MERCEDES BENZ HAS INSTALLED IN THE MAJORITY OF THEIR MODEL YEAR 1991-1996 PRODUCTION IS WHAT CAUSED THIS OUTRAGEOUSLY EXPENSIVE MODULE TO FAIL. PLACING ME IN A VERY DANGEROUS AND TENSE SITUATION. PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING WEB PAGE TO READ NEARLY ONE-HUNDRED FIFTY SIMILAR COMPLAINTS: http://sites.google.com/site/infoage1/mercedes-benz-1991-1996-engine-wiring-harness-defect

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10152192

Summary:

 

IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT MERCEDES AUTOMOBILES SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1994 AND 1995 WERE EQUIPPED WITH "BIODEGRADABLE" ENGINE ELECTRIC HARNESSES. THE INSULATION ON THESE, INCLUDING MY CAR, HAVE DETERIORATED AND BECOME UNSAFE, CAUSING SHORTING BETWEEN WIRES. MY INFORMATION IS THAT MERCEDES HAS REFUSED TO CONSIDER THIS A RECALL ISSUE. REPLACING THE HARNESS COSTS APPROXIMATELY $1,400. IN ADDITION TO THE COST, THIS IS A REAL SAFETY ISSUE. MY REQUEST IS THAT MERCEDES BE CONTACTED AND CONVINCED THAT IT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST TO REPLACE THESE HARNESSES BEFORE IT CAUSES SOME EXPENSIVE AND DANGEROUS FIRES.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10152151

Summary:

 

VEHICLE CHECKED AND FOUND THAT INSULATION ON ALL OF THE FUEL INJECTION WIRING, TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND FAN THERMAL SWITCH HARNESS DETERIORATED CAUSING WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER. CONSUMER DISCOVERED THAT HARNESS INSULATION IS MADE OF VERY POOR MATERIAL .THE INSULATION BREAKS VERY EASY AT THE TOUCH AND TURNS INTO DUST. THE WHOLE WIRE HARNESS IS IN THE SAME SITUATION. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10152570

Summary:

 

REMOVED AND REPLACED ENGINE HARNESS WIRING, (1992 MERCEDES BENZ 400SE) BASE CONTROL MODULE, CAM SHAFT POSITION SENSOR.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10153489

Summary:

 

MERCEDES BENZ M104 ENGINE ELECTRICAL WIRE HARNESS INSULATION FLAKES OFF AND SHORTS OUT WIRES. POSSIBLE ENGINE FIRE COULD RESULT. MANUFACTURER HAS REPLACED SOME OF THESE IN A RANDOM FASHION, UNDER A GOOD WILL WARRANTY. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10151271

Summary:

 

MY CAR BEGAN TO SUFFER ELECTRICAL AND OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS. OVER THE COURSE OF A MONTH, MY CAR WAS AT THE MECHANIC ALMOST EVERY DAY WITH ODD NEW PROBLEMS. MY WORST FEAR HAD COME TRUE, AS MY MECHANIC HAD WARNED ME. MY CAR'S WIRE HARNESS HAD BEGAN TO FALL APART, EVEN SIMPLY TOUCHING IS WOULD CAUSE IT TO DISINTERGRATED WHICH CAUSED MANY PROBLEMS FOR MY CAR. MY MECHANIC TOLD ME FOR THE EARLY 90S TO 95 MODEL YEARS THEY HAVE CHANGED MANY OF THE WIRE HARNESS ON THESE CAR'S. I CONTACTED MERCEDES WANTING TO WORK OUT A DEAL FOR THEIR DEFECTIVE WIRE HARNESSES, AND WAS TOLD NO SUCH PROBLEM EXISTED. CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS VERY RUDE TO ME, AND IT ENDED WITH MERCEDES ACCUSING ME OF CREATING A FALSE CLAIM TO EXTORT THE COMPANY. I WAS HURT BY THE WAY THEY TREATED ME, AND VOWED NEVER TO BUY A NEW MERCEDES AGAIN. I HAVE MY OLD WIRE HARNESS, AND YOU CAN'T EVEN TOUCH SOME SECTIONS OF IT...IT'LL SIMPLY FALL APART. IN THE END I PAID $2000 DOLLARS FOR A NEW HARNESS, INSTALL...FEW DAYS WORTH OF DIAGNOSIS TIME WAS ADDED TO THE BILL ALSO, AND THE POWER SURGES CAUSED MY BULBS AND SOME MINOR PARTS TO BLOW, IN TOTAL AFTER TAXES I WAS IN IT FOR $3000 DOLLARS. MERCEDES THINKS I'M LYING AND THIS PROBLEM NEVER EXISTED...CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS RUDE ENOUGH TO TELL ME, ITS NOT THEIR FAULT IF I GOT RIPPED OFF...EXACTLY RIPPED OFF BUYING A MERCEDES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

190

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

835649

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WHILE DRIVING ABOUT 20 MPH, WITHOUT NO PRIOR WARNING, THE VEHICLE DIED OUT. CONSUMER HAD THE VEHICLE TOWED TO HER HOUSE, AND VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE DUE TO AN ELECTRICAL SHORT. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

600

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10152808

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES BENZ 600 SL - ENGINE MAIN WIRING HARNESS HAS DISINTEGRATED. THIS CAR HAS UNDER 80,000 MILES ON IT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10152349

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1992 300CE AND I WAS INFORMED LAST WEEK BY THE MECHANIC THAT THE WIRING HARNESS IS CRACKING AND PEELING. AFTER READING THE MANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THEIR WIRING HARNESS CAUSING A FIRE I AM CONCERNED. THE PROBLEM THAT I AM HAVING IS THE CAR ALARM, RADIO, AND LEFT HEADLIGHT SOCKET PLUG IS DAMAGE DUE TO ELECTRICAL FAULT. I AM CONSIDERING REPLACING THE WIRE HARNESS. *JB

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NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

129

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10150787

Summary:

 

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON DASHBOARD,IDLE ROUGH,STALLING OF CAR. I CHECKED THE ENGINE HARNESS CONNECTOR TO THE AIR MASS METER AND GENTLY MOVED THE WIRES. THE OUTSIDE INSULATION BEGAN TO SMOKE, THEN MELTED FROM THE HEAT. I QUICKLY TURNED OFF THE CAR'S ENGINE AND CHECKED THE DAMAGE. THE INSULATION COVERING THE 4 WIRES INSIDE OF THE HARNESS HAD TOTALLY DISINTEGRATED, THUS CAUSING SHORT CIRCUITS IN THE HARNESS. THE HEAT GENERATED ACTUALLY MELTED THE OUTSIDE COVERING OF THE WIRES BOTH AT THE AIR MASS METER CONNECTOR AND UNDERNEATH THE MAIN ENGINE COMPUTER (ECU). I HAD THE CAR TOWED TO THE LOCAL MB DEALER AND THEY SAID THAT THE WHOLE BODY WIRING HARNESS WAS DESTROYED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED AT A COST OF $1250 PLUS $600 FOR THE HARNESS. MB SAID IT WAS NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR AND OFFERED NO ASSISTANCE. I FEEL THAT THE HARNESSES ON MY 1995 SL320 WERE MADE FROM SUBSTANDARD MATERIALS AND THUS DISINTEGRATED PREMATURELY PUTTING MYSELF AT RISK FROM A POSSIBLE CAR FIRE. I STILL HAVE THE HARNESS IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INSPECT IT. ANOTHER HARNESS, THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS ALSO FOUND TO BE DEFECTIVE, CAUSING SHORT CIRCUITS, AND WAS REPLACED BY MB UNDER WARRANTY IN 1998. SO FAR I HAVE REPLACED 4 DIFFERENT WIRING HARNESS ON MY CAR, ALL SHOWING THE SAME DECOMPOSITION OF THE WIRING INSULATION. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10154004

Summary:

 

MY 1995 E320 WITH APPROXIMATELY 130,000 MILES BEGAN TO EXHIBIT UNUSUAL PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS, ROUGH IDLE, OCCASIONAL STALLING AT LIGHTS. WHEN I TOOK IT TO MY LOCAL MECHANIC, THEY INFORMED ME THAT AS THEY BEGAN TO INVESTIGATE WHAT THE PROBLEM MIGHT BE, THE INDIVIDUAL WIRES IN THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WERE CRUMBLING UNDER THE SLIGHTEST PRESSURE, MAKING ANY REPAIRS EXTREMELY RISKY WITHOUT HAVING THE ENTIRE HARNESS REPLACED AT A COST OF APPROXIMATELY $1800. THE FACT THAT THIS HAS BEEN WELL-DOCUMENTED FOR SEVERAL YEARS IS TROUBLING, ESPECIALLY GIVEN MERCEDES' REPUTATION FOR CARS THAT WILL RUN FOR YEARS WITH PROPER REGULAR MAINTENANCE. OBVIOUSLY MBUSA IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM, SINCE DEALERS STOCK THE HARNESS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10154342

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS INSULATION DISINTEGRATION PROBLEM WITH A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ C280(VIN #WDBHA28E5RF074261). WIRING HARNESS INSULATION FAILURE CAUSING FREQUENT HESITATION OF THE VEHICLE . THIS PROBLEM HAS CAUSED SOME SAFETY CONCERNS WHEN PULLING INTO TRAFFIC. TO SUM IT UP MERCEDES IS ALL TOO AWARE OF THE PROBLEM BUT YET HAS OFFERED LIMITED ASSISTANCE TO THE CONSUMER. I AM CURRENTLY PURSUING ASSISTANCE FROM DAIMLER BENZ TO FIX THE PROBLEM WITH THE CAR. I WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THE RESULTS OF HOW MERCEDES HANDLES THIS PROBLEM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10153751

Summary:

 

MY C280 STARTED SURGING FROM IDLE AND IT IS REALLY HARD TO CONTROL ESPECIALLY IN TRAFFIC OR JUST MANEUVERING IN A PARKING AREAS. I HAVE NO TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CAR AND IT IS VERY UNSAFE TO DRIVE. I FOUND OUT THAT THE WIRING INSIDE THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT IS DETERIORATING AND COPPER WIRES ARE EXPOSED CAUSING WRONG ENGINE SIGNAL FROM THE COMPUTER SENSORS. I AM BUT THE WIRING HARNESS IS SO EXPENSIVE, THIS MUST BE RULED AS A SAFETY RECALL, PLEASE HELP!*JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10154252

Summary:

 

1993 MB 300E - WIRING HARNESS HAS BEGUN TO DETERIORATE CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL AND OR NOT START. STALLING CAN OCCUR WHILE DRIVING, THUS LOSING ALL POWER TO PROPERLY CONTROL THE VEHICLE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10154262

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES BENZ 300E THE WIRING ON THE FUEL INJECTOR SYSTEM (AS WELL AS OTHER AREAS OF THE HARNESS) WAS REPLACED 5 YEARS AGO AS DEFECTIVE NOW IT IS DEFECTIVE AGAIN. MERCEDES BENZ REFUSES TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS ISSUE. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE CAR IS A POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARD AS THE RISK OF FIRE IS GOOD. MERCEDES APPEARS TO HAVE USED AN INSULATION THAT IS KNOWN FOR DEGRADATION AND REFUSES TO RECALL OR CARE FOR THE ISSUE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10154300

Summary:

 

WHEN HAVING THE CAR SERVICED, THE REPAIR FACILITY IDENTIFIED MAJOR DETERIORATION OF THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. THEY INDICATED THAT THIS COULD BE A SAFETY HAZARD, POSSIBLY CAUSING A FIRE OR LOSING ALL POWER TO THE VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING, MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

600

Year:

1991 1992

Complaint Number:

10153736

Summary:

 

RECENTLY I FOUND OUT THAT THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1991 600 SE IS DETERIORATING, ON SOME PLACES YOU CAN ALREADY SEE THE BARE WIRES. THIS CAR IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF OTHER REPAIRS, AND BEFORE WE CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE WE MUST REPLACE EVERY SINGLE HARNESS IN THE ENGINE BAY. WE ARE NOT A VERY RICH FAMILY AND CAN NOT AFFORD THAT. I HAVE TO DRIVE THE CAR ALMOST EVERY DAY AND AM VERY WORRIED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF IT. WHY DOESN'T MERCEDES DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS? THAT IS BEYOND ME. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10154946

Summary:

 

SHORTLY AFTER PURCHASING MY MERCEDES BENZ C-280 FROM A PRIVATE PARTY, THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. THE LOCAL MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIP STATED IT WAS THE WIRING HARNESS AND IT NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THEY DID NOT STATE THIS WAS A KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THIS MODEL OR YEAR. THE ESTIMATE TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS WAS $1600. GIVEN THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM FROM THE NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS HERE, MERCEDES BENZ SHOULD ISSUE A RECALL ON ALL AFFECTED VEHICLES BECAUSE THIS PROBLEM IS A SAFETY HAZARD NOT ONLY TO THE DRIVER OF AN AFFECTED VEHICLE, BUT TO ALL CARS ON THE SAME ROAD AS SAID VEHICLE THAT COULD STALL, OR WORSE, CATCH ON FIRE WHILE BEING OPERATED! *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10155439

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS IN 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 DETERIORATED CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO STOP ABRUPTLY AND HAD TO BE TOWED - THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THESE CARS AND MERCEDES HAS NO RESPONSE TO CORRECT OR DISCOUNT THE REPAIR PARTS - PAID 3200.00 TO REPLACE ENGINE HARNESS, FUEL ACTUATOR, TRANSMISSION WIRING HARNESS - *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10155541

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED THE SMOG PUMP WAS INOPERABLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO AN INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP WHERE THE SMOG PUMP WAS REPLACED. THE TECHNICIAN DETERMINED THE WIRING HARNESS BETWEEN THE FUEL INJECTOR AND IGNITION WAS DETERIORATING AND COULD OVERHEAT. THERE IS A NHTSA RECALL, # 95V031000, REGARDING THE WIRING. THE VEHICLE HAS THE SAME PROBLEMS AS INDICATED IN THE RECALL; HOWEVER, IT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL DUE TO THE VIN.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10155731

Summary:

 

I OWN A 95 E320 MERCEDES BENZ WHICH HAS 98,000 MILES. SINCE I'VE PURCHASED THIS VEHICLE I HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINED THE CAR PROPERLY; I CHANGE OIL EVERY 4,000 MILES, I CHANGED THE TRANSMISSION JUST LAST YEAR, ETC. RECENTLY THE SMOG PUMP WORE OUT SO I ASKED A CERTIFIED MERCEDES BENZ TECHNICIAN TO REPLACE IT. AFTER THE REPLACEMENT, HE INFORMED ME THAT HE FOUND ALL OF THE FUEL INJECTION WIRE HARNESSES TOTALLY STRIPPED OF THEIR INSULATION INSIDE THE OUTER FABRIC COVER. HE SAID THE WIRES WERE TOUCHING EACH OTHER AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX. HE ALSO SAID THAT SEVERAL MERCEDES BENZ DEALERS KNEW OF THIS PROBLEM AND IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE TO THEM. AFTER CONTACTING THEM, MERCEDES BENZ SEEMS TO THINK THIS PROBLEM IS NOT OF THEIR CONCERN BECAUSE THE EXPIRATION OF ITS WARRANTY, SO THEY REFUSED TO REPLACE IT. THIS IS A DEFECT THAT COULD INJURE BY ACCIDENT OR START A FIRE AND NOT A WARRANTY PROBLEM. MERCEDES-BENZ NEEDS TO RECALL THESE CARS AND REPLACE THE WIRE HARNESS BEFORE SOMEONE IS KILLED OR BECOMES INJURED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10155776

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1993 MERCEDES BENZ 300E. I NOTICED A SECTION OF THE WIRING HARNESS UNDERNEATH MY HOOD BACK AGAINST THE FIREWALL HAS BEGUN TO DETERIORATE. THE PROTECTIVE PLASTIC ON THE WIRING HARNESS IS CRACKING, EXPOSING WIRE. LOOKS LIKE A FIRE HAZARD. MY CAR HAS STALLED SEVERAL TIMES FOR NO APPARENT REASON, POSSIBLY RELATED TO THE WIRE PROBLEM. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10155432

Summary:

 

1993 MB 300E - WIRING HARNESS HAS BEGUN TO DETERIORATE CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL AND OR NOT START. STALLING CAN OCCUR WHILE DRIVING, THUS LOSING ALL POWER TO PROPERLY CONTROL THE VEHICLE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10151604

Summary:

 

I OWN A C 280 (96) (VIN # WDBHA28E5TF315789) CAR STARTED CONSUMING MORE GAS THAN NORMAL, WAS HARDER TO START, STARTED MISSING AND DROVE SLUGGISH. I REPLACED THE SPARK PLUGS AND CABLES. BUT IT GOT WORSE, AND THAN QUIT, AS IF IT WAS OUT OF TIME. I SEND IT TO AN IMPORTED CAR SERVICE SHOP IN DALTON, GA. THEY TOLD ME THAT IT IS A COMMON PROBLEM ON THIS MERCEDES BENZ BENZ. THE WIRING HARNESS UNDERHOOD (INSULATION ON THE WRING) CRUMBLED TO PIECES, LIKE DUST AND SHORTED RELAYS AND ALL THE CAR. I PAID OVER $2600.00 TO HAVE IT REPAIRED. I STILL HAVE THE OLD HARNESS AS EVIDENCE THAT IT SHOULD BE A RECALL BECAUSE Y COULD LEAD TO A WORSE PROBLEM, LIKE FIRE. THE MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT HE HAS REPAIRED SEVERAL C-280 WITH THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT MERCEDES BENZ HAS BEEN NOTIFIED AND THEY WILL NOT DO ANYTHING. AN EXPENSIVE CAR AS IT IS SHOULD BE BUILT BETTER THAN THIS. (THE WIRING HARNESS ITSELF IS WORTH $1600.00 OR MORE. *NM *

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10155874

Summary:

 

I NEED A NEW HEAD GASGET TO REPAIR AN OIL LEAK. MY MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING TO THE OIL LEAK HE HAD TO TAKE OFF THE WIRING HARNESS UPON WHICH THE HARNESS DISINTEGRATED IN HIS HAND. I AM VERY CONCERNED THE MB WOULD YOU BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL TO MANUFACTURE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE VEHICLE. THE REPLACEMENT PART IS $1,000 AND NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW SINCE THE REPAIRING THE EXISTING HARNESS COULD CAUSE A FIRE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10156015

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS CRACKED, REPLACED AT COST OF $728 @ MILEAGE OF 86,226 ON 10/21/03. VEHICLE HAD BEEN PURCHASED AS MB STARMARK VEHICLE AT ~45,000 MILES.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10155987

Summary:

 

BOTH ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESSES OF MY 1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 500E (115,000 MILES), HAVE CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT. THEY ARE SHORTING OUT, CAUSING STALLING AND THE IMPOSITION OF (INVOLUNTARY/UNACCEPTABLE) RISKS OF DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTIONS AND/OR FIRES INSIDE THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. NUMEROUS REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ VEHICLES OF THE SAME AGE DOCUEMENT SAID (IDENTICAL) DEFECTS. ALTHOUGH THIS ISSUE IS KNOWN TO MERCEDES-BENZ, A RECALL HAS BEEN REFUSED, OUTRIGHT/HAS YET TO TRANSPIRE. PLEASE ADVISE, ASAP; THANK YOU.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10156025

Summary:

 

MY MECHANIC NOTICED THAT THE UPPER WIRING HARNESS WAS DETERIORATING BADLY AND THE INSULATION HAD DISINTEGRATED COMPLETELY , EXPOSING BARE WIRE AT NUMEROUS SPOTS. I HAD THIS WIRING HARNESS REPLACED BECAUSE IT COULD HAVE LED TO EXPENSIVE DAMAGE TO ELECTRONIC PARTS AND / OR A DANGEROUS SITUATION ON THE FREEWAY.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10155897

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRE HARNESS INSULATION IS CRACKING AND FALLING APART IN AREAS. CAUSED INTERMITTENT POWER LOSS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10156340

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS IS COMING APART AT THE SEAMS. CAUSES ENDLESS CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS AND OTHER PROBLEMS. I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW A GARAGED CAR CAN HAVE THIS PROBLEM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10156597

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING LOOM HAS DISINTEGRATED CAUSING ELECTRICAL SHORT CIRCUITS IN THE FUEL SYSTEM AND ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. THIS SEEMS TO BE A COMMON CONCERN ON THE MERCEDES BENZ 300 FROM 1993 THROUGH 1995. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10156868

Summary:

 

UPPER AND LOWER ENGINE WIRING HARNESSES DEGRADED TO POINT WHERE CAR WOULD NOT RUN. INSULATION ALL DRIED UP AND CRUMBLED AWAY...I UNDERSTAND MANY 500E OWNERS HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM...MERCEDES ACKNOWLEDGES USING INFERIOR 'BIO-DEGRADABLE' MATERIALS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10157129

Summary:

 

VEHICLE STALLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. AFTER NUMEROUS HOURS OF INVESTIGATIONS AND REPLACING POTENTIALLY FAULTY PARTS, IT WAS REALIZED THAT THIS WAS A WIRE HARNESS FAILURE. A COMMON PROBLEM FOUND ON THIS MODEL, I.E. DEGRADATION OF WIRING HARNESS, LEAVING BARE WIRES WHICH SHORT-CIRCUIT. THIS COULD POTENTIALLY CAUSE CATASTROPHIC FAILURE RESULTING IN DEATH IF NOT ADDRESSED SINCE THE HARNESS ESSENTIALLY CONTROLS ELECTRICAL AND SAFETY SENSOR. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10157440

Summary:

 

I AM THE OWNER OF A 1993 MERCEDES 400E THE LOWER WIRING HARNESS ALMOST CAUSED A FIRE ON THE VEHICLE DUE TO THE USE OF BIODEGRADEABLE MATERIALS USED BY MERCEDES BENZ BECAUSE THE COMPANY WAS THE LOW BIDDER AND NOW THE UPPER WIRING HARNESS IS CAUSING ALL KINDS OF ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS THRU OUT THE CAR MERCEDES BENZ HAS NOT CLAIMED ANY RESPONSIIBLITY FOR THIS PROBLEM WHICH IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS AND IS A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH ALMOST ALL OF THEIR CARS FROM 1992 TO 1995 BESIDES BEING SO DANGEROUS IT IS VERY COSTLY TO THE VEHICLE OWNERS MERCEDES BENZ SHOULD HAVE TO RECALL THESE VEHICLES AND BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR MISTAKES

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10157480

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 500 SEL WAS REPLACED ONCE AND NOW HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT, I MIGHT ADD, THIS NEW HARNESS IS "SUPPOSED" TO BE THE NEW AND IMPROVED UPGRADED VERSION. IT DOES HAVE A DIFFERENT PART NUMBER THAN THE ORIGINAL. THE WIRES ARE ALL EXPOSED BECAUSE OF THE CRACKED INSULATION. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A RARE WIRE, ALL OF THEM ARE CRACKED AND DAMAGED AND EXPOSED!!! BECAUSE OF THE OUTSIDE RUBBER CASING WHICH HOLDS ALL OF THE WIRES, I WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN OF THIS PROBLEM UNTIL IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOOO LATE. LUCKILY, MY MECHANIC, ED AT EDS MBZ IN GLENDALE CALIFORNIA, (818) 247-2369 WAS KNOWLEDGEABLE ENOUGH TO IMMEDIATELY CUT THE OUTSIDE CASING TO LOOK INSIDE. I AM STILL AMAZED A CAR COMPANY MAKING AN 80,000 TO 100,000 DOLLAR CAR WOULD HAVE THE AUDACITY TO MAKE ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL ELECTRICAL PARTS THE WIRING HARNESS SO BAD. WIRE HARNESSES ARE SUPPOSED TO LAST THE LIFETIME OF THE CAR- ITS A SAFETY ISSUE!!! IT IS BEGINNING TO SHORT OUT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND EVEN FIRE INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE MAJOR CAUSES FOR COMPUTER DAMAGE. ED SHOWED ME 12 HARNESSES HE "RECENTLY" REPLACED. ALL OF THEM THE SAME. I SPOKE WITH MBZ USA- FORGET IT- I THOUGHT I WAS SPEAKING WITH FORD REGARDING EXPLODING GAS TANKS ON OPINTO'S. THIS PROBLEM IS WELL KNOWN WITH ANY GOOD RELIABLE MBZ MECHANIC. SINCE I WAS BLOWN OFF BY MBZ AMERICA, I CALLED AROUND- 5 MBZ DEALERS SERVICE MANAGERS WERE VERY AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND ALL 10 INDEPENDENT MECHANICS WERE VERY AWARE AND EXPLAINED ALL THE DANGERS AND EXPENSE. IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. I HAVE READ MANY REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ CARS OF THE SAME AGE RANGE HAVING THE EXACT SAME DEFECT. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH MERCEDES THAT THEY REFUSE TO RECALL OR CORRECT!!! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO SOMETHING BEFORE IT IS TOOOOO LATE!. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10157503

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS FAILURE ON 1995 MERCEDES C220 CAUSING ERRATIC OPERATION AND STALLING OF THE VEHICLE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

420

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10157901

Summary:

 

5/18/2006. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT APPEARED. TOOK VEHICLE TO MBZ REPAIR SHOP AND FOUND THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS'S WIRE INSULATION BREAKING APART AND EXPOSING THE BARE WIRING. COST OF REPAIR +$900.00. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10157894

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES E320 ENGINE WIRE HARNESS FELL APART - DISAPPEARED LEAVING EXPOSED WIRES IN ENGINE BAY THAT COULD CAUSE FIRE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10156163

Summary:

 

THE CAR'S UPPER AND LOWER ENGINE WIRING HARNESSES HAVE DEGRADED TO THE POINT WHERE THE CAR WOULD NOT RUN. IT LOOKS AS IF ALL THE INSULATION HAS 'CRUMBLED' AWAY LEAVING BARE WIRES. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10158452

Summary:

 

UPPER ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1992 MERCEDES BENZ 500E (81,000 MILES) HAS COMPLETELY DETERIORATED. THE INSULATION HAS BECOME BRITTLE AND CRACKED AND FLAKED OF THE HARNESS CAUSING ELECTRICAL SHORTS WITHIN THE IGNITION SYSTEM CAUSING FAILURE TO START OR RUN CONDITIONS. THROUGH RESEARCH ON THE WEB I HAVE DISCOVERED THIS IS A COMMON SITUATION WITH THE W124 CHASSIS CARS. SINCE IT IS A KNOWN PROBLEM I FEEL THAT MERCEDES BENZ OF NORTH AMERICA IS OBLIGATED TO INITIATE A RECALL OR VOLUNTARILY REPLACE THIS KNOWN FAULTY ITEM.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10158632

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEGRADED AND STARTED BECOMING BRITTLE RESULTING IN WARNING LIGHTS, FAILED WATER TEMPERATURE SENSING AND ULTIMATELY POOR RUNNING OF ENGINE AND WIRING HARNESS CRUMBLING..

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10158228

Summary:

 

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING:FRONT UNDERHOOD: 1994 E320 WIRE HARNESS CRACK PROBLEM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10158643

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS, AND STARTER/ALTERNATOR WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 500E (61,000 MILES), HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT AND IS BEGINNING TO SHORT OUT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND EVEN FIRE INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I HAVE READ MANY REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ CARS OF THE SAME AGE RANGE HAVING THE EXACT SAME DEFECT. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH MERCEDES THAT THEY REFUSE TO RECALL.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10158924

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS DETERIOATED COMPLETELY CAUSING ENGINE PROBLEMS,STALLING IN TRAFFIC. IT WAS CORRECTED BY BUYING A NEW WIRING HARNESS. THE OLD PART WAS KEPT. IT IS UNDERSTOOD BY ME THAT THE INSULATION USED WAS BIODEGRADABEL.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10159128

Summary:

 

I HAVE HAD NUMEROUS WEIRD DRIVETRAIN FAILURES WITH MY CAR... ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS FAILED. UPON REPLACEMENT AND SUBSEQUENT INSPECTION, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THERE IS AN INHERENT DEFECT WITH THIS HARNESS. ON A 12 YEAR OLD CAR, THE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS BRITTLE, HARD, CRACKED AND SPLIT IN MANY AREAS...EXPOSING BARE WIRES AND SHORTING OUT ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS THAT AFFECT NORMAL ENGINE OPERATION. THIS HAS CAUSED MY CAR TO SURGE AND QUIT RUNNING FOR NO OTHER APPARENT REASON. MERCEDES BENZ HAS DENIED THE EXISTENCE OF A PROBLEM AND HAS FAILED TO ISSUE A RECALL ON THIS ONGOING WIDESPREAD MANUFACTURERS DEFECT. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10159330

Summary:

 

ENGINE HARNESS, BODY HARNESS AND MASS AIR SENSOR FAILED DUE TO DETERIOATION OF WIRING HARNESS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300SE

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10158480

Summary:

 

I HAVE PROBLEM WITH DISINTEGRATING WIRING CAUSING MY CAR TO ACCELERATE ON ITS OWN. I TOOK IT TO THE MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIP WHERE THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ASR WAS LET ALONE HOW TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEY HAD MY CAR FOR 1 AND A-HALF WEEKS. PLEASE INFORM ME AS TO WHAT TO DO AS I FEEL I AM DRIVING A DANGEROUS VEHICLE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10158491

Summary:

 

MB USA REFUSES TO REPLACE FAULTY WIRING HARNESS, THIS IS A KNOW ISSUE. DISINTEGRATES WITH AGE DO TO USE OF SUB-STANDARD HARNESS COVERS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

600 SEL

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10159751

Summary:

 

INTENSE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY DETERIORATING WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1992 600 SEL MERCEDES. THE WIRES ARE CRACKED IN NUMEROUS PLACES RESULTING IN INTERMITTENT MALFUNCTIONING OF VARIOUS COMPONENTS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10159763

Summary:

 

I BOUGHT MY MERCEDES C220 1995 FROM ANOTHER OWNER 3 YEARS AGO. ON MARCH OF THIS YEAR, I WAS TOLD BY MY MECHANIC THAT THE WIRING HARNESS IS DETERIORATING AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED OTHERWISE ISSUES ARE GOING TO START POPING UP. ALREADY, THE FIRST DID - FUELING SYSTEM ISSUES. I WAS TOLD THAT I COULD HAVE THE HARNESS REPLACED FOR $1300 ( US $ ).

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10159899

Summary:

 

PARTS OF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM BEGAN FAILING. DRIVERS WINDOW WOULD NOT OPERATE AND AFTER MUCH TROUBLESHOOTING BY THE REPAIR SHOP, THE SWITCH WAS REPLACED. SEVERAL WEEKS LATER GAUGES ON THE DASH FAILED AND THE PASSENGER WINDOW AND HORN FAILED TO OPERATE. AFTER DISASSEMBLING THE INTERIOR (SEATS, CONSOLE, DASH, ETC.) THE REPAIR SHOP CAME UPON THE PROBLEM - WIRES SHORTING ALL ALONG THE WIRING HARNESS AND CAUSE SPARKS AND SHORTS THROUGHOUT. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10160120

Summary:

 

CAR WILL QUIT ALL OF A SUDDEN AND LEAVE ME WITH NO BRAKES AND NO STEERING. THIS IS DUE TO A BREAK DOWN IN THE ENGINE ELECTRICAL HARNESS. THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE AN ACCIDENT AND OR A FIRE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10160457

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDEX BENZ E320; MY CAR HAS BEEN HESITATING AT IDLE, WORST WHEN A/C IS ON, WHEN ACCELERATING, MAKING TURNS, BACKFIRES CONSTANTLY WHICH FRIGHTENS ME THAT MY CAR COULD CATCH FIRE AND INJURE THE KIDS IN THE CAR AND CAUSE AN ACCIDENT ON THE ROAD. MY MECHANIC SAYS THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SHOULD BE REPLACED FIRST BEFORE HE COULD TROUBLESHOOT ANY PROBLEMS AND THIS WOULD COST ME $1000-1600 FOR THE PART PLUS LABOR. I FEEL THAT THIS IS TOO MUCH TO PAY FOR A BUNCH OF WIRES AND I FEEL THAT THIS IS NOT RIGHT MERCEDES BENZ CARS AREN'T SUPPOSE TO DETERIORATE LIKE THIS, IT SHOULD LAST FOREVER. WHEN HAVING TO PAY MORE THAN 50K DOLLARS FOR A CAR, THESE THINGS AREN'T SUPPOSE TO HAPPEN. PLS. APPROVE THIS IMPORTANT RECALL.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10160661

Summary:

 

HELLO, I RECENTLY STARTED HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MY ASR SYSTEM ON MY 1993 MB 400E, AND THE SERVICE WRITER TOLD ME MY WIRING HARNESS WAS FAULTY, CRACKED AND WAS TURNING TO DUST ! HE SAID IF I DIDN'T FIX IT WOULD CAUSE ME SERIOUS PROBLEMS - EVEN POSSIBLY AN ENGINE FIRE ! HE TOLD ME COST TO REPLACE THE WIRE HARNESS + LABOR WOULD BE ABOUT $ 1080.OO. COME TO FIND OUT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE THIS PROBLEM. WHY DON'T YOU FOLKS GET MERCEDES TO ISSUE A SAFETY RECALL !! HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE OR GET BURNED ALIVE BEFORE YOU HELP THE PUBLIC THAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO PROTECT !! PLEASE HELP US--THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10160647

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1994 E320 AND AM TOLD BY MY SERVICE FACILITY THAT IT HAS A BAD ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. I AM HAVING ERRATIC IDLE PROBLEM AND TECHS WONT DO ANY MAJOR REPAIRS WITHOUT MY FIRST HAVING THE WIRING HARNESS REPLACED. THEY SAY THAT IF THEY DO ANY MAJOR REPAIRS THAT REQUIRE VALVE COVER REMOVAL BECAUSE THEY WONT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HARNESS REPLACEMENT.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

560

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10160080

Summary:

 

1991 560 SEC HAS INTERMITTENT ROUGH IDLE DURING ALL OPERATING TEMPERATURES. AFTER BEING DRIVEN WITH A/C ON FOR ABOUT 8 MILES IN TRAFFIC AND PARKED FOR UNDER TWO HOURS IN HOT WEATHER, CAR FIRST REFUSES TO START - A/C SWITCHED OFF. THE CAR STARTS AFTER A FEW ATTEMPTS AND HAS EXTREMELY ROUGH IDLE. START TO DRIVE AND CAR SOON STALLS REFUSING TO START. A FEW MORE ATTEMPTS, CAR STARTS AND GOES TO EXTREMELY ROUGH IDLE CONDITION. CAR DRIVES A SHORT DISTANCE AND DIES. AFTER MANY MORE RESTART ATTEMPTS, CAR STARTS GOES TO EXTREMELY ROUGH IDLE. REVVING THE ENGINE TO ABOUT 3000 RPM FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS SEEMS TO BRING BACK THE NORMAL ROUGH IDLE WITH BETWEEN 2-4 FOUR REVVING ATTEMPTS AND RESULTING REDUCED COOLANT TEMPERATURE. CAR DRIVES ROUGHLY AND THEN SUDDENLY SMOOTHES OUT. INTERNET INVESTIGATION POINTS TO BIODEGRADABLE WIRING HARNESS. SEEMS TO BE A MAJOR SAFETY PROBLEM. LUCKILY THE 18 WHEELER THAT WAS ABOUT TO CRUSH ME DURING THE LAST STALL EPISODE WAS ABLE TO CHANGE LANES JUST IN TIME. THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN IN WINTER TIME. FOR A CAR THIS EXPENSIVE, THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. I NEVER HAD SUCH A SAFETY AND ENGINE FIRE POTENTIAL PROBLEM WITH MY 1982 380SEC. THE WIRING HARNESS IS AN UNCONSCIONABLE EXPENSIVE ITEM THAT SEEMS TO HAVE THE SAME SERVICE LIFE AS A $30 SERPENTINE BELT, BUT COSTS OVER $1000. THIS IS ALSO A MAJOR EMISSIONS PROBLEM THAT COULD DESTROY THE EQUALLY EXPENSIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND CATALYTIC CONVERTER. DOES SOMEBODY DIE FOR YOU PEOPLE TO DEMAND A RECALL. OR DOES THE CAR HAVE TO BECOME A SUPER POLLUTER? I COULD HAVE DIED FROM THIS PROBLEM AND MY CAR IS A SUPER POLLUTER WHEN THIS INTERMITTENT HOT PROBLEM OCCURS. I'M GOING TO WRITE MY STATE AND FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS. DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET THIS PROBLEM FIXED WITH A RECALL. BIODEGRADABLE WIRING! HOW STUPID IS THAT? *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10162071

Summary:

 

MY HUSBAND WAS CHANGING THE IGNITION WIRES AN WHEN DOING SO NOTICED THAT ALL THE WIRES UNDER THE HOOD ARE CRACKING DETERIORATING. WE ARE WORRIED THAT THIS WILL CAUSE A FIRE SOON. THE IGNITION WIRES ARE SEALED IN THICK RUBBER HE CUT IT APART AND FOUND THAT ALL THE WIRES INSIDE WERE ROTTED CRACKED BARE WIRE RUNNING TOGETHER. WHICH IS WHY THE CAR WOULDN'T START. WHATS NEXT?

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10163010

Summary:

 

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMING ON INTERMITTENTLY FOR NO APPARANT REASON, SRS LIGHT COMING ON AND FINALLY ELECTRIC FAN STOPPED WORKING CAUSING ENGINE TO OVERHEAT AND NEARLY CATCH FIRE. UPON EXAMINING THE CABLE HARNESS INSULATION WAS FOUND TO BE CRUMBLING AND IN SOME PLACES COMPLETELY MISSING. AFTER INVESTIGATING I FOUND THAT BETWEEN 94-96 BENZ CHOSE A BIODEGRADABLE INSULATION FOR THEIR HARNESS AND IT IS A WELL KNOW FACT AMONGST THE OWNERS THAT IT CRUMBLES AWAY. BENZ IS NOT ACCEPTIN REPONSIBILITY AND IS CHARGING $1500 FOR CABLE REPLACEMENT.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10163361

Summary:

 

1992 MERCEDES 300E, ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILING CAUSING CAR TO SHORT OUT, STALL, NOT DRIVABLE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10162824

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1996 E320 AND THE FIRST THING TO GO WAS THE CONDENSER FAN, WHEN YOU TURN THE AC ON ITS THE FANS THAT HELP KEEP YOUR CAR COOL, BUT THEN THAT WENT OUT AND MY CAR WOULD RUN HOT IF I CONSTANTLY RAN AC. THEN MY AC BLOWER JUST WENT OUT ONE DAY. THEN I TOOK IT TO A MERCEDES SPECIALIST AND HE NOTICED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS WAS FRAIL AND WORN. HE CALLED MY CAR A TIME BOMB AND SAID IT WOULD BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE IT DIED ON ME. BUT I THOUGHT THAT MERCEDES LAST A LONG TIME. AND THEN, ABOUT A MONTH LATER, MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND MY CAR BEGAN SHAKING FROM TIME TO TIME AND I LOST A LOT OF POWER TO IT. SOMETIMES I WOULD HAVE TO PULL OVER AND TURN THE CAR OFF AND THEN TURN IT BACK ON TO STOP THE SHAKING. HE ALSO SAID THAT IT WOULD COST ABOUT $1000 TO REPLACE AND THAT IT WAS A BAD DESIGN BY MERCEDES. AND LAST SATURDAY NIGHT ON MY WAY HOME, I GOT INTO MY CAR AND TRIED TO START IT, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED, I COULDN'T EVEN HEAR A CLICK AT ALL WHEN I TURNED THE KEY. I TRIED JUMP STARTING IT, AND STILL NOTHING, SO I ENDED UP HAVING TO TOW IT HOME. I CALLED THE MERCEDES SPECIALIST AGAIN AND TOLD HIM WHAT WAS WRONG AND ALL THE STEPS I TOOK, AND HE SAID MORE THAN LIKELY ITS THE WIRING HARNESS. SO NOW I HAVE A NICE LOOKING CAR JUST SITTING IN MY DRIVE WAY DOING NOTHING. POOLER, GA. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

190E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10164050

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS IS NO GOOD CRACKED IN SEVERAL PLACES LOOKS BURNED. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10163905

Summary:

 

I AM WRITING ABOUT A FAULTY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1993 400E (E420 BADGE). THIS PAST MAY, MY CAR HAD A CHECK ENGINE LAMP PROBLEM SYMPTOM. AFTER BEING WITHOUT MY CAR FOR THE MORE THAN 2 WEEKS THAT IT TOOK MY MECHANIC (DIETSCH WERKS IN SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA) TO INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE ERRONEOUS DIAGNOSTIC FAULT CODES, I FINALLY GOT MY CAR BACK AFTER SPENDING ABOUT $500 PARTIALLY FOR ELUSIVE DIAGNOSTIC TIME. ON THE EVENING OF 30 JUNE, THE CAR DIED WHILE DRIVING ON THE BUSY US 101 FREEWAY IN SAN JOSE, SO I HAD IT TOWED TO MY MECHANIC. THE FUSE FOR THE FUEL PUMP (AND OTHER THINGS) WAS BLOWING. AFTER CONSIDERABLE DIAGNOSTICS, IT WAS FINALLY DETERMINED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS FAULTY. IN ADDITION TO BEING WITHOUT MY CAR FOR MORE THAN 2 WEEKS AGAIN, I PAID A REPAIR BILL IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,209.67. I DID A LITTLE RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET AND FOUND THAT SOME EARLY/MID 1990S MODEL MERCEDES-BENZ CARS HAD AN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DESIGN DEFECT, IN THAT A BIODEGRADABLE WIRING INSULATION WAS USED THAT DETERIORATES FROM HEAT IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. IT APPEARS THE PROBLEM IS FAIRLY WELL KNOWN BY MERCEDES-BENZ MECHANICS. PAYING SUCH A HIGH PRICE ($743.70) FOR SUCH A LOW COST PART GIVEN THE CAUSE OF THE FAILURE IS MOST INAPPROPRIATE. IT'S LIKELY THAT THE COST TO MERCEDES-BENZ FOR THE HARNESS DELIVERED TO THE LOCAL DEALER WAS LESS THAN $74.37. I HAVE THE FAULTY HARNESS AND THE MERCEDES-BENZ BOX THE REPLACEMENT HARNESS CAME IT. I AM WILLING TO SHIP IT FOR ANALYSIS. REPORTEDLY SUBSTANTIAL NUMBERS OF OWNERS OR 1991 - 1996 MERCEDES-BENZ VEHICLES ARE EXPERIENCING THEIR CARS BECOMING INOPERATIVE WITHOUT WARNING AS A RESULT OF THIS DESIGN DEFECT. I SUSPECT THAT SOME OR MANY OF THE VEHICLES SUDDENLY BECOME INOPERATIVE IN VERY UNSAFE SITUATIONS. THE EXTREME PRICE GOUGING FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE DEFECTIVE HARNESS IS EVIDENCE OF OF CONTEMPT FOR CUSTOMERS AND NHTSA. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10163906

Summary:

 

MISC INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. PROBLEMS TRACED TO DISINTEGRATING WIRING HARNESS. WIRE INSULATION IS LITERALLY CRUMBLING AWAY LEAVING BARE WIRES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10164197

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES C280 DISINTEGRATING ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT. MANY PROBLEMS FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS WITH TRYING TO REPAIR BUT TO NO AVAIL.. FOUND OUT NOW AFTER OPENING THE WIRING COVER THAT ALL OF IT WAS DUE TO DISINTEGRATING WIRING THAT EXPLAINS WHY SOMETIMES STALLING AND ROUGH RUNNING OR FAULT CODES NEED RESET! *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10164085

Summary:

 

CAR ENGINE STALLED DURING DRIVING. CAR WAS BROUGHT TO THE MERCEDES BENZ DEALER (MILLENNIUM IN NJ ( WHO TOLD ME THAT THE WIRING HARNESS NEEDED REPLACEMENT. I HAD MORE THAN 100K MILES ON THE CAR SO I PAID $2,700 TO HAVE THE PROBLEM FIXED. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10164222

Summary:

 

DT: THE CONTACT STATED TWICE THE CRUISE CONTROL ENGAGED SUDDENLY WITHOUT WARNING. THE CRUISE CONTROL DISENGAGED AFTER APPLYING THE BRAKE. THE FIRST TIME THIS OCCURRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER TURNING ON THE AIR CONDITIONER. THE SECOND TIME THE VEHICLE WAS ON A SLIGHT INCLINE WHEN THE CONTACT FELT THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL PULL AWAY FROM THE FLOORBOARD. UPON INSPECTING THE VEHICLE, THE CONTACT NOTICED THE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS DETERIORATING. THE DEALERSHIP HAS NOT BEEN INFORMED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10164376

Summary:

 

1992 MERCEDES 400E WITH ABOUT 140,000 MI. HAS A DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS WHICH HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SEVERAL HUNDRED COMPLAINTS ALREADY POSTED AND MANY ENGINE FIRES. THE WIRES IN THE HARNESS HAVE NO PROTECTION AGAINST HEAT AND LAY RIGHT ABOVE THE ENGINE. THE HARNESS CONTAINS SEVERAL WIRES, ALL OF WHICH SHOW DIRECT METAL TO METAL CONTACT THAT COULD EASILY CAUSE A FIRE. AFTER CALLING ED AT THE MERCEDES DIRECT HELP LINE, HE DENIED ANY KNOWLEDGE OR RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS OBVIOUS ENGINEERING DEFECT. ALL OWNERS OF VEHICLES WITH THIS WIRING HARNESS SHOULD BE NOTIFIED OF THIS DANGEROUS DEFECT. AN ADEQUATELY INSULATED REPLACEMENT PART IS NEEDED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10165191

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRE HARNESS INSULATION IS CRACKED AND BADLY DETERIORATED, CAUSING MALFUNCTION AND FAULTY CODES. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10164920

Summary:

 

HFM & OTHER WIRING HARNESSES ARE DETERIORATED. VEHICLE HAS BEEN MAINTAINED TO MANUFACTURERS RECOMMENDATIONS SINCE NEW. DETERIORATED WIRING HARNESS CAUSES CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS, IGNITION MALFUNCTIONS, ELECTRICAL SHORTS OCCUR IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. WIRE INSULATION / COATINGS ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT UP TO THE TASK. THIS IS DANGEROUS SITUATION. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10164673

Summary:

 

COMPLETE FAILURE OF ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DUE TO PREMATURE DETERIORATION OF WIRE INSULATION. GARAGED CAR WOULD START AND RUN NORMALLY FOR SHORT (TEN MINUTE) TRIPS BUT WOULD NOT START UP TO RETURN HOME. STRANDED NUMEROUS TIMES. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TRIPS PERIODICALLY. STALLING AND SURGING COMMON. INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST MECHANIC DISCOVERED CRUMBLING AND CRACKED WIRE INSULATION ON WIRING HARNESS. CAR WILL NO LONGER START AT ALL. I HAVE SPENT MUCH TIME AND MONEY TRYING TO FIX WHAT APPEARS NOW TO BE A KNOWN DEFECT. I AM THE ORIGINAL OWNER OF THIS CAR AND I AM VERY UPSET THAT SUCH A SERIOUS DEFECT HAS NOT BEEN SATISFACTORILY ADDRESSED BY THE MANUFACTURER. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10165159

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED THE VEHICLE HAD A WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM. THE PLASTIC HARNESS CAUSED PROBLEMS WITH THE SPEED CONTROL AS WELL. THE VEHICLE HAD PROBLEMS ACCELERATING AT 65 MPH AND THE DEALER DETERMINED THE WIRING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT STATED THE PROBLEM HAD BEEN AN ONGOING ISSUE FOR TWO YEARS.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10165086

Summary:

 

SEVERE DEGRADATION OF THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WHICH SHORTED OUT THE AIR MASS METER AND THROTTLE ACTUATOR. THE VEHICLE STALLED IN HEAVY RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC. THIS WIRING DETERIORATION COULD HAVE EASILY RESULTED IN A VEHICLE FIRE, AS HAS OCCURRED IN OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ VEHICLES WITH THIS DEFECT. MERCEDES HAS DENIED ANY RESPONSIBILITY. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10165793

Summary:

 

MY WIFE AND I PURCHASED A 1995 C280 MERCEDES-BENZ IN AUGUST OF 2002. THE CAR HAD LESS THAN 20,000 MILES AND WAS GARAGE KEPT. THE CAR RAN FINE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS BUT BEGAN EXPERIENCING TROUBLE WITH THE CAR INTERMITTENTLY STALLING OUT WHILE DRIVING, OCCASIONALLY NOT STARTING, AND ULTIMATELY LEAVING ME STRANDED. IN FEBRUARY OF 2006 I TOOK THE CAR TO A NON DEALER REPAIR SHOP WHICH SPECIALIZES IN MERCEDES-BENZ VEHICLES. AFTER EXPLAINING THE CAR'S PROBLEMS, THE TECHNICIAN IMMEDIATELY SAID THE WIRING HARNESSES ON THIS MODEL AND YEAR ARE ALL DEFECTIVE. HE OPENED THE HOOD AND SHOWED ME WHERE THE PLASTIC COATING HAD ERODED FROM THE WIRES. HE RUBBED THE OUTSIDE SURFACE OF A COUPLE OF WIRES TO SHOW ME HOW THE PLASTIC INSULATION DISINTEGRATED IN HIS FINGERS. I PAID TO HAVE THE WIRING HARNESS TO BE REPLACED AT A COST OF $2,354.76. NOBODY WAS HURT NOR DID ANYONE DIE. I TOOK CORRECTIVE ACTION BEFORE ME, MY WIFE OR CHILDREN BECAME A STATISTIC. THE MANUFACTURER KNOWS THIS IS A PROBLEM AND SHOULD OWN UP TO IT. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10166285

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS (THAT SUPPLIES 12 VOLTS DC TO THE COILS THAT CONVERT IT INTO HIGH VOLTAGE FOR USE IN THE SPARK PLUGS), HAD A CRITICAL FAILURE IN THE WIRE INSULATION. OVER TIME THE INSULATION WILL HARDEN AND CRACK TO THE POINT THAT WIRES SHORT OUT. THIS FAILURE IS NOT LIMITED TO ONLY THIS HARNESS, IN FACT IT HAS BEEN FOUND TO CAUSE ELECTRICAL FIRES IN OTHER PARTS OF THE CAR. THOUGH MY CAR HAS NOT HAD A FIRE, THE HARNESS DID HAVE THIS INSULATION FAILURE, WHICH CAUSED CYLINDERS 2 AND 5 TO MISFIRE COMPLETELY, ON A PERMANENT BASIS UNTIL I REPLACED THE HARNESS AT A COST OF $800 FOR THE PART ALONE. I REPLACED THE PART MYSELF TO SAVE THE COST OF SHOP TIME. THIS WAS A CRITICAL SAFETY ISSUE BECAUSE IT SEVERELY IMPACTED THE POWER AVAILABLE IN THE CAR, AND WHEN ENTERING A HEAVILY TRAVELED INTERSECTION FROM A STOP SIGN, I WAS NEARLY T-BONED BY AN ONCOMING CAR BECAUSE IT WAS SO DIFFICULT TO GET THE CAR UP TO SPEED. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE FOR MODEL YEARS 1994-1997. I KNOW OF A PERSON WHO LIVES NOT FAR FROM ME, WHO EXPERIENCED AN ENGINE FIRE DUE TO THIS FAILURE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C280

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10166284

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS AND MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS ARE WELL KNOWN TO FAIL IN ALL W202 BODY STYLE MERCEDES MAF ARE NOT A LARGER PROBLEM DUE TO THEIR LOW REPAIR COST ON THE OTHER HAND ALL W202 HAVE TO HAVE THE WIRE HARNESS REPLACED IN UNDER 10 YEARS WHICH FOR $2000+ IS UNREASONABLE DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT IS A CLEAR PROBLEM IN ALL SUCH VEHICLES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E 320

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10148289

Summary:

 

SHORTLY AFTER PURCHASING MY 1997 E320 IN 2003 I TOOK THE CAR IN TO REPORT AN ODD ACCELERATION AND DECELERATION WHILE DRIVING IN CRUISE CONTROL. DEALER AT NEWPORT BEACH CA TOLD ME THAT CRUISE CONTROL IS NOT DESIGNED TO DRIVE IN HILLS, ALL OF OC IS FULL OF HILLS. THEY DID NOTHING TO REPAIR PROBLEM, ALTHOUGH CAR WAS STILL UNDER WARRANTY. IN ADDITION I REPORTED THE AUTOMATIC CONTROL OPENER TO NOT WORK IN TEMP ABOVE 80 DEGREES. I'M NOT SURE IF THE PROBLEM IS RELATED. IN 2005 THE SENSOR NOTICE CAME ON TO REPORT ELECTRONIC PROBLEM. I TOOK IT TO THE MB IN AUSTIN TEXAS. THE SERVICE REP TOLD ME IT WOULD COST $400 TO FIX. SINCE WE WERE ON AN EXTREMELY TIGHT BUDGET I ASKED HIM IF IT WENT UN-REPAIRED IF I WAS WORSENING A PROBLEM OR ENDANGERING MY SELF OR MY FAMILY IF I CONTIUED TO DRIVE IT THAT WAY. HE SAID IT WOULD BE OK TO DRIVE. NOW A FEW MONTHS LATER AROUND JANUARY (COLD WEATHER) THE CAR STARTED TO IDLE INTO VIBRATIONS AND A STRONG GAS SCENT FILLS THE CAR. NOT TRUSTING THE MB I TOOK MY CAR TO FIRESTONE, THEY TOLD ME IT NEEDED A SERIOUS TUNE UP...WHICH SURPRISED ME BECAUSE I DID ONE LESS THAN A YEAR AGO...I'M NOT SURE WHO TO TRUST AND NOW I'M VERY WORRIED ABOUT THE HARNESS WIRING AND THE SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SPONTANEOUS FIRES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10166495

Summary:

 

SHORTING IN ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS CAUSING FAILURES OF IGNITION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS INTERMITTANTLY. ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS SHOW THAT FAILURE OF THE SHEATHING AND MATERIALS OF THE WIRING HARNESSES CAUSE CORRUPTION OF ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS AND REQUIRE COMPLETE REPLACEMENT OF HARNESSES DUE TO POOR QUALITY MATERIALS.RY WORRIED ABOUT THE HARNESS WIRING AND THE SUSCEPTIBILITY TO SPONTANEOUS FIRES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10166496

Summary:

 

SHORTING IN ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS CAUSING FAILURES OF IGNITION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS INTERMITTANTLY. ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS SHOW THAT FAILURE OF THE SHEATHING AND MATERIALS OF THE WIRING HARNESSES CAUSE CORRUPTION OF ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS AND REQUIRE COMPLETE REPLACEMENT OF HARNESSES DUE TO POOR QUALITY MATERIALS. COMPLETE REPLACEMENT OF THE WIRING HARNESSES WAS COMPLETED IN JULY OF 2005

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10166483

Summary:

 

I WAS DRIVING 80 GOING ON HWY 696 WHEN THE CAR SUDDENLY DIED. I WAS ON THE LEFT LANE OF A 3 LANE FREEWAY. I HAD ENOUGH TIME TO GET ONTO THE RIGHT SIDE ALONG WITH A FEW ANGRY DRIVERS. IT APPEARS THE WIRE HARNESS WAS TOAST. IT SHORT CIRCUITED AND FRIED THE LH MODULE THAT CONTROLS THE ENGINE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10167967

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES 500E WIRING HARNESS DISINTEGRATED. THE IGNITION MODULE WAS ALSO DEFECTIVE *TS THE DEFECTIVE IGNITION MODULE HAS CUT SPARK TO HALF THE CYLINDERS IN THE ENGINE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10168621

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEGRADING, THIS ISSUE HAS EFFECTED ENGINE PERFORMANCE RESULTING IN LOSS OF POWER TO CAR. THIS INCIDENT NEARLY COST ME AND MY FAMILY THEIR LIFE. DUE TO THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEGRADING MY VEHICLE SUDDENLY LOST ALL POWER AND DIED (ELECTRICALLY) ON THE FREEWAY. THIS ISSUE IS SERIOUS AND NEEDS TO BE LOOKED INTO. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10167735

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1992 MERCEDES 400E HAS DETERIORATED AND IS CAUSING SHORTS THROUGHOUT THE CAR. THE GAUGES DO NOT WORK AND THE THROTTLE BODY IS FAILING. I HAVE HAD THE CAR TOWED TWICE BECAUSE OF THIS AND THE REPAIR IS IN THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THIS SHOULD BE A RECALL AND REPLACED DUE TO THE SAFETY HAZARD. MY CAR STALLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10168311

Summary:

 

BEGAN EXPERIENCING VARIOUS ELECTRICAL PROBLEM IN MY MERCEDES BENZ E320. INDEPENDENT REPAIR SHOP ADVISED THAT ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD INSULATION CRUMBLING OFF AND SPARKS WERE VISIBLE BETWEEN THE FIREWALL AND HARNESS. ALSO ADVISED THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM ON EARLY 90'S MERCEDES VEHICLES DUE TO USING BIODEGRADABLE INSULATION AND A FIRE WAS A DEFINITE POSSIBILITY. THE INSULATION DOES NOT STAND UP TO THE HEAT OF THE ENGINE AND FAILS PREMATURELY. I CONTACTED THE DEALER WHO ADVISED THAT THERE WAS SOME SORT OF RECALL BUT COULD FIND NO INFORMATION AND STATED THE RECALL WAS CLOSED ANYWAY, BUT THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE REPAIR AND WOULD GLADLY PERFORM THE REPAIR WITH ME PAYING THE FULL PRICE. THIS IS A SAFETY HAZARD TRAVELING ON OUR ROADS AND NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED VIA A RECALL AND REPLACEMENT WITH A NON-DEGRADABLE PRODUCT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

420

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10169170

Summary:

 

VEHICLE CHECKED AND FOUND THAT INSULATION ON ALL OF THE FUEL INJECTION WIRING, TEMPERATURE SENSOR AND FAN THERMAL SWITCH HARNESS DETERIORATED CAUSING WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER. CONSUMER DISCOVERED THAT HARNESS INSULATION IS MADE OF VERY POOR MATERIAL. THE INSULATION BREAKS VERY EASY AT THE TOUCH AND TURNS INTO DUST. THE WHOLE WIRE HARNESS IS IN THE SAME SITUATION THIS IS A MAJOR SAFETY ISSUE CAN STALL OR SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING AT HIGH SPEED. REPLACE OF WIRE HARNESS AT A COST OF $1500 WAS NEEDED TO FIX. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10166691

Summary:

 

1995 E300D WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATING WITH RESPECT TO THE WIRE INSULATION. WHEN THE WIRE IS FLEXED DURING NORMAL MAINTENANCE THE INSULATION FLAKES OFF LEAVING EXPOSED COPPER WIRE THE CAN SHORT OUT CRITICAL COMPONENT'S AND CAUSE A FIRE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10167656

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 W124 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE - MADE OF BIO-DEGRADABLE PLASTIC. MERCEDES BENZ USA CLAIMS TO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS PROBLEM.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10167740

Summary:

 

PROBLEMS WITH WIRING HARNESS ...NEEDS REPLACEMENT - I CANNOT AFFORD THIS. WHY WAS THIS PART NOT RECALLED??? I HAVE A 95 E320 MBZ. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10168236

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON 1995 MERCEDES E320 FAILS AND CAUSES CAR TO STOP WHILE DRIVING DOWN BUSY CITY STREETS. WIRING INSULATION IS COMPLETELY CRACKED AND CAUSING A SHORTING SITUATION. THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM SINCE I HAVE CONTACTED OVER TEN PEOPLE PERSONALLY THAT HAVE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. THERE ARE HUNDREDS ON THE NET. HOW BAD DOES THIS HAVE TO GET BEFORE MERCEDES DOES SOMETHING TO FIX IT? *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10168867

Summary:

 

MY 1996 MERCEDES C220 HAS 190,000 MILES ON IT. THE WIRING HARNESS COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED AND I WAS TOLD BY MY REPAIR SHOP THAT THE FAULTY WIRING HARNESS SHORTED OUT THE COMPUTER. I CALLED MERCEDES CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SENT A LETTER TO PAUL HALATA. THEY WERE VERY SORRY, BUT THE CAR IS NOT UNDER WARRANTY AND THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO. THE CAR IS SITTING IN MY GARAGE - NOT RUNNING. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10171524

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1992 MERCEDES BENZ 400 SEL HAS GONE BAD. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10170875

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILED DUE TO DEFECTIVE INSULATION RESULTING IN STALLING WHILE PASSING ANOTHER VEHICLE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10171717

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS - INSULATION DETERIORATED AND CAUSED POOR PERFORMANCE, ENGINE MISFIRE AND DISPLAY OF VARIOUS FAULT CODES ON DIAGNOSTIC COMPUTER.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10171340

Summary:

 

THE WIRE HARNESS IS DETERIORATING, MAKING THE ENGINE SHAKING AND ROUGH IDLING. SOME OF INSTRUMENT LIGHTS ARE NO WORKING DUE TO THE WIRE SHORTED OUT. UNDER THE HOOD INSPECTION BY A QUALIFIED MB MECHANIC REVEALED SOME WIRE CONNECTORS ARE CRACKING WITH NAKED COPPER WIRES EXPOSED. MB IS AWARE OF THE WIRE HARNESS PROBLEM AS THEY ADMIT TO USING AN EXPERIMENTAL PLASTIC TO INSULATE THESE WIRES WHICH BREAKS DOWN WHEN THE WIRES GET HOT. MB SHOULD INITIATE A RECALL ON THESE AFFECTED MODEL YEARS AND REPLACE THE HARNESS FREE OF CHARGE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10169654

Summary:

 

MY 1994 MERCEDES E420 WAS NOT STARTING PROPERLY (ASR LIGHT COMING ON, ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS). TOOK IT TO MECHANIC WHO NOTICED ELECTRIC TAPE ON SOME CONNECTIONS, THEN LATER FOUND OUT WHY. THE WIRING HARNESS HAD DETERIORATED IN MULTIPLE PLACES. I WAS LEFT STRANDED AT A MEETING IN THE POURING RAIN AND COULD NOT GET BACK TO THE HOSPITAL ONE EVENING. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10170426

Summary:

 

MULTIPLE ENGINE FAILURE EVENTS WHILE DRIVING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS. THE CAR WOULD COMPLETELY SHUTDOWN. LOCAL MERCEDES REPAIR SHOP INVESTIGATED AND INFORMED ME OF THE MAIN ENGINE HARNESS WIRING DETERIOATING AND THIS WAS NORMAL FOR THIS MODEL YEAR CAR (WIRES ARE BIODEGRADABLE). MY WIRES HAD FELL APART AND WAS SHORTENING OUT DUE TO BARE WIRES TOUCHING AND EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS. THUS, THIS REQUIRED RE-WIRING THE CAR WITH A NEW HARNESS. CHECKED WITH THE DEALERSHIP AND WAS TOLD THAT THE WIRING ISSUE WAS DUE TO WEAR/TEAR AND THEY WOULD REPLACE THE WIRING AT FULL PRICE FOR PARTS & LABOR. THIS IS A DANGEROUS SCENARIO FOR A CAR AT HIGHWAY SPEED AND POSSIBLE FIRE HAZARD. THE REPLACEMENT WIRES ALSO HAS THE SAME PROBLEM. THE MANUFACTURER SHOULD BE FORCED TO RECALL THIS ITEM AND REPLACE WITH A IMPROVED (NON-BIODEGRADABEL) WIRING HARNESS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10171241

Summary:

 

DURING ENGINE WORK MY MECHANIC INDICATED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAD DEGRADED AND EXPOSED BARE WIRES IN SOME AREAS. ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS INCLUDED FANS RUNNING CONSTANTLY AND INTERMITTENT AC OPERATION. MY RESEARCH INDICATED THAT NUMEROUS PEOPLE HAD EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS WITH THE MERCEDES-BENZ W124 BODY STYLE WIRING HARNESS, INCLUDING ASSOCIATED DAMAGE TO OTHER COMPONENTS, SMOKE AND IN SOME CASES FIRES. APPARENTLY THE HARNESS HAD BEEN DESIGNED TO DEGRADE EASILY UPON THE END OF ITS LIFE IN A LANDFILL, BUT THE HARNESSES ARE DEGRADING WHILE STILL IN USE, TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE CONSUMER. I HAD THE MECHANIC REPLACE THE HARNESS, WHICH I HAVE KEPT AND CAN PRODUCE IF HELPFUL. COST OF THE NEW HARNESS AND LABOR WAS APPROXIMATELY $500, SINCE MY CAR IS A DIESEL. SIMILAR HARNESSES FOR GASOLINE ENGINE CARS CAN COST IN EXCESS OF $1,000. I DID NOT WANT TO RISK A FIRE OR DAMAGE TO OTHER ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS IN THE CAR, NOT TO MENTION THE RELIABILITY CONCERNS. I FEEL REPLACING THE PART WAS NECESSARY FOR THE SAFE DRIVING OF THE CAR. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10170865

Summary:

 

I HAVE SURGE ISSUES WITH MY MERCEDES BENZ E320. I HAVE ALSO HAD SEVERAL ELECTRICAL ISSUES WITH THE CAR. A/C BLOWING COLD // HOT IN DIFFERENT VENTS. FUEL INJECTION SURGES WHEN I HIT THE GAS. I HAVE TAKEN THE CAR TO SEVERRAL IMPORT AND MERCEDES BENZ DEALERSHIPS WHICH ALL SAY STEM FROM A BAD WIRING HARNESS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10170578

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DISINTEGRATION IN MY 1996 E300D MERCEDES SEDAN. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172363

Summary:

 

(1) WHILE DRIVING MY 95 MERCEDES C280 ON I-44 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION I HIT A SMALL BUMP. IMMEDIATELY THE "CHECK ENGINE" LIGHT CAME ON, BUT THE ENGINE SEEMED TO OPERATE NORMALLY. I WAS ON MY WAY TO THE DEALER FOR ANOTHER PROBLEM, SO THEY CHECKED THE WARNING LIGHT AND FOUND THE WIRING HARNESS TO BE DETERIORATED, WHICH THE SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE SAID WAS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THE ORIGINAL HARNESS. AT $1745 TO REPLACE AND WITH IT OPERATING NORMALLY AND WITH THEIR ASSURANCE IT SHOULD NOT CAUSE A FIRE OR ANY OTHER PARTS TO FAIL, I HAVE NOT HAD IT REPAIRED. WHEN I TALKED WITH CAROL, A CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE AT THE NATIONAL MERCEDES OFFICE, SHE REFERRED ME TO KENNETH HOLLAND AT ELITE, THE DEALERSHIP IN SPRINGFIELD, MO FOR A REDUCED COST BUT HE REFUSED BECAUSE MERCEDES DID NOT AUTHORIZE IT. I AM CONCERNED AFTER READING OF OTHERS WHO HAVE HAD ACCIDENT RESULTING FROM FAILED WIRING HARNESS ON THIS MODEL. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172837

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED THE VEHICLE STALLED WHILE DRIVING 30 MPH UNDER NORMAL ROAD CONDITIONS. THERE WERE NO WARNINGS PRIOR TO THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE SERVICE DEALER, WHO DETERMINED THE WIRING HARNESS WITHIN THE ENGINE HAD TO BE REPLACED.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172882

Summary:

 

MY CAR ACTS HAZARDOUS. FROM TIME TO TIME INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS OCCUR LIKE ENGINE STALLS,ENGINE ERRATICALLY INCREASE RPM, CHECK ENGINE LIGHT FOR NO REASON, GAUGES NOT WORKING FROM TIME TO TIME, WHILE DRIVING THE ENGINES SEEMS TO STALL BUT RUNS ON 3 CYLINDERS I HAVE TO PULL OVER AND SHUT IT OFF TO RESTART. MY CAR WENT OFF AND TOOK 6 TRIES TO GET THE CAR STARTED. REPLACED HEAD GASKET AT 130K ANOTHER MERCEDES BENZ PROBLEM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172545

Summary:

 

FAULTY(PREMATURE DETERIORATION) OF WIRING WITHIN MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS; KNOWN ISSUE BY MANUFACTURER(MERCEDES BENZ) CAUSING SERIOUS DAMAGE TO RELATED ENGINE COMPONENTS AND COMPROMISING OVERALL SAFETY AND DRIVEABILITY OF VEHICLE, 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 SEDAN.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172299

Summary:

 

I TOOK MY 1995 E320 MERCEDES INTO A REPAIR SHOP AFTER SMELLING BURNT OIL. THE REPAIR SHOP ADVISED ME THAT I HAD A HEAD GASKET LEAK AND THAT THE HARNESS WIRING SYSTEM IS DEGRADED. ADDITIONALLY, THE TIMING COVER LEAKS OIL AND THE THROTTLE BODY ACTUATOR WIRING IS ALSO DEGRADED. THE AFTER MARKET BENTLEY REPAIR MANUAL CITES THE HEAD GASKET AND WIRING HARNESS ARE BEING A COMMON PROBLEM. MY CAR HAS 91K MILES. THESE TYPES OF PROBLEMS REFLECT A POOR DESIGN AND I POSTULATE A BUILT IN OBSOLESCENCE BY THE MANUFACTURER. THESE PROBLEMS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY MERCEDES FOR RECALL; INSTEAD MERCEDES IS PROFITING FROM THESE PROBLEMS. FOR INSTANCE, THE WIRE HARNESS FOR MY AUTO CAN ONLY BE PROCURED FROM MERCEDES AT A COST OF 1200$. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172649

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES S320 HAS BEEN STALLING AND MISFIRING AND SOMETIMES DOESN'T START UP. I TOOK IT FOR TUNE UP, BUT THE MECHANIC SAID HE CANT DO ANYTHING BECAUSE THE FAULT WIRING HARNESS INSULATION FROM FACTORY IS PEELING OFF AND MAKING THE WIRES SHORT-CIRCUIT AND IF HE TRIES TO DO ANYTHING IT WILL MAKE IT WORSE,I HAVE TALKED TO SEVERAL MERCEDES OWNERS WITH EARLIER AND MID 90S WHO HAVE SAME PROBLEM AND I THINK THIS IS A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD AND YOU SHOULD PETITION THE MANUFACTURER ON OUR BEHALF. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10172352

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

CAR STALLED IN TRAFFIC DUE TO WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. STARTED SMALL FIRE THAT WAS EXTINGUISHED BEFORE ANY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. I REPLACED THE WIRING HARNESS AND CLEANED ENGINE COMPARTMENT. WIRING HARNESS INSULATION HAD TURNED TO POWDER IN MANY LOCATIONS SHORTING FUEL INJECTORS, MASS SENSOR AND CAM MAGNETS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10173517

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED WHICH HAS CAUSED CONSTANT PROBLEMS WITH THROTTLE CONTROL. ALMOST CAUSED A HIGHWAY ACCIDENT BECAUSE OF LOSS OF COMMUNICATION FROM THROTTLE SENSOR. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10172162

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED UPON STARTING THE VEHICLE IN THE MORNING, THE ENGINE MADE A LOUD NOISE AND THE ENGINE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED. ALSO, WHILE DRIVING 65 MPH ON NORMAL ROAD CONDITIONS, THE ENGINE WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED AGAIN AND STALLED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALERSHIP WHERE THE DIAGNOSIS SCANNER INDICATED A WIRING PROBLEM. THERE WAS A NHTSA RECALL # 95V031000 REGARDING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED BUT THE REPRESENTATIVE INDICATED THE VEHICLE WAS OUT OF WARRANTY AND WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL DUE TO THE VIN. THE CONTACT WAS SUGGESTED TO MAKE A COMPLAINT WITH THE NHTSA.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10172413

Summary:

 

HI, I HAVE A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E320 COUPE. I WAS IN THE SEARCH OF REPAIR ON MY RADIO PROBLEM,THEN I FOUND OUT FROM THE OTHER OWNERS THAT THEY HAVE THIS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM WITH THEIR MERCEDES. I CHECKED THE WIRING HARNESS WITH THEIR RECOMMENDATION ON MY CAR, I FOUND THAT THE SAME PROBLEM JUST LIKE THE OTHER OWNER SAY, A LOT OF CRACK ON THE WIRES. I AM NOW AFRAID TO DRIVE MY CAR, BECAUSE OTHER OWNERS DESCRIBE THAT IT MAY CAUSE THE ENGINE TO CAUGHT ON FIRE, SUDDENLY LOST POWER, SHORT OUT THE COMPUTER UNIT ON THE VEHICLE. MERCEDES HAVE NOT DO A RECALL ON THIS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM, EVEN THOUGH HUNDREDS OF OWNERS HAVE FILED THE COMPLAINT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT YOUR PEOPLE CAN HELP. I JUST NOT DRIVING MY CAR NOW, THE SHOP WANT ABOUT $1000.00 TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS, THAT'S SOME THING YOU DON'T EXPECT WHEN YOU PURCHASE A USE CAR. THANKS... *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10172447

Summary:

 

MY WIRING HARNESS HAS DISINTEGRATED. I HAVE SHORTS IN THE WIRING THAT HAVE SO FAR AFFECTED THE ALTERNATOR, HEATING COOLING, FUEL INJECTION AND LIGHTS. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10172275

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS CREATES POPPING NOISE AND WHITE SMOKE, WHEN ENGINE IS STARTED. AND ALSO SOMETIMES THE ENGINE DOES NOT START, DUE DO THIS PROBLEM. I HOPE IT DOES NOT CATCH MY CAR ON FIRE ONE DAY. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10172386

Summary:

 

FAILED NEW JERSEY DMV INSPECTION CAUSED BY ENGINE RUNNING ABNORMALLY ROUGH AND LIT "CHECK ENGINE LIGHT" , FALSE LOW OIL PRESSURE SIGNAL, VARIOUS ELECTRICAL FUNCTIONS IN CAR EITHER INOPERABLE OR INTERMITTENTLY WORKING. CAUSE WAS DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS. DIAGNOSED AND REPAIRED BY SERVICE SHOP AT MERCEDES BENZ DEALER. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10172529

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING 20 MPH, THE VEHICLE HESITATED WHEN THE ACCELERATOR W AS DEPRESSED. INTENSE PRESSURE ON THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL WAS REQUIRED TO ACCELERATE THE VEHICLE. AFTER BEING TAKEN TO A PRIVATE REPAIR SHOP, THE MECHANIC DETERMINED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS WAS DETERIORATED. THE BATTERY WAS REPLACED, BUT THE PROBLEMS PERSISTED. THERE WAS A NHTSA RECALL # 95V031000, WHICH PERTAINED TO THE WIRING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL DUE TO THE VIN. SECONDLY, WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED, THE ANTI-THEFT ALARM ACTIVATED, AND WOULD NOT DISENGAGE UNTIL THE BATTERY WAS DISCONNECTED. A MANUFACTURER TECHNICIAN DISCONNECTED THE ANTI-THEFT CONTROLLER, WHICH CORRECTED THE PROBLEM.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10172599

Summary:

 

HESITATION/ NO RESPONSE FROM ENGINE. SIGNAL LIGHTS/ EMERGENCY FLASHERS NOT WORKING AT TIMES. THIS PROBLEM PUT MY FAMILY AT RISK SINCE IT WAS IN A INTERSECTION. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10173583

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION BREAKING DOWN CAUSING SHORTS AND OTHER PROBLEMS. IT CAUSED MY GLOW PLUG TO BLOW CAUSING AN EXPENSIVE REPAIR. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10176743

Summary:

 

DRIVING ON RT 101. SUDDENLY COULD NOT CONTROL ACCELERATION. NEARLY HAD AN ACCIDENT FORCING ANOTHER CAR OFF THE ROAD. TOOK THE CAR TO GERMAN MOTORS-MERCEDES REPAIR AND THEY INDICATED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS FALLING APART AND THAT THIS WAS A COMMON PROBLEM FOR THIS MODEL CAR. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

600

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10174519 / 10174523

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1992 S600 MERCEDES BENZ AND ALSO EXPERIENCE A PROBLEM WITH THE WIRING HARNESS. MY FAMILY AND I CAN BE DRIVING AND THE CAR AUTOMATIC DROP SPEED AND GO INTO LIMP MODE WHICH IS VERY DANGEROUS. I ALSO HAD THE CAR CHECK OUT ALSO AND IT WILL PUT OUT CODES THAT DON'T EVEN EXIST. THE MERCEDES BENZ DEALER NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REPAIRS OF THE CAR. BECAUSE IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10176827

Summary:

 

TL* - THE CONTACT'S 1993 MERCEDES BENZ, 400E WITH THE CRUISE CONTROL SET INCREASED THE VEHICLE INCREASED SPEED. THE CONTACT IMMEDIATELY DROVE THE VEHICLE OFF THE HIGHWAY, THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT RESTART. THE CONTACT'S CAR WAS TOWED TO THE REPAIR SHOP. THE MECHANIC EXPLAINED THE FOLLOWING DETAILS TO THE CONTACT: THE AIR CLEANER WAS REMOVED WHICH INDICATED THE WIRING WAS DESTROYED AND THAT THIS IS TYPICAL FOR THIS VEHICLE INCLUDING A VERY HIGH FAILURE RATE OF THE WIRING HARNESS. THIS FAILURE, PER THE MECHANIC, CAN ALSO CAUSE A FIRE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10174921

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING 60 MPH ON THE INTERSTATE, THE ENGINE STALLED WITHOUT WARNING. THE ENGINE WOULD NOT RESTART, AND THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE CONTACT'S HOME. AFTER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF THE TIME, THE ENGINE RESTARTED. THE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED BY A DEALER WHO DETERMINED THE ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT ALERTED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10175348

Summary:

 

DT*: THE CONTACT STATED WHILE STOPPED AT A STOP SIGN, THE ENGINE STARTED MAKING LOUD NOISES. THERE WERE NO WARNING LIGHTS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALERSHIP, WHO DETERMINED THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESSES HAD TO BE REPLACED AND THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT SAFE TO OPERATE WITH SUCH WIRING CONDITIONS. THE REPAIR WAS RATHER EXPENSIVE AND WAS COVERED AT THE CONTACT'S EXPENSE. THE CONTACT ENCOUNTERED SEVERAL COMPLAINTS ON THE INTERNET FOR THE SAME DEFECT HOWEVER; NO RECALL HAD BEEN CONDUCTED YET. THE VEHICLE REMAINED AT THE DEALERSHIP.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10176538

Summary:

 

THE MAIN WIRING HARNESS FOR THE ENGINE, FUEL INJECTION AND REST OF CRITICAL FUNCTIONS OF THE VEHICLE (1995 C280) HAS DISINTEGRATED DUE TO A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. THE MANUFACTURER SEEMED TO HAVE USED AN INFERIOR AN UNSUITABLE INSULATION FOR THE WIRES, WHICH, FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN TIME, DETERIORATE ALLOWING THE WIRES TO SHORT AND PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM FUNCTIONING AS WELL AS CREATING A HAZARDOUS SITUATION (STALLING IN FREEWAY, FIRE IN ENGINE, ETC). THE MANUFACTURER IS AWARE OF THE DEFECT BUT REFUSES TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION OR TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY. WE HAVE OWNED THIS VEHICLE SINCE NEW AND HAVE MAINTAINED IT WITH THE UTMOST CARE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10175003

Summary:

 

MY MECHANICS TOLD ME THAT I NEED TO REPLACE THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1995 MERCEDES C280 WITH 118K MI. IT CAUSE THE CYLINDER MISFIRED. I NEVER HEARD OR EXPERIENCED THIS PROBLEM WITH OTHER CARS IN MY LIFE. WHEN I SEARCH THE INFORMATION ON THE WEB, IT'S A COMMON PROBLEM FOR 1994 & 1995 MERCEDES C280. I AM VERY SURPRISED THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN RECALLED. IT WILL CAUSES THE CAR TO STALL DURING TAKE OFF AND ON THE ROAD WHILE DRIVING. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10176712

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ C280. WHOLE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS IS CRACKED AND CORRODED. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10175565

Summary:

 

WHEN I BOUGHT MY 1995 MERCEDES C220 FROM THE MERCEDES DEALER, THEY KNEW WHAT I FOUND OUT AFTER I BOUGHT THIS CAR THAT 1995 MERCEDES C220'S HAVE A FAULTY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. I HAVE BEEN AN ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN FOR OVER 30 YEARS NOW AND I KNOW WHAT FAULTY INSULATION LOOKS LIKE, THE INSULATION IS BRITTLE, CRACKING AND FALLING OFF THE CONDUCTORS.. AND WITH MY AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING BACKGROUND THE ENGINE HARNESS WOULD ONLY COST MERCEDES A FEW DOLLARS TO MANUFACTURE. ( UNDER $20.00 USD ) IS IT A SAFETY ISSUE FOR HAVING INTERMITTENT ABS SYSTEM? INTERMITTENT TEMP AND FUEL GAUGES AND SPEEDOMETER? CLEARLY THERE MUST BE A SET STANDARD FOR THE INSULATION USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF AUTOMOBILES, AND CLEARLY THE ORIGINAL INSULATION USED IN PRODUCTION DID NOT,AND WOULD NOT PASS.. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10174488

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES S320 WIRING HARNESS INSULATION DECOMPOSING. BARE WIRES ARE EXPOSED AT ENGINE COIL CONNECTIONS. THE INSULATION ON THE HARNESS WIRES IS JUST CRUMBLING. VEHICLE IS PRESENTLY DISABLED IN LIMP MODE. PRIOR TO THIS, THE VEHICLE WOULD GO INTO LIMP MODE WHILE EXECUTING TURNS. PART COST IS $750; DEALER LABOR COST IS $600. THE WIRING MAY HAVE DAMAGED OTHER ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (I.E.: COMPUTER OR VOLTAGE REGULATOR). THIS WIRING INSULATION PROBLEM IS NOT NORMAL WITH ANY VEHICLE, NO LESS ONE THAT COSTS $65,000 NEW. THIS MOST DEFINITELY SHOULD BE A RECALL ITEM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10175721

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1995 S320 BENZ . ON END OF SEPTEMBER THE ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON AND I CHANGED THE AIR MASS FLOW SENSOR THAN A MONTH LATER THE A/C SOMETIMES WORK AND OTHER TIMES NOT I CHANGED THE VACUUM HOSES THAT GOES TO AC SOLENOID PLUS THE EGR HOSE, AND ONE WIRE THAT GOES TO THE A/C RELAY. NOW THE ENGINE LIGHT AGAIN GOES ON AND I CALLED THE DEALER AND ASK IF ANY RECALL ON 1995 S320 THEY SAY NO. YET THERE IS OVER 150 COMPLAINED TO YOUR DEPARTMENT. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10175780

Summary:

 

ENGINE STALLS AND RUNS ROUGH. WIRE HARNESS FAILED AND IS A SAFETY HAZARD. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10178917

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1995 E320 HAS DETERIORATED TO AN UNSAFE CONDITION AND NEEDS REPLACEMENT. I HAVE EXPERIENCED SEVERAL UNUSUAL CHECK ENGINE INDICATIONS WHICH HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE ALARMS. IN ONE CASE IT CAUSED A PROBLEM FOR ME IN GETTING MY CALIFORNIA SMOG CERTIFICATION BECAUSE OF A FALSE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT. AFTER CONSULTING WITH SEVERAL MERCEDES AUTHORIZED MECHANICS I HAVE LEARNED THAT THIS WIRING HARNESS CONDITION IS A KNOW PROBLEM AFFECTING SEVERAL MODELS OVER SEVERAL YEARS. I VISUALLY INSPECTED THE WIRES AND CAN SEE THE INSULATION CRACKING AND CRUMBLING BEFORE MY EYES. I CONTACTED MERCEDES BENZ USA IN NJ AND WAS INFORMED THAT MY VEHICLE IS NOT SUBJECT TO RECALL AND WAS 12 YEARS OLD WITH HIGH MILEAGE (105000 MILES). AS A RESULT I AM FORCED TO REPLACE WIRING HARNESS AT MY OWN EXPENSE TO RECTIFY AN OBVIOUS MANUFACTURE DEFECT RESULTING IN SERIOUS SAFETY ISSUES. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10178705

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS CRUMBLING LIKE CORN BREAD. IT IS CHEAPLY MADE, I READ THAT IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH BEING RECYCLABLE. I HAVE A 50 YEAR OLD CHEVY WITH THE ORIGINAL WIRING HARNESS AND IT IS FINE. I WOULD NEVER, NEVER BUY ANOTHER MERCEDES BENZ AGAIN IN MY LIFE AND WILL WARN EVERYONE I KNOW. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10179135

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND THE ENGINE SURGES UP AND DOWN. VEHICLE IS DIFFICULT TO DRIVE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

600

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10179001

Summary:

 

VEHICLE HAS HAD VARIOUS ANOMALIES OCCURRING OVER SEVERAL MONTHS INVOLVING ENGINE SPUTTERING AND ABUNDANT SMOKE FROM ENGINE. NUMEROUS SERVICE ATTEMPTS DID NOT RESOLVE PROBLEM AS ALL CLUES WERE INTERMITTENT. WARNING LIGHTS ON DASH FOR "CHECK ENGINE" "SRS" "ASR" AND OTHERS WOULD APPEAR CERTAIN TIMES UPON IGNITION, WHILE OTHERS APPEAR NEXT TIME. FINALLY, THE VEHICLE WOULD ONLY START BUT NOT MAINTAIN IDLE INDEPENDENT OF APPLYING ACCELERATOR, AND THEN ONLY TRAVEL AT A MAX SPEED OF 20 MPH AT 3000 RPM. MECHANIC DETERMINED THAT DETERIORATED ENGINE HARNESS EXPOSING HV WIRES HAD DAMAGED THE LEFT AND RIGHT THROTTLE CONTROL AND THE EFP CONTROL UNIT. THE TIGHT GROUPED VOLUME OF WIRES WERE DECAYED, CHECKED, OR POWDERIZED THROUGHOUT ITS ENTIRETY, AND COUPLED WITH NOW SHORTED-OUT DAMAGED COMPONENTS, CAUSED THE SMOKING AND SPUTTERING... A RECIPE FOR FIRE. AND FIRE IS EXACTLY WHAT'S OCCURRED TO THE MANY OTHERS EXPERIENCING THIS SAME SORT OF DECAYED WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM THAT I'VE ONLY NOW LEARNED FROM YOUR WEBSITE AND OTHER INTERNET SOURCES HAS BEEN PREVALENT AND KNOWN FOR YEARS. CONSEQUENTLY, THE LIST PRICE FOR THIS NEW HARNESS AND THE THREE COMPONENTS EXCEED $13,000.00, WHILE FROM THEIR MODEST APPEARANCE, THEIR COST TO CONSTRUCT ARE LIKELY ONLY SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS. FIRST AND FOREMOST, THESE HARNESSES SHOULD ALL BE RECALLED TO ENSURE THAT NO FIRES OCCUR. MOREOVER, MERCEDES HAS ALREADY RECOVERED THERE "R&D" COSTS WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS FIRST SOLD, AND IN NO WAY SHOULD BENEFIT FROM THE DEFECTIVE HARNESS BY BEING ALLOWED TO PROFIT FROM SALES OF OTHER COMPONENTS NEEDING REPLACEMENT THAT THE HARNESS SUBSEQUENTLY FOULED. CURRENTLY, I AM AT A STANDSTILL AS THE UNFAIR LIST PRICING FOR THESE FOUR PARTS THAT COULD FIT INTO A LUNCH PAIL, EXCEED THE VALUE OF THE VEHICLE AS A WHOLE. I AM WRITING TO REQUEST THAT THIS ISSUE BE OFFICIALLY INVESTIGATED SO THAT I, AND THE MANY OTHERS IN MY POSITION, CAN BE PROPERLY REMEDIED. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN THIS MATTER. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10174133

Summary:

 

MY 1994 MERCEDES C220 ENGINE WIRE HARNESS HAS DETERIORATED AND THE INSULATION IS DISINTEGRATING. THIS IS A KNOW PROBLEM FOR MBZ, AND POSSES A SAFETY CONCERN WHEREBY THE CAR CAN CATCH FIRE. MBZ USA SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE AND PROVIDE SOME MEANS TO HAVE OWNERS REPLACE THE HARNESS UNDER A SHARED COST PROGRAM. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10178717

Summary:

 

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND WE WERE ALMOST HIT BY OTHER CARS WHEN TRYING TO QUICKLY EXIT BUSY FREEWAY. TOOK CAR TO MERCEDES MECHANIC AND HE SAID THE CAR NEEDED A NEW $600.00 ENGINE HARNESS. WE ASKED IF THIS IS A RARE PROBLEM AND HE SAID ALL 1993 AND 1994 E420 MERCEDES NEED THE HARNESS AT ABOUT 100 THOUSAND MILES AND THEY USED A BIODEGRADEABLE COVER ON THE HARNESS AND IT FAILS FROM ENGINE HEAT. HE ALSO SAID IF WE DON'T REPLACE IT, THE ENGINE WILL STOP WHEN DRIVING, AND COULD CAUSE AN ACCIDENT. THIS IS A WELL KNOWN PROBLEM WITH ALL MERCEDES MECHANICS. THESE CARS NEED TO BE RECALLED!!!! *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10177675

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE, DETERIORATION DUE TO SUBSTANDARD WIRING INSULATION FOR ENGINE ENVIRONMENT (HEAT, ETC). WIRING SUBSTANDARD WHEN CONSIDERING THE ORIGINAL EXPENSE FOR THESE "QUALITY VEHICLES". MERCEDES SHOULD GOODWILL THE EXPENSE FOR HARNESS REPLACEMENTS AND STAND UP FOR THEIR PRODUCTS! ALTHOUGH THIS "LUXURY" MERCEDES IS A 1994 S-420. IT IS "AS NEW" AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN MERCEDES "PROFESSIONALLY MAINTAINED! THE MERCEDES ENGINEER'S LET US (THE CONSUMERS) DOWN! *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10177892

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES BENZ SL500 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. HARNESS INSULATION SEEMS TO BE DISINTEGRATING. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10178341

Summary:

 

THE WIRE HARNESS IS CRACKED AND ROTTEN. THE MOTOR DOES NOT RUN RIGHT. IT STALLS AND CUTS OUT. THE MECHANIC SAYS TO JUST GIVE HIM $1000.00 FOR A TEMP. FIX DUE TO THE MATERIALS USED IN THE REPLACEMENT HARNESS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10183005

Summary:

 

Summary: WIRING HARNESS IS DEFECTIVE. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10180927

Summary:

 

1996 MERCEDES BENZ SL 500 ENGINE STALL WHEN DRIVE ON HIGHWAY DUE TO FAULTY WIRING HARNESS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10182767

Summary:

 

MY 1995 C280 MERCEDES QUIT RUNNING IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. I WAS TOLD MY THE REPAIR SHOP THAT THE WIRING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AND THIS WAS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM ON THIS YEAR CAR. THIS CAR WAS ALWAYS SERVICED AT A MERCEDES DEALER SHIP. WHY COULD THIS HAVE NOT BEEN POINTED OUT BEFORE I GOT STRANDED? I AM ALSO TOLD THIS IS A VERY EXTREME FIRE HAZARD. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10181906

Summary:

 

BOUGHT A 1995 MERCEDES-BENZ C280 IN 2002. CHANGED ENGINE WIRING AT A COST OF $1200. THE WIRING INSULATION WAS CRACKED CAUSING SMOKE TO APPEAR UNDER THE HOOD AT TIMES WHEN THE CAR IS STARTED. MERCEDES-BENZ IS AWARE OF THE PROBLEM BUT WILL NOT ISSUE A RECALL. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10179324

Summary:

 

-CAR PERIODICALLY HAS VERY ERRATIC IDLE -LAST TIME CAR WAS ON HIGHWAY, WHEN PASSING ANOTHER VEHICLE, CAR ENGINE LOST POWER AND I HAD TO STRUGGLE TO GET CAR BACK HOME -NOW AM AFRAID TO DRIVE CAR. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10181747

Summary:

 

I HAVE CHANGED THE PLUGS IN MY 1995 MERCEDES 3 TIMES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. THE LAST TIME BY THE DEALERSHIP IN HUNTSVILLE, AL. THEY SAID THE PLUGS I HAS PUT IN NEW A MONTH BEFORE WERE BAD AND REPLACED THEM AGAIN. THIS DID NOT FIX MY PROBLEM AND HAS PROGRESSIVELY BECOME WORSE. THIS PAST WEEK END I CHECKED THE PLUGS AGAIN AND WHEN I STARTED THE ENGINE IT WAS MISSING ON AT LEAST TWO CYLINDERS. TWO PLUGS WERE NOT EVEN FIRING. AFTER INSPECTING THE WIRES GOING TO THE MAGNETOS I DISCOVERED THEY WERE ALL BARE WIRES ON THE HARNESS GOING TO THE ENGINE. THE PLASTIC COVER ON ALL THE WIRES WOULD JUST FALL OFF THE WIRE. I CUT THE RUBBER INSERT INSIDE WHERE THE PLUGS ARE LOCATED AND THE WIRES WERE OF THE SAME CONDITION AND HAD ACTUALLY TURNED GREEN AND BROWN WITH CORROSION. SINCE MY CAR WAS DOWN AND I NEEDED IT ON MONDAY TO GO TO WORK, I CUT THE BAD WIRES OFF AND SOLDERED THE NEW WIRE TO THE PLUG ENDS THAT GO TO THE MAGNETOS. THIS HELPED TO GET THE CAR RUNNING BUT I ALSO DISCOVERED THE WIRES GOING TO THE INJECTORS HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. I HAVE PRICED THE NEW WIRING HARNESS AND IT WOULD COST OVER A 1000.00 FOR JUST THE HARNESS. THIS IS WITHOUT THE LABOR INVOLVED. THIS CAR ONLY HAS 110,000 MILES AND IS STILL IN GOOD CONDITION. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT MERCEDES HASN'T RECALLED THIS WIRING HAZARD. IF IT WERE TO SHORT OUT IT COULD BURN UP THE WHOLE CAR OR INJURE MY FAMILY. I PLAN ON FIXING THIS PROBLEM SO THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN. *NM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10183062

Summary:

 

TL*- THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE 1995 MERCEDES 320E, SHOULD BE PART OF RECALL 95V031000 FOR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING THAT HE FOUND ON THE NHTSA WEBSITE. HE STATED THAT ON 02/15/07 HE BEGAN TO NOTICE THE ENGINE LIGHT WAS STAYING ON, AND HE OPENED THE HOOD OF THE VEHICLE AND FOUND THAT THE WIRES IN THE VEHICLE WERE FRAYED. WHILE DRIVING THE VEHICLE SLOWED DOWN WITHOUT NOTICE. HE HAD TO PULL THE VEHICLE OVER AND TURN THE POWER OFF AND THEN RESTART THE VEHICLE. THE CONTACT STATED THAT HE FELT THE VEHICLE SHOULD BE ON THE RECALL DUE TO THE WIRING BURNING OUT. THE CONTACT CALLED THE DEALERSHIP, AND STATED THAT THIS VEHICLE WAS NOT APART OF THE RECALL AND HE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIRS BECAUSE OF THE MILEAGE ON THE VEHICLE. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGE WERE BOTH 203971.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10182478

Summary:

 

MY 1996 MERCEDES SL500 WITH LESS THAN 55,000 MILES HAS CRUMBLING WIRE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE CONTROLS WHICH HAS RESULTED IN SHORTED WIRING IN THE ENGINE CONTROLS. THE POOR QUALITY OF THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES IS THE PROBLEM, YET THE CAR MAKER OR THE DEALER HAS NOT DONE A RECALL TO REPLACE THIS WIRING HARNESS FOR THIS SAFETY PROBLEM. I AM TOLD THE COST TO REPLACE ALL THE DEFECTIVE PARTS WILL BE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THE CAR MUST BE REWIRED BEFORE IT CAN BE DRIVEN. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10182063

Summary:

 

WIRE INSULATION ON MY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS DISINTEGRATED EXPOSING THE INTERNAL WIRING COMPLETELY, ESPECIALLY IN BENT AREAS. THIS IS A RESULT OF NORMAL OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE. AS THIS HAPPENS THE ENGINE RUNS WORSE, PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED INCLUDE SURGING IN IDLE, STUMBLING OF ENGINE UPON INITIAL ACCELERATION AND STALLING OR RUNNING ENGINE. THE ONLY COURSE OF ACTION IS TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS WITH A "NEWLY" PURCHASED HARNESS FROM MERCEDES BENZ. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT IDEA IS I WILL BE PURCHASING A WIRING HARNESS MANUFACTURED DURING ROUGHLY THE SAME TIME THE VEHICLE WAS IN PRODUCTION THAT USES THE SAME DEFECTIVE, ADVANCED DEGRADING WIRING. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500SL

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10181872

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

Summary: TERRIBLE CRACKING OF MAIN WIRE HARNESS!!!!!!*JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10184878

Summary:

 

DECAYED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. MISCELLANEOUS ENGINE ERROR INDICATIONS, ASR LIGHT COMING ON (CAR IN "LIMP HOME" MODE). NOT TRACEABLE TO ANY COMPONENT FAILURE. INABILITY TO START THE CAR. REFUSAL OF INDEPENDENT MECHANIC TO WORK ON THE CAR UNTIL THE WIRING HARNESS HAS BEEN REPLACES. FAILURE OCCURS ON 65 MPH ROAD, INABILITY TO ATTAIN HIGHWAY SPEEDS, REPEATED STALLING. CAR IS AT HOME IN GARAGE AND WILL NOT RUN FOR MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10185318

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS DISINTERGRATED CAUSING WIRES EXPOSED AND TOUCHING OTHER WIRES. LITTLE OR NO INSULATION IS LEFT ON MOST WIRES. THE ENGINE SURGES/CHARGES WHILE COMPLETE IDLE AND BRAKE FULLY ON HOLD.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10183858

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE 1993 MERCEDES 300E. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10184197

Summary:

 

THE INSULATION AROUND THE SPARK PLUG WIRES INSIDE OF THE IGNITION HARNESS HAS DETERIORATED CAUSING SHORT CIRCUITS AND MISFIRING. THIS OCCURRED IN A MODEL 1993, 300E WITH 160,000 MILES. THIS IS PREMATURE FOR A VEHICLE BOASTING LONGEVITY AND RELIABILITY. REPORTING OF THIS SAME PROBLEM IS SO WIDESPREAD SUGGESTING POOR DESIGN CHOICE IN PLACEMENT OF THE HARNESS AND/OR INFERIOR INSULATING MATERIAL. THE COST OF THE REPLACEMENT HARNESS HAS JUMPED FROM AROUND $400 IN 2004, TO OVER $900 TODAY ( FEB 2007). IS THIS GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE OR EXPLOITATION OF CUSTOMER TRUST? *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10186762

Summary:

 

RADIO, ALARM, BACKUP WARNING, MOON ROOF, QUIT WORKING. BATTERY DIED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. CAR HAD DIFFICULTIES STARTING AND RUNNING ROUGH. BOTH WIRING HARNESSES HAVE TO BE REPLACED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10187000

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES BENZ 500E ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION CANNOT STAND UP TO THE HEAT OF THE ENGINE AND LOSES ITS INSULATION, CREATING AN ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND POSSIBLE FIRE HAZARD.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10184175

Summary:

 

MY 1994 C220 MERCEDES QUIT RUNNING IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. I WAS TOLD MY THE REPAIR SHOP THAT THE WIRING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AND THIS WAS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM ON THIS YEAR CAR. THIS CAR WAS ALWAYS SERVICED AT A MERCEDES DEALER SHIP. WHY COULD THIS HAVE NOT BEEN POINTED OUT BEFORE I GOT STRANDED? I AM ALSO TOLD THIS IS A VERY EXTREME FIRE HAZARD. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10183534

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES SL 320. DURING 60,000 MILE MAINTENANCE CHECK THE MECHANIC STATED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS CORRODED. THE VEHICLE WAS BEING REPAIRED. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 59,000.*AK UPDATED 03/19/07. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10184061

Summary:

 

HIGH STATIC ELECTRICITY SHOCK. VEHICLE SHOCKS AFTER ENGINE IS TURNED OFF WHEN BODY CHASSIS IS TOUCHED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10186543

Summary:

 

WIRE INSULATION ON MY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS DISINTEGRATED EXPOSING THE INTERNAL WIRING COMPLETELY, ESPECIALLY IN BENT AREAS. THIS IS A RESULT OF NORMAL OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE. AS THIS HAPPENS THE ENGINE RUNS WORSE, PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED INCLUDE SURGING IN IDLE, STUMBLING OF ENGINE UPON INITIAL ACCELERATION AND STALLING OR RUNNING ENGINE. THE ONLY COURSE OF ACTION IS TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS WITH A "NEWLY" PURCHASED HARNESS FROM MERCEDES BENZ. THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THAT IDEA IS I WILL BE PURCHASING A WIRING HARNESS MANUFACTURED DURING ROUGHLY THE SAME TIME THE VEHICLE WAS IN PRODUCTION THAT USES THE SAME DEFECTIVE, ADVANCED DEGRADING WIRING. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10185688

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION ON MY E300D DIESEL MERCEDES BENZ WAS SEVERELY CRACKED TO THE POINT THAT IS CAUSED THE ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS IN THE ENGINE TO FAIL. THE ENGINE TEMPERATURE SENSORY FAILED, THE GLOW PLUG RELAY FAILED, AND THE EXTERNAL AIR TEMPERATURE SENSORY FAILED. THE WIRING HARNESS AND THE COMPONENTS WERE REPLACED BY A AUTO REPAIR SHOP AT SIGNIFICANT COST.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10186106

Summary:

 

TWO REPUTABLE INDEPENDENT MERCEDES MECHANICS INFORMED ME THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION IN MY 1995 E300 DIESEL IS DECAYING WHICH MAY HAVE CAUSED MY GLOW PLUGS TO MALFUNCTION AND THIS PROBLEM IS PREVALENT IN MERCEDES VEHICLES MADE FROM 1991-1996. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ISSUED FOR THIS PART BEFORE MORE SERIOUS EVENTS OCCUR DUE TO THE FLAW IN MERCEDES MANUFACTURING PROCESS FROM 1991-1996 . *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10186935

Summary:

 

MERCEDES E320 1995 WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. CAR BEGAN TO RUN ROUGH, CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS WOULD KEEP COMING ON. DEALER SAID THEY COULDN'T FIX THE CAR WITHOUT REPLACING THE ENTIRE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS (WHICH SEEMED LUDICROUS AT THE TIME SINCE NO AMERICAN CAR I'D EVER OWNED NEEDED SUCH A DRASTIC FIX) OTHER DEALERS TOOK THE CAR FOR REPAIR BUT ALL CAME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION ABOUT THE HOPELESSNESS PROBLEM OF THE HARNESS. TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THE HARNESS IS ABOUT 1,000.00 DOLLARS UN-INSTALLED...*JB NOW I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PROBLEM HAPPENED TO VIRTUALLY ALL MERCEDES E320 OF THAT 5 YR. PERIOD BUT THERE WAS NEVER A RECALL TO PROTECT ALL OF THE OWNERS. I'VE NEVER LEFT TOWN WITH THE CAR BECAUSE IT ALWAYS ENDS UP ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AS ITS' SO UNDEPENDABLE. SO MUCH FOR MY FIRST AND LAST MERCEDES...

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10186762

Summary:

 

RADIO, ALARM, BACKUP WARNING, MOON ROOF, QUIT WORKING. BATTERY DIED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. CAR HAD DIFFICULTIES STARTING AND RUNNING ROUGH. BOTH WIRING HARNESSES HAVE TO BE REPLACED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

400

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10187255

Summary:

 

1993 400 SEL WIRING HARNESS # 140 540 1132 ROTTED AWAY. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10187000

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES BENZ 500E ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION CANNOT STAND UP TO THE HEAT OF THE ENGINE AND LOSES ITS INSULATION, CREATING AN ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND POSSIBLE FIRE HAZARD.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10184175

Summary:

 

MY 1994 C220 MERCEDES QUIT RUNNING IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN AND THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. I WAS TOLD MY THE REPAIR SHOP THAT THE WIRING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AND THIS WAS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM ON THIS YEAR CAR. THIS CAR WAS ALWAYS SERVICED AT A MERCEDES DEALER SHIP. WHY COULD THIS HAVE NOT BEEN POINTED OUT BEFORE I GOT STRANDED? I AM ALSO TOLD THIS IS A VERY EXTREME FIRE HAZARD. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10184478

Summary:

 

I WAS PULLING INTO A GAS STATION TO FILL UP, THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN A FEW WARNING LIGHTS CAME ON AND SMOKE STARTED POURING OUT OF MY HEATER VENTS. OPENED THE HOOD AND SAW A MELTED WIRING HARNESS, AND FURTHER INSPECTION SHOWED ME THAT THE RUBBER WAS FALLING OFF OF THE WIRES, DISINTEGRATED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES BENZ

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10187623

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS DISINTEGRATED, SAID TO BE MADE OF CORNSTARCH IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH GERMAN GOVERNMENT MANDATE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

483231

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

MAIN ELECTRICAL FEED CHAFED ON BRAKE LINE/SHORTED OUT, CAUSING A HOLE/FIRE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

958826

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

VEHICLE CAUGHT ON FIRE WHILE STOPPED, IT STALLED THEN BURST INTO FLAMES UNDER HOOD. TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

976216

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WHILE PARKED CAUGHT ON FIRE DUE TO ELECTRICAL PROBLEM IN DASH BOARD. TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190E

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

739214

Summary:

 

MECEDES BENZ 190E PRESENTS A VERY SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARD TO THE OCCUPANTS AND OTHER VEHICLES ON THE ROAD. ENGINE STALLS. STALLING OCCURS OUT IN TRAFFIC. THE AUTO IS EITHER MAKING A TURN AT AN INTERSECTION OR STALLS WHILE STOPPED IN TRAFFIC. WHEN FIRST THE PROBLEM WAS ENCOUNTERED, WE TOOK IT TO THE DEALER AND THEY REPLACED COMPONENTS, BUT TO NO AVAIL.(WE PAID FOR THESE) WHEN WE RETURNED TO THE DEALER WE WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO JUST KEEP REPLACING PARTS UNTIL IT WAS REPAIRED ( THE COST OF THESE EXPENSIVE REPLACEMENTS LABOR IN & OUT, IF THE PART DID NOT WORK, WOULD FALL ON US). WE HAVE REPLACED PARTS WITH STILL NO CURE FOR THE STALLING PROBLEM.WE HAVE FOLLOWED ALL THE MANUFACTURE'S OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE PROCEEDURES.THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED TWICE BY ME. ONCE THEY SAID THAT THE SAN DIEGO REP. WOULD CONTACT THE DEALER ON ANOTHER OCASSION I LEFT MESSAGES THAT WERE NOT RETURNED. I AM A RETIRED TEACHER AND CANNOT AFFORD TO PURCHASE ANOTHER VEHICLE AND LOOSE ALL THAT HAS BEEN INVESTED IN THIS AUTO. MORE THAN THAT, THE AUTO IS A DANGER TO DRIVE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190E

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10194701

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ATTEMPTED TO START VEHICLE AFTER OVERNIGHT PARKING. WHEN I ACTIVATED IGNITION THERE WAS A LOUD EXPLOSION UNDER THE HOOD WHICH BLEW OFF MOST OF THE INSULATION LINING AND IGNITED A FIRE AROUND THE AIR INTAKE COVER. *AK I WAS TOLD THAT THE FUEL PUMP RELAY SWITCH FAILED. THIS AND THE FULE PUM WERE REPLACED BUT NOW VEHICLE WILL INTERMITENTLY ACCELERATE WHEN IDLING AND OR MOVING AT AROUND 25MPH.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190E

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10231442

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

1991 MERCEDES 190E IDLED OUT OF CONTROL. CANT FIND ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS CAR OR HOW TO FIX IT. ITS A HAZARD AND DANGEROUS TO DRIVE. WHEN IT IDLES UP SO HIGH, THE CAR ACTUALLY PEELS OUT IF YOU LET YOUR FOOT OFF THE BRAKE. IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BRING IT TO A FULL STOP. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10286243

Summary:

 

MY 1991 300SL BENZ HAS HAD TO HAVE THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS REPLACED PER MB DEALER BECAUSE IT'S GOING BAD AND DECOMPOSING CAUSING A POTENTIAL FIRE PROBLEM. THIS AFTER A NO START PROBLEM AND A MONTH IN THE SHOP. AND THEY NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND THE CAUSE. NOW , AFTER REPLACING THE HARNESS , THEY ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO FIND THE PROBLEM. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE HARNESS IS A "GREEN WIRING HARNESS" AS REQUIRED BE GERMANY TO ITS AUTO MAKERS IN 1991-1996. THE DECOMPOSING OF THE WIRING CAUSES A FIRE HAZARD AND SHOULD BE REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

834365

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WHILE DRIVING ABOUT 50 MPH ACCELERATOR GOT STUCK, CAUSING VEHICLE TO GO UP TO 80 TO 100 MPH. CONSUMER HAD TO PUT VEHICLE INTO ANOTHER GEAR TO GET VEHICLE TO STOP ALSO, BRAKE SYSTEM CAUGHT ON FIRE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500SL

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10290278

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE, MULTIPLE SYSTEMS AFFECTED. CAR WILL SPUTTER, STALL, NOT RESTART. HAPPENS WHILE GOING DOWN THE ROAD, TURNING CORNERS, COMING TO A STOP, WHILE TRYING TO ACCELERATE FROM A STOP.... THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS BARE WIRES ALL OVER THE PLACE. MB REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH THESE CARS, ALTHOUGH I'VE SPOKEN WITH MANY MERCEDES OWNERS WHO HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF PROBLEMS. CALLS TO MERCEDES BENZ NEVER GET ME ANYWHERE. THEY ARE RUDE AND ONLY SAY THAT THEY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANOTHER BENZ WITH AN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM BEFORE. I CANNOT DRIVE THIS CAR, PERIOD. I WOULDN'T DRIVE IT TO THE CORNER FOR MILK EVEN IT WOULD START AND RUN CONSISTENTLY. THE WIRING HARNESS WAS MADE WITH "BIODEGRADABLE" INSULATION ON ALL THE WIRES. WHEN CAN I EXPECT THE AIR BAGS ON MY NEWER MERCEDES TO FAIL DUE TO SOME TYPE OF "BIODEGRADABLE" MATERIALS BEING USED? *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500SL

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

10198540

Summary:

 

WHILE DRIVING, MY 1991 500SL CONVERTIBLE FOR NO APPARENT REASON WILL NOT ACCELERATE AND THE ASR LIGHT COMES ON. IF I SHUT DOWN AND RESTART IT GOES AWAY BUT WILL COME RIGHT BACK IF I GOOSE THE GAS AT ALL. THIS HAPPENS A LOT! LOOKS LIKE THE SAME PROBLEM MANY PEOPLE ARE HAVING WITH 91-96 VARIOUS MODELS WITH THEIR WIRING HARNESSES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

MERCEDES BENZ

Year:

1991

Complaint Number:

701609

Summary:

 

WHILE ACCELERATING ON THE FREEWAY (CRUISE CONTROL IS OFF) ... CAR BEGINS TO ACCELERATE OF ITS OWN ACCORD. WHILE BRAKING AIDED SLIGHTLY IN SLOWING THE VEHICLE, THE ACCELERATION CONTINUED UNTIL THE CAR WAS PLACED INTO NUETRAL.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

140

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10235934

Summary:

 

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT. ENGINE DOES NOT TURN ON. WIRE HARNESS MELT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

190E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10216390

Summary:

 

MY MERCEDES BENZ 1992 190E IS HAVING COLD START ISSUES AND IN GENERAL STALLING ISSUES. I JUST RECEIVED A JUMP BY MERCEDES AND MINUTES LATER THE BATTERY DIED AFTER ONLY PARKING IT ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE STREET. I HEAR THAT THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER USERS OF MERCEDES BENZ WHO ARE HAVING HARNESS WIRING ISSUES AND THIS HAS TO DEFINITELY BE MY PROBLEM AS I CAN SEE OTHER ELECTRICAL FAULTS OCCURING SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH MY AIR AND HEATING, WARNING LIGHTS, DASH LIGHTS, WINDOWS, ETC. MERCEDES BENZ SHOULD HELP EVERYONE WITH THE PROBLEM GET IT RESOLVED. HOW ABOUT A RECALL. *CN

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

818463

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WHILE VEHICLE WAS IN DRIVEWAY. IT CAUGHT FIRE IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT ON PASENGER'S COMPARTMENT 8-10 HOURS AFTER IT WAS DRIVEN. CAUSE OF FIRE APPEARED TO BE ELECTRICAL. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

965463

Summary:

 

WHILE DRIVING AND STOP AND IDLE POSITION FOOT ON BRAKE, VEHICLE HIGH IDLE, AND THEN EXPERIENCE SUDDEN ACCELERATION. TT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10269282

Summary:

 

1992 MERCEDES BENZ 300SE THE ISSUE IS FROM THE RESULTS OF A DRYROTTED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. DURING THE TIME PERIOD THIS CAR WAS MANUFACTURED MERCEDES BENZ USED A BIODEGRATABLE MATERIAL FOR THE WIRE COVERINGS. THIS MATERIAL THROUGH THE YEARS COULD NOT WITHSTAND THE HEAT PRODUCED BY THE ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD. THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT MERCEDES KNOW ABOUT AND HAS SINCE CHANGED THE WIRING HARNESS COVER MATERIAL A FEW YEAR LATER. ALL THEIR MECHANICS KNOW THIS AND IT IS WELL DOCUMENTED ON EVERY MERCEDES FORUM THAT I HAVE FOUND. I AM TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS OF OCCURRENCES RECORDED. THE REDESIGNED HARNESS IS A $600.00 ITEM WHICH IS WHY MERCEDES TENDS TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY AND REFUSES TO ACCEPT THIS AS A RECALL ITEM. THIS ITEM MUST BE ADDRESSED BECAUSE IF GONE UNATTENDED IT BECOMES A SERIOUS FIRE HAZARD WHICH IS ALSO WELL DOCUMENTED AND WAS MENTIONED BY MY MECHANIC. HE ALSO STATED THAT MOST DEALERSHIPS WILL NOT WORK ON THESE CARS UNLESS THE ENGINE HARNESS IS REPLACED FIRST. THIS IS BECAUSE THE CAR IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DIAGNOSIS IF THE WIRING IS NOT IN A GOOD WORKING CONDITION DUE TO THE FACT THAT FALSE SIGNALS ARE SENT TO THEIR DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT. MY MECHANIC ALSO PROVIDED ME WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DIRECTLY FROM HIS MERCEDES BENZ PRELIMINARY INSPECTION & ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES MANUAL. IT IS RETYPED AND QUOTED EXACTLY AS THE MERCEDES BENZ DOCUMENTATION STATES. PRELIMINARY INSPECTION & DOCUMENTATION VISUAL INSPECTION 1) VISUALLY INSPECT ALL ELECTRICAL WIRING, LOOKING FOR CHAFTED, STRETCHED, CUT OR PINCHED WIRING. ENSURE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS FIT TIGHTLY AND ARE NOT CORRODED. CHECK FOR LOOSE OR DEFECTIVE ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS ON STARTER MOTOR. ENSURE ALL VACUUM HOSES ARE PROPERLY? NOW I ASK YOU; IF THIS IS NOT KNOWN BY MERCEDES BENZ TO BE AN ISSUE THEN WHY IS IT THE VERY FIRST THING IN THEIR PRELIMINARY INSPECTION THAT THEY HAVE ALL OF THEIR TRAINED MECHANICS LOOK FOR? *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10268253

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1992 MERCEDES BENZ 300SE. THE CONTACT NOTICED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT IDLING PROPERLY. THE VEHICLE WOULD STALL WHILE AT A STOP SIGN AND COMPLETELY SHUT OFF. THE VEHICLE WAS ABLE TO BE RESTARTED IMMEDIATELY. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS FAULTY. THE MECHANIC SUGGESTED THAT HE NOTIFY THE MANUFACTURER, BUT THEY CLAIMED TO NEVER HAVE HEARD OF THE FAILURE AND COULD NOT ASSIST. THE VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE APPROXIMATELY 100,500. UPDATED 05/19/09 *BF THE ISSUE WAS A DRY ROTTED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. DURING THE TIME THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED, MERCEDES BENZ USED A BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL FOR THE WIRE COVERINGS. THE MATERIAL THROUGH OUT THE YEARS COULD NOT WITHSTAND THE HEAT PRODUCED BY THE ENGINE UNDER THE HOOD. UPDATED 05/27/09.*JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10259977

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS OF THE 1992 W140 MERCEDES BENZ 300SD SHORTED OUT AND CAUSE A FIRE INSIDE MY VEHICLE. I SHUT OF THE POWER SOURCE AND NOW MY CAR IS WORTHLESS SINCE THE WIRING IS BAD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10209057

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I BOUGHT THE CAR USED.... I NOW KNOW WHY THE MAN WAS SO EAGER TO SELL AT SUCH A REASONABLE PRICE. CAR CONTINUES TO STALL ON ME, AFTER LETTING IT SIT AND COOL FOR APPROX. 20+ MINS IT WILL USUALLY START. ON ONE OCCASION THE CAR SEEMED TO BE ON FIRE, BY THE TIME I GOT PULLED OVER, THERE WAS JUST A LOT OF SMOKE. AFTER DRIVING THE CAR FOR ANYTHING OVER 5-10 MINS IT SMELLS AS IF IT WERE ON FIRE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10186762

Summary:

 

RADIO, ALARM, BACKUP WARNING, MOON ROOF, QUIT WORKING. BATTERY DIED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. CAR HAD DIFFICULTIES STARTING AND RUNNING ROUGH. BOTH WIRING HARNESSES HAVE TO BE REPLACED. *J

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10233466

Summary:

 

MY MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT THE WIRING HARNESS UNDER THE HOOD IS ROTTING AWAY. I HAVE A/C PROBLEMS WITH THE WIRES AND HAVE HAD LOSS OF POWER AT THE MOST INCONVENIENT TIMES. I'M STARTING TO HAVE DIFFERENT ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS DUE TO THIS WIRING HARNESS AND AM VERY NERVOUS OF A POSSIBLE FIRE AS MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS USUALLY IN THE CAR. IF THIS IS A PROBLEM OTHER MERCEDES OWNERS ARE EXPERIENCING, I FEEL IT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED BY MERCEDES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10247345

Summary:

 

1992 MERCEDES BENZ 400E. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE WIRING HARNESS ON THIS VEHICLE. INSULATION ON WIRES IS CRACKING AND PEELING OFF EXPOSING WIRES TO OTHER WIRES AND THE ENGINE. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THIS CAUSING A FIRE. I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS COMMON TO THIS MODEL BECAUSE OF THE COMPOSITION OF THE INSULATION MATERIAL. I DO NOT WANT INJURY TO MYSELF OR OTHERS WHILE DRIVING THIS AUTOMOBILE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10245281

Summary:

 

MB WIRING HARNESS FAILURE 1992 400SE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10233679

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 400E (145,000 MILES), HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT AND IS BEGINNING TO SHORT OUT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND EVEN FIRE INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10231493

Summary:

 

I HAVE A MERCEDES BENZ 400E AND THE WIRING HARNESS EVENTUALLY WITHERED AND DETERIORATED DUE TO FAULTY MANUFACTURING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10230774

Summary:

 

1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 400E WIRING HARNESS MULTIPLE FAILURES. REPLACED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SHORTLY AFTER I PURCHASED THIS CAR (USED) IN 2005 DUE TO DETERIORATION OF INSULATION FROM THE WIRES. I WAS TOLD AT THE TIME THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THIS ERA OF MB DUE TO SOME PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE OR TARGETED SELF-DESTRUCTION BY THE MANUFACTURER. TODAY I AM TOLD THAT I NEED TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS LEADING TO THE STARTER MOTOR FOR THE EXACT SAME REASON. THESE ARE EXPENSIVE PARTS, ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THE MANUFACTURER AND REQUIRE EXTENSIVE LABOR TO REPLACE. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A MANUFACTURER'S DEFECT AND SHOULD BE RESOLVED BY A COMPANY THAT CLEARLY ADVERTISES A "LONG-LIFE" PRODUCT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10222346

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1992 400E HAS DISINTEGRATED, AS I'VE READ TO BE COMMON OF THE MERCEDES OF THE EARLY 1990'S. MY CAR SHUDDERS DRAMATICALLY WHEN IDLING, AND ALTERNATES BETWEEN PERIODS OF SLOW/NO ACCELERATION TO UNEXPECTED LURCHING FORWARD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10206299

Summary:

 

1992 MERCEDES E 400 MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. HARNESS FRIED DUE TO POOR WIRING INSULATION. I OWN TWO MERCEDES AND BOTH ARE FOR SALE. WILL NEVER BUY A CAR FROM MERCEDES EVER AGAIN. TOO MUCH MONEY AND TOO MANT PROBLEMS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10194117

Summary:

 

AUTOMOBILE REPAIR SHOP SHOWED ME THE PROBLEM WITH THE WIRING HARNESS. THE WIRING HARNESS WIRES WERE FRIED AND BECAME BRITTLE.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10188457

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1992 MERCEDES BENZ 400E. WHILE DRIVING 35 MPH THE VEHICLE SHUT OFF ON THE HIGHWAY. HE RESTARTED THE VEHICLE AND DEPRESSED THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL, CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO IDLE. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE VEHICLE NEEDED A NEW WIRING HARNESS, AND AN AIT TEMP SENSOR. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE BEARING HARNESS WAS DEFECTED AND METAL WAS VISIBLE. THE WIRES INSIDE WERE DETERIORATING. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER ON APRIL 6TH, 8TH, 9TH, AND 18TH, AND THE FAILURE REMAINED. THE CURRENT MILEAGE IS 132,000, AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 13,000.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10250193

Summary:

 

MAIN ENGINE/FUEL INJECTION ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS, HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND IS DISINTEGRATING CAUSING WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER AND BEGINNING TO EXPERIENCE PROBLEMS WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTIONS TO INCLUDE FIRE INSIDE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I'VE DISCOVERED FROM DLR HARDNESS INSULATION IS MADE OF BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL RESULTING IN EARLY DETERIORATION. AS A RESULT, THE ENGINE IS STARTING TO EXHIBIT STALLING ISSUES, ROUGH RUNNING, AND INCORRECT FAULT CODES ARE PRODUCED ON THE CAR COMPUTER. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10240051

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS DISENTIGRATING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10233263

Summary:

 

ENGINE CUTTING OUT . ALL WIRES IN THE ENGINE HARNESS AND ELECTRIC CABLE CRACKED AND EXPOSED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10212589

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PN 124-543-95-26; WIRING INSULATION COMPLETELY ERODES OVER TIME WITH NORMAL USE, RESULTING IN NUMEROUS SHORT CIRCUITS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10204474

Summary:

 

MERCEDES BENZ WIRING FAILURE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10201857

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS ON MY '92 600 SEL FAILED BECAUSE IT WAS MADE OF WIRING THAT WAS NOT ADEQUATELY TESTED. THE WIRING FAILED IN 2007 DUE TO THE WIRING BE DESIGNED TO BE BIODEGRADABLE. REPAIR COST WAS $7000 !!!!!! *JB. UPDATED 01/11/08. *LJ THE WIRING HARNESS BRITTLE AND CRACKED. UPDATED *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500 (600?)

Year:

1992

Complaint Number:

10216744

Summary:

 

MERCEDES SL 600 WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. ALMOST ALL OF THEM HAVE THIS AND MERCEDES WILL DO NOTHING. CAR ABRUPTLY LOOSES POWER AT HIGHWAY SPEED ENDANGERING ALL. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10248616

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

1. BURNING SMELL 2. POOR RUNNING FAST IDLE TO NO IDLE 3. BM NEVER HEARD OF THE PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10229661

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 300E HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT AND IS BEGINNING TO SHORT OUT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND EVEN FIRE INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I HAVE READ MANY REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ CARS OF THE SAME AGE RANGE HAVING THE EXACT SAME DEFECT. I HAVE BROUGHT IT IN TO MY MECHANIC SEVERAL TIMES BECAUSE OF THE HESITATION AND SHORTING THAT OCCURS - ESPECIALLY WHEN I HAVE THE AC OR HEATER RUNNING AND HAVE SPENT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY ON TRYING TO REMEDY IT BY ATTEMPTING TO RE-WRAP THE WIRING BUT IT ONLY AFFORDED ME A TEMPORARY FIX AT BEST. THE ESTIMATE I WAS GIVEN TODAY WAS FOR $1,400 FOR THE WIRING HARNESS AND ANOTHER $700 - $800 FOR THE LABOR COST ASSOCIATED WITH IT'S INSTALL. FROM THE NUMBER OF SIMILAR ANECDOTAL STORIES I HAVE READ ONLINE WHILE RESEARCHING THIS ISSUE, I WONDER WHY MERCEDES BENZ HAS NOT ISSUED A RECALL ON THIS OBVIOUS DESIGN DEFECT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10227953

Summary:

 

VEHICLE IS 1993 MERCEDES 300E SEDAN. 1. STRANGE THINGS GO ON WITH THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 2. WHEN UNLOCKING KEY, SOMETIMES THE ALARM WILL GO ON. 3. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WILL NOT GO OFF EVEN AFTER REPAIR WAS DONE. 4. SOMETIMES AIR BLOWER WILL WORK, SOMETIMES NOT. 5. SOMETIMES ANTENNA WILL COME UP, SOMETIMES NOT. THIS LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THAT THE WIRING HARNESS MIGHT BE AFFECTING THE CAR'S ELECTRICAL PERFORMANCE. I WOULD HATE TO STRIP THE HARNESS TO FIND OUT. BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF COMPLAINTS NOW ON THIS WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM. I WISH THAT MERCEDES WILL DO A RECALL AND REPAIR THESE CARS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10227117

Summary:

 

1993 300E 3.2 M104 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DISINTERGRATING, WIRE INSULATION FALLS APART ENTIRE WIRING HARNESS WIRES EVEN NOT EXPOSED TO HEAT DAMAGED. CHRONIC PROBLEM ALL 3 OF OUR MERCEDES HAVE THIS PROBLEM THE 300E THE WORST. I WORKED AT MERCEDES AND REPLACED THESE HARNESS EVERY WEEK. THIS IS VERY UNSAFE CAN RESULT IN FIRES, ECM FAILURE, DRIVABLE ISSUES, NO START, AND MANY MORE PROBLEMS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10225826

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS OF MY MERCEDES 1993 300E WIRES HAD DISINTEGRATED CAUSING SHORTAGES ON THE WIRES. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE MERCEDES WITH SUCH HIGH REPUTATION ON QUALITY WOULD IGNORE SUCH FAILURES ON THEIR PART. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10215182

Summary:

 

FUEL INJECTOR HARNESS IS DRY ROTTED AS SEEN IN THE IMAGES ON THIS SITE. I JUST RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT THERE IS A MAJOR DEFECT WITH THE HARNESS ASSEMBLY DUE TO POOR WORKMANSHIP THIS IS CERTAINLY A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. MERCEDES SHOULD REPLACE THE HARNESS FREE OF CHARGE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10198453

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1993 MERCEDES 300E THAT FOR THE SECOND TIME HAS HAD ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. I FIND THIS TO BE A VERY UNSAFE PROBLEM WITH INSULATION FROM THE WIRE BECOMING BRITTLE AND FALLING OFF. I OF AT LEAST THREE OTHER MERCEDES OWNERS THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THE SAME PROBLEM. THIS IS A TIME BOMB WAITING TO HAPPEN. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SD

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10259519

Summary:

 

I PURCHASED A 1993 MERCEDES 300SD IN AUGUST 2009. THE CAR HAD 58,000 ORIGINAL MILES ON IT. I WAS THE SECOND OWNER. I TOOK THE CAR TO A LOCAL IMPORT CAR/MERCEDES SERVICE CENTER TO HAVE IT CHECKED OVER. THE MECHANIC POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND THE GLOW PLUG WIRING HARNESS HAD SERIOUS PROBLEMS. THE WIRES HAD SERIOUS CRACKS AND MUCH OF THE INSULATION WAS MISSING. I WAS INFORMED THAT UNLESS THESE WIRING HARNESSES WERE REPLACED THERE WOULD BE SERIOUS PROBLEMS. I REPLACED BOTH SETS OF WIRES. THERE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH THE INSULATION ON MB ENGINE WIRES. THIS CAR HAD SAT IN A GARAGE MOST OF ITS' 15 YEARS AND THE INSULATION DETERIORATED BECAUSE MB USED A DEFECTIVE INSULATION AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THIS CAR SOLD FOR OVER $64,000 NEW, AND FOR THE INSULATION TO DROP OFF THE ENGINE ELECTRICAL WIRES IS COMPELLING THAT MBUSA SHOULD HAVE TO RECALL AND REPAIR THEIR DEFECTS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10292860

Summary:

 

I OWN A MERCEDES 300CE WHICH HAS GIVEN ME PROBLEMS WITH OVER ACCELERATION, IDLING ISSUES AND ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. I LIKE MANY OTHER PEOPLE COULD NOT AFFORD A NEW CAR SO I DECIDED TO TAKE IT IN FOR REPAIRS. I STARTED WITH REPLACING THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN 2007 DUE TO THE ENGINE LIGHT CONSISTENTLY TURNING ON. AT AROUND THE SAME TIME, THE STARTER GAVE UP AS WELL AS THE TRANSMISSION. I ALSO HAD THE TAIL LIGHT PANEL REPLACED DUE TO THE BREAK LIGHT CONSISTENTLY TURNING ON. ADDITIONALLY, THE OXYGEN SENSOR WAS REPLACED TWICE. YET, AFTER ALL THE REPAIRS IT UNDERWENT, THE MECHANICS HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PIN POINT THE ISSUE WITH THE ENGINE LIGHT BEING ON. THE EGR VALVE WAS REPLACED IN HOPES TO FIX THE ENGINE LIGHT PROBLEM, BUT NO LUCK. I CONTINUED TO HAVE CONSTANT ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE BREAK LIGHTS COMING ON, THE CAR OVER ACCELERATING ON ITS OWN, THE RPMS FLUCTUATING TREMENDOUSLY TO WHERE THE CAR APPEARS TO TURN OFF ON ME WHILE ON IDLE. I HAD THE REGENERATION VALVE AND THE AIR MASS METER REPLACED TO FIX THE IDLING AND ACCELERATION, BUT AGAIN THAT DID NOT FIX IT EITHER. IN SUMMARY, I SPENT ~$10K IN REPAIRS BETWEEN 2008 AND 2009 MY CAR CONTINUES TO HAVE THE ENGINE LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT ISSUE AS WELL AS THE OVER ACCELERATION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10234293

Summary:

 

CAR STARTED RUNNING ROUGH,AND SMELLING LIKE SOMETHING WAS BURNING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10214689

Summary:

 

MY 1993 MERCEDES 300E WAS RUNNING POORLY. I HAVE FOUND NUMEROUS AREAS IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT WHERE INSULATION WAS CRACKING ON THE WIRING HARNESS AND THE COPPER WIRE WAS EXPOSED ALLOWING THE CONDUCTORS TO SHORT. THE VEHICLE IS NOT DRIVABLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10214249

Summary:

 

MY 1993 MERCEDES 300E EXPERIENCED SOME MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH ITS WIRING IN THE HARNESS. AS A RESULT, I HAD IT TAKEN INTO A MECHANIC, WHO NOTICED THAT THE INSULATION ON THE FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATED AND CAUSED THE WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER. IT APPEARS THAT THIS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM HAS BEEN AN ONGOING ISSUE WITH MANY MERCEDES (ESPECIALLY THE MODELS FROM THE 90'S), AND I AM SURPRISED THAT MERCEDES BENZ HAS NOT MADE ANY EFFORT TO RECALL THIS PROBLEM, OR AT LEAST TO EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THIS AS AN ONGOING PROBLEM. MY CAR ENDED UP BEING IN THE SHOP FOR OVER 3 MONTHS IN WHICH I HAD TO PURCHASE A BRAND NEW HARNESS. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT, HAD I NOT SENT IN MY VEHICLE TO BE CHECKED, A CHANCE OF ENGINE FIRE WAS MORE THAN LIKELY. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT IF MERCEDES BENZ WOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO HAVE A SAFETY RECALL FOR THIS ISSUE, AT LEAST FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHER FAITHFUL MERCEDES DRIVERS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10211247

Summary:

 

ENGINE CONTROL WIRING FAILING DUE TO CRACKS IN THE INSULATION. IN MY 35 PLUS YEARS OF CAR REPAIRS I HAVE NEVER SEEN WIRING FAIL TO THIS DEGREE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10210113

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ELECTRICAL FIRE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT OF MY 1993 300E MERCEDES. THE ELECTRICAL HARNESS WITH EXTENSIVE CRACKS WITH ALL OF THE WIRES CAUSED THE FIRE. NOW I DISCOVER, THIS IS AN INFERIOR PART PLACED IN THE CAR WITH FABRIC TAPE WRAPPING. 100'S OF THESE KIND OF FIRES HAVE OCCURRED, WITH OUT A RECALL ON THIS MODEL. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10326929

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1993 MERCEDES 400SEL IS DEFECTIVE. AFTER TALKING WITH A MERCEDES MECHANIC, HE INFORMS ME HOW IMPORTANT THIS HARNESS IS AND WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN IT FAILS. THE WIRES ARE CRACKING AND SPLITTING AND ARE DRIED OUT. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS CONDITION. AFTER DOING THE RESEARCH, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT MERCEDES KNOWS THE HARNESSES WERE DEFECTIVE AND HAS CHOSEN TO IGNORE THE PROBLEM. NO INJURIES OR DEATH AT THIS TIME. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10257513

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1993 400 SEL MERCEDES BENZ THAT HAS HAD PROBLEMS FOR YEARS AND NOW TURNS OUT TO BE A DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. IT HAS LEFT ME STRANDED ON THE SIDE OF A BUSY HIGHWAY RECENTLY WHICH ALMOST GOT ME KILLED WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE CAR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10310130

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1993 400E MERCEDES. RECENTLY IT HAS HAD MAJOR DIFFICULTY TURNING OVER. I TOOK IT TO MY LOCAL MERCEDES BENZ REPAIR SHOP. THEY TOLD ME IT THE ENGINE HARNESS HAS GONE BAD AND NEEDS TO BE REPLACED COMPLETELY. EVIDENTLY THIS IS A VERY COMMON PROBLEM WITH THIS VEHICLE AS MERCEDES USED SUB-STANDARD MATERIALS WHEN BUILDING THE WIRING HARNESS. THIS CAUSES MAJOR SAFETY ISSUES AND I BELIEVE MERCEDES SHOULD BE FORCED TO BEGIN RECALLING THESE VEHICLES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10257260

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON MERCEDES BENZ 400E FAILED AND ENTERED A LOW POWER BACKUP MODE ON THE HIGHWAY FAR AWAY FROM OUR RESIDENCE. WIRING HARNESS IS CHARRED AND HARNESS SHORTED OUT ON ENGINE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

400E

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10236751

Summary:

 

MERCEDES 400 E HAS A TERRIBLE WIRE HARNESS DRY ROTTED FROM TEMPERATURE FROM ENGINE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10211224

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

" EXTREMELY DANGEROUS ENGINE WIRE HARNESS " I BELIEVE THE FAULTY WIRE HARNESS COATING WAS MANUFACTURED FROM 1991 TO 1996 BY MERCEDES BENZ. THE PLASTIC COATING THAT PROTECT THE WIRES FROM TOUCHING AS THEY GO TO EIGHT FUEL INJECTORS, COMPLETELY DISSOLVE IN MANY AREAS.....CAUSING A MULTITUDE OF EVENTS: 1) SUDDEN ENGINE FAILURE 2) ENGINE FIRES 3) EXTREME LOSS OF POWER, CAUSING CAR TO JERK INTENSELY WITH THE POWER STEERING GOING IN AND OUT MAKING IT "ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE" TO CONTROL CAR. I HAVE REPLACED THE "ENGINE WIRE HARNESS" ONCE, & NOW NEEDS ANOTHER ON MY 93 MERCEDES 500 SEL WITH 170,000 MILES (THIS WILL BE THE 3RD WIRE HARNESS). (M.B.U..S..A.) IS VERY MUCH AWARE OF THEIR "FAULTY HARNESS" AND HAVE BEEN SENT PICTURES OF CARS BURNED TO THE GROUND, THOUSANDS OF LETTERS AND PICTURES CONSUMERS CONSUMERS, BUT REFUSE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS "DEFECTIVE-PART" ((THEY REFUSE TO RECALL THIS POTENTIALLY DEADLY HARNESS)) THIS PROBLEM IS SO INTENSELY DANGEROUS TO EVERYONE ON A ROAD WAY, BECAUSE THE REACTIONS WHEN THESE WIRES TOUCH ARE "COMPLETELY UNPRODICAB E". MAKE MERCEDES STAND UP TO THE PLATE AND "R E C A L L " THIS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS E N G I N E W I R E H A R N E S S ! WITH MANUFACTURE DATES 1991 THROUGH 1996. (NOT POSITIVE OF EXACT YEARS, BUT SOMEWHAT ACCURATE) MY 1993 500 SEL STALLED IN MIDDLE LN. ON HWY. 280 IN SAN JOSE CA. ON 11-29-2007 @ 5:15 P.M. (NEAR 7TH STREET EXIT) NEARLY RESULTING IN MY DEATH. CARS TRYING TO AVOID ME DURING THEIR UNEXPECTED AND SUDDEN STOP AND/OR LANE CHANGES. CARS SKIDDING, SLIDING, LOSING CONTROL....IT WAS A NIGHTMARE!!!. IT'S A WONDER NO ONE INCLUDING MYSELF WAS K I L L E D. I'M 46 YRS OLD, & THAT WAS "THE MOST DANGEROUS SITUATION, & CLOSEST TO MY BEING KILLED THAT I 'VE EXPERIENCED!" THERE'S NO WARNING TO THE SIDE EFFECTS WHEN THE WIRE HARNESS WARMS UP AND THE UNPROTECTED WIRES BEGIN TO CROSS CURRENT WITH ONE ANOTHER. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10210291

Summary:

 

WHEN MY 1993 MERCEDES BENZ 500 SEL WARMS TO ITS NORMAL RUNNING TEMP. IT BEGINS TO ACT AS IF IT IS NOT GETTING FUEL. IT CUTS OUT INTENSELY AND THEN DIES OUT COMPLETELY. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS WHEN PULLING OUT ANYWHERE. I WAS TOLD THAT IT IS THE FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS. WHEN THE CAR FINALLY QUITS COMPLETELY, YOU ARE STRANDED ROADSIDE OF AT LEAST 15 MIN. UNTIL IT WILL START AGAIN. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THIS WIRE HARNESS HAS CAUSED FIRES WHICH HAVE DESTROYED OTHERS WITH THIS SAME DEFECTIVE WIRE COATING. PLEASE HELP US MAKE MERCEDES DO A RECALL, THEY ARE RISKING OUR LIVES! I WAS STRUCK BY A DRIVER WHEN HAVING TO PUSH MY CAR TO THE CURB WHEN STALLING FROM THIS WIRE HARNESS PROBLEM. FORTUNATELY I WAS NOT HIT AT A FASTER SPEED. ALL I RECEIVED WAS SOME MAJOR BRUISING ON MY HIP FROM THE CARS BUMPER. I SUFFERED WITH PAIN FOR OVER A WEEK. I AM NOT FILING FOR GETTING HURT, ONLY TO FIX THIS WELL KNOWN DEFECTIVE COATING ON THE MERCEDES BENZ WIRING HARNESS. PLEASE HELP US WITH OBTAINING A RECALL ON THIS VERY POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS PROBLEM. THANK YOU! P.S SEPT 1 IS WHEN THIS PROBLEM STARTED AND HAPPENS EVERY DAY NOW WHEN THE CAR WARMS UP. THEY WANT 1400 DOLLARS FOR A NEW HARNESS WHEN THE 1ST ONE WAS MADE D E F E C T I V E L Y ! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10208221

Summary:

 

MY MECHANIC TOLD ME ON 11/3/2007 THAT THE WIRE HARNESS ON MY 1993 MERCEDES 500 SEL COULD CAUSE FIRE OR DEATH TO MY FAMILY AND THAT MERCEDES BENZ U.S.A. KNOWS ABOUT THE FAULTS IN THE WIRE HARNESS AND KNOWS THE PEOPLE ARE IN DANGER AND HAVE YET TO DO A RECALL ON YEARS (1992 THROUGH 1996) PLEASE HELP US GET A RECALL IN THE WIRE HARNESS BEFORE PEOPLE GET BURNT OR DIE THESE WIRES JUST FALL APART AND THEN TOUCH EACH OTHER AND THAT IS WHEN THE DANGER STARTS, THIS REALLY IS A SERIOUS AND DANGEROUS SITUATION AND WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. THANK YOU! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10201073

Summary:

 

1993 MERCEDES BENZ 500SEL WIRING HARNESS FAILURE- INSULATION ON WIRING BECAME BRITTLE AND BEGAN TO FALL OFF. SHORTS IN WIRING LEAD TO TROUBLE LIGHTS COMING ON AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10200980

Summary:

 

MY 500E SEDAN WAS EXPERIENCING ERRATIC THROTTLE CONTROL AND INTERMITTENT STALLING WHILE DRIVING, THUS PLACING ME AT RISK OF NO CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. *TR AN EXAMINATION OF BOTH THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND THROTTLE-BODY SHOWED DISINTEGRATION OF THE WIRES PROTECTIVE INSULATION. BOTH ITEMS WERE REPLACED AT A COST OF APPROX. $1,900.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10342052

Summary:

 

MERCEDES BENZ DEALER SAYS THAT MY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS NEEDS TO BE REPLACED DUE TO INSULATION CRACKING ON THE WIRES. THEY STATE THAT ENGINE DAMAGE AND FIRE COULD RESULT FROM THIS DEFECT. IN ADDITION A WARNING LIGHT IS ON WHICH OF COURSE RENDERS THE CAR UNSALEABLE. THEY FURTHER STATE THAT THIS IS SYMPTOMMATIC IN ALL THE AGE CARS FROM MB. I AM STUCK WITH A CAR THAT MAY CATCH FIRE AND CANNOT BE SOLD! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10232347

Summary:

 

VEHICLE IS A 1993 MERCEDES BENZ 600SEL. THE ASR (ACCELERATION SLIP CONTROL) WARNING LIGHT APPEARS AFTER THE ENGINE HAS STARTED (USUALLY LESS THAN 10 MINUTES). THE ENGINE SUFFERS LOSS OF POWER AND VEHICLE BECOMES UNDRIVABLE. MERCEDES MECHANIC STATES THE ENGINE HARNESS BODY MOUNTED (PART NO 1405404805) NEEDS TO BE REPLACED. THE WIRING IN THE HARNESS HAS APPARENTLY DEGRATED TO THE POINT WHERE SHORTING IS OCCURRING IN THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT(S).MERCEDES WANTS $3600 FOR THE PART ANT $650 FOR LABOR. THIS IS A PART THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO BE REPLACED IN THE FIRST PLACE. REGARDS JACK G DAVIS *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10365668

Summary:

 

RECENTLY MY 53K MILE (VERY LOW MILEAGE) 1993 MERCEDES 300E 2.8 SUDDENTLY STALLED (WITHOUT ANY WARNING) ON A LOCAL EXPRESSWAY, WHICH ALMOST CAUSED A SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENT (THE CAR FROM BEHIND ALMOST HIT ME). AFTER I HIRED A MECHANIC TO TAKE A LOOK, HE FOUND THAT THE ENGINE STALL WAS CAUSED BY BIO-DEGRADABLE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS THAT WAS INSTALLED IN THIS CAR (ALSO SEE HTTP://WWW.MERCEDESDEFECTS.COM/2008/04/WIRE-HARNESS-DEFECT.HTML#COMMENT-FORM). I CALLED MERCEDES CUSTOMER SERVICE BUT THEY TOLD ME THERE IS NO RECALL ON THIS CAR. THIS ENGINE STALL ISSUE HAPPENED AGAIN FEW DAYS AGO, AND IT'S MAKING SUCH A WELL-MAINTAINED LOW MILEAGE VEHICLE UNSAFE TO DRIVE. I URGE THE NHTSA SHOULD CONTACT MERCEDES AND ISSUE A FORMAL RECALL FOR THIS ISSUE. THANKS!

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10258838

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WIRING HARNESS DEFECT / FAILURE, LEADING TO INOPERABLE AND FIRE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10196287

Summary:

 

THE INSULATION ON THE ENGININE WIREING HARNESS HAS DISENTIGRATED. THIS IS THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS AND IS A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH 1991-1996 MERCEDES-BENZ M104 ENGINES. THIS IS A MAJOR FIRE RISK AS WELL AS AN ACCIDENT HAZARD AS IT WILL CAUSE THE ENGINE (AND POWER STEERING, BRAKES, ETC.) TO FAIL AT SPEED. MERCEDES WILL NOT RECALL THE PART AND RELACEMENT IS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10209099

Summary:

 

MAIN ENGINE WIRE HARNESS NEEDED REPLACED DUE TO FAULTY INSULATION ON THE WIRES.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10369911

Summary:

 

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1993 MERCEDES-BENZ SL600. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 40 MPH, THE VEHICLE INDEPENDENTLY DECELERATED TO 20 MPH. THE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED BY A DEALER WHO INFORMED THE CONTACT THAT HE WOULD NEED TO REPLACE THE THROTTLE BODY ACTUATOR, WIRING HARNESS AND ECU. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 80,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10317729

Summary:

 

WIRING INSULATION BREAKING DOWN IN THE WIRING HARNESS IN THE ENGINE CONTROLS CAUSING DAMAGE INSULATION HAS COME OFF AND WIRES BARE AND TOUCHING . *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10317711

Summary:

 

ELECTRICAL WIRING INSULATION IS DEGRADING ON WIRING HARNESS(S) IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THIS IS A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD WHICH COULD LEAD TO LOSS OF LIFE OR SERVE PROPERTY LOSS. I FEEL MERCEDES SHOULD PROVIDE COMPLETE REPLACEMENT OF THESE WIRING HARNESS'S ON AFFECTED MODEL SL500, YEARS 1991 THRU 1996 REGARDLESS OF THE MILEAGE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

202

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10277124

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE HAD SEVERAL ERRATIC FAILURES SUCH AS MISFIRING, LACK OF POWER AND EVENTUALLY STOPPED TO WORK AT ALL DURING A HEAVY RAIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOTORWAY. I CHECKED IF THERE WERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE WIRINGS BETWEEN ENGINE MANAGEMENT COMPONENTS SUCH AS IGNITION COILS, INJECTORS, HFM, CAMSHAFT SENSOR, WATER TEMP SENSOR ETC. AND THE ECU. I WAS SHOCKED WHEN I REALIZED THAT THE INSULATION OF THESE WIRES WIRE LITERALLY FALLING INTO PIECES BY CRACKS SINCE THE MATERIAL HAD BECOME TOTALLY STIFF AND BRITTLE, MAKING ELECTRICAL CONTACT TO SURROUNDING ENGINE PARTS AS WELL AS INTERNALLY POSSIBLE. I WENT TO AUTHORIZED SERVICE STATION WHERE THEY AGREED THAT THE COMPLETE WIRE HARNESS ON THE ENGINE HAD DISINTEGRATED FOR SOME REASON, AND NEEDED REPLACEMENT. DAILMER-CHRYSLER LATER BY E-MAIL REFUSED TO GIVE ANY ECONOMICAL HELP WHAT SO EVER TO SOLVE THIS FAULT AND ONLY REMINDED THAT MERCEDES IS GIVING 2 YEARS OF GUARANTEE ON ITS CARS. ON A 12 YEAR OLD CAR I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH BAD QUALITY IN SUCH A VITAL ENGINE PART, AND THE CAR WAS IN FACT DANGEROUS TO DRIVE ON ROAD SINCE POWER COULD SUDDENLY STOP DURING AN OVERTAKING OR IN A CROSSING GIVING AN SEVERE ACCIDENT. I HAVE PICTURES AND THE FAULTY WIRE HARNESS AS PROOF IF NEEDED FOR THIS INVESTIGATION. THE CAR IS AN MERCEDES-AMG C36. (BASED ON THE C280). *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10232616

Summary:

 

MY 1994 C220 HAS HAD ITS CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON FOR AWHILE AND THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL ISSUES WITH THE CAR EITHER NOT STARTING PROPERLY, STRANGE NOISES WHEN I TURN THE RADIO ON WHEN THE ANTENNA GOES UP, THE HEAT AUTOMATICALLY TURNS ON, THE FRONT HEADLIGHTS KEEP GOING OUT, THE CAR HESITATES WHEN SHIFTING FROM PARK TO IN GEAR OR FROM NEUTRAL TO IN GEAR OR PARK OR REVERSE. I WAS TOLD BY A LICENSED MERCEDES SERVICE CENTER THAT THEY CAN NOT REPAIR ANY OTHER ITEMS UNDER MY HOOD UNTIL THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS IS TOTALLY REPLACED SINCE IT HAS WORN INSULATION AND FRAYED AND BARE WIRES. THEIR POLICY IS TO DO NOTHING TO THE CAR UNTIL HARNESS IS REPLACED. TOO DANGEROUS, FIRE HAZARD, ETC. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10225002

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS UNDER THE HOOD HAS DETERIORATING INSULATION, CAUSING THE WIRES TO RUB TOGETHER SHORTING OUT WITH ONE ANOTHER. WIRING INSULATION BEGUN CRACKING WHEN CAR WAS ONE YEAR OLD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10340330

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS BRITTLE INSULATION; HAS HUNDREDS OF CRACKS; INSULATION IS FALLING OFF OF WIRES; IS SHORT CIRCUITING, MOTOR IS RUNNING ROUGH; MISSING SOME; SOUNDS LIKE ITS NOT RUNNING ON ALL CYLINDERS. WIRING HARNESS IS HEATING WHERE IT IS SHORT CIRCUITING. I HAVE SEEN SOME SMOKING; WAS ON FIRE ONCE SO FAR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10237975

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1994 MERCEDEZ BENZ C280 AND WAS PURCHASED IN 2004 WITH APPROXIMATELY 94,000 MILES. NOT LONG AFTER HAVING THE CAR I START HAVING ERRATIC MISFIRE CODES SHOWING UP ON THE COMPUTER. I WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE A WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM WHICH THIS MAKE AND YEAR OF CAR IS HAVING. NOW I FIND ON THE INTERNET A REPORT DATED IN 2007 OF OVER 300 PEOPLE WITH MERCEDEZ VEHICLES FROM 1991 TO 1996 HAVING SIMILAR PROBLEM. THIS SITE ASK IF I WOULD ADD MY CAR TO THE LIST.*TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10237366

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

1994 C280 MERCEDES HAS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT DUE TO WIRES SHEARING AND BEING EXPOSED. FROM INTERNET RESEARCH IT IS CLEAR THAT THIS IS A DESIGN DEFECT AND THAT THE INSULATION IS NOT HEAT RESISTANT. THE CAR STARTED TO SMOKE DUE TO EXPOSED WIRES TOUCHING AND SHORTED OUT A.C. THE CAR CANNOT BE DRIVEN NOW UNTIL WIRING HARNESS IS REPLACED DUE TO RISK OF FIRE. THIS CAR IS A DEATH TRAP - JUST GLAD I CAUGHT IT WHEN I DID. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10226079

Summary:

 

MY 1994 MERCEDES BENZ WOULD STOP IN TRAFFIC FOR NO REASON. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10214160

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ 280. IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED, IT BEGAN HESITATING AND SURGING ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. THE FAILURE WAS NOTICED WHILE DRIVING 40 MPH. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A DEALER ON SIX SEPARATE OCCASIONS AND THEY STATED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FAILED. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 90,000 AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 89,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10298842

Summary:

 

1. MULTIPLE WARNING LIGHT ALARMS OVER 12 MONTH PERIOD. 2. AFTER MANY FRUITLESS AND EXPENSIVE REPAIRS OF SENSORS, THE PROBLEM WAS TRACED TO A DEFECTIVE ENGINE MAIN WIRING HARNESS, WHERE THE INSULATION ON INDIVIDUAL WIRES HAD LARGELY DISINTEGRATED. THIS WAS REPORTEDLY DUE TO USE OF DEFECTIVE INSULATION AT THE TIME OF MANUFACTURE, WHICH OVER TIME AND NORMAL USE, WOULD DISINTEGRATE AND BREAK OFF, ENABLING INDIVIDUAL WIRES IN THE HARNESS TO SHORT TOGETHER. THE REPAIR FACILITY HAD MAYBE 20-25 OF THESE FAILED HARNESSES HANGING ON THE WALL AS A DISPLAY - THIS IS IN A SMALL TOWN, SO THE TOTAL NUMBER MUST BE VERY LARGE IN THE USA. MERCEDES BENZ REFUSED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROBLEM OR THE REPAIR, CLAIMING ESSENTIALLY THAT IN 10 YEARS FROM MANUFACTURE DATE, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN TO A VEHICLE AND THAT IS NOT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. THIS FAILURE PRODUCED UNSAFE CONDITIONS, THE CAR WOULD FAIL TO START, STOP RUNNING ON THE ROAD AND WOULD FAIL TO RESTART, ETC. 3. THE WIRING HARNESS WAS REPLACED, AT MY COST OF CLOSE TO $1000. THE PROBLEM HAS NOT RECURRED SINCE. THE OLD PART IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10273162

Summary:

 

I WAS GETTING THE CAR DYEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, AND AT STOP LIGHTS AND SMOKE OUT FROM UNDER MY HOOD, THEN TOOK IT TO MECHANIC WHO TOLD ME OF A PROBLEM WITH MERCEDES WIRING FROM 91-96. THIS IS A WELL KNOWN PROBLEM THAT MERCEDES WILL NOT FESS UP TO!!! THE HARNESS COST ME OVER $600.00!!!!! FOR WHAT THEY PROBABLY PAID 10.00 TO HAVE MADE FOR THEM. WHERE IS MY GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT ME AND OTHERS FOR WHAT IS OBVIOUSLY A WELL KNOWN PROBLEM WITH THESE VEHICLES? DOES SOMEONE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE IT GETS LOOKED AT SERIOUSLY? GO TO ANY MERCEDES FORUM AND THERE WILL BE PAGES UPON PAGES OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS VERY PROBLEM?????!!!!!!!! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10270105

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES E320 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS, IT IS COMMONLY KNOWN IN THE MB COMMUNITY THAT THESE CARS WIRING HARNESS WAS MADE FROM DEFECTIVE MATERIALS AND PRONE TO PREMATURE FAILURE. THIS HARNESS COSTS AROUND 1000.00 WHY IS MY GOVERNMENT NOT PROTECTING IT'S PEOPLE FROM THIS FRAUD?! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10249962

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ALREADY REPLACED THE FAULTY WIRING HARNESS ON MY MERCEDES E320 AT A HIGH COST DUE TO FAULTY ENGINEERING USED BIODEGRADABLE WIRING HARNESS NOW I NEED THE ELECTRONIC THROTTLE ACTUATOR ALSO A HIGH DOLLAR ITEM SAME THING CORRODED FALLING APART WIRES AND MERCEDES KNOWS OF THIS PLEASE HELP I NEED SOME RELIEF OF THIS MESS PART#0001415725 THANKS.. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10247195

Summary:

 

MY 1994 MERCEDES-BENZ E320 CABRIOLET HAS A CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON. AN INVESTIGATION LEADS TO DISINTEGRATED ENGINE WIRE HARNESS, THAT IS SHORTING. THE VEHICLE IS RUNNING ROUGH AND STALLING. THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR A FIRE HAZARD. THE CAR STALLED ON HIGHWAY, CAUSING ME TO LOOSE CONTROL AND CRASH INTO A SIDE POLE, DAMAGING THE FRONT OF THE CAR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10241290

Summary:

 

CRUMBLING FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS CAUSING STALLING, MISFIRING, EXPOSED WIRES A FIRE HAZARD AND A "NO SPARK CONDITION" CAUSING DEAD CYLINDERS TO POUR RAW FUEL INTO CATALYTIC CONVERTER RESULTING IN HEAVY SMOKE AND AN EMANATE SERIOUS FIRE HAZARD. THIS CONDITION DESTROYED THE $1200 CATALYTIC CONVERTER LEAVING THE VEHICLE UNABLE TO PASS STATE EMISSIONS TESTING. MERCEDES-BENZ REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM AN OFFERS NO REMEDY. MAYBE AFTER SOMEONE GETS HURT OR KILLED , THERE WILL BE SOME ACTION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10240735

Summary:

 

I WAS CHANGING SPARK PLUGS AND SAW THE BAD WIRES IN THE HARNESS. I TAPED UP WHERE I COULD BUT WHEN I TOUCHED THE WIRE THE INSULATION JUST FELL OFF THE WIRES. I WAS ABLE TO GET CAR RUNNING FOR AWHILE BUT NOW IT RUNS BAD. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO REPLACE HARNESS AT THIS TIME. THIS IS CLEARLY A MFG. DEFECT AND A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ONE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10235207

Summary:

 

MY 1994 MERCEDES-BENZ S320 HAS A DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. IT IS FALLING APART BEING THAT IT WAS CONSTRUCTED USING BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS. IT IS CAUSING MANY, MANY, PROBLEMS WITH ENGINE MISFIRING, SMOKING / BARE WIRES, ETC. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10233196

Summary:

 

A/C AND ALL ITEMS ON FUSE #7 QUIT WORKING. CAR SKIPPED AND WOULD JUST DIE. CHECKED WIRING AND FOUND WIRES CRACKED. ALL WIRES IN HARNESS CRACKED AND LOOKED OVERHEATED. WIRING HARNESS REPLACED BY NEW OWNER. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10227110

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS MADE OF BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL THAT HAS CAUSED MASSIVE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS WHEN IT DISINTEGRATED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10223561

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES E320 WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATION, CRACKING REPLACEMENT WILL BE $2,000. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10223063

Summary:

 

I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY WHEN MY CAR JUST STOPPED. AFTER HAVING IT TOWED TO BECK MERCEDES BENZ, A DIAGNOSTIC TEST WAS CONDUCTED, I WAS TO THE WIRING HARNESS HAD BROKEN COMPLETELY INTO. THE HARNESS WIRES WERE QUOTED AS BEING ROTTED. COST IS OVER $2,000.00 TO REPAIR. NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE. AFTER QUESTIONING HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN I WAS GIVEN NO ANSWERS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10222948

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS FAILURE OUTER SHEATH IS MISSING AND EXPOSED INSULATION IS BRITTLE. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS COMMON WITH THE MERCEDES VEHICLES BETWEEN '93 - '95. WHEN WILL THE COMPANY STAND UP AND ADMIT THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. I GUESS SOMETIMES IT TAKES A ACCIDENT WITH LIVES LOST AND LAWSUIT BEFORE ANYONE WILL ADMIT THERE IS A PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10217590

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS IS DEFECTIVE. ALL THE INSULATION AROUND EACH WIRE HAS DISINTEGRATED. THE CAR DIED AS I PULLED INTO HEAVY TRAFFIC. I AM TOLD THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THAT YEAR MERCEDES AND THAT THE MFGR. WILL NOT ADMIT THERE HAS BEEN A PROBLEM WITH THE WIRE INSULATION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10211155

Summary:

 

MY WIFE OWNS A 1994 E320 THAT HAS ONLY 19,000 MILES ON IT. DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION AFTER THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON I WAS INFORMED BY THE DEALER THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS DETERIORATED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. 91-96 MERCEDES BENZ ARE ALL HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM AND MY CAR ONLY HAS 19,000 MILES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10206569

Summary:

 

A YEAR OR TWO AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED(MAY, 1995) I OBSERVED AN OIL LEAK. I BROUGHT THIS TO THE ATTENTION OF THE DEALER BACK THEN, AND WAS TOLD ESSENTIALLY THAT ALL CARS LEAK OIL AND THAT THIS LEAK WAS MINOR. OVER THE YEARS IT HAS BEEN GETTING MORE PRONOUNCED, NOW LEAKING ON THE EXHAUST CAUSING SMOKE. RECENTLY I STOPPED GOING TO THE DEALER FOR SERVICE, NOW TO AN INDEPENDENT MERCEDES SPECIALIST. THEY TELL ME THAT THIS OIL LEAK IS FROM THE HEADGASKET, A VERY COMMON PROBLEM ON THE W124 CHASSIS (E320 MODEL). FURTHER INVESTIGATION ON MY PART REVEALS THIS PROBLEM TO BE A COMMONLY REPORTED ISSUE, AND WAS FIXED ON THE NEXT MODEL BY BOLSTERING THE HEADGASKET IN A CERTAIN AREA. IN REPAIRING THE HEADGASKET THE CYLINDER HEAD HAS TO BE REMOVED AND THE ENGINE HARNESS DISCONNECTED. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE THE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE HARNESS IS ALREADY CRACKING AND FALLING OFF, EXPOSING THE METAL WIRES. THE ENGINE HARNESS WILL BE COMPLETELY DESTROYED WHEN IT IS MANIPULATED TO DISCONNECT IT. I ALSO IDENTIFIED FROM MY RESEARCH THAT THE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE HARNESS WAS MADE FROM BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS, NOW HOW SMART WAS THAT? NOW I'LL HAVE A $4-5000 REPAIR BILL ON TWO COMMON PROBLEMS WHICH MERCEDES DENIES EVEN EXISTS ON THIS MODEL CAR. IF I DON'T FIX IT, THEN I RUN THE RISK OF ELECTRICAL FIRE FROM THE HARNESS, AND THE RISK OF ENGINE FIRE FROM THE HEADGASKET LEAK, OR SOME CATROSTROPIC COMBINATION OF BOTH. THE ENGINE HARNESS WAS ALSO REPLACED ONCE IN 1998, AFTER IT FAILED ON A 500 MILE ROUND TRIP. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10204174

Summary:

 

A/C AND ELECTRICAL FAILURES DUE TO WIRE INSULATION CRACKING. A KNOWN DEFECT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10202468

Summary:

 

WIRING PROBLEM. WHILE DRIVING AND IT WAS RAINING AT THE SAME TIME, MY LIGHTS WENT OFF AND THE WIPERS STOPPED WORKING, LEADING TO A CRASH ON HIGHWAY I-44. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10199362

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E320. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE SHAKES AND MAKES A LOUD NOISE WHILE IDLING. THE DEALER DIAGNOSED THE VEHICLE AS NEEDING AN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. THE PURCHASE DATE AND POWERTRAIN WERE UNKNOWN. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10195533

Summary:

 

I HAD TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1994 E320 AT 146000. THE HARNESS HAD BEEN DEFECTIVE FOR AT LEAST 1 YEAR PRIOR TO REPLACEMENT AND WAS THE SOURCE OF CONTINUED ISSUES WITHIN THE ENGINE CONTROL UNIT. ULTIMATELY, I HAD TO REPLACE THE ENGINE CONTROL UNIT DUE TO SUBSEQUENT DAMAGE FROM THE WIRING HARNESS. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10188173

Summary:

 

I HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF INCIDENTS DEALING DIRECTLY WITH A FAULTY WIRING HARNESS. I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 1994 E 320 FROM A LOCAL DEALERSHIP. I THOUGHT THEY SEEMED TRUSTWORTHY AT THE TIME BUT AT FURTHER REVIEW I SEE THEY WERE SELLING ME A CAR WITH A FAULTY WIRING HARNESS. I HAVE DONE EXTENDED RESEARCH ON WIRING HARNESSES AND THEIR LIFESPAN ARE MORE THAN LIKELY TO LAST LONGER THEN 30 YEARS. I WAS DRIVING ON A 4 LANE HIGHWAY WITH MILD TRAFFIC. IF I WASN'T DRIVING WITH MY ABSOLUTE FULL ATTENTION I WOULD OF RAN TWO CARS OFF THE ROAD. THE CARS CRUISE CONTROL KICKED IN AND THE CAR SURGED FORWARD FROM AROUND 65 MPH TO AROUND 75-80 MP CAUSING THE CAR TO DART FORWARD TOWARDS TWO VEHICLES AROUND 3 CAR LENGTHS IN FRONT OF ME. I MANAGED TO CONTROL THE VEHICLE AND I PULLED IT OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD SAFELY AND HAD TO REMOVE THE FUSE FOR THE CRUISE CONTROL TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE SAFELY BACK HOME. AFTER THE INCIDENT I HAD THE CAR CHECKED OUT AND THEY INFORMED ME THAT THE CARS WIRING HARNESS WAS FAILING AND THAT I SHOULD CONTACT MERCEDES BENZ BEFORE I HAD ANYTHING DONE WITH THE CAR. I THEN PROCEEDED TO RESEARCH THE PROBLEM AND THAT'S HOW I CAME UPON THIS WEBSITE. I BELIEVE THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE IS A DEFINITE MB FACTORY DEFECT AND THERE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE A SAFETY RECALL FOR THE WIRING HARNESS. BECAUSE NOT A LOT OF OLDER PEOPLE RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET AND THEY COULD BE AT RISK EVERY TIME THEY DRIVE THEIR CAR. IF I WOULD OF KNOWN ABOUT THIS I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING THE CAR AND I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT THE CAR. THIS WHOLE ORDEAL IS JUST RIDICULOUS AND MB SHOULD RECALL THE WIRING HARNESSES IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SOMETHING HAPPENS. IT WOULD SURE BEAT A LAWSUIT. THANKS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10225890

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1994 S 420 MERCEDES-BENZ I AM VERY CONCERNED FOR MY CHILD'S SAFETY AND MY OWN SAFETY AS WELL. THE WIRING HARNESS IS SHORTING OUT EVERYWHERE... SHAME ON MERCEDES-BENZ OF AMERICA..THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS DANGER AND JUST IGNORE THE WHOLE THING.. I'VE RESEARCHED IT REALLY WELL AND THE SAME PROBLEM OCCURS OVER AND OVER WITH ALL CARS OF THIS VINTAGE..I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO DIE BEFORE THEY RECALL ON THIS DANGEROUS SITUATION???THEY SHOULD STAND UP TO THE PLATE.. THE HARNESS IS 7-8 HUNDRED DOLLARS.. COME ON GUYS!!! HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK YOUR LIFE IS WORTH?? THAT'S RIGHT, ALOT MORE THAN THAT.. LETS FIX THE PROBLEM BEFORE SOMEONE DIES... OR MANY DIE... *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10220009

Summary:

 

VEHICLE IS RUNNING ERRATICALLY. UPON INVESTIGATION, I FOUND THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MODEL YEARS INCLUDING MY 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E420 HAVE A CHRONIC PROBLEM WITH DETERIORATING INSULATION. AS SOME FIRES AND CRASHES HAVE BEEN REPORTED, I AM PAYING TO HAVE THIS PART REPLACED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10189151

Summary:

 

I GOT 94 E420 BENZ WITH DEFECT ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. THEY ARE CRACKING. THE IDLE IS ROUGH AND I GOT ENGINE CODE ERRORS. ONE TIME THE ENGINE FAILED ON THE SURFACE STREET. IT WAS LUCKY THERE WAS NO CAR BEHIND ME AT THAT TIME. MY MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT ALL MERCEDES MODELS FROM 91-96 HAVE THIS PROBLEM. THAT WAS SO SAD THAT NO ONE HAS TAKEN ACTION AGAINST THE FACTORY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10230080

Summary:

 

I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD WHILE MY CAR (1994 MERCEDES S500)STARTED TO SMOKE A GREAT DEAL. WHEN I WAS ABLE TO PULL OFF I WAS STRANDED FOR 6 HOURS UNTIL I COULD GET A TOW TRUCK. AFTER SPENDING $2000.00 DOLLARS TO GET FIXED IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THE PROBLEM THAT CAUSED ALL OF THIS TO HAPPEN WAS AN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND I WOULD NEED ANOTHER. I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE FROM SHOP BUT CAR CUT OFF IN TRAFFIC. I IMMEDIATELY TOOK IT HOME. I RESEARCHED THE ISSUE AND LOOK AT THIS: http://sites.google.com/site/infoage1/mercedes-benz-1991-1996-engine-wiring-harness-defect I AM OUTRAGED! THIS IS CAUSING MANY PEOPLE AND CHILDREN TO BE PUT IN LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS WITHOUT ANY ANSWER OR HELP FROM YOU ALL. DO NOT WAIT TILL SOMEBODY DIES BECAUSE IT WILL HAPPEN. YOU HAVE THE EVIDENCE YOU NEED! I TRIED CONTACTING MERCEDES AND THEY WERE AS WORTHLESS AS THEIR FAULTY PRODUCT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10206785

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS COVERING MATERIAL ON BOTH MY 1994 MB E500'S HAS DETERIORATED CAUSING SHORTS BETWEEN WIRES, ENGINE MISS-FIRING, HABITUAL "CHECK ENGINE" LIGHT BEING ON, ETC. HAVE DISCUSSED ISSUE WITH KNOWLEDGEABLE MB MECHANICS AND THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM ON 1991 --> 1996 MB'S. OBVIOUSLY THE WIRE COVERING MATERIAL IS DEFECTIVE AS THIS HARNESS SHOULD LAST THE LIFETIME OF THE CAR. MB AT THE VERY LEAST SHOULD PROVIDE REPLACEMENT HARNESSES AT NO COST TO THE CONSUMERS THAT PURCHASES THEIR AUTOMOBILES. FOR MB TO RESPOND THAT THIS CONDITION IS NORMAL WEAR & TEAR IS NOT FACTUAL! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10188610

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10308743

Summary:

 

THE VEHICLE UNEXPECTEDLY DEVELOPED SUDDEN ACCELERATION WHEN SWITCHING FROM PARK TO REVERSE OR ANY OTHER GEAR. THE FIRST TIME IT OCCURRED, IT ALMOST RAN OVER MY CHILD WHO WAS PLAYING NEARBY AND I WAS TRYING TO BACK UP THE CAR OUT OF THE GARAGE FOR A WASH. ONE MOMENT THE VEHICLE RUNS FINE, THE NEXT IT SUDDENLY AND UNEXPECTEDLY ACCELERATES TO A HIGH RPM, EVEN BURNING TIRES IN THE PROCESS.AFTER TROUBLESHOOTING, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE THROTTLE ACTUATOR ("ELECTRONIC THROTTLE ACTUATOR" "THROTTLE BODY") WIRING HARNESS HAD MULTIPLE SHORT CIRCUITS AS A RESULT OF THE WELL KNOWN MERCEDES WIRING HARNESS DEFECT (WHICH AFFECTS THE MAIN ENGINE WIRE HARNESS, ANOTHER SOURCE OF DANGER AND CAUSE OF MANY ACCIDENTS). THE WIRES' INSULATION OF THE INTERNAL WIRES PREMATURELY DISINTEGRATED AND TURNED TO DUST. THIS CAUSED MULTIPLE SHORTS AND THE UNEXPECTED BEHAVIOR. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A 400HP VEHICLE AND AS A RESULT OF THIS DEFECT IT TURNED LITERALLY INTO A KILLING MACHINE. THE VEHICLE HAS UNDER 50,000 MILES SINCE NEW AND COST $140,000 IT HAS NEVER BEEN PARKED OUTSIDE AND WAS, UP TO NOW, CONSIDERED A SHOWPIECE AND MAINTAINED WITH THE UTMOST CARE. MERCEDES BENZ WAS CONTACTED AND REFUSED TO HONOR ANY REPAIRS. THERE ARE SEVERAL THOUSAND COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS DEFECT YET THE NHTSA HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT INVESTIGATING MERCEDES BENZ. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OVER 100 LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST WORLDWIDE AND MERCEDES HAS QUIETLY SETTLED THE MOST NOTORIOUS ACCIDENTS. THIS IS WELL KNOWN TO MERCEDES BENZ AND THE INTERNET IS REPLETE WITH EVIDENCE. OVER TWO MILLION VEHICLES ARE AFFECTED. I CONTACTED BOSCH ENGINEERING, THE CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS OF THE PARTS AND SPOKE WITH AN ENGINEER. BOSCH IS FULLY AWARE OF THE DEFECT AND THEY BASICALLY CLAIM THAT THESE UNSUITABLE, LOW-QUALITY WIRES WERE SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ IN THEIR DESIGN. THIS IS A $3+ BILLION ENGINEERING PROBLEM THAT MERCEDES HAS REFUSED TO ADDRESS AND THE NHTSA, PRESUMABLY AS A RESULT OF POLITICAL PRESSURE HAS NOT INVESTIGATED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10243123

Summary:

 

I BOUGHT A CAR ON EBAY, THE OWNER DECLARED THE CAR WAS FINE AND I PROCEEDED WITH THE SALE. I DROVE UP TO PA. TO PICK THE CAR UP AND THE GENTLEMAN SAID THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AS SOON AS HE STARTED IT THAT MORNING. WE THEN WENT TO A REPAIR SHOP AND THEY SAID IT WAS A O2 SENSOR, AND QUOTED ME $200,00 INSTALLED. I DECLINED AND BROUGHT THE CAR HOME TO HAVE MY OWN PEOPLE WORK ON THE CAR. WHEN I WENT TO THE REPAIR SHOP THEY TOLD ME THE WIRING HARNESS WAS SHOT AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. $2,000.00. I TOLD THE SELLER AND HE SAID TOO BAD FOR YOU, NO I HAVE A CAR I CANNOT DRIVE AS IT REEKS OF GAS AND STALLS OUT WHEN I PUT THE GAS ON. I AM DEVASTATED TO FIND OUT THAT MERCEDES HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS PROBLEM AND IS NOT HELPING PEOPLE SOLVE THE PROBLEM. I OWN A RUSTING PIECE OF GARBAGE I CANNOT DRIVE AS I CANNOT AFFORD THE REPAIRS. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN INCURRED AS THE CAR IS NOT DRIVABLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10237919

Summary:

 

COOLING SYSTEM LINK, DIAGNOSED TO BE A 4 WAY HEATER HOSE CONNECTOR WHICH MOUNTS ON THE FIREWALL OF MY 1994 S600. INTAKE MANIFOLD MUST BE TAKEN OFF WHICH HAD A WIRING HARNESS LEADING THREW IT WHICH IN TURN CRUMBLED AND FUSED TOGETHER WHICH LEAD TO MULTIPLE ISSUES AND DAMAGE TO MANY DIFFERENT COMPONENTS AND PARTS. AFTER THE COOLANT LEAK WAS FIXED THE CAR NEVER RAN THE SAME. AFTER DIAGNOSTICS AT AN OFFICIAL MERCEDES DEALERSHIP RESULTED IN MULTIPLE WIRE HARNESSES NEEDING TO BE REPLACED, AS WELL AS OTHER COMPONENTS BEING DAMAGED IN THE PROCESS AND NEEDING TO BE REPLACED THE DOLLAR FIGURE AS OF 8/12/2008 $42,000 AND AS OF TODAY THE ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP TO HAVE THE CAR DIAGNOSED AGAIN. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD BY MERCEDES SERVICE EMPLOYEES THAT THIS IS A VERY COMMON DEFECT AND IS A TYPICAL FAILURE ON 91-96 MERCEDES BENZ (ALL MODELS) INCLUDING THE V-12 S600 THAT I OWN. WE HAVE ALL DOCUMENTATION, RECORDS AND RECEIPTS OF ALL REPAIRS AND I FEEL THAT THIS IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE FROM A REPUTABLE MANUFACTURER LIKE MERCEDES BENZ AND FEEL LIKE I SHOULD COMPENSATED FOR MY EXPENSES DUE TO THIS TYPICAL ISSUE AND FEEL THAT WE ALL SHOULD BE GIVEN A RESPONSE FROM MERCEDES AS TO WHY THIS HASN'T BEEN DEALT WITH PROFESSIONALLY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10214605

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1994 MERCEDES S600, 12 CYLINDER COUPE. THE CAR LISTED FOR $135,000 AND CURRENTLY HAS ONLY 88,000 MILES. IT HAS BEEN GARAGED SINCE IT WAS PURCHASED AND HAS BEEN SERVICED EXACTLY TO MANUFACTURERS SUGGESTED SCHEDULE AND ALWAYS BE AN AUTHORIZED DEALER. I WAS RECENTLY ADVISED BY A SERVICE MANAGER AT MERCEDES IN NASHVILLE THAT RECENT PROBLEMS WITH HANDLING AND TROUBLE LIGHTS WERE BEING CAUSED BY FAULTY WIRING INSULATION WHICH IS WELL KNOWN BY THIS DEALER AND ALSO BY MERCEDES .. I WAS ADVISED BY THE NASHVILLE DEALER THAT TO REPAIR THE CAR WOULD COST $14,000. I WAS ALSO ADVISED THAT MERCEDES IS WELL AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND THAT THEY REFUSE TO STAND BEHIND THE WIRING OR TO OFFER ANY FINANCIAL HELP TO REPAIR IT. I INVESTIGATED THIS MATTER ON THE INTERNET AND WAS ASTONISHED TO FIND THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED THE SAME PROBLEM AND THAT MANY FIRES AND ACCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED. THIS DEFECT IS WELL DOCUMENTED AND WIDESPREAD. I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT YOU TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO REQUIRE MERCEDES TO DEAL WITH THIS ISSUE AND REPLACE THE DANGEROUS WIRING BEFORE DEATH AND CLASS ACTION LAW SUITS, WHICH SEEM INEVITABLE, MAKE US ALL WISH WE HAD DONE WHAT WE COULD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10188056

Summary:

 

I PURCHASED A 1994 SL600 ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO WHICH HAD ONLY 56,000 MI ON IT. IT WAS SOLD TO ME AS A LIKE NEW AUTO. WELL, IT IS FAR FROM LIKE NEW BUT THE PROBLEM I WILL MENTION TO YOU IS THE WIRING HARNESS WHICH HAS VIRTUALLY DISINTEGRATED AND HAS TO BE REPLACED AT AN EXORBITANT PRICE. THE DISINTEGRATING WIRING HARNESS HAS CAUSED ME ENORMOUS PROBLEMS WITH THIS CAR,NOT TO MENTION THE LIKELIHOOD OF BEING A FIRE HAZARD. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A WELL KNOWN PROBLEM WITH MERCEDES 91-96 MODELS AND I WANT TO ADD MY NAME TO THE LISTS OF COMPLAINTS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10237934

Summary:

 

I RECENTLY ACQUIRED THIS 1994 C-CLASS 4 CYL FROM MY FATHER WHO DROVE IT VERY LITTLE AROUND TOWN. IT ONLY HAD 108,000 MILES ON WHEN I GOT IT IN FEB., 2008. ON MARCH 24, 2008 I HAD TO PUT THE CAR IN THE SHOP BECAUSE IT WAS RUNNING VERY ROUGH. I PAID $1,400.00 FOR A NEW LOWER ENGINE WIRING HARNESS TO BE INSTALLED. TODAY AUG. 12,2008 I WILL BE PICKING UP MY CAR AT THE SHOP FOR THE UPPER WIRING HARNESS TO BE REPLACED FOR THE COST OF $450.00. THESE REPLACEMENTS ARE BOTH DUE TO THE HARNESSES CRACKING, AND SPLITTING THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WIRING HARNESSES. THIS ALLOWS FOR THE VEHICLE TO SHORT AND CAUSE FIRES UNDER THE HOOD OR ELSEWHERE. THIS IS A POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARD. THERE ARE MANY COMPLAINTS OF THIS NATURE REGARDING THE WIRING HARNESSES ON MERCEDES BENZ. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT MERCEDES BENZ WILL NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10218825

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON 1994 MERCEDES C280. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10214319

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS BRITTLE INSULATION; HAS HUNDREDS OF CRACKS; INSULATION IS FALLING OFF OF WIRES; IS SHORT CIRCUITING, MOTOR IS RUNNING ROUGH; MISSING SOME; SOUNDS LIKE ITS NOT RUNNING ON ALL CYLINDERS. WIRING HARNESS IS HEATING WHERE IT IS SHORT CIRCUITING. I HAVE SEEN SOME SMOKING; WAS ON FIRE ONCE SO FAR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10233236

Summary:

 

IT ALL STARTED WHEN I WAS WARMING UP THE CAR BEFORE WORK AND I WENT BACK INSIDE MY HOUSE WHEN I RETURNED THE CAR HAD SHUT OFF. LATER AT A STOP LIGHT THE CARS ENGINE SHUT OFF AGAIN. I'M AT FEAR WHEN EVER I STOP THAT THE CAR MAY CUT OFF. THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON AND WHEN RESET IT CAME BACK ON. I WAS INFORMED THAT THE ENGINE HARNESS IS DETERIORATING INSIDE. THE MECHANICAL TECHNICIAN SHOWED IT TO ME. THE COST TO REPAIR THE ENGINE HARNESS, I WAS QUOTED AND ESTIMATE OF $1700.00 MAYBE I WAS TOLD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10229382

Summary:

 

AS I HAVE BEEN READING, THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE, YET NO RECALL HAS HAPPENED. THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATING FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN AGE. AS A RESULT, THE ENGINE IS STARTING TO EXHIBIT STALLING ISSUES AND ROUGH RUNNING, ALSO FAULT CODES ARE PRODUCED ON THE CAR COMPUTER. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THE WIRING HARNESS NEEDS TO BE REPLACED TO PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE AND FIRE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10209154

Summary:

 

MY 1994 MERCEDES C220 VEHICLE LOST POWER AND STOP RUNNING DURING A 120 MILE TRIP AT 10 PM. DURING COLD WEATHER MY PREGNANT WIFE AND I WERE LUCKY TO HAVE A SIGNAL ON OUR CELL PHONE WE CONTACTED AAA HAD TO WAIT 1 HOUR FINALLY VEHICLE WAS TOWED. THE NEXT DAY A MECHANIC INSPECTED THE VEHICLE AND HE ATTRIBUTED THE PROBLEM TO AN INJECTORS WIRE HARNESS THAT LOST INSULATING CAPACITY CAUSING WIRES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER CREATING A CIRCUIT SHORT AND FUEL INJECTORS MALFUNCTION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10208568

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS COMPLETELY DETERIORATED. ABS LIGHT IS ON. SPEEDOMETER IS NOT WORKING , CAR REVS AT HIGH RPM, FUEL GAUGE NOT PRECISE, CAR STARTS BY ITSELF, STARTER BURNED BECAUSE IT ENGAGED WHILE DRIVING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10364292

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS DECAY, DEFECTIVE HEAD GASKET

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10339207

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I TURNED ON THE SWITCH OF MY 1994 E320 MERCEDES NOTICED SMOKE COMING FROM UNDER HOOD ON PASSENGER SIDE. OPENED HOOD IT WAS ON FIRE. AIR FLOW SENSOR HAD JUST BEEN REPLACED. I HAVE SINCE REPLACED WIRING HARNESS, PLUGS, BUT CAR IS STILL SURGING NOT IDLING PROPERLY. REPLACED INTAKE AIR SENSOR, PLANNING TO REPLACE IDLE ACTUATOR, AND OVP RELAY. 153,000 MILES I HAVE SPENT 3000.00. MY SON WAS PRESENT AND PUT OUT THE FIRE AND DISCONNECTED THE BATTERY. I COULD HAVE LOST MY LIFE. I HAVE ALL OLD PARTS REPLACED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10334576

Summary:

 

ENGINE OCCASIONALLY STALLING AT ANY SPEED INCLUDING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC. MECHANIC TRACED TO DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SHORTING. THE DRIVING IS UNSAFE AS THERE IS A REAL POSSIBILITY OF A FIRE WITH MANY FIRES REPORTED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10264371

Summary:

 

1. POOR ENGINE PERFORMANCE, UNSAFE DRIVABILITY, HESITATION AND STALLING. 2. FREQUENCY OF PROBLEM IS VERY OFTEN. QUALIFIED MERCEDES-BENZ REPAIR SHOP DIAGNOSED ISSUE AS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION DEGRADATION. THEY HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THESE HARNESSES FAIL, ACCORDING TO THEIR HEAD MECHANICS. IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MERCEDES-BENZ DEALER MECHANICS, THEY, TOO, HAVE WITNESSED AN EXTREMELY HIGH FAILURE RATE. 3. ENGINE WIRING HARNESS REPLACED AT A COST OF $1,210.00. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10253378

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E-320. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WOULD SPORADICALLY STALL WHEN APPROACHING A COMPLETE STOP. IN ADDITION, THE ENGINE WARNING INDICATOR WAS ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THE DEALER STATED THAT THE ENGINE WARNING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AT THE COST OF $1,800. THE TECHNICIAN ALSO ADDED THAT THE FAILURE OCCURS AT A HIGH FREQUENCY WITH THIS YEAR, MAKE, AND MODEL VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE 60,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10246768

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

IN MY 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E320, THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS COMPLETELY DEGRADED IN SOME PARTS, CAUSING THE INDIVIDUALLY INSULATED WIRES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER, CAUSING SYSTEM MALFUNCTIONS. MY CAR HAS STALLED ON THE FREEWAY SEVERAL TIMES, NEARLY KILLING MYSELF AND ENDANGERING OTHERS. MY FRIEND'S 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E420 HAS CAUGHT ON FIRE BECAUSE OF A FAILURE WITH THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WHILE WE WERE DRIVING DOWN THE STREET, CAUSING SEVERE BURNS ON HIS UPPER ARMS AND SMOKE INHALATION INJURIES BETWEEN ME, HIM, AND SEVERAL PEDESTRIANS. THIS IS A CRUCIAL SAFETY DEFECT AND I CANNOT FIND ANY RECOURSE VIA MERCEDES BENZ TO REPAIR THIS ISSUE. I AM SCARED TO DRIVE THIS CAR BECAUSE I FEEL THAT I AM A DANGER TO THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AND TO MYSELF. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10241399

Summary:

 

CRUMBLING ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MY CAR. I'VE COLLECTED AND RESTORED CARS FOR MANY YEARS, AND FIND THIS MANUFACTURING DEFECT TO BE UNBELIEVABLE - ESPECIALLY FROM MERCEDES BENZ. FURTHERMORE THE LACK OF RESPONSE OR RECALL IS FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT MB IS INDIFFERENT ABOUT EXISTING OWNER SATISFACTION, CUSTOMER SAFETY AND THE QUALITY OF THE BRAND THEY SO PROUDLY PRODUCE. THE REPAIR IS A $900+ EXPENSE TO ME, AND THERE'S NO ASSISTANCE FROM MB. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10235778

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1994 MB E320,MY ASR LIGHT CAME ON AND STAYED ON FOR ABOUT 4 DAYS,TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM I ADDED A FUEL ADDITIVE INTO TANK BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY SEEMED LIKE A FUEL PROBLEM. THE CAR DID RUN OK .A COUPLE OF WEEKS WENT BY AND SEEMED FINE, BUT THE CAR SLOWLY STARTED TO ACT UP AGAIN AND CAUGHT US ALL BY SURPRISE WHEN THE ASR LIGHT CAME ON AND SO DID LIMP HOME MODE, WE WERE ALMOST INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT TWICE AND NOW THE CAR SEEMS TO BE SHUTTING OFF MORE OFTEN THAN BEFORE, AND NOW THE ASR DOES NOT TURN OFF AND IS STILL IN LIMP MODE. I AM VERY AFRAID TO DRIVE MY CAR BUT I HAVE NO CHOICE. I'VE DONE SOME RESEARCH AND THIS PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE HAPPENING TO ALOT OF MERCEDES BENZ OWNER'S IN THIS CLASS. I TOOK MY CAR TO A CERTIFIED MB MECHANIC AND CALLED THE DEALERSHIP,THIS ALL WAS WORTHLESS AND A WAIST OF MONEY AS IT SEEMS NEITHER NEW WHAT WAS WRONG WITH MY CAR. THIS IS THE ONLY VEHICLE I HAVE, SO I HAVE TO DEPEND ON IT EVEN THOUGH ITS NOT RELIABLE ANY MORE. MY FAMILY MEANS THE WORLD TO ME BUT, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MERCEDES BENZ? I CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER CAR JUST NOW OR TO BE TAKING IT BACK AND FORTH TO BE SERVICED AND BE ADDING NEW PARTS TO IT, BEING THERE IS REALLY NOTHING WRONG WITH THE ONES BEING REPLACED, THIS IS A MANUFACTURER DEFECT,AND THEY NEED TO OWN UP TO IT. THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM TO IGNORE OR SWEEP UNDER THE RUG. MY CAR IS THE WAY IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS DEFECT AND SO ARE SOME OF MY PROBLEMS, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID BEFORE THIS VEHICLE IS THE SOURCE OF INCOME AS IT IS THE TRANSPORTATION OF 3CHILDREN ATTENDING SCHOOL AND MY NEWBORN BABY TO DR.VISITS. MERCEDES BENZ IF YOU READ THIS COMPLAINT AND I KNOW YOU WILL, PRAY NOTHING HAPPENS TO ME OR MY FAMILY BECAUSE YOU WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS,IF YOU WISH NOT TO BE, COME PICK UP YOUR CAR AND PAY BACK WHAT I PAID FOR IT SO I CAN BUY ME A RELIABLE CAR OR JUST MAKE IT RIGHT !! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10235431

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ E320 WAGON AND THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION IS COMPLETELY FAILING. THIS RESULTED IN ME HAVING TO REPLACE IT FOR $1100. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10222457

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES-BENZ E500 ENGINE WIRE HARNESS FAILURE. WIRES HAVE DISINTEGRATED IN THE MAIN HARNESS RUN FOR THE ENGINE. SAME IS TRUE WITH WIRE HARNESS THAT RUNS DIRECT TO THE M/16 THROTTLE ACTUATOR. THROWING CODES AND ENGINE SURGES AND WILL CUT OUT. TOOK CAR TO THE DEALER TO DIAGNOSE AND THEY VERIFIED WHAT WAS A KNOWN FACT. THE WIRE SHEATHING HAS COMPLETELY CRACKED AND HAD EXPOSED WIRES IN CONTACT WITH ONE ANOTHER. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10222079

Summary:

 

1994 MERCEDES E320 WAS INVOLVED IN THE ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS FAILURE - INSULATION WAS CRACKING AND PEELING OFF AND SHORTED OUT - THIS CAUSED THE THROTTLE BODY AND TRACTION CONTROL TO SHORT OUT THE MAIN COMPUTER OF THE CAR. I HAVE READ OTHER COMPLAINTS FROM OTHER MERCEDES OWNERS TELLING ME THAT MERCEDES DOES NOT HAVE A RECALL. THIS COST ME OVER $3,000 DOLLARS IN REPAIRS AND USAGE LOSS. NOW, I AM STILL CHASING MORE ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS FROM THE WIRING HARNESS DEFECTS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10219827

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

MERCEDES BENZ E320 YEAR 1994. MECHANIC SAYS I HAVE A DEFECTIVE ENGINE HARNESS. CAR SPARKS AND CAUGHT FIRE ONCE WHEN STARTED. THIS IS BECOMING A VERY COMMON PROBLEMS IN MERCEDES SOLD AROUND THE YEAR 1994. A SAFETY RECALL IS REQUIRED ASAP TO AVOID INJURY AND CONSUMER ROBBERY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10213779

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS IS DETERIORATING , THE INSULATION IS COMING OFF , PEELING ,AND I GUESS THIS IS DUE TO A KNOWN DEFECTIVE MANUFACTURING PROBLEM. THE CAR HAS BROKE DOWN ON THE ROAD THREE TIMES AND HAD TO BE TOWED IN TO BE FIXED , BUT THE WHOLE PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED UNTIL THE WIRING HARNESS IS REPLACED I HAVE HEARD THAT THE COMPANT HAS IN THE PAST REPLACED SOME OF THE HARNESSES BUT I AM UNABE TO GET THE LOCAL DEALER TO RESPOND. *CN

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10212672

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS PREMATURE WEAR DRAMATICALLY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10197237

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

AUTO FIRE , TOTAL LOSS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10194719

Summary:

 

1994 E320 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATED. ALL INSULATION ON WIRES CRACKED AND BROKEN OFF. THE WIRE FUSED TOGETHER. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10193093

Summary:

 

1993 400E MERCEDES BENZ - ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION IS CRACKING, CAUSING FALSE ENGINE LIGHT CODES. WIRING HARNESS ON TOP OF ENGINE. COST TO REPLACE (PART ONLY) WIRING HARNESS IS APPROXIMATELY $575.00.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10190976

Summary:

 

FAILURE OF ENGINE WIRING HARNESS, CAUSING ENGINE TO STALL ON FREEWAY.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10300109

Summary:

 

MERCEDES-BENZ ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT CONCERNING THE CHRONIC ENGINE COMPARTMENT WIRING HARNESS FAILURE SUFFERED BY (AT LEAST) 1992 THROUGH 1995 MERCEDES BENZ AUTOMOBILES. I AM OUTRAGED AT MERCEDES-BENZ¿ REFUSAL TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS DESIGN DEFECT. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY NHTSA HAS NOT INVESTIGATED THIS DANGEROUS FAULT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE HUGE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS. ONE STARTS TO WONDER IF NHTSA HAS BEEN PAID TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10275126

Summary:

 

MERCEDES DEALER REPAIR SHOP REPORTED TO ME THAT THE WIRING HARNESS IS MADE OF BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL AND HAD TO BE REPLACED. THE FAULTY HARNESS CAUSED SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH ENGINE, INCLUDING ACCELERATION. I HAD THE PART REPLACED IN 2000 AND DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL. BOTH CATALYTIC CONVERTERS WENT BAD AT 100,000 MILES FOR NO REASON. MAKES CAR RUN ROUGH, ESPECIALLY ON ACCELERATION. MERCEDES MECHANIC STATES IT IS A FIRE HAZARD, AND COST TO REPLACE EXCEEDS $2200. SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN RECALL FOR LATER MODELS. SUSPENSION IS BAD IN THE REAR EVEN AFTER PARTS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10266725

Summary:

 

I PURCHASED A CLASSIC 1994 S320 FROM THE ORIGINAL OWNER AND AFTER FINDING OUT I HAD A OIL LEAK I HAD TO HAVE THE ENGINE GASKET REPLACED THE MECHANIC SAID THAT THIS WAS A PROBLEM WITH THIS MODEL ALSO I'VE HAD TO HAVE THE WIRE HARNESS REPLACED BE CAUSE I WAS TOLD THAT THE HARNESS WAS MADE FROM BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS THIS WAS A PROBLEM THAT COULD HAVE CAUSED A POSSIBLE ENGINE FIRE I THINK THIS WAS A MAJOR DEFECT AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED YEARS AGO MY ENGINE#003388 IF YOU BUY NEW OR OLD MERCEDES-BENZ IS THE BEST CAR IN THE WORLD AND THE COMPANY SHOULD ADDRESS ALL PROBLEMS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10248926

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1994 MERCEDES S600 WITH V12 ENGINE. THE WIRING HARNESS ON THE ENGINE HAS DETERIORATED TO THE POINT THAT IT IS A HAZARD TO DRIVE ON THE HIGHWAY NOT ONLY FOR THE SAFETY OF MY FAMILY BUT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IT IS A FIRE READY TO BURN AT ANY MOMENT, I UNDERSTAND THAT MERCEDES WILL NOT ADMIT THE PROBLEM AND HAS REFUSED TO CORRECT EVEN THOUGH OVER 500 COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN FILED. THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM ON '94 THROUGH '96 S MODELS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10236564

Summary:

 

TWO REPUTABLE INDEPENDENT MERCEDES MECHANICS INFORMED ME THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION IN MY 1994 S420 IS DECAYING WHICH MAY HAVE CAUSED MY LH CONTROL UNIT, AND M.A.F TO FAIL TO MALFUNCTION AND THIS PROBLEM IS PREVALENT IN MERCEDES VEHICLES MADE FROM 1991-1996. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ISSUED FOR THIS PART BEFORE MORE SERIOUS EVENTS OCCUR DUE TO THE FLAW IN MERCEDES MANUFACTURING PROCESS FROM 1991-1996 . *AK *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10236311

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRE HARNESS IS CORRODED CAUSING SEVERE MECHANICAL PROBLEMS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10235044

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ S600 THE CAR IS IN GOOD SHAPE BUT IT START STALLING ONCE I WAS PULLING OUT IN TRAFFIC I WAS ALMOST A GONER AND THE PROBLEM KEPT OCCURRING AND THEN I TOOK IT IN TO A MB MECHANIC TO FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND IT HAD MANY TROUBLE CODES BUT THE PROBLEM WAS WITH THE WIRE HARNESS IT WAS COMING A PART AND CAUSING SHORTS IN FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RECALL WHEN I FOUND OUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10209018

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ S500. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS DECAYING AND THE WIRES ARE SHORTING. AS A RESULT, THE ASR IS ENGAGED, WHICH REMOVES THE THROTTLE CONTROL FROM THE VEHICLE. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 70 MPH, THE ASR LIGHT ILLUMINATED AND THE VEHICLE DECELERATED ON ITS OWN. THE FAILURE ALMOST CAUSED THE CONTACT TO BE REAR ENDED BY ANOTHER VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE SHOP A FEW TIMES, BUT THE CAUSE OF THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 95,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 125,000. UPDATED 12/12/2007 *BF UPDATED 12/12/07 *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10208707

Summary:

 

ENGINE RUNS ERRATIC, VARIOUS ELECTRICAL MALFUNCTIONS INCLUDING TEMP GAUGE, SRS, FUEL INJECTION. CAR SOMETIMES WILL NOT START AND OTHERS STARTS IMMEDIATELY. REPAIR SHOP SAYS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS NEEDS REPLACING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10308472

Summary:

 

FAULTY BIODEGRADABLE WIRING IN CAR CAUSING A LOT OF PROBLEMS AND I NEARLY CAUSED AN ACCIDENT TO ERRATIC ENGINE FUNCTION 3 TIMES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10262159

Summary:

 

THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. MY MECHANIC SAID IT WAS THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND IT IS A COMMON PROBLEM. THE COMPLETE ENGINE HARNESS IS BEING REPLACED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10235877

Summary:

 

INTERMITTENT IDLE CHANGE AND IDLE SURGES DURING DRIVING. ALSO WHEN COMING TO A STOP THE CAR CUTS OUT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10232050

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1994 600SL MERCEDES (35,000 MILES) WITH COMPLETE BREAK DOWN OF ALL THE ELECTRICAL WIRE INSULATION. UPON MY INVESTIGATION I FIND THAT EVERY SL HAS THIS PROBLEM. I WOULD LIKE MERCEDES TO REPLACE ALL THE WIRING HARNESSES INCLUDING THE HARNESS TO THE THROTTLE BODIES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10224981

Summary:

 

ALL OF A SUDDEN, MY CAR 1994 BENZ SL 320 STOPPED RUNNING AND DEALER REPLACED BURNED OUT ENGINE WIRING HARNESS THAT COST ME $1500 TO FIX. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10218634

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1994 SL 600 MERCEDES BENZ. AFTER PAYING 17,000 DOLLARS FOR THE CAR, I RECENTLY NOTICED THE CAR STALLING ON THE HIGHWAY AND IN TRAFFIC. MAJOR CONCERN WHEN IN HEAVY TRAFFIC AND THE CAR STALLS WITH EVERYONE BLOWING THEIR HORNS AND I AM DRIVING A 135K DOLLAR CAR. IT FINALLY BREAKS DOWN AND I HAVE IT TOWED TO TONY'S FOREIGN CAR IN WILMINGTON, NC FOR ASSESSMENT. THEY INFORM ME THAT IT IS THE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE AND SHOWED ME THE DECOMPOSITION OF THE INSULATION ON THE WIRING. THEY TELL ME IT IS A COMMON FAILURE OF THE 94 TO 97 YEAR MODELS OF MERCEDES AND ALSO LET ME KNOW THAT I WAS LUCKY THERE WAS NOT FIRE BECAUSE IT WAS WIRING TO WIRING CONTACT (FIRE HAZARD). THEY ALSO INFORM ME THAT I AM LOOKING AT A LARGE BILL TO REPAIR ($3000.00) BECAUSE SOME OTHER WIRING IS DISINTEGRATED. THE CAR HAS ALWAYS BEEN GARAGED. MERCEDES SHOULD BE FORCED TO DO A FACTORY RECALL AND NOT ASKED BECAUSE OF THE COMMON FAILURE, SAFETY AND EXPENSE TO OWNERS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10202961

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON 1994 MERCEDES BENZ SL600, WITH LESS THAN 80,000 MILES . MY MECHANIC ESTIMATED IT WOULD COST THE COSUMER BETWEEN $7,000 TO $10,000 TO REPLACE THE HARNESS. THIS IS A KNOWN FAULT BY MERCEDES BENZ RESULTING IN A PREMATURE CORROSION OF THE WIRING HARNESS RUNNING ALONG THE TOP OF THE ENGINE. MERCEDES IS WELL AWARE OF THE PROBLEM AND HAS A LARGE STOCK TO MEET THE DEMAND. THE CAR GO INTO THE UNSAFE MODE DURING HIGHWAY DRIVING.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10195088

Summary:

 

WE OWN A 1994 MERCEDES BENZ SL600 WHICH HAS BEEN DISABLED FOR APPROXIMATELY 16 MONTHS. THE VEHICLE GRADUALLY DISPLAYED UNUSUAL IDLING, ACCELERATION PROBLEMS 2 YEARS AGO. AFTER SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL REPAIR ATTEMPTS, THE ENGINE (IGNITION) & THROTTLE BODY WIRING HARNESSES WERE FOUND TO BE DEFECTIVE. THE SHIELDING FOR THESE WIRES HAS DISINTEGRATED SO BADLY THAT ALL WIRES ARE CONTACTING EACH OTHER AND CAUSING THE MALFUNCTION. THE WIRE SHIELDING IS AS BRITTLE AS A POTATO CHIP, BREAKING UNDER THE FINGERS. IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THIS ISSUE WAS CAUSED BY MERCEDES BENZ USING FAULTY WIRES IN PRODUCTION OF SUCH VEHICLES. AFTER THOROUGH, EDUCATED & CAREFUL INVESTIGATION, THERE IS NO QUESTION THE MANUFACTURE IS AT FAULT IN THIS CASE. OUR REPEATED REQUESTS FOR RESOLUTION OR EVEN ASSISTANCE FROM MERCEDES BENZ HAS BEEN IGNORED. MERCEDES BENZ IS IGNORING THIS ISSUE AS IT DOES NOT EXIST. THE LAST REPAIR ESTIMATE WAS OVER $12000,00; CONSIDERING SUCH A HIGH AMOUNT, REPAIR IS NOT FEASIBLE. THEREFORE, A CAR COSTING ORIGINALLY OVER $100,000, IS ROTTING AWAY WAITING FOR REPAIR RESOLUTIONS. AT THIS POINT THE VEHICLE IS INOPERABLE AND EVEN A SAFETY HAZARD TO OCCUPANTS EVEN IF IT RAN!. EXTENSIVE DOCUMENTATION OF THIS DEFECT (DISMANTLING, REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE) HAS BEEN RECORDED, ALONG WITH STEP BY STEP DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS. WE WILL BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE THIS EVIDENCE AND BE INTERVIEWED AT YOUR REQUEST. ITS JUST NOT FAIR, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10189179

Summary:

 

ON MY SL320 I HAD THE STARTER MOTOR ENGAGE AND WOULD NOT CUT OFF EVEN WHEN THE KEY WAS OUT. THE WIRING HARNESS HAD COMPLETELY DETERIORATED. THE INSULATION WAS CRACKED AND FALLING OFF. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10225276

Summary:

 

WHILE ATTEMPTING TO TRACK DOWN THE CAUSE OF AN OCCASIONALLY ERRATIC IDLE I REMOVED THE ENGINE COVER TO EXAMINE THE PLUG WIRES AND DISCOVERED A RATHER ALARMING PROBLEM/SAFETY ISSUE. THE MAIN ENGINE WIRE HARNESS FOR THE FUEL INJECTORS AND OTHER ENGINE SYSTEMS HAD BARE WIRES!!?? UPON FURTHER EXAMINATION THE WIRE INSULATION APPEARS TO HAVE SIMPLE VANISHED??? NOT JUST ON EXPOSED WIRES (AS COULD HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY RODENTS FOR EXAMPLE) BUT IF YOU PEAL BACK THE OUTER HARNESS COVER ALL THE WIRES INSIDE ARE BARE AND THERE APPEARS TO BE THE REMNANTS OF THE INSULATION AS POWDER WITH OCCASIONAL LITTLE PIECES OF VARIOUS COLORED INSULATION WITH CRACKS??? IN ALL MY YEARS OF MAINTAINING MY OWN VEHICLES AND HAVING OWNED IN EXCESS OF 30 AUTOMOBILES BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A PROBLEM. MY QUESTION FOR YOU IS, IS THIS NORMAL FOR A MERCEDES CAR THAT COST NEARLY $100,000 WHEN NEW? IS THIS A DESIGN DEFECT COVERED BY RECALL OR EXTENDED WARRANTY? MY LOCAL DEALER SAID IT WAS A COMMON PROBLEM BUT THAT THEY KNOW OF NO RECALL AND ESTIMATED THEY COULD REPAIR FOR ABOUT $1,600.00. IS IT SAFE TO DRIVE THE CAR? IS IT SAFE TO CONTINUE TO PARK THE CAR IN MY BASEMENT GARAGE? IS THIS A FIRE HAZARD OR ARE ALL SYSTEMS OFF WHEN PARKED? *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

124

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

759654

Summary:

 

THIS CAR HAS ONLY 33000 MILES AND THIS KIND OF PROBLEM SHOULD'T BE HAPPENING. I TALKED TO THE DEALER THEY WERE NOT HELPFUL ABOUT IT.ONLY THING THEY SAY IT IS NOT UNDER WARANTY.I DONT UNDERSTAND THAT I THIS CAR EVER BEEN RECALLED FOR THIS KIND PROBLEM?

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10234692

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

CAR CAUGHT ON FIRE BECUASE OF FAULTY WIRING HARNESS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10229972

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

THE INSULATION ON THE WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1995 C220 HAS DETERIORATED SO MUCH THAT IT SPARKED FIRE ON SECTIONS OF THE HARNESS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED THAT MB USA IS NOT OWNING UP TO THIS SERIOUS PROBLEM. WHY IS THE COMPANY NOT PROVIDING SOME MEANS TO HAVE OWNERS REPLACE IT UNDER A SHARED COST PROGRAM? *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10247400

Summary:

 

ROTTED DISINTEGRATED WIRING IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. ELECTRICAL PROBLEM--DASHBOARD LIGHTS THAT GO ON AND OFF INTERMITTENTLY---- ABS, CLOCK, OUTSIDE TEMP GAUGE, REAR DEFROSTER. HAD PROBLEMS WITH IGNITION---WIRING WAS "PATCHED UP" AS BEST AS IT COULD BE AND STARTER HAD TO BE REPLACED. THIS IS A 1995 C-280 WITH APPROX. 118000 MI. I HAVE ALSO HAD AN UNRELATED PROBLEM WHICH, ACCORDING TO MY BENZ MECH, JUST LIKE THE ELECTRICAL PROBLEM, IS CHARACTERISTIC OF THESE CARS,WAS A DISINTEGRATING GAS HOSE THAT HAD GASOLINE SPEWING EVERYWHERE. THE THREE (EXPENSIVE) HOSES WERE REPLACED. THE MANUFACTURER NEEDS TO SHOW RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE PROBLEMS. PERHAPS A CLASS ACTION SUIT MIGHT STIR THEM UP. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10244954

Summary:

 

1.TEMPERATURE AND FUEL GAUGE HAS INTERMITTENT ISSUES. ENGINE STALLED WHILE DRIVING ONE COLD MORNING. 2. ENGINE STALLS / STUTTERS WHEN COLD. LOST POWER TO CAR AND ALMOST HIT A WALL TRYING TO STOP THE CAR. 3 3. NO MONEY TO CORRECT THE ISSUE YET. I DRIVE A DIFFERENT CAR DAILY AND TRY TO AVOID USING THIS ONE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10241136

Summary:

 

THE WIRES IN MY ENGINE HARNESS TO MY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C280,THE INSULATION OF THE WIRES DISINTEGRATED(TURNED TO DUST).ITS BEEN SAID THAT IT IS A FACTORY DEFECT AND THAT MERCEDES DOESN'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT .WE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF PAYING $1300 PROBLEM (WE WILL KEEP THE OLD PART).MERCEDES IS CASHING IN ON THERE MISTAKE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10226124

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRE HARNESS ALL WIRE INSULATIONS IN THE HARNESS ARE IN A SERIOUS DISINTEGRATED AND ARE SHORTING OUT ON EACH OTHER IN A WRAPPED UP HARNESS CONFIGURATION MY GOD IS ANYONE GOING TO LOOK AT THIS . *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10209811

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES C280 SEDAN. MILEAGE 59,187. ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECTIVE DUE TO POOR SUBSTANDARD OEM QUALITY HAS DETERIORATED INTERNALLY AND VEHICLE MALFUNCTIONS IN MANNER WHICH MAY CAUSE ACCIDENT OR FIRE. VEHICLE IS UNUSABLE. MERCEDES BENZ USA HAS KNOWN ABOUT THIS FAULT INVOLVING THIS VEHICLE MODEL AND RELATED VEHICLE MODELS. COST TO REPLACE IS OVER $1700. REPAIR DONE OUT OF POCKET TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND FIRE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10208228

Summary:

 

DEGRADING WIRE HARNESS CAUSES MY 95 MERCEDES C280 TO CUT OUT IN TRAFFIC CAUSING SEVERE SAFETY ISSUES {FUEL,BRAKES,FIRES, ACCIDENTS] I NOW OWN A PIECE OF WORTHLESS JUNK THAT MERCEDES WILL NOT ADMIT HAS THIS VERY COMMON VERY SEVERE SAFETY ISSUE 96,000 MILES ,ASR SYS FAIL ,COMPUTER MOD FAIL ,CHECK ENG CODES WILL COST 2000-3000 TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT,,PLEASE TELL MERCEDES THANKS FOR APIECE OF JUNK. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10208159

Summary:

 

MULTIPLE ISSUES WITH ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CAUSED ENGINE TO OVERHEAT/BLOWN HEAD GASKET. BAD O2 SENSOR. EVENTUALLY TRACED TO DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. MAYBE THIS IS WHY THE MERCEDES 280C IS SINGLED OUT FOR SMOG ONLY CHECK IN CA. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10205097

Summary:

 

OUR VEHICLE FAILED ON THE HIGHWAY AND ALMOST KILLED MY FAMILY. THE CAUSE WAS AN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. *JB UPDATED 12/12/2007 *BF THE CONSUMER STATED HE HAD TO BUY A NEW WIRING HARNESS AT THE COST OF $765.00. UPDATED 12/12/07 *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10201834

Summary:

 

THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO MY 1995 MERCEDES C280, ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, THE CAR JUST SUDDENLY STALLED IN THE MIDDLE ON THE ROAD AND THREE OCCASIONS ON THE FREEWAY. WE BROUGHT THE CAR TO THE SHOP AND FOUND THAT THE WIRING HARNESS WAS BAD AND THERE WAS A SHORTAGE FROM TIME TO TIME CAUSING THE ENGINE TO SUDDENLY STOP. WE CAN'T USE THE CAR FOR NOW BECAUSE ITS TOO DANGEROUS TO DRIVE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10199862

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATING TO THE POINT OF EXPOSED WIRE AT 90,000 MILES. ENGINE FAILURE CAUSES STANDING IN DESOLATE AREA OF MONTANA. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10199600

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1995 C280 MERCEDES BENZ AND I'M HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM THAT I HAVE BEEN READING IN THE OTHER COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE MID 90'S MERCEDES BENZ. THE FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATED CAUSING EXPOSE WIRING AND MY CAR IS MIS-FIRING AND SHAKING IS UNCONTROLLABLE. I'M APPALLED TO SEE THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE SAME PROBLEM I AM HAVING, AND MERCEDES FAIL TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THE MERCEDES MANUFACTURE SHOULD HAVE SOME KIND OF RECALL IN EFFECT BECAUSE THIS IS A EXPENSIVE CAR PARTS TO REPLACE AND IT HAS TO BE REPLACE BECAUSE IT CAN CAUSE ANACCIDENT OR FIRE. SOMEONE SHOULD INVESTIGATE THIS MATTER, ITS DESPICABLE. I THOUGHT THIS CAR COMPANY HAD SOME INTEGRITY BUT ITS VERY APPARENT ID DOESN'T. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10198844

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WIRE HARNESS UNDER HOOD,FIRE DEPARTMENT PUT IT OUT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10187544

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

THE WIRING HARNESS WITHIN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT CAUGHT ON FIRE WHILE I WAS BACKING THE CAR OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY. I CALLED THE DEALER AND TOLD THEM ABOUT THE HARNESS,THEY SEEMED TO THINK IT WAS NORMAL FOR THE WIRING TO CATCH ON FIRE. IF ANYONE THERE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT THIS CAR IT IS IN MY DRIVEWAY. I DON'T THINK AM GOING TO SPEND $2,000 TO FIX IT.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10253696

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ E300 DIESEL, WIRING HARNESS IS DEFECTIVE. INSULATION IS FAILING AND WIRES ARE EXPOSED. I AM CONCERNED THIS COULD BE A FIRE HAZARD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10246761

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ, E-300D EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE FAILURE: NONE, NORMAL USE OF THE VEHICLE THE FAILURE, HOW OFTEN IT OCCURS, ITS CONSEQUENCES: WIRING AND GLOW PLUG HARNESS FAILURE, CAUSED BY BAD INSULATION ON THE WIRES THE INSULATION ON BOTH HARNESSES WAS PEELING/COMING OFF EXPOSING BARE COPPER WIRE, CAUSING SHORTS AND HARD COLD STARTS. I CALLED MERCEDES BENZ DIRECT AND THEY "HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE"OF THIS PROBLEM ON THESE CARS. I THEN FIND OUT THIS IS A COMMON OCCURRENCE ON 1990-1995 300 SERIES VEHICLES AND HAS CAUSE FIRES IN THE PAST. WHAT WAS DONE TO CORRECT THE FAILURE: I HAD A LOCAL INDEPENDENT REPAIR FACILITY REPLACE BOTH HARNESSES AT MY EXPENSE. THE OLD HARNESSES WERE THROWN OUT. MERCEDES BENZ STILL SAYS THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE HARNESSES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10229755

Summary:

 

VEHICLE NOT OPERATING PROPERLY, BLOWING FUSES, WARNING LIGHTS COMING ON, ENGINE COOLING FAN NOT OPERATING PROPERLY, AND ENGINE OVERHEATING. INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE INSULATION IS SEVERELY DETERIORATED ON THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS (MERCEDES BENZ PART NUMBER 124-440-32-32). THE INSULATION ON ALMOST ALL OF THE WIRES IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT HAS BECOME BRITTLE AND CRACKED OPEN AND LARGE PORTIONS OF THE INSULATION HAVE FALLEN OFF LEAVING BARE WIRES EXPOSED WHICH ARE CAUSING SHORT CIRCUITS AND GROUND CIRCUITS. THERE IS A HIGH PROBABILITY THAT OPERATING A VEHICLE IN THIS CONDITION COULD CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO STALL, LOSE POWER, CATCH ON FIRE, OR CAUSE OR RESULT IN AN ACCIDENT. THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE HAS INQUIRED WITH THE MERCEDES DEALER WHERE THE CAR WAS PURCHASED. THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN STATES THAT THEY HAVE HAD TO REPLACE A VERY HIGH NUMBER OF THESE ENGINE WIRE HARNESSES. THE OWNER SHALL ORDER THE CORRECT PART AND A QUALIFIED TECHNICIAN SHALL REMOVE AND REPLACE IT. THE OWNER SHALL SAVE THE OLD WIRE HARNESS. IT IS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT THERE IS A DEFECT IN THE INSULATION THAT CAUSES IT TO FAIL. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10226574

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES-BENZ E300D WIRING HARNESS: TEMPERATURE READING NOT ACCURATE, THOUGH ON THE HIGH SIDE SO I FEEL LIKE THE CAR IS OVERHEATING BUT REALLY NOT ENGINE IDLE SENSOR INACCURATE LEADING TO READING OF LOW RPM AT IDLE AND TACHOMETER NOT ALWAYS WORKING OTHER CONSEQUENCES: AUXILIARY FANS MOTORS BLOWN DUE TO FANS RUNNING AT HIGH SPEED ALWAYS INSTEAD OF VARIABLE AND INTERMITTENT. I TOOK THE CAR TO THE SHOP AND WAS GIVEN THE BAD NEW ABOUT THE WIRING HARNESS. COST TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS AND OTHER INCIDENTALS: $2,250. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10221013

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND EA/CC/ISC WIRING INSULATION HAS BADLY DETERIORATED ON MY 1995 E300 DUE TO HEAT FATIGUE FROM POOR MANUFACTURING. THE DECAY HAS REACHED THE POINT OF LEAVING BARE EXPOSED WIRE WITHIN THE HARNESS. THESE WIRES MAKE CONTACT CAUSING THE ENGINE TO STALL, SURGE, A/C COMPRESSOR NOT TO WORK, AND SET MISC. ENGINE CODES. THIS IS A KNOWN PROBLEM TO OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES AS EVIDENCED BY CONVERSATION THREADS ON SEVERAL WELL REGARDED FORUMS. THE GENERAL UNDERSTANDING IS THAT MERCEDES WAS ATTEMPTING TO CREATE ECO-FRIENDLY WIRE INSULATION THAT WOULD DEGRADE IN THE LANDFILL. IT WAS A GREAT IDEA, BUT HAS FAILED MISERABLY. IN MY OPINION SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE SERIOUSLY INJURED IF THIS PROBLEM IS NOT RESOLVED WITH A RECALL. NOW. THERE ARE SEVERAL REPORTS OF ENGINE FIRES FROM THIS WIRING FAILURE. THIS IS NOT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION A PART THAT IS PRONE TO FAILURE. MY FEELING IS THAT BY WAITING IT OUT MERCEDES IS HOPING THESE CARS WILL JUST GO AWAY. QUITE FRANKLY IT IS OUTRAGEOUS. THE COST OF A NEW HARNESS AND INSTALLATION IS RIDICULOUS NOT TO MENTION I WOULD END UP WITH A HARNESS THAT WILL DO THE SAME THING UNLESS THEY HAVE CHANGED THE MANUFACTURING OF THE WIRE INSULATION. HERE ARE THE FORUMS I MENTIONED ABOVE. HTTP://WWW.MERCEDESSHOP.COM/SHOPFORUM HTTP://WWW.BENZWORLD.ORG/FORUMS HTTP://FORUMS.MBWORLD.ORG/FORUM. I CALLED AND SPOKE WITH A CUSTOMER SERVICE SUPERVISOR AT MB, I ASKED HER IF THE VEHICLE CATCHING ON FIRE AND KILLING THE PASSENGERS WOULD BE A COMMON DETERIORATION OF A VEHICLE. SHE TOLD ME THAT ONCE THE VEHICLE HAS A CERTAIN NUMBER OF MILES, IT IS THE CONSUMERS RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN IT. I THOUGHT THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD. I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT A COMPANY KNOWN FOR A HIGH QUALITY LONG LASTING PRODUCT WOULD DUCK OUT OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS ISSUE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10214284

Summary:

 

ENTIRE WIRING HARNESS WIRING INSULATION UNDER HOOD IS DETERIORATED, CRACKED, TURNED TO POWDER AND IS FALLING OFF COPPER WIRES. GLOW PLUG WIRING HAS CRACKED AND EXPOSED COPPER CAUSING MALFUNCTION TO GLOW PLUG RELAY. AMBIENT TEMPERATURE WIRING FAILED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10212919

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS SHEATHING/INSULATION IS BRITTLE, CRACKING, DISINTERGRATING AND BARE WIRES ARE EXPOSED CAUSING ELECTRICAL AND FUEL DELIVERY MALFUNCTIONS. VEHICLE LOSSES POWER AND REVS HIGH AND LOW, CAUSING CHALLENGING DRIVABILITY OF THE AUTOMOBILE WITH SPORADIC DOWNSHIFTING ANOMALIES. ERRONEOUS DASH LIGHTS EG. ENGINE, ASC FLUTTER ON AND OFF AND FUEL MILEAGE HAS DROPPED TREMENDOUSLY. MERCEDES DEALER QUOTES THE REPAIR ABOVE $1000 AND ACKNOWLEDGES THIS A COMMON AND DANGEROUS MANUFACTURING DEFECT ON THIS MODEL VEHICLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10203190

Summary:

 

THE MAIN ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FOR MY 1995 E300 DIESEL IS DETERIORATING, AND POSING A SAFETY HAZARD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10203075

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES E 300 DIESEL, THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS FALLING APART. THE INSULATION IS CRUMBLING AND ALL THE WIRES ARE SHORTING CAUSING MALFUNCTIONS OF ALL ENGINE SYSTEMS, AND COULD CAUSE A FIRE. IMPOSSIBLE TO FIX THE CURRENT HARNESS BECAUSE EVERY WIRE IS INVOLVED, HAVE TO REPLACE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE, I HAVE HAD MANY CLASSIC CARS THAT ARE MUCH OLDER THAN THIS THAT HAVE PERFECT WIRING TO THIS DAY. I WAS TOLD BY A NON-MERCEDES SHOP THAT THIS WAS AN ATTEMPT BY MERCEDES TO MAKE THE INSULATION EASILY TO RECYCLE AND THAT ALL CARS OF THIS PERIOD HAVE THIS PROBLEM SOONER OR LATER. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10200978

Summary:

 

MY MERCEDES WAGON STALLED AND WOULD NOT RE-START IN BUMPER-TO-BUMPER FREEWAY TRAFFIC WHILE COMMUTING TO WORK. MY TECHNICIAN TRACED IT TO A DISINTEGRATING ENGINE WIRE-HARNESSES AND STATED I WAS LUCKY IT DID NOT START EITHER A FIRE, OR "FRIED"/SHORTED-OUT THE ENGINE COMPUTERS WHILE DRIVING AT SPEED. REPLACED AT OVER $600 PARTS & LABOR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

717654

Summary:

 

THE VEHICLE IS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 STATION WAGON PURCHASED NEW FROM MERCEDES IN FEBRUARY, 1996. THE CAR NOW HAS ABOUT 42,000 MILES. THE CAR HAS NOT BEEN DAMAGED DURING OPERATION. ON FOUR (4) OCCASIONS TWICE THE WEEK OF JULY 5, 1999; ONCE ON JANUARY 5, 2000 AND AGAIN ON JANUARY 16, 2000 THE VEHICLE HAD TOTAL POWER FAILURE, WITHOUT WARNING, WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN OPERATION. POWER STEERING AND BRAKES FAILED. WHEN THE VEHICLE STOPPED THE MOTOR SHUT OFF. THE VEHICLE HAD TO BE TOWED TO THE DEALER. ON THE FIRST TWO OCCASIONS A FUEL PUMP RELAY WAS SUGGESTED BY MERCEDES DEALER AS THE PROBLEM AND REPLACED. A NEW BATTERY WAS INSTALLED. ON THE THIRD OCCASION, NO CAUSE COULD BE FOUND. ON THE FOURTH OCCASION, A FUEL PUMP RELAY WAS SUGGESTED BY DIFFERENT DEALER AS THE CAUSE AND WAS REPLACED. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10290748

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS IN THE CAR IS KNOW NOT GOOD THAT COULD CAUSE FIRE IN THE CAR. BENZ SHOULD REPAIR IT AT NO CHARGE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10261605

Summary:

 

WHILE DRIVING THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON. TOOK THE VEHICLE TO A LOCAL MERCEDES DEALER. I WAS TOLD THE LIGHT CAME ON DUE TO A "BAD" WIRING HARNESS. COST TO REPAIR WAS $1,500.00. WAS TOLD IF THE REPAIRS WERE NOT DONE THE VEHICLE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE PROBLEMS. PRIOR TO SPENDING THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY I DID SOME RESEARCH ON THE WEB AND FIND THERE ARE NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS REGARDING 1991-1996 WIRING HARNESSES. I BELIEVE AN IN DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE VAST NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS WOULD CLEARLY INDICATE MERCEDES SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10241383

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS WAS NOTICED TO BE DAMAGED DURING SERVICE AT MERCEDES SERVICE CENTER AND WAS REPLACED. EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE PART AND WAS TOLD BY REPAIR FACILITY THAT IT IS A COMMON PROBLEM. HFM CONTROL UNIT IS NOW DAMAGED, ANOTHER VERY EXPENSIVE PART, AND WAS TOLD THE DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY THE DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10226952

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATED TO THE POINT OF CAUSING UNEVEN IDLE AND ENGINE SPEED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10205300

Summary:

 

FAILURE OF ENGINE WIRE HARNESS ON 1995 E320 MERCEDES BENZ. APPARENTLY DUE TO INFERIOR WIRE. HEAT DESTROYED SOME BUT NOT ALL WIRES. TOTAL ELECTRONIC FAILURE AND NO USE OF THE VEHICLE! QUOTES TO REPAIR (MERCEDES) FROM $2,000 TO $3,700. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10238941

Summary:

 

THE ELECTRICAL WIRING SYSTEM PLASTIC COATING IS BREAKING DOWN AND THE BARE WIRES ARE SHORTING OUT MAKING THE CAR UNABLE TO USE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10235385

Summary:

 

1995 420S MERCEDES IS HAVING PROBLEMS FIRING. CONCERNED ABOUT WIRING HARNESS. WAS CHECK AND MAY BE CAUSING THE PROBLEM. WHY IS THERE NOT A RECALL ON THIS IF SO MANY PEOPLE THAT OWN THESE VEHICLES ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM? CAR IS HESITATING WHEN KEY IS TURNED TO RIGHT AND WILL NOT FIRE CORRECTLY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10194198

Summary:

 

1995 E420 MERCEDES BENZ: WIRE HARNESS HAS PREMATURELY DISINTEGRATED, CAUSING UNSAFE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS TO APPEAR IN VEHICLE SUCH AS: SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER AND UNRESPONSIVENESS TO ACCELERATOR INPUT. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10312384

Summary:

 

ON FEB 18, I DROVE MY MB S500, 1995 WITH MY FAMILY ON ORANGE HIGHWAY 5 AT 70M/H AND SUDDENLY MY CAR ENGINE STOPPED WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE, I WAS ALMOST GET HIT BY THE TRUCK IN MY BACK. I PULLED THE CAR TO THE SIDE AND RESTART THE ENGINE AND IT STILL WORKED BUT WITH A RED SIGNAL "CHECK THE ENGINE". I DROVE TO THE NEARBY MB REPAIR STORE AND IT IS A PROBLEM CALLED " ENGINE WIRE HARNESS" DEFECT. THE PROBLEM ALMOST GET ME AND BROTHER KILLED. I AM STILL TERRIFIED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10216864

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE/FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1995 S500 MERCEDES-BENZ HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT. WIRES ARE EXPOSED. THE CAR IS NOT DRIVABLE AND THE COST IS OVERWHELMING TO REPAIR. I HAVE ALREADY SPENT MUCH IN OTHER UNNECESSARILY REPAIRS. MERC-BENZ SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUCH POOR MATERIALS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10265923

Summary:

 

CAR STALLED WHILE BACKING, DISINTEGRATED WIRE HARNESS, 95 MERCEDES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10230111

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

BOTH THROTTLE BODY ACTUATORS HAVE SUFFERED CRUMBLING OF THE WIRE INSULATIONS, LEADING TO A PORTION OF THE CAR TO BE HEATED UP SO MUCH THAT THE HOOD PAD CAUGHT FIRE. LUCKILY I ALWAYS CARRY AN EXTINGUISHER

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10197154

Summary:

 

I RECENTLY TOOK MY 1995 MERCEDES SL 600 TO A FACTORY AUTHORIZED REPAIR SHOP. MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT KEPT COMING ON AND GOING OFF. AFTER DOING A COMPUTERIZED ANALYSIS, THEY TOLD ME MY MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS WERE BAD. I HAD TO REPLACE BOTH AT A COST OF OVER $1200. WHEN THEY RECHECKED THE COMPUTER, IT THREW MANY CODES AGAIN. AFTER ABOUT A WEEK , THEY FOUND OUT THAT MY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS SO BADLY BURNT THAT THE WIRES WERE TOUCHING, THROWING OFF THE COMPUTER, MY TIMING, YOU NAME IT. I SAW FOR MYSELF HOW BADLY THE WIRES HAD BEEN BURNED , DUE TO ENGINE HEAT AND POOR INSULATION. MY SL600 ONLY HAS 32000 ORIGINAL FACTORY MILES ON IT. THE COST TO REPLACE THE WIRES IS AROUND $2000. FOR A CAR THAT COST $128,000, THIS IS A FRAUD AND A DANGER TO ME AND MY FAMILY. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10357488

Summary:

 

MY WELL MAINTAINED '95 MERCEDES-BENZ C280 OF WHICH I AM THE SINGLE OWNER SINCE NEW HAS A DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY BAD DISATER AS THE CAR JUST LOST IT'S POWER TO DRIVE WHILE BEING DRIVEN...BY MY SON, WHO JUST CAME OFF OF I-95. HE MANAGED TO GET TO SAFER GROUND AND HAD TO BE TOWED. MECHANIC(NOT A MBENZ ONE) STATES NEVER SEEING ANYTHING LIKE IT AS THE WIRE COATING IS DISINTEGRATING INTO A POWDER LIKE SUBSTANCE AND BARING ALL METAL...CAUSED IT TO ARC WHEN FIRST LOOKING. THANK GOOD FORTUNE IT DIDN'T CATCH FIRE, EXPLODE OR CAUSE A BAD ACCIDENT. SO IF REPLACED BY MBENZ PART CAUSE IT CANNOT BE REPAIRED....WON'T THE SAME THING HAPPEN WITH IT?

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10353811

Summary:

 

COMPLETE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE ON 1995 MERCEDES C280, ONLY 60,000 MILES ON CAR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10319649

Summary:

 

MY CAR, 1995 MERCEDES C280, BACKFIRES, STUMBLES, LOSES POWER, AND SOMETIMES DIES WHILE DRIVING. I HAVE REPLACED THE PLUG WIRES, IGNITION COILS, SPARK PLUGS, FUEL PUMP, AND FILTER. I HAVE REPLACED THE OVERLOAD PROTECTION RELAY, THE FUEL PUMP RELAY, AND THE ENGINE COOLING FAN RELAY. THE BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR HAVE BEEN REPLACED. ALL OF THESE WERE DONE AFTER CONTACT WITH MERCEDES BENZ AND DEALERS IN BOTH FLORIDA AND TENNESSEE. THE WIRING HARNESS WAS REPLACED BEFORE I BOUGHT THE CAR AND IS IN GOOD CONDITION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10318138

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE ON 1995 C 220 MERCEDES - BENZ. HAD ALL ENGINE WIRING REPLACED AT A COST OF $500.00. HAVING SO MANY ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS CAUSED MANY PARTS TO BE CHANGED THAT DID NOT NEED TO BE CHANGED. THE CAR IS IN THE SHOP NOW FOR OVER 9 MONTHS BECAUSE MECHANIC CAN NOT FIGURE WHY CAR CONTINUE HAVING LOST OF POWER.BEFORE I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE BAD WIRING ON THIS C 220 BENZ,MY CAR WAS ALMOST HIT BY ANOTHER CAR WHILE TRYING TO CROSS A BUSY HIGHWAY. THIS COULD HAVE TRAGIC THANK GOD THEY SLOWED DOWN TO LET ME CROSS. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS SAFETY SITUATION AND SOMETHING SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT ASAP BEFORE SOME GET SERIOUSLY HURT OR RECEIVE DEATH FORM THIS MAJOR PROBLEM. I'M OVER $4,000.00 IN THE HOLE AND STILL NO WORKING C220 MERCEDES BENZ YET! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10299650

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C280. THIS VEHICLE YEAR AND MODEL HAS A POSSIBLE CRITICAL ENGINE WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM WHERE THE INSULATION ON THE HARNESS DISINTEGRATES VERY QUICKLY. THIS DISINTEGRATION CAN CAUSE THE CAR TO STALL AND CATCH FIRE WHILE DRIVING. THERE ARE OF COURSE OTHER RELATED SEVERE PROBLEMS THAT CAN OCCUR SINCE THE WIRING HARNESS IS CRITICAL TO THE OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE. A FEW OF THE OTHER CRITICAL COMPONENTS AFFECTED ARE IGNITION, FUEL INJECTION, COOLING, TIMING, MIXTURES AND VARIOUS OTHER SYSTEMS/SENSORS OF THE CAR. AFTER SPEAKING TO THE MANUFACTURER (MB-USA IN NY), LOCAL DEALERS, OWNERS AND READING VARIOUS WEBSITES, I BELIEVE THAT MERCEDES BENZ IS AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM BUT WILL NOT ISSUE A VOLUNTARY RECALL. THE ONLY AVAILABLE REPAIR I AM AWARE OF IS TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. SINCE THE DISINTEGRATION CAN OCCUR DUE TO THE NORMAL OPERATIONAL ENGINE HEAT IRREGARDLESS OF MILEAGE, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME. IT IS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT A AFFECTED CAR WITH HIGHER MILES IS MUCH MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE FAILING OF THE WIRING HARNESS. THIS NATURALLY ALSO LEAVES DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS OF OLDER AFFECTED CARS MUCH MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DANGEROUS AND FATAL EFFECTS OF A ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. I ASK THAT NHTSA INVESTIGATE THIS FURTHER AND ISSUE A RECALL ON BEHALF OF ALL OF THE OWNERS. I KNOW THAT MY CAR FALLS IN THE CATEGORY WHERE THE HARNESS IS POSSIBLY BAD, AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT ME TO SEE THE CONDITION OF THE MY CAR'S ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. I HOPE AT THE LEAST YOU CAN SEEK A RESOLUTION FOR ME FROM THE MANUFACTURER IN REMEDYING A KNOWN ISSUE IN THE MODEL I OWN. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10287295

Summary:

 

MERCEDES-BENZ ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEFECT ENCLOSED, PLEASE FIND A LIST OF REPORTED COMPLAINTS THAT I FOUND ON YOUR VERY OWN NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA) WEBSITE CONCERNING THE CHRONIC ENGINE COMPARTMENT WIRING HARNESS FAILURE SUFFERED BY (AT THE LEAST) 1992 THROUGH 1995 MERCEDES BENZ AUTOMOBILES. THIS LIST IS NOT, BY ANY MEANS, MEANT TO BE COMPLETE, AS IT ONLY LISTS THOSE REPORTS THAT I WAS ABLE TO LOCATE. NOTE THAT THE FIRST COMPLAINT ON THE LIST IS MINE. I AM OUTRAGED AT MERCEDES-BENZ¿ ARROGANT REFUSAL TO OWN UP TO, AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR, THIS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DESIGN AND ENGINEERING DEFECT. FOR THE LIFE OF ME (LITERALLY), I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY NHTSA HAS NOT INVESTIGATED THIS DANGEROUS SITUATION, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE LARGE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS. I WILL NOT BE SATISFIED WITH LESS THAN MERCEDES¿ IMMEDIATE RECTIFICATION. I WAS ASKED BY MERCEDES BENZ DEALER OVER $4,000 TO FIX PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10280785

Summary:

 

WHILE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY (NJ TURNPIKE, MY ENGINE BEGAN TO BECOME CHALLENGED TO ACCELERATE. AFTER A COUPLE OF MILES, I WAS NO LONGER ABLE TO ACCELERATE AT ALL. WITH NOWHERE TO PULL OVER I DROVE ACROSS THE BEN FRANKLIN BRIDGE AT 20 MPH. A FEW BLOCKS AFTER EXITING THE BRIDGE THE CAR SIMPLY FAILED. UPON RESEARCHING THIS ISSUE I DETERMINED THAT MANY MANY OTHER OWNERS OF MY SAME MODEL CAR HAD THE SAME EXACT ISSUE - THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION WAS SHOT AND NEEDED REPLACEMENT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10250570

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1995 MERCEDES-BENZ C36 HAS FAILED, CRACK AND DISINTEGRATED WIRE COVERINGS IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10246273

Summary:

 

RE: CASE 45839 I HAVE THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS THAT WAS TAKEN OUT OF THE CAR. IT IS AMAZING THAT THIS CAR RAN AT ALL. I WOULD LIKE TO SEND YOU THE HARNESS SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM MERCEDES IS COVERING UP. IT COST ME OVER $2100.00 TO GET THIS PROBLEM REPAIRED BY THE DEALER. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I CAN SEND YOU THE HARNESS. DAVE YOUNG *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10245198

Summary:

 

CAR STARTED ACTING LIKE IT WAS DRIVEN BY REMOTE CONTROL. STARTING STOPPING THE ENGINE REVVED UP TO 7000 RPM I COULD NOT HOLD IT BY THE BRAKE HAD TO TURN THE CAR OFF AND HAVE IT TOWED. WIRING HARNESS HAD SHORTED OUT. I HEAR THIS MAY BE A COMMON PROBLEM. I'M GLAD I WAS DRIVING INSTEAD OF MY 16 YEAR OLD SON. THIS COULD HAVE HAD A MUCH GRIMMER OUTCOME. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10243127

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C280 WAS RUNNING ROUGH AND STALLED ON THE ROAD. BROUGHT VEHICLE TO MERCEDES DEALER AND FOUND THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS TO BE DEFECTIVE AND DETERIORATING AND CRUMBLING CRACKED AND EXPOSED WIRES. MY IGNITION PORTION FAILED WHERE THE WIRES CONNECT TO THE SPARK PLUGS AND HIGH ENERGY COILS SHORTING OUT AGAINST THE ENGINE FRAME. VEHICLE TOWED AND TECHNICIANS REPLACED ENGINE HARNESS PARTS PLUS LABOR $1,500. REPAIR BILL. THE HARNESS IS A MANUFACTURED DEALER NEW ITEM ONLY NO REPAIR COULD BE MADE AS THE ENTIRE WIRING HARNESS IS DEFECTIVE AND CONTROLS CRITICAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ENGINE OPERATION. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10241306

Summary:

 

DISINTEGRATING WIRING HARNESS ON MB C280 1995. THIS CAUSED MY CAR TO STOP RUNNING AND VARIOUS OTHER ELECTRICAL FAULTS UNTIL REPLACED BY MY MECHANIC - WHO STATED "THIS HAPPENS TO ALL MBS OF THIS VINTAGE - IT WAS BAD WIRING THAT MB BOUGHT. GOOD THING YOU CAUGHT IT BECAUSE IT CAN DO MORE DAMAGE". *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10240059

Summary:

 

DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS CAUSED AUTOMOBILE TO BE INOPERABLE AND UNSAFE. MANUFACTUER IS AWARE AND WILL NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT. 1995 MERCEDES C280. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10234047

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I OWN A 1995 C280 MERCEDES, PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY MY DAUGHTER FOR 5 YEARS. THE CAR ALWAYS IDLED ROUGH, OCCASIONALLY BACKFIRES, LACKS OVERALL POWER. MY DAUGHTER HAD IT TO THE SHOP NUMEROUS TIMES AND THEY NEVER REALLY DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM. TWO DAYS AGO I STARTED IT, HEARD A LOUD POP AND SAW SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE HOOD AND SMELLED ELECTRICAL WIRES BURNING. IT HAD TO BE TOWED TO THE NEAREST MERCEDES DEALER. THEY WANT A TOTAL OF $3300 TO REPAIR IT. THE ISSUE IS THE WIRING HARNESS. I HAVE READ HUNDREDS OF CONSUMER COMPLAINTS REGARDING THIS ISSUE. IN 1993-1995 C280 MODELS MERCEDES TRIED A NEW INSULATION COVERING ON THE WIRES AND IT DOES NOT HOLD UP. IN FACT, I HAVE SEEN THE RESULT IN NUMEROUS PICTURES OF THE CONDITION THE WIRES. THE INSULATION JUST DESINTERGRATES. I READ THAT UP UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO MERCEDES WAS REPLACING THEM BUT THEN THEY JUST STOPPED. WHY ISN'T THIS AN OFFICIAL RECALL FAILURE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10229796

Summary:

 

DEFECTIVE ENGINE HARNESS CAUSES THE VEHICLE TO LURCH AND STALL AT CRITICAL MOMENTS LIKE WHEN PROCEEDING THROUGH AN INTERSECTION OR ENTERING A HIGHWAY. THIS HAS CAUSED SEVERAL CLOSE CALLS AND IS VERY DANGEROUS. MERCEDES SEEMS TO BE IN DENIAL OF THIS PROBLEM EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE VERY MUCH AWARE IT EXISTS. THE PART IS APPROX 1,000.00 PLUS LABOR TO FIX A MANUFACTURERS DEFECT. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS HAS CAUSED FIRES IN SOME OF THESE VEHCLES. ALL I WANT IS MERCEDES TO HAND ME A NEW HARNESS SO I CAN REPAIR MY CAR. BUT IF SOMEONE GETS INJURED DUE TO THIS PROBLEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10224352

Summary:

 

1995 MZ C280 ENGINEER WIRE HARNESS DEFECTIVE, INSULATION BROKEN DOWN. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10222966

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE ON 1995 C280 MERCEDES-BENZ AN ITS HAS NOT BEEN REPLACED CAUSE IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE TO REPLACE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10222203

Summary:

 

MY 1995 C280 WAS A FAULTY WIRING HARNESS THAT IS PUT TOGETHER WITH ELECTRICAL TAPE. THE CAR HAS SHUT OFF ON ME TWICE ON THE FREEWAY WHILE GOING 65+ MILES AN HOUR AND ONCE ON A SURFACE STREET GOING 25MPH. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10219608

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

FAILURE OF THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS THAT CAUSED SMOKING AND FIRE, CAUGHT IN TIME. WIRING INSULATION IS FAULTY, MADE BRITTLE DUE TO ENGINE HEAT. ALSO CAUSED CAR TO STALL AND NOT RESTART WITHOUT COSTLY REPAIR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10214173

Summary:

 

ENGINE POWER FAILURE WHILE DRIVING IN TRAFFIC. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10212503

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. IT APPEARS THAT, DUE TO IT'S DESIGN USING "BIODEGRADABLE" PLASTIC WIRE INSULATION, THE HARNESS IS PRONE TO SHORTING OUT AND FAILING AND EVEN POTENTIALLY STARTING AN ENGINE FIRE. MY MECHANIC WAS ABLE TO DIAGNOSE THIS PROBLEM BECAUSE, AS A MERCEDES BENZ SPECIALIST, HE HAS SEEN THIS HAPPEN OVER AND OVER. THE INSULATION JUST CRUMBLES AND FLAKES OFF OF THE WIRES, CAUSING SHORTS AND MALFUNCTION. IN MY CASE, THE CAR LOST POWER IN A SITUATION THAT PUT ME DANGER OF BEING REAR-ENDED. THE ONLY REPAIR IS TO REPLACE THE HARNESS AT A COST WELL OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10209100

Summary:

 

FAILURE OF ENGINE COMPARTMENT WIRING HARNESS WITH THE ROTTING AND CRACKING OF HARNESS HAS CAUSED ENGINE TO MISFIRE CAUSING RAPID POWER LOSS IN INTERSECTIONS. SHORTING OF CONNECTIONS CAUSE ECU RELATED MALFUNCTIONS AND READ ERROR CODES ON VEHICLE. PREMATURE DEGRADATION OF WIRING HARNESS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10206245

Summary:

 

ENGINE HARNESS AND MORE WIRES HAVE DETERIORATED TOTALLY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10204466

Summary:

 

READ ABOUT MANY WIRE HARNESS FAILURES ON INTERNET, ALTHOUGH NO PROBLEMS YET, OBSERVED CRACKED AND SPLIT WIRING IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10198248

Summary:

 

WE JUST BOUGHT A 95 MERCEDES BENZ C280.WE GOT IT IN DALLAS AND DROVE HOME TO AUSTIN. EVERYTHING SEEMED OK WHEN WE LEFT BUT AFTER WE GOT HOME AND STARTED THE CAR UP FOR THE FIRST TIME THE NEXT DAY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON, SRS LIGHT CAME ON,AND THE ABS LIGHT CAME ON AND THEY NEVER TURNED OFF. ALL OF A SUDDEN THREE INDICATOR LIGHTS THE VERY NEXT DAY. SO I OPENED UP THE HOOD TO TAKE A LOOK AND AFTER CAREFUL LOOKING I COULD SEE THAT THE WIRES GOING TO CONNECTIONS ON THE ENGINE WERE CRACKED INSULATIONS EVERYWHERE ON ALL THE WIRES. SO I WENT TO UNPLUG ONE AND ALL OF THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES JUST ALL FELL OFF. NOW THERE ARE FOUR WIRES WITH NO INSULATION FROM THE CONNECTION TO WHERE THE WIRES ARE WRAPPED TIGHT. COMPLETELY BARE. NO INSULATION AT ALL COMPLETELY EXPOSED ELECTRICAL WIRES. I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND THIS SO I UNWRAPPED SOME OF THE WRAP TO SEE IF THE WIRES CONTINUED TO SHOW THIS DEGREGATION ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE HARNESS AND IT DOES. SO I STOP THERE AND SEPARATED THE EXPOSED WIRES SO THEY WOULD NOT TOUCH OTHERS AND CREATE A SHORT. THE WIRE HARNESS IN THESE CARS IS A COMPLETE FAILURE. THIS CONDITION MUST BE CORRECTED BEFORE WE CAN DRIVE THE CAR ANYMORE. WIRES IN A CAR THAT CANNOT SUPPORT THE VERY INSULATION THAT IS ON THEM IS NOT NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR.THE LAST TIME I SAW THIS PROBLEM WAS THE FIRST TIME I EVER HEARD OF IT.AND IT KILLED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ON A PAN AM FLIGHT. ELECTRICAL WIRES WITH BAD INSULATION SHORTED OUT AND BLEW UP THE CENTER FUEL CELL. IF YOU LOOK UP THIS CRASH THAT KILLED EVERYONE ON BOARD AND LOOK AT THE WIRES ON ANOTHER PLANE YOU CAN CLEARLY SEE THE EXACT DEFECT. INSULATION COMES OFF AND WIRES TOUCH AND THEN THERE'S FIRE. ALL OF THESE PLANES WITH THESE WIRE HARNESSES WERE GROUNDED AND HAD TO BE REPLACED BEFORE RETURNING TO SERVICE. THANK GOD BENZ DIDN'T PUT WINGS ON THESE CARS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10195544

Summary:

 

I DRIVE 1995 C280 I WAS TOLD BY MY MECHANIC THAT I NEED A NEW ENGINE WIRING HARNESS THAT WAS THE REASON I WAS HAVING SO MANY ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10191398

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 C280 SEDAN WITH JUST OVER 55,000 MILES. I HAVE OWNED THE CAR FOR APPROXIMATELY 1 YEAR AND WAS BEGINNING TO HAVE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE DESCRIBED IN MANY CASES. IT STARTED AFTER REPLACING THE SPARK PLUGS AND CONTINUED TO GET WORSE EVEN AFTER REPLACING ALL OF THE SPARK PLUG WIRES AND CONNECTORS. THE CAR BACK FIRED AND STARTED TO RUN ROUGH AS IF ONE OR MORE PLUGS WERE MISFIRING. USUALLY AFTER TURNING THE CAR OFF AND RESTARTING THE PROBLEMS WENT AWAY UNTIL THE NEXT TIME. I AM CONCERNED THAT THIS WILL START A FIRE OR CAUSE AN ACCIDENT DUE TO LOSS OF POWER AND/OR CONTROL. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10339248

Summary:

 

I PURCHASED MY C220 IN 1995 FROM A DEALER IN NORTH CAROLINA. WITHIN THREE YEARS THE LCD BECAME NONFUNCTIONAL(RADIO AND TAPES BECAME DEAD). IN FOURTH YEAR THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON, I TOOK IT TO DEALERSHIP, THEY FIXED AND CHARGED HUGE AMOUNT BUT AFTER A MONTH OR SO IT CAME ON AGAIN. I WAS TOLD AT THE DEALERSHIP TO CHANGE WIRE HARNESS BUT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO GIVE A GUARANTEE THAT THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WILL NOT COME ON SO I DIDN'T GET THAT SERVICE. TILL TODAY I AM DRIVING MY CAR WITH CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON AND NOTHING HAVE HAPPENED. I THINK THIS PROBLEM SHOULD BE FIXED BY MB WITHOUT ANY CHARGE TO ITS CUSTOMERS. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS CAR IS NOT WORTH FOR THE MONEY. MY DRIVER SEAT CAN NOT BE FULLY ADJUSTED USING ITS MECHANICAL SYSTEM. THE UPHOLSTERY ALSO COMING DOWN FROM THE ROOF AND THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER BODILY FAULTS IN MY C220. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10244350

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION IN MY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C220 HAS DETERIORATED TO THE POINT OF DUST. THIS RESULTED IN THE CAR STALING AT OVER 35 MPH, AND MY WIFE BEING PUT IN HARMS WAY WHEN THE CAR LOST POWER. SHE COULD NO LONGER CONTROL THE VEHICLE AND HIT A MAILBOX. I WOULD LIKE TO STATE THAT THE DEALERSHIP SAYS THAT THEY HAD "NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS" WHEN THEY DISCOVERED THE ENTIRE WIRING HARNESS WAS DESTROYED, BUT YET THERE ARE NUMEROUS REPORTS OF MERCEDES BENZ'S UNFORGIVABLE IGNORANCE TO THIS SUBJECT. I WOULD LIKE MY HARNESS REPLACED AT THE LEAST. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10237170

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C220 AUTOMATIC 4 CYLINDERS. I HAD MY ENGINE CHECK LIGHTS ON AND I WENT TO THE DEALER TO CHECK AND WAS TOLD THAT THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS WAS BAD AND NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. I WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD COST ME MORE THAN $1700 TO REPLACE IT. THIS IS NOT A MATTER OF REPLACEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO ENGINE WIRE HARNESS WHICH CONTROLS THE ECU AND CAN CAUSE DANGER TO OUR LIVES. IT SHOULD BE THE MANUFACTURERS RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE HIGH GRADE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS WHICH SHOULD LAST MORE THAN 20 YEARS WHEN WE ARE PAYING HIGH PRICES FOR THE LUXURY CARS AND ENDING UP AS A JUNK. I HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY WOULD DIRECT ALL THESE DEALERS TO RECALL AND FIX THESE FAULTS RIGHT AND NOT GETTING A PENNY FROM US. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10232650

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS SHORTED OUT AND ALMOST CAUGHT FIRE IN ENGINE BAY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10219260

Summary:

 

I HAVE A 1995 C220 MERCEDES BENZ AND THE ENGINE MANAGEMENT HARNESS IS DEFECTIVE. THE INSULATION ON ALL OF THE WIRING IS MADE OF VERY POOR MATERIAL BREAKS VERY EASY AT THE TOUCH. WHY IS THERE NOT A WIRING ENGINE MANAGEMENT HARNESS RECALL. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10210921

Summary:

 

I PURCHASED A 1995 MERCEDES C220 FROM A MERCEDES DEALER AND THEY KNEW THE CAR HAD A WIRING HARNESS THAT WAS DEGRADING WITH EXPOSED CONDUCTORS THROUGH OUT THE CAR... BUT THEY DIDN'T TELL ME , AFTER I BOUGHT THE CAR AND WAS HAVING TONS OF ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS I FOUND OUT THE HISTORY OF THIS MODEL ..THE MB DEALER TOLD ME THE WIRING HARNESS COULD BE REPLACED FOR ABOUT $3000.00 ... A MONTH OR SO AFTER I BOUGHT THE CAR. RANDOMLY THE SPEEDOMETER,ABS,TEMP GAUGE ,FUEL GAUGE, TACHOMETER DO FUNCTION, BUT RARELY AND NOT ALL AT ONCE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10206756

Summary:

 

1 - RANDOM ELECTRICAL FAILURES 2 - BAD ENGINE WIRING HARNESS 3- REPLACE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10206710

Summary:

 

I WAS TOLD TODAY THAT MY WIRING HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED ON MY 1995 C220 MERCEDES. THE WIRES ARE EXPOSED AND SOME OF THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING. I WAS TOLD THIS WAS A "COMMON" PROBLEM BY MECHANIC AND THAT IT COULD BE "DANGEROUS." I COMMUTE EVERYDAY ON LA FREEWAYS. I DO NOT WANT TO RISK MY LIFE BECAUSE OF A FAILURE OF MERCEDES BENZ OF AMERICA TO TAKE CARE OF A MAJOR DESIGN FLAW. TO DATE, THERE HAS BEEN NO ACCIDENT NOR A FIRE. DO YOU WANT ME TO BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR TO DIE BEFORE THIS COMPLAINT IS EFFECTIVE? ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET I AM ONLY PART OF A GROWING, VOCAL GROUP WHO ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY ISSUES WITH THEIR MERCEDES AUTOMOBILES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10206030

Summary:

 

MY C220'S WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATING DAILY. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, FUEL GAUGE, WATER TEMP., ETC. ALL INTERMITTENT. THE CAR MISSES, AND SOMETIMES LUNGES FROM A SUDDEN HIGH REV. THE PROBLEM IS GETTING WORST AS THE INSULATION FLAKES OFF, CAUSING SHORTS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10205607

Summary:

 

ENGINE HARNESSES DETERIORATED IN MY 1995 C220 CAUSING ENGINE TO STALL. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10205279

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C220. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE STALLED, LUNGED, THE ANTILOCK BRAKING SYSTEM FAILED, AND THE POWER STEERING FAILED TWICE. THERE WERE NO RECALLS AVAILABLE. THE MERCEDES MECHANIC DISCOVERED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS WAS DISINTEGRATING. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 63,000 AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 58,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10204034

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

THE ELECTRICAL INSULATION OF THE MAIN WIRING HARNESS HAS VIRTUALLY DISINTEGRATED, APPARENTLY FROM THE (NORMAL) HEAT OF THE ENGINE. THE INSULATION LITERALLY FLAKES AWAY IN MY HAND WHEN BEING HANDLED EVEN WITH THE MOST GENTLE TOUCH. THE COST TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS IS $600+ FOR ONLY THE PART; THE COST OF INSTALLATION IS ALSO IN EXCESS OF $500, THUS COSTING OVER $1,000. THIS IS A CRITICAL SAFETY ISSUE! THE DETERIORATED INSULATION CAUSES INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL SHORT-CIRCUITS, CAUSED MY CAR TO SUDDENLY LOSE ENGINE POWER WITHOUT WARNING (ON THE EXPRESSWAY), THEN AFTER I PULLED OFF AT THE EXIT, SMOKING (ELECTRICAL FIRE) FROM UNDER THE HOOD. THIS IS A LIFE SAFETY ISSUE AND THE FACT IS THAT THE WIRING INSULATION/COVERS ARE DEFECTIVE AND SOMEONE WILL BE SERIOUSLY INJURED DUE TO THIS UNSAFE CONDITION. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10199475

Summary:

 

THE CAR FREQUENTLY HAS VERY ERRATIC IDLE TO THE ENGINE. IT DIES WHILE WARMING UP AND DIES WHILE DRIVING ON THE ROAD REGARDLESS LOCAL OR FREEWAY. TODAY, (AGAIN!!!) WHILE I WAS DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY, THE ENGINE LOST ITS POWER AND ALMOST GOT KILL OVER OTHER CARS. I WAS TOLD BY MECHANICS THAT I NEED TO REPLACE THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IN MY 1995 MERCEDES C220 WITH 107K MI DUE TO FAULTY MANUFACTURE WIRE INSULATION WHICH CRACKS AND OPENS UP DURING HOT ENGINE HEAT. IT ALSO CAUSES THE CYLINDER MISFIRED DISABLE THE GAUGES ON THE DASHBOARD (CAUSED FREQUENT BULBS BURNT). I NEVER HEARD OR EXPERIENCED THE PROBLEM WITH OTHER VEHICLES THAT I DROVE IN MY LIFE. WHEN I LOOKED INTO THE MATTER ON THE WEB, SURE ENOUGH IT'S A COMMON PROBLEM FOR 1994 AND 1995 MERCEDES C220. I AM VERY ANGRY AND SURPRISED THAT IT HAS NEVER BEEN RECALLED BY MERCEDES USA. I AM ALSO SURPRISED THAT FACT THAT NO ONE CAME FORWARD TO FORM A CLASS-ACTION LAW SUIT AGAINST THE COMPANY. THIS IS PURELY A MORAL ISSUE THAT HURTS HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OWN AND DRIVING THE DEFECTIVE CAR ON THE ROAD EVERYDAY. NOW I KNOW THAT REAL REASON BEHIND OFFERING 24/7 FREE ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE TO ITS OWNERS. SIMPLY THEY ARE NOT SURE WHAT THEY PUT ON THEIR PRODUCTION LINE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10344298

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E420. WHILE DRIVING 45 MPH, THE VEHICLE STALLED. THE CONTACT WAS ABLE TO DRIVE ONTO THE EMERGENCY LANE WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO HIS RESIDENCE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO A AUTHORIZED DEALER WHO STATED THAT THE OXYGEN SENSOR FAILED. THE SENSOR WAS REPLACED AT THE OWNERS EXPENSE. AFTER THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED, IT BEGAN TO FUNCTION NORMALLY FOR A FEW WEEKS. THE VEHICLE WAS DIAGNOSED AND THE DEALER STATED THAT IT NEEDED A SPARK PLUG HARNESS, SPARK PLUGS, A DISTRIBUTION CAP, ROTORS AND A CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENSOR. ALL OF THE REPAIRS WERE MADE AND THE FAILURE CONTINUED TO OCCUR. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE 170,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10291334

Summary:

 

ENGINE HARNESS AND ALTERNATOR HARNESS. ALTERNATOR HARNESS OVERHEATED DUE TO INSULATION ON WIRES COMPLETELY DISINTEGRATED. HARNESS WAS REPLACED BY EUROPEAN SERVICE AND TRANSMISSION, IN CUMMINGS, GEORGIA ON OCTOBER 22ND 2009. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10246053

Summary:

 

THE WIRE HARNESS IS CRACKED. A/C COMPRESSOR STOPPED, AND THAT MADE RELAYS BLEW OUT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10232360

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E CLASS. WHILE DRIVING BETWEEN 35-40 MPH, THE ENGINE SPUTTERED AND THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO SHAKE AND VIBRATE. THE CONTACT SHUT OFF THE ENGINE AND WAS ABLE TO RESTART IT AFTER NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS. HE DROVE THE VEHICLE HOME, BUT IT CONTINUED TO SHAKE AND VIBRATE. HE ARRIVED HOME AND TURNED OFF THE VEHICLE. DAYS AFTER THE FAILURE, THE CONTACT ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE ENGINE, BUT IT FAILED NUMEROUS TIMES. THROUGH ONLINE RESEARCH, THE CONTACT DISCOVERED NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 95V031000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING). THE MANUFACTURER STATED THAT THERE WERE NO OPEN RECALLS PERTAINING TO HIS VIN. THE DEALER STATED THAT THERE WAS AN OPEN RECALL, BUT WAS UNABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT THE RECALL WAS REGARDING. THE CONTACT WAS ADVISED TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE IN ITS CURRENT STATE. HE WAS UNABLE TO CONFIRM WHETHER OR NOT HE INFORMED THE DEALER ABOUT THE FAILURE HE EXPERIENCED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE 187,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10223640

Summary:

 

MY CAR EXPERIENCES HARD STARTS, ROUGH IDLING, POOR GEAR SHIFTING (AUTOMATIC), AND RANDOM STALLING IN POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ROADWAY ENVIRONMENTS. AFTER SYSTEMATICALLY TESTING AND ELIMINATING THE VEHICLES OTHER EQUIPMENT AS THE SOURCE, IT IS INCREDIBLY OBVIOUS THAT A DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS IS TO BLAME. WHAT MERCEDES HAS LAMELY DESCRIBED AS "ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY" WIRE INSULATION IS REALLY A LIFE THREATENING DEFECT THAT LEAVES BARE WIRES EXPOSED THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE POTENTIAL ELECTRICAL SHORTS, VEHICLE DAMAGE, FIRES, ACCIDENTS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, PERSONAL INJURY AND DEATH. DOES THAT SOUND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY? IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO TELL WHEN THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WILL FAIL BEFORE IT ACTUALLY BECOMES DANGEROUS. WE ARE ALL VERY LUCKY THAT THIS HASN'T KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED ANYONE YET. THIS DANGEROUS COMPONENT SHOULD BE RECALLED IMMEDIATELY, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10214118

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS CRACKING, FLAKING OFF AND CRUMBLING. ENGINE TEMP SENDERS, GLOW PLUG WIRING, EGR AND OTHER UNIDENTIFIABLE WIRING IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT DEFECTIVE. SP FAR HAVE REPLACED SEVERAL EASY TO REACH WIRES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10200354

Summary:

 

NOTICEABLE HESITATION AND ROUGH IDLE ON MY MERCEDES E320 1994 WAGON. MY MECHANIC TELLS ME THE ELECTRICAL HARNESS IS CRUMBLING AND WAS WELL KNOW FOR CARS 1991-1996 FOR THIS MODEL AND DEALERS HAVE HAD THE KNOWLEDGE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. THIS PART WILL NEED REPLACING AT A COST OF APPROX. $1600.00 AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW I WAS NEVER NOTIFIED OF A RECALL SINCE I PURCHASED THE CAR NEW IN 1995. *TR THE CONSUMER STATED THE HARNESS IS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION. THE CONSUMER PROVIDED THE REPAIR INVOICE. UPDATED 09/05/07 *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10186106

Summary:

 

TWO REPUTABLE INDEPENDENT MERCEDES MECHANICS INFORMED ME THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION IN MY 1995 E300 DIESEL IS DECAYING WHICH MAY HAVE CAUSED MY GLOW PLUGS TO MALFUNCTION AND THIS PROBLEM IS PREVALENT IN MERCEDES VEHICLES MADE FROM 1991-1996. THERE SHOULD BE A RECALL ISSUED FOR THIS PART BEFORE MORE SERIOUS EVENTS OCCUR DUE TO THE FLAW IN MERCEDES MANUFACTURING PROCESS FROM 1991-1996 . *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10375290

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES E320 WAGON. THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS HAS DISINTEGRATED LEAVING EXPOSED WIRES IN ENGINE BAY THAT COULD CAUSE FIRE. ALSO CAUSES ACCELLERATION AND IDLE PROBLEMS ALONG WITH VARIOUS INTERMITTENT WARNING LIGHTS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10331481

Summary:

 

THE WHOLE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS THAT RUNS ALL OVER MY ENGINE IS DEFECTIVE. THE INSULATION AROUND THE WIRING LITERALLY FELL APART, AS EVERYONE ELSE ON HERE DESCRIBED AS BREAKING INTO BRITTLE PIECES AND DISINTEGRATING. THE CAR SHUT OFF COMPLETELY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY. A SERVICE ADVISOR AT A LOCAL DEALERSHIP KNOWS ABOUT IT AND SAYS THEY WON'T FIX IT BECAUSE "THE GOVERNMENT HASN'T ORDERED THEM TO RECALL IT" AND WENT ON TO GIVE ME A QUOTE FOR NEARLY $2,000. NOW MY CAR IS STUCK IN A SHOP WITH ALL THE BARE WIRES SHOWING AND THE DECAYED INSULATION IN PIECES ALL OVER THE FLOOR. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I DID A LOT OF RESEARCH AND APPARENTLY IT IS A DEFECT IN EVERY 1995 E320 MANUFACTURED IN THE US. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY IT ALSO AFFECTS 1993-1994, AS WELL AS OTHER MODELS WITH THE SAME ENGINE. I'M THE ORIGINAL OWNER, BOUGHT THE CAR NEW FROM THE DEALERSHIP IN 1995. IT ONLY HAS 57,533 MILES ON IT AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN GARAGE KEPT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10329985

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320. THE CONTACT STATED THAT SHE HAD JUST LEFT A REPAIR SHOP WHERE A BULB WAS REPLACED WHEN SHE WAS DRIVING AT APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH AND SMELLED BURNING WIRES. SHE TOOK HER FOOT OFF THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY HESITATED. SHE TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK TO THE REPAIR SHOP BUT NOTICED THAT THE VEHICLE HAD CAUGHT FIRE. SHE CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE FIRE WAS PUT OUT. SHE WAS NOT SURE IF A FIRE REPORT WAS FILED. THE CONTACT THEN DROVE BACK TO THE REPAIR SHOP WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE VEHICLE CAUGHT FIRE AGAIN AFTER LEAVING THE REPAIR SHOP. THE CONTACT CALLED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AGAIN AND THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED. ONCE AGAIN, SHE WAS NOT SURE IF A FIRE REPORT WAS FILED. THE VEHICLE WAS RETURNED TO THE SAME REPAIR SHOP WHERE THE CONTACT WAS INFORMED THAT THE FAILURE WAS CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM AND A BRAKE FAILURE. THE CONTACT DID NOT FEEL SAFE DRIVING THE VEHICLE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 143,728. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 144,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10301806

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ E 320, DETERIORATING WIRING HARNESS IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I BELIEVE TO BE CAUSING MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO COME ON EVEN AFTER REPLACING THE MASS AIR SENSOR AND 02 SENSOR. THIS PROBLEM WAS NOTICED OVER 10 YEARS AGO BUT ARE UNAWARE OF THE COMPLAINTS OTHER OWNERS HAVE. NOW THE HARNESS IS BRITTLE AND IN CONSTANT REPAIR. I TEND TO THINK THAT THIS KIND OF COMPONENTS SHOULD LAST THE LIFE OF THE VEHICLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10292088

Summary:

 

THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES INSIDE THE WIRING HARNESS FROM ECU TO THE REST OF THE CAR HAS BECOME BRITTLE AND IS FALLING OFF, ALLOWING WIRES WITHIN THE HARNESS TO SHORT OUT TO EACH OTHER. THIS CAN DESTROY VARIOUS SENSORS AND PERHAPS THE ENGINE CONTROL COMPUTER ITSELF. ALTHOUGH MY MECHANIC HAS SEEN MANY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ CARS WITH THIS DEFECT, MBUSA CLAIMS TO NOT HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THIS DEFECT. I AM REPLACING THE WIRING HARNESS AT A COST OF APPROX $1600. THE ORIGINAL WIRING HARNESS IS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION. SHORTING TOGETHER OF THE WIRES IN THE WIRING HARNESS MAY CAUSE FIRES AND THE SUDDEN LOSS OF CONTROL OF VEHICLE. I REQUEST THAT NHTSA INVESTIGATE THIS SEEMINGLY COMMON PROBLEM THAT MERCEDES BENZ CLAIMS NOT TO HAVE HEARD OF. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10274091

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320. THE CONTACT NOTICED THAT THE ENGINE WARNING LIGHT WOULD SPORADICALLY ILLUMINATE ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. UPON FURTHER INSPECTION, HE NOTICED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FAILED. THE MANUFACTURER STATED THAT THE VIN WAS EXCLUDED FROM NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 95V031000 (ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:WIRING); THEREFORE, THEY WOULD NOT ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY REPAIRS. THE VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 90,000 AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 100,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10272427

Summary:

 

HOW MANY COMPLAINTS ON FAULTING WIRING HARNESS DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE MERCEDES BENZ EXCEPT THE FACT THEY SCREWED UP AND NEED TO REPLACE THE DEFECTIVE HARNESS FREE OF CHARGE!!! I HAVE BOTH A 1994 & 1995 E320 CAB., BOTH OF WHICH ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS. AFTER PAYING $80,000 + FOR A BENZ, I AND NO ONE ELSE SHOULD BE FACED WITH THE COST OF SUCH AN OBVIOUS FLAW. I WAS RAISED IN A BENZ HOME BUT I GUESS YOU DON'T GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ANYMORE. BAD! BAD! ¿!@#$%!! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10265985

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS BURNT OUT BECAUSE OF BIODEGRADABLE WIRE CASING ROTTING AWAY AND WIRES TOUCHING CAUSING SMOKE AND BURNT OUT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10252655

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 30 MPH, THE ENGINE STALLED AND THEN SHUT OFF. THERE WERE NO WARNING INDICATORS ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A DEALER AND THEY STATED THAT THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS DETERIORATED. THE DEALER REMEDIED THE ISSUE. IN DECEMBER OF 2008, THE VEHICLE SHUT OFF WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 60 MPH. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO THE DEALER AND THEY STATED THAT THE WIRING HARNESS FAILED AGAIN. THE MANUFACTURER COULD NOT ASSIST. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 72,000 AND FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 69,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10250936

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS AND COMPUTER FAILURES HAVE CAUSED VEHICLE TO STALL AND FAIL TO PERFORM AS EXPECTED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10250100

Summary:

 

THE CAR ABRUPTLY BEGAN TO RUN POORLY, TO THE EXTENT THAT POWER STEERING AND BRAKES WERE NOT PRESENT. INVESTIGATION FOUND DETERIORATED INSULATION ON THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WHICH CAUSED THE PROBLEM. THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WAS REPLACED AND NORMAL FUNCTIONING OF THE ENGINE RETURNED. WHY HASN'T A RECALL BEEN MADE FOR THIS PROBLEM? *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10244561

Summary:

 

CAR JUST STALLED AND STOPPED WORKING. CAR WAS INSPECTED AND WE FOUND OUT IT WAS AN DETERIORATING ENGINE HARNESS. WIRES WERE ALL FRIED AN BURNED UP. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10235035

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS ISSUE. INSULATION DEGRADES BECAUSE OF IMPROPER INSULATION MATERIAL SELECTION BY MERCEDES BENZ. VERY EXPENSIVE REPAIR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10233206

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE INJECTOR WIRE HARNESS IS CRUMB LINK AND CAUSING A LOT OF PROBLEMS. I UNDERSTAND MB KNOWS OF THIS PROBLEM AND WILL NOT ACKNOWLEDGE IT. THEREFORE THEY WILL NOT ISSUE A RECALL. BONNIE LANG *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10231472

Summary:

 

ENGINE CHECK LIGHT WAS ON AFTER A 2 HOURS DRIVE. BROUGHT THE CAR (1995 E320) IN TO A MECHANIC. THE MECHANIC SAID THE CAUSE WAS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS CRUMBLING TO THE TOUCH. TO REPLACE IT WOULD COST $1400 FOR PART AND LABOR. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10231034

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 ENGINE HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10229044

Summary:

 

I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS AS WELL AS MAIN ENGINE GASKETS DUE TO EXCESSIVE OIL LEAKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ENGINE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10222868

Summary:

 

ENGINE RUNNING ROUGH REPLACED WIRING HARNESS ALL WIRES WERE SPLIT AND EXPOSED AND BRITTLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10220081

Summary:

 

M.B. E320 CARBRIOLET 1995 WIRING HARNESS FAILED AND A FEW SPARK PLUGS WERE NOT ABLE TO FIRE. THE CAR WAS NOT ABLE TO BE DRIVEN. IT WAS TOWED TO THE DEALERSHIP. THE CAR HAS ONLY 32,000 MILES. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10217423

Summary:

 

MY 1995 E-320 WAGONS ENGINE WIRING HARNESS INSULATION HAS DETERIORATED TO A POINT WHERE THE CAR WAS GOING CRAZY, ODD ACCELERATOR BEHAVIOR, LOSS OF POWER, LOSS OF TRANS CONTROL, LOSS OF TRACTION CONTROL, ALL WIRE INSULATION ON THIS HARNESS HAS DETERIORATED TO THE POINT THAT IT IS AMAZING THAT THERE HAS NOT BEEN A FIRE OR ACCIDENT B/C OF THE MALFUNCTIONS. I CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN DRIVING AROUND WITH MY 20 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER IN THE CAR WITH IT LIKE THIS. WHEN THE CAR STATED ACTING UP. I TOOK IT TO A CERT. MECHANIC AND HE SHOWED ME THAT I THE CAR COULD HAVE BURNED UP OR I COULD HAVE LOST STEERING OR BRAKING CAPABILITIES OR TRANS CONTROL. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT!!! I COULD NOT TELL THAT ANYTHING WAS WRONG UNTIL HE REMOVED THE COVER FROM AROUND THE GROUP OF WIRES. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT, NOT EVEN IN MY 30 YEAR OLD VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE I HAD. MERCEDES MUST HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS A ISSUE AND SHOULD RECALL BEFORE ANYBODY GETS SERIOUSLY HURT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10215254

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10213643

Summary:

 

VECH. STARTED SKIPPING ONE DAY. LIGHT ON THE DASH STARTED FLASHING I SENT THE CAR TO THE SHOP THINKING IT NEEDED A TUNE UP BOY I WAS WRONG THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS MELTED THE SHOP REPLACED THE HARNESS AND DID THE TUNE UP BUT THE VECH STILL DOESN'T RUN RIGHT I'VE SPENT $1010.82 AND STILL DON,T HAVE A CAR I CAN USE DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NOW THIS IS A SHAME THE CAR COULD HAVE STARTED FIRE AND I DON'T WHY IT DIDN'T THE WIRES ARE ALL MELTED TOGETHER IVE KEPT IT FOR PROOF IF NEEDED I THINK MERCEDES SHOULD REFUND MY MONEY AND FIX THE CAR IT IS OF NO USE TO ME SITTING IN MY DRIVEWAY.*CN

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10213638

Summary:

 

CAR RAN GREAT ONE DAY AND THE NEXT DAY THE CAR STARTED SKIPPING I SENT THE CAR TO A LOCAL SHOP THINKING IT JUST NEEDED A TUNE UP BUT WAS I WRONG THE MOTOR WIRE HARNESS HAD MELTED THE SHOP REPLACED THE WIRE HARNESS .CAR STILL HAS PROBLEMS LIGHT ON THE DASH FLICKER ON AND OFF CAR STILL DOESN'T RUN RIGHT I'VE SPENT OVER $1000 DOLLARS AND STILL HAVE A CAR THAT I CAN'T DRIVE. *CN

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10212466

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE ENGINE HAS FAILED. THE INSULATION HAS DISINTEGRATED AND THE WIRES ARE ARCING, SHORTING AND CORRODING. THIS CAUSES INTERMITTENT STALLING OF THE ENGINE AND AN UNSAFE CONDITION. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A TYPICAL FAILURE OF THIS VEHICLE. IT IS ODD, I AM UNFAMILIAR WITH ANY VEHICLE THAT REQUIRES PERIODIC REPLACEMENT OF THE WIRING HARNESSES, ORDINARILY THESE LAST LONGER THAN THE VEHICLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10211479

Summary:

 

MY CAR STALLED IN AN EXTREMELY INOPPORTUNE TIME DUE TO A FAILED WIRING HARNESS. THE CAR STALLED ON THE FREEWAY, I APPRECIATE BEING ALIVE TO WRITE THIS. THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATING FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN AGE. MY CAR IS 95 MERCEDES WAGON. MERCEDES CUSTOMER SERVICE WANTS TO TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY, THEY BLAME PRIOR MECHANICS AND THE ARIZONA HEAT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10210493

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY "95 MERCEDES BENZ E320 HAS DISINTEGRATED WIRE COVERING AND IS SHORTING OUT EVERYTHING. I UNDERSTAND MERCEDES BENZ HAS KNOWN OF THIS DEFECT ALL ALONG AND THE NHTSA HAS MADE THEM DO NOTHING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10209848

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS CRUMBLING LEAVING EXPOSED WIRES. AS RESULT, ENGINE WILL NOT START. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10209808

Summary:

 

THE OUTER COATING OF THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS BURNT AWAY DUE TO THE INTERIOR COPPER WIRES SHORTING OUT OR DETERIORATING. I ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM WITH MY LOCAL M. BENZ DEALER AND WAS TOLD IT IS NOT A MALFUNCTION THAT IS COVERED BY M. BENZ. SINCE THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE, BOTH FIRE AND STALLING IN TRAFFIC, I HAVE LIMITED MY USE OF THE CAR. IF M. BENZ WISHES TO RETAIN ITS CUSTOMER BASE, IT SHOULD STEP UP TO THE PLATE WHEN SAFETY ISSUES ARE PRESENTED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10204807

Summary:

 

INTERMITTENT FAILURE OF VARIOUS ELECTRONIC PARTS. RADIO, LIGHTS, WARNING LIGHTS, WINDOW SWITCHES, LOCKS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10199285

Summary:

 

THE WIRING HARNESS HAS DISINTEGRATED INTO NOTHING BUT STRANDS OF WIRE ALL TOUCHING THEMSELVES AND CAUSING SHORTS AND PROBLEMS ALL OVER MY CAR. I HAVE BEEN QUOTED INSANE AMOUNTS OF MONEY TO REPLACE SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NEVER HAVE FAILED TO BEGIN WITH IN THIS CAR. FURTHER RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM THAT MB USA SHOULD HAVE RECALLED AND FIXED YEARS AGO. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10198854

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE / FUEL INJECTION WIRING HARNESS OF MY 1995 MERCEDES-BENZ E320 (135,000 MILES), HAS CRACKED INSULATION THROUGHOUT AND IS BEGINNING TO SHORT OUT WITH THE RISK OF CAUSING DANGEROUS ENGINE MALFUNCTION AND EVEN FIRE INSIDE MY ENGINE COMPARTMENT. I HAVE READ MANY REPORTS OF OTHER MERCEDES-BENZ CARS OF THE SAME AGE RANGE HAVING THE EXACT SAME DEFECT. THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE WITH MERCEDES THAT THEY REFUSE TO RECALL. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10189315

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRE HARNESS FAILURE. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10344717

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRE HARNESS CAUSING MY CAR TO STALL OUT WHILE DRIVING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10323643

Summary:

 

MY ASR LIGHT IS ON IN MY CAR WHICH IS A MERCEDES BENZ S600 DO TO A BAD WIRING HARNESS ON THE CAR,AND IT PUTS OUT A BIG BIG CLOUD OF SMOKE WHILE DRIVING,I TOOK THE ASR FUSE OUT AND IT STOPS BUT I HAVE TO PUT IT BACK IN BECAUSE THE ABS/AND THE SRS LIGHT COME ON ALSO. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10289906

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES S420 ASR COME ON WHILE DRIVING CAUSING GAS PEDAL TO STIFFEN AND DRIVING DIFFICULT IT CAN HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT WHILE DRIVING. WHILE ASR LIGHT IS ON WHILE DRIVING EASING UP OFF GAS PEDAL CAUSES CAR TO JERK FORWARD WHILE BRAKING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10248018

Summary:

 

MERCEDES BENZ 1995 S420 WIRING HARNESS CRACKING OF INSULATION LET TO STUCK STARTER WOULD NOT TURN OFF DRAINED ALL BATTERY POWER BECAME VERY HOT. 'ARCING PRESENT IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT FROM BARE WIRES DUE TO FLAKING INSULATION ON WIRING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10239512

Summary:

 

ENGINE STARTED TO RUN POORLY WHILE UNDERWAY AND THEN QUIT ENTIRELY. TRACED TO SHORTS IN ENGINE WIRING CAUSED BY A DISINTEGRATION OF INSULATION IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT. THERE SEEMED TO BE A BURNING AT THE SITE OF THE FAILURE BY THE DISCOLORING OF THE COPPER STANDS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10220699

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS FAILURE CAUSING STALLING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10209853

Summary:

 

MY AUXILIARY FANS WOULD NOT INITIATE, SO WE DECIDED TO REPLACE THE SWITCH THAT CONTROLS THE FANS. LOW AND BEHOLD, THE WIRING THAT WAS ATTACHED TO THIS SWITCH WAS CRUMBLING LIKE STALE BREAD CRUMBS AND FLAKES. I WANTED TO REPLACE THE WIRE, SO I UNDID THE ENTIRE HARNESS. I FOUND WORSE! THE ENTIRE HARNESS WAS CRUMBLING, BUT I WAS NOT ABLE TO SEE IT BEFORE BECAUSE OF THE BLACK COVERING AROUND THE WIRING. THE HARNESS IS COMPLETELY RUINED AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THE # OF COMPLAINTS I'M FINALLY SEEING REGARDING THIS PROBLEM. WOW! BAD ENGINEERING ON THE PART OF MERCEDES FOR THIS ISSUE. MY CAR IS A 1995 THAT HAS BEEN GARAGE ITS ENTIRE LIFE, FOR THE MOST PART. I AM GOING THROUGH THE PAINSTAKING LABOR OF RE-WIRING THIS ENTIRE HARNESS MYSELF...AND IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10209061

Summary:

 

THE FUEL SYSTEM WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1995 MERCEDES-BENZ S600 SHORTED OUT AND MADE MY CAR INOPERABLE. THIS OCCURRED WHILE SITTING IN TRAFFIC DRIVE BACK FROM WORK. I WAS ABLE TO 'JIGGLE' THE WIRES ENOUGH TO LIMP TO MY DRIVEWAY. WHILE 'LIMPING', THE CAR CONTINUOUSLY BACKFIRED AND HEAVED TOWARDS THE CARS IN FRONT OF ME, NARROWLY REAR-ENDING THEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10202282

Summary:

 

ASR LIGHT COMING ON INTERMITTENTLY. FAULTY WIRING CAUSING ASR TO FAIL. COST TO REPAIR $1,500. CLEARLY A MANUFACTURER'S DESIGN DEFECT.*JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10200937

Summary:

 

MB WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10336596

Summary:

 

1995 S600 WIRING HARNESS FAILURE-- ASR LIGHT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10307023

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

VEHICLE WAS RUNNING POORLY, ARRIVED HOME AND SMELLED BURNING WIRES. DISCONNECTED BATTERY TO AVOID FURTHER FIRE. DIAGNOSED AS FAULTY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. *CN

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10291621

Summary:

 

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS 1995 MERCEDES BENZ S420. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 35 MPH THE ENGINE STALLED WITHOUT WARNING. AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS THE VEHICLE WAS ABLE TO BE RESTARTED. HOWEVER SHE NOTICED THE "ASR" WARNING LIGHT ILLUMINATED ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL. THE VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN REPAIRED AT THIS TIME. THE FAILURE 137,150. THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 137,341. UPDATED 12/07/09. *LJ THE LOWER CONTROL ARM BUSHINGS WERE REPLACED AND THE STEERING BOX WAS LEAKING. UPDATED 12/08/09

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10208217

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FAILURE. ENGINE STALLING AND MISFIRING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10200633

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES S420 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS-INSULATION AND WIRE DISINTERGRATION CAUSING ENGINE TO STALL AND FALSE INDICATORS AND OVERHEATING SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER AND STALLING WHILE DRIVING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S SERIES

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10199695

Summary:

 

I HAVE 1995 MERCEDES S320 AND HAVING VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH THE WIRING HARNESS....IT'S CRACKED ALL OVER AROUND THE FUEL INJECTIONS & IGNITION COILS AND MANY MORE PLACES.....MERCEDES NEED TO TAKE CARE OF IT BECAUSE THE LAMINATED MATERIAL THEY HAVE USED ON THE WIRES IS VERY VERY CHEAP AND IT'S COMING OFF THE WIRES & LEAVING THEM NACKED AND LEADING INTO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10379595

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

1995 SL600 WITH COMPLETELY ERODED ENGINE WIRE HARNESS. ALMOST ALL THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES ARE GONE LEAVING BARE WIRES. THIS IS COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS FOR A 100K CAR.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10356988

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ SL600 (VIN [XXX])WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH ELECTRICAL WIRING WHICH HAS INSULATION WHICH DEGRADES OVER TIME. THIS CAUSES MANY PROBLEMS, THE MOST SERIOUS IN MY CASE BEING A DECELERATION WHEN THE GAS PEDAL IS DEPRESSED TOO FAR. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WHEN MERGING INTO TRAFFIC. IT IS A WIDELY KNOWN DEFECT IN MANY MERCEDES BUILT BETWEEN 1991 AND 1997. MERCEDES REFUSES TO FIX THE EXPENSIVE REPAIR. INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). I HAVE HAD THE DEFECTIVE WIRING HARNESS REPLACED AT A COST OF OVER $2000.00, I AM AWAITING INFORMATION ON OTHER REPAIRS CAUSED BY THE FAULTY WIRING.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10348130

Summary:

 

I BOUGHT A NEW MB 1995 SL320, ABOUT 18 MONTHS LATER I HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT AND WAS TOLD ITS THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS WHICH WAS REPLACED AT NO COST TO ME, HOWEVER I HAVE BEEN HAVING PROBLEM WITH THE CAR ( IDLE AND HESITATION AND BAD SMELL FROM THE EXHAUST ) FOR A WHILE AND FINALLY I SAW IT , THE WIRES HAVE DISINTEGRATED INSIDE THE SLEEVES ALL WIRE ARE TOUCHING, SOME WIRE HAVE NO INSULATION AT ALL JUST A COPPER WIRE, THEY KNEW OF THE PROBLEM OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THEN YOU SEE THEIR COMMERCIALS BUILT LIKE NO OTHER CAR. ITS GONNA COST MORE MONEY TO FIX THE CAR THAT THE CAR IS WORTH, I THINK MB SHOULD HAVE A RECALL AND FIX THE PROBLEM FREE, OR THERE SHOULD BE A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THEM. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10329788

Summary:

 

MY CARS RPM IN IDLE AND IN DRIVE SUDDENLY WILL GO UP TREMENDOUSLY AND THEN DOWN BACK TO NORMAL. RECENTLY IT STAYS IN A HIGH RPM MODE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10321332

Summary:

 

MY 1995 MERCEDES BENZ SL600 (VIN [XXX])WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH ELECTRICAL WIRING WHICH HAS INSULATION WHICH DEGRADES OVER TIME. THIS CAUSES MANY PROBLEMS, THE MOST SERIOUS IN MY CASE BEING A DECELERATION WHEN THE GAS PEDAL IS DEPRESSED TOO FAR. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WHEN MERGING INTO TRAFFIC. IT IS A WIDELY KNOWN DEFECT IN MANY MERCEDES BUILT BETWEEN 1991 AND 1997. MERCEDES REFUSES TO FIX THE EXPENSIVE REPAIR. INFORMATION REDACTED PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6). *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10254693

Summary:

 

CAR KEEPS STALLING PUTTING ME IN DANGER, ESPECIALLY ON HIGHWAY TRAVEL. THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN PERSISTENT SINCE I BOUGHT THE VEHICLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10228274

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS INSULATION DETERIORATING. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10221888

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1995 SL320 WAS REPLACED IN 1997 AND HAS DETERIORATED AND BROKE DOWN AGAIN CAUSING A FIRE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10205907

Summary:

 

DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS, CRACKED, CRUMBLED INSULATION, EXPOSING BARE WIRES AND SHORTING ASR, TRACTION CONTROL, FUEL INJECTION THROTTLE VALVE, AC NOT WORKING. THE I HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND MANY HOURS ONLY TO FIND OEM WIRE IS DEFECTIVE! THE MB DEALER WANTS $ 6,000 FOR ONLY 1) SIDE OF THROTTLE VALVE REPAIR/REPLACEMENT AND THE CAR HAS 2). AND THE THROTTLE VALVE IS NOT THE PROBLEM THE DEFECTIVE WIRING IS THE PROBLEM! ITS PLAIN TO SEE THAT NOTHING CAN FUNCTION PROPERLY IF BARE WIRES ARE SHORTING OUT THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM! THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED PROBLEM, ALL WIRES IN THE ENGINE HARNESS ARE BAD!!! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10203902

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1995 SL600 WITH JUST 42K MILES AND IN PRISTINE CONDITION. THE ASR SYSTEM PERIODICALLY AND RANDOMLY ENGAGED, EVEN WHEN SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS WERE NOT PRESENT. THIS OCCURRED AGAIN 9/22/07 AND THE ENGINE WOULD NOT RUN. THE MB DEALER INSPECTED THE PROBLEM AND DISCOVERED MULTIPLE ERROR CODES. THE CAUSE OF THIS WAS DUE TO THE WIRING HARNESS(S) BASICALLY MELTING DUE TO ENGINE COMPARTMENT HEAT. LUCKILY THE CAR DID NOT DETONATE. HOWEVER, THIS IS A DOCUMETED TYPICAL FAILURE. THE ESTIMATED COST TO REPAIR IS $6,000 AND THAT IS JUST FOR THE HARNESS(S) TO BE REPLACED. THERE ARE LIKELY MANY MORE PROBLEMS WITH EXORBITANT REPAIR COST, DIRECTLY CAUSED BY THE FAULTY HARNESS IN THIS MODEL. GRANTED THE CAR IS 12 YEARS OLD BUT METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED AND JUST 42,581 MILES. FOR A VEHICLE WITH AN ORIGINAL LIST PRICE EXCEEDING $100,000, I FIND THIS DEPLORABLE. THE MARKET VALUE OF THIS CAR WITHOUT THESE REPAIRS IS NULL. I CANNOT AFFORD THE RISK TO MY FAMILY AND THE POTENTIAL FINANCIAL BOTTOMLESS PIT TO REPAIR ALL OF THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THIS KNOWN BY MBUSA BUT NOT THE GENERAL PUBLIC. ALL OF THESE MODEL YEAR CARS SHOULD BE DISALLOWED FOR USE ON OUR ROADS. MBUSA WAS AWARE OF THIS ISSUE AND FAILED TO RECALL OR EVEN INFORM THEIR CONSUMERS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10370919

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES SL500 WITH 105,000 MILES. I HAD TO REPLACE THREE WIRING HARNESSES: FUEL INJECTION/ENGINE MANAGEMENT, ALTERNATOR/LOWER ELECTRICAL HARNESSES, AND HAD TO HAVE THE ELECTRONIC THROTTLE BODY WIRING REBUILT. ALL OF THE WIRING INSULATION WAS BRITTLE AND EXPOSED CAUSING DRIVEABILITY ISSUES AND THE INABILITY TO RUN OR ACCELERATE. THE REPAIRS COST $2,000 PLUS AND MERCEDES SAYS THERE IS NO DEFECT. BALONEY

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10291681

Summary:

 

1995 SL500 HAD THE SAR LIGHT GO ON AND THE CAR WENT INTO "LIMP MODE" AND BARELY RAN ENOUGH TO GET IT TO THE SERVICE GARAGE. THE MECHANIC DIAGNOSED A FAULTY ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND SHOWED ME HOW THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES WAS LITERALLY BREAKING AWAY FROM THE ELECTRICAL WIRING. THIS HE SAID WAS SHORTING OUT THE CONTROL MODULE. HE TOLD ME HIS WAS VERY COMMON ON THE MERCEDES OF THIS VINTAGE AND THAT IT WAS A HAZARD. THE CAR ONLY HAS 83,000 MILES ON IT AND MY WIFE BABY IT'S LIKE HER OWN CHILD. IT IS GARAGED EACH NIGHT AND I DO NOT BELIEVE THE WIRING HARNESS SHOULD HAVE DESINTEGRATED WITH SO FEW MILES. IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THE PRODUCT IS DEFECTIVE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10252708

Summary:

 

MY 1996 MERCEDES SL500 WITH LESS THAN 55,000 MILES HAS CRUMBLING WIRE INSULATION ON THE ENGINE CONTROLS WHICH HAS RESULTED IN SHORTED WIRING IN THE ENGINE CONTROLS. THE POOR QUALITY OF THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES IS THE PROBLEM, YET THE CAR MAKER OR THE DEALER HAS NOT DONE A RECALL TO REPLACE THIS WIRING HARNESS FOR THIS SAFETY PROBLEM. I AM TOLD THE COST TO REPLACE ALL THE DEFECTIVE PARTS WILL BE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THIS IS A KNOWN SAFETY ISSUE WITHIN THE MERCEDES COMMUNITY FOR THIS CAR THROUGH 1990-1995. THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS OF CARS INVOLVED WITH THIS POTENTIAL SAFETY HAZARD. THIS CAR WAS SOLD TO ME WITHOUT ANY MENTION OF THIS HAZARD. BECAME AWARE OF IT WHEN PRESENTED TO REPAIR SHOPS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10246046

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I HAVE A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ AND THE WIRING HARNESS CAUGHT FIRE WHILE WAS DRIVING ON THE ROAD AND ALMOST HAD A WRECK TRYING TO STOP THE CAR SO I COULD GET OUT, WAS CHOKING FROM THE FUMES. SHOULD I HAVE WAITED UNTIL I HAD A WRECK AND KILLED SOMEONE. SINCE I HAVE READ ON LINE THAT 500 PEOPLE HAVE HAD SIMILAR PROBLEMS THAT THEY REPORTED TO YOU. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10242737

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I HAVE A 1995 SL500 MERCEDES BENZ AND THE WIRES GOING TO THE BRAKE SWITCH CAUGHT FIRE, IF I HAD NOT HAD A FIRE EXTINGUISHER THE HOLE CAR MIGHT HAVE CAUGHT FIRE ALSO I WAS NO GOING FAST WHEN THE FUMES STARTED CHOKING ME AND MY EYES BURNED. I COULD HAVE KILLED MY SELF OR SOMEONE ON THE ROAD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10226361

Summary:

 

MY 1995 SL500 RECENTLY LOST POWER WHILE TRAVELING DOWN THE ROAD. THE DIAGNOSIS WAS A FAULTY ALTERNATOR BUT, WHILE THE MB DEALERSHIP WAS LOOKING THE CAR OVER, THE EA WIRING HARNESS WAS FOUND TO BE DEGRADED IN SEVERAL PLACES. I WAS TOLD THAT IT WOULD NEED TO BE REPLACED WHICH ALSO INVOLVED REPLACING THE EA CONTROL UNIT AND THROTTLE VALVE ACTUATOR. THESE PARTS APPARENTLY COME AS KIT FOR ABOUT $4,000.00! I OPTED TO NOT HAVE THAT REPAIRED AT THIS TIME BUT, I WILL BE HAVING IT REPAIRED VERY VERY SOON! IT IS QUITE REMARKABLE THAT A BIODEGRADABLE WIRING HARNESS HAS NEVER BEEN RECALLED OR EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED AS FAULTY BY THE MANUFACTURER. THIS SHOULD TRULY BE ADDRESSED. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10208852

Summary:

 

CAR GOES INTO LIMP MODE ALSO CAUSING ADDITIONAL ERROR CODES ON MY COMPUTER. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

202

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10247609

Summary:

 

I OWN A 1996 MERCEDES C280. HAD THE CAR SINCE 50,000. NOW AT 99,000 CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON. HOOKED THE SDS DIAGNOSTIC MACHINE FOUND THAT CODES ARE NOT IRRELAVENT. DISCOVERED THAT THE WIRING AROUND THE SENSORS WERE FALLING APART!! WTF!! ORDERED A NEW WIRING HARNESS AND WAITING AND HOPEFULLY WILL FIX THE PROBLEMSSSSSSS. AND I WILL COMPLAIN AND SEE IF MERCEDES WILL HELP PAY FOR THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. SELL THE CAR AND BUY A GOOD OL TOYOTA!!!!! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10203462

Summary:

 

EVER SINCE I BOUGHT THIS MERCEDES C280 1996 THREE YEARS AGO (2004) IT HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE WIRING HARNESS AND IT IS JUST TOO EXPENSIVE TO REPLACE IT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10195095

Summary:

 

DURING A RECENT SERVICE OF MY VEHICLE AT AN AUTHORIZED MERCEDES BENZ SERVICE CENTER, I WAS INFORMED THAT THE INSULATION COVERING MY WIRES WERE DECOMPOSING AND THE WIRES WERE EXPOSED TO THE ENGINE, HENCE CREATING A SAFETY HAZARD FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF THE PROBLEM, AND THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES IF THE WIRES CAUGHT ON FIRE. THE MECHANIC SAID IT WAS A MATERIAL DEFECT. HE REVEALED THAT THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME HE HAD OBSERVED THIS PROBLEM WITH 1996 280C- CLASS. SINCE THIS APPEARED TO BE A HABITUAL DEFECT WITH THIS MAKE AND MODEL; I ASKED IF A RECALL HAD BEEN ISSUED TO REPLACE THIS DECOMPOSING WIRE HARNESS. HE REPLIED "NO." I DON'T THINK I SHOULD HAVE TO PAY TO HAVE THE HARNESS REPLACED. IT IS A DEFECT AND SHOULD BE PAID BY THE MANUFACTURER. I HAVE SEARCHED ONLINE AND FOUND MANY OTHER OWNERS, @ MERCEDESHOP.COM SITE, HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THEIR 280C CLASS. CAN YOU PLEASE HELP ME? *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10213383

Summary:

 

CAR STALLS AT 40+ MPH IN TRAFFIC APPARENTLY CHOKED FOR FUEL. AFTER 5 TO 10 MINUTES AT REST - THE CAR CAN BE STARTED ALTHOUGH THE KEY MUST BE HELD IN THE START POSITION FOR 30 TO 40 SECONDS. THIS IS A 1996 300D MERCEDES BENZ 4-DOOR SEDAN. IT WAS DIAGNOSED BY A CERTIFIED MERCEDES BENZE REPAIR CENTER, CUMMINS AUTOMOTIVE, WHICH VERIFIED THRU FAULT CODES THAT HE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS IS BAD. UPON INSPECTION THEY HAVE FOUND INSULATION WEAR THAT HAS CAUSED THE FAULT (WIRES TOUCHING EACH OTHER) THAT HAS CAUSED THE STALLS.*CN

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10088701

Summary:

 

DRIVING AT 70 MPH ON CRUISE CONTROL AND ELECTRONICS ON FRONT DASH WENT BLANK, CAR DECELERATED, AND I HAD TO GET OFF THE ROAD BEFORE IT STOPPED. CAR WOULD NOT START FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES. WAS ABLE TO RESTART AND DRIVE TO SAFETY. DROVE CAR HOME AFTER A FEW DAYS - IN AREA AWAY FROM HOME AND HAD TO USE RENTAL. ON RETURN HOME WITH VEHICLE, IT AGAIN STALLED OUT WHILE DRIVING AT 40MPH ON A DRAWBRIDGE AT NIGHT! AGAIN, CAR WAS ABLE TO EVENTUALLY GET RESTARTED AND DRIVEN TO SAFETY. I HAVE HAD CAR AT MERCEDES DEALERSHIP AND TWO OTHER CAR REPAIR CENTERS THAT WERE ENDORSED. NO ONE CAN FIX THE DEFECT. I HAVE SPENT OVER $12,000 OVER LESS THAN 2 YEARS TO NO AVAIL. WE JUST CONTINUE TO GET MILKED FOR MONEY. THE CAR DOES HAVE 156K MILEAGE ON IT, BUT IS A DIESEL AND HAS BEEN WELL CARED FOR DESPITE THE MILEAGE WITH MAINTENANCE CHECKS AS WARRANTED BY THE DEALER.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10224829

Summary:

 

CRACKED WIRING HARNESS. DISCOVERED WHEN REAR LIGHTS WOULD NOT WORK. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10221826

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

MY 1996 MERCEDES BENZ S320 CAUGHT ON FIRE 3/16/08 DUE TO A DEFECTIVE HARNESS WIRING THAT CAUSE BURNED WIRES IN THE CONSOLE, UNDER THE SEAT, THE DOOR PANELS, DAMAGED THE VACUUM LINES, SIDE VIEW MIRROR AND POTENTIALLY THE CONTROL UNITS. YOUR NHTSA HAS RECEIVED HUNDREDS OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITH THE MERCEDES VEHICLES [EARLY 1990 MODELS]. WHEN I SPOKE TO THE CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENT AT MERCEDES HEADQUARTERS TWO OF THEM DENIED A PROBLEM WITH WIRING CATCHING ON FIRE AND TWO DEALERSHIPS SAID THAT THEY HAD NOT HEARD OF ANY CASES INVOLVING FAULTY WIRING. THE MECHANIC THAT SPOKE HONESTLY SAID THAT THERE ARE AS MANY AS 30,000 VEHICLES THAT HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM BUT MERCEDES IS IN DENIAL AND ARE AVOIDING A MAJOR RECALL. THE PROBLEM IS KNOWN AMONG DEALERS AND MECHANICS WHO ARE TRAINED TO REPAIR MERCEDES VEHICLES. I WANT MY COMPLAINT ADDED TO THE OTHERS THAT ARE ON YOUR LIST AND COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS THE NHTSA SAYING ABOUT THIS MERCEDES PROBLEM AND WHAT IS THE NEXT MOVE TO DEAL WITH A MANUFACTURERS PROBLEM THAT ENDANGERS OUR LIVES ON THE HIGHWAY. MY VEHICLE BEGAN SMOKING IN BURNING WHILE ENROUTE TO ALBANY, GA FROM AMERICUS, GA. THE EXPERIENCE WAS FRIGHTENING AND IT COULD HAVE CAUSED LOSS OF LIFE. I AM A PRACTICING PHYSICIAN AND I HOPE YOUR ADMINISTRATION CAN GET MERCEDES TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM LIKE SO MANY OTHER CAR MANUFACTURERS HAVE DONE. THANK YOU *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10376256

Summary:

 

TL*THE CONTACT OWNS A 1996 MERCEDES BENZ C280. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 40 MPH THE STEERING WHEEL BECAME VERY STIFF AND DIFFICULT TO TURN. THE CHECK ENGINE AND BATTERY LIGHTS BEGAN ILLUMINATING MOMENTS BEFORE THE VEHICLE STALLED. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED. THE FAILURE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED AND THE CONTACT WAS TOLD THAT THE VEHICLE WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RECALL ASSOCIATED WITH NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER 96V058000, ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGES WERE 119,293.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10234969

Summary:

 

THE CAR NOT RUN THE WIRING OF COMPUTER TO FUEL INJECTION IS FAILS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10246033

Summary:

 

THE CAR IS VERY HARD TO START (DOESN'T FIRE IMMEDIATELY), THE IDLE SPEED RACES HIGHER AND LOWER WITHOUT DRIVER INPUT. THE CAR LOOSES POWER AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS WITHOUT DRIVER INPUT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10241004

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I HAVE A 1996 MERCEDES BENZ. THE CAR LITERALLY SHUTS OFF ON THE ROAD. I HAVE REPLACED MAF AND O2 SENSORS REPEATEDLY TO NO AVAIL. I'M TOLD BY MY MECHANIC THAT THE PROBLEM IS A CORRODED ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10237559

Summary:

 

CAR SURGES, STALLS, IDLES ROUGH, AND ALSO REVS AT ABOUT 4000 RPM. TOOK TO REPAIR SHOP, WAS TOLD ELECTRICAL HARNESS WAS DETERIORATING CAUSING THESE PROBLEMS AND ALSO OTHER PROBLEMS. MECHANIC STATED THIS WAS A COMMON PROBLEM FOR EARLY 90S MERCEDES. WIRING HARNESS COST $1,198.75. HAVE NOT REPAIRED AT THIS TIME. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10224837

Summary:

 

MY MERCEDES BENZ 220C WENT DEAD AT STOP LIGHT CAUSING DANGER TO WHO EVER WAS DRIVING. I TOOK AUTO TO MERCEDES DEALER WHO INFORMED ME THAT WIRE HARNESS WAS DETERIORATING AFTER ONLY 80,000 MILES ON CAR. ALSO AIR FLOW WAS BAD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10196134

Summary:

 

ENGINE KEEPS SHUTTING OFF WHILE ACCELERATING. THIS HAPPENED SEVERAL TIMES WHILE DRIVING SOMETIMES IN THE LEFT LANE AND THEN HAVE TO COAST TO THE SIDE. VERY SCARY AND UNSAFE!. ! I TOOK VEHICLE TO THE MECHANIC AND HE SAID THE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10190270

Summary:

 

THE 1996 MERCEDES C220 HAD A DEFECTIVE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS. THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND I SERVICED THE CAR. THE MECHANIC MENTIONED THAT MERCEDES USED A RECYCLED WIRING COVER THAT WITH THE HIGH TEMPERATURE CRACKED AND EVEN MELTED. I WAS TOLD BY THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN THAT HE CHANGED A FEW, AND THERE WAS NO CHARGE. MY CAR WAS NOT INCLUDED, AND I WAS REQUESTED TO PAY FOR EVERYTHING. THIS WAS UNEXPLAINABLE. I HAD TO PAY TWICE FOR THE DIAGNOSTIC ($120) AND FOR THE LABOR ($700.). THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS COSTS $1400.00. I AM NEGOTIATING WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE IF THEY COULD COVER THE COSTS BECAUSE IT WAS AN ISSUE OF POOR WORKMANSHIP OR QUALITY. I HAVE NEVER HERD OF ENGINE WIRES CRACKING AND MELTING ON A CAR!! THE SERVICE PERSON WAS VERY NICE AND MENTIONED THAT THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST TIME AND SOME EVEN RESULTED IN FIRES. I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS SHOULD BE RECALLED IN ALL CARS THAT MERCEDES BENZ CARS THAT HAVE BEEN EQUIPPED WITH THIS TYPE OF RECYCLED WIRE COVERING. IT IS A DANGER TO ALL THAT DRIVE THIS CARS AND OTHERS THAT IT MAY EFFECT IF AN ACCIDENT RESULTS. TO IGNORE THIS ISSUE AFTER IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF CUSTOMER SERVICE IS TO HOLD THEM LIABLE IN ALL ACCIDENTS, DEATHS AND INJURY THAT INVOLVE THESE VEHICLES. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10188473

Summary:

 

1996 MERCEDES C220 - WIRING HAS DETERIORATED TO THE POINT OF THE CAR NO LONGER RUNNING, BUT THEY WANT TO CHARGE ME $1080 JUST FOR THE 30 FEET OF WIRING HARNESS TO REPLACE IT - NOT TO MENTION LABOR CHARGES. DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND THE CAR JUST FLOODED OUT, STARTED SMOKING, AND QUIT. NOW IT WILL START THEN IMMEDIATELY DIE. MECHANIC SHOWED ME THE INSIDE OF NUMEROUS ENGINE WIRING CHANNELS WHERE EXPOSED COPPER WIRES LAY NEXT TO EACH OTHER WITH CRUMBLY DRY-ROT LOOKING RUBBER MATERIAL WHICH USED TO BE INSULATION. THIS CAR HAS BEEN METICULOUSLY TAKEN CARE OF. I HAVE SEARCHED AND FOUND THIS PROBLEM REPORTED ALL OVER THE INTERNET WITH PEOPLE COMPLAINING BUT MB REFUSES TO REPAIR FOR A CHEAPER CHARGE FOR THEIR OWN FACTORY DEFECT. THE DEALER SAYS THAT MANY LEFT THE ASSEMBLY LINE ALREADY CRACKED BACK IN 1996 AS THEY HAD TO REPLACE MANY UNDER WARRANTY BACK THEN. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A DELIBERATE SCAM TO FORCE CUSTOMERS TO PAY HIGH REPAIR COSTS FOR A KNOWN FACTORY DEFECT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10350841

Summary:

 

I WAS DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY & LOST POWER, THE ENGINE WOULD NOT ACCELERATE. I ALMOST GOT KILLED, I FINALLY PULLED ON THE SHOULDER& EASED TO SERVICE ROAD & I NOTICED THE ENGINE WAS RUNNING AT IDLE SPEED, THE A/C WAS RUNNING ALL THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WAS FUNCTIONING. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT WAS ON. I TRIED TO REV ENGINE UP BY MOVING THE CABLE LEVER MANUALLY; THE ENGINE WOULD NOT GO ABOVE IDLE, HAD THE CAR TOWED TO EWING MERCEDES BENZ THEY HAD TO ORDER THE WHOLE ENGINE HARNESS. IT WILL COST ME $1100 OR MORE TO HAVE IT REPLACED. THIS WIRING HARNESS IS IN POOR SHAPE ON THESE CAR THE INSULATION BECOME BRITTLE AND FALLS APART. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10202793

Summary:

 

ENGINE AND ALL ELECTRICAL FUNCTIONS SUDDENLY STOPPED WHILE DRIVING. AFTER TOWING, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE ELECTRICAL WIRING HARNESS HAD VIRTUALLY DISINTEGRATED. PARTS AND LABOR TO REPAIR APPROX. $1000. FILING NOW ONLY BECAUSE I JUST FOUND OUT THAT IT IS A RECURRING PROBLEM ON MERCEDES-BENZ VEHICLES AROUND MY YEAR (1996). *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10197964

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATED CAUSING ELECTRICAL SHORT-CIRCUIT. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10259251

Summary:

 

UP UNTIL ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO, THE ONLY PROBLEMS TO MY VEHICLE HAD BEEN DUE TO ROUTINE MAINTENANCE. ABOUT THAT TIME, MY 1996 MERCEDES BENZ E320 BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH. I TOOK MY VEHICLE TO A REPUTABLE (MERCEDES BENZ ONLY) SHOP WHO REPLACED 2 COILS. ALTHOUGH THE VEHICLE RAN GOOD FOR A FEW DAYS, IT SOON BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH. A FOLLOW UP VISIT LED C & G MERCEDES, IN HOUSTON, TEXAS, TO FIND THAT THE PROBLEM WAS RELATED TO IT'S WIRING HARNESS, THAT RESULTED FROM A COMMON PROBLEM TO THIS AND OTHER MODELS, DUE TO PREMATURE CORROSION OF THE INSULATION OF THE WIRES. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND THIS CAN CAUSE THE PROBLEMS I HAVE DESCRIBED AND CAN RESULTS IN FIRES TOO. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS OCCURS IN 1990 -1996 MODELS. THE CORRECTION IS A $1,000.00 REPLACEMENT PART. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10229494

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

THE WIRING ON THE CAR IS DISINTEGRATING HARNESS WIRES EVERY WIRE WAS A GREAT CAR WIRING CAUSING VARIOUS PROBLEMS COST MORE TO FIX THEN ITS WORTH HELP ME! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10207479

Summary:

 

MY CAR SEEM NOT TO BE STARTING ALL THE TIME WHEN I TURN THE IGNITION KEY ON. MERCEDES SERVICE INFORMED ME THAT THE WIRE HARNESS NEEDS TO BE REPLACE AND THERE ARE BARE WIRE EXPOSED AND THIS COULD BE CAUSING THE PROBLEM. THE INFORMED ME THAT THE MATERIAL WAS MADE WITH BIODEGRADABLE MATERIAL AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS OCCURRED. I INFORMED THE DEALER THAT THIS IS A SAFETY HAZARD AND SHOULD BE FIXED BY MERCEDES AS A CAMPAIGN RATHER THAN CHARGE THE OWNER 1,500 DOLLARS TO FIX. THE DEALER SAID TO NOT TOUCH THE WIRE HARNESS AND EVENTUALLY THE CAR WILL STOP RUNNING. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE FOR A 50K PLUS CAR AND NOT TO HAVE THE MANUFACTURER TO STAND BEHIND THEIR POOR DESIGN. I AM REPORTING THIS BEFORE I HAVE A FAILURE WHICH COULD CAUSE AN ACCIDENT DUE TO ENGINE FAILURE AND BRAKE FAILURE DUE TO LACK OF POWER. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10201995

Summary:

 

WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT MY DEAR WIFE WAS DYING FROM ADVANCED KIDNEY FAILURE, I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL 1996 E 320 (FROM ITS ORIGINAL OWNER). HOWEVER, WHEN HE DECIDED TO ADVERTISE THE CAR, HE CAREFULLY PRESSURE-WASHED THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, ETC., SO IT WOULD LOOK ITS BEST. AFTER WHICH, HE COULD NOT GET THE ENGINE TO FIRE AGAIN, SO HE HAD IT TOWED TO THE LOCAL DEALER, WHO CHARGED HIM ALMOST $800 TO "DRY OFF THE SPARK PLUG WIRES, & REPLACE THE SPARK PLUG BOOTS"!!! (NOTHING WAS MENTIONED ABOUT "CRACKED WIRING, ETC.) I TOOK POSSESSION OF THE CAR RIGHT AFTER THIS FIASCO, AND NEVER GAVE IT A SECOND THOUGHT UNTIL THE CAR BEGAN TO SPUTTER AND DIE, RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF TRAFFIC, ETC.! ON AT LEAST 3 OTHER OCCASIONS, THE CAR HAS SIMPLY SHUT OFF, JUST LIKE TURNING THE IGNITION OFF! THE ORIG. OWNER SAYS IT HAS NEVER DONE THIS FOR HIM! SO I STUMBLED ONTO THE HUGE LIST OF CONSUMER COMPLAINTS ON THE DETERIORATING WIRING HARNESS ISSUES, WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN RECALLED BY MB. I HAVE ALWAYS HELD MB IN HIGHEST REGARDS, BUT FOR THEM TO KNOW ABOUT THIS, YET NOT FIX IT, IS UNFORGIVABLE! MY WIFE'S AID MUST USE THIS CAR TO DRIVE HER TO HER ROUTINE DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS, AND I CAN ONLY SAY THAT THEY'D BETTER NOT GET HURT IN THIS VEHICLE BECAUSE IT STALLS OUT WITH THEM! THEY WILL HAVE A LAWSUIT ON THEIR HANDS FOR SURE! I ONLY EXPECT THAT SUCH BLATANT FAULTY WIRING PROBLEMS SHOULD BE FIXED...NO QUESTIONS ASKED! I BELIEVE ANY AMERICAN MANUFACTURER WOULD DO SO, AND I EXPECT MB TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO FIX THIS HORRIFIC WELL-DOCUMENTED PROBLEM! PLEASE USE WHATEVER POWER YOU CAN MUSTER, TO HELP CONVINCE THEM TO RECTIFY THIS DEFECT! (I NO LONGER BELIEVE THE DEALER MECHANIC WHO TOLD ME THAT HE HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS CAR DOING SUCH A THING, AND IT MUST BE A DROP OF CONDENSATION IN THE GASTANK"! I WAS INSTRUCTED TO "RUN A CAN OF INJECTOR CLEANER THRU, AND IT SHOULD FIX THE STALLING PROBLEM". HA! NOT!!!! *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10193456

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS DEFECT, NEEDS TO BE RECALLED AND REPLACED. *AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL CLASS

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10198184

Summary:

 

1996 MERCEDES BENZ SL 600 WIRING HARNESS FAILURE AUTHORIZED DEALER REPORTS THAT THIS IS A TYPICAL FAILURE OF AN OLDER MERCEDES WITH ONLY 60,000 MILES. THIS FAILURE IS KNOW THROUGH OUT THE INDUSTRY BUT IT HAS NEVER BEEN RECOGNIZED BY MB CONSEQUENTLY NO RECALL. THE CAR RUNS SLUGGISHLY AND I HAVE BEEN WARNED THAT IT IS A FIRE HAZARD. COST OF REPAIR IS ESTIMATED AT $3100????? *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

420

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10249623

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

HEADLIGHT WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATING, AND LOOKS IDENTICAL TO PICTURES SENT TO NHTSA BY OTHER OWNERS AND IS A FIRE HAZARD THAT IS UNDETECTABLE UNTIL SHORTS OR FIRES DEVELOP. THE INSULATION IS LITERALLY FALLING APART, AND THIS CREATES GREAT POTENTIAL FOR UNSAFE OPERATION, SHORTCIRCUITS, BREAKDOWN AND IS A POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C280

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10281424

Summary:

 

MERCEDES 1997 C280 SPORT WIRING HARNESS. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C280

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10203533

Summary:

 

1997 C-CLASS C280 SPORT MERCEDES-BENZ WIRING HARNESS PROBLEM CAUSING RANDOM ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C280

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10166284

Summary:

 

WIRE HARNESS AND MASS AIR FLOW SENSORS ARE WELL KNOWN TO FAIL IN ALL W202 BODY STYLE MERCEDES MAF ARE NOT A LARGER PROBLEM DUE TO THEIR LOW REPAIR COST ON THE OTHER HAND ALL W202 HAVE TO HAVE THE WIRE HARNESS REPLACED IN UNDER 10 YEARS WHICH FOR $2000+ IS UNREASONABLE DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT IS A CLEAR PROBLEM IN ALL SUCH VEHICLES. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E CLASS

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10222207

Summary:

 

MY MB E300D'S ENGINE WILL CUT OFF FOR NO APPARENT REASON. IT STARTED GRADUALLY JUST CUTTING OFF WHILE SITTING AT AN INTERSECTION OR WHILE SLOWING TO A STOP. FEELING IT WAS ANYTHING FROM FUEL TO COMPUTER PROBLEMS I TOOK IT TO THE SHOP ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. THEY ADVISED THEY COULD NOT FIND THE PROBLEM AND WANTED TO START REPLACING PARTS LIKE RELAYS. THE PROBLEM CAME TO A HEAD WHILE MY WIFE WAS ACCELERATING ON AN INTERSTATE RAMP INTO TRAFFIC RUNNING 70MPH. THE CAR CUT OFF CAUSING NEAR CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENTS. THIS IS OF COURSE UNACCEPTABLE. MERCEDES IS ACTING LIKE THIS IS NOT A BIG PROBLEM. UPON SEARCHING THE WEB, I FOUND THAT THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM -"CUTTING OFF FOR NO APPARENT REASON" AND SO FAR THIS AGENCY SEEMS TO HAVE NOT DONE MUCH TO FORCE MERCEDES TO CORRECT THIS EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS CONDITION. I CAN NOT KEEP DRIVING THE CAR UNTIL SOMETHING BREAKS BAD ENOUGH FOR MERCEDES TO FIND IT. THE WIRING HARNESS IS THE KNOWN CULPRIT THOUGH MERCEDES WON'T ADMIT IT. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10316157

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS FOR THE ENGINE OF A 1997 MERCEDES-BENZ S500 HAS DISINTEGRATED DUE TO A MANUFACTURING DEFECT. THE MERCEDES MANUFACTURER SEEMED TO HAVE USED AN INFERIOR AN UNSUITABLE INSULATION FOR THE WIRES, WHICH, FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN TIME, DETERIORATE ALLOWING THE WIRES TO SHORT AND PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM FUNCTIONING AS WELL AS CREATING A HAZARDOUS SITUATION SUCH AS FIRE IN ENGINE AND ETC. THE MERCEDES MANUFACTURER IS AWARE OF THE DEFECT BUT REFUSES TO PROVIDE A SOLUTION OR TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10220071

Summary:

 

MULTIPLE FAILURES, WITH DEGRADATION OF INSULATION ON WIRING IN THIS VEHICLE. *TR

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL320

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10015883

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

WHILE PARKED IN A GARAGE THE CONSUMER ATTEMPTED TO USE THE KEYLESS ENTRY REMOTE BUT IT DID NOT UNLOCK THE VEHICLE. THE CONSUMER THEN TRIED TO START THE VEHICLE BUT IT WOULD NOT START. THE CONSUMER THEN OPENED THE TRUNK AND AT THAT TIME THE CONSUMER SMELLED A STRONG BURNING ODOR. THE CONSUER THEN NOTICED THAT THE BLACK BOX, IMMEDIATELY ABOVE THE BATTER, BURNED. TEH VEHICLE ALSO LEAKED OIL. *AK *NLM

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL320

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10015179

Summary:

 

BURN SMELL COMING FROM ELECTRICAL HARNESS BOX. MR THE HARNESS BOX WAS LOCATED IN THE TRUNK. THE VEHICLE ALSO HAD AN OIL LEAK. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL500

Year:

1997

Complaint Number:

10189295

Summary:

 

Fire: Yes

I HAD A WIRING HARNESS FIRE IN MY VEHICLE A 1997 MERCEDES BENZ SL 500, IT IS DUE TO A DEFECT IN THE WIRE HARNESS BUT MERCEDES BENZ IS DECLINING ANY INVOLVEMENT, I KNOW OF 129 OTHER FAILURES IN LIKE VEHICLES, IT'S COSTING ME $10,000 TO FIX AND I WILL NOT HAVE MY CAR BACK UNTIL JULY 2007. THIS NEEDS TO STOP MERCEDES IS DEINYING ALL INVOLVMENT.*AK

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10398067

Summary:

 

DURING NORMAL OPERATION OF MY VEHICLE, THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO ACT ERRATICALLY. AT START, THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT NORMALLY IDLE; INSTEAD IT LURCHED BETWEEN 500-1500 RPM. DURING OPERATION, AT A RANDOM POINTS, THE VEHICLE WOULD NOT RESPOND TO PRESSING THE GAS, INSTEAD SURGING POWER UNTIL I STOP AND IDLE FOR A MINUTE. IT TURNS OUT THAT THE PROBLEM IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE WIRING HARNESS, WHICH IS DISINTEGRATING. THIS WELL-KNOWN PROBLEM IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE USE OF INFERIOR MATERIALS BY MERCEDES-BENZ WHICH ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR USE IN HIGH-TEMPERATURE ENVIRONMENTS. RECENTLY, THE PROBLEM HAS GOTTEN WORSE; TODAY, THE VEHICLE DOES NOT ACHIEVE ANY GOOD ACCELERATION NOR IS IT VERY RESPONSIVE WHEN THE GAS PEDAL IS PRESSED. OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE IS SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED AT THIS TIME. SO FAR, THIS PROBLEM HAS NECESSITATED THE REPLACEMENT OF A BATTERY. I'VE BEEN ADVISED THAT THE COST TO REPAIR THIS PROBLEM WILL BE UPWARDS OF $2,000 DUE TO THE COST OF THE REPLACEMENT HARNESS, A PART WHICH IS NORMALLY DESIGNED TO WITHSTAND THE ENTIRE LIFESPAN OF THE VEHICLE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10395790

Summary:

 

300E ENGINE WIRING HARNESS DEGRADING, FLAKING INSULATION, SHORTING WIRES FOR ALL SYSTEMS, MULTIPLE PROBLEMS. RACING IDLE, UNCONTROLLABLE ACCELERATION, STALLING, CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS COMING ON AND OFF. REPLACED THOUSANDS $$ IN PARTS ONLY TO FIND IT IS A WELL SAFETY PROBLEM THAT NO-ONE, INCLUDING THE NHTSA HAS THE COURAGE TO ADDRESS. CAR IS NOT DRIVABLE AND REQUIRE OVER $3,000 TO REPLACE THE ENGINE HARNESSES. HOW MANY COMPLAINTS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE ACTION IS TAKEN? SOME OF THE REPORTS INVOLVE DEATH AND OR FIRE. THIS IS A WIDE SPREAD PROBLEM ACROSS MULTI-YEAR MULTI MAKE, AND I AM SURE I AM JUST SCRATCHING THE SURFACE. RESEARCH ON YOUR DATA BASE FOR JUST A FEW MODELS MERCEDES MODELS, 1993 TIMEFRAME, REVEALED THE FOLLOWING ODI'S . PLEASE HELP! 300 SERIES 1991 - 10104057, 10269282, 10268253; 10259977, 10209057, 10186762, 10163311 1992 - 10152349, 10134359, 1993 - 10392515, 10292860, 10234293, 10214689, 10214249, 10210113, 10184197, 10182858, 10172275, 10155432, 10133655, 10105816, 10010094, 1994 - 10009343, 733503, 1995 - 10246761, 10229755, 10226574, 10221013, 10214284, 10212919, 10203075, 10200978, 717654, 1996 - 10213383, 10088701, 518437 400 SERIES 1993 - 10310130, 10257260, 10236751, 10178341, 10176827, 10176743, 10172386, 10163906, 10163905, 10157440, 10140856, 10134065, 10136148, 10010497, 805343 500 SERIES 1993 - 10211224, 10210291, 10208221, 10201073, 10200980, 10187000, 10166496, 10166495, 10167967, 10160120, 10158632, 10155987, 10118292, 10136633, 10130247, 852487

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10395666

Summary:

 

1993 300E EXPERIENCED MULTIPLE INTERMITTENT CHECK ENGINE CODE FAILURES, RACING AT IDLE, STALLING, ALL OF WHICH RESULTED IN COSTLY REPAIRS INCLUDING REPLACEMENT OF MAF , 02 SENSOR, HOT AIR FLOW SENSOR, OVER VOLTAGE RELAY, SEVERAL BLOWN FUSES, IGNITION COILS, CLIMATE CONTROL AMPLIFIER. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY PARTS I HAVE REPLACED.. CAR INTERMITTENTLY DIES OR RACES IDLE ON FREEWAY WITH NO WARNING AND NO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT, VERY DANGEROUS. TROUBLE SHOOTING REVEALED THAT THE MAIN ENGINE HARNESS IS DETERIORATING. THIS IS A WELL KNOW PROBLEM FOR MB BUILT IN EARLY TO MID 1990'S. THERE ARE NO RECALLS, NO ASSISTANCE WITH THIS PROBLEM AT ALL AT THE MB DEALERS. THEY KNOW ABOUT IT. REPAIRS COST MORE THAN THE CAR IS WORTH. THIS IS A SEVERE SAFETY ISSUE; I AM IMAGINING THAT THIS PROBLEM COULD AND WILL AFFECT MY BREAKS. CAR IS NOT DRIVABLE AT THIS POINT AS I BELIEVE THAT A FIRE WOULD BE IMMINENT.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

300 SERIES

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10392515

Summary:

 

AFTER A MAJOR SERVICE TO THE VEHICLE, DURING WHICH THE WATER PUMP WAS REPLACED, A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS WITH THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO EMERGE. ONE SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WAS THAT THE VEHICLE WOULD HAVE SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER. ON ONE OCCASSION, WHILE DRIVING AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS, THE VEHICLE LOSS COMPLETE POWER AND I HAD TO REACT QUICKLY TO PULL OFF THE HIGHWAY TO SAFETY. AFTER THE ENGINE COOLED DOWN SLIGHTLY, THE VEHICLE RESTARTED AND I WAS ABLE TO DRIVE HOME WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. I HAD THE CAR SERVICED AND A NUMBER OF SENSORS WERE REPLACED BUT THE VEHICLE'S ENGINE BEGAN RUNNING MUCH RICHER SHORTLY AFTER THIS LAST SERVICE. IT WASN'T UNTIL THE VEHICLE FAILED A STATE EMMISSIONS TEST, AND I HAD TO RETURN THE VEHICLE ONCE AGAIN TO THE DEALER, THAT THE SERVICE TECHNICIAN DISCLOSED THAT THERE WAS AN ISSUE WITH PREMATURE ENGINE WIRE HARNESS INSULATION DETERIORATION ON SEVERAL MODEL YEARS IN THE MERCEDES 300 AND 400 SERIES. AND IT WAS THE DECOMPOSITION OF THE INSULATION THAT WAS CAUSING THE SHORT CIRCUITS IN THE ELECTRONICS OFTEN DURING MAJOR SERVICE WHEN THE BRITTLE WIRES ARE DISTURBED. THIS DEFECT IN THE MATERIAL HOWEVER WAS NOT BEING CONSIDERED RECALLABLE BY THE MANUFACTURER, HE SAID. THE WIRE JACKETS ARE NOW VERY VISIBLY BRITTLE AND CRACKED AROUND THE ENGINE. THIS DEFECT IS NOW WELL KNOWN AND THE SAFETY CONCERNS ARE FAIRLY WIDESPREAD. IT TOOK CONSIDERABLE EXPENSE ON MY PART BEFORE THE DEALER WAS WILLING TO ADMIT THIS MATERIAL AND POTENTIALLY SERIOUS MATERIAL DEFECT IN THE MODEL YEAR TO WHICH MY VEHICLE BELONGS. THE MECHANIC STATES THAT BECAUSE OF THE NON-DISCERNABLE ERROR CODES RECORDED, THE ONLY WAY TO EVEN BEGIN TO PINPOINT THE PROBLEMS I MUST SPEND AN ADDTIONAL $1200 FOR THE ENGINER HARNESS PLUS APPROXIMATELY $1000 LABOR TO REPLACE DEFECTIVE WIRES FIRST, BEFORE FURTHER TROUBLESHOOTING FOR WHAT HAS BEEN DEMANGED BY THE SHORT CIRCUITS. I FEEL THAT THE MANUFACTURER IS COMPLETELY IRRESPONSIBLE IN NOT MAKING THIS A PRIORITY SAFETY ISSUE AND RECALL ALL VEHICLES AFFECTED.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

600

Year:

1993

Complaint Number:

10398393

Summary:

 

I OWN A WHITE 1992 600SEL WITH 85,000 ORIGINAL MILES. THE CAR'S INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. HOWEVER, THE MAIN WIRING HARNESS IS DISINTEGRATING CAUSING ALL KIND OF ERRATIC ENGINE AND DRIVE-ABILITY BEHAVIOR. THE CAR IS NOT SAFE TO DRIVE AT ALL. IT IS LOOSING POWER, POWER STEERING IS GETTING STIFFER, AND SMELLS LIKE SULFUR ALL THE TIME. THE LAST TWO DAYS THE CAR IS RUNNING VERY SLUGGISH AND MAKES MERGING INTO TRAFFIC OR JOINING TRAFFIC ON FREEWAYS DANGEROUS AS THE CAR CAN'T GAIN SPEED FAST ENOUGH DUE TO THE HESITATION CAUSED BY THE POORLY AND CHEAPLY DESIGNED MAIN WIRING HARNESS WHICH IS MELTING. I HAD THE CAR INSPECTED BY A MERCEDES MECHANIC WHO HAS BEEN TRYING TO SAVE THE CAR, BUT THE DISINTEGRATION IS SPREADING ALL OVER. HARNESS REPLACEMENT WILL COST $7000 PLUS, PLUS. MERCEDES BENZ MUST ISSUE A RECALL ON SUCH VITAL SAFETY ELEMENT IN THIS CAR. I AM SURPRISED THAT NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE GIVEN OUR COUNTRY'S STICKED STAND ON SAFETY AND WERE NO PRICE CAN EVER PUT ON SAFETY. PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS. ALREADY REPLACED TWO AIR MASS FLOW SENSORS, COOLANT SENSOR, COILS, CONTROL MODULES, FUEL INJECTOR TOP WIRING HARNESS, AND PLUGS.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

124

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10143995

Summary:

 

UPPER ENGINE WIRING HARNESS (MB PART# A 124 440 19 06) INSULATION CRACKED IN MANY PLACES. IT DECOMPOSED/DETERIORATED SO BADLY IT EFFECTED ADDITIONAL ENGINE COMPONENTS. ENGINE STALLED MANY TIME WHILE IN TRAFFIC. HARNESS WAS REPLACES ON 04-21-2005 AND CAR REQUIRED ADDITIONAL MAINTENANCE FROM MERCEDES DEALER SHIP DUE TO ECU PROBLEMS AND STILL ONGOING PROBLEMS WITH ASR (ANTI SKID CONTROL) PROBLEMS. *JB

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

320

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10386853

Summary:

 

Fire : Yes

TL* THE CONTACT OWNED A 1994 MERCEDES E-320. WHILE DRIVING APPROXIMATELY 65 MPH, THE CONTACT ENGAGED THE AIR CONDITIONER AND SMOKE BEGAN EMITTING FROM THE VENTS. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC WHERE THE CONTACT WAS TOLD THAT THE AIR CONDITIONING WIRES HAD MELTED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 288,000 AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN. THE VIN WAS UNAVAILABLE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1994

Complaint Number:

10399870

Summary:

 

MY C-220 BEGAN TO BE HARD TO START. IT ALSO HAD A NOISE OF RUNNING HARD. THEN IT STARTED SHUTTING OFF ON ME. I HAD IT CHECK OUT AND THE WIRES OF THE FUEL INJECTOR HARNESS JUST BEGAN TO CRUMBLE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10399870

Summary:

 

INSULATION CRACKING AND FALLING OFF THE WIRING HARNESS ON MY 1995 C-220 MERCEDES. CAR STALL AND WILL NOT RUN AFTER DRIVING THRU A CAR WASH.. MERCEDES IS RESPONSIBLE, AND A GREAT DANGER FOR A FIRE AND FATAL ACCIDENT. I RETIRED AFTER WORKIG FOR FOTD MOTOR COMPANY AS A SAFETY ENGINEER. I HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE IN MECHINICAL ENGINEERING.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

280

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10399870

Summary:

 

THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS HAS BADLY DETERIORATED DUE TO USING POOR MATERIALS. THIS IS A VERY HIGH OCCURRING PROBLEM WITH THIS VEHICLE. IT IS VERY DANGEROUS IN THAT IT CAN CAUSE STALLING, SUDDEN ACCELERATION, FIRE AND IT CAN ALSO CAUSE VERY EXPENSIVE REPAIRS TO OTHER VEHICLE SYSTEMS. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM WITH THESE CARS AND MERCEDES BENZ SHOULD RECTIFY THIS PROBLEM OUT OF CONCERN FOR CONSUMER SAFETY, AND EXPENSE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10398048

Summary:

 

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ C220. THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING 65 MPH WHEN THE ENGINE STALLED AND WAS THE CONTACT WAS UNABLE TO RESTART THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO A MECHANIC SHOP WHO STATED THAT THERE WAS A SHIRT CIRCUIT IN THE WIRING HARNESS INSTALLATION AND THAT IT WAS FRACTURED. NEITHER THE DEALER NOR THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED TO REPORT THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 209,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10395371

Summary:

 

WIRING HARNESS DETERIORATED CAUSING ELECTRICAL SHORT-CIRCUIT

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10386850

Summary:

 

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES E-320. WHILE HAVING THE VEHICLE REPAIRED BY AN INDEPENDENT MECHANIC FOR UNRELATED FAILURES, THE CONTACT WAS ADVISED TO REPLACE THE WIRING HARNESS BECAUSE THE INSULATION ON THE WIRES WAS DETERIORATING. THE CONTACT WAS ALSO INFORMED THAT THE DETERIORATION OF THE INSULATION COULD LEAD TO ENGINE FIRES AS WELL AS THE VEHICLE STALLING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE FAILURE AND CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 156,000. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

E320

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10383388

Summary:

 

1995 MERCEDES BENZ E320 ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND THROTTLE ACTUATOR WIRING . THE WIRE INSULATION USED ON THE ENGINE WIRING HARNESS AND THE THROTTLE ACTUATOR IN MY CAR HAS BADLY DEGRADED! THIS CAUSES ALL KINDS OF SHORTS WITHIN THE ELECTRONICS OF THE VEHICLE AND PROBLEMS WITH THE ELECTRIC THROTTLE SYSTEM IN THIS CAR. THE PROBLEMS WITH THE THROTTLE ACTUATOR CAUSED MY CAR TO GO IN AND OUT OF LIMP MODE(REDUCED POWER) WHILE I WAS DRIVING. THIS CAUSED MY CAR TO ACCELLERATE VERY QUICKLY AND NEARLY CAUSED AN ACCIDENT!. THIS PROBLEM NEEDS TO BE A MANUFACTURERS RECALL BEFORE SOMEBODYS THROTTLE GETS STUCK AND THEY GET HURT OR BEFORE THEIR CAR BURNS

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

S CLASS

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10381579

Summary:

 

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1995 MERCEDES S-CLASS. THE CONTACT STATED THAT THE VEHICLE WOULD INDEPENDENTLY ENGAGE IN LIMP MODE CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO BECOME RESISTANT TO ACCELERATION OVER 25 MPH. THE CONTACT TOOK THE VEHICLE TO THE DEALER AND WAS TOLD THAT THE FAILURE WAS COMING FROM THE WIRING HARNESS THAT WAS CONNECTED FROM THE COMPUTER TO THE ENGINE. THE DEALER STATED THE WIRING WAS DETERIORATING. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED. THE VIN WAS UNKNOWN. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS UNKNOWN AND THE CURRENT MILEAGE WAS 81,000.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

SL

Year:

1995

Complaint Number:

10394462

Summary:

 

I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 1995 MERCEDES BENZ MODEL SL600. SHORTLY AFTER GETTING THE CAR HOME THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON AND A FEW DAYS AFTER THAT THE ASR WARNING LIGHT CAME ON SO I STARTED TO RESEARCH WHAT MIGHT BE CAUSING THE PROBLEMS. AFTER EXTENSIVE RESEARCH I FOUND AN ONLINE WEBSITE WHICH HAD SEVERAL ARTICLES ABOUT THE POSSIBLE CAUSES. THE WEBSITE RECOMMENDED THAT THE WIRING SHOULD BE INSPECTED FOR CRACKING AND DETERIORATION OF THE INSULATION. UPON INSPECTION I DISCOVERED THAT THE INSULATION ON MUCH OF THE WIRING GOING TO THE MASS AIR FLOW COMPONENTS AND THE ELECTRONIC THROTTLE ACTUATORS WAS CRACKED AND FALLING OFF THE WIRES LEAVING ONLY BARE WIRES WHICH ARE IN CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER. I ALSO FOUND THAT THIS IS PROBLEM IS WELL KNOWN TO MERCEDES BENZ AND HAS BEEN FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS BUT THEY HAVE NOT ACCEPTED RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT. THE PROBLEM IS COMPLETELY PREVENTING ME FROM USING THE VEHICLE AT THIS POINT DUE TO THE HIGH POSSIBILITY OF AN ENGINE FIRE CAUSED BY THE WIRES SHORT CIRCUITING AND ALSO THE PPROBABILITY OF DOING DAMAGE TO THE CONTROL MODULES AND COMPUTERS WHICH ARE VERY EXPENSIVE RO REPLACE.

NHTSA Complaint Summary

Make:

MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC.

Model:

C220

Year:

1996

Complaint Number:

10386348

Summary:

 

ENGINE WIRING HARNESS WIRE INSULATION IS BEGINNING TO BIODEGRADE AND CRUMBLE APART. CAR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PASS EMISSIONS WITHOUT A REPLACEMENT PART, WHICH COSTS NO LESS THAN $1350 (FOR A WIRE BUNDLE AND HOOKUPS THAT ARE DOOMED TO FAIL AGAIN IN THE SAME WAY), PLUS 4-7 HOURS OF LABOR COSTS. CAR HAS LESS THAN 60K MILES ON IT AND IS IN OTHERWISE GREAT CONDITION. AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE MECHANIC, HE SAID ANYONE WHO OWNS THIS MAKE OF CAR WILL HAVE A MANDATORY $2000 WIRE HARNESS REPLACEMENT FEE SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY (AT LEAST ONCE, IF NOT EVERY FEW YEARS). EVEN WITH A REPLACEMENT, IT WILL ONLY POSTPONE THE ISSUE UNTIL THE NEW ONE INEVITABLY BEGINS TO BREAK DOWN. EXTREMELY POOR AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN! MERCEDES SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT APPEARS TO BE A MASSIVE DESIGN FLAW AFFECTING ALL CARS OF SEVERAL SIMILAR MODELS WITHIN A HALF-DECADE OR MORE TIME FRAME. THE MAKERS OF THE FAULTY PART ARE MAKING BANK OFF OF MANDATORY REPAIRS AND PART REPLACEMENTS DUE TO THEIR OWN NEGLIGENCE. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG AND UNETHICAL, AND THE MAKERS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND BE FORCED TO RECALL THE PART.

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