Mercedes E -Class paint problems - Barry Brandon
Anyone else had problems with bubbling paint around the lock of the boot on current E - Class Mercs??
My dealer says they have seen a lot of this. M-B will only make a goodwill part payment - in my case leaving me with £120 + VAT to pay. This is a "take it or leave it" from M-B, NOT negotiable. You cant even get to speak to anyone about it.
All this is reminiscent of 1970's British Leyland/Fiat rustbuckets.

Barry Brandon
Re: Mercedes E -Class paint problems - fecker
I thought Mercs had a lifetime paint warranty - along the lines that they don't have a 5 or 7 year anti corrosion warranty but they will fix any rust that appears during the lifetime of the car.
Check the warranty smallprint and try another dealer - book a test drive in another (more expensive) Merc for when its getting done, that might change their attitude.
Re: Mercedes E -Class paint problems - Jonathan
Not quite true. I understand that Mercedes have a 30 year (or lifetime) guarentee for anti perforation. Which I think means that if the rust rots right through they will replace, not if it just gets rust.

Jonathan
Re: Mercedes E -Class paint problems - Roger Jones
Sounds consistent with other reports of quality problems on the 210-chassis E-class. MB UK Zentral Kontrol is unlikely to allow any of its dealers to respond in any other than the prescribed manner.
Re: Mercedes E -Class paint problems - Marc
A Mercedes Benz Club owner reported of rust in the boot well, boot lock and front arches of his 94 C Class back in February.

By contrast, his 89 420SEL has no rust and neither does my 90 190E
Mercedes not as good now... - David Lacey
I have heard of many maladies & stories affecting many MB models of late. Ranging from unreliable E Class models to paint falling off of SLK's
Dealers also seem absolutely useless - though this could be in direct response to their iminent franchise terminations.
Re: Mercedes not as good now... - James
I can concur.

The paintork on my 2000 model E240 is shockingly suceptible to chipping even though it is a metallic.

I am also experiencing reliability problems with numerous warnings coming up on the ashboard eg cruise intermittently malfunctioning, also ESP, ABS, air con

Dealer and Merc thmselves are just not interested and I would never ever buy another Merc.
Re: Mercedes not as good now... - James
I can concur.

The paintork on my 2000 model E240 is shockingly susceptible to chipping even though it is a metallic.

I am also experiencing reliability problems with numerous warnings coming up on the ashboard eg cruise intermittently malfunctioning, also ESP, ABS, air con

Dealer and Merc thmselves are just not interested and I would never ever buy another Merc.
Re: Mercedes not as good now... - honstjohn
Had lots of letters about this and Andy Bairstow confirmed from Dresden that there is a hug hue and cry about this in Germany. Seems to affect the first two years of E210 E Class. But the good news is, if it's a 230E preferably Elegance and essentially with RHD, a FIVE speed autobox, aircon and a bit mileage, it is exportable to Malaysia/Singapore and worth a lot more than guide prices suggest. Try putting it through a big BCA auction with a silly reserve on and see what happens.

HJ
 

Ask Honest John Right column

Value my car