2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 3.2L V6 5-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Jittery Transmission/ so-so performance
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Consumer Review

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)

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E320 Sedan (3.2L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Jittery Transmission/ so-so performance
By carlmk on

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)

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The transmission/power is not as smooth as any of my previous four E series MBX( or my wife's Volvo S80). Complained to dealer many times and finally one of the service persons told me they had complaints that the 2003 is not as smooth as 1997-2002 series. The problem seems to be in the torque converter. In the 2003 it has a lock-up for all gears. Previous models locked up only in high gear. The dealer upgraded the software. This improved the performance... cut down on herky jerky xmission. Still not as good as my 2001. The dealer told me the lockup does not drop out instantly causing the poor effect. They are going to check if there are any other factory suggestions.

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Body style. The should have just dropped it on the 2001 vehicle.

Suggested Improvements

Must improve the smoothness of xmission/power. Dissapointing in MBX. Dealer should automatically inform owners of upgrades instead of reacting only to repeated complaints.
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