2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Review: Electrical Nightmare

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Consumer Review

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E500 Sedan (5.0L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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Electrical Nightmare
By Petersons on


2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


We bought this certified pre-owned E500 2 months ago, and it has been in the shop 4 times for electrical error messages (SRS and SOS Disabled, electrical consumers switched off message, and more). Today my car caught on fire with me and my 2 children buckled in carseats in the backseat. The entire inside of the car filled with thick white smoke and smelled of burning. The electrical system fried, caught fire,and didn't allow me to open any doors to get my kids out. I ripped them out of their seats, fire trucks put out the fire, we are safe, but a total loss. After the key was taken out the clock and speedometer were spinning, radio blaring, windshield wipers squirting, everything...scary!!

Best Features

Interior is great, fun to drive, great pick up.

Worst Features

Electrical system! This is totally unacceptable from MB. Brakes have also had a lot of trouble.
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