Couple of Niggles after 2 Months of Merc Ownership

brucey1

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I have owned my e320 cdi for about 2 months now and I'm very happy with it overall. It had been pulling to the left since the day I bought it , so today I finally took it in to get the alignment done . It now tracks straight and true , but it has developed a rattle from the rear ! It definitely wasnt there before I drove in to the garage , however I noticed it within seconds of driving out .
I am 99% certain it is the tailgate as it seems quite loose even when locked . The boot was oped when it was up on the hoist so Idont know if it has been jerked and is now out of alignment .
Also on my list of irritations ,is the ride quality , on rough surfaces its pretty poor , potholes send shockwaves through the cabin and it seems quite jittery . Maybe its a consequence of the 17" wheels and the sports suspension , my local specialist checked the car and could find nothing wrong .
Anybody any advice they could offer on these probs , thanks
 

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The sports suspension is hard, 17" wheels are OK and should not add to the hard ride.

Do try the tyres on the lowest setting, the upper ones are far to high for me
 

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My E-class has the softer SE suspension and 16" wheels, and it's still rough... :( Motorways and fast A roads are fine, but when you slow down to 30-50 mph, every crack, seam and other imperfection in the road certainly make themselves known.

I think it also generates a bit too much general road noise. Some of that is probably because mine's a wagon so the rear is (or is it?) noisier than in a sedan, but still IMHO the car is not quite as hushed as I would have wanted/expected.
 

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My E-class has the softer SE suspension and 16" wheels, and it's still rough... :( Motorways and fast A roads are fine, but when you slow down to 30-50 mph, every crack, seam and other imperfection in the road certainly make themselves known.

I think it also generates a bit too much general road noise. Some of that is probably because mine's a wagon so the rear is (or is it?) noisier than in a sedan, but still IMHO the car is not quite as hushed as I would have wanted/expected.

I think that the estate will always be a touch noisier that a saloon, I have been forced to use an estate for most of my life, it was only when I became very old that I could enjoy a coupe.
 

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I think that the estate will always be a touch noisier that a saloon, I have been forced to use an estate for most of my life, it was only when I became very old that I could enjoy a coupe.

With me it's the other way around. My last five cars, including the current one, have been estates, purely by choice; I just like the look and the practicality of them. So far it's been easy to justify with kids, dog, etc. As those sort of needs get less with age, I'll have to come up with another excuse for buying an estate... :p

Although if I do give up the estate one day, like you I'll probably skip the sedan and move to a coupe of some sort, maybe an E-class or (if some hitherto unknown to me and disgustingly rich auntie dies and wills me her fortune) the CL. Or maybe I'll finally fulfil my dream and get a W112 300SE coupe, perhaps even with soft-top. :cool:
 

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Brucey1, What model is you E Class? As Malcolm says start off by checking and adjusting the pressures. I usually run mine at the lowest +1psi and that's checked with a proper gauge.

Now if you think that MB's are firm you want to try a BM* on 19" rims irrespective of the model, truly unpleasant, and much stiffer than my 500 on sports 2 setting.
 
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My car is a 2005 e 320 cdi , for the most part the ride is quite good , but I found my octavia vrs that I had previously had a better ride quality over rough roads . I expected the opposite to be true , I will go to the garage today and check the tyre pressures , hopefully I will be able to soften them off a bit .
 


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