The Mercedes-Benz E Class W210, 1995-2003, was offered in station wagon and sedan body styles. This German import was said by some to have reinvented the Mercedes brand due to its fresh new look, including the redesigned lower body trim. Like any new make and model, however, the W210 demonstrated some common problems, such as stalling issues.
Drivers have complained of this E Class suddenly dying in traffic. This seems to happen both when idling and when driving at highway speeds, and the issue frequently occurs without warning. The car might not run any differently prior to the failure, and warning lights might not appear on the dash. Alternately, you may notice the ESP and/or BAS lights.
The problem behind such stalling could be your Benz’s Crank Position Sensor, also known as the CPS; the Mass Air Flow sensor, or MAF; or the Cam Position sensor. Depending on the problem, a scanner might not pick up any errors. While some Benz owners opt to attempt to troubleshoot and repair their vehicles on their own, changing out these particular parts solely for diagnostic purposes is cost prohibitive. Other owners opt to simply turn the car off and back on again until it eventually and hopefully restarts, which may or may not work. Many drivers have noted that, depending on the issue, their car will restart only once their German auto has cooled down.
For the safety of you, your passengers, and your W210, we recommend consulting an independent Mercedes mechanic as soon as you notice your vehicle stalling. They’ll be able to offer affordable yet expert opinions and repairs. They’ll be familiar with your make and model, including common malfunctions, and will also share your love for the Mercedes brand.
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