Things You Probably Don't Know About the Mercedes-Benz E430
- A flat underbody tray improved the airflow beneath the car to clean up its aerodynamics, and as a result, the 1986 year model Mercedes-Benz E-class-which included the E430-had the lowest rolling resistance of any car in its category.
- The displacement of the 4.2-liter V-8 engine was enlarged to 4.3 liters for 1999, gaining the Mercedes-Benz the E430 nomenclature. It debuted in 1998 as a replacement for the similarly V-8 powered E420 belonging to the W210 chassis, which was produced by the German automaker from 1995 to 2002. For year model 2000, the diesel didn't make the trip across the Atlantic; however a manual shift feature for the five-speed automatic did and was labeled "Touch Shift". As the second most powerful W210 sedan after the E55 AMG, which was introduced in 1999, it provides power for passing and high-speed cruising while retaining all the comforts typical of a Mercedes.
- The Mercedes-Benz B55 was converted from a front-wheel drive vehicle to a rear-wheel drive vehicle, using the axle from an old E430 wagon. It comes packed with an old 5.5-liter V-8 engine motor, which produces 383 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, bringing considerably more power than what the normal B-class has to offer.
- Like all other W210s, the E430 has been redesigned on the outside to attract a younger, more progressive clientele; the car is larger than the W124 E420 it replaced, giving it a more luxurious appearance. In addition to that, the front end has been redesigned, with four headlights rather than the two on earlier generations.
- The E430 has two types of standard service-Service A and Service B. Service A is a service which includes a check on fluid levels, etc. plus an oil change. Service B is a major service which checks on important Mercedes-Benz E430 parts and Mercedes-Benz E430 accessories, replacing or filling as necessary, plus automatic replacement of the dust filter and an oil change. Some of the Service B work depends on how many miles the car has done and how long it was since the car's last service.
Reliability Issues of the Mercedes-Benz E430
The Mercedes-Benz E430 was known for its classic W210 E-class appearance which was designed by Steve Mattin under design chief Bruno Sacco, heralding a brand-new design idiom for the Mercedes face-a characteristic twin-headlamp design. Although it was a car of many first innovations, it was hardly what you'd call perfect. Here are some of the problems with Mercedes-Benz E430 accessories and parts.
Harmonic balancer problems
Drivers have complained of the supplier quality problem with the E430's harmonic balancer pulley. If the rubber insert of the harmonic balancer pulley delaminates, the pulley may grind through the timing chain cover and oil pan, causing thousands of dollars of damage. Mercedes-Benz USA issued Service Campaign #2005-02003 which directed the inspection of Mercedes-Benz E430 parts and required replacement at no cost. Replacement of the faulty part with the updated part was made the permanent solution to this problem.
Front sway-bar drop links problems
Most E-classes end up with a sub 35 mile-per-hour clicking or rattling sound from the front end. This is usually due to worn out front-end sway-bar drop links. These can easily be replaced by anybody with knowledge of vehicle do-it-yourself.
Front spring perches problems
Owners have reported rust problems on front spring perches-the top perches, which hold the top of the springs of the front suspension. The perches are spot welded to the chassis and factory-coated in weatherproof mastic to stop them from rusting; however, sometimes water gets behind the mastic causing the perches to rust and eventually to fail, leading to the collapse of the suspension.
Body corrosion problems
W210s displayed body rust, notably on European-sold cars. Rust would sometimes appear spontaneously on panels such as doors and roofs on cars less than a year old. This was due to problems that arose from introducing water-based paint technology. Mercedes-Benz executives were criticized in the European press for not acknowledging this problem.
Other problems include rust on trunk lid near latch, on the Mercedes emblem on front hood, on door frames under window seals (recall), and on the front wings just above bumper; defective mass airflow meter; melted rear light bulb sockets; defective motor blower regulators; and rear window regulator failures.
FAQs—Mercedes Benz E430
My Mercedes Benz E430 car's stereo system does not have an audio. How can I troubleshoot this item properly?
This could be due to a defective fiber optic system, and this is what you should be troubleshooting. This system in your car ties many of its components together. Its major components may include are amplifier, car stereo, telephone, CD changers, and your car's Tel-aid. Check the features of your ride to find out which of these items are included in the fiber optics.
The said system is pretty much like Christmas tree lights, which are all in a series and are designed in such a way that if one of the bulbs in the loop becomes burn out, the entire string where it belongs will also stop working. In your car's fiber optic loop, when one component goes bad, you then have to deal with no audio.
You will notice two orange wires connected to each piece of equipment mentioned above-these are the fiber optic cables. You must not ever attempt to cut, bend or crimp these wires at all costs, or you might make the trouble far worse than just no audio. There are quite a number of tutorials online that offer step-by-step instructions on troubleshooting your fiber optic system correctly. If you are not up to DIY, you can always call your dealership on how to correct the no audio trouble, though.
The brake light bulb holder of my Mercedes Benz E430 is defective. What should I do?
The loss of contact for the brake light bulb holder could be caused by melted lamp housing. Brake lamp housings usually melt due to extreme heat; the material they're made of may not be heat resistant. It's not the bulb you need to replace but the brake lamp housing. This should correct the problem. Remember, however, to find a housing that's made of heat-resistant material to prevent encountering such problem again.
Whenever I turn on my car's head lamps, my brake lights do not work. What could be the problem?
You might need to get new brake light bulbs and clean the contacts. If these have been done but there is still a problem, grounding could be the main issue. Try to check for good ground to the sides of the brake light sockets. Make sure that there's no resistance in the ground circuit. This problem can also be caused by a bad ground in one socket and bulbs that are put in reverse poles.
While I'm checking the pressure of my tires, I noticed premature wear on the front, driver-side tire. What could be causing this, and what can I do to correct this?
That irregular wear pattern on your driver-side tire can be due to cracking of the lower control arm bushings, which usually results in too much movement at the pivot point of the control arm. Another possible cause of such issue is a worn-out ball joint. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need lower control arm replacement, along with new ball joint and bushings, to solve this problem.
The Mercedes-Benz E430: A Paradigm of Class
Mercedes-Benz has a long-standing reputation for producing high-performance luxury vehicles, and the Mercedes E430 is not an exception. Though it is considered to be one of the more
affordable Mercedes-Benz autos, the E430 does have that mix of comfort, performance, and vault-like solidity many expect from the illustrious German automaker.
1998: Taking the reins
Part of the storied Mercedes E-Class line of executive cars, the Mercedes-Benz E430 was introduced in 1998 to replace the dated Mercedes-Benz E420. Like other cars in the E-Class, the E430 is built on the tried-and-tested W210 chassis and is powered by a 4.3-liter 275-horsepower M113 V8 engine, making it the second most powerful Mercedes E-Class autos (next only to the E55 AMG). However, despite its high-performance output, the E430 had decent fuel mileage with EPA fuel economy rating of 19 MPG for city driving and 26 MPG for highway driving. But what really set the E430 apart from its counterparts in the industry is its Electronic Stability Program. The program compares the driver input with the vehicle response, enabling the front and rear brakes to grip the wheels and the engine to reduce power automatically to prevent plowing or fishtailing.
Like other W210s, the E430 also features an exterior and interior design that’s meant to attract younger, more progressive drivers. The E430 had a distinctly sleeker appearance than its E420 predecessor as well as a larger silhouette that gave it a more luxurious appearance. But unlike other earlier W210 variants, the E430 had four headlights instead of two. The E430’s interior, meanwhile, features plush seating for 5, with 2 in the front and 3 in the back. Both front seats and headrest also come with a 10-way power seating feature and three memory settings. Other interior features include the 6-CD changer, Bose premium sound system, power side mirrors.
The start of the millennium saw some drastic changes on the E430. The front of the hood was lowered for better aerodynamics and the rear fitted with a sleeker, more rounded tail light housing. The instrument panel was updated with a trip computer as well. The 2000 versions of the E430 also had an overall body color, leading a more substantial appearance than earlier models who only had black paint along the bottom few inches of the body.
2002: Curtain call
In order to make way for the newer W211
E-Klasse platform, Mercedes-Benz decided to discontinue the production of vehicles under the W210 platform, including the E430. In commemoration, special editions of the E430 were released in two exterior colors – quartz silver and obsidian black – and outfitted with custom Xenon lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and black maple walnut trim.