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Old 04-25-2014, 04:38 PM
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So, I'm told today that this (balance shaft) needs replacing/fixing I wanted to know if mine is on the "affected" list WDBUF56JX6A799820
30 072963 is within affected range clean point for 272 is 30 468993
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:47 PM
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Hello and thank you for a quick reply and thank you for my data card...I appreciate it...
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You might need to double check 2007 model. My ML is 2008 model, but manufacture date is Sep 2007...
big lebovsky, for an 2008 ml350 like yours, i take that to mean the tenth digit on the Vin is an 8 correct? but the vehicle was made in 2007, and your engine is safe? not affected. I need all info i can get on this before i take a step.
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Hi please do you have any idea if the affected engines are only 2006 models, i mean would one be safe buying a 2007 model (i don't know the engine number, someones getting the vehicle for me)
MBUSA Bulletin LI03.30-P-050027 "Implementation of series measure changing material for balance shaft sprocket as of engine 2729xx30 468993 as of October 2006 production Implementation of series measure changing material for timing chain guide wheel as of engine 2739xx30 088611 as of September 2006 production."
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Beware of trying to generalize the issue to a model year. My 2007 E350 was manufactured in July of 2006, and I got hit with a balance shaft issue at about 70,000 miles.
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:21 PM
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I want to know if there is any chance that MBUS would be willing to fix this? I feel like they should...as I'm sure those with the affected models would. I cannot put 6k in this vehicle now or in the future and that is the estimate from the dealer. What is MBUS suggesting people do about this if anything? I'm feeling a little like it's a lose/lose situation and I'm the loser...So basically I'm stuck with a car that I can't in clear conscience sell to an unknowing buyer but if I disclose the problem, I can't get anything for the car...
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Talking Not Effected! never felt so good!

I bought a Saks Fifth Avenue Edition E350 2007 and just checked on the engine and turns out its not effected you have no idea how happy this made me for the past 3 weeks of owning this car I have been loosing my dam mind over this my check engine light came on and I took it into fletcher jones in newport beach and they quoted 426 for the replacement of two cam sensors. Ever since the car has been running great it has a mild vibration in the steering wheel at idle but I think thats to do with the motor mounts if anyone has this issue please shed some light Id love to get rid of the vibration other than that the car is beautiful btw it has 62,000 miles right now.

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My Vin
WDBUF56X77B067547

and my engine number
Engine 272964 30 498844

im clear right?
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big lebovsky, for an 2008 ml350 like yours, i take that to mean the tenth digit on the Vin is an 8 correct? but the vehicle was made in 2007, and your engine is safe? not affected. I need all info i can get on this before i take a step.
correct, my VIN 10th digit is 8, not affected by balance shaft issue, but affected by faulty magnets (engines up to 272...... 759 427)
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My engine was also affected by the magnets 426 dollars later and a visit to fletcher jones and it is running great again!
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My engine was also affected by the magnets 426 dollars later and a visit to fletcher jones and it is running great again!
Wasn't that covered under a service campaign at no cost?
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Wasn't that covered under a service campaign at no cost?
I noticed on my invoice that they had replaced something else some wiring harness as a recall so maybe that is what you're talking about
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I want to know if there is any chance that MBUS would be willing to fix this? I feel like they should...as I'm sure those with the affected models would. I cannot put 6k in this vehicle now or in the future and that is the estimate from the dealer. What is MBUS suggesting people do about this if anything? I'm feeling a little like it's a lose/lose situation and I'm the loser...So basically I'm stuck with a car that I can't in clear conscience sell to an unknowing buyer but if I disclose the problem, I can't get anything for the car...

Where in AL are you?
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Are there any other people on here in the UK that has had this issue?

I have recently purchased an SLK 280 and have now been told that balance shaft needs replacing at a cost of 5000+

Car is 2007 and only 22,000 miles

Repair represents almost half the cost of the car :-(

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Can someone please check for me too!

Hi, would you guys be able to help me out? I wanted to purchase a 2005 C240 4Matic, would anyone be kind enough to check if this VIN WDBRF81J95F702333 has either of the issues. I believe one issue is the balance shaft failure and then their is one more failure due to a defective part quality which I cant recall on what it was.

Can anyone tell me if any issues are with the VIN WDBRF81J95F702333, Thank You!
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Well your c240 has the m112 engine so it is bullet proof!
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Hi all, I have been following the thread for days and today I got my hands on the VIN WDD2040811F079684

Could you please check it and if possible also the datacard of the car. Thanks in advance!!!
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Should have read this before I purchased!

Bought a really nice, well maintained 2006 E350 4MATIC with only 55K miles about 10 months ago. It now has 62K miles and this balance shaft issue I'm reading about is making me nervous. I did purchase an extended warranty up to an additional 60K miles or 4 years (whichever comes first) and have used it already to replace some sensors (speed, steering angle). I've also had to replace one of the batteries (It has 2, so I've been informed) and had a front brake job done.
Although I love the car and have an extended warranty, I'm leaning towards trading it in for something else. In such a short period of time it seems it spends a lot of time at the shop!
Any thoughts?

I believe my vehicle falls within the affected range but if anybody can confirm that would be greatly appreciated

My VIN is WDBUF87J96X183636

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30 752850 you're fine.
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30 052981 is within affected range.
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30 752850 you're fine.
Thanks a lot!!!!!
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30 052981 is within affected range.
Thank You so much Konigstiger!! We are not worthy!!
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I just got the bad news $6,500 for the balance shaft fix, they did offer 10% off, OMG what a joke, 10% off. I am not sure what to do next, my car is in pristine condition but with 137K I am not sure how to proceed. Should I try to take it to auction? suggestions please.
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Did you try getting estimates from more than one shop? Also used engine then sell car ASAP?
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Did you try getting estimates from more than one shop? Also used engine then sell car ASAP?
I haven't yet but I do plan on taking it to a couple shops.

I might garage it awhile to save up some cash before deciding my next step. I have a fully loaded 1991 Mustang GT convertible I have been using but I hate to keep wracking up miles as it only has 108K original miles:

It currently runs so I might try to trade it in somewhere.

I might try to get into a C class lease if MB offers me a decent trade in value on my E350 but I am hesitant to go from an E to a C.

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Balance Shaft Issues

We are looking at a 06 E350 with 64,000 miles and from the datacard the motor is within the balance shaft issue. The carfax shows that the motor and transmission were pulled and repaired at 50,000 with balance shaft seals, valve cover gaskets, camshaft sensor adjusted. It does not list a balance shaft at all. Do you think i would be safe with this vehicle? I would think it was repaired. Let me know your thoughts.

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