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Please help!! I own a 1998 E320. For the past three years, I have been having trouble getting the gas cap off. Recently, I went into the MB dealer for yet another gas cap. They informed me that they didn't know what the problem was and that it needed a new gas tank!! They have been telling me for three years, they had defective gas caps, and now they say they have to replace the gas can!! I want to hear from others with this same problem. Thanks alot

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Replacing the entire gas tank because the gas cap is difficult to remove cries out for an explanation. Why?

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I guess the filler neck is vulnerable to damage and the entire assembly needs to be replaced when the neck/lip are damaged and can no longer provide an adequate seal for the rubber gasket in the cap. This has been discussed previously. :(

$1500 was the price I remember hearing for such a repair.

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So what causes this damage? Regular use or something unusual - never heard of this before on the w210's.

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I replaced the gas tank on my wife's E320 with a used one from Potomac German Auto. I picked it up for around $150/$175 and did the work myself. New they are around $500. I can see why they want $1500.

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Robby Ackerman wrote:
I replaced the gas tank on my wife's E320 with a used one from Potomac German Auto. I picked it up for around $150/$175 and did the work myself. New they are around $500. I can see why they want $1500.

So that was a 124 and not a 210? Was it the same problem?

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drperrier wrote:
So what causes this damage? Regular use or something unusual - never heard of this before on the w210's.

I guess the lip gets bent when someone is not being careful removing the nozzle after fueling. I know on our '02 wagon that the filler neck is just about vertical and that's not the normal angle the pump jockey is familiar with. I can see the potential for the lip getting bent when the hasty pump jockey isn't paying attention when the nozzle is removed.

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i would think a metal fabricator could adjust the lip for you for 75 dollars. it also seems to me that if you have been dealing with this for three years..it can't be that bad a problem.... not like having no a/c for three years...

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