Mercedes 03 E-Class. Doesn't Start


Asked by Mar 16, 2016 at 02:39 PM about the 2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When inserting the key start the engine (it doesn't start) red light comes on
reading " BREAK - Increased Breaking Effect - Start Engine"   (but it doesn't
start). What's problem and the Solution?

3 Answers


Hello, You could have two problems (not related to one another) 1). Either you need to recharge the battery (which I'm sure you already did), or 2). The car starter is failing and you need to fix it or you need a new one. The car starter works by harnessing the power of the automotive battery. Once the key is inserted into the ignition switch and then turned to the start position, a tiny amount of current flow through the neutral safety switch and into the starter relay or starter solenoid. Hope this helps!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thanks for the quick response. The car has bee. sitting idle for 2 months.As I didn't recharge the battery yet, does the above explanation still holds? Again thanks a lot.


No problem! I would probably go with the first option then. The battery is probably not charged and needs to be recharged with cables. If that doesn't work, the second option is probably your problem. Good luck!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used E-Class in your area?

CarGurus has 22,807 nationwide E-Class listings starting at $1,850.


Search Mercedes-Benz E-Class Questions

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,750
#2 dandyoun
Reputation 1,600
#3 bobkat
Reputation 1,200
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class"
889 Great Deals out of 32,205 listings starting at $1,200
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class"
175 Great Deals out of 6,642 listings starting at $1,899
Used BMW 5 Series"
633 Great Deals out of 18,796 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,606 Great Deals out of 39,620 listings starting at $888
Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class"
303 Great Deals out of 6,015 listings starting at $2,874
Used BMW 7 Series"
193 Great Deals out of 5,866 listings starting at $2,995
Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class"
109 Great Deals out of 3,663 listings starting at $1,500
Used Audi A6"
160 Great Deals out of 6,819 listings starting at $2,195
Used Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class"
74 Great Deals out of 1,550 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 6 Series"
120 Great Deals out of 3,013 listings starting at $5,995
Used Mercedes-Benz CL-Class"
24 Great Deals out of 644 listings starting at $4,900
Used BMW X5"
545 Great Deals out of 15,637 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 7,413 listings starting at $51,947
2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class For Sale
76 Great Deals out of 2,493 listings starting at $32,999
2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 492 listings starting at $30,999
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class For Sale
237 Great Deals out of 4,467 listings starting at $17,997
2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 881 listings starting at $15,900