Mercedes-Benz E320 Instrument Clusters
An important part of the interior of a car is the instrument cluster. The cluster is the collection of informative displays in the dashboard behind the steering wheel that are measuring various factors in the car, like speed, fuel consumption, and engine heat. The E-series cars from Mercedes-Benz include the heads-up display (or HUD) that lets you see some of the same readings as the instrument cluster but in a less distracting manner.Whats in the Mercedes-Benz E320 instrument cluster?
The instrument cluster for the E-class vehicles is different among models and among generations of the same car model. The E320 appeared on the US market first in 1993 but existed under Mercedes-Benzs old naming scheme for many years prior and as such includes many different variants of the cluster. There are some parts to it that have stayed consistent in placement and in what theyre called, which include the following:
- Speedometer: A commonly required feature among all cars is the speedometer. Mercedes-Benz sought to make the E320s aesthetically pleasing, so this make of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a nicely laid-out speedometer that gauges speed in miles per hour and kilometers per hour.
- Odometer: In order to tell how far youve driven over the Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars life span, the vehicle includes a very visible odometer. Some models also include average gas mileage and outside temperature information in the same general area of the instrument cluster.
- Tachometer: Sometimes it can be very useful to monitor motor speed, which is what the tachometer is for. You can glance at it to determine how many rotations per minute are occurring in your car.
- Combined gas gauge and heat gauge: To not run out of gas youll need an accurate reading of how much is left. The Mercedes-Benz has this gauge in a subtle yet noticeable spot in all generations, and its usually in the same spot as the gauge for checking engine temperature.
- Turn signals: The location of the turn signals in the instrument cluster is probably the most tweaked feature in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Across the years, the location has changed from around the speedometer to the edges of the cluster, with a wide range of options in between.
Most instrument clusters for Mercedes-Benz E-Class vehicles are simple to install, so knowing which one to get is absolutely imperative. These are some easy steps you can follow to ensure you have the correct cluster:
- Find the exact year and trim of your E320. Finding this information will help you locate the exact part produced for that years sedan.
- Consult your E-Class user manual. The manual that came with your Mercedes will contain useful information and potentially even include exact specifications of the cluster used in that car.