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2008 Mercedes Benz C300

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  • redbenzredbenz Posts: 1
    My husband and I purchase a pre-owned C300 sports sedan a little more than a year ago. I recently noticed a noise coming from the right rear of the vehicle and brought it into the dealer who told me the noise is being caused by "wear" on the tires and that I need two new rear tires. I have just over 18k miles on the car, there is plenty of tread left (tire store said I should get at least 2 more years with the amount of tread) and some slight feathering on the inside of the tire. The dealer said this is an inherent problem with the sports model because the tires are speed rated so they are softer and the sports packages causes them to wear faster; the tires can't be rotated because of the size difference from front to back.

    is this information true
    is it possible the noise is being caused by feathering - it's like a "whirring" noise
    can the same size tires be put on the vehicle so that the new tires can be rotated and extend the tire life
    will a lesser tire i.e. not as soft have the same, shortened life due
    what are our options; does anyone have some anecdotal advice, idea, suggestions

    I'm a little more than frustrated and annoyed at the prospect of having to drop $1k a year in tires, but shame on us for not doing better research when purchasing the vehicle if that is, in fact, the case.

    Thanks for any and all advice you can offer.
  • Purchased a used 09 C300 from a non- Mercedes dealer - looking for information regarding factory warranty - 3 year - 30,000 miles or 3 year - 36,000 miles?
    Thanks
  • I HAVE A 2010 350E....ABOUT 6 MOS. AFTER I GOT IT, THIS HORRID SMELL STARTED. I TOOK IT TO MERCEDES 4 TIMES FOR THEM TO TRY TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEY EVEN HAD SOMEONE FROM THE FACTORY COME OVER. NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AND IT'S A LOT OF DOUBLE TALK. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN EXPLANATION BUT NONE OF THEM ARE RIGHTEOUS. MY NEXT MOVE IS A LAWSUIT!!! TRUST ME....I AM NOT GOING TO DRIVE A CAR LIKE THIS WHEREBY EVERY TIME I START IT IT SMELLS AS THOUGH (PARDON MY VINACULAR) SOMEONE THRU UP IN THE FRONT SEAT. BEST WAY I KNOW TO DESCRIBE IT. GRANTED IT GOES AWAY IF YOU PUT THE AIR ON FULL BLAST FOR A FEW MINUTES....BUT....WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TO WITH THE PRICE OF THIS CAR!!!!! I AM THOROUGHLY FED UP WITH THIS PROBLEM AND 6-8 MONTHS OF EXCUSES. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS. I HAVE OWNED APPROX. 10 M.B.'S IN THE PAST AND NOT ONE HAD THIS PROBLEM....DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE ANY INPUT AS TO THIS PROBLEM. I WILL BE CONTACTING M. BENZ THROUGH MY ATTORNEY OTHERWISE.
  • My car doesn't do it as often as it used to. The smell that was coming out when I turned on the AC was more of a chemical smell. I had it checked numerous times and felt like I got the run around. They couldn't duplicate it... blah blah. The story I was given is that it was due to the pollen and bacteria build up. After 12K miles, I would have to pay for an AC flush for $200+. Yea no thanks because they didn't fix the problem. The did an AC flush finally and the smell went away for a little while.

    Every so often, it smells like BO and only when I turn the air on. It's not me and I haven't spilled or cause that smell.

    A friend of mine had the same problem. She said after numerous attempts they were able to fix it. I will ask her again to help diagnose the problem correctly.

    Sorry you have that wretched smell. It's not right. I agree with you. All the money for a stinky car....hmmmm
  • 604doc604doc Posts: 182
    I wonder if the climate control system has some sort of low spot or something in the ducting that collects condensation, allowing mold or mildew to build up.

    Try turning off the A/C for a few minutes before you get to your destination. (Keep the fan blowing though...) That should dry it out, and stop or slow down the smell. It's not a great solution, but maybe you won't have to smell it while MB figures something out.

    Good luck!
  • sudellsudell Posts: 3
    I've only had my C230 Sport for 2 years, 1 year used Pre-Owned Certified.

    The 2 years I've had it, and especially more recently, this chemical/exhaust/I have no idea smell has been coming out of my vents with the AC on. My hair, clothes, planner, coat, SKIN smells all the time. Last week it started to give me headahces.
    The dealer has had it 3 times the past week or so - redid the entire ventilation system, etc. SAME smell.
    DISCOVERY:
    Yesterday the OWNER of the dealership checked it out with me. He agreed 'chemical' smell. I said 'maybe the glue?'
    Once I said 'glue', his ears perked up and went RIGHT TO MY FLOOR MATS.
    Fliped them over and OH MY GOSH THEY ARE TERRIBLE. It's the smell you are all smelling, but 100 times worse! I have no children, never spilled anything....all 4 mats are omiting a chemical.
    The air conditioner pulls air from the 'floor' where your mats are, and puts this air with the good air - through your vents.
    It's as if they cleaned the car before selling it, that cleaner got into the 'foam' bottom of the carpeted floor mats, and has been eating it away.
    If you have the original floor mats that came with your Mercedes - flip them over and take a smell. You'll have a headache for a few hours.
    My trunk - everything has this smell. Well there are vents in the trunk too.

    I hope this helps and hopefully IS the issue!!!
    -S
  • sudellsudell Posts: 3
    I've only had my C230 Sport for 2 years, 1 year used Pre-Owned Certified.

    The 2 years I've had it, and especially more recently, this chemical/exhaust/I have no idea smell has been coming out of my vents with the AC on. My hair, clothes, planner, coat, SKIN smells all the time. Last week it started to give me headahces.
    The dealer has had it 3 times the past week or so - redid the entire ventilation system, etc. SAME smell.
    DISCOVERY:
    Yesterday the OWNER of the dealership checked it out with me. He agreed 'chemical' smell. I said 'maybe the glue?'
    Once I said 'glue', his ears perked up and went RIGHT TO MY FLOOR MATS.
    Fliped them over and OH MY GOSH THEY ARE TERRIBLE. It's the smell you are all smelling, but 100 times worse! I have no children, never spilled anything....all 4 mats are omiting a chemical. The air conditioner pulls air from the 'floor' where your mats are, and puts thiis air with the good air - through your vents.
    It's as if they cleaned the car before selling it, that cleaner got into the 'foam' bottom of the carpeted floor mats, and has been eating it away.
    If you have the original floor mats that came with your Mercedes - flip them over and take a smell. You'll have a headache for a few hours.
  • sudellsudell Posts: 3
    I've only had my C230 Sport for 2 years, 1 year used Pre-Owned Certified.

    The 2 years I've had it, and especially more recently, this chemical/exhaust/I have no idea smell has been coming out of my vents with the AC on. My hair, clothes, planner, coat, SKIN smells all the time. Last week it started to give me headahces.
    The dealer has had it 3 times the past week or so - redid the entire ventilation system, etc. SAME smell.
    DISCOVERY:
    Yesterday the OWNER of the dealership checked it out with me. He agreed 'chemical' smell. I said 'maybe the glue?'
    Once I said 'glue', his ears perked up and went RIGHT TO MY FLOOR MATS.
    Fliped them over and OH MY GOSH THEY ARE TERRIBLE. It's the smell you are all smelling, but 100 times worse! I have no children, never spilled anything....all 4 mats are omiting a chemical. The air conditioner pulls air from the 'floor' where your mats are, and puts thiis air with the good air - through your vents.
    It's as if they cleaned the car before selling it, that cleaner got into the 'foam' bottom of the carpeted floor mats, and has been eating it away.
    If you have the original floor mats that came with your Mercedes - flip them over and take a smell. You'll have a headache for a few hours.
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  • be325be325 Posts: 91
    We have 18k on our 2008 c300 and the message reads:A0 in30 days. The car has been flawless and we like it. I am afraid to ask the dealer because in the past they wanted to do far more than MB recommens.
    Thanks.
  • I put this question on Maintenance post. Perhaps i'll get response here.
    Is it easy to remove the multi-function light switch in C-300? Occasionally, the passanger side parking light somehow gets turn on when I move the knob form 'A' position to '0'. I think the switch is faulty. I want to take the switch out and disconnect the wire for the passenger side parking lights. Once those 2 lights stayed long enough to prevent me from starting. Other time I saw the lights on (in the evening) as i was coming to the car .... the know seemed to be in 0 position. I now keep the knob on 'A' or put in A position when I leave the car during the day. Any suggestion would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
  • 71alfa71alfa Posts: 19
    We don't have the 2008 C300 anymore since we turned it in for a similar 2011. One difference is the parking lights(daytime running lights) are now LED's. However, I think you should check the switch function with the manual or with a dealer. I believe that setting is to light the way for the passenger when exiting the car, and the light should turn off in a short time. Only a guess on my part. We always leave the switch on "A" which turns the headlights on when needed.
    Best.
  • Daytime Running Lights is something else. You set them from your steering wheel.
    I'll ask my service advisor.
    Thanks
  • dita1dita1 Posts: 1
    Mobil 1. That is the oil to use it is a synthetic oil. BTW how do you reset the service alert because that is my problem too.
  • fbosbillfbosbill Posts: 4
    I tired everything to reset the alert myself...that is a dealer function....however just push "Ok" and it goes away until your next start up....no real issues.

    There are different levels of Mobil 1 Fully Synthetic Oil....ensure to read the label. There is a code on the back that specifies if it meets MB specs...call the parts department of your local MB dealer and ask...also....it is very difficult to find the recommended weight....normal 5w20w etc does not meet MB specs (for warranty purposes). Although I find it hard to believe that it will make a difference if you change it before the recommended MB mileage....I think they stretch it out too far...hope that helps....Disclaimer: Changing oil intervals is ONLY my opinion.... :=)
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