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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Maintenance and Repair



  • meinwameinwa Posts: 4
    I have a 2002 C240 that I bought new. It now has 87,000mi.
    I just had it in the shop for an oil change and alignment job. I was told that the transmission electrical plug was leaking, so I had that fixed as well. I was also told that I need new front brake pads (already had them replaced at about 45,000mi) and rotor and rear brake pads @ $600. After the alignment, they noticed that the control arm bushings are loose, and may need to be replaced in the near future @ $545.
    I have had the ESP code ("ELEC. STABIL. PROG. Visit Workshop! ESP") come up and go a number of times this winter. I just figured snow accumulated on the sensor, and then melted. The ESP warning light came on while at the shop, and the tech noticed many error codes in the computer, which he cleared. My service writer says that the computer may be going, since there were many codes that needed to be cleared. So, I may have to be replacing that in the near future. I don't know how much that is going to cost...
    Should I keep the car (I do love it and it's almost paid-off) or get something else, since I would like to get a bigger car or SUV now that the kids are getting bigger.
  • vincap28vincap28 Posts: 4
    I have a 96 C220. I have been having a problem with the wiper. It gets stuck, or hung up in the middle of its sweep. It happens on a regular basis, more so when its colder outside. It works fine sometimes so I don't think its the motor. Has anyone had similar problems. The dealer said it would require 3 hours of labor just to identify the poblem (can you say rip off!).
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    I have a 2001 C240 with about 100k miles (157000kms).

    Although it's hard to predict what the future holds for your car, imagine you fast forward about 13000 miles and here's what might happen, or at least it's happening on my car:

    Power steering pump leaking, about $1000cdn to fix it, probably much cheaper in US

    Need brakes as well,

    Spark plugs need to be changed every 100k miles (previous owner changed them early on mine, so I don't have to worry), but there's two spark plugs per cylinder, so that could cost a bit as there's 12 total.

    Having problems starting recently. Engine cranks over but does not start sometimes. Could be fuel pump, or crank position sensor, or the starter, goota get it checked next week.

    Other than that I have some minor electrical gremlins that keep popping up but don't affect the car's drivability or operation.

    I love my Benz too, but it's a little frustrating sometimes with the shabby reliability.

    If you pay it off, put aside about $2000 a year for maintenance and repairs just to be safe.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • smwls8smwls8 Posts: 103
    I am close to pulling the trigger on this one, 48K miles. I know nothing about this 1.8 liter engine with a blower. Anyone out there have any experience with it? This one is an auto transmission.

    Thank you,
    Sam White
  • vivid1vivid1 Posts: 24
    The SC'd 4banger is a good motor. My uncle just rolled 181k miles in his. Still runs like new. He has done normal maintenance through out the years.
  • smwls8smwls8 Posts: 103
    I scanned this thread last night after posting my message. Seems like a lot of other issues with the C, but the other car I'm looking at is an 03 Audi Allroad with the 2.7T engine, another complex vehicle.

    Thanks again....
  • fitnessfitness Posts: 4
    I have a 2001 C240 with the glove box mounted 6 CD changer. I ejected the CD magazine while a CD was playing and now the system will not play a CD. The radio works fine and the display shows CD& track numbers but no sound.Any ideas anyone? Thanks.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    Is the CD stuck in there or did you get all the CDs out?

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • piasonpiason Posts: 55
    What does it cost for a brake job on the 2005 / 2006 C280?
  • vivid1vivid1 Posts: 24
    Get a quote from a few places. Brakes are not that hard if you know a little about cars. I assume you just need new pads?

    I have 32k miles on a 04 240 and have not needed pads yet.
  • meinwameinwa Posts: 4
    I forgot that the spark plugs need to be changed at 100K mi...
    I went ahead and traded in the Benz for an SUV. I got a great deal on both the new car, and the trade-in on my C240. :)
  • gabdadgabdad Posts: 1
    47,000 miles both front and rear making noise(bushings?), fuel sending unit just went, & now check engine light is on and car is driving rough. I believe it is oxtgen sensor. Is this common for the C class. Thinking of trading it in for a 2006 C280. Feeling on the 280 anything to look out for? Also do you think the rought drving (check engine light) is a oxygen sensor? :sick:
  • dorivaldorival Posts: 1
    Hi I am an owner of a Mercedes Benz C240 1998 European model and I am noticing that on many occasions the vehicle refuses to pass 4000 RPM, the fuel does seems to shut down after [non-permissible content removed] passes 4000RPM. Another issue is that if the vehicle is not properly warmed, it stutters and refuses to drive normally, not sure what is the cause.
  • greenboxgreenbox Posts: 7
    Sorry I didn't read your message sooner. It's been a busy winter. If your ESP light is still coming on it could be any of many things, some irrelevant and some serious. When my 2001 C240 was new the light came on about 3 times in the first year. I'd take it to the dealership (it was under warranty) and they didn't find anything. They cleared the codes and that was that. Eventually I got tired of wasting days out of my life visiting the dealership for nothing. The worst that can happen if your ESP does fail is that the car drives like a car that doesn't have ESP.

    HOWEVER, in later years I found out that the ESP light is a catch-all for all sorts of problems. In my case (when the car was 5 years old) it was trying to tell me that the innards of my fuel pump were decomposing and clogging up my recently-replaced fuel filter. That has nothing to do with ESP.

    Bottom line: you can ignore ESP for awhile but get it checked eventually because it just might be trying to tell you something serious.

    I'm still hoping Lexus will come out with a manual transmission so I can trade in this cantankerous vehicle that's "engineered like no other car in the world"... thank goodness.
  • bufnitabufnita Posts: 5
    I can't find an answer to this question, so i hope somebody can help me here. Why does the 2006 C230's fuel economy is 21/30 and the 2007 C230's is 19/25. They both have the same 2.5L V6, 7 speed auto. The new EPA guidelines are not in effect until the 2008 models come out.
  • vivid1vivid1 Posts: 24
    It could be to the intake manifold is a different size. They could have made a slight adjustment to the size of the intake manifold runners for smoother exceleration or more power.
  • I have gotten the Undervoltage Consumer Defective message several times, then it went away. Thursday got alternator/battery warning light. When I tried to start it Sunday it was dead. I installed a new battery and am getting no error message. Why did that message come on? Could it have been the battery? If the alternator is not charging should I get an error now? Thanks.
  • fsmmcsifsmmcsi Posts: 792
    How often do all of you think the front wheel bearnings hould be cleaned and repacked with grease?
  • c240ndcc240ndc Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem on my 05 c240 4matic. At least once or twice a month the navigation/sound system just stops working. The dealer has NO CLUE how to fix this (of course, everytime I take it in to be fixed, the stereo and nav are working!). A small prayer before getting in the car and starting it up doesn't work either! :) Any ideas on how to fix this? When it happens, I am able to open up my CD changer and remove CDs, but I cannot open the command navigation screen and get to the individual cd unit.
  • stramstram Posts: 3
    At 53,010 miles, the engine began shaking while idling at stop light, and the "Check Engine" warning light lit up. We had the car towed to Buena Park (southern Calif) dealer. They found a cracked air hose (something to do with the compressor), and replaced it. We bought this car in May 2004, and did not expect the air hose had cracked so soon. We begin to wonder what may be next. :confuse:
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