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is it the supercharged compressor going bad?
car is fast and get 22 mpg around town, I'm burning regular gas.
That's kind of high. I understand those cars are not really reliable. Cost of owning is too much from I I've heard. Acura and Lexus rated higher by JD Powers and Consumer Reports.
you have to ask yourself, "why am I looking at MBZs in the first place?" Obviously, it is something about a MBZ that appeals to you or you would not have been contemplating purchasing one. Is it how prestigious people look in them? Is it how classy they look? It is after all one of the finest cars in the world. Not a car trying to compete with one of the finest cars. Look at someone driving an Acura, or a Lexus, then look at someone driving a MBZ. You see a marked difference, don't you? The car makes even a geek look like someone of substance. So, again, if you are a very practicle person, then go get you an Acura, or a Lexus even. They are nice cars. They have now both been in the high end of the luxury car arena for about; 22 years for Acura, (Legend) '86, and 18 years for Lexus, (LS400) '90.
MBZ has been around since, the beginning of the automobile. That title they hold distnctly to themelves. No other car in the world has that coveted title, but MBZ.
I drive a MBZ, had a BMW first, 7 series, you could not tell me anything either, I brought my MBZ for my X, she gave it back upon departure. I have never felt the same way in my BMW the way I feel in my MBZ, people even look at me differently.
Not that they matter, but they just do. Maybe that is why people who drive them seem to, or appear to have it going on. Just my opinion.
when i am at the FSS screen where it says "Service B, Due now", i hold down the reset button for about 8 seconds. the screen returns to the milage section automatically.
did anyone else have this problem?
1 Turn electronic key in the steering lock to position 1
2 Operate the system selection button (on steering air bag, left side bottom button) until the complete overview (total mileage and trip odometer) is displayed in the instrument cluster.
3 Operate the arrow button above the selection button until the service symbol and the actual remaining mileage, time, or service exceeded indication is displayed
4 Press the (R) button on the instrument cluster for about 3 seconds until the message "DO YOU WANT TO RESET THE SERVICE INTERVAL?" CONFIRM BY PRESSING THE BUTTON appears
5 Press the button (R) again within 5 seconds
6 The message "Remaining mileage" of 10,000 Miles or 15,000 Km will appear
Our dealer in Portland OR has been very sensitive to independent competition, and prices his service accordingly. If you think the price is too high, the logical thing to do is look elsewhere, unless you're trying to get a warranty problem taken care of.
This would also be the right place to insert a plug for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America [MBCA.org]; you can get good service referrals from club members by posting on the MBCA website, as well as ask technical questions of fellow club members. Cost is $45 a year, but well worth it if you're serious about Mercedes.
The fact that the light came on indicates that your independent either doesn't know how to reset the service system, or simply forgot. If it's the former, I'd be worried, since this is somebody who doesn't know enough about Mercedes to be trusted with this car; if the latter, no harm, no foul - take it back to him and tell him to reset the service indicator.
I used to know how to reset it on the W203, but it's been a couple of years now, and I can't remember the sequence of steps. Do an internet search on "resetting Mercedes service indicator" or "FSS" and see what comes up.
I must caution you - taking shortcuts on service with these cars is just asking for it - if you plan to keep the car any length of time, you need to do the services called for - again, the service descriptions should have come with the car. If not, get to a dealer parts dept and order the correct service description book for your model and year. And again, the thought keeps coming to me that your independent, if he's worth anything at all, should be able to lay hands on the complete list of servicing requirements for this car - it's long and complex, but readily available to anyone who wants to buy the CD from MBUSA. Nobody should be in the Mercedes service business who doesn't subscribe to the service descriptions and updates available from MBUSA.
In other words - take your questions back to the guy who serviced the car, and put them to him, including how to reset the service light.
What do you think the problem might be? Do you recommend me to go to MB dealers for a $$$ expensive check?
First thing to check is refrigerant levels and pressure.
But I doubt it, even I set the temp to LOW, which means the compressor should work no matter how cold the inside temp is, right?
Do you have any CD or experience about the problem, AC works for 1~2 mins after each engine starts. Thanks a lot.
There is a Technical Service Bulletin on this problem although I don't know exactly what they are talking about:
Date: December 18, 2002
Order No.: P-B-83.55/65
Model 203, 211, 215, 220, 230
A/C Compressor Switches On Frequently
"If you encounter instances in the above models where the air conditioning compressor as well as the mirror heaters switch on with an increased frequency, replace the multifunction sensor for activated charcoal filter. The increased frequency of operation is a result of an incorrectly calibrated multifunction sensor sending erroneous values over the CAN bus."
My compressor seems only switch on when start, then shut off until next start. I just released all refrigerant and put 2 can of 134a in. the problem is still there.
A few months ago, it has been working for two days, but after that, the AC system just work one minute for each trip. During the trip, it never switched on and off, just off.
My C230 AC just turns off after 5 minutes of every engine start.
if anyone discover what it is, please let me know
the next question will be How to calibrate it?
This car has stayed in my garage for 2 years, I am not sure if I should keep it or not. Without AC, it is a big problem in south.
Coolant & flush antifreeze: brake fluid flush: fuel filter: Spark plugs: drive belt: Steering shock: engine air filter: replace shift bushing: car is driven April-December, stored over winter, recommendations please
Just wondering if current Benz product can remain rust-free - assuming I buy one that's 2 or 3 years old and keep it for 8 years.
That said, the paint on my 04 BMW 330CiC was far superior to the 07 MB. After four years of driving, it had zero chips and very few scratches or swirls. Even when careless morons hit it with shopping carts or car doors, it sustained dings but gave up no paint.
Final thought: my MB was jet black--the absolute worst color when it comes to paint longevity...I got palladium silver this time.
Just went from a toyota to a c class - I will go back to toyota next time. I want a care I do not need to worry about and the MB is too needy for the New Jersey roads