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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Care and Maintenance



  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    My imperial red 1995 C220 had two minor paint issues, inside the gas door and under the license plate on the trunk. Both were repaired by MB under warranty (goodwill?) in 1999.

    The 2000 silver C230 I traded for had no paint issues in the 6 years I owned it.

    - Paul
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    You may want to have your dealer check you rear wheel bearings. My right rear bearing died violently right before I sold the car. Fortunately the car was under extended warranty, MB said the cost of the repair would have been $1,500. Paid for the warranty. My wife said something had been making noise, but I never heard it.

    We sold the C-Class because we have too many cars, now down to 2 Toyotas, a '93 pickup with 227,000+ miles and a 2005 Avalon (near-Lexus, more power than the C230 with better gas mileage). Maintenance on the MB was out of sight, $287.00 for an A service where the only two things *done* were an oil and filter change and replacement of cabin air filter - scheduled by MB at every maintenance interval, believe it or not!!! Oh, and lots of "checks": tire pressure, ww fluid, coolant, etc. Nothing I couldn't do in our garage. Oh, and 200 miles later the rear wheel bearing breaks on the turnpike in Boston rush hour traffic, the $287.00 checks did not catch that!!

    I can change the oil and filters in my Toyotas for less than $15.00 each, and if the mileage of the truck is any indication, these may very well be the last autos my wife and I will ever need before we're dead and buried. I need to write the truck and Avalon into our will, was hoping it would be our MB but that's not how it turned out.

    I realize MB is an expensive car to maintain - I am not complaining. Just wish MB could be more reasonable about the services they actually perform. I have no problem spending a large sum of money when a large amount of *work* is actually done. Oh, and the last two times they did not update my warranty book, I had to bring the car back to them in order to get the book stamped. I don't mean any disrespect, but for $287.00, isn't that the least they could do?

    I know, only an MB is an MB, and I will be missing out on that. For this, I am sad. They are beautiful machines, so solid. Sure wish I could have my red 1995 C220 back. It's old enough that I could have it serviced independently, which would make all the difference.

    Thanks jrct9454, billp8, and Pat for your help while I owned the car. Going forward I'll be in the Toyota Avalon and Pickup forums.

    - Paul
  • billp8billp8 Posts: 56
    ...which were replaced under my StarMark extended warranty (hooray!) Sorry to see you giving up the car. Sadly, I don't think my next new vehicle will be an MB. My C has been fairly reliable over the past 6 years, but all of the concerns over the current C give me pause. Don't really know what the next purchase will be--my current list includes Mustang GT convert, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape Hybrid, VW GTI, and Acura TL (nothing like consistency!) I plan to keep the Benz for 12 years, at any rate. So, the next purchase would be a 2nd vehicle. I grew up wanting an MB, and am happy I have one--but I will not likely buy another (except perhaps for a W124 E-Class coupe or convert). I wonder if MB listens to/is aware of/cares about customers like me...those who feel the star is currently a bit tarnished. At any rate, best of luck to you, and thanks for your reply.
  • gurekiangurekian Posts: 3
    Have not checked this site in a while... sorry to leave you hanging there.

    I FINALLY got this problem fixed by MB dealer after bringing it in 4 times. I was so furious because the "Check Engine" light comes on each time this happens, and the overly-bright flashing amber fuel light was getting annoying at night.

    In any case, it is most probably the fuel pressure sensor leaking. I cannot remember the exact piece, but I'll check for you. For some reason they did a systems check, the computer reported that it failed and they gave it back to me on my 3rd visit. They also forgot the computer report in my back seat. So armed with this, I forced them to replace the piece on their dime during my 4th visit.

    Good luck.

  • ycamp5ycamp5 Posts: 15
    Trying to figure out what to buy, the IS 350 or the C350 sports, thank you!
  • hihihi123hihihi123 Posts: 2
    Maintenance is definitely costly for the C-class models. On top of that, the service quality, especially at the Manhattan Mercedes dealership, which is factory owned, is as bad as it gets. I am an extremely frustrated C-Class owner and am giving up and buying a Lexus. I can't tolerate the high expenses at 10k mi servicings. Plus, they are fantastic at charging (and overcharging) you for service that is not necessary. The arrogance of the employees at the local level is simply amazing. Whether there is a direct correlation, I'm not surprised that Benz's quality/satisfaction levels have fallen off a cliff in recent years. It's well deserved.
  • jjpeterjjpeter Posts: 230
    I have a "Schedule A service due in x days" showing up on my dash when I start the car.

    Does anyone know what this service entails, and what I can expect to pay?

    I have an 02 C230 sport coupe with around 24K miles.

  • scscarsscscars Posts: 92
    You might not need to pay anything. '02 models had a 4-year, 50,000 mile warranty that included free maintenance. If the car is still under warranty, your Schedule A service may be a freebie.

    Schedule A service includes checks of exterior and interior lighting, windshield wiper and washer fluids and system, brake pads inspection, correction of tire inflation and tire damage checks, oil and filter change, fluid level check and correction, engine cooling system and brake system inspection, battery condition check, and engine hood and latch inspection.

    In Suburban Chicago, Schedule A service runs about $150.00. It may be less where you live.

    Hope this helps.
  • rmgtx01rmgtx01 Posts: 3
    I have an 02 c240 that just went out of warranty and needs a schedule B service. Does anyone have an opinion on using and independent repair shop instead of the dealer. It appears that the dealer does very little for the price.
  • I brought my car (2004 C230K) in to a local dealer because the SRS "system restraint service" light kept coming on. Also, I am planning a road trip so I wanted a check up on the tires and fluid levels, etc. My service technician was extremely rude at first when I dropped my car off in the morning. In the afternoon when he called to tell me that I needed $$$ service, he sounded a bit nicer.

    My car is barely 2 years old w/ a 25k mileage. Early last year, I got both rear tires replaced because there were nails found in them. This time around, just 1.5 years later, I was told that all 4 tires needed to be replaced, plus the front brake pads and rotors.

    The following day, I was scheduled to pick up my car in the afternoon. At noon-ish, the service technician called to say that the camber screws also need replacing. I expressed my conern in having to replace all these parts so soon and he kinda quickly told me that all these wear items were worn out in a short amount of time due to the way I was driving... I'm still not sure whether I buy it, but in the end, the damage was a whopping $2,000.

    Anyone share a similar bad experience? Can I get these services done outside of a MB dealer?
  • is this normal to go out so fast? any idea how much these cost? thanks!
  • jackgjackg Posts: 2
    I have followed all the advice given in the forum and nothing works.I have a 2004 c230 supercharged sedan and it flashes a message that my A maintenance is overdue by 630 miles.I have no owner manual but I THINK THAT IT MEANS THAT THE OIL NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.It has no dipstick but you can read out oil level on the multifunction display. It says oil level is ok what ever that means but I don't know if it takes 5 or six quarts. Anybody please help!
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,314
    The oil level will always be ok, but you still need to change it if it's old. You need to go to MB and do an oil change and they can reset your computer.

    And unfortunately if you do the oil change yourself, the computer will still show that you're overdue for service, becaquse only MB can reset the computer.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg

  • jackgjackg Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info, but there is someone out there that knows how to reset the maintenance A required message.I used to do it on my 99 SLK 230 all the time. Its got to be simple, its just MB's big secret to get you to pay for there service.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    Resetting the "maintenance required" messages probably is simple - if you have access to the specific Mercedes scan/programming tool that plugs into the OBD-II port. (It would be a guess whether you'd be able to buy your own make-specific scan/programmer...) Didn't take automakers long to realize they could milk self-diagnostic features for far more than the cost of installing 'em! ;)
  • I recently purchased my C36 AMG 1995, awesomely kept! But the radio doesn't seem to want to come on. I have the code and all. but still will not come on. Help please if anyone has a clue, I'd like to keep the stock radio, but if no avail I will have to purchase a new. "Soundless" ">
  • :) Does anyone think that a mercedes dealership would charge me an arm and a leg to take a looksy at the radio? Is there some sort of component that you need to reset the radio? And how might one get ahold this?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,450
    I'm sure they'll nick you for one hour flat rate to diagnose. Many radios have their own in-line fuse, but getting at it might be tough.

    I'd suggest you go to a specialty audio shop and have them slip the radio out (they have the tools to do it quickly) and see if there is a fuse behind it). If they say the radio is no good, then you are in the right place for a quick replacement without paying double labor for buttoning up the console again.

    Probably they can sell you a radio that will sound better anyway.

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  • 1995 AMG C36 factory cd changer in the trunk, Does anyone know how to obtain the sleeve or cartridge for the cd changer? I'm soundless, and would like to have tunes. Thanks :(
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,314
    Mercedes will stock parts like cartridges for your MB. However you should check out junkyards, or online parts retailers to see if you can get one cheaper.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,450
    I'd find out who made the CD changer for AMG and write to them. That's what I did one time. They don't make their own CD players, that's for sure.

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  • harryoharryo Posts: 3
    When i start the car it runs about 5min,Then it shut off and when you give it gas it only revs up to 4 grand and won't pass that :sick: .Can anyone HELP.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,314
    I'm guessing it might be a problem with the engine management system. It's all computer controlled.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg

  • harryoharryo Posts: 3
    dose any one no where i can take my car .im in pasadena CA
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,314
    Take for what?

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg

  • I’m looking for instructions about how to replace my front marker light. Looking at the car, it looks like the headlight assembly has to be removed or a panel in the front wheel well. I’m not sure the best approach. If you have replaced a front marker light, please let me know the best approach.

  • fsmmcsifsmmcsi Posts: 792
    The warrantly expired on our 2002 C230K, so today was the firtst time that I (rather than a dealership) changed the oil and filter. How does one reset the maintenance reminder counter?
  • nihalnihal Posts: 1
    I have a 2005 C230 with 46,000 miles ... close to running out of warranty. Should I buy extended warranty? If yes, what coverage should I be looking for and what would it cost? I plan on keeping the car for 3 years more. I know that some of these warranty plans are pretty pricey and not sure if I'm being overcharged. Can anyone help?
  • How do you get this trim off? I need to do a minor paint job and don't want to just mask over the trim.
  • The instructions can be found on page 154 of the owners manual.
    The details are:-
    Turn ignition key to position 1 on the starter switch
    Push buttons on left hand side of steering wheel (the ones showing 2 rectangles overlapping) until trip meter showing miles and total miles appear.
    Then press arrows until service indicator appears.
    Then press reset button (located at left hand side of instrument cluster) for about 2 seconds.
    Then follow instructions, depending on which service interval was done.

    I hope it helps. I did it once. It took a few attempts to make it work.
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