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Jun 03, 2002 (6:39 am)
2 weeks ago i got back from a trip to cape cod, mercedes ran fine at 80-90 mph the whole trip down not one problem, average was 27 mpg for a round trip of 414 miles. the car now has 3,800 miles on it and it is running fine only 1 problem was the outside temp gauge sensor was faulty, it was reading apx 40 degrees off, dealership put a new one 1 in the next day for me.
around town the car is getting 23mpg city driving not bad at all, i like the car very much, on long trips like down to the cape my legs started to cramp a little as i'm 6'5" and the seat all the way back and down. this car has been great and only seems to get better i would recommend this c240 for anyone looking for a nice car to drive around in.
#5694 of 7297 RE: Extended Warranty
Jun 03, 2002 (7:16 am)
Thanks for the reply, ahost. If I don't hear more I will pursue your reference.
Sounds like I should have been paying more attention. If I had I may have opted for the 4 year extension before it was discontinued.
Does anyone find it worrisome that they canned the 4 year extension? I can imagine the two years of statistical data on the new C's which may have led to the business decision...
But I like to remain positive!
#5695 of 7297 RE: Extended Warranty by tschreyer
Jun 03, 2002 (9:18 am)
I also bought an extended warranty from Lisa Lehrbaum at Courtesy MB in Chico, but only for 3 years/100k miles. My C-240 will have 100k before 7 years are up, and the three year term was a hundred bucks less. Lisa was very easy to work with.
I think that MB-USA cut the available extended warranty to a 3 year extension for ALL MB passenger cars, not just the C-class. It is possible that they looked at their claims experience in the last year of coverage, and didn't like what they saw. I think that simultaneous with reducing the term limit on the extension, they also raised the coverage price. If you get a quote from Lisa, please post it so that other folks will know what their options are, and I can tell my wife what a bargain our EW was.
#5696 of 7297 Heads up!
Jun 03, 2002 (2:13 pm)
The Town Hall is about to take on a new look in an effort to make content more easily searchable and accessible.
Have you seen the Letter from the Town Hall Manager on the Town Hall Welcome page? If not, you might want to follow that link to have a look.
And hang on to your seats. Change is never easy - for any of us - but resolving the Search problems we've had will be worth the pain.
#5697 of 7297 C240 Seat Memories, Front Bushings & Loaners
Jun 05, 2002 (5:26 am)
I contacted MB USA via email after reading the previous posts about seat memory loss and drift. I clipped out the technical service bulletin and they instructed me to make an appointment with my dealer and tell the dealer to contact the area service technician. Gregg at Brandywine Mercedes in West Chester Pennsylvania called yesterday and told Cheryl someting about ordering a "#1" replacement key. This is the fourth time we've had a service call on the seats or keys. I'll keep everyone posted.
Cheryl and I began to notice a low frequency rubbing noise from the front of the car when pulling into our driveway. She sat in the car while I pushed on either bumper and the sound was obvious. Gregg said that the "Bushings were defective". He told Cheryl "The parts will be in on Thursday."
Lastly, I live in South Jersey, one $3 brige toll and about an hour from my Brandywine Mercedes. Here's the list of loaners I've had: 2000 C230, 2001 C320 Sport, 2000 ML320, 2002 C320 Wagon, and a 2001 E320. The drop off/pickup drivers are always polite and on time. With the exception of the current drought conditions, our car is returned washed.
#5698 of 7297 C240 Seat Memories, etc. by mmoskoitz
Jun 05, 2002 (9:21 am)
My mirrors and seat settings drift, too, and seem to have done so more often lately. (By the way, I have the same settings on the key saved to memory #1 on the door and I just pop the button there when I see that it's not quite right as a work-around.)
But after your message Michael about replacing the key, it occurs to me that I just replaced my batteries in my key (at the dealer, $9.95 + tx) because it was starting to operate intermittently. The greater frequency of memory drift may have been related to the failing batteries in the key. I'll have to see if the settings stick any better now with fresh batteries.
By the way, my C240 is just approaching its 1st year with us, so I thought that was pretty soon to be replacing batteries. My key is the one used 90%+ of the time, but I was kind of surprised to be changing batteries already.
Jun 05, 2002 (10:56 am)
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#5700 of 7297 Lumbar Adjustment
Jun 05, 2002 (1:58 pm)
I have had the pleasure of driving my c230 for 2 months now and just love the car. I echo all the good things said by 404c. My only complaint is that the seats do not have a lumbar adjustment (this does not come with either the manual or power seats). After 20 to 30 minutes, my lower back starts screaming. I have yet to find a truly comfortable seat position. My dealer said there is nothing they can do and suggested that I get a lumbar pillow, but I hate the idea of having to adjust a pillow every time I get in the car. Any other suggestions?
Jun 05, 2002 (5:53 pm)
Griot's sells a lumbar support that adjusts with an air squeeze bulb. It comes with two L shaped brackets that fit into the space between the seat back and bottom and hold the support in place. Well made of black leather....$100
#5702 of 7297 seat position
Jun 05, 2002 (8:40 pm)
I have found that the bottom seat cushion must be completely flat or back pain will result. If the seat bottom is tilted up in the front it puts a lot of pressure on the lower back.
I have a C230K with power seats. Good luck.