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#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.
#5703 of 7297 2003 C-Class changes??
Jun 06, 2002 (7:23 am)
Does anyone know what changes (even if minor) are planned for the 2003s? I'm debating between a BMW330, a Saab 9-3 and the C-class...just curious what things are going to change. (I realize the car was just redesigned, so I'm not expecting anything major).
#5704 of 7297 EXTENDED WARRENTY - QUESTION
Jun 06, 2002 (7:29 am)
I bought my C240 in June 2001, I was under impression that it is automatically covered for 4 years or 50 K miles.
Please let me know what I need to do; as I wanted a peace of mind. I have received a mail for my Tele Aid subscription renewal, please also let me know if its worth $240 price tag or we can shop similar service elsewhere too and what many of you are opted for
BTW new E class is sweet !
thanks a lot in advance
Jun 06, 2002 (7:29 am)
I have not heard of the changes for the C-Class; but, the Saab will be all new for 2003. I understand the hatchback is gone--so if that's what you want, you'd better buy quickly! The BMW 3 Series will be new in 2004 from what I understand--so you can expect big changes late next year as they switch from E46 to E60 (I believe it will be). The Saab may bring the hatch the following year and the M-B may be due for updating by then. So, long story short, if this is your short list, you may do well to wait another year.
#5706 of 7297 EXTENDED WARRANTY by benz747
Jun 06, 2002 (8:11 am)
Sounds like you received your C240 about the same time as us. Don't worry, your warranty is still 4yr/50,000 mi.!
The reason I'm shopping now is that you have until one year after receipt of your car to purchase an Mercedes-Benz extended warranty BEYOND that period. I'm opting for this because I think it will preserve resale value after 4 years to have the manufacturer warranty and given that the 2001 C is the first year of the new model, I'm hedging my bets against anything wrong happening with the car -- especially all the new electrical gizmos.