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#5757 of 7297 Mercedes C-320
Jul 05, 2002 (7:02 am)
I own a 2001 C-320 now for over one year nothing but a pain in the neck.It started with water in both fog lights water in the trunk.And the dealer gave me a hard time to have it fixed.Then the fuel sensor broke after that rear break light burned out then the air bag sensors stoped working.Mercedes just does not compare to the Japanies cars any more.What a shame.They teamed up with Chrysler and going to hell.
My next car a Lexus soon.
German engineering going to hell.
Jul 07, 2002 (7:28 am)
Last Sunday, my right turn blinker stopped working - got the malfunction message. Never had this happen on my last two Lexus gs300's but no big deal right. Went to the dealer Monday and he did something - new bulb but made an appointment for July 16th to have front headlights assembly repaired/replaced. Said blinker could fail at any time. Now it appears this is a known fault - why doesn't Mercedes recall on all these problems. I have car a little over a year - 11000 miles. Fun to drive but too many of these dumb problems.
#5759 of 7297 lease price
Jul 07, 2002 (7:43 am)
can anyone offer help regarding 36 or 39 month lease, zero cap cost, just inceptions, 15k /yr on c240. is it possible inder 500/mo tax included
Jul 07, 2002 (9:27 am)
Go to CarsDirect.com, and fill in the various blanks until you get to the point of financing the car you've configured. They allow you to tailor their lease and loan quotes based on your self-assessment of credit quality, how long you want to lease, how much you want to put down, etc. This will at least give you a benchmark before you take it further.
#5761 of 7297 Need opionions - 1999 C230 Sedan, 35k miles, $24,900 dealer price
Jul 09, 2002 (8:25 pm)
I would like opinions on the following:
1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sedan 4D, White, 35,000 miles - $24,900 (used
The car is in excellent condition.
AC, PS, PW, PL, Cruise Control, AM/FM Stereo
Compact Disc Player
Dual Front Air Bags
Bose Premium Sound
1) Is this car worth buying. I checked edmund.com, kelleybluebook.com
and consumerreports.com and the user dealer price is pretty fair.
2) What is the average cost of oil changes, scheduled maintenance (30k,
3) What troubles have existing owners of MB C class owners encountered?
4) Can three average size adults sit comfortably in the back seat or is
it pretty much a squeeze?
I have a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo with 44,000 which the used car dealer showed
me trade-in value of $12,175. I could finance the balance ($25k - $12k,
license, tax) using my two credit cards ($27,000 available credit at
4.75% prime rate) using convenience checks. The dealer said off the top
of his head he could get me financing around 6.75% for 3-5 years.
Jul 10, 2002 (7:17 am)
Let me try and answer a few of your questions.
3 people will not fit back there comforatbly for any extended period of time.
Depending on when the car was orignially brought into service, it still may have the balance of the original 4 year/50,000 mile bumper to bumber factory warranty.
If you can find one, I'd reccommend trying to find a C280 with the 2.8L 194hp V6. It is smoother and quieter than the supercharged 4. The supercharged engine is actually quicker, but quite loud under acceleration IMO.
The old C is a great car. Maybe the last of the true old school Mercedes.
Are you buying the car used from a used car dealer or is it a Starmark Used Mercedes? If you're buying it from a used car dealer then I would take it to a Mercedes-Benz dealer or an Independent Shop that specializes in Mercedes-Benz to take a look at the car.
#5763 of 7297 My 2 cents to mrkwan
Jul 10, 2002 (10:13 am)
You may want to consider the 2002 c240 for the following reasons:
1. You will have a new car with a full warranty for 4yrs/50,000 miles.You are at least guaranteed a few years without the visit to the local Mercedes garage, which can get really costly.
2. All maintenence, including breaks, are covered for that period of time.
3. The safety features on the c240 are more up to date.
4. Resale will be better
5. Dealers are bargaining on the 2002's to make way for the 2003's. It will cost you a few grand more up front to get this car, but you may save in the long run.
Best of luck
#5764 of 7297 Steering vibration in new C240
Jul 11, 2002 (7:11 am)
My C240 is 4 months old. I am ready to sell it!!
I have a rapid, slight but annoying vibration on the steering wheel between 30 and 40 mph. It is now in the shop for the 3rd time. Before, all they did was check the balancing and say that it was 100% ok. I have a feeling the vibration is in the steering system. Now they are checking the steering.
Do you know if this is common on the c240? I would want to replace the car if it can't get fixed. They tell me it may just be a 'feature'?! I am not sure what I should accept and live with any longer as far as cars go!
#5765 of 7297 IVAR
Jul 11, 2002 (7:59 am)
What brand of tires have you got?
Unless your dealer finds a specific steering problem, I would strongly urge you to check whether they used a Hunter Road Force balancer to check the wheel/tire balance; if not, I'd suggest you find a shop that has that equipment.
Off-hand, you seem to be describing a tire problem. You should be aware that many tires these days come through the usual static and dynamic balance process with flying colors, but nevertheless produce very annoying, disturbing, even alarming vibrations within a specific speed range. Replacing the tires may not even help -- I went through 2 sets of brand-new Michelins on our Trooper without any improvement in a vibration that started after I replaced our worn-out Good Years; however, rebalancing with the Hunter machine completely cured the problem. (I'm also happy to say that the ContiSports on my Y2K C280 have been vibration-free).
Good luck with the problem. It would be a pity to take the hit in selling your new Benz if it's just bad rubber.
#5766 of 7297 Yes, I agree...
Jul 11, 2002 (8:41 am)
...wheel balance is the first thing they go for, and it is usually runout, not balance, that is the problem.
Vertical runout is most likely the culprit, that is, one or more of the tire/wheel combinations is not round enough. It only takes a variance of 1-1.5mm to make it very noticeable on these cars. And no, you are not the first one to have this issue come up.
The Hunter Road Force balancer that is being referred to above is designed to pinpoint vertical runout. It can then point the tech in the right direction to try to rotate the tire on the wheel to minimize the problem - or a new tire may be the only option.
Another possiblity is rotor or hub runout caused by incorrect, or uneven, tightening of the wheel bolts. This can actually distort the hub, and cause symptoms that feel like you're describing. I managed to screw up our '85 190E by doing exactly this with a torque wrench that was reading incorrectly, and I and the dealer pulled out hair out chasing the vibration through the usual means, always coming up empty until I confessed to what I thought was the source of the problem.