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#6488 of 7297 I just read that the c class body will be revamped in 2006. Has anyone els
Jun 05, 2003 (6:57 pm)
News Industry know-it-alls see revised cosmetics and a few new features for the 2004 C-Class. A full redesign is reportedly on for 2006. By that time, though, Mercedes should be selling a smaller car called A-Class, which has been available in Europe for several years but never officially imported here. We'll be getting a redesigned A-Class, though it's expected to be another high-profile "one-box" 4-dr hatchback with small 4-cyl engines driving the front wheels. It should also retain a unique bi-level floorpan sandwiching exhaust system and other underbody components. Length and width should again approximate Ford Focus dimensions, but may grow a couple of inches.
Jun 05, 2003 (8:02 pm)
I drove an A160 in London in 2001 - a really fun, small, solid vehicle to drive. Strange to be shifting with my left hand, though. I thought it was neat that the manual automatic climate control (non-digital) had temperature indicators on the thumbwheel, as did MBs of the 1970s and 1980s. My '00 C230 has no numbers - only blue, white, and red gradients.
Jun 05, 2003 (9:42 pm)
Mercedes is making a grave mistake by importing any variant of the A-Class here.
#6492 of 7297 Question about older C-class
Jun 06, 2003 (4:05 am)
I have a 1997 C-230 with 70K on the odometer. This is the first Benz I have ever owned and has been a decent car, except for transmission whine. I thought this was customary for this car (rear wheel drive and all) but I just returned from europe where I rode in a C-class with 298,000 km, it was quiet as a mouse compared to my car. At the 60,000 mile service I requested the transmission be serviced. When I went to pick the car up the service writer says the transmission has synthetic fluid god for the life of the transmission. Checked with local independent (Bosch) shop and he concurred. It is not terribly loud but noticable. Any suggestions? Ignore and turn up radio?
#6493 of 7297 Transmission whine?
Jun 06, 2003 (7:36 am)
Are you sure it's the transmission and not the rear end/differential? The rear end can make a whining noise but it should not and is repairable. Does the whine rise and fall with engine RPM? MB auto transmissions are quiet.
#6494 of 7297 I guesss it could be....
Jun 06, 2003 (5:02 pm)
but the noise seems to eminate from the transmission tunnel, not the rear end. Maybe I expect the car to be Honda quiet, which it is not.
Thanks for the input...
Jun 07, 2003 (9:46 am)
"Five-speed automatic: new shift mode for even smoother motoring
Mercedes-Benz has devised new shift modes for the five-speed automatic transmission available as an option for the C-Class. In addition to the standard mode, which can be activated with the switch next to the selector lever labelled "S", the automatic transmission will now feature a comfort mode, "C". With this mode selected, the C-Class always pulls away in second gear and gearshifts are made before the engine reaches its maximum rev speed.
ESPˇ: automatic warning when tyre pressure is too low
The sensors fitted as part of the standard-specification Electronic Stability Program (ESPˇ) will in future also be able to monitor tyre pressure. If this item of optional equipment is selected, a message will appear in the instrument cluster display to warn motorists if the pressure in one tyre starts to drop. To calculate the pressure in the tyres, the ESPˇ system continually compares the tyres' rolling circumferences, which change depending on the road speed and the tyre pressure. ESPˇ permanently records the wheel rotation speeds and compares the values with one another, allowing the system to swiftly detect any significant deviations. The control module also automatically checks other variables relevant to the vehicle's handling dynamics, such as lateral acceleration, yaw rate and wheel torques in order to diagnose any loss of pressure in a tyre. The system does not however measure the actual air pressure in the individual tyres.
Aero wipers: ultra-effective technology direct from the wind tunnel
Mercedes-Benz is further enhancing both safety and convenience in the C-Class by fitting all models as standard with the aero wipers which have already proved their merit in the Stuttgart-based car manufacturer's leading model series. The new windscreen wipers are the result of development work carried out in the wind tunnel: unlike the hinged holder system featured by conventional wiper blades, where the wiper rubber is hooked into the blade's grips, the aero wiper consists of a single moulded rubber strip with an integral aerodynamic lip and sprung rails on the outside. These rails are able to adapt exactly to the contour of the front windscreen, meaning that optimum contact force is maintained during the full sweep of the wiper. The result is lower wind noise and improved wipe quality, particularly when travelling at motorway speeds.
Plus, the front windscreen's rain sensor will now be able to do more than to just adjust the wiper speed to the intensity of the rainfall; as an option, it can also close the tilting/sliding sunroof automatically and raise it into the tilted position.
What's interesting is the "Text: DaimlerChrysler" reference; given the web site's .de domain this is likely to relate to German cars only...
#6496 of 7297 New for '04?
Jun 08, 2003 (5:36 pm)
We already have the "S" and "C" button next to the shifter on our '02 C320: the "S" is for standard and other option is labeled "W" for "Winter" not "C" for comfort, but it does the same, e.g., starts in second &etc.
Jun 08, 2003 (5:38 pm)
Yes, I agree; the whole description sounded exactly like what is currently on Otto. I guess it turns an existing capability into a "Feature"...