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#6609 of 7297 My 2000 C230 Rollercoaster Repair Story
Sep 04, 2003 (9:31 am)
Took my C230 for it's first scheduled maintenance off warranty (52,000 miles). I was pleasantly surprised when they called to tell me my oil gasket was leaking but they would change it free (I think this would regularly cost about $500-1000). So they kept it an extra day to do the extra work. The day after I picked it up, the three warning lights on the far left of the instrument panel came on: ABS and 2 others. The engine died about 5 minutes later (ON THE FREEWAY).
By a surreal coincidence, a mercedes mechanic in a shop van from the closest dealership happened to be driving by. He stopped and told me he thought it was an electrical connection and then continued on his way.
When I finally got a tow truck, they would only tow me to the local dealer (and not the one I use for service 10 miles away even though I pay Triple A extra to get long distance towing).
After running diagnostics, the service dept. tells me it's the battery. Now I'm out $350. for their service.
I have really mixed feelings: it was great that my usual dealer did the gasket for free, but shouldn't they have checked the battery--it was the more complete service.
I'm ready to go back to Acuras.
#6610 of 7297 Leather vs Pleather
Sep 04, 2003 (9:42 am)
I would have expected M-B to offer a better choice even in the $30-40 range. Granted today, that is not a high end range, but leather is easy to find in the BMW, Accord, the Jetta, Toyota, etc. No doubt their leather may not be high quality BUT atleast it breathes. The other poster is correct that for '04 the std backseat is ALL MB Tex. I think M-B must have decided they can sell cars on name alone. My mother has an '03 E500 (with ALL leather) and has had numerous little problems, mostly electrical; none have been bad enough to cause me or her not to buy M-B, but I just can't tell where they are headed anymore. Of course, my brother's '03 S55 has top notch everything, but for $100k it should! Maybe M-B isn't really committed to giving customers value at the <50k level after all. I just can't get used to the idea of paying $35k for a car with vinyl seats. I'll pay the extra $1500 for all leather, but they are EXTREMELY hard to find. I looked at all cars at Atlanta Classic Cars Sunday, and a couple of dealers in other cities, and all C sedans had std seats and nearly all E's had std seats with leather inserts. Sorry to be on a soapbox, maybe I should just keep my ML. Atleast the seats are MOSTLY leather....
Sep 04, 2003 (6:26 pm)
My 2004 C320 wagon emits a ticking noise somewhere behind the dashboard. So far inspection reveals nothing. Has anybody else noted this noise? It is only noticeable at idle and is intermittent.
#6612 of 7297 Leather vs Pleather
Sep 04, 2003 (7:18 pm)
We had a 2001 C320 with full leather that we later exchanged for a 2003 C320 without the full leather (due to other problems). I cannot tell the difference, except on the door panels, which is only a visual difference.
#6613 of 7297 ticking noise by jkurkjian
Sep 04, 2003 (7:21 pm)
Sourds like the fuel purge valve. All C-class cars have that problem, including both models we had. As far as I know there is nothing to do about it. In the 2002 model and later they put in some rubber insulation to reduce the noise, but it doesn't solve the problem completely.
Sep 05, 2003 (2:22 am)
There is a replacement purge valve that will prevent the ticking noise. Speak to your service advisor as this is a well-known problem and there is a known fix.
I also had to have a stepper motor in the dash changed. It controls the vent positions depending on how you have your air-flow setup. This also make a ticking noise but it was much louder than the purge valve noise and was constant. I don't think this is the source of your problem, but I figured I would mention in just in case.
#6615 of 7297 Ticking Noise by rowlandj
Sep 05, 2003 (7:03 pm)
According to my service department, there is nothing to do about it. Is your car a 2001 model? For the 2001 model there was a fix (and we had it done on our 2001 model), but they claim that in the 2003 model the problem has already been fixed -- but it only reduces the noise, it doesn't eliminate it.
#6616 of 7297 Leather, MB-Tex
Sep 05, 2003 (8:10 pm)
What's strange is that, according to the MB web site, the following vehicles come with leather inserts for all front and rear:
But these vehicles come with leather inserts only for the front, while the rear seat is entirely of MB-Tex:
Curious in that the "cheaper" vehicles have leather (at least partial leather) in the rear, but not some of the normally higher models. Especially the C320.
Seems like MB has hit a new low in de-contenting. No, I don't expect all leather given the price, and I know that MB-Tex is "really good vinyl." But spending in the $40k range for a C320 and getting a vinyl rear seat is not what you'd expect from MB.
#6617 of 7297 I do have the 2001
Sep 06, 2003 (3:56 am)
Odd that the new ones show the same issue and there's 'no fix' for it.
Sep 06, 2003 (6:55 pm)
Thanks for the tips from all you guys. I'll take it back to dealer next week to see what they say about the purge valve and/or the stepper motor.