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#7249 of 7297 Re: Do it yourself brake job - C240 sedan [georgeb2]
Dec 07, 2006 (12:27 pm)
I just got this Benz about a month ago used, so I haven't had to do any maintenance on it yet. I don't think the parts are expensive as I went to a MB dealer to replace a burnt out tail light bulb and it cost me $1.80, and the valet guy changed it for me too.
The oild changes are more because it runs synthetic but you have to do it every 15000kms (9-10k miles).
So far I only experienced minor issues such as the passenger side vanity mirror light working only sporadically, the passenger side heated seat only works on the backrest and not the cushion itse;f, and the little red light by the shifter that tells you which position the shifter is in goes out sporadically.
These are not things that bother me much since I picked the car up for a song (2001 C240), but it would be annoying if it were a new car.
And compared to my 2005 Civic that I had before this I am paying double for gas. All in all I love the car and I think it's worth it.
#7250 of 7297 Re: Do it yourself brake job - C240 sedan [georgeb2]
Dec 07, 2006 (5:25 pm)
oops, didn't notice you weren't asking me..
I think the person you were asking might take a while to give you a reply. The poast was dated August of 2005
Jan 26, 2007 (2:11 pm)
NEVER BUY A MERCEDES!
I have a C Class that I have just traded in for a Lexus I250. After $4000 in repairs in 2006, at 110,000 miles in January 2007 the MB Dealer said it would be about $3000 to replace the engine harness. I appealed to MB HQ, but couldn't even get a return call. I eventually received a "FOAD" letter saying that they wouldn't cover a replacement harness. Not only has the quality of materials dropped to a new low, but their Germanic sensitivity to customers is unacceptable.
I'll now "All Lexus all the time"!
#7252 of 7297 Re: Cybersheep [cybersheep]
Jan 26, 2007 (6:19 pm)
enjoy your Lexus - probably the most unexciting lux car on the planet. I know many Merc owners that have never had a minutes trouble with them. Sorry you weren't one of them, and pray your Lex isn't plagued with engine sludge problems like so many other Toyotas are.
#7253 of 7297 Re: Cybersheep [cybersheep]
Feb 03, 2007 (10:52 am)
Cybersheep, you didnt mention what year your vehicle was. The W202 C-class was known to have an engine harness problem around the world. I had a '96 in south africa that had this problem, as well as many other problems that resulted from cost cutting when this model was developed such as an HVAC that turned off an on as it liked, suspension bushings that disintegrated, exhaust mufflers were rust prone, etc. In its defense it had been abused its whole life, had over 200,000kms which incl alot of dirt roads when I sold it. It wasnt the best model, but hasnt put me off wanting another Merc. My mom had an '83 W123 200 from new until '95 when she sold it, only problems were body rust (we lived stones through from the sea) and a slightly cracked dashboard.
#7254 of 7297 Re: Cybersheep [wulffman1]
Feb 03, 2007 (5:22 pm)
The wiring harness problem was on a 1994 C Class that was garaged in California all the time & had only 110,000 miles on it. I contacted MB HQ in New Jersey and they were:
3) Denied any quality problems with wiring
I found their attitude to be even worse that their quality!
Thanks for the insights.
#7255 of 7297 C280 - my thoughts
Feb 12, 2007 (9:18 pm)
Well... it may be too early to say, but based on a lot of the back and forth on these forums, I bought a 2006 C280 in April 2006. I've now had it 10 months, and after 27 years of driving, I have to say its the best car I've ever owned in terms of responsiveness, solidity, ease of use in big city usage, and pickup. It can't compete with cars that are $10,000 more expensive, but for the price its a great car. Part of the appeal to me is the sharp turning radius, good pickup, and ability to shift quickly and respond quickly in big city driving conditions as well as highway. I drove Volvo for many years; and loved the older versions, but they can't compare here for what's important to me.
#7256 of 7297 Re: C280 - my thoughts [dfc3]
Feb 13, 2007 (3:49 am)
That's good to hear!
#7257 of 7297 Diesel C-Class
Feb 21, 2007 (2:29 pm)
Can anyone comment on whether a C-class CDI is in the works for MB?
#7258 of 7297 Re: Diesel C-Class [bristol2]
Apr 01, 2007 (10:45 am)