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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#14 of 1295 Radio & Remotes
Jun 22, 2002 (7:03 pm)
I have had a 2001 C240 for a little over a year.
I had poor radio reception and the dealer replaced the antenna module - in the process deactived the sunroof and forgot to reset the software so it would open and not close.
The problem with the remote function of the key is well known by Mercedes. I've had the key replaced twice and it has been functioning well for about 6 months. MB blames it on the supplier.
Overall the car has been very good (but wish I could have afforded the 320 for more power). Gas mileage on premium is typically in the highteens, occasionally the low 20's. Not great but then if I wanted gas mileage I would have bought and Echo (it's not a real car, just the echo of one).
Keep bugging the dealer when your remote craps out. Eventually you'll get one that will keep working.
#15 of 1295 Radio Reception
Jul 12, 2002 (11:10 am)
Just getting caught up with Town Hall and noticed some of you were having problems with radio reception. I had a problem with AM reception fading in and out and dealer fixed it by tightening the little tel-aid antenna. Somehow it connects.
#16 of 1295 Numerous C320 Problems
Feb 01, 2003 (6:39 pm)
We purchased a C320 about 1.5 years ago. We had so many problems with it that we recently traded it for a new Lexus GS-300.
Our 2002 C320 had numerous problems from the start, including noise, electronic controls, sensors, brakes, and worst of all, a horrible transmission.
It was in the shop about 25 days total. Over half the problems were never fixed. The service dept would simply say that "they could not detect any problem at this time".
The transmission would delay when changing gears and punched in gear for a very choppy ride. After five visits and saying they couldn't find a problem, I took the service manager out for a ride, and demonstrated the problem. His response was: "That's normal for this model".
Well, at least I got an honest response that time.
The final straw was when the service dept overfilled our oil resevoir at the 11k service and the sensor detected it 4 monthes later.
We finally got tired of constant trips to the dealer with no fixes, so we did some research and cut our loss. We found that the 2002 Lexus GS300 was top rated in it's class for reliability. The C320 was rated below average.
So we traded our C320 for a car that is actually worth $40k. We are very happy with our 2003 Lexus, and we are even happier to not have the C320 anymore.
#18 of 1295 2000 C-Class No Problems
Feb 03, 2003 (8:21 pm)
'00 C230: 6,875 miles, no problems to date as second vehicle.
'93 Toyota Truck: Turns 170,000 miles tomorrow morning, 2/4/03. No problems since 101,000 miles except leaky water pump (replaced at 121,000 miles).
Best of both worlds!
#19 of 1295 Servicing our C320 Nightmare
Feb 28, 2003 (4:54 pm)
Our 2002 C320 was a nightmare. Numerous problems including false sensor readings, memory features not working, brakes, horrible transmission, noise problems and loose seats.
Forget the promises made by the Sales Dept. The Service Dept would regularly give us the car back saying they couldn't detect any problem at this time. Got to be kidding. I took the Mgr out for a test drive, and then they couldn't ignore the problem. Then the response was, "That's the way this car is". Hmmmmmmm.
Okay. So (No Quality)+(No Fixes)= Trade In.
We now own a Lexus GS300 and are very happy. No problems. Great quality. Promise made and promise kept. Thank you Lexus. Good bye Mercedes.
Mar 09, 2003 (6:43 pm)
'02 C230 Coupe with 16.5K miles, been to the shop twice. Once to replace a driving light ($300.00+ I paid, the raccoon that caused it paid with his life), once again for initial service, will have to go again shortly for service and to have an underhood sticker replaced (detected at first oil changed and ordered).
#21 of 1295 mb service in nj
Mar 12, 2003 (6:43 pm)
anyone had ther mb serviced in prestige in paramus nj let me know like to know how they are
just got a new c230 sport sedan
#23 of 1295 2004 C-class price information needed!
Sep 08, 2003 (7:04 pm)
Has anybody had any negotiated pricing info on 2003 or 2004 C class, any model? Just read the current issue of Motor Trend and it says MB has dropped $1250 off C class sedan and wagon with AWD. Can anybody confirm this?