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#136 of 202 C230K - Poor Service at Mercedes
Aug 25, 2006 (11:05 pm)
I brought my car (2004 C230K) in to a local dealer because the SRS "system restraint service" light kept coming on. Also, I am planning a road trip so I wanted a check up on the tires and fluid levels, etc. My service technician was extremely rude at first when I dropped my car off in the morning. In the afternoon when he called to tell me that I needed $$$ service, he sounded a bit nicer.
My car is barely 2 years old w/ a 25k mileage. Early last year, I got both rear tires replaced because there were nails found in them. This time around, just 1.5 years later, I was told that all 4 tires needed to be replaced, plus the front brake pads and rotors.
The following day, I was scheduled to pick up my car in the afternoon. At noon-ish, the service technician called to say that the camber screws also need replacing. I expressed my conern in having to replace all these parts so soon and he kinda quickly told me that all these wear items were worn out in a short amount of time due to the way I was driving... I'm still not sure whether I buy it, but in the end, the damage was a whopping $2,000.
Anyone share a similar bad experience? Can I get these services done outside of a MB dealer?
#137 of 202 My 2005 C240 had a a headlight go out after 27k miles
Sep 30, 2006 (8:22 am)
is this normal to go out so fast? any idea how much these cost? thanks!
#139 of 202 Maintenance 2 wrench message erase
Jan 04, 2007 (5:23 pm)
I have followed all the advice given in the forum and nothing works.I have a 2004 c230 supercharged sedan and it flashes a message that my A maintenance is overdue by 630 miles.I have no owner manual but I THINK THAT IT MEANS THAT THE OIL NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.It has no dipstick but you can read out oil level on the multifunction display. It says oil level is ok what ever that means but I don't know if it takes 5 or six quarts. Anybody please help!
#140 of 202 Re: Maintenance 2 wrench message erase [jackg]
Jan 04, 2007 (5:26 pm)
The oil level will always be ok, but you still need to change it if it's old. You need to go to MB and do an oil change and they can reset your computer.
And unfortunately if you do the oil change yourself, the computer will still show that you're overdue for service, becaquse only MB can reset the computer.
#141 of 202 reply to boomchek
Jan 05, 2007 (4:38 am)
Thanks for the info, but there is someone out there that knows how to reset the maintenance A required message.I used to do it on my 99 SLK 230 all the time. Its got to be simple, its just MB's big secret to get you to pay for there service.
#142 of 202 Re: reply to boomchek [jackg]
Jan 05, 2007 (10:08 am)
Resetting the "maintenance required" messages probably is simple - if you have access to the specific Mercedes scan/programming tool that plugs into the OBD-II port. (It would be a guess whether you'd be able to buy your own make-specific scan/programmer...) Didn't take automakers long to realize they could milk self-diagnostic features for far more than the cost of installing 'em!
#143 of 202 no puddles hopefully, the radio is another issue
Jan 07, 2007 (8:53 am)
I recently purchased my C36 AMG 1995, awesomely kept! But the radio doesn't seem to want to come on. I have the code and all. but still will not come on. Help please if anyone has a clue, I'd like to keep the stock radio, but if no avail I will have to purchase a new. "Soundless" ">
#144 of 202 dealership vs. doing it myself
Jan 07, 2007 (9:27 am)
Does anyone think that a mercedes dealership would charge me an arm and a leg to take a looksy at the radio? Is there some sort of component that you need to reset the radio? And how might one get ahold this?
#145 of 202 Re: dealership vs. doing it myself [carchic101]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jan 07, 2007 (9:33 am)
I'm sure they'll nick you for one hour flat rate to diagnose. Many radios have their own in-line fuse, but getting at it might be tough.
I'd suggest you go to a specialty audio shop and have them slip the radio out (they have the tools to do it quickly) and see if there is a fuse behind it). If they say the radio is no good, then you are in the right place for a quick replacement without paying double labor for buttoning up the console again.
Probably they can sell you a radio that will sound better anyway.