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#848 of 1636 My own quality problems (and resolutions)
Feb 07, 2002 (4:36 pm)
Picked up my car yesterday from service dept.of Berberian European Motors in Stockton, CA, my local dealer. C230K C Coupe, build date 11/01, in service date, 1/6/02, Purchased from Auto Stiegler, Encino CA. Mileage at time of service, 1,683.
1. Rearmost muffler heat shield rattles when door, hood or hatch closes.
1a. Heat shield hold down bolt loose, dealer retorqued bolt.
2. When manual seats are brought forward, carpet mats catch on seat sliders, rolling over and goughing out the foam backing and leaving grease marks on top of carpet mat.
2a. MBZ regional rep verified with 3 other like vehicles, he will relate to MBZ, they will notify dealer when a resolution is available so a warranty repair can be scheduled.
3. Aluminum trim in console is mismounted, about a quarter of an inch high on right side, near cupholder door.
3a. Service advisor pushed down hard on trim, it popped down into place and stayed.
4. Rear hatch rubbing body opening at bottom outside corners, leaving abrasion marks in paint on hatch and top of bumper.
4a. MBZ regional rep verified with 3 other like vehicles, he will relate to MBZ, they will notify dealer when a resolution is available so a warranty repair can be scheduled.
5. Front grill top mounting bolts loose.
5a. Service advisor tightened bolts.
6. Windows down feature with electronic key, need to be within 2 feet of car receptor to make windows operate.
6a. No resolution yet, dealer could not verify until I picked up car and demonstrated problem to him. While pointing key at receptor in door handle, locking/unlocking works fine, window up/down feature only works sporadically. Same results with either key, windows feature will always work when very close to car, but intermittenly when further away. Service advisor will check with tech and call me.
7. Rattle in passenger door.
7a. Dealer tech lubed/adjusted side panel by glovebox. Have not verified if rattle is gone yet.
8. Tires have 37 lbs of pressure all around from dealer.
8a. I haven't adjusted tire pressure yet, 32 lbs all around seems to be the accepted norm in my area. Mercedes recommends 28 lbs in front and 32 lbs in rear, but says additional psi is ok.
2002 C230K Hatchback Coupe, Alabaster White with Oyster Cloth interior, 6 Speed manual trans, Bose Stereo and 6 CD Changer.
#849 of 1636 c-class reliability should be better
Feb 07, 2002 (5:01 pm)
I was greatly concerned with relibility. My take on the MB brand is that the C-Class is fine. It does best in consumer reports. the other classes are an issue.
So, while our Cs are not Hondas, let's hope their close.
#850 of 1636 Peter, point #6
Feb 07, 2002 (7:47 pm)
I have not yet heard of anyone having better success with the windows down feature. My range seems to be a little better than 2 feet, but still puny. I don't think that you're by yourself on this one. Does the manual say anything about a range at all? If not, then you don't really have a problem.
Everything else sounds pretty minor, though annoying.
#851 of 1636 Delivery tomorrow!
Feb 07, 2002 (8:19 pm)
After ordering 7/31/2001, my C230K is finally in and prepped- I'm picking it up tomorrow. Pictures over the weekend, if we get some decent weather here in MD.
I decided to have the dealer install the CD- it's worth a couple hundred to me not to have to stress over screwing it up. I've got a few ride sheets from a local motorcycle club, so I'll probably be putting 500+ miles on it this weekend without actually going anywhere in particular (except some fun twisties).
Any nominations for the first disc?
#852 of 1636 That's a good question.,,,
Feb 07, 2002 (8:44 pm)
Here are my thoughts for a christening song.
There are the Benz songs
-- Janis Joplin: Won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz
--Fresh Prince- Summertime: "riding around in your jeep or your benzos, or in your Nissan sitting on lorenzos"
-- Pink's latest single: "I'll be lookin stylish in my Mercedes benz"
-- In a Mase and puffy daddy song it once said:Do Mase got the ladies, yea yea, do puff drive a Mercedes
But, I would vote for a great driving song. My favorite is "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane. Great raod trip song.
#853 of 1636 cira re: wind buffeting
Feb 07, 2002 (9:39 pm)
I had the same problem with ear pain while riding in the back seat with the sunroof fully open. The pressure was very uncomfortable feeling and annoying. Perhaps the fluctuating pressure problem is only noticed by rear seat passengers? I asked if others had noticed this and so far you are the only other one to mention ear pain like I encountered. That may be because no one has had rear seat passengers yet with the sunroof open. As long as the noise isn't noticeable from the front then its no big deal. If it is, then I wouldn't get the nifty option.
Feb 08, 2002 (7:23 am)
Theme from "The Sopranos"
Bruce Springsteen "Glory Days"
Guns N Roses "You could be Mine"
#855 of 1636 beldain-CD's
Feb 08, 2002 (12:56 pm)
Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Wagner - Tannhäuser
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.9
Mozart - Symphony in C, No. 41
Stevie Ray Vaughan Greatest Hits (1995)
Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
Feb 08, 2002 (4:55 pm)
Is Mercedes-Benz quality really on a decline and downfall?
#857 of 1636 First disc choices...
Feb 10, 2002 (9:18 pm)
1. Mars, the Bringer of War (from Holst's Planets)
2. Orff- Carmina Burana
3. Santana- Supernatural
4. Jim Steinman- Bad for Good
5. Miles Davis- Kind of Blue
6. Peter Gabriel- Passion (from Last Temptation of Christ)
After a nice long ride, I can definitively say that the Bose system rocks on pretty much any type of music. The only thing that bothered me a bit was the simplistic Bass/Treble control instead of an equalizer, but it's still very good. I played with the effects a little, too, and decided to stay with the "Driver" setting rather than "Ambient" or turning it off.
Anyone else nonplussed about the lack of better audio controls?