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#121 of 886 1997 C280 - Transmission not shifting gear
Aug 26, 2004 (12:52 pm)
My check engine light came on recently and when driving my Transmission doesn't shift to the next gear - my speedometer just stays below 40MPH. I know the problem is not with my transmission ( i only have 108 miles on the car). I took my car to a local mechanic shop- they checked it on their computer and i was told my transmission sensor is back and need to be replaced. I was referred to Transmission mechanic specialist for a second opinion- the so call specialist said the problem is with my Transmission computer. Can any one enlighten me what the transmission sensor or computer is all about. I want to get as much info i can before sending the car to a mercedes dealership. Thanks guys
#122 of 886 Re: 1997 C280 - Transmission not shifting gear [gobi]
Aug 31, 2004 (5:42 am)
There is a drivetrain computer that allows the transmission and engine to communicate with each other - such things as throttle position, rate of change in throttle demand, outside temp, recent history of driver behavior, all contribute to how the transmission shifts and responds to driver inputs. It also controls the most basic function of all - shifting from one gear to the next. When this chip fails, the transmission defaults to so-called "limp-home" mode [and yes, the CEL will be lit], and the trans will not shift out of second gear. The diagnosis is a good one - the chip needs to be replaced, and will not be cheap out of warranty. Sorry about that...
#123 of 886 05 C230K Central Locking System
Sep 04, 2004 (11:11 pm)
My 1 month old C230K can only be locked/unlocked by pointing the smartkey directly and close to the driver side sensor. The dealer tried to blame the tint put on rear glass window. After the tint was removed and problem still persisted, they replaced the so called SAM control module. To my disappointment, the glass and part of the headliner had to be removed to do this.
Anyone has running into this problem? I knew there was another C230 that had same problem.
#124 of 886 Chipping Paint
Sep 07, 2004 (9:37 am)
I have a 2004 C230K with only 1,514 miles on it and while driving on a hwy this weekend I got two small rock chips on the right rear door. I'm not even counting the already replaced windshield chipped on the 3rd day of ownership. Am I better off leaving the chips as they are or apply touch up paint?
#125 of 886 2005 - C320 Sedan Sunroof not level
Sep 09, 2004 (6:03 am)
does anyone have this issue? my 2005 C320's sunroof is not level. Dealer is looking into the problem. however, I noticed several others brand new C-class have the same issue that one side of sunroof is slightly UP and not fully flat when closed.
on mine, the right side is slight up and is so easily noticeable.
#126 of 886 Re: 1997 C280 - Transmission not shifting gear [jrct9454]
Sep 13, 2004 (7:21 am)
Thanks for reply. The transmission specialist fixed it , solution - per specialist the transmission computer was reset to default to its original setting from MB factory. Cost $150 for diagnosis, $75 for eletrical disagnosis/reset PC TOTAL $232 with taxs. What a deal - Luck me !
#127 of 886 Problems- 2001 C320
Sep 13, 2004 (9:37 am)
- Different lamps over the car went out more than 10 times,
- Gas tank was empty, but the gauge showed I still have half tank of gas, which caused the car stopped in the middle of the high way. A couple of days ago, after I refill the gas, the gauge showed I have only 1/4 gas.
- If I open the driver side door by pulling the handle from inside, sometimes, it opens one door, sometimes it opens all four doors.
The above are the existing problem. Anyone have the same experience?
#128 of 886 Re: 05 C230K Central Locking System [amohra]
Sep 17, 2004 (11:02 am)
My 1 month old C230K can only be locked/unlocked by pointing the smartkey directly and close to the driver side sensor.
On my 02 C230K Coupe, my smartkey range is usually over 100ft when approaching from the "way down the row" (10 o'clock position).
When I have to park in the remote lot, I walk up on the car from behind, but don't typically bother to trigger it nearly as early. But it still easily has 30-50ft of range.
The dealer tried to blame the tint put on rear glass window. After the tint was removed and problem still persisted...
If the tint aftermarket, it was a convenient excuse for a lazy dealership to try to welch out on. I hope you're pressing them to pay to have the window re-tinted since its removal didn't solve the problem as they had claimed.
#129 of 886 99 C280 - potential lemon or no?
Sep 17, 2004 (1:10 pm)
hi everyone. have an Accord right now that i need to get rid of.
would a 99 C280 Sport with 49k miles be a bad decision? can get an extended warranty though my credit union. price is $16k.
i will post in Maint and Repair forum too.
looking to get a solid car that won't nickel and dime me, with a little style and tank-like build quality built in
looking at Saab 9-5's too.
#130 of 886 I've owned more Mercedes cars....
Sep 17, 2004 (1:19 pm)
...I'd wager, than anyone on this board [14 since 1968], so I obviously think they make a good car. However, if you want something that won't "nickel and dime you to death", you are looking on the wrong continent by looking at ANY European brand....most definitely including Saab.
Buy a used MB because you like the way the car behaves on the road compared to the competition, but never under the illusion that it will be a car that is low-cost to own. If you want low-maintenance, you must buy Japanese.
Personal recommendation from experience? Look for a good used Acura RL or TL, or Lexus ES if you want something in this neck of the woods that will be less expensive to maintain. Or stick with the obvious, like a 2-year-old Accord. [I'm assuming FWD is OK since a Saab is apparently OK].
Understand, there is nothing inherently wrong with a '99 C280 at the price and miles you mention....just keep your expectations realistic about maintenance costs down the line, warranty or no warranty.