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#180 of 886 Latest MB C-Class rating in April 2005 Consumer Reports Best 2005 Cars Issu
Mar 06, 2005 (3:48 pm)
Has anyone seen the latest Consumer Reports Best of 2005 CARS Edition? Looks like Mercedes-Benz is near the bottom. Their whole line including the C-class are listed as cars to avoid, simply because of reliability. On the other hand, the Acura TL and BMW 3-Series were in fact highly recommended. It looks like they really like the C-class in terms features, drive, and comfort. But again, because of its below average reliability, they don't recommend it. I am interested in picking up a C230k (or a Acura TSX/TL or a 2006 BMW), but I am now hesitant on going with MB, even if I get a near or below invoice deal. Anyway, I would like hear thoughts or experiences on what others have to say about the latest Consumer Reports April 2005 issue.
#181 of 886 Re: Latest MB C-Class rating in April 2005 Consumer Reports Best 2005 Cars Issu [suniljm]
Mar 09, 2005 (1:51 pm)
Ratings are a bit subjective when you consider that over the past five years the bar for defining acceptable quality has risen significantly. Problems aside, such as poor window regulators which have been resolved or weak seat frames (cracks in welds/bends) most issues are quickly dealt with during the production run.
That aside, one must live with the car, like the aesthetics, and enjoy the feeling they get while driving the vehicle. I for one really love my 1998 C 230 and would be hard pressed to live with a BMW or Acura for the same 7 1/2 years I've had the C. Quality issues or not.
We recently added a 2004 E 320 to our family and it too is not perfect but my wife can not picture herself in any other car.
A good servicing dealer helps and we have found MB USA to be excellent.
#182 of 886 fan noise
Mar 10, 2005 (1:16 am)
The overhead fan of 96 C280 is making a buzzing noise. I got the white light covers down but can't get to the fan? Tried to pry with a screw driver every where but didn't seem to work. Any ideas?
#183 of 886 Re: lipp [lipp]
Mar 10, 2005 (1:27 am)
If I were you, I will press hard on MBUSA to "buy back" the car as a "lemon". Basically, you should get a new car as replacement, IMHO.
#184 of 886 service B? and secondary air pump
Mar 10, 2005 (9:53 am)
just bought a 2002 c230 coupe and the service B indicator came on, can anyone tell me what its for and what to do about it? Also my check engine light came on and the readback was a problem with the secondary air injection pump, having a problem locating it and what does it do?
#185 of 886 C230 Vibrations
Mar 10, 2005 (7:04 pm)
Can anyone shed light on a vibration problem with my '97 C230? I've had it for a year now without any problems other than there is a constant vibration whenever the engine is on. I constantly feel like I'm sitting on a vibrator pad the entire time I'm driving, whether at 20mph or 80mph. I have had the mass air flow sensor replaced, new tranny mounts, new engine mounts and everything from wheels to axels checked for defects. I do have Michelin tires, and I have read discussions about the flatspotting, but I don't think it's that because I had the same problem with the previos Cooper tires. ANYTHING ANYONE can share would be appreciated. I love the car, it's in showroom shape at 82k miles, but I sure would enjoy driving it better with a smoother ride.
#186 of 886 Re: 2005 C240 Vibrations - Help [3screwsloose]
Mar 11, 2005 (2:57 pm)
You hit the nail on the head. After three plus weeks of changing so many parts, I lost count. The bottom line is the problem was resolved by shimming the rear axle. Picked up the car early this morning and it runs great. Hopefully the problem will not return. My dealer, Mercedes Benz of North Haven Connecticut, never gave up and worked hard to find a solution. Best dealer I ever dealt with.
#187 of 886 Not really sure what exactly
Mar 11, 2005 (6:08 pm)
shimming the rear axle entails, but it's good information to have in our "database". And I'm glad everything is okay now.
#188 of 886 Re: 2005 C240 Vibrations - Help [lipp]
Mar 13, 2005 (9:14 am)
Thanks for your input. I notice that you have a 2005 model. I wonder if shimming the axle would help my '97 model? Do you have the name of the Service Manager or your mechanic at New Haven MB? I live in Atlanta and, if necessary, would like for my dealer to be able to call yours to get some input. Sometimes sharing info helps the guys figure our how to solve things. My service guys here, too, have been really great about trying to solve this, but we've run out of soulutions.....