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You are in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#215 of 886 Re: Looking at a 2000 C230 [austindriver]
Apr 22, 2005 (6:31 am)
My congrats on your purchase. You probably bought the last quality built mercedes before they went down. That model year did'nt have much trouble I understand from what I have read. They usually need just oil changes and gas. I take it you are in Austin TX ? My sister and her husband live there and they have a ML and they love it. I have a C280 94' and it is a good car. Not bad gas milage either, I get about 26-28 MPG, for a sedan and a six, that is'nt bad. I have used high octane and medium grade fuel and mine seems to run well on chevron and texaco. Shell is terrible in my car 87-89 octane is what I usually run, sometimes 93 but that was before the gas prices.
#216 of 886 Re: Prestige Marque? My Butt!!! [eyesurgeon]
Apr 23, 2005 (8:34 pm)
I have had so many problems with my c class to. Make sure your daughter keeps all records ans reciepts of any work/problems she has with her car. theres a very good book "the lemon Law Bible, by Steve Lehto if she continues to have reocurring problems with her car. It is very fustrating to buy what we think is a problem free car, as i write this my car is back in the shop again. Sincerely c
#217 of 886 Re: C-Class Reliability/Mechanical Quality? [polyester1970]
Apr 23, 2005 (8:38 pm)
This is my third mercedes, and i would not ever buy again. Words speak for its self. All i can suggest is to really do your research, good luck sincerely C
#218 of 886 Re: C230 Kompressor - audible piercing intermittent noise [jpouchet]
Apr 26, 2005 (11:12 am)
You were absolutely 100% correct. It was the air blower assembly. THANK YOU SO MUCH! K
#219 of 886 Re: Prestige Marque? My Butt!!! [knowyourrights]
Apr 26, 2005 (4:22 pm)
What kind of mileage did you get out of your tires? My 2004 C230 needed new tires at 10K, dealer says I am lucky because I should only expect 5-10K out of them. Who is crazy here? Anyone else replacing tires that quickly? I have the sport package.
#220 of 886 Re: Prestige Marque? My Butt!!! [airig320]
Apr 26, 2005 (7:20 pm)
Continentals or Goodyears? Either way the OEM tires on the sport package should do much better than that depending upon your driving style. If you took the car to the local autocross every other weekend then yes, 4-5k miles would be all you could expect but even with Z rated high-performance tires and normal stick-your-foot-in-it every now and then driving you should do at least 12-15k. The new "eraser" style 35 and 40 series tires can go out pretty quickly but I thought the sport package comes with 45 series rubber and a slightly harder compound.
Tire pressure can play a factor as well so with the new rubber keep the pressure to at least 32 psi. I tend to run my tires hard and they last longer. The sidewall pressure is just a starting point for most autocross / solo II drivers who tend to run them up to 42-45 psi for short periods of time. On my old C, non-sport, and the loaner C230 Kompressor Sport, I ran at least 32 and often went as high as 35 psi. Do drop the pressure down on long freeway trips or if in the heat of summer to 32 as extended operation at 80+ in 100+ heat can build up the tire pressure much further.
Your ride will get stiffer, the handling will improve, and your tires should wear better.
Next step, try switching tire brands. Go to a sports tuner or serious tire / wheel shop and they'll walk you through the options.
#221 of 886 Re: Prestige Marque? My Butt!!! [jpouchet]
Apr 27, 2005 (6:29 am)
Thanks for the reply- it has OEM Michelin tires on it. They are non-rotatable due to the car having 17s on the back and 16s on the front. My girlfriend actually drives the car and granted, she is not the worlds best driver, but she doesn't beat on it. This is a real dissappointment and MB doesn't want to do anything about it. I find it ridiculous that they think 5-10k miles on a set of tires is acceptable. Based on this alone, it will be my last MB product. Otherwise, the car is great.
#222 of 886 Re: C230 Kompressor - audible piercing intermittent noise [kcap]
Apr 27, 2005 (12:41 pm)
Anyone have an idea of what the actual cost is to repair the air blower on the C230? My mechanic claims 15 hrs to take apart dash (at $70/hr) plus installation of the air blower.
#223 of 886 Re: '98 C280 Cranking Problems [erolwallace]
Apr 27, 2005 (12:59 pm)
I also own '98 c280 and have the similar problem. I leave the key on the second level for 2-3 min (i.e. just before you turn the third time to start the car). Then it starts. I am still not able to figure out why this happens....if you know, please email me.
#224 of 886 Re: '98 C280 Cranking Problems [tkhan]
Apr 27, 2005 (1:01 pm)
Yup same here. I just posted my message. Please email me if there is a solution...sidharth17yahoo.com