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#358 of 886 My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right
Sep 08, 2005 (2:31 pm)
Hi, I'm new to this message board and very happy that I have finally found it. I'm certain this will be a blessing for me.
I brought my C230K in at 500 miles becuase it drifted to the right. The dealer performed an alignment, raised it a little bit and added some bolts (I can't recall the technical name and don't have the paperwork in front of me). Anyway, the car continued to drift to the right so I took it back in. I was told that because of the sport suspension and performance tires the car will naturally drift. I bought that explanation and moved on. Now it is a year later and I have 11,500 miles and see that my front tires are very unevenly worn. I go back to the dealer and explained there is obviously a problem. They perform another alignment and give me two new front tires. Once again I drive off only to find the car still drifts to the right. I go back and they tell me "ALL" cars (Mercedes, BMW, etc) with a sport suspension and performance tires will drift. He said that the wear on my tires was due to the car being out of alignment; but (I can't tell if I have an alignment problem if the car is always drifting to the right). The car is doing the same thing as when I brought it in at 500 miles. Can anyone tell me if this is statement about all cars with sport suspension and performance tires is true? And or point me in the direction of some sort of written information about this. Thanks.
#359 of 886 Re: My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right [dango1]
Sep 09, 2005 (5:53 am)
dango1: I've nevered owned an MB, but I did own a BMW 330Ci with the sport suspension, 17" wheels with low profile summer tires. It never drifted in the 3 years that I owned it. The high performance tires do tend to follow the grooves on rough pavements, but the car never drifts on smooth, level roads. I once owned a Honda that had a drifting problem due to defective tires. I wouldn't trust what this dealer is telling you. Take your car to a different dealer and get a 2nd opinion.
#360 of 886 AC problem in Florida
Sep 09, 2005 (11:42 am)
I have not seem much discussion regarding air conditioning problems with the C Class. I have a C-320 that experiences intermittent ac problems.
Problems include the following:
1. AC shutting off without me touching the controls and unable to turn back on, (only to have it come back on --without me touching the controls--by itself a few minutes later).
2. The thermostat increases in temp without me adjusting it. (The temp only increases, it never decreases by itself).
3. AC continues to run AFTER I turn engine off and remove key from ignition.
4. Fan motor mysteriously speeds up or slows down while operating in "manual" mode.
5. AC blows ambient temp air and does not cool even though the thermostat is calling for 68 degree temp air.
I've pulled the 2 fuses and re-seated them which seem to help sometimes. Any insight or suggestions are welcomed. I plan to take the car into MB dealership next week. Fortunately I have an extended warranty!
#361 of 886 Re: My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right [jccai1]
Sep 09, 2005 (12:17 pm)
Thanks for your reply. I have a friend with a 2005 BMW 330 and she said her car doesn't drift either.
I did call another dealer this morning and they told me that this problem is common with the C230 as well as other Mercedes models. He said that Mercedes won't do anything about this issue and that it has come up repeatedly. He also said he has sat in meetings with the sales reps and their answer to the problem is not to let go of the steering wheel.
I hope other dissatisfied MB owners will start speaking up about this problem and force MB to make it right.
#362 of 886 Re: My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right [dango1]
Sep 09, 2005 (8:05 pm)
Is this occurring on streets and roads? You have to make sure that your are on a flat and smooth road, because most streets are crowned, and this will cause any car to drift to the right. The only way to truly tell if the car is pulling, is to find a very flat road or lane. If it still does drift, then you obviously have a problem.
#363 of 886 Re: My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right [mezeca]
Sep 09, 2005 (8:40 pm)
I had a 2000 C230K Sport and it had a tendency to drift also. The dealer also told me the same thing, that it would drift because of the sport suspension and tires. I replaced the tires at 25K miles and it seemed better, though my wife still claimed it was a problem.
My 2005 Maxima with 255/45HR18 tires and sport suspension doesn't have the same problem. Must be the Germans...
#364 of 886 Re: My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right [mezeca]
Sep 10, 2005 (7:37 am)
I have tested many roads with my 2 other cars as well (neither of which have sport tires/suspensions) to be sure that the issue isn't the crown of the road and on those same roads the C230 drifts to the right.
#365 of 886 Re: My 2005 C230K Sport Sedan drifts right [rcheneyjr]
Sep 10, 2005 (7:39 am)
Thanks for the reply. I'm feeling very confident I won't be replacing any of my cars with another Mercedes.
#366 of 886 Re: Buzzing Noise and Odor - 2004 C230SS [bob_graham]
Sep 11, 2005 (7:12 am)
Just an update to my previous note on my '04 C230 sport sedan.
The buzzing noise has now gone, after the dealer replaced the entire airbag module in the steering wheel.
The strong smelly odor from A/C vents has now changed flavor, after the dealer installed a new evaporator unit with biocide coating.
In the first two weeks, the air smells "chemical" with the fan blower ON, and A/C either ON or OFF. The dealer said it was expected, due to biocide coating in the evaporator, and would wear off after a week or two.
Now, the air vent blows "dirty sock" odor in the first 5 to 10 minutes every time the A/C in turned ON. If the A/C is turned OFF but fan blower remains ON, the air from the vents smells "rotten eggs" odors, for about 10 to 15 minutes. All we could do is to roll down the windows to purge the smelly air.
The dealer said they'd look at the issue again when I bring the car in.
Got the feeling my car being a "test case"
#367 of 886 Re: Check engine Lights on.... [bounkp]
Sep 11, 2005 (2:55 pm)
It took 3x to correct it, but my dealership finally got it after having a teleconference call with the people in Germany. They were told it's an area that is hard to detect. So, on a chance, they took the suspected part out of one car and placed it in mine. I haven't had the problem recur and it's been three weeks now. My car is a 2005 C Class.