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#384 of 886 2003 C230K Sedan problems
Sep 30, 2005 (12:25 pm)
Well my MB experience has been soured by numerous trips to the dealer for repairs. Earlier this year, my digital display malfunctioned, basically it was unreadable. It was replaced under warranty, a cost to the dealer of ~$1200, (2days shop time).
Prior to this it had problems with the sunroof, windshield wipers, oil sensor(2x) and maintaining alignment.
Well 1 month after the digital display went, the trans started acting up and shifting irregularly. I took it to the dealer, and after 2 days diagnosis it was determined that the car needed a transmission REPLACEMENT. In additon it needed a new radiator, trans cooler, torque converter and an oil sensor.
3 weeks at the dealership and ~$6200 worth of warranty work later, the car is running OK. This will be my 1st and last MB. Thankfully it is a lease, and I will be able to upgrade to a Lexus next year. It's too bad for MB, since I'm the type of buyer they want to attract & retain. ie. Getting and entry level lux car first, and then returning for a larger, more $$$ model on subsequent leases/purchases.
Needless to say I will get an IS350 or GS300 instead of an E350 next year. Good bye Mercedes.
#385 of 886 2006 C230 acceleration
Sep 30, 2005 (6:32 pm)
Picked up my new C230 last week. I like as much as my past Cs except that when I pull out in traffic, it seems like it nearly stalls, like it's starting out in 2nd gear. Yes, I have the Summer/sport setting correct on the transmission, but it might be the gearing in the new 7-speed transmission. The motor has plenty of power so I don't thinkit is under-powered.
Anyone else encountered less than steady/smooth take-off in the 2006 C230? Like I said, it feels sort of like it does if you started out in second gear when you really have to jump on it when pulling out in traffic. I will probably take it in soon but was looking for experience of other new owners first. Any ideas? thanks
#386 of 886 Re: 2006 C230 acceleration [scottwfu]
Oct 01, 2005 (4:31 am)
I have heard about the need for software updates for the new transmission, though this could just as easily be an ECU or electronic throttle issue - the dealer may already know of an update for this. I was at the local guy last month to have a minor issue dealt with, and while waiting, I saw a list of the TSBs out in August - there were a number involving the software for the new transmission.
#387 of 886 1995 C280 air condtioner problems
Oct 01, 2005 (12:05 pm)
The hot water will not turn off I have cold air coming out of the center vent and hot air coming out side vents. Set to max cold can any help
#388 of 886 2003 C230k accelerator
Oct 01, 2005 (12:39 pm)
I just purchased a 2003 C230k and it seems like the accelerator takes a lot of effort to push down. To the extent that if I'm out driving for a couple of hours my leg hurts afterwards. Is this something that can be changed? I could be that I'm just not used to it. BTW, my other car is a 2002 VW Passat and I don't have any issue with the accelerator in it.
#389 of 886 Re: 2006 C230 acceleration [jrct9454]
Oct 01, 2005 (3:49 pm)
Thanks for the info. I was by there today and asked the salesperson about the hesitation and she said she had heard it from others. I am going to check with the service dept. next week to find out about TSBs that may exist to fix it.
I just hope I'm not stuck having to have the hesitation. Sometimes it takesoff as you would expect, then, you pull across oncoming traffic and nearly get killed! This can't be considered acceptable characterstics of a M-B, even an inexpensive one can it? Other than that, the car seems great so far.
#390 of 886 Re: 2003 C230k accelerator [mustu]
Oct 02, 2005 (8:45 am)
I'm working on my 14th MB since 1968, and every one of them has had a very heavy throttle feel. You either get used to it, or I guess sell the car, because there are no adjustments. After awhile, jumping back into something else [especially anything Japanese] feels like there is nothing attached to the pedal. Anyway, it is what it is....
#391 of 886 Re: 2003 C230K Sedan problems [g17]
Oct 04, 2005 (6:20 pm)
All is not perfect in Lexiland either. Just look at all the ticked off people with the transmission hesitation problem. I hope your GS is better than the guy who's power steering pump failed at 1500 miles, and is now waiting for a backordered part out of Japan.
#392 of 886 Re: Screeching Noise [bogeyman1]
Oct 05, 2005 (11:21 am)
I'm curious about how your car was lowered. It sounds as though you are getting interference between either the tire or wheel and a suspension component, e.g., shock absorber or spring, or possibly the inside of the wheel wheel.
Often when cars are lowered, errors are made in the fitment of the springs, wheels, tires and body. This often occurs when +2 wheels are used which are much wider than the stock wheel width.
Please find out who did the work. Check out www.tirerack.com for advice on the proper fitment for the wheels and tires on your car. There are a number of measurements which must remain the same when swapping out stock wheels and tires for aftermarket combinations. Tire Rack should also have advice on the proper springs/shock absorber combo for lowering your car.
If the tires and wheels are within proper dimensions, the problem may be that the suspension was lowered a tad too far, thus causing some interference.
#393 of 886 Re: Buzzing Noise and Odor - 2004 C230SS [mcd3]
Oct 05, 2005 (9:42 pm)
I believe pior to the '03 MY the C240 had the REST feature. I have an '03 C240 and found (by searching another discussion board) that it actually has the REST feature even though the button is not marked on the climate control. When I press and hold the "AC off" button for a few seconds, the REST feature starts. I believe it circulates air for 30 minutes. Not sure if this "hidden" feature was still available on '04 or later MY C240s, but worth a try.
I also have been having problems with a strange odor in the interior of my car. I only notice it after the vehicle has gotten wet (e.g., rain, car wash). It's there when I first open the car door...before even starting the car. It's an awful smell, reminds me of rotten onions and/or a natural gas type of smell.
I purchased the vehicle new, and only started having this problem after I had driven it for 1.5 - 2 years. I just visited my local dealership for the 6th time for this problem, still without a solution. They've supposedly cleaned the entire system out twice (I'm not exactly sure with what, but I had to wait for a few months until some new "equipment" arrived from Germany), replaced the cabin filter twice, and eventually replaced the evaporator in May of this year. Although replacing the evaporator initially eliminated about 95% of the odor, the smell has been slowly increasing is almost back to where it was prior to the evaporator being replaced. I've read there's a newly redesigned evaporator that is supposed to solve this problem. My dealership stated the one they installed in my car back in May was the redesigned one, but I'm not positive that it is.
I'm curious if anyone else has had this problem successfully resolved, and if so, what the fix was. If you recently (last couple of months) had your evaporator replaced, was it the redesigned one? (If you have the part number, please let me know what it is so I can compare it to my invoice.) Thanks.