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#590 of 886 How to remount console lid?
Jul 27, 2006 (5:50 pm)
I have a 2006 230 Sport and my wife came home this evening and said how do you put the console lid back on. She had someone riding and they said, oh, how do you open the console and said she couldn't do it. My wife pushed her side and the whole lid came off. Well looks like an easy solution. Since each side can open independently of the other, I figured, just push the button and the pins go in and you just put it in place and release the button, then repeat for the other side. Wrong. When I push the button, or rather try neither one will push in. The pins will barely budge what little the button goes in. I tried and tried and gave up. I am taking it to the dealer I guess as I know it has to not be that difficult. So far we have had it 4 months. She backed over my Armada, not a scuff on the Mercedes, took the paint off my front corner bumper. I just got it back yesterday and 185.00 later. Oh, 3 days before it was set to go to the shop, she called me and cut too close and clipped a trailer hitch and put a gouge in the front nose. I had the same body shop to look and said it can be fixed without replacing the front and said it just takes time but guaranteed we wouldn't be able to tell. They are the best shop around so I have confidence, but that is another 575.00. Now the fallen off console. I am ready to put her in a Hyundai!! I should have my head examined for buying her a new Mercedes for her first car and she just started driving. I am learning the hard way. Any suggestions on the console lid that will save me going to the dealer will be appreciated. Just a hassle. The car has 3,700 miles on it is all.
#591 of 886 2002 C230K Worth it?
Jul 27, 2006 (8:53 pm)
I am considering buying an "02" nice looking car but after reading most of these messages i'm thinking the car is not such a good idea. I am a mechanic and can fix most anything but, I don't want to be workin on the thing all the time. The cost for most parts seems real high. I live in Tucson so weather is not a problem unless the heat matters. If anybody's got something good to say i'd sure like to hear it. Dealership wants $17,000 40k miles.
#592 of 886 Re: 2002 C230K Worth it? [speedbag66]
Aug 28, 2006 (12:04 am)
I own a 2001 C240 which I bought new. It will turn 100,000 miles in a few days. My personal opinion is don't do it.
As you've already noticed the parts are expensive. Also Mercedes purposely designed this car to be difficult to work on. (Even the dealers admt that.) In fact it's even difficult to live with. I don't know about the 2002 C230, but my C240 doesn't even have a dipstick. And changing oil is a real chore. Have you noticed that it uses 8.5 quarts of synthetic oil? Also, the filter element costs $20. And you can't just drain the oil through the plug like a sensible car, unless you happen to own a hoist or other means of getting it off the ground while still keeping it level. The dealers get the oil out with a syphon.
This is my first (and quite likely last) Mercedes. My previous cars have been six Nissans and a much-loved Opel Sport Coupe. The Mercedes has spent more time in the shop per mile on the road than any of them. The bells and whistles have a mind of their own and have defeated multiple attempts by multiple dealerships to get them to behave as intended.
The car handles beautifully and is a pleasure to drive so it's a great pity that it's otherwise more trouble than it's worth. Mercedes likes to boast that their vehicles are "designed like no other car in the world." I say "Thank Heaven!"
#593 of 886 My Experience -Better then average
Aug 28, 2006 (9:14 am)
from reading these posts. My 2001 C240 (purchased new) has 90,000 miles. A few minor annoying dealer trips when under warranty. Front indicators malfunctioned. Rear Sun shade motor noise, cup holder jammed. Front bushings "knocking" and rear suspension went "soft". Out of warranty all I have had is a check engine light that needed a new air flow meter to fix.
Other than above and one set of brakes and two sets of tires car has been very reliable and has never left me stranded. Still rides and handles like new. No rattles or squeeks. No electrical gremlins. Car is still quiet and solid. Would I buy another MB? My biggest concern is reputation. I have certainly heard my share of other peoples nightmares with these cars. If I were to get another C I would want to wait it out for completely new MY 08. And then not buy the first month or two.
#594 of 886 Re: 2001 MBZ C320 ELECTRIC PROBLEMS [bbdc]
Sep 01, 2006 (4:04 pm)
Little more than a month a ago, I took my car in for the Nth time regarding a headlight. While I was there I mentioned that periodically I would get an indication that the 3rd brake light is out. Yet, turning the car off would usually make it go away. That was strange. Well, the dealership couldn't address that issue because it wasn't acting up at that moment. So, new headlight and off I go. After pulling off the lot, it wasn't a few hundred yards and that indication returned about the 3rd break light. Overcome with frustration, all I could do is laugh and say just my f* luck. I wasn't overly concerned because it usually goes away. I arrived back at the office, worked a bit, then left for the day. Then I got an indication Left Break Light out. I was then pissed. It was really out, and this problem was not going away. Two days later the other break light went out. WTF. I spoke with the head of MB service and asked why do my lamps always malfunction. His first reply was that(after seeing how long my service record was) they had just been replacing bulbs and that they had done a poor job of handling my problem, and the lack of coordination caused them not to look deeper than just a bulb issue. He advised I bring the car in, and that they would meticulously test and check all modules and harnesses after I insisted that there is a short somewhere. So, Then I asked if he might have suspecions about the cause, and he replied it maybe a multiple things, that his men would have to check it out. My reply "so you have no idea?" "Have you not seen this issue before?" "You're telling me I am the only one having this problem?" Are other owners having this problem?" Dropping the "BS satisfy the customer tone" he told me that there have been significant number of 01C-class owners with the same problem. To answer your question after that longwinded diatribe, changing the bulbs most always fixes the lamp malfunction. BUT, something about those modules and harnesses cause the bulbs to blow incessantly. My opinion. I had that battery drain issue, it was a faulty module in the rear bumber area of the car. took weeks for them to diagnose it. So you are still having the battery Drain? It could be any of the modules that are faulty. They don't go to sleep when the car is turned off which drains the battery and possibly overload other cicuits in the car since the charge being drawn from the battery is not legitamely needed and used.
#595 of 886 2001 - C240 - Car Vibrates/Shudders when I come to stop sign
Sep 04, 2006 (7:06 am)
I have a 2001 C240 (50K)and recently in the past 4 months I noticed the following problem:
- The first time: I got out of my driveway and stepped on the gas, The car some how stalled and I got a check engine light- The dealer checked it and said that the Cylinder # 1 has misfired and they swaped coils( what are coils ?) and reset it.. So the check engine went away but the shuddering continued.
Since then I have had 3 occassions when, when I slow down at stop sign (typically after I have just started in the last 5 minutes) The car kind of struggles and shudders- shakes - as if the engine is shaking. When I press hard on brake to stop the car completely - The shaking stops and then It is fine...
Any ideas on what could be causing this. It feels like when the car downshifts to 1st, it struggles until it comes to a halt.
#596 of 886 Mercedes-Benz 2006 C-230 Noise
Sep 08, 2006 (12:42 pm)
We recently purchased a basic C-230 (not Kompressor). After approximately 5,000 miles we noticed blue smoke from the exhaust upon ignition. We also realized from then on our car runs similarly to a diesel truck, a freight train (including all the vibrations), or dirtbike. We only use the most premium Shell or Amaco gasoline, and even purchase the highest grade fuel from varying gas stations to make sure an additive, etc isn’t contributing to the rumbling and smoke. The Leith Raleigh service department told us a variety of excuses for the problem ranging from the ‘head gaskets’ aren’t sealed the first 10k miles…to the blue smoke is really ‘steam’ coming out of the exhaust after the car sits all night. They also warned us against using Shell gasoline (which we don’t anyway). We are just wondering if anyone else has had this experience and what the possible REAL causes might be. Please help!!! Thanks!!!!
#597 of 886 Re: Mercedes-Benz 2006 C-230 Noise [jamiem4]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 08, 2006 (1:24 pm)
Well the head gasket explanation is nonsense but if the smoke is WHITE it could very well be condensation that is burning off into steam.
But if the smoke is actually BLUE, and lingers in the air (steam disappears instantly), then it's oil that is being burned and you have a problem.
If the smoke is BLUE and if it goes away AFTER a few minutes, I would guess you have defective valve stem seals--which is not a big deal to fix. If the smoke is BLUE and persists all day long, that could be a serious internal engine problem for such a new car.
#598 of 886 Re: 2001 MBZ C320 ELECTRIC PROBLEMS [tmuller2]
Sep 09, 2006 (6:51 pm)
AGH! Are we all having the same problems? This evening my key fob wouldn't work and I had to use the little metal key to open the doors. Then I couldn't start the car. When I hooked the battery charger up the battery was D-E-A-D. Problem is, I just put in a new battery. Also, having a problem with the instrument panel - shows an error for the left fog lamp - which works!!!. The light on the instrument panel stays on 24/7. Is this causing the battery drain????? So what is the solution and about how much does it cost to fix?
#599 of 886 Re: 2001 MBZ C320 ELECTRIC PROBLEMS [tiredofit]
Sep 13, 2006 (4:55 pm)
Don't worry be scared when you go to the dealer and they try to rip you off. I went through the same problem but my light in the instrument dash would not stay on,I tryed every thing but the way to handel theses problem is to pay the least $1000.00 or more because I paid at least $2500.00 and I'm still trying to fix the other problems I have because every day it seems like something new is going wrong and 90% of it is eletric problems. Right now my keys won't start the car but it will do every thing eles I had it towed to the dealer in White Plains and gave me a bunch of crap so I have towed back and now it on a tow truck getting ready to go to Manhattan fist thing in the morning,I called Manhattan dealer and all they say is they have to reprogram the key and thats all. I had this problem before but I thought going to White Plains will get my car back faster guess I thought wrong. ANYONE EVEN THINKING OF BUYING A C-CLASS YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET IT I PROMISE YOU AND THE ONLY REASON I STILL HAVE MY CAR IS I OWE THE BANK MORE THAN WHATS THE CAR WORTH. BUY A HONDA,TOYOTA OR NISSAN.