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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#632 of 886 To buy a 2003 C230 Kompressor?
Nov 05, 2006 (3:38 pm)
I'm thinking about purchasing a 2003 C230 Kompressor but I know nothing about Mercedes. My last car was a Pontiac so there's your clue. I've never owned anything as "high class" as that. I need some advice about if this is a good investment or not. The vehicle I'm looking at had 69,000 miles. I know it's probably going to be expensive to take care of, but how often will I be repairing this vehicle compared to a GM car. My parents drive nothing but Toyota and they hardly ever have mechancial/engine problems. Would this be a good investment? Please help.
#633 of 886 radio issue
Nov 15, 2006 (10:36 pm)
i have a 2006 C350 with standard radio & sirius. Does anyone know if there is a way to scroll the radio information (song title, singer name) so it can all be seen after pressing the INFO button? The letters are so huge that not all the information is shown & I can't find a way to scroll it over. Basically a useless feature if it can't be done.
#634 of 886 Are the new MBs more reliable?
Nov 26, 2006 (8:21 pm)
There are some pretty deals on the C class right now. MB says their relaibilty has improved but has it. How are the 06s holding up?
#635 of 886 Re: 2002 C230K Worth it? [cdnpinhead]
Jan 04, 2007 (11:51 pm)
Pity indeed since the car is a real pleasure to drive, but all roads seem to lead to the service department.
At the time of my last post, when the car had been towed back to the service department that it had left 41 miles earlier, I was just leaving on a 4-week road trip. I had to go in my 1996 Nissan Sentra XE, which hadn't even been prepped for the trip and had 130,000 miles on it. It ran like a trouper for the whole 5,000 mile trip.
Meanwhile, what was wrong with the Mercedes? It was out of gas! But the gauge said I had 1/3 tank! Part of the work they'd done on the previous trip to the service department was to replace the fuel sensor because (while diagnosing the fuel pump problem) they had discovered it was slightly faulty. They replaced it with a new one that was TOTALLY faulty! That's the second time that a new Mercedes part installed by a dealership turned out to be faulty.
It is indeed a pity that Mercedes seems determined to ruin an excellent 100-year reputation.
#636 of 886 Re: To buy a 2003 C230 Kompressor? [tigglex23]
Jan 04, 2007 (11:57 pm)
Don't do it! See my posts over the last few months for details. Toyotas are great cars, so are Nissans. If you really want a luxury car try a Lexus they're made by Toyota. That's what I'm going to look at next time. Infinities (made by Nissan) don't impress me as being worth the luxury price.
#637 of 886 Re: C230 drivetrain and undervoltage issues [bbqdevil]
Jan 12, 2007 (7:01 pm)
Interesting. I am experiencing similar issues with my 2001 C 320 with only 42k miles. Replaced the battery and the problem undervoltage came back. Have been getting intermittent check engine but no one can find a problem. Frustrating for an expensive car with little mileage.
#638 of 886 Re: NOISE WHEN COLD [gbrown]
Jan 22, 2007 (8:06 pm)
Hello I know it has been a while , did you ever figure what this problem is and how serious it is ,I am havign the exact same problem , in my 2002 c230 K with 34,000 miles,
So far the weird noice comes only on startup if it is not used for more than a day or 2 ,
please advice , should I get rid of it ?
Thanks in advance
#639 of 886 C Class are Maintenance Nightmares
Jan 27, 2007 (11:39 am)
Although this posting is aimed the C Class, friends with E's and other newer MB's confirm similar issues. In short, I've owned a 240D for 26 years with little or no maintenance issues. However, my C Class has been a nightmare. After spending >$4000 in repairs in 2006, in Jan 2007 the dealer informed me that $3000 would be required because the engine wiring harness needed to be replaced. In short, the plastic insulation was cracking off at just 110,000 miles. Independent service groups told me that they have seen this many times as well. In a previous life, I made wiring harnesses for US & European car companies & the insulation should last forever (>30 years).
MB USA was TOTALLY impossible to talk to & arogant. They would NOT return phone calls that requested warranty coverage for the harness & eventually I received a curt "FOAD" letter from a person MB USA that didn't even include a last name!
In short, I "traded" (i.e. gave away) the C Class for a great Lexus I250 last week. When my old 240D eventually is replaced, it will be a Lexus, or Acura, or (possibly) a BMW; but NOT another MB!
Avoid the three pointed star (it is a disguised Chrysler!).
#640 of 886 Re: Problems after replacing battery [jhartley]
Jan 29, 2007 (1:28 pm)
Does anyone know the answer to this I am having the same problem right now..No wipers, directionals, hazards, gas gauge etc.. please help before the mercedes vultures suck me dry..email dcastlenycap.rr.com
#641 of 886 Re: Problems after replacing battery [dc518]
Jan 29, 2007 (2:06 pm)
Did you check the fuse box? That is the first place to check if those things dont work.
The manual says to disconnect the ground wire first and then the positive wire. Did you do that. Connect it visa versa.