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#75 of 886 Are c230's known to have BAD radio reception?
May 07, 2004 (5:07 am)
I just bought a 2003 c230 from a guy in St. Louis. He told me to "be sure to bring a lot of CD's because we don't have great radio stations around here." Huh? But I was stupid and did just that. Got the car home and I can only get TWO radio stations! Is this considered "normal" for a Mercedes?? If not, is it a simple warranty fix? The closest MB dealer is in Topeka, an hour away.
#76 of 886 Re: Are c230's known to have BAD radio reception? [arcomom #75]
May 07, 2004 (11:00 pm)
So has your reception problem been fixed? I'm having some trouble with reception as well.. a lot of "fuzzy" stations when using the radio and mine is a 2004 c320..
#77 of 886 Key in Ignition
May 09, 2004 (6:21 pm)
Hi People - I'm a new owner of a C-320 sedan. We left the key in the ignition for several days (we live out in the country and usually leave our keys in the car, and don't drive every day) and found that the car wouldn't start. I measured voltage at the battery and found 8.6 VDC. I put the charger on it for a couple of hours and all was back to normal. No loss of memory for seats, radio etc... and started/run fine. Take home lesson.... the key in the ignition (even in the off position) drains the battery.
#78 of 886 Radio reception
May 10, 2004 (8:16 am)
I've owned my C230 sport sedan for over a year and I've never had any problems with reception. Sounds like something unique to your cars.
#79 of 886 Re: Are c230's known to have BAD radio reception? [spicy320 #76]
May 12, 2004 (11:39 am)
I haven't taken my c230 in to complain about the radio reception yet. I'm waiting for a good time to take it to the dealership, which is an hour away. And I wanted to see if this was a known problem or one unique to my "new" car. I'll let you know what they say and whether or not they can fix it.
May 13, 2004 (12:50 pm)
MB specifically cautions you NOT to leave the key in the ignition with the engine off for extended periods of time. This is mentioned in the owner's manual, for exactly the reasons you experienced - it will kill the battery.
#81 of 886 Intermittent Horn - 2001 C320
May 25, 2004 (2:56 am)
I turn to you forum members for any help and/or advice you can provide.
While on an Interstate driving my horn goes off. It was humorous at first as I thought it was someone else. The horn sounded constantly for about 15 minutes then went off for the next hour whenever it felt like it. No error codes were displayed on the console.
No horn problem the next day.
Gave the wife the car she drives to work - no problem. Get off from work, into the car, starts it up....the horn goes off again. Not humorous anymore, the wife did not find it funny.
Took the car to the dealer, Valley Motors, the next morning waited 5 hours and was told they could not duplicate the problem. But charged me $90 in labor.
Started the car to run an errand....horn goes off! Drive directly to the dealer. The dealer test drives the car the next day and while on the road, the horn goes off. This time 2 cars back is a policeman and he pulls over the technician.
So far they have not determined the cause of the horn problem, but continue to charge me labor to find it. I'm at $450.00 and was told by the dealer that they attempted to replace the SAM unit and the problem still exists. They have traced the horn connection and still no resolution.
Should I keep letting the cost mount up? Who can I escalate this to at Mercedes-Benz or even Daimler Chrysler. What should I do?
Any and all advice on how I should proceed is greatly appreciated.
May 25, 2004 (4:47 am)
...ask the dealer to get the Zone Rep involved ASAP, and get the service manager or general manager of the dealer to put a cap on diagnostic charges. [You shouldn't be paying for their lack of knowledge and competence - tell them that MBUSA needs to share the cost since they haven't trained the dealer techs well enough to call off this fishing expedition.]
Just offhand, sounds like a malfunction in the alarm / anti-theft circuitry...always my first suspect when the horn starts to act up on its own.
#83 of 886 Re: Sure... [jrct9454 #82]
May 25, 2004 (5:58 am)
Wow. I really appreciate your response, jrct9454. I'll do just what you're recommending.
I have been fairly busy online with this by sending email to MBUSA Customer's Online , filing a complaint with the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (confirmation number 10073090) as well as posting to other online Mercedes-Benz resources.
Here's the link to the ODI http://www.odi-nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq
Thanks again for your help.
#84 of 886 Let us know...
May 25, 2004 (6:03 am)
...how this turns out.