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#809 of 886 Re: 2001 mercedes c320 dashboard clicking noise [tpoirier]
Oct 07, 2008 (5:19 pm)
I had the exact same problem in my car (01 C240).
From what I understand it's the upper dash vent solenoid (little electric device that opens or closes the vents inside the dash, since they are electronically controlled).
It's not going to affect drivablility but in winter time you might see ice forming inside on the windshield after it's been parked overnight, depending on the climate you live in.
I never bothered getting it fixed as I think it's about $1000, and I drove with it for about 10 months, before trading in the car.
#810 of 886 Help Please!!! '97 C280 won't start at random times
Nov 21, 2008 (3:37 pm)
Last year I bought a "97 MB C280 for my daughter's first car and it runs perfectly, EXCEPT, at random times it just won't start. This condition will last from several hours to several days. I have had it towed to 3 separate Mercedes mechanics, inc. the local MB dealership and no one can figure it out. The dealer replaced a wire, saying it was getting too hot. Then they said I needed a new key but that hasn't made a difference. Another mechanic replaced the main computer. That hasn't worked. I tried squirting WD40 in the ignition key hole cause someone told me they clog up. That hasn't worked. The MB dealer says the car thinks it is being stolen, but they haven't a solution. I'm going nutswith this car. Help please!
#811 of 886 right rear tail light comes on/off
Nov 21, 2008 (5:36 pm)
I have a 2000 C230 MB, runs great, THe past few months When I turn my lights on, at times the right rear tail light will not come on, usually after I drive for a long distance it will come on (dashboard warning light comes on when it is not working and then goes off when it works) I've had the bulb changed a couple of times. Bulb not blown. I guess the bulb is not making good connection in socket, or somewhere else, then after drive a while over enough bumps it connects?? really Can't complain since car runs great. Only had to have front flex disc changed last yr due to typical wear and tear. Has 136,000 miles on car. Know how to fix this?
#812 of 886 Re: Prestige Marque? My Butt!!! [mezeca]
Nov 21, 2008 (8:43 pm)
I agree, not MB fault if tires wear out fast. I own 2000 c230K sedan put goodyear tires on in 2005, have 45,000 miles on these tires. (of course I get regular tire rotations, keep MB suggested tire pressure) now nov 2008 and have 4/10 tire tread left will put new tires on. I think it is how you take care of tires. (driving, rotations,alignment etc) and how many miles they will last, rather than it being MB car fault.
#813 of 886 Re: right rear tail light comes on/off [trellsworth]
Dec 11, 2008 (6:47 am)
Same thing happened to me last year. Fix is very simple. Your right tail light does not have good connection in socket. Pull out the bulb and with small scrudriver, bend a bit end of the socket. It worked for me.
#814 of 886 Re: 2001 mercedes c320 dashboard clicking noise [boomchek]
Jan 17, 2009 (9:03 am)
If you don't mind me asking how did you trade it in after 10 months - I was under the impression trade-ins are only possible on fully paid off cars? Is that the link I'm missing?
#815 of 886 Re: 2001 mercedes c320 dashboard clicking noise [gotgt3]
Jan 17, 2009 (9:43 am)
Actually I drove it for 10 months with the broken dash solenoid before trading it in.
That's the link you missed.
I actually had it longer than that, about 21 months. But yes you are correct, I did owe money on it. However I sell cars for a living, so I bought it at a wholesale price, and didn't lose too much. Overall I did lose money on it.
You can trade in vehicles that are not paid off, it depends on what it's worth vs what you owe on it.
If you have a car worth $10k, but you owe only $5k on the loan, you can trade it in, and get $5k equity (cahs, downpayment).
If your car is worth $10k but you owe $15k on it, you can still trade in in some cases, or sell it, but you have to pony up the remainder $5k to ocver the balance.
#816 of 886 2001 C240 won't start
Jan 28, 2009 (6:47 pm)
I am new to Mercedes Benz and I'm actually trying to fix a 2001 C240 that doesn't start. I need to replace the Neutral Switch and I can't find it. Please help!!!
The car is not starting because the car is not recognizing that the shift knob is in "P". Let me explain more: In the little screen in the dash, where the gear position is indicated, nothing is selected. After moving the shift knob over all the different gears (P,R,N,D) nothing was indicated in the screen in the dash. It is my belief that there is something wrong with the part that tells the computer in which gear the transmission is in, which I have been told is the Neutral Switch.
Your comments, ideas and help will be greatly appreciated!!!
#817 of 886 Service B Cost?
Jan 31, 2009 (7:35 am)
What should a "Service B" include and how much should it cost? After paying $122 for a simple oil change at my dealer, I'm thinking I may go to an independent mechanic.
#818 of 886 Re: Service B Cost? [vinnyny]
Jan 31, 2009 (11:58 am)
Usually around $500.00
I reside currently in the Illinois area but previously lived in kansas city Mo. and both MB dealerships charged approx. $500.00
I stopped taking my 2000 C230K to an MB Dealership in 2005 and take it to a Bosch authorized independent repair shop.
When I was in Kansas city, Mo 2005-2008 I went to star motors.
Now,2009 I go to Edwardsville Auto Inc. near my current residence in Illinois. Much more reasonable and same person services my car so he knows what is going on with my car and I like dealing with the same mechanic.
you can find a bosch independent mechanic at www.boschservice.com
hope this helps.