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Sep 08, 2006 (7:24 am)
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!!!!
#2 of 218 Re: C-230 [jamiem4]
Sep 08, 2006 (1:47 pm)
Leith in Raleigh is supposed to be an awful service department from what I've heard. I would try another dealer and see what they say. Also, call Mercedes Corporate and talk with a customer service rep. I would bet Leith is giving you the runaround.
#3 of 218 Re: C-230 [jmnapp]
Oct 29, 2006 (9:06 am)
My 06 c230 sport has intermittent clacking noises accelerating in 2nd and 3rd gears. The Leith Raleigh mechanic wrote that I should buy better gas. Since I only use premium I asked exactly what better gas he recommends. They followed that up with a suggestion that I use a gas additive for three tanks. That did not help. Leith did a repair that fixed an a/c problem, which in turn seemed to solve the engine clatter. Now five months later the engine is clattering again and I'm on my third bottle of gas additive before giving it back to Leith again. Maybe the smaller six cylinder is inferior?
#5 of 218 Re: C-230 [muttbenz]
Oct 29, 2006 (9:58 am)
There's nothing at all "inferior" about Mercedes 2.5L all-aluminum V6 engines. The same can't be said about some dealership service departments, though. If the "clacking" sounds similar to what you'd imagine hearing when shaking a can containing several ball bearings, that's what's commonly referred to as "pinging" (technically, "pre-detonation") - VERY unusual for a Mercedes operating on 91 pump octane premium unleaded gasoline. Do you primarily purchase your gas from the same station? If so, you might try a different brand on the off chance your usual station is contracting with an independent wildcat tanker driver for fuel delivery - in some cases all the way from Mexico. If that admittedly unlikely scenario isn't the cause, I'd be looking to take the car to a different dealership. There could definitely be several mechanical possibilities for the pinging (which, by the way can do damage over the long term - best to have this problem attended to properly). If your current dealer isn't taking your car's problem seriously, keep in mind that you're not co-joined at the hip to that dealership's service department - nor are all dealerships created equal, either. A good sales department will close a car sale. A good service department keeps owners satisfied and coming back indefinitely.
#6 of 218 trouble code PO170
Nov 04, 2006 (4:39 pm)
Have a PO170 trouble code that showed up with my scanner.
My question is....could this be related to the gas cap OR is directly related to air mass flow sensor.
Feedback is appreciated.
#7 of 218 C230 Rusted Lug Nuts
Mar 12, 2007 (7:20 am)
I am having problems removing the two front tires from a 2000 C230. After visiting a tire store, they stated that the Lug nuts are too rusted to remove. Does anybody have any suggestions to solving this problem and/or have you had a similar problem with the rusted Lug nuts.
#8 of 218 Power Seat 2004 C240 4Matic Not Working Please Help!!!
Mar 15, 2007 (6:59 pm)
The driver power seat (which enables the seat cushion to go up and down and driver's chair forward and back) is not working. The passenger's power seat works just fine. My 2004 C240 4Matic has 66,700 miles and just went in for service 3 days ago to change the voltage regulator and battery. However, the driver's power seat worked just fine when I got it back.
Does anyone think it might be the fuse (which is located in a compartment on the left side of the dashboard)? Should I first try changing the fuse, and then the motor?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!
#9 of 218 2007 c230 sport not wanting to start
Apr 09, 2007 (1:13 pm)
Have a new c230 sport, 1600 miles, and it left me sitting. Turn the key all the lights come on, but will not start. Also started and the tranny locked out. Couldn't move. Started doing this 3 weeks ago. Has been at the dealer for 4 days, they have no idea, think it is a command error. Going to try the esp module, well see.
#10 of 218 "my ultimate surround sound system!"
Apr 26, 2007 (8:21 pm)
had anyone else had issues with your sound system? its been driving me nuts...after the first week my 6 disc wouldn't open then my reception was terrible on my FM radio..then my left speaker sounded busted...then my system would play and i could navigate through the system but no audio would come out....its about ym 8th week with the 2007 c230 and maybe been drivin it for about 3 weeks total becuase its been in service so much! they finally replaced my head unit and some speakers...it sounds a better...i guess.. im just tired of dealing with it.... HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD ISSUES WITH THIER SOUND SYSTEM?