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Mercedes-Benz 300-Class, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#20 of 39 What kind of oil to use
Jan 17, 2010 (9:24 am)
I was looking up my B1 service in the owners manual. I own a 2008 C 300. ..of course they do not mention the "type of oil to use. I want to change my oil myself! Does anyone know what kind of oil to use?...seems as though it is some kind of "secret" in order to lure you into Mercedes service, so they can charge you an arm and a leg. When I took it in for the first service, they wanted $20 to reset the service alert ...my hubby said to heck with that...so we researched and found out how to reset it ourselves! Thanks!
#21 of 39 Re: What kind of oil to use [jayne1958]
Mar 01, 2010 (4:33 pm)
Sure you've gotten the answer to the oil question by now. Synthetic only, like Mobil 1. My wife's 2008 C300 also has the service B1 displayed, although she only has 9000 miles on car. This usually is done at 26K. Would appreciate info on resetting the display to get that B1 off. Tried some suggestions on-line, but they didn't work. Thanks.
#22 of 39 chemical/funky smell when turning on ac
May 25, 2010 (1:04 pm)
has anyone experienced a chemical smell when you first turn on the ac?
i took it they did an ac flush. they tell me its normal because of the mold, mildew and bacteria in the air.
my fellow benz owners I know have not experienced this. i never had this problem in previous cars.
one friend say they had to replace something in the dashboard.
#23 of 39 Re: chemical/funky smell when turning on ac [annakong]
May 25, 2010 (9:43 pm)
Change the cabin filter, which is on the passenger side below dashboard, in the foot well. Better have someone (trusted mechanic) do it for it's a tough place to reach and is tricky to install. Never heard of an AC flush. Try running car a few minutes with AC off before turning off engine. That works sometimes.
#24 of 39 Tire Wear - 2008 C300 Sports
Jun 09, 2010 (8:54 am)
My husband and I purchase a pre-owned C300 sports sedan a little more than a year ago. I recently noticed a noise coming from the right rear of the vehicle and brought it into the dealer who told me the noise is being caused by "wear" on the tires and that I need two new rear tires. I have just over 18k miles on the car, there is plenty of tread left (tire store said I should get at least 2 more years with the amount of tread) and some slight feathering on the inside of the tire. The dealer said this is an inherent problem with the sports model because the tires are speed rated so they are softer and the sports packages causes them to wear faster; the tires can't be rotated because of the size difference from front to back.
is this information true
is it possible the noise is being caused by feathering - it's like a "whirring" noise
can the same size tires be put on the vehicle so that the new tires can be rotated and extend the tire life
will a lesser tire i.e. not as soft have the same, shortened life due
what are our options; does anyone have some anecdotal advice, idea, suggestions
I'm a little more than frustrated and annoyed at the prospect of having to drop $1k a year in tires, but shame on us for not doing better research when purchasing the vehicle if that is, in fact, the case.
Thanks for any and all advice you can offer.
#25 of 39 2009 Mercedes C300 Warranty info
Aug 09, 2010 (3:36 pm)
Purchased a used 09 C300 from a non- Mercedes dealer - looking for information regarding factory warranty - 3 year - 30,000 miles or 3 year - 36,000 miles?
#26 of 39 Re: chemical/funky smell when turning on ac [annakong]
Sep 22, 2010 (4:08 pm)
I HAVE A 2010 350E....ABOUT 6 MOS. AFTER I GOT IT, THIS HORRID SMELL STARTED. I TOOK IT TO MERCEDES 4 TIMES FOR THEM TO TRY TO FIX THE PROBLEM. THEY EVEN HAD SOMEONE FROM THE FACTORY COME OVER. NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO FIX THIS PROBLEM AND IT'S A LOT OF DOUBLE TALK. EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN EXPLANATION BUT NONE OF THEM ARE RIGHTEOUS. MY NEXT MOVE IS A LAWSUIT!!! TRUST ME....I AM NOT GOING TO DRIVE A CAR LIKE THIS WHEREBY EVERY TIME I START IT IT SMELLS AS THOUGH (PARDON MY VINACULAR) SOMEONE THRU UP IN THE FRONT SEAT. BEST WAY I KNOW TO DESCRIBE IT. GRANTED IT GOES AWAY IF YOU PUT THE AIR ON FULL BLAST FOR A FEW MINUTES....BUT....WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TO WITH THE PRICE OF THIS CAR!!!!! I AM THOROUGHLY FED UP WITH THIS PROBLEM AND 6-8 MONTHS OF EXCUSES. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT IT IS. I HAVE OWNED APPROX. 10 M.B.'S IN THE PAST AND NOT ONE HAD THIS PROBLEM....DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE ANY INPUT AS TO THIS PROBLEM. I WILL BE CONTACTING M. BENZ THROUGH MY ATTORNEY OTHERWISE.
#27 of 39 Re: chemical/funky smell when turning on ac [danika1]
Sep 23, 2010 (12:03 pm)
My car doesn't do it as often as it used to. The smell that was coming out when I turned on the AC was more of a chemical smell. I had it checked numerous times and felt like I got the run around. They couldn't duplicate it... blah blah. The story I was given is that it was due to the pollen and bacteria build up. After 12K miles, I would have to pay for an AC flush for $200+. Yea no thanks because they didn't fix the problem. The did an AC flush finally and the smell went away for a little while.
Every so often, it smells like BO and only when I turn the air on. It's not me and I haven't spilled or cause that smell.
A friend of mine had the same problem. She said after numerous attempts they were able to fix it. I will ask her again to help diagnose the problem correctly.
Sorry you have that wretched smell. It's not right. I agree with you. All the money for a stinky car....hmmmm
#28 of 39 Re: chemical/funky smell when turning on ac [annakong]
Sep 24, 2010 (10:21 am)
I wonder if the climate control system has some sort of low spot or something in the ducting that collects condensation, allowing mold or mildew to build up.
Try turning off the A/C for a few minutes before you get to your destination. (Keep the fan blowing though...) That should dry it out, and stop or slow down the smell. It's not a great solution, but maybe you won't have to smell it while MB figures something out.
#29 of 39 2007 C230 Chemical Smell DISCOVERY
Oct 06, 2010 (9:36 am)
I've only had my C230 Sport for 2 years, 1 year used Pre-Owned Certified.
The 2 years I've had it, and especially more recently, this chemical/exhaust/I have no idea smell has been coming out of my vents with the AC on. My hair, clothes, planner, coat, SKIN smells all the time. Last week it started to give me headahces.
The dealer has had it 3 times the past week or so - redid the entire ventilation system, etc. SAME smell.
Yesterday the OWNER of the dealership checked it out with me. He agreed 'chemical' smell. I said 'maybe the glue?'
Once I said 'glue', his ears perked up and went RIGHT TO MY FLOOR MATS.
Fliped them over and OH MY GOSH THEY ARE TERRIBLE. It's the smell you are all smelling, but 100 times worse! I have no children, never spilled anything....all 4 mats are omiting a chemical.
The air conditioner pulls air from the 'floor' where your mats are, and puts this air with the good air - through your vents.
It's as if they cleaned the car before selling it, that cleaner got into the 'foam' bottom of the carpeted floor mats, and has been eating it away.
If you have the original floor mats that came with your Mercedes - flip them over and take a smell. You'll have a headache for a few hours.
My trunk - everything has this smell. Well there are vents in the trunk too.
I hope this helps and hopefully IS the issue!!!