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I purchased a used 2001 Mercedes Benz C320 sedan and within a day it blew the engine head gasket. Consumers are unable to check engine oil level of the vehicle due to there being no dipstick and the operator information center digital screen of the instrument panel the owner relies on for oil level, coolant temperature, odometer reading, etc. is notorious for either becoming too dim to read or stops functioning altogether due to excessive interior cabin heat in hot weather. Mercedes Benz never issued a recall on the instrument cluster information data screen failures nor will acknowledge it to replace the defective unit imposing repair costs on the consumer.
Due to the used car dealership I purchased the car from unable to check engine oil level being extremely low, crankcase essentially empty and there being no warranty on the car I lost $2,900 US Dollars on the vehicle purchase. Labor cost to repair or replace the engine is $2,400 US and engines costs start at $1,600 US at a grand total of $6,900 US Dollars for a vehicle valued at $7,600 US Dollars leaving a $700 profit resale margin on a vehicle that will likely depreciate by $1,000 or more if I were to resell or trade it in leaving no incentive for out of pocket expenses over a Mercedes Benz design flaw. As a first time Mercedes Benz buyer it is a nightmarish experience and I would never buy another Mercedes or AMG vehicle as I have no consumer confidence in the company.
Have a 2001 c320 Mercedes and having the same problems as others. Battery dies overnight, car ran out of gas on passenger side tank, 5 error on tail lights and so on. I think they should recall on these 2 item which is the 2 major problem on them.
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My 2005 Mercedes C320 keep shutting off while driving. Now I don't drive it at all, it's only car I have. I lost my job because of it. I only have it since May 2014, I don't know what to do! Hoping for recall! I am really sick of this!
This car is actually driven by a retired school teacher and purchased new. All scheduled maintenance has been done at the Mercedes dealer. At 58,000 miles the transmission has completely crashed. The BB value is $2500-4000, but the repair bill is offered at $7,500 at a shop which would challenge any Mercedes dealer for quality work. A donation of the car to a school's mechanic's course is in the works.
On Mar 1 2017 my Mercedes CLK 320 started on fire while I was driving it in Melbourne Florida. I noticed a recall 2 days later for some cars not including mine. Please be advised, I had time to get myself out barely. I hate to think if I had a passenger or my two dogs. Waiting on Mercedes headquarters to get in touch with me.
I like everyone else agrees there should have been a Re-Call to fix this problem... Bought this car 3 months ago! Loved it. The first thing was the battery dead after using about a week. I bought NEW battery... that lasted a few months. Got online, did a lot of research and so Yes we unplugged Seat Module on both sides and waiting... sure enough Dead Battery. Took it to one shop complete oil change... Got New Oil change and plugs and got some wiring done. Alternator is working fine. MYSTERY... If anyone out know anything that can help please email me... SHAME ON Mercedes Benz not recalling them. I am willing to do anything if anyone has any ideas on how to put this out there... Maybe they will help us.
My 2002 Mercedes Benz c320 is a nightmare. It turns into limping mode every time I stop at the set of lights, I have to turn on the hazard and turn off the car wait in the middle of the road almost all the time. Clicking sound every time I start the car, passages seat drains the battery, lights burns regularly. Repair and maintenance is unimaginable...
When I first bought this car I thought the electrics would go to ** first as with any European car. But 3 years on after buying it in what most would assume a car's end (10 years old at the time) it has surpassed my expectations. Granted changing the 12 not 6 (dual spark cylinders) was difficult given the limited space. And that the air vent system has broken under the dash so it clicks if you have ac running in the up position for a few minutes. These are minor things. Beyond this the car still holds an impressive 216! Horsepower on the dyno. 1 more than it should have. And still makes me smile every time I drive it.
The thing about this car is that it makes you learn to take care of a car because any shop will charge you twice as much. And I had actually had a shop not willing to work on it because they were afraid to break it. But in reality any person with half a brain can maintain this car and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. Not only because it's faster than its E (unless you get the v8) series counterpart but because it can also keep up with a base S (has a v8, but is very heavy) model. And it can still catch eyes.
I have been reading the reviews on this car and am stunned. I love this car. I have had it for 8+ years and almost never... Never... Have a problem. My previous car was a Lexus. Before that 2 BMWs and 2 Mercedes SLs. This C320 is the most problem free car of them all. I keep my cars for a minimum of 10 years so I think I have given them plenty of opportunity to show the "true nature of the beast"!
I have always enjoyed this car and dread the day I feel it is necessary to make a change. While it is not showing age, safety technology has vastly improved in the last 15 years and I will soon feel the need to have those new technologies. Meanwhile, I have always felt extremely safe in my Benz... One of my primary reasons for purchasing it. It has been a joy. I hope that this seemingly minority view of this car will give someone pause when denigrating it or encourage a possible buyer when faced with so much negativity. I also think that, in general, people will voice negative views far quicker and more forcefully than they offer positives and praise. I encourage other owners who have positive experiences to weigh in.
At first the battery started draining every day and I had to jump it each morning. Now it drains within 30 minutes of my turning the car off. I have purchased 3 brand new batteries, spent over $4000 for certified mechanics to diagnose the problem, and I even tried unplugging both front seat control modules. Because I unplugged the seats, I then reported the problem to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). There is a clicking noise each time I start the car. Lately while driving the car, the accelerator just stops working causing me to be stuck, blocking traffic. I turn the car off and back on and the accelerator works fine until the next time. This car has been my worse nightmare and has caused me headaches. I could go on and on about other problems. I'm done.
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