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Problem#: 2102000500
Model: 100D Year: 1996 VIN: N/A
Problem: This is a new one for you. Are you familiar with a Koran car manufacturer called "SAMYONG"? I am from the Philippines. In 1995, Mercedez Benz here in the Philippines released a Korean version of a utility van. The Model is MB 100D. It was abig hit! Until owners found out it was a lemon! Would you have information on this unit? And how do we request help in getting the proper way of securing warranties for damaghes which often occur during daily use? Is Daimler Benz worldwide aware of this move? Apparently, it was issued Only here in the Philippines. Please provide more info. My e-mail address is motion@info.com.ph My name is Leo A. Gueco
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 1. In and out of the service center at least three times a year. 2. Major parts and system replaced. Clutch system. Brake system. Total air conditioning system. Transmission problems. etc. 3. Service center replace not parts -- but whole system. 4. Service center says notc covered by warranties. 5. Local assemble is Commercial Motors Corporation. 6. Service Center is Europhil Motors Corporation.
Owner: Leo A. Gueco email address: motion@info.com.ph

Problem#: 1262000513
Model: 100D Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: Our Mercedes Van is made in Korea and we bought the van without test driving it which I regret because I found out later that there is annoying sound on the transmission at all gears. I think this is a design problem because the ugly grinding sound is typical to other MB 100 vans like ours. I could not believe how Mercedes Bens allow the Korean manufacturer damaged his reputation by allowing this very poor quality van. Onother problem is the airconditioning compressor that failed pre-maturely. Our van is slightly used, only 20,000 KM and regularly maintained at the dealer where we bought it. This sad and expensive experience made me loss my respect to Mercedes Bens.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Mario Lomeda email address: mlomeda1@yahoo.com

Problem#: 672000898
Model: 124 Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: About every third day interior heating goes on and maximum heat coming out from all outlets, although heating is in off position both sides. Next time starting with cold engine all is working fine. Next start all heating goes on.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Have asked dealer who informed to check fuse and change duo-valve. Have done but no result.
Owner: J Rydh email address: jrydh.@usa.net

Problem#: 9132000900
Model: 124 Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: Cruise control ASD
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Not working
Owner: J. Rydh email address: advance@mail.bip.net

Problem#: 9132000902
Model: 124 Year: 1999 VIN:
Problem: Tempomat ASD
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Not working.
Owner: J.Rydh email address: advance@mail.bip.net

Problem#: 8242000893
Model: 140D Year: 2000 VIN:
Problem: you name it-uses one litre of oil every 2000klms no power on hill starts power steering fails had rrepaired and hose blew out on way home master cylininder went on brakes ignition had broken paint cracked in fuel filler headlights not working bonnet latch bend when closeing hood and bend the hood unable to tow trailer no power oil leak in motor
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: they replaced power steering but it failed on way home they said car can use up to one litre of oil per 1000klm bonnet got repaired but have waited 2 months for parts they have not resolved power problem i feel it design fault gear to fast. i can only put one tonne in van or else you cant start on hill
Owner: Ian Dorrough email address: ian123@optusnet.com.au

Problem#: 1031998106
Model: 160A Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: When its raining I can not open the windows, not even a bit, and if the car its been parked in the rain for a while, when I open any of the doors (it happens more often in the rear ones), water comes in like a waterfall, and my leather seats are getting ruined, I know that nowadays, nobody uses water gutters on top of the doors, but a different kind of rubber or an extra one stuck to the car could do, its cerntainly a big problem with not much solution
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none
Owner: Leandro Olmedo email address: graficamente@hotmail.com

Problem#: 430199871
Model: 190D Year: 1984 VIN: NA
Problem: Engine will not stop when key is turned off, at the same time the car developed a drain on the battery, whether the key is on or off.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: K.E. Brown email address: Kbrow58@aol.com

Problem#: 10191998113
Model: 190D Year: 1986 VIN: NA
Problem: I just bought this car and have had a few new problems, as well as discovered a few unknown preexisting problems. I recently plugged a CD player into my lighter and tape deck. When I went to open the sunroof the power to the CD player (radio & lighter) stopped.I took the CD player out and now the sunroof won't open, the lighter won't work and niether will the blinkers. The radio stops when I try to open the sunroof, plug in the lighter or glove compartment. I have checked all the fuses and there is no problem there. Where should I start? What wire? Also the heater does not go off. It is constantly on and since I live in San Diego it can get prtty hot. I would appreciate any ideas as to how to handle this problem without going to a mechanic. Also, does anyone know of a good fix-it manual for the 190D 2,5 series? I have had a lot of trouble finding one. Please email me with any possible solutions.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Erica Ghini email address: iamerica@earthlink.net

Problem#: 3112000418
Model: 190D Year: 1987 VIN: 4dbob28d9hf364343
Problem: we have been trying to obtain a service manual on the automatic transmission my husband took it a part and found the problem was two O ring seals at cost of $2.49 each.They wanted $2600.00 to replace the tranmission all we need is the service manuel on the transmission to fix it.these seals were on the shelf at the dealer making us believe they are a high wearing item .
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: called dealers they tell us they cannot obtain the information for us
Owner: daniel thompson email address: mary.thompson@snet.net

Problem#: 5252000727
Model: 190d Year: 1987 VIN:
Problem: When I turn of ignition engine stiil working I connt stop it What sould I do?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: nothing yet
Owner: Adem Demir email address: ademire@esentepe.sau.edu.tr

Problem#: 19199861
Model: 190D Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: First not a big problem, more of an annoyance! The fan belt started getting noisy and developed into quite a loud shrill. After inspection, the fan belt was relaced with a new one. No noise for about two months and then started again. A mechanic put a drpo or two of oil on the belt but this eliminated the noise for a week. (Also I do not want the belt to start slipping by adding any more.) Is ther eanything that can be done to eliminate this noise ?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Tomás O' Hare email address: tomas@cwi.iol.ie

Problem#: 10182000878
Model: 190E Year: 1984 VIN:
Problem: I bought a 1984 MB 190E with 77,000 miles on it for $5,200. This was the first year of the 190 or Baby Benz, it has a 5 speed manual. The interior is tan with the MB texture vinyl seats. Since owning the car I have put 44,000 miles on it and the odometer reads 121,000 miles. I replaced the timing chain at 90,000, that $350 is well spent, since if the timing chain breaks it will be about $900 - $1200 to replace valves etc. I had new cap, plugs, battery, alternator, tie rods, power window regulators, wipers, etc replaced. I changed the oil every 3 to 5 thousand miles. The muffler even fell off, due to it not being tied down properly. All in all I put about $2700 into the car over the years and that comes out to about .0614 cents per mile! This is not that bad when you compare that with other cars it's not bad! The trick with owning a MB is finding a good independent mechanic that is an expert with MB, not one tha works on Hondas, Chevies, BMW, Fords etc. My mechanic will only work on Mercedes and frowns on BMWs and only works on japanese cars as a favor to his MB clients. Also buy used parts if possible, MB from Germany makes part that last a long time. Change the oil regularly and the engine repairs will be less. It seems that most of complaints could have been prevented with a little preventive maint. Even though I drive a cheap Mercedes, it always impressed people when I drive up and the car makes me feel like a Million, so for $5200 I think I got a hell of a bargain. What other used car can you pay $5,200 amd makes you feel like a Million! Parts and service is much better and easier to get in the U.S.A.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Extremelee email address: extremelee@excite.com

Problem#: 10282000851
Model: 190E Year: 1984 VIN: WDBDA24D7GF270291
Problem: Car seems to use a lot of oil, but there is no blue smoke coming from the tailpipe or oil on the driveway. Have no idea where it is going, but I add two to three quarts every few weeks. Shop guy says he can't see any signs of oil leaks. Also, the rear end squeaks like crazy. The shop I use replaced some "links", but the squeaks are still there. It cost me $300 to replace one link, so I don't want to take it back to the shop until I know what's going on. The shop guy says there are four of these links. THat's $1200!Also, have had nothing but trouble with the Becker radio, so I had it replaced with a Sony. Before, I had to drive 80 miles to the nearest dealer to reset the codes (they did it for free in two minutes). But, it was aggravating and took a whole day just to get the radio working. When the tape player quit, that was it for the radio.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Have taken no action on oil "burning" problem since the car drives fine - just need to keep a few quarts in the trunk ready to use. Replaced and junked Becker radio. Links still squeak loudly.
Owner: Curtis Carter email address: chcarter@technonet.com

Problem#: 112620001004
Model: 190E Year: 1984 VIN: wdbda24d4gf154935
Problem: CAR WILL NOT SHIFT INTO FOWARD OR REVERSE GEARS. WILL ENGAGE INTO PARK AND NEUTRAL.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: tim cooper email address: timcooper@htcomp.net

Problem#: 321999261
Model: 190E Year: 1984 VIN: n/a
Problem: The antifreeze turns black and thick. Our mechanic (not very familiar with Mercedes) has flushed the system and replaced the antifreeze TWICE and the problem still occurs. It appears that some type of substance is getting into the radiator however, the oil level is not low. Anyone experience this problem before?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Flushed the system twice
Owner: grcj@chevron.com email address: n/a

Problem#: 381999267
Model: 190E Year: 1984 VIN: n/a
Problem: White smoke from exhaust when car gets warm have been told to have engine rebuilt or have engine gasket seals replaced have been quoted a price of $450 not sure if this will be worth the investment engine also hesitates during startup and occasionally idles roughly.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Have been to 2 shops one reccommended having the car junked other suggested having seals replaced. hoping this will correct this problem is a very beautiful car paid next to nothing for it with to save it if possible or worth it.
Owner: terry godette email address: worldwidewebmodels@netzero.com

Problem#: 7182000783
Model: 190E Year: 1984 VIN:
Problem: upon starting the car is shaking, it was not there yesterday when the transmission hose was replaced. checked the level of atf ok, oil level ok
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: dado sison email address: broadcasterdado@yahoo.com

Problem#: 1171999472
Model: 190E Year: 1985 VIN: N/A
Problem: Engine idles high in park or neutral but in drive and reverse the idling is sufficient,please help
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Jerome Wright email address: hershie@hnb.com

Problem#: 924199716
Model: 190E Year: 1985 VIN:
Problem: Every time my engine gets hot (when sitting in traffic) the fuse for the tach, outside mirror and electromagnetic fan clutch goes out and my engine boils over. This has already cost me $1,300 to have a new headgasket put on.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: James Poli email address: jpoli79@pacbell.net

Problem#: 10101998108
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: WDB DA
Problem: ENGINE IDLES HIGH (25-ON UP, MAYBE UP TO THE REDLINE?)WHEN IN PARK AND IN NEUTRAL. REPLACED AIR CONTROL IDLE VALVE. (RESOLVED PROBLEM FOR A WEEK OR TWO). CHECKED NEW AIR CONTROL IDLE VALVE AGAIN, THE CPU(BRAIN), A RELAY SWITCH. ALL CHECKED O.K. PLEASE HELP ME ON THIS PROBLEM! WHEN IN DRIVE OR REVERSE ENGINE RUN FINE,(IDLE10-15)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: ACTION DESCRIBED UP ABOVE ALSO INQUIRE THROUGH LOCAL MB MECHANICS ABOUT PROBLEM. NO HELP.
Owner: Alex Cruz email address: LORELEX@PACBELL.NET

Problem#: 11121998126
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: NA
Problem: The problem I'm having is my car shifts hard and lacks acceriation untill it warms up. It warms up pretty fast thenit drives perfect. I don't know much about cars i'm guessing it the trans.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Jason Mcdowell email address: jasom123456789@webtv.net

Problem#: 112620001003
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: wdbda24d4gf154935
Problem: no reverse or foward gears on automatic transmission. gear shift moves but stays in neutral. will engage into park. only 50,000 miles on car
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: tim cooper email address: timcooper@htcomp.net

Problem#: 2191999253
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: 201
Problem: 1 ) the Mb tex has detached from the door panel two times, The first time it was chanthe dealear ( warranty ). 2) The ´tension chain had to be changed to double chain 3) The air conditiong makes some whispers when it start to cool ( Not normal )
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Amedeo Gaggion email address: ambiente@sol.racsa.co.cr

Problem#: 3271999288
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: n/a
Problem: After engine has been started it takes several minutes before I can touch the accelerator pedal. When the pedal is pressed down too early the engine chokes
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Fuel injection control module changed without any success. (used module)
Owner: Håkon Solberg email address: lenschow@online.no

Problem#: 421999292
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: wd8da24d2gf264589
Problem: Where is cold start valve located?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Bill McGrath email address: wmcg238034@aol.com

Problem#: 9241999524
Model: 190E Year: 1986 VIN: N/A
Problem: Throughout the past year I have owned this car I have spent about 10,000 dollars on pointless repairs that quit working due to poor manufacturing. I have replaced controll arms, wheel barings, transmission, abs sensors, the rear main seal, as well as many numerous parts. The rear windows quit working for some reason not long after 100,000 miles. Now one of my rear windows will almost roll down. The center consoul has broken ( part with antena, sunroof, rear defrost. buttons ) and now i cannot use my antena. The engine makes a very anoying clanking sound that would cost me 2,000 dollars to just get it looked over. This car handles very poorly, controll is lost very easily. 0-40 speed is horrible, 40-80 speed is very quick for a 4 cylinder, 80-130 speed is horrible. This car will last forever, you juts end up spending about the same price you would for a new mercedes in the end.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: If anyone wants to give me or sell me their center consoul then please e-mail me, thanks.
Owner: Mike Beck email address: able@n2.com

Problem#: 10302000974
Model: 190E Year: 1987 VIN:
Problem: I am just about to purchase a 1987 16V, but after reading all these problems, I'm begining to re-consider. It's not so much the problems that bug me but the lack of precise diagnostics sounds very scary. Must be scary owning a car with a nagging problem which cannot be diagnosed or easily fixed. From my experience I would much prefer to know exactly what the problem is, no matter how expensive and thus be able to deal with the cost. Surprised that MB refused to assist so many customers, what a turn off !#@$!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Ricky Rick email address: mrtrini2u@yahoo.com

Problem#: 105199725
Model: 190E Year: 1987 VIN:
Problem: Have owned several, along with many of my friends, and we all have had the following problems. If you are considering one of these on the used market, watch out for: --Malfunctioning cruise control. This is expensive to fix ($1000+), and no jobber parts are available. --Various electrical maladies. Including non-functioning power windows and sunroofs. Mostly linked to switches and poorly located wiring. About $300 per repair. --Oil being pushed out of air cleaner and filler openings. Dealer will diagnose as poor valve train and beat you up to the tune of $3500. Ouch! Most of the time the breather valve is clogged, and the engine is finding other places to breathe. My car had 190,000km on the clock, and still had good compression, but we had to service the breather twice a year. --Camshaft wear! Real bugaboo of all four cylinder 190E cars, worse on 1984-86, but prevalent on all. Means top end rebuild, usually before 125,000 km's. Expensive if done by dealer, reasonable elsewhere (3500-4000 dealer, 1000-1500 independant) All these cars are VERY sensitive to front wheel balance, and require constant alignments. If you use an eight wheel/ tire setup for winter use, do not stack your stored tires, as any deformation will cause vibration in the steering. Also for winter users: wash the underside religiously! These cars are generally good for rust protection, but the jacking points are very poor. Anyway, at less than $10K for a good example, they can be great used buys (someone is thoroughly enjoying mine), but like any used car, BE CAREFUL! Will report if any problems arise from me 1998 C230.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: John Shellenberg email address: johngenx@hotmail.com

Problem#: 11281999406
Model: 190E Year: 1987 VIN: WDBDA290DOHF351773
Problem: Engine stops running at both low speed and high speed,some times it starts up right away, sometimes it is days. Car has been parked at home for two months since it is not safe to drive
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Car has been checked by two shops can not find problem.Fuel system and electril system has been checked no problem found
Owner: Carl Smith email address: cls@abs.net

Problem#: 4261999216
Model: 190E Year: 1987 VIN: NA
Problem: Appear to have carb. fault. At low revs pickup not smooth, when accelerating after over run vehicle feels to be stalling before revs pickup. At one time severe problem just after starting vehicle revs would not increase when gas peddle pressed - revs dropped rather than increasing.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replace carb diapraghm - the big black one + electronic enrichment valve on base of carb. At a loss as to why no proper improvement.
Owner: John Sessions email address: Tidywires@aol.com

Problem#: 6241999204
Model: 190E Year: 1987 VIN: NA
Problem: when the engine is cold, i am having difficulty starting it. i have to crank it about 10 to 15 times before the engine finally runs (and struggling at that!!). once the engine is warmed up, no more problems are encountered. by the way, about 3 or 4 months ago, the engine required that i crank it to about 3 times (the most) before the engine runs.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: i tried fuel additives to clean the fuel injectors but this has not proved to be of any help.
Owner: NA email address: ike.lea@mailcity.com

Problem#: 6241999460
Model: 190E Year: 1987 VIN: N/A
Problem: when the engine is cold, i am having difficulty starting it. i have to crank it about 10 to 15 times before the engine finally runs (and struggling at that!!). once the engine is warmed up, no more problems are encountered. by the way, about 3 or 4 months ago, the engine required that i crank it to about 3 times (the most) before the engine runs.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: i tried fuel additives to clean the fuel injectors but this has not proved to be of any help.
Owner: ike email address: ike.lea@mailcity.com

Problem#: 11141998127
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN: DA2D1JF468575
Problem: CAR TEMP IS RUNNING A LITTLE HIGHER THAN 80 DEGREES WHEN ON THE ROAD AND WARMS TO OVER 100 QUICKLY WHEN NOT MOVING, ALSO ELECTROMAGNETIC FAN IS NOT ENGAGING OVER 100,BUT CA R IS WARMING OVER 100 MORE QUICKLY THAN IT SHOULD; (I.E. FAN NOT RUNNING SHOULD NOT CAUSE ENGINE TO HEAT SO QUICKLY AND TO RUN AT HIGHER THAN 80 DEGREES ON THE ROAD ???WHILE FAN IS NOT ENGAGED??
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I HAVE FLUSHED OUT RADIATOR AND PUT IN A NEW THERMOSTAT
Owner: GARY JUSTICE email address: GARNICEB @ AOL. COM

Problem#: 1121999222
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN: n/a
Problem: THE IGNITION SWITCH IS STUCK AND THE WHEEL IS LOCKED
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: EVERETTE BURNSIDE email address: seawaves@batelnet.bs

Problem#: 1131998121
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN: NA
Problem: Bought a pre-owned MB with 85,000 miles. Car stalls periodically without warning when stopping or slowing down. Starts right up again after shifting to neutral.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Brought in for scheduled maintenance, replaced fuel relay switch. Bringing in to a different service facility for another opinion.
Owner: K. Gaca email address: mogie@swbell.net

Problem#: 1191999229
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN: n/a
Problem: Car's fan shut's off when the thumb wheel is rotated into the white to red area...the vehical needs to be shut off; system resets, and again the fan operates in the blue area... (to reset)the unit will not allow any heat output
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: multiple cost given for $500 to ???
Owner: Steven Garcia email address: garciasm@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 3191999272
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN: n/a
Problem: could you please help me were could I buy a workshop manual for this model please.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: michael wade email address: n/a

Problem#: 632000742
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN:
Problem: Car will shut off while at a light. Sometimes, while driving, car will lurch and backfire. Once, it cut off just driving down the road. Mechanic has adjusted fuel injectorts, changed relays and vaccum tubes, plus a number of other attempts. Very unsafe and frightening. Someitmes the car will restart right away and sometimes it takes several hours or days. Then it will run fine for a day or two.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Mechanic has adjusted fuel injectors, replaced relay and vaccum tubes. He believes car is done with just over 125,000 miles.
Owner: Phil Williams email address: PWilli9092@aol.com

Problem#: 66199886
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN:
Problem: Engine dies while I'm driving. Only dies when I am coasting to a stop, upon releasing the accelerator. Don't think it's the computer because all other electrical functions work. I can shift to neutral and it always immediately restarts.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: William Toti email address: subcmdr@lava.net

Problem#: 851999349
Model: 190E Year: 1988 VIN: n/a
Problem: "Minor" service work at dealer a year ago. Totally screwed everything up. Exhaust fell off! Brake master cylinder tank was not affixed to the master cylinder (so I lost brakes), said they changed coolant but did not, overfilled the tranny by 3 quarts - thereby blowing out every seal in it (took the excess fluid out but wouldn't repair the blown seals). Failed to mout replacement tires on rims correctley (the idiots left the manufacturers sticker on the tire bead, it wouldn't seal, would go flat in 4 hours...."oh yes Mr. Customer, these advanced tires and rims take time to bead in..." Yea, sure. I really like Mercedes cars, but so far ALL of their dealerships that I have been to in the south west US treat you like crap and their service department managers couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were on the heel! I've owned Lotus, Porsche, BMW (several), Jags, Alfas, and have NEVER encountered such an arragant and incompetent dealer structure. Hell, my sister gets better treatment and work quality
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Talked to service manager about problems, got blown off. Talked to dealership manager, he walked away and said "if I don't like their service I can go elsewhere." Wrote detailed 5 page letter to Mercedes-Benz. Got no response. Called M/B, said they would call back. No Call. Tried again. Got through to Mercedes-Benz and complained about idiot dealer. Basically they said since I had an older car tough s**t there was NOTHING they could do!
Owner: DR. M. AUSTIN email address: apppsi@aol.com

Problem#: 1041999555
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: 2p4gh2534sr279690
Problem: abs light goes on. spring like scaping noise keeps happening then light goes on. light goes on then the noise goes away.Is there some way to fix this? It seems lights dim when noise occurs. Is it in some way something to do with electrical current supplied to abs unit? I had mecedes dealer look at it and was told he did not here it.I can also feel the brake petal go down when noise occurs.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: russell shaw email address: rzshaw@yahoo.com

Problem#: 1061999523
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: I HAD A NEW MOTOR PUT IN BECAUSE THE OROGINAL ONE LOCKED UP. THE SAME THING HAS HAPPENED WITH THIS NEW MOTOR. THE CAR WAS NOT OVERHEATED THERE WAS OIL IN IT AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I HAVE TAKEN IT TO A MECHANIC THAT WORKS @ A MERCEDES DEALERSHIP REPAIR SHOP. IT'S CHEAPER JUST TO BUY A USED MOTOR THAN TO HAVE THIS MOTOR REPAIRED.
Owner: MIGUEL ANGEL RUIZ email address: JESSICAIGNACIO@HOTMAIL.COM

Problem#: 11291999561
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: WDBDA29D3KF630450
Problem: Just recently, I was traveling down the road and all of a sudden the windshield fluid just started squirting out and the wind shield wipers on the front lights just went haywired. The only way it stopped was when the fluid ran out but you could still hear the motor running so I just took the fuse out. Later on, the windshield wipers just came on and eventually went off and came on again, but to stop it I had to take the fuse out as well. In addition, the right parking light or the left parking light will just come on and stay on. I took it to the shop but they really don't know what the problem is so they are now guessing. They are thinking that its the entire fuse box that needs replacing ($600). I wanted to know if you have heard anything similiar or if anybody else has had the same problem and how they resolved it without trying a lot of things. The problem has occurred again and now I have to take it back to the shop. Please help. Thanks, Sharon
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have taken it to the shop and they are guessing that it is the fuse box. They didn't fix it the first time because they fiddled with the fuse box and it stopped. They indicated that if it happened again then bring it back to replace the fuse box. So now I have to take it back and hopefully the fuse box is the real problem.
Owner: Sharon D. Greenwade email address: sgreenwade@cdd.sc.edu

Problem#: 12201998155
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: NA
Problem: Bought car used with 67,000 miles. Shortly after spent about $1,200 in repairs with various problems. Most recent has been fading of paint in the roof and trunk and the interior vinyl ungluing on the edge by the wimdows. Any suggestions how to repair would be appreciated.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None yet. Letter to Benz
Owner: Fred Lopez email address: fjjalopez@axs2k.net

Problem#: 12252000958
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: I purchased a 190E Mercedes-Benz last week at 130,000 miles. So far everything is good except today the car began to make a distinct chirping sound coming from within the fan, it only chirps when I turn the fan on. Could it be a loose belt? Any suggestions will help. Thnx
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Nicolas Supple email address: Malibustarr@aol.com

Problem#: 1232000948
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: WDBDA2908KF613451
Problem: Car dies almost every time I stop. Has been in for problem at least 5 times. Sometimes temporary fix. When does not die idles very high. Extremely frustrating.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: One bill says"scanned for codes and no codes traced and computer is not reading idle, adjust fuel mixture and replace throttle switch.
Owner: Mary Olenik email address: Oceanmo@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 17199857
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: wdbda29d7kf639930
Problem: THE INTERIOR HEATING SYSTEM HAS GONE INTO A DEFAULT MODE .MAXIMUM HEAT IS DISCHARGED FROM THE DEFROSTER. FAN CONTROL WORKS PUSH BUTTONS ON CONTROL PANEL DO NOTHING. APPEARS TO HAVE LIMITED VACUUM . DEALER WANTS TO REPLACE NUMEROUS PARTS I FEEL THERE IS A BASIC TROUBLE SHOOTING METHOD .…
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I AM SEACHING FOR TROUBLE SHOOTING INFO...IS THERE A PLACE ON THE WEB?? CHILTONS DOES NOT DO A GOOD JOB IN THIS CATAGORY!!!!
Owner: CRAIG email address: CR6701@AOL.COM

Problem#: 3122000515
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: Purchased the car used with 185,000 miles on it. Found out that it leaked oil (c.a. 1 qt/tank of gas.) went on for 2 years this way then replaced the valves and head gasket ($1400)which took care of the problem. At 210,000 miles A/C went, but not worth rebuilding whole A/C system for $1500 I decided. At 200,000+ miles a squealing noise was noted, it was then engine belt tensioners (there are 2 or 3), when replaced the noise sotpped. They go within 2-3 months of each other, so do them all at once. At 230,000 miles loss of acceleration and stalling when slow to stop. The fuel injector/mixer assembly was found to have been hand repaired with screws and glue. Replacement took care of problem. At 190,000 leaking in cooling system found. Replacing water pump did not fix. There is a secondary loop that cooling fluid goes through to provide heat for car, leak is in this loop, probably at the switch/pump. Also if car engine overheats with A/C check cooling fans, these burn out at high mileage.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: see above
Owner: Mark Fountain email address: mfuntain@home.com

Problem#: 651999457
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: wdb2010242f529
Problem: can anyone tell me if there is any mods required to run my 190e 2000 on unleaded fuel
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: graham adams email address: adams_graham@hotmail.com

Problem#: 7231999509
Model: 190E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: My car started dying while I was driving. All electrical systems still work. When I stopped to restart it will just turn over. The machanic changed fuel pump, relay and filter. I thought it was fixed. Drove it home and tried to restart the car and is doing the same. We checked all lines for vapor locks and gas tank. Still did not work. Any suggestions????
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Marc Fitzgerald email address: marc@evansville.net

Problem#: 12281998159
Model: 190E Year: 1990 VIN: WDBDA29D3LF713605
Problem: The car was running fine, as i was pulling into a parking lot, i heard this intermittent squeaking and at the same time it seems that i was loosing power steering whenever the squeaking is there. i thought it was just low in power steering fluid. so i parked the car. when i got back to leave, the car didnt start. the battery died on me. i noticed that the monobelt was loose (appox 1-1 1/2" play). so i tried jump starting the car and it fired up instantly. whenever i turn the steering wheel, i hear the squeaking sound and the wheel feels heavy. nonetheless, i tried to drive the car and about 20 feet later, it died again with a dead battery. any help is appreciated.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Arnold Panganiban email address: arnoldp1@ibm.net

Problem#: 7171999327
Model: 190E Year: 1990 VIN: n/a
Problem: RUST APPEARS,IN ALL SUSPENSION PIECES.I AM A PERSON THAT USE CARS IN ALL KINDS OF CONDITIONS,MUD,RIVERS VERY BAD ROADS.AND ITS A VERY STRONG CAR BUT HAVE SOME PROBLEMS. EXCUSE ME BUT I DONT SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL.I AM OF PERU THE COUNTRY OF BAD ROADS.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: WE HAVE TO CLEAN ALL PIECES AND APPLIE UNDERCOATING IN ALL OF THEM.
Owner: ALVARO IGLESIAS LEON email address: ALVARO IGLESIAS LEON

Problem#: 9141999539
Model: 190E Year: 1990 VIN: N/A
Problem: The engine idles high, sometimes. If I press the gas pedal to the floor, and release, it idles more correctly. Also, the transmmsion (automatic) doesn't use the first gear, making acceleration sluggish at first. If I put the gear selector, in the (2) position, then the first gear is used, then it doesnt go to second, so I must move the selector. Im also confused with the "economy" gauge.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: ray castillo email address: raybert@mail.utexas.edu

Problem#: 291999242
Model: 190E Year: 1991 VIN: n/a
Problem: DIFFERENTIAL FAILED AT 37,000 MILES. MB REFUSED HELP. FULL SERVICE HISTORY.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: PAID MYSELF
Owner: I WILLIAMS email address: n/a

Problem#: 3231999278
Model: 190E Year: 1991 VIN: n/a
Problem: Engine stalls very intermitently at low speed
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced ECU replaced holifax sensor
Owner: Dave Wood email address: DKgraphix@aol.com

Problem#: 3312000466
Model: 190E Year: 1991 VIN: wdb2010291f838662
Problem: there is oil in the cooling system.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: dealers do not want to fix the car suggest to purchase new one, however never have they checked the car other than my description. the car is in good condition however this seems to be a major problem.
Owner: j;richardson email address: james.richardson@wanadoo.fr

Problem#: 511999203
Model: 190E Year: 1991 VIN: wqbda29d7mf84274
Problem: i have oil in the radiator and is burning lots of oil and needs water to be added quite frecuent as you add gasoline and is over
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: DANNY TORRES email address: silver302@aol.com

Problem#: 741999310
Model: 190E Year: 1991 VIN: n/a
Problem: egine cuts off ocassionaly during first 5 to 10 minutes during bracking or manual gear changes
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Iman Loebis email address: aloe@java-invest.com

Problem#: 831999567
Model: 190E Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: Last week my battery was changed and as I drove out my service garage I noticed the antenna did not extend. The garage was unable to fix the problem, blaming the boost needed to get the car to the garage, me, the hour of the day ... Note that they took out the radio to find the serial number to look up the code. The garage is willing to try to solve the problem at my cost. Should I have another mechanic look at the problem ?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Sony Verley email address:

Problem#: 1081999433
Model: 190E Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: Rust on door pillars both sides becoming structural, MB basically said tough the car is too old our goodwill period is well over , I am in England and have written to MB and got no reply on the phone to claus Ulkann Director of Parts and service UK he basically couldnt give a damn if i bought another , "millions of others will " a 6 year old merc rusting through is disgusting my Ford the same year is fine I have never known any car of this year have stuctural rust problems let alone a Merc costing £25.000- $40.000
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none just fobbed me off saying its too old .
Owner: Dr Ian Richardson email address: tigeravenger@yahoo.com

Problem#: 12171998152
Model: 190E Year: 1992 VIN: NA
Problem: should motor use oil between oil changes. also lifters are ticking when engine is first started in the morning.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Ronnie neff email address: rneff @exobyte.net

Problem#: 121999162
Model: 190E Year: 1992 VIN: NA
Problem: Tranmission shifts harshly from 1st to 2nd gear. I understand this is normal for this model. Can this be so?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Kenneth Baksys email address: baksysk@aol.com

Problem#: 2222000545
Model: 190E Year: 1992 VIN: wdbda28d8ng000617
Problem: Transmission shifts hard from 1st to 2nd. Also, at 40-60 mph (only under load)there is a high pitch whinning sound in rear (do not think its a wheel bearing). Any help? I just purchased car 2/00, 37,000 miles..
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: My mechanic thinks it could be a seal/bearing at transmission universal.
Owner: rick dargento email address: rick_dargento@fpl.com

Problem#: 6221999205
Model: 190E Year: 1992 VIN: NA
Problem: Hard starting. More than 30 seconds and then the gas pedal must be held to the floor in order for it to finally start. Have had this problem and complained since purchase in 1992. Hot weather is worse. I live in the desert of Southern California and my dealer is in Escondido. I like my dealer I just wish they would resolve the problem. I also have a problem with it consuming 3 - 4 quarts of oil between changes. Two quarts, I am told, is normal. The valve guides have been replaced twice. Most recently last week. We will see if the problem is resolved. I believe now that I am out of my extended warranty, as of last week, the problems will be found and I will be charged.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The starting problem - replaced some of the injectors. Didn't work. Still have the problem. The oil - Second replacement on valve guides.
Owner: Marcy Feuerstein email address: mbfeuerstein@iid.com

Problem#: 7101999322
Model: 190E Year: 1992 VIN: n/a
Problem: AUXILLARY FAN BLOWS FUSE. THE FUSE IS 16 AMP. THE FAN CHECKS GOOD ONLY DRAWING 11 AMP MAX UNDER FULL AIR FLOW OUT OF THE CAR TEST. CHANGED THE RELAYS IN THE CIRCUIT AND STILL BLOWS FUSE.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: TESTED FAN REPLACED RELAYS
Owner: ROBERT VEKASY email address: GVEKASY@TRISTATE.PGH.NET

Problem#: 1181998123
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: NA
Problem: When I purchased the car, I expected the quality to be Mercedes like. I have this problem with my doors, They don't shut nice and smoothly. No matther how muchwe grease it, it just does not close unless if you really push it. I know of toyota corollas that are nicer than my 190 when it comes to the fit. Also, my door could be open, and my door warning would go of. I have a toyota tercel that doesn't even have this problem. What can I do to resolve this?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Charlie email address: patelc0916@aol.com

Problem#: 122199866
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: wdbda29dopg039770
Problem: I have two major problems, durind a cold start, the automobile struggles for more than 30 seconds to achieve a reasonable RPM level and achieve operating power. The MB dealer suggested a fuel additive to clean the injectors. I changed the fuel filter, added the concoction, and the same problem exists. He said that the gasoline may be the problem.??? THe other issue is the hard shift from 2 to 3rd. Again, the dealer checked all the servos, and lines, had a road test, and his diagnostic was that this is a common shift on this type of models. I should not worry about it. How can MB design a automobile that gives whiplash on a gear shift. I do not agree with the diagnostic. No one has been able to resolve the problem
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: John Baumanis email address: baumaniJ@ica.com.mx

Problem#: 1228199750
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: WDBDA28D4PG076807
Problem: Antitheft System: I don't have the code to my radio; my radio does not work, and has not worked for the past year. (It might as well be stolen.)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have contacted the following people/places to find out the code to my radio, or the location of my code card: Registered my vehicle with WARRANTY DEPARTMENT MERCEDES-BENZ OF NORTH AMERICA INC P O BOX 350 MONTVALE NJ 07645-9923 M.B. Dealer: H.B.L., Inc. 8545 Leesburg Pike Route 7 Tysons Corner Vienna, VA 22182 Tel. (703) 442-8200 FAX: (703) 848-1879 Vehicle purchased from: STAR MOTORS (MBCC STAR AUCTION) (NORMAN LIPOW Service Advisor / Jack Balenkoff Sales Rep) 1051 South Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1294 (305) 462-4381 Broward (305) 930-7827 outside Broward (305) 462-4441 Fax (E-mail: DSchlos258@aol.com -from- http://members.aol.com/starmotors/index.html) Previous owner ?: SNYDERS AUTO SALES (Richard Jones) 205 Reidville Rd. Spartanburg, S.C. 29301 803-583-6690 803-879-4202 There's one thing that I just have zero tolerance for, and that's getting the run around. And the run around is what I've got from M.B. All I want is the code to my radio. Is that too much to ask? ======================================= in progress: ======================================= use Mercedes-Benz online Email at: http://www.usa.mercedes-benz.com/mailus/index.html and keep my fingers crossed.
Owner: Hamid Mazuji email address: hmazuji@attmail.com

Problem#: 2112000588
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: wdbda28d2pg020607
Problem: looking at this to buy. Has new drive shaft with numbers written on it from a magic marker, rust under muffler, obviously repainted but dealer denies( some of the masking tape was still there!) and the mileage is listed at 89,000+ but the odometer has been pulled according to a Mercedes mechanic. Maybe this is not all that is being pulled (if you get my drift)Should I consider this car further at $10,500? Also the M. mechanic says it needs new brakes and tires.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: N/A email address: N/A

Problem#: 3191999270
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: n/a
Problem: ALL FOUR DOOR PANELS ARE FALLING APART CONTINUE TO REPLACE THE POWER WINDOW SWITCHES/HEAD LIGHT FOG TAIL LIGHT BULBS BLOW OUT OFTEN/SPEEDO STOPPED WORKING PURCHASED AUTO NEW BUT IT HAD 3,000 MILES ON IT.PAPERWORK STATED 300 MILES? I GOT TAKEN THOUGHT I WOULD BE TREATED FAIRLY?KEY WILL NOT FIT DRIVERS DOOR/POWER WINDOW STOPPED WORKING DRIVERS SIDE 2ND/MONTH OF OWNERSHIP
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: SERVICE MANAGER STATES THEY WILL GET BACK WITH ME.HAD SEVERAL BAD EXPERIENCES WITH THE DEALERSHIP.REFUSED TO RESOLVE MY PROBLEMS
Owner: GLEN COCKRELL email address: GLEN.COCKRELL@GTE.NET

Problem#: 3212000390
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: there is oil in my coolant and radiator, the mechanic said its the head gasket that could be leaking but wasnt sure,he said if it was,it would be about 1,000 dollars. my power sun roof doesnt close as fast,especially when its cold, the sun roof visor clip on the drivers side fell off, the speakers on the front stopped working, during the winter when i had the heat on full blast,i started smelling this burning smell and this bad fume like substance was inside the car burning my eyes,i regret buying this car,i really do..the car rune well in the highways,but when you start it off at 2nd gear,it jerks to the next gear.and the engine itself has rust forming around the engine.i need help.....
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: im driving it still,but that oil in the coolant is still there,my other mechanic told me that as long as the coolant levels are high and not overheating,it should be fine.,
Owner: alex email address: almelt@aol.com

Problem#: 5212000717
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: n/a
Problem: My car was running real well and I went to have the top hose on my radiator replaced when my mechanic discovered oil in the radiator fluid. My car was not over heating or was the oil presure down.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I called my dealer and they said to bring it in Monday which is tomorrow. I had bought the car with an extended warranty of 3 years or 100,000 miles which ever came first the tree years are up in three weeks the car has only 85,000 miles on it. The warranty was called Encore and it was MB own program.
Owner: Bob O'Leary email address: cmrol @ aol. com

Problem#: 691999179
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: NA
Problem: Car will not start in hot weather (above 90F). Must be allowed to cool or can be hot wired by Mercedes Roadside Service for $80.00. Several attemps to have problems resolved over the past 6 years have been fruitless. I the problems is with the ignition switch or module.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Taken to dealer on two occasions-found no problem 3 calls to Roadside assistance. Last time the mechanic said he was sure the problem with the primary ignition switch since he was able to hot wire and start it.
Owner: Donald DeNucci email address: ddenucci@erols.com

Problem#: 729199711
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: I want to start off by saying thanks for many years of exceptional performance, service and quality. With much regret, I feel it necessary to write to you regarding a problem I've been experiencing with my 190 class Mercedes. About 2 weeks ago (Friday, July 18th); during a routine 15 thousand mile preventative maintenance check. My mechanic (with over 25 years of Mercedes/BMW experience) notified me of oil in my radiator fluid. This surprised me, due to the fact my Mercedes has only approximately 60,000 miles and feels like I just drove it from the showroom. Under the direction of my mechanic, I called Mercedes of North America Customer Service with this issue and for possible warranty assistance, and was directed to a dealer before any decision could be made. I made an appointment for Tuesday morning (July 22nd) with a dealer, Millenium Automotive Group (Bridgewater, NJ). The car was only serviced/diagnosed on the following Thursday (I was told that they were short of sta! ff - after the fact) - so much for service (why make an appointment when you do not have the staff to do the job). Then I was told that they were unable to diagnose the exact cause of the leak would not guarantee that it would not recur. They said that they would replace the cylinder head gasket and hoses for now and hope for the best at an estimated cost of US$1200. I was told that if the problem recurred, I would would have to replace cylinder head. At this point, I was told that Mr. Wes Simmons, thankfully suggested that Mercedes of North America would bear the cost of labor, gasket, and half the cost of a cylinder head should it recur. I was also told by the dealer that I would have to wait 4-5 days as they did not have parts (hoses). This surprised me since hoses had to be replaced no matter what the diagnosis and could have been ordered last Tuesday - so much for efficiency. I am still waiting for my car. The dealer commented that I probably was "Lax " in service, yet ! I had documented each 15,000 mile check up and most all oil services, and part replacement. I have agreed to pay out of pocket to resolve this issue, although I did want to verify if this was a known problem or just a fluke and bring to your attention the need to maintain customer retention. I have been browsing the internet and inquiring with various other mechanics. This gasket problem seems to happen pretty much regularly - though not at 60,000 miles. I assume that this information should be directed to manufacturing so as to improve quality. Customer Service has surprised me by indicating that no such 'known problems' are archived. Why? Please note that I have recently changed the Idler and Antenna that had gone bad. Also, I would be glad to fax you copy of all records in my posession. In closing, I would like to thank you again for many, many years of exceptional service (though not with the indirect responses). Anything you can do to help me understand this problem would be greatly appreciated.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None
Owner: Leslie J. Correia email address: lesliec1@attmail.com

Problem#: 729199712
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: I have just been informed by the dealer that there was a failure of the vacuum system as a result of trying to reassemble the cylinder head...so much for trained technicians. Is there any audit done of your various dealerships? Perhaps there should be an independent audit. I know of quite a few Mercedes owners who have had problems with this and other dealerships in New Jersey. At least one of them now services out of Whiteplains, NY even though it is a long way off. Another has stopped buying Mercedes. I don't see why customers have to go through this...what is the use of having a good product with lousy service? I am just frustrated as I have no help whatsoever (only excuses). Kindly suggest a course of action ASAP. I am not sure that I can take any more.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None
Owner: Leslie J. Correia email address: lesliec1@attmail.com

Problem#: 729199713
Model: 190E Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: I have just been informed by the dealer that my temperature sensor has gone bad (It was not bad when I got it in). I am forced to go with this. Also, 2 hoses have erroneously been ordered. I have to wait AGAIN. Where is the problem? This time they were more apologetic. That makes it NINE days for a 10 hour job. Perhaps Mercedes of North America or Germany has an answer. At this time, I am leaning towards publishing/reporting a list of my and other mercedes benz owners experiences in various consumer reports and the internet. Perhaps they will archive such problems.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None
Owner: Leslie J. Correia email address: lesliec1@attmail.com

Problem#: 591999198
Model: 190E Year: 1999 VIN: NA
Problem: Major rust in the jack points. I spent $1000 to get it fixed. I contacted MBNA and they refused to entertain the issue. I have been told by many dealers that this is well known problem with 190E's and who knows what other models of later years. Bottom line - Mercedes has refused to acknowledge this problem, and refused to fix it, for fear of major lawsuit issues.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: NONE. MBNA REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE PROBLEM FOR FEAR OF MAJOR LAWSUITS !
Owner: Sid Nag email address: thinker@monmouth.com

Problem#: 622000740
Model: 200 Year: 1976 VIN:
Problem: very weak motor at hiegh speed very pwerfull at low speeds
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: wael abu eideh email address: wael84@hotmail.com

Problem#: 131999163
Model: 200 Year: 1977 VIN: NA
Problem: Fluttering noise when driving speed is at 30 km/h. No more fluttering noise when car is moving at any other speed.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: E. Lee email address: akhoo@singnet.com.sg

Problem#: 151999166
Model: 200 Year: 1977 VIN: NA
Problem: My is a 1977 MB 200 petrol powered (2000 cc) engine. At 25 to 30 kph, a continuous knocking sound starts and become more pronounce up to 35 kph. After that speed, it disappear until the speed drops back to the 30 kph range. I have changed all the propeller shaft support bearing, some even twice. Initially the knocking disappear but after a couple of weeks it comes back and get progressively worse. Many mechanics have seen it and with some guesswork, some believe it could be balancing of the proppeller shaft. I have heard so many version till I do not know which to believe. Has anybody experience this before and if so, what was the remedy? Thanks.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: elvis lee email address: elvislee@mbox4.singnet.com

Problem#: 112001856
Model: 200 Year: 1986 VIN:
Problem: Car: MB 200 -86 W124. 2 liter 4-cyl carburettor, 109 BHP, automatic transmission. Ran about 190.000 km. Problem 1: When driving in speeds more than 100 km/h (ca. 60 mph), the engine sounds like a roaring aeroplane. Is this normal? Problem 2: Gearbox is unwilling to change to 4:th gear, even with low throttle. Has to be "tricked", by lifting the accelerator. Oil and filter is new.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Daniel Lofgren email address: danne@eurosport.com

Problem#: 4251999218
Model: 220 Year: 1969 VIN: NA
Problem: back in that says, there also was some very bad mercedes on the Highways, my 1969 new Car , had acceleration delay problems, it never would move when I needed it to accelerate, like going in a Highway in San Francisco, where trafic moves at 60 -70 miles. I purchased the Car fro Autohouse Brugger in Redwood city, and Mercedes could never fix that car until DOT had a large recall, not all German Cars are Good, that`s for sure, that was my only Mercedes encounter, and I sayd " never again " I purchase lemons and Dealers make lots . lots of profit on Mercedes Cars
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: they send a technician from NY to California, they changed Carburators, sparkplugs and what else ????? nothing helped it`s just one Mercedes lemon,
Owner: Erich Dorfner email address: ErichKD@aol.com

Problem#: 7201999331
Model: 220 Year: 1995 VIN: n/a
Problem: I have a Mercedes Benz C220 with using an automatic key to open the door. To date, I have a problem with an automatic key with actually i drop a key to the floor one time and since then it doesn't work. I went to your garage and was told that this key is no longer used and I have to order a new one from Mecedes in Germany w which cost a lot of money. I am writing to you to bring this matter up to your attention whether this key can be repaired. Please could you give me an explanation why this key cannt be fixed but if this can be done, I will send it to you. I am confidently await for your reply and looking forward to your services. With best regards, Pariya Chulkaratana
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Mrs. Pariya Chulkaratana email address: pariya.c@thaiairways.co.th

Problem#: 10161999382
Model: 230E Year: 1980 VIN: N/A
Problem: MY CAR'S PROBLEM IS OEVRHEATING AND MY UNDERNEATH FEEL VERY HOT . I JUST DID TOP OVERHALL UNTIL NOW STILL OVER HEATING,PLEASE ADVISE ME HOW TO SEATLE MY PROBLEM
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: ABDUL SAMAD SUMADI email address: ass@pd.jaring.my

Problem#: 10102000826
Model: 230E Year: 1985 VIN: WBD1240231A139458
Problem: I bought a second hand Benz,and the Wood Kit is in bad shape, I need to find a replacement,particularly it is a"Zebrano".I need a complete set .If possible ,made by "Zigler". Thanks a lot. Basilio Valdes
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Basilio Valdes email address: bmvaldes@pacific.net.ph

Problem#: 12122019149
Model: 230E Year: 1988 VIN: NA
Problem: 1. Electrical shorts in position and dash lamps. No fuses ever blow but lamps fail for 1 to 2 hours then work normally again. 2. Automatic transmission is cluncky. 3. Steering pulls to the left when braking. This has been a problem since the car was new. The MB representatives in Japan (YANASE) have never been able to figure out how to correct theses problems. Moreover, over the past few years, each time I have the car repaired, a new problem surfaces within 1 to 5 days. I'm hesitant to take the car in to shop again. I have really been disappointed in the service in Japan. Maybe if I could get through the Japanese wall and talk directly to Mercedes Benz I could get the problem solved. Can you help?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Took car to several diffierent YANASE locations.
Owner: Alvah L. Fortham email address: NA

Problem#: 6131999530
Model: 230E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: The dashboard alarm(electric bulb symbol,second from right) lights up immediately after the brake pedal is pushed after the engine is started.It remains after the brake is released.It is off after the engine is stopped.When the engine is started again,the same thing happens. Note: This is right-hand-drive model
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The lamps of all lighting accessories are checked and found to be in good working condition.
Owner: Nordin bin Muhammad email address: nordinm6@tnbg.com.my

Problem#: 5202000818
Model: 230E Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: No spare parts available here at Argentina. Non-legal spare parts.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The Court. A web site: www.mercedesproblems.com.ar
Owner: andres kopylow email address: AMSLY1@GMAIL.COM

Problem#: 7201999333
Model: 230E Year: 1999 VIN: n/a
Problem: all type ``electric problems``
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none
Owner: JOSE NUNEZ JR email address: n/a

Problem#: 721999308
Model: 230K Year: 1999 VIN: n/a
Problem: Front passenger seat is very uncomfortable. Regardless of seat position or position of passenger, I can feel the seat adjustment mechanisms located under the seat. It is uncomfortable on short trips (15-20minutes). Long trips are out of the question. I currently have a 1987 300TD, and previously owned a 240D. These are very comfortable cars. No one could be more surprised than me when I discovered how horrible the seat is in my new C230K
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Dealer has been sympathetic but can not offer any other solution other than for me to spend several thousands of dollars to buy-out the 7 month old lease and lease another automobile. This is not a viable option. They can not replace the seat with a better seat. I have call the CAC twice and as of this date no one from the regional office has contacted me about this problem.
Owner: John L. Wilson email address: wilson-2@medctr.osu.edu

Problem#: 11320001002
Model: 230SL Year: 1966 VIN:
Problem: Oil is coming out of the tack shaft at the front of the motor. I have replaced the seal & it is still leaking.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have replaced the seal.
Owner: terry email address: wilf@kingston.net

Problem#: 181999221
Model: 240D Year: 1974 VIN: 115-117 240D
Problem: Idles too fast{cannot lower]Smokes a great deal while ideling and shifting thru gears does not smoke at 40 and up.I am not using oil or water Whats wrong.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced one injector did not help.
Owner: Gary Warrender email address: W0lfm@Bellsouth.net

Problem#: 8111999351
Model: 240D Year: 1977 VIN: n/a
Problem: she doesn't turn off. i just bought her and must get under the hood to turn her off. the owner said something abouta tube?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: darcy email address: darcy2020@yahoo.com

Problem#: 111999161
Model: 240D Year: 1978 VIN: 12312312059577
Problem: Jarring noise once started, this noise lasted for only a couple of seconds once the car was started. Came from the engine compartment.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Took to a Authorized Mercedes Benz Dealership (World Wide Motors Inc. of Indianapolis) Had them adjust the valves and the noise was never heard again. I didn't read anything about it in any repair manuals though.
Owner: Shawn Bryant email address: sbryant@hsonline.net

Problem#: 211999236
Model: 240D Year: 1978 VIN: 12312312059577
Problem: Belts screech when going around turns or using maxium accelleration. Usually never does it when using normal accelleration if car is warmed up. Also had a blower motor replaced $298.00 and only can buy that from an Authorized Mercedes Benz dealership. But what would you expect from a car that is 21 years old?? It is creeping up to 200,000 miles and still running strong. I don't care what anyone says, in my opion, Mercedes Benz is by far the best vehicle on the face of this planet.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Nothing yet.
Owner: Shawn Bryant email address: shawnbryant@hotmail.com

Problem#: 532000699
Model: 240D Year: 1979 VIN: 123123
Problem: Car does not shut off must go under hood and shut off at same time this happened master lock system went down are they related
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Andrew Michael email address: andrew.p.michael@widener.edu

Problem#: 10301998119
Model: 240D Year: 1980 VIN: NA
Problem: ENGINE IS RE-MANUFACTURED FOR ABOUT A YEAR AGO BUT LATELY THE CAR STARTED TO HAVE A NACKING SOUND. IT SOUND LIKE IF NEEDED A VALVE ADJUSTMENT. ONE MORE THING THAT I HAVE NOTICED IN THE CAR, IS THE STEERING WHEEL. I FIND THE STEERING WHEEL LOOSE. WHEN I AM DRIVING THE VEHICLE, I HAVE TO MOVE THE STEERING WHEEL FROM LEFT TO RIGHT AND FROM RIGHT TO LEFT. I DONT KNOW WHETHER THE STEERING BOX NEEDS SERVICE OR NOT.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: JOSE email address: IILSEMARY@AOL.COM

Problem#: 7281999548
Model: 240D Year: 1981 VIN: wdbab23a1bb214399
Problem: Auto Transmission shifts too soon (25-28M/ph) and it has gone through all the gears. Gears change the same way going up hill or level, slow or fast. Transmission does not seem to slip. Fluid level is good.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I Replaced Modulator valve on transmission and the three way vacuum valve all with no improvement. Car will shut off ok and I can lock and unlock car 5-6 times 3 hours after car was shut off. I isolated the locks (capped lines) with no change in shifting performance.
Owner: Robert Baker email address: rgbaker@bellsouth.net

Problem#: 10211998115
Model: 240D Year: 1982 VIN: NA
Problem: I recently purchased this 1982 Mercedes 240D with 180,000 miles for $2200. The bad news is I spent an additional $2600.00 on repairs that included tie rods, upper control arms, ball joints, steering shock, front shocks, brake lines, master brake cylinder, belts, 15,000 mile service, front end alignment, and a new oil pan and brake pads. The good news is for a total investement of less then $5,000 I have a car that will take me anywhere, and is built like a Sherman Tank. Could this be another million mile car???
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Ron Folsom email address: ronfolsom@msn.com

Problem#: 123199867
Model: 240D Year: 1982 VIN: N/A
Problem: Have had NO PROBLEMS with my 16 year old car. It's just as good as on day one. Have owned 6 MB and am now buying number 7. Nothing like an MB. Take care of it, and it will take care of you. Have had following problems with a 94 C280; rattling speaker, air louver, ignition lock, two oil leaks on engine.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Local dealer fixed all problems immediately. No problems, no hassels
Owner: Rene Koesler email address: rene.koesler@oklaosf.state.ok.us

Problem#: 529199880
Model: 240D Year: 1982 VIN:
Problem: I HAVE A AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION THAT HARD TO SHIFTING ON 2ND GEAR WITH LOUD NOISE(DELAY TIME),BUT 1ST AND 3RD GEAR SHIFTING ARE FINE.CAR HAVE DRAGGING AFTER MAKE 2ND SHIFT GEAR FOR A WHILE.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: NOT YET.
Owner: CHANGYOL LEE email address: CHANGYOL_LEE@YAHOO.COM

Problem#: 771999414
Model: 240D Year: 1982 VIN: N/A
Problem: The body of my Mercedes on the driver's side, where the seat attaches to the body, has rusted from the inside out. The whole seam is just about gone and the seat has gone through the floor. Have heard that others have had this problem. Is it a manufacturing defect? Otherwise the body is in great shape.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Clifton Coles, Jr. email address: auroatech@juno.com

Problem#: 1229199751
Model: 250 Year: 1979 VIN: 123920
Problem: big carburator problem. there is no place in central america or the usa where to buy another carburator. this is a european style car not an american version. there is no specialize people for repairing my or either car. It has passed almost one year since i started repairing it and i have spent plenty of money in buying many spare parts but i'm still unable to make it run properly. please help me. CARLOS MIGUEL LOPEZ VILLELA
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: INSTALLED A USED CARBURATOS, HAS NOT WORKED EITHER
Owner: CARLOS MIGUEL LOPEZ VILLELA email address: PLATINI@HONDUTEL.HN

Problem#: 113199863
Model: 250 Year: 1998 VIN: 123920…
Problem: I have a problem with the CENTRAL LOCKING. The central locking fails to work in the morning so I have to open the passenger doors from the inside. It recharges after a long drive enough only to close and open the lock once. So, I guess there's a vacuum leak somewhere. Any advice from past experience or otherwise will be appreciated before I start dismantling this and that and spending money.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have the book of magic tricks - Haines Manual 677, but it's very vague on the matter
Owner: Adam Batenin email address: a.batenin@maths.bath.ac.uk

Problem#: 2292000487
Model: 250SE Year: 1966 VIN: N/A
Problem: I NEED THE ELECTRIC CIRCUIT, MAPS OR GRAPH. AND NEED KNOW THE "LIGHT OF VALVES". MY MODEL HAVE TWO CARBURATOR MADE BY ZENITH. MY MODEL IS INJECTION. PLEASE HELP ME. THANKS....
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: JUAN MIGUEL SOBRERO email address: jmsobrero@topmail.com.ar

Problem#: 1123199735
Model: 260E Year: 1988 VIN:
Problem: I found your site by mistake, but boy are you right on the money. I will not buy a MBZ ever again. I went as far as writing to the company directly (no response), the dealer (they do not care), a complaint to the BBB (If you are not suing for money, they do not care), and to the California Bureau of Automotive Repair. I sent this letter to all of them: "I have been a customer since I moved to the Bay Area in January of 1994. On November 25, 1996, I took my 1988 Mercedes-Benz model 260E for a brake job and smog check. Your representative called and informed me that my car did not pass the smog check and that a computer diagnostic was going to be performed to identify the problem. Later that day I was informed that my car needed a new valve job and the cost would be $2,500.00. Enclosed is a copy of the bill that shows the compression in each cylinder and that cylinder #5 was bad. Since I had a hard time believing that the car was in need of such repair (I have taken the car in for maintenance every 7500 miles as suggested by the manufacturer), I requested a copy of the test, but none was given to me! I declined the repair. Later that week I went to visit my father-in law who suggested a reputable smog place in Red Bluff, CA (Station # RL163696). After they verified that the car was not going to pass the smog test, they ran a computer test (the same test your repair shop performed) and determined that the fuel was burning at 160 degrees instead of 190 degrees. The technician determined that the problem was a faulty thermostat and the repair would cost about $90.00 parts and labor. After installing a new thermostat, the car passed the smog test (enclosed copy of test). I am wondering how it is possible for your service center to make such a big mistake. Your mechanics are certified by Mercedes-Benz (at least I would assume that) and for that you charge a premium for their hourly rate. I am sending a copy of this letter to Mercedes-Benz Customer Relations, California State Bureau of Automotive Repair and the local Better Business Bureau." In short, no one gives a d…
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Andres Schloss email address: aschloss@ix.netcom.com

Problem#: 11201999552
Model: 260E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: I acquired the car from my friend mr. Wang Zheggins. my problem is the code number of the radio ( Becker brand) I changed the car battery and cleaned the computer box now the radio is asking for the code number, I don't know the number, my friend went back to china. can you please help me, maybe your good office has the file of each car. the motor no. 10394-010026937 and the serial/chassis no. WLB1240-2610022845 thank you very much hope to hear youo soon.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: rolando l. chiang email address: sabrollie@skyinet.net

Problem#: 312000399
Model: 260E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: 1st-My accerleration pedal was getting stuck.2nd-My dash board light has gone out.3rd-My car is constantly stalling and in need of a jump.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have seeked the advice of many mechanics who greased the accerleration pedal but don't understand what could be going wrong
Owner: Bernadette Odom email address: bodomcmts@yahoo.com

Problem#: 782000877
Model: 260E Year: 1989 VIN: EA26DOKA934793
Problem: I too was fortunate to have stumbled on this site..Thanks!! My problem is that my 260E (125K miles)has the worst eratic shifting problems ever. At slow speeds it can range from a smooth shift to sharp jolts, to damn near giving whiplash! The local (Columbus) repair shops just say that it's the nature of the beast. I finally got ahold of a tech bulletin regarding "Erratic or harsh shifting" in the 260E. They said it may be the cap that goes on the shift modulator. Well, I bought the little cap and crwaled under my car only to find that not only dows my shift modulator not look much like the tech bulletin photo, but the part number for my transmission doesn't even match what my parts manual says it should be! If tried contacting MB via their website, but they offer no on-line tech assistance that I could find. Do they just not care? I'm sick of paying big bucks for bogus diagnostics that always return the same "unknown" results.... can anyone help me???
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Eric Mueller email address: fiver@nls.net

Problem#: 6141999175
Model: 280 Year: 1974 VIN: NA
Problem: Being overcharged by mechanics who are not well trained even the Dealerships are guilty of this practice.When you own a Mercedes you are a target
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Since 1983 I have had nothing but trouble and have been to approximately 10 shops, spent ove 5000 for repairs and am still having problems,am age 77 and cannot afford a new car but would like to keep this car without the stress of feeling frustrated everytime I try to start t up
Owner: M Seulean email address: MSeulean@aol.com

Problem#: 11201998136
Model: 280C Year: 1994 VIN: NA
Problem: apperent water pupm leak
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: i need information on how to remove the faulty water pump, in order to replace it... and any suggestions on how to go about it. mechanical prints would be very helpfull. thank you.
Owner: morgan fragoso email address: morgan@jerbeau.com

Problem#: 12111998148
Model: 280E Year: 1984 VIN: NA
Problem: There is no replacement parts for steering house
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: iwan berlianto email address: berli@cbn.net.id

Problem#: 426199870
Model: 280E Year: 1988 VIN: NA
Problem: Sr : Tengo problema para conseguir repuestos como Vagetas y otros accesorios si son tan amables me podrian dar direccion de sus representantes en la Republica Argentina les estaria muy agradecido. Muchas gracias y espero una respueta de parte de Uds.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Oleg Jojlov email address: Alejandr@sminter.com.ar

Problem#: 1131999491
Model: 280E Year: 1996 VIN: N/A
Problem: tail light assembly melted itself into it - anyoneelse have this problem?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none
Owner: karla cappuccio email address: kacapp@webtv.net

Problem#: 5152000711
Model: 280s Year: 1966 VIN:
Problem: when the vehicle run on 150km/hour the rear wheels generates strange sounds
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I've contact our authorized dealer, but the cannot find the way to solve the problem.
Owner: Christian Herdianto email address: lexxy@astaga.com

Problem#: 9111999572
Model: 280SE Year: 1972 VIN: N/A
Problem: HELP! My car has 500,000 miles on it and the engine needs to be rebuilt! The dealer wont help me either!! Further to this, last week I had to replace two, yes TWO brake lines!!! Again, the dealer refused to be of any assistance. Even worse, the disc brake rotors have worn enourmously!!! So much that the caliper split!!! These are simply things that can't be ignored. I will never buy another Mercedes again.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Teresa Hanel email address:

Problem#: 6141999507
Model: 280SE Year: 1974 VIN: N/A
Problem: Being overcharged by mechanics who are not well trained even the Dealerships are guilty of this practice.When you own a Mercedes you are a target
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Since 1983 I have had nothing but trouble and have been to approximately 10 shops, spent ove 5000 for repairs and am still having problems,am age 77 and cannot afford a new car but would like to keep this car without the stress of feeling frustrated everytime I try to start t up
Owner: M Seulean email address: MSeulean@aol.com

Problem#: 792000772
Model: 280SE Year: 1978 VIN:
Problem: carbrator assembly
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: m.hadjighasem email address: m_hadjighasem@yahoo.com

Problem#: 99199895
Model: 280SE Year: 1981 VIN: N/A
Problem: i have been having this problem recently the steering wheel of my car have free play and i dont no what to do with iti went to some mercedes specialist they said that i need to change the power steering box but after changing it i still have the same problem
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: no action had been taken
Owner: updesh singh email address: panesar_joe@hotmail.com

Problem#: 1062000953
Model: 280SE Year: 1984 VIN:
Problem: My Mercedes has 6 Cylinders with 4 cycle fuel injection. Engine:110 and engine num :110989-20-0094-48. BOSCH made in Germany.I need information on it's Electronic Fuel Injection and the cost of it.Hope to get a reply from you really soon.Thank you.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Miss.Renuka Devi email address: rd1010@hotmail.com

Problem#: 741999547
Model: 280SE Year: 1985 VIN: N/A
Problem: Tried changing wheels yesterday..one of the bolts snapped! now I cant even change my front tyre if I have a flat? anyone have any suggestions on hoe to remove the stem as it is without a nut on the head?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: no one has any idea?
Owner: Robbie Merritt email address: rmerritt@bigpond.com

Problem#: 812000933
Model: 280SEL Year: 1973 VIN: 1.08E+13
Problem: Checking if VIN has a history of a lemon
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: lee chang email address: l.chang@att.net

Problem#: 9221999379
Model: 280TE Year: 1985 VIN: WDB1230931F041360
Problem: Mercedes Benz dealers in North America take a very crappy attitude toward those of us lucky few who own grey market cars. The 280TE was the wagon that MB SHOULD have sold in the states. Quiet, fast, with a WONDERFUL engine. I have not been able to find a dealer that will cooperate with my requests for parts. I have to use "covert" methods (ie: tell them I'm driving a 300TD or a 280E) to get the things that I need, and if they find out it's for a grey market car, they tell me that parts will be "un-returnable".
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Michael G Roten email address: michael.g.roten@intel.com

Problem#: 6252000763
Model: 280TE Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: I have a re-occuring problem with oil getting into the water since Feb this year on my 280TE - 26v straight 6, the local franchised Mercedes dealer ship has so far been unable to locate the problem despite several visits to the dealership (back again at the moment) and the following work being carried out... 1) Head Gaskette changed twice 2) Oil intercooler being changed 3) Water system being flushed several times + many other bits and pieces. The car has done 116k and has a full MBSH, with no expense spared! Has any one else had simlar problems with this model or engine type (if so please send me the details so that I can kick the dealership up the bum) or have I just go a lemon?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Mark Lawrence email address: mllawrence@altavista.co.uk

Problem#: 1141999224
Model: 300CD Year: 1979 VIN: n/a
Problem: winded out in in 1st gear a long time, problem with transmission. i have driven others and they have the same problem
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: grass man email address: grassman4@hotmail.com

Problem#: 106199726
Model: 300CE Year: 1989 VIN: WDBEA50D5KA964267
Problem: Drivers windows worked intermitantly now is stuck down. Have not had repaired because I was qouted over $400 because I was told it was probably the motor. $220 for part and the rest labor. Can't afford that right now. Would look at it myself but door panel looks too difficult to remove. Will have to drive my Jeep if it rains !!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: DJ Hernandez email address: djhernandez@lucent.com

Problem#: 1062000827
Model: 300CE Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: Engine stalls out when turns on A/C, Radio and ligths, usually at redlights or stop signs, reverse or D. this happens normally when car is warm. Any suggestions??
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have tuned up engine, changed alternator, injectors, volumeter, have spent lot of money and hvent solved the problem problem
Owner: Beatriz Luciani email address: luciani@pdvsa.com

Problem#: 117199865
Model: 300CE Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: The 300CE seat belt mechanism hands the seat belt to the driver and the passenger. After using the seat belt a number of times (usually, on the driver side)the rubber holder will eventually be cut through by the seat belt. Although the replacement part is on about $8.00, I have had to replace it about every 11 months. The entire seat belt has to be disconnected in order to replace the rubber holder.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Michael Wong email address: fab5productions@hotmail.com

Problem#: 8261999364
Model: 300CE Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: CAR RUNS EXCELLENT BUT THE ASD LIGHT STAYS ON
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: DAVE email address: kappa@hotmail.com

Problem#: 851999346
Model: 300CE Year: 1989 VIN: n/a
Problem: for the window problem visit.. http://www.alldata.tsb.com/TSB/35/89353812.html for $19.95 you can access a CD for all recalls, including the window problem.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: n/a email address: dribback@aol.com

Problem#: 761999311
Model: 300CE Year: 1990 VIN: n/a
Problem: The engine cuts out on tickover.This only happens when engine is warm. The car is automatic and when engaged in the "D" or "R" position and I am trying to manoeuvre or park the car in a parking space, the engine will stall. When the engine is cold in the morning and I take the car for a short drive, it is perfect. It tends to stall after a journey of 30 miles or more when the engine is hot and especially in city driving, when I would approach traffic lights and may have to slow or stop the car sharply the engine will stall. It only occurs when car is moving slowly on tickover. If the engine is revved up or accelerated while in neutral it will stall. This does not happen when engine is cold. It drives perfect other than this problem and there is no loss of power while driving or accelerating.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have had the car fully serviced and a new set of plug leads fitted. The fuel injectors have been removed and cleaned.The car has been tested on a machine and the valves have been tested and everything seems to be alright. I would appreciate any information you could give me on trying to resolve the problem. Thank You.
Owner: n/a email address: hencus@iol.ie

Problem#: 925199718
Model: 300CE Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: My vehicle has just under 70,000 kilometers on it and there is an oil leak coming from the head gasket. It seems to leave a drop on the floor every time the car is parked.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Had a M-B repair facility inspect and confirm the leaky head gasket. They said they have heard of leaking head gaskets from the twin-cam motors, but only with higher mileage cars. They suggesting taking the vehicle back to the dealer for some recourse as they may fix it under a warranty for factory defects. I paid a visit to the dealer and presented my problem. They said they will look into it and if it is a problem with a defective head gasket, they will pay 10-15% of the repair bill ($1000+). Well, that's not good enough for me considering the low mileage, possible factory defect and the fact that it appears to affect other twin-cam models. I wonder if anyone else have experienced the same problem and their solution with dealing with Mercedes.
Owner: F. Tong email address: ftong@skybus.com

Problem#: 10112000912
Model: 300CE Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: If the car has not been driven for a few day, for the first 25 kms the car will run very rough. When accelerating I can feel a shake. But once I get to work and then get back into the car 5 minutes later the car will run fine. I have had a tune up done - plugs, fuel filter, and I have had the transmission adjusted and I still have the problem. If I drive the car the next day its fine. Any ideas?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: joe filipcic email address: filipcic@netcom.ca

Problem#: 67199890
Model: 300CE Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: I get a buzz from the door panel thats cause from speaker vibration. It seems to be coming from the top walnut trim piece. If anyone knows how to get the door panel off and make the repair or have corrected this problem please drop me a line at Voz1@aol.com thanks
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: ed vozza email address: voz1@aol.com

Problem#: 762000932
Model: 300CE Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: 1. The wood panel on driver side vibrates as a result of speaker vibration. 2. Driver window is starting to get "sticky". It goes up with ease but temperamental on the up. 3. Loudish noise from rear (probably the diff) when changing gears. Car is automatic. 4. "Grinding" noise from left rear when park brake is applied with gear in "N" or "P".
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Lawrence Adeokun email address: lawds@yahoo.com

Problem#: 2171999251
Model: 300CE Year: 1993 VIN: n/a
Problem: AIR CONDITIONING AND DRIVABILITY
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: REPLACING ENGINE WIRING HARNESS
Owner: DAVID LACK email address: DLack4@aol.com

Problem#: 542000874
Model: 300CE Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: I recently purchased this vehicle from a MB dealer. The car has only 56K miles on it. The water pump bearing failed. I asked MB dealer and Area Service Representative to help pay cost for replacing. They refused. This is apparently common for this vehicle.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Installed new water pump and thermostat for $750. Ouch!! MB not very good about standing behind their products!
Owner: Duane Miller email address: dgmiller@tcinternet.net

Problem#: 6121999177
Model: 300D Year: 1977 VIN: NA
Problem: ENGINE DONT SHUT DOWN WITH KEY SWITCH.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: REPLEASED SWITCH.
Owner: ALBERT ALBRIGHT email address: SSZSJS@.COM

Problem#: 931999578
Model: 300D Year: 1978 VIN: N/A
Problem: No power can't maintain 65mph. Falls off to 50mph on slight inclines. Many guesses and lots of dollars no change or worse. This has gone on for a year.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The only problem was (I found and repaired myself)a partially frozen throttle linkage. One of the nylon bushings on top of the valve cover was the trouble. Operating the linkage by hand worked, not with the foot. It would only open about 2/3. Its amazing what grease will do.
Owner: Tommy McKissack email address: TOMMY-MARTY@prodigy.net

Problem#: 11162000865
Model: 300D Year: 1980 VIN:
Problem: My car has a thump in the rear somwhere near the rear axel. Seems to be heard when going around a corner, either left or right, or traversing a railroad track or leaving a parking lot where the car travels over a slight bump. Speed does not seem to affect it. I does not happen all of the time. The car has aout 175,000 miles on it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have visually inspected the undercarriage myself, and had technicians check it also. There is no obvious problem.
Owner: Don Ingram email address: doningram@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 3262000488
Model: 300D Year: 1980 VIN: N/A
Problem: Diesel engine won't start after sitting all night without being plugged in. the weather is very warm 10C just bought the car HELP!!!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: plug in, boost
Owner: Judy Meier email address: judymeier@home.com

Problem#: 9111999583
Model: 300D Year: 1984 VIN: WDBAB33AXEA079746
Problem: Water leaking from some where,accumilates in front of the rear seat soaks the rug. I have to use vacuum cleaner to get the water out. Because of this every time it rains I have problem with the locking system, and the electric windows.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have tried to seal the windshield, rear window, the only thing I am not able to do anything is the sunroof. Any help in my scituation will be appreciated. Thank you.
Owner: Ugurhan Kosereis email address: rid22227@ride.ri.net

Problem#: 1051999490
Model: 300D Year: 1985 VIN: N/A
Problem: I do not have a problem as such I wanted some information I just wanted to know that how many AMPS Alternator is to be used for my car.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Karan Singh email address: karanlord@yahoo.com

Problem#: 4212000483
Model: 300D Year: 1985 VIN: N/A
Problem: Dealer (Millenium Mercedes, Bridgewater, NJ) parts service attitude, take it or leave it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: contacted service department, and was told, before i could even voice concern, to take it or leave it.
Owner: jose A. Marrero email address: autoparts_MB@Hotmail.com

Problem#: 541999201
Model: 300D Year: 1985 VIN: NA
Problem: After turning off and removing the key to the car, the motor remains running!! I learned how to kill the motor from under the hood, but how do I fix the problem, because it continues to happen everytime I use the car!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: You tell me......
Owner: Daniel j. Ritter email address: BIGpapaDJR@aol.com

Problem#: 6251999533
Model: 300D Year: 1985 VIN: N/A
Problem: At a certain rpm (in 4th gear at a speed of about 70 km/h) I get a jolting car. This behaviour can easy be eliminated by accelerating or decelerating (or by passing the 70 km/h frontier rather fast). The problem is well-known as the "bonanza-effect" but no one knows the reason of this behaviour. Everyone advises me to install another fuelpump but I can't live with such kind of blind solutions. I never mentioned any other problem (280.000 km by now)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Paul Maenhout email address: P.Maenhout@eudoramail.com

Problem#: 10111998109
Model: 300D Year: 1987 VIN: 1224E45378d
Problem: I had only one problem with Mercedes Benz a turbo charger went on it.After 10 faithful years of having it this isn't bad and get this M.B fixed it for free since They had problems with that year.The car has been terrific. It's still going at 265,000
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: They replaced it free of charge
Owner: Erik gustafson esq email address: gustafsonerik@hotmail.com

Problem#: 8141999401
Model: 300D Year: 1987 VIN: N/A
Problem: I recently purchased this MB. It has 107,000 miles. Body is in excellent condition. Two minor oil leaks had to repaired at the transmission area. When the car was picked up and driven way, the transmission was in horrible condition. As the vehicle accelerated, the two different gear changes felt like the car had run over a large object in the roadway. The change in gear is like (two) tremendous jolts that is so abrupt that I think my fillings in my teeth are now loose. When I called the dealership to ask if anyone had test driven this car after the tranny was worked on to stop the minor leaks, the response was that two men had test driven it. Sounds to me like these two men should find another line of work. I must return the car to the dealership which is over one hour away. Until that happpens, I am almost embarrased and angry that I have to drive the MB this way.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: No action yet. I am suppose to bring the MB back for a transmission adjustment. Can't believe that the MB dealership would have aloud this vehicle to be released in this condition.
Owner: Bob Boucher email address: candlman@napanet.net

Problem#: 10172000858
Model: 300D Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: TACHOMETER AND AC COMPRESSOR CUT OFF SIMULTANEOUSLY...COMES BACK ON LATER...SOMETIMES HOURS OR DAYS. INTERMITTENT PROBLEM.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Dave Smith email address: dms1950@mediaone.net

Problem#: 10231999409
Model: 300D Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: Engine noise (clainking noise).
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Took the car to MB dealer. They cannot seem to find the problem. some say it was the lifter, some the injector(s) noise. I tried injector cleaner for the last 20 tankfull of fuel but the noise remain the same. I would appreciate any comment or suggestion. The car has only 76k miles.
Owner: Chet Kong email address: Chet.Kong@Occ.Treas.Gov

Problem#: 12261998157
Model: 300D Year: 1991 VIN: NA
Problem: Vacumm pump failed while driving on highway.Effect:no brake This is a very serious problem.The parts of the pump drive desintegrated.If I had to make a stop due to sudden changes in traffic, would have been in deep trouble.MB was informed but did not offer any kind of satisfactory resolution. Should be reason for recall.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Independant installed new pump from original parts.
Owner: Fred Dressler email address: fkdres@cyberia

Problem#: 1026199729
Model: 300D Year: 1992 VIN: 124128-1B-669362
Problem: With car still under warranty a repair shop that has worked on 4 different Mercedes cars I have owned since 1977, using parts supplied by the local Mercedes dealership, replaced a damaged heater element at a cost of over $500.00. Letters to Montvale, N.J., and Germany headquarters resulted in refusals to honor the warranty. They claimed I should have taken the car to their dealership. Why, then, do they supply parts to qualified shops. Today the car still has less than the 45,000 miles allowed by the warranty. I am considering taking the case to court. I already counseled my daughter to buy a Lexus instead of a Mercedes, and will probably sell the two Mercedes I own.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Letters to Montvale and Stuggart headquarters
Owner: Jose Sais email address: jsais@erols.com

Problem#: 12101999518
Model: 300E Year: 1986 VIN: N/A
Problem: The car is shaking when braking or at a complete stop. It will cut off if stopped to long. I took it into the shop and they changed some bushings and replaced the engine mounts which they said had collapsed and was causing the problem. The car is not fixed it is actually worse now - very slow to accelerate after being stopped. Car has 99,000 miles.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Martha Thomas email address: mthomas@ballarddesigns.net

Problem#: 412000541
Model: 300E Year: 1986 VIN: wdbea30d9ga161036
Problem: 1986 300e has a transmission leak apparently from aroud the gasket. replaced the gasket and just made the bolts on the pan snug. still have a leak and now the transmission seems to be leaking. was told to try thicker tranny fluid. also clock just stopped working. all of the fuses are good what could be the problem..
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: richard email address: romelo@earthlink.net

Problem#: 5161999196
Model: 300E Year: 1986 VIN: NA
Problem: Front turn signals will fatique and eventually pop-out, there held in with a long tounge like plastic peice, it will break, this is not an isolated problem as I know many owners w/ same problem, I was lucky mine poped within 3 months of each other & held on by the pigtails (wireing), so I didn't lose them.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Best thing to do is use a peice of bailing wire and "saftey tie" them in thru the back side, it's kind of lame but it sure beats loseing them, or having the units fall out and beat against the side of your fenders while moving down the road.
Owner: Chris Campbell email address: ck1718@aol.com

Problem#: 11162000866
Model: 300E Year: 1987 VIN: WDBEA30D3HA538056
Problem: This 300E was put in service Jan.8,1988. It has been in the family since new. It has 168,000 miles. The engine has never been touched for major service. The cam cover has never been off or the oil pan. It required a waterpump at 110,000 miles. And an alternator at 165,000 miles which MB replaced no charge, why ? It does not leak oil or burn oil. Unfortionatly we do have to renew brake components. It still has the original exhaust system. The shocks were replaced at 150,000 miles, not that they needed it, I just thought it was time. The transmission is still virgin. I must admit that it does cost me more money than most in oil and filters. I change at 3500 miles and I use the plain vanilla oil, Pennz 20/50W. This is without a doubt the best car I or my family has ever owned and there were others while I drove my 300E. I know I'm in the wrong forum, but I thought you should know there are more good than bad. I won't feel overlooked if no one replies, I'll understand. I wish all of you complainers had the joy I've had for 12 years. God Bless You and Yours,Don!!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Donald L. Swinford email address: dlswnfrd@juno.com

Problem#: 1192000432
Model: 300E Year: 1987 VIN: N/A
Problem: The passenger side and two back windows wont go down and Car is Hard to start in the Morning.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I check the switchs all is good. I check the Child lock and it is good I check the fuse and it is also good what can I do next. Aint no Power coming to the child lock switch. What sensor do I have to change for the car to start up quick only happen when the car is cold.
Owner: Douglas Gibson email address: Saintaubyn_99@yahoo.com

Problem#: 2161999250
Model: 300E Year: 1987 VIN: n/a
Problem: Problem 1.I bought this car for S$108,000. Its $200,000 new! Immediately found out that car was loosing 1 litre of coolant each day. Brought it to the mechanic who did a top overhaul and discovered that the cylinder head surfaces were corroded. This causes water to seep into X-section where it evaporates. Problem 2, After a year, discovered light brownish greasy substance in coolant expansion tank. Mechanic once again removed the cylinder head and discovered that the gasket had been burnt /damaged causing engine oil to flow into coolant channels. Am monitoring for another year and if it happens again , its going to be goodbye to the Mercz.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Problem 1- Rewelded the cylinder head and installed new gasket . Problem 2- Changed cylinder head gasket. Holding my breath for now. Billings for the above issues were S$3000 in total. Do let me know your comments to my above issues.
Owner: David Tan email address: Davidling@pacific.net.sg

Problem#: 2261999258
Model: 300E Year: 1987 VIN: n/a
Problem: Great car, but it has an intermittent problem with the engine cutting off, stalling, and surging when stopped. Local mechanic has been unable to find the problem even after a complete tune up.??he has been in business for 20 years?? Any suggestion would be appreciated.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Complete tune up, replaced coil, fuel filter, checked fuel pumps and all ignition wiring, cleaned fuel injectors, ect. This car is not new but at 120k miles has lots of life left. Help!
Owner: A.B. Moretz email address: Moretz@conninc.com

Problem#: 352000527
Model: 300E Year: 1987 VIN: N/A
Problem: the engine seems like goes to unstable / likes no fires on several sparks when it goes to idle from higher rpm. A few seconds later on it goes back to normal. Lack of power felt during acceleration.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: spark and its cable had been replaced. Tune up, injectors checking and complete inspection has been done by certified MB workshop and still the cause of the problems hasnot found yet.
Owner: moerdianto email address: moer@divre7.telkom.co.id

Problem#: 1131998120
Model: 300E Year: 1988 VIN: NA
Problem: Car will stall when in drive at a stop sign , redlight and will stall in reverse. Have replaced throttle positioning switch, O2 sensor , fuel pump along with other parts that don't relate to this problem. problem appears to me to be electrical, Mechanic says it is not ECU or High voltage protection relay. This problem is internittent so he is having touble catchung it. plrblem hapens when car is warmed up. please shed some light.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Tom Aylesbury email address: Thomas.Aylesbury@stoneweb.com

Problem#: 161999168
Model: 300E Year: 1988 VIN: NA
Problem: While driving, and trying to accelerate, intermittently the car does not respond.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: My mechanic changed the wiring and distributor and suggested I change the type of gas I use. I am still having the same problem.
Owner: Michele D'Amico email address: michele.damico@cgi.ca

Problem#: 161999169
Model: 300E Year: 1988 VIN: NA
Problem: Antilock light lights up occasionally (while driving or even when parked. When the ligh turns on the RPM goes down and when the light goes off the rpm goes back up.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Michele D'Amico email address: michele.damico@cgi.ca

Problem#: 352000526
Model: 300E Year: 1988 VIN: N/A
Problem: Engine is seems running abnormally ( like not all the sparks goes on ) after it goes back to idle from higer RPM.Spark cable has been replace, and it had also been completely check by MB Mechanic, but still couldnot find the cause of the problems.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Sparkplug cable replacement, tune up, injection valve check, igniton check.
Owner: moerdianto email address: moer@divre7.co.id

Problem#: 921199899
Model: 300E Year: 1988 VIN: N/A
Problem: Car Stalls. Seems worst after not having been driven for a few days. Stalls out at Stop Lights and will not be able to accelerate after re-starting. Dealership responded by stating that they have no idea what is wrong and will hve to use an hit and miss type of program to make the repairs.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None, Will most likely sell the car rather than put in the hands of the Dealership with an open checkbook until they hit on the solution.
Owner: Mark email address: brikguy@net-link.net

Problem#: 11292000825
Model: 300E Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: Air condition will able to turn on after several minutes of engine running. Before that, the electric clutch in the compresor will not be engaged.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Wait several minutes while engine is running, sometimes the air condition will be turned on by it self or then we have to turn off the engine for just a second and turn back the key to On position. It seems that we have to reset something in the electrical module. It is not realy a solution, please if some body can advise me.
Owner: bambang sutedjo email address: hariff@rad.net.id

Problem#: 132001908
Model: 300E Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: water pump breakdown on highway. Water went over 120°c for a short while with no alert on dashboard, other than squicking noise for the belt over the pump. car is 208 000 km and runs ok otherwise.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: water pump changed for approx 700 euros this problem seem to be frequent on these models. I've been told some people had to change the pump at 70 000 km at same cost.
Owner: jerome email address: jerome.heger@fairesuivre.com

Problem#: 3242000412
Model: 300E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: irregular tick over
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Full service and tune up. Mechanic now states it may be a problem with the exhaust or inlet manifold
Owner: chris Turner email address: Christopher.turner1@tesco.net

Problem#: 8192000921
Model: 300E Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: I am currently looking to buy a 1989 300E w/125,500 miles on the clock. The transmission shifts hard , especially the 1-2 shift. Shift RPM points seem spot on, and I can feel no evidence of the transmission slipping. The trans oil doesn't smell burnt, but again this could have been changed recently. The dealer tells me this is normal for this year and model MB. Is it so much chin music?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Looking for a little advice
Owner: Jonathan Williams email address: SKIROBOT@aol.com

Problem#: 928199721
Model: 300E Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: Shifting is clunky. Especially with kick-down. But the car has 130,000 miles on it, so I would expect it. Its not that bad but is annoying and very un-mercedes like. Automatic tranny.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Asa Cannell email address: tdr@4dcomm.com

Problem#: 928199722
Model: 300E Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: Takes forever to start. Does not seem to change due to engine temperature, etc.. But will start right up if its been running and you shut it off then immeadietly start it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Asa Cannell email address: tdr@4dcomm.com

Problem#: 10161999525
Model: 300E Year: 1990 VIN: N/A
Problem: When turning on my heat on low I get heat figureing its the heat from the engine , When I turn the heat up I get mostly cold air , changen the thermostat, coolent and still no heat if anyone has had this problem please contact me
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none
Owner: Mike Chams email address: eastern@jet2.net

Problem#: 1272000502
Model: 300E Year: 1990 VIN: N/A
Problem: When cold cranking the car engine shakes as though a major tune up is needed. When warm it started and runs fine.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Major tune-up,two fuel injectors replace and cleaned. Flex disc kit replaced and injectors seals replaced. New air filter. Use high octane fuel and change oil regular.
Owner: Leon Little email address: leonlittle@gateway.net

Problem#: 4262000448
Model: 300E Year: 1990 VIN: N/A
Problem: The transmission slip from 3rd to 4th gear. Some mecanic told me that it could be the filters in the transmission that needs replacement. Any suggestion?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Francisco Luciani email address: fluciani@cantv.net

Problem#: 66199889
Model: 300E Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: Automobile vibrates when car is in park and stopped. Paneling has been shimmied loose due to the vibration
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Todd email address: tdavis100@mindspring.com

Problem#: 791999320
Model: 300E Year: 1990 VIN: WDBED30D5LB097458
Problem: The transfer case for the 4Matic started leaking badly at about 126K miles. I had to replace/fix the transfer case. I found out MB does not make my specific transfer case for my car any longer. Therefore I had to buy (after waiting 2 weeks) not only a new transfer but a universal adapter. When I asked why is the transfer case bad? The dealer in Englewood NJ told me because this parts life span is about 100K miles. Few weeks earlier when I found out the CV boost were going or gone.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have to pay about $2K+ for the transfer case replacement. I got hit with a $1.5K bill for the front axle plus labor.
Owner: Andy Kam email address: andykam@gis.net

Problem#: 8102000797
Model: 300E Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: People, where you get thouse outrageos prices for repairs??? Of course if you go to mechanic it will be costly but if you do-it yourself it is really chip. I had several problems with my 300E and i fix them all myself. (I'm not mechanic. I'm network administrator for software company.)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: This is what i spent to fix my problems: ---------------------------------------- Problem#: 10211999469 Head gasket: Spent $40 for parts, take me 45 minutes to changed. -------------------------------------------------------- Brake rotors for all 4 weels: Spent $37 x 2 = $74 for rear rotors and $39 x 2 = $78 total = $152. Spent 2,5 hours to install. -------------------------------------------------------- Engine seems like goes to unstable / likes no fires on several sparks when it goes to idle from higher rpm. This problem was during oil on spark plags. Valve seals was leaking. Check parts price and labor (can't fixed myself need to do head job in shop) Approx $1000. Solution for people with no money :))) Every oil change clean spark plugs and addins approx 1 qt of oil every 400 miles. Has been doing this for a year - works like a charm. :)) --------------------------------------------------------- Problem#: 722199710 Belt tensioner: Spend $200 on parts and 2.,5 -3 hours to install. -------------------------------------------------------- Fan clutch replacement: $120 parts, 30 minutes labor (take out 4 bolts, replace clutch, put them back.) ---------------------------------------------------------- Anl list goes on...
Owner: oberon email address: oberon@postalinnovations.com

Problem#: 5252000730
Model: 300E Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: CAR RUNS GREAT, BUT THIS PROBLEM I'M HAVING IS WHEN,ALL OF SUDDEN, THE CAR WOULD SLOW DOWN: (LACK OF POWER), AND IT WILL STAY LIKE THAT FOR A WHILE, I WOULD PRESS ON THE PEDAL AND THE CAR WOULD NOT ACCELERATE,AND THEN IT WILL TAKE OF AGAIN BY ITSELF IT'S LIKE DRIVING ON HALF THE POWER, I WOULD TURN OFF THE ENGINE FOR A WHILE TURN IT BACK ON AND THE CAR WILL GO BACK TO NORMAL. THE CAR CAN BE DANGEROUS WHEN DRIVING ON FREEWAY. I CHANGED, ALL SPARK PLUGS, ALL WIRES FOR SPARKS, THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP AND THE ROTER, I ALSO CHANGED AN ELECTRONIC PART MAYBE CALLED HDL, I ALSO CHANGED THE FUEL FILTER. THE CAR NOW IS AT THE MERCEDES SERVICE AND THEY DID NOT FIGURE THE PROBLEM YET. I AM ABOUT TO SELL THE CAR AS IS, EVENTHOUGH IT'S A GREAT CAR WHEN IT'S WORKING. ANY IDEAS?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I CHANGED, ALL SPARK PLUGS, ALL WIRES FOR SPARKS, THE DISTRIBUTOR CAP AND THE ROTER, I ALSO CHANGED AN ELECTRONIC PART MAYBE CALLED HDL, I ALSO CHANGED THE FUEL FILTER. THE CAR NOW IS AT THE MERCEDES SERVICE AND THEY DID NOT FIGURE THE PROBLEM YET. I AM ABOUT TO SELL THE CAR AS IS, EVENTHOUGH IT'S A GREAT CAR WHEN IT'S WORKING. ANY IDEAS?
Owner: RON email address: DOTIMAGING@EARTHLINK.NET

Problem#: 631999187
Model: 300E Year: 1991 VIN: NA
Problem: A/C does not work. Had it checked. Authorized repair shop added 1 pound of freon with dye. Said the Evaporator was bad and needed a new one. Cost at the dealer for new part $750 plus the 20hours labor to install. Total cost quoted about $2,300 to $3,000.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Will buy the part and install it myself
Owner: Dave Chege email address: dchege@kreative.net

Problem#: 631999421
Model: 300E Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: A/C does not work. Had it checked. Authorized repair shop added 1 pound of freon with dye. Said the Evaporator was bad and needed a new one. Cost at the dealer for new part $750 plus the 20hours labor to install. Total cost quoted about $2,300 to $3,000.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Will buy the part and install it myself
Owner: Dave Chege email address: dchege@kreative.net

Problem#: 961999496
Model: 300E Year: 1991 VIN: wdbed30e7mb376405
Problem: Intermitetly idles high, 1500-2500 rpm, try to blip the throttle, sometimes have success. This is very weird because it won't do it for weeks then will do it many times in one day.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Tryed lubricating throttle linkage, and gave it a tune up.
Owner: L Di Serio email address: ldiserio@sprint.ca

Problem#: 10211999469
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: Engine oil in cooling system. Found emulsun in expansion tank during one of my inspections.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Took car to independant MBZ repair garage and they replaced the headgasket. Car has 104500 miles. Also replaces valve stem seals since we had the engine open. I believe they were very hard and non functioning. Cost for head gaket replacement was about $1500 in Oakland, CA. I am very pleased with the car since I purchased it two years ago as a lease return. I do not chose to use the Oakland dealer where I bought the car since they withheld excessive DMV fees and only returned after 6 months when I called them on their game. Just a check in the mail and no eplaination no matter how lame.
Owner: James Westall email address: westallj@mindspring.com

Problem#: 1262000883
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: Engine vibrate when idelling, and take about 10 sec to start when in cold.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Gary email address: gary_hyoo@yahoo.com

Problem#: 221999237
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN: n/a
Problem: Conrod through block without any apparent reason or warning. Oil pressure perfect, water perfect temperature perfect, no warning lights whatsoever. I am the owner of my twenty - fourth MB at the moment and would like to know if I can be assisted in any way
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: There was no apparent problem. Vehicle is now at CBF Motors Humansdorp South Africa. Having been away I have not taken up this problem with CBF Motors. Awaiting your speedy response.
Owner: Mario Van Eeden email address: johann7318@yahoo.com

Problem#: 341999262
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN: n/a
Problem: My head gasket went out very quickly. THe cost to repair it was outrageous. Has anyone else had problems with the internal components in their Benz?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: About $2,000.00 and four trips to the dealer
Owner: Yazen Alhassan email address: Yazen@aol.com

Problem#: 5162000713
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: Car's temperature goes up everytime I stop at a stop light or sign or get in slow traffic. It does fine out on the highway, the temp. gauge stays right where it should, about 80 degrees C.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: New thermostat, new radiator, new fan clutch, still no solution. Could be the water pump, but that is another 400.00. Anyone else have this problem?
Owner: Bob Nance email address: rob104@infoave.net

Problem#: 722199710
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: Fan Belt Tensioner not working - told common with this model - cost to repair $1000 told next service a "leveller will need replacing" - cost not quoted but obviously expensive.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: not sure what to do
Owner: Dr. Ian Tucker email address: vsound@ctel.com.au

Problem#: 72219979
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: Coolant and Oil Leaks causing destruction of seals and gaskets - apparently common with this model, not fixed under warrantly - cost $2000 (70000 km)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Not sure what to do
Owner: Dr. Ian Tucker email address: vsound@ctel.com.au

Problem#: 8112000798
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: I am writing this for owners who have had the same problem. At around 100,000 miles, the head gasket blows on the in-line six cylinder engine in the 300E. I found out from my MB mechanic that this is relatively common, but is not covered under the warranty (too many miles). When the head gasket blows, oil is pushed into the coolant recovery bottle and floats on top as a brownish slime. This is how the problem is diagnosed. The only solution is to have the head gasket replaced ($900-$1,500 USD dependinbg upon geographic area). If you maintain your MB according to the maintenance schedule, this should not happen!!! Be advised, that when the head gasket breaks, the oil that seeps into the coolant system eventually destroys the seals in the water pump. This generally occurs immediately to about 10,000 miles after fixing the head gasket and costs about $800-$1,000 USD to repair!!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I had to pay for both the head gasket to be repaired by an independent MB mechanic and the water pump replaced at an MB dealership. BEWARE.
Owner: Michael Pappas email address: drmgpappas@aol.com

Problem#: 822199715
Model: 300E Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: My car overheated without the warning light engaging which destroyed the engine.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None
Owner: Raymond Head email address: all4good@aol.com

Problem#: 12141998150
Model: 300E Year: 1993 VIN: NA
Problem: My father has a mercedes 300E that would just randomly shut off while driving. This has happened 4 times in the last 5 years that he has owned the car. After inspection by mercedes (4 times) they have concluded that there is a hole in the engine (near the pistons?) and have told him he will be needing another engine. About $12,000. That's outrageous since the car only has about 60K on it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Lawyers are contacting Mercedes now.
Owner: Rodolfo M. Lontoc email address: RMLont@aol.com

Problem#: 4111999298
Model: 300E Year: 1993 VIN: n/a
Problem: Car would stall at stoplights when braking, idling, and also accelerating. Engine would cut out momentarily when traveling on the interstate. At times occurring in busy traffic resulting in dangerous situations. The car has over 50K and the problem has occurred intermittently since one year after buying the car new. At first the dealer said to burn only Amoco Silver instead of premium. The reasoning being some "evaporation" ratio that may be affecting the engine. It seems that here in NC the oil companies change their formulas during the year based on seasonal temperature and EPA emission alerts. Some local metro areas are required to sell only emmission/ozone reducing gas in the winter - causes engines to run rough. Any way, this problem occurred mostly during warm/hot humid conditions, usually after the car had been driven, parked for an hour, and started up again. Took the car to two different dealers. The changed/ adjusted I don't know what all, but they could not determine the cause, and thus could not fix it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Maybe. Maybe. The regional MBUSA rep was called in at 36K when the warranty was about to expire and another attempt to solve the problem had just been attempted. I told him that I expected MBUSA to continue to cover any expense related to this problem if it reoccurred. He and the dealers service mgr. Both gave me their verbal assurance but neither would put anything in writing. This spring the problem started up again. I called MBUSA and they forwarded my message to the regional MBUSA rep. He contacted the local dealer and when I showed up there to complain. They had a new part waiting for me. It's called a "wiring harness". It's the wires running from the engine to the ignition, computer, and other electric controls. This was an all day job that MBUSA covered. No charge to me. It has been a week and so far no problems. In fact I think the car is running better. They should have done this 4-5 years ago instead of jerking me around! The service mgr. showed me the old harness where he had cut open the rubber insulation. The plastic insulation around several of the wires was dry, cracked, and brittle. This harness sits directly on the top of the engine head - lots of heat. The service rep. said they had seen the same thing on a few other cars (then why not fix it sooner?). I think MB and their dealers know they have a problem, but will do anything to avoid an all day warranty job - including ticking off a second time owner who told them I would never buy another MB! We'll see how it goes - so far so good. If not, that's it! I'm trading on a Lexus reliability and customer service is the best based on all the owners I've talked to. I really hate to see MB have such poor CS. When the car is working fine I wouldn't drive anything else, but there is no excuse for poor CS for this kind of money.
Owner: Scott email address: sasbsn1@ibm.net

Problem#: 5232000725
Model: 300E Year: 1993 VIN: wbdea28e7pb963215
Problem: Car stalls at random. Usually when warm. Will stall at stop lights, stop signs, while driving on highway and residential, and while making turns. Stalls especially when radio is up loud and cell phone is plugged into cigarette lighter. Had battery changed and 75,000 mile maintenance done. Drove not ever a mile from the dealership and it stalled again. Getting pissed off!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Chuck Turowski email address: sm00thbenz@aol.com

Problem#: 11171998134
Model: 300SD Year: 1980 VIN: NA
Problem: ELECTRICAL ALTHOUGH THE ALTENATOR IS PUTTING OUT CORRECT VOLTAGE THE BATTERY OVERHEATS AND KILLS CELLS,HEADLAMPS AND TAILLIGHTS BURN OUT EXCESSIVELY, AND BATTERY LIGHT STAYS ON WHEN CAR IES TURNED OFF.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: MERCEDES MACK email address: TEXMONKEY@HOTMAIL.COM

Problem#: 511999202
Model: 300SD Year: 1980 VIN: NA
Problem: We have just purchased this vehicle today and we would like to know what maintenance will ensure the optimal performance on this vehicle. What problems have been commonly associated with this make and model after 19 years of even the best care with a vehicle like this with an excess of 161K miles. Also where can we find a manual abouth this car and information to possibly purchase new wheels which after 19 years are the only unattractive feature to it's beautiful look
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Deborah Roberts email address: eldezorob@prodigy.net

Problem#: 531199883
Model: 300SD Year: 1980 VIN: 11612012015054
Problem: The steering wheel has noticeable amoount of play of slop while driving at low or high speeds. I have gone as far as disassembling an extra steering gear that I purchased from a salvage yard for a previously owned car. The conclusion I've made is the tolerances between the steering shaft and the steering nut via the roller balls is is out of limits. Information about this from any rebiulder does not come easy. One parts supplier said he had the same problem and had to replace the steering nut, however, Mercedes will not sell the nut to the public. This is where I currently stand. Am I in the ball park or should I succumb to "rebuilt" steering gear.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Steven Leutz email address: SLeutz@compuserve.com

Problem#: 851999576
Model: 300SD Year: 1980 VIN: N/A
Problem: Air conditioner does not get cold enough.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The whole air conditioning system has been replaced including the compressor. Freon was also changed from R12 to 134.
Owner: Tom Buford email address: tom@webtomorrow.com

Problem#: 9231999403
Model: 300SD Year: 1980 VIN: 1.16E+13
Problem: No heat for heater. Possible VSV valve malfunction or switching device.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: No heat to interior of vehicle. Coolant lines are hot to the control box, but no heat out.
Owner: Brian Rambo email address: brambo@i-link-2.net

Problem#: 11301999463
Model: 300SD Year: 1982 VIN: N/A
Problem: Car idles very rough sometimes. Shuts off but very rarely. After extended periods of driving the car doesn't accelerate as well. The car is sluggish uphill.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I change and replenish oil regularly. Use diesel treatment about every three weeks. Have looked into getting fuel injection cleaned.
Owner: Isaac Mitchell email address: baller125@yahoo.com

Problem#: 3292000420
Model: 300SD Year: 1982 VIN: N/A
Problem: I am considering the purchase of a 1982 300SD. It has 290,000 miles, and it is in mint condition--it never had any problems and it was meticulously maintained. I know the motor may be tired at this point, but is there anything I should know? I have never had any diesel experience before so is there anything I need to look for?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Dave email address: dparfitt@wheatonma.edu

Problem#: 6132000754
Model: 300SD Year: 1982 VIN: N/A
Problem: Auto had 350k on it with minor transmission work and a water pump since it was bought new. I took it on 4000 mile road trip across the United States and at an extremely high elevation in Colorado, my passenger slammed his door, shattering the glass. 350k and a window shatters on a road trip, what a piece of junk! It still runs, I had to sell it because the engine outlived the cosmetics...
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Window replaced at Mercedes Benz dealership.
Owner: Eric Johnson email address: dorkbiker@yahool.com

Problem#: 94199893
Model: 300SD Year: 1983 VIN:
Problem: engine blow up on two of my 300sd cars...be careful
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Jeff email address: wcplaya9@aol.com

Problem#: 10221999570
Model: 300SD Year: 1984 VIN: N/A
Problem: I have 278k miles on the car. I installed a water pump (MB rebuild) @ 205k. It went out again at 275k and now the new one is staring to leak from the weep hole at 278k. Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Flushed engine and radiator. Replaced thermostat, drive belts,water pump and gasket.
Owner: Steven Frank email address: Stevesd90@aol.com

Problem#: 8131999354
Model: 300SD Year: 1984 VIN: n/a
Problem: 1.Motor - rought idling whem engin temp. above 85 degree Centigrade. 2.Squeaks around doors area. 3.Antena's motor failed
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 1.Replaced injector spray tips. Purged injection pump assemble. I was told by the mechanic to use fuel additive on every tank of diesel. Have anyone heard of mixing one quart of automatic transmission fluid to every tank full of Diesel ?
Owner: Ernest Ang email address: eang90346@aol.com

Problem#: 1024199728
Model: 300SD Year: 1987 VIN: WDBCB25DXHA304200
Problem: On my recent trip in my mercedes I suddenly lost coolant and the engine died in about 3 minutes. I did not notice any forewarning except coolant light came off and on for about 10 miles drive. The dealer claims the engine needs to be replaced. I cannot believe the engine could have sustained such a damage over such a short time. Besides the dealer could not give me any reason for the failure of the coolant in the first place. The car had injection vacuum shutoff device replaced recently by the dealer.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Would like to know any one similar experience. Would be interested what would be correct solution to the problem since I have no faith in the dealership.
Owner: N/A email address: sraj@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 11171998133
Model: 300SD Year: 1991 VIN: NA
Problem: Cann't start
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Max Yang email address: yang-m@iehp.org

Problem#: 121920001009
Model: 300SD Year: 1992 VIN: wdbgb34e9na033451
Problem: Many problems...I am the second owner of a vehicle that had all service records and was serviced by the selling MB dealer. At 102K car was buring a quart of oil every 200 miles...Complete Long Block was replaced....also had replaced :Evaporator core(second time), closing assist pump,Climate control push button unit,blower resisitor regulator,and alternator....I am wondering if the repairs will ever stop..total repairs thus far is about 20K
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Car has had all repairs done by the MB dealer here in town...who admits that these cars were not of the best quality and prone to many of the problems that I have had
Owner: Warren Turner email address: turner@greif.com

Problem#: 1291998146
Model: 300SD Year: 1992 VIN: WDBG34E5NA057987
Problem: Short block was replaced at 46673 miles in 02/06/95 based upon excessive oil consumption, smoking and loud engine noises. Mileage now 115670 12-9-98 and same problem exists. MBNA offering to help partially. Uneducated guess is the sulphites in the fuel are comrpimising the cylinder wall, rings, and piston resulting in lower compression, oil consumption, and excessive smoking. Is there a group of these diesel problems out there. Maybe, MB discontinued making the diesel in 95 no explanation. Let me know.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Spent 1,000 proving to the dealer and MB that is not a host of other problems - injection pump, poor quality fuel, lack of maintenance (oil changes), etc. WOuld like to hear from other diesel owners for possible class action consideration.
Owner: Chuck Humblias email address: chumblias@teknekron.com

Problem#: 3152000413
Model: 300SD Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: Purchased car in 1997 with 102,000 miles on it. Had it checked out before purchase but six months later has had nothing but problems with it. Over the past year maintaince was real expensive. Excessive oil use. Car was burning lots of oil. Had to replace oil at least once a week. Used about 5 to 7 quarts a month with very little driving. Oil leaks. Transmisson was defective needed minor work two years. Vaacum leaks(?) in car. On the way (3-12-2000) to the dealer to have 150,000 service done and to possibly trade it; both the engine and the transmission blew at the same time. Talk about bad luck and bad timing. This is my second Benz and my last one. Being a tall guy the leg room and comfort was great but it is not worth it. I'll be better off with a 1972 bug.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: This incident took place two days ago, I've had no contact with the dealer (service manager) we've been playing phone tag. If you have a success story dealing with MB to have them assist in repairs please let me know. Please advise how to deal with MB customer service.
Owner: Cleve Jacobs email address: clevz@webtv.net

Problem#: 7132000930
Model: 300SD Year: 1992 VIN: WDBGB34E9NA040755
Problem: Purchased vehicle in January 1997 from STAR MOTORS in Houston, TX with 73,988 miles. All maintenance on or before schedule. In June 2000 on a trip the engine blew sending parts through the oil pan and engine block. Had the car towed back to Houston to find the source of the problem. Contacted Mercedes to find what recalls or known recurring problems. They were no help. Upon finding this site we find this problem is common among this model and Mercedes has chosen not to address it. Since the car is out of warranty the next move is to start some sort of legal action for this known problem they refuse to assist on a known product defect. I also own a '84 300 SD that currently has 207,000 miles on it with no major problems. Both cars have been maintained by the book. Mercedes quality has fallen off immmensely from the 84 300SD to the 92 300 SD that the engine only lasts for barely 100,000 miles.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Contacted Mercedes to no avail. Will review with lawyer the best course of legal action to take for resolution of the known dangerous product defect.
Owner: L. James email address: lesglo@lconn.com

Problem#: 7312000886
Model: 300SD Year: 1992 VIN: WDBGB34E2NAO34537
Problem: I have purchased the car with 110,000 miles. Since, the car was driving extremely sluggish and the transmission was not shifting properly, before purchasing it, I took it to another authorized MB dealer. I was assured that the car is sound and the problems are a question of adjustments and replacing the engine electrical harness. Based on this and on the Mercedes reputation, I made a huge mistake and bought it. The car is nothing but problem ever since. Lack of power, excessive oil use (approx 2Qt/ 300miles), excessive engine noise, problem with shifting down into 3rd or up into 3rd when the car is already moving. Constant problems with the electrical and the vacuum system, even the sound system. At 119,000 miles I took it to a dealer again. They made some adjustments on the engine and the turbo unit. While the mechanic took it out to a test drive the engine blew up on him. It appears that the connecting rod in cylinder #1 knocked out a palm size hole in the side of the engine. One wrist-pin was actually found underneath the car. A total loss of the engine block and probably a total loss of the entire car. According to the dealer the cost of the repair would be over $14,000.00 which is the approximate trade in value of the entire car, if it is in an acceptable condition. This car was properly maintained but this shouldn’t happen to any engine if it was “engineered like no other car in the world”. I would gladly join in a class action suit.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Both the mechanic and service representative of the dealer felt that MB should at least provide the parts for the repair. In fact, MB, so far, is refusing to even contribute to the repair. Reason given: warranty way past, also that cause could be lack of adequate maintenance.
Owner: George P. Tanczos email address: LandviewM@aol.com

Problem#: 6292000996
Model: 300SD Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: beginning at 11K miles engine burned excessive oil at highway speed but not around town. By 56K miles was burning a quart every 300 miles.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Dealer has found a bent rod on piston #1, small cracks in the head, and after putting it all back together, discovered that the turbo was spraying oil. Suspect that the turbo is leaking oil in all these cars and that the oil gets into the cylinder where it is not compressable. So, when there is a puddle of oil in a cylinder and the engine tries to start, the only thing that can give is the rod. I have been without my car for 5 weeks now and it looks like another week before I'll get it back. We'll see how MB deals with this
Owner: Stephen email address: steph65804@aol.com

Problem#: 65199884
Model: 300SD Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: Excessive oil consumption, head gasket leaks at intake internal oil leaks, engine tapping , low oil pressure, excessive smoke, exhaust, oil in the exhaust, bent rods, deffective rings, defective short block, pistons at unacceptable heights, looking for support after warranty, authorized mercedes mechanics agree there is a problem!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Reviewing situation with regional mercedes dealer, removing head gasket to review the inerts of the engine to determine if there is damage to rods, pistons, rings, lifters, head gaskets, cam shaft...
Owner: Nick Christos email address: njchristos@elitebrokerage.com

Problem#: 7281999339
Model: 300SD Year: 1993 VIN: n/a
Problem: Engine replaced at 60,000 miles due to excessive oil consumption (2 qts every 300 miles). Door/trunk close assist intermittent (lines and pump replaced under warranty). Interior trim loose or came off. Own four MB's...this will be the last one. Just traded one in on Lexus. The MB mistique has lost its appeal. Two week wait for service (probably the result of excessive MB failures) is further indication of MB reliability problems.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 1. Plan one month in advance for oil and scheduled maintenance whether you need it or not. 2. Plead for someone to schedule unexpected service within a week. 3. Put a lot of money in the checking account since they don't repair they replace. 4. Try to understand that MB is no longer a reliable name to trust and move onto other alternatives BEFORE the next problem arises.
Owner: n/a email address: mail@dplus.com

Problem#: 7281999589
Model: 300SD Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: Engine replaced at 60,000 miles due to excessive oil consumption (2 qts every 300 miles). Door/trunk close assist intermittent (lines and pump replaced under warranty). Interior trim loose or came off. Own four MB's...this will be the last one. Just traded one in on Lexus. The MB mistique has lost its appeal. Two week wait for service (probably the result of excessive MB failures) is further indication of MB reliability problems.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 1. Plan one month in advance for oil and scheduled maintenance whether you need it or not. 2. Plead for someone to schedule unexpected service within a week. 3. Put a lot of money in the checking account since they don't repair they replace. 4. Try to understand that MB is no longer a reliable name to trust and move onto other alternatives BEFORE the next problem arises.
Owner: N/A email address: N/A

Problem#: 917199897
Model: 300SD Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: At 110,000 miles on 09/16/98 the timing chain broke. It blew a hole in the top of the cam cover. Subsequent removal of cover revealed the cam had broken in two places. A cam bearing cap cracked and several valves are stuck.At this point the head must be removed and further investigation is required to assess additional damage. Engine has had no history of problems prior to this.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None taken at this writing-dealer involvement will begin shortly.
Owner: David Piangerelli email address: lubes@javanet.com

Problem#: 12101998147
Model: 300SD Year: 1999 VIN: NA
Problem: oil leak at valve cover gasketand transmission leaks
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none
Owner: tafremo email address: tafremo@aol.com

Problem#: 1011999574
Model: 300SE Year: 1988 VIN: WDBCA24D6JA427177
Problem: erratic idle..someimes it runs and idles like a swiss watch. Then without warning it idles either fast or very slow, almost stalling... Also , poor acceleration interrmittently....
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Recent valve job... testing of fuel injection system, new idle stabilizer , all components chk ok.. thought it was the O2 sensor but it too chks ok????
Owner: Tim Brenner email address: tbrenner@el segundo.org

Problem#: 162000521
Model: 300SE Year: 1989 VIN: WDBCA25D1KA457994
Problem: I have a beautiful teal green 300 Sel with the 3.0L six cylinder engine..Is their a production or manufacturing issues with these engines constantly loosing or blowing oil. My car has only 112,000 miles on it and I have to add a quart of oil at least every 8 days..Does mercedes-benz usa know about this or what???...Any remedy would be greatly appreciated..besides replacing or overhauling a good engine besides the leaks..
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: CHANGE TIMING COVER GASKET. OIL PAN GASKET, VALVE COVER GASKET..STILL NO JOY...
Owner: MICHAEL GREENHOUSE email address: M_GREENHOUSE@HOTMAIL.COM

Problem#: 791999415
Model: 300SE Year: 1990 VIN: WDB1260251A547343
Problem: Exhaust valve spring broke while driving on interstate at 70Mph resulting in severe engine damage requiring engine replacement at a cost of $7,200. Car has been well maintained. It has never been run hard. Never had any other problems in 93,000 miles. I don't believe that the valve spring should have failed at that mileage. Valve springs are designed to withstand so many cycles of opening and closing. Mercedes must be designing them to last longer than 93,000 miles but I haven't been able to determine what that is. I have talked to the regional factory service rep in Monvale NJ and although he is very friendly an cooperative could not offer me any relief from this high cost of repair. It must have been due to a manufacturing deficiency and Mercedes should have borne some of the cost to correct the problem. This is the third Mercedes I've owned. I plan to keep them for at least 10 years. (one of the reasons I buy Mercedes) This one didn't quite make it. I won't buy another one.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: New engine installed at a Mercedes Service Center. I paid the entire and Mercedes offered nothing. I am considering legal action and am searching for others with similiar problems.
Owner: Clinton N. Bergstrom email address: cbergstrom@centuryinter.net

Problem#: 9301998104
Model: 300SE Year: 1990 VIN: N/A
Problem: during the warm weather, the transmission becomes obviously noticable unsmooth. the vehicle was purchased in Canada, now is driven in LA.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: since during a warm day, from the stop point to accelerate, the RPM does not go over 2000, so I shift to 3 instead of D for starting from a complete stop.
Owner: daniel Ho email address: dan38@prodigy.net

Problem#: 10231999585
Model: 300SE Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: I have three concerns. Number one,I live in Canada and drive my car in the winter months I would like to fined four steel rims for my winter tires they are 15". Two- I have a MB sterio capable of handling a CD player yet the dealers say they are not avalible for this year, make and model. Three- I would like to acquire a service manual for my car to keep the maintenance up and the cost down, I check with the dealer and $800.00. I felt was a little steep if anyone can help please send me a note at monkla1@investorsgroup.com
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Checked with all the dealers and autowreckers in British Columbia. Canada.
Owner: Warren Monk email address: monkla1@investorsgroup.com

Problem#: 1221199746
Model: 300SE Year: 1991 VIN: CA24DXMA607346
Problem: Engine Oil Consumption is very bad. I purchased this car new with only 15 miles on it. I serviced it frequently and can not understand why the dealer have been denying for 2 years that there is a problem that affects the engine. Now the engine has begun to shake violently when you firsr start the car in the mornings and I only have 147,000 miles on the car. I'm now up to 2 quarts of oil per. week. you try telling me they are not aware that a problem exist and I want it fixed, even though it's not under warranty now, It was when I brought this problem to their attention
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: About a year ago I called the Merdedes Corporate office to speak with someone regarding this problem when I noticed the amount of oil the car was comsuming. I asked about oil gaskets and if anyone else had complained of such problems and was informed that no such problem had been identified .Yet the problem has become more prenounced and identifiable. NOW I'M READY TO SUE FOR ENGINE REPLACEMENT.
Owner: Anita D. Neal email address: aneal@360.net

Problem#: 7171999329
Model: 300SE Year: 1991 VIN: WDBCA24D8MA606793
Problem: When playing the radio thr left and right speaker ballance can be adjusted, but when the cassette is playing only the right side comes on and can not adjust speaker ballance to have both side on. Also, Car will not start from the first key turn, always from the second ( long second turn )
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Esam Alnasery email address: zalnasery@aol.com

Problem#: 7171999446
Model: 300SE Year: 1991 VIN: WDBCA24D8MA606793
Problem: Car will not start from the first key turn, always from the second ( long second turn )
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Esam Alnasery email address: zalnasery@aol.com

Problem#: 8171999357
Model: 300SE Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: At a sharp, or 90 degree lef turn, I hear a "rumble" in the rear of the car. Any ideas? 90,800 miles
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: A ride w/mechanic: "nothing to worry about"
Owner: C Lentz email address: clentz@thymes.com

Problem#: 10132000822
Model: 300SE Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: A/C evaporator leaking due to mites eating the core from the outside. Core NOT properly treated at factory. Common occurence in the southeast. Both rear door window regulators broke. Had to replace the regulator as the sliding jaw (which broke) is not available as it was on earlier cars as the 126 chassis. Door closing assist pump froze up, had it rebuilt. Bose amplifier spits out static and sharp noises. Bose denies a problem with design but they were redesigned in '94. Have to have it rebuilt. Warning lights on dash come on with turn signals or wipers So many go bad that dealer has them rebuilt/exchange!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: This car is a LEMON. Bought it with 30k and now only has 54k and is immaculate, but you can't tell a book by its cover! Have had many before and luckily I know of rebuilders at half the price of a dealer for repairing this junk. Car was hurried to market in 92 and it shows. No wonder there was a class action suit on the suspension. I've got a 88 300CE with 168k with less problems! Resolved the problems permanently by selling the XX. Good riddance!
Owner: Anthony Milne email address: aamilne99@aol.com

Problem#: 2141999248
Model: 300SE Year: 1992 VIN: n/a
Problem: I recently fell in love with the new W140 Mercedes. I couldn't resist buying one, and settled on a 1992 300SE. It had 90,000 miles on it at purchase, and is a beautiful car. As a 22-year-old, I have owned 4 Mercedes cars (all diesels). This was my first experience with a gasoline Benz. I never had any trouble with my diesels (2 1981 300SDs, 1 1983 300SD, and a 1987 300SDL). All of my diesels had 200K+ miles on them at trade-in, and I was very impressed. I expected to own this W140 car for a long time, but now I'm not so sure. This car is nowhere near the car that the older ones are. When you shut the door, the wood trim comes loose, the spark plug wires are too close together, causing old wires to arc amongst themselves, thus causing the car to skip, the famous shimmy is there, even with new tires, new steering damper, tire balance, and alignment, The car squeaks and rattles on the inside, as if something is going to fall off any moment. I am very disheartened over this whole ordeal. At one time thought I would always drive Mercedes cars because of their quality and reliability. Now, I see that no "good" cars were produced after 1987 or so, and I have no choices other than drive old cars or change makes. At 22 years old, I wonder what I'll have a choice of by the time I'm 80? Will there be any of the "good" cars still left? These W140s definitely won't be taking up any room on the highway, for sure
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Clint Lowe, Jr email address: schoolbus_safety@hotmail.com

Problem#: 311999260
Model: 300SE Year: 1992 VIN: n/a
Problem: I recently purchased a 1992 Mercedes 300SE (W140 body). The car developed a skip shortly after I purchased it, so I returned it to the dealer where I purchased it. It was determined that the spark plug wires were the culprit. The wires were ordered and received a few days later. As it turns out, we received the wrong wires. This scenario was repeated three more times, and still the wrong wires. Finally, I called the parts department with my problem. They informed me that replacement spark plug wire sets are not available for this car. What?? Yeah, that's right. No wires are available FROM THE DEALER!! That is absolutely absurd! I realize this isn't a new car, but my God, a 1992 isn't THAT old! I am in utter amazement. You can go to the local Ford dealer and buy wires for any Ford product, but not a Mercedes?? The parts guy said he could sell wires by the foot, I could cut them and use my own ends. That's ridiculous. Customer service my ass.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The parts guy is supposed to call me with a phone number of an aftermarket source for the wires.
Owner: Clint Lowe, Jr. email address: schoolbus_safety@hotmail.com

Problem#: 530199882
Model: 300SE Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: This car accoring to its manual and dealership was pre-wired for a CD-player. I have been trying to get them to install a CD player for 3 years and the dealerships tell me its impossible. I would have to purchase a whole new stereo system. This is totally unfair.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Sean Baghai email address: sean@baghaidigital.com

Problem#: 3152000519
Model: 300SE Year: 1993 VIN: WDBGA32E7PA099909
Problem: I have purchased this car from Birmingham Alabama , it is a nice one and i do not have any technical complains on it , I drove it north to my home city in Canada on the east coast ( Halifax ) . When i wanted to register it with the motor vehichle department , i was told that this car is not safe and it does not comply with the Canadian saftey standards of bumber and electrical system . I offered to make all the changes to it as per their requirements , but they said that there are certain changes regarding the structure of the car body that nobody can make ,although it complies with all the Federal USA regulations of saftey and all other requirements, they are forcing me to deport it back to the USA. I looked for assistance from the main dealer in Toronto , but they repeated what the motor V. said . and they were so negative to the extent that they stopped replaying to my e-mail after the second one . I like the car , and i want to keep it , but i want to be sure at the end that i am and i have been driving a safe car for the last 7 years , since i always had an S Class Mercedes . Who ever can assest on this situation please call or mail. At present the car is in Canada on a temporary permit till the 15th of May 2000 . The thing which made it worse for me is that i can see many cars similar to mine on the streets of my city , and i cannot get an answer or an explanation to this situation .
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Mezher Ismaiel email address: micmac.mezher@ns.sympatico.ca

Problem#: 911199896
Model: 300SE Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: paint is bubbling up on hood and two fenders. detailer and body shop say cannot be buffed out. it is deep in the base of paint
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: N/A email address: N/A

Problem#: 151999165
Model: 300SEL Year: 1972 VIN: NA
Problem: Great page for a great cause. This is an old story..but still..My 72 is equipped with load leveling air bags under the car which fill up to level the car when it is started(this was only availiable in the early 70s I think). In 1976 I took my car in for service becuase it was riding slightly to the left. It was taken to a well respected Mercedes dealership in Daytona Beach FL. At the time they were very busy but assured me that the car would get a complete inspection. The meachanic returned saying I needed all new tires which would cost over $300. Since my tires were worn I agreed. Later in the week my family was in the car on the freeway going about 65 mph. The left air bag blew which sent the car into a skid across 4 lanes and into the emergency lane. The car was towed to a Benz dealer who said the support bag had numerous cracks in it, but would have only cost about $30 to fix. This had to be obvious to the Daytona Beach dealer, but apparently he did a lax inspection, and wanted the max amount of money out of me he could. He could have cost my families lives and thats unacceptable for such a "pristine" dealership.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Paid the $30 to correct the original problem which the AUTHORIZED mercedes mechanic supposedly over looked.
Owner: Dr. Nick Martin email address: bigvol82@aol.com

Problem#: 241999239
Model: 300SEL Year: 1972 VIN: n/a
Problem: recently have aquired a very good example of this model and fortunately haven't any problems now, but to avoid any in the future, especially the complicated air suspension system; I have asked this question many times to "experts" but still am confused. the last owner parked the car in the secound position of the suspension system to block the air due to the time the vehicle was not used to insure less fault to the system, but another will say the contrary and keep the position in normal. I find if that is the case after many days, sometimes weeks, the vehicle takes forever to rise to it's driving position (which according to the manuel is normal) obviously a new car is driven daily, but when owned as a calssic for the sunday drives, it could make sense to put it in the secound position ? I would be very thankful for any help on this matter and with kind regards G.P.Heuser e-mail gloriaparty@arrakis.es
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: G.P.Heuser email address: gloriaparty@arrakis.es

Problem#: 612000739
Model: 300SEL Year: 1990 VIN: WDBCA25D1LA500957
Problem: A NEW BATTERY WAS INSTALLED IN MY VEHICLE WHICH DISABLED THE RADIO. I DO NOT HAVE THE CODE TO RESTART MY RADIO, AND I AM HOPING YOU CAN HELP ME. THANK YOU W. MOUTON
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: THIS IS MY FIRST TRY AT GETTING MY PROBLEM SOLVED. MY REPAIR SHOP IS UNABLE TO HELP.
Owner: WHITNEY MOUTON email address: MPMCI@SELEC.NET

Problem#: 9202000963
Model: 300SEL Year: 1990 VIN: n\a
Problem: over heated,water pump at fault. replaced heads. problem;can not find repair manual for 300sel as to how to set the cam in relationship with the crank at TDC.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: afraid to take any chances. may cause damage to those exspensive heads.
Owner: otis wilks email address: otis_w0@yahoo.com

Problem#: 1241999232
Model: 300SEL Year: 1991 VIN: n/a
Problem: oil in water
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: pcscans email address: pcscans@redshift.com

Problem#: 972000880
Model: 300SEL Year: 1991 VIN: wdbca25d6ma602188
Problem: rear axle fell off. /old mount cut off and replace and bols/r&i left rear axle/inner cv boot replaced. resulting in needing new shocks, exhaust work, rear brackets, oil case and new oil pan. VERY EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!!!! I almost lost control of the car with my three kids in there with me it was a very frightning experience.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I am trying to get in touch with the manufacture because when they built a car like a mercedes, the rear axle drive train suppose to last the life span of the car it self.
Owner: Florence C Robertson-Jefferson email address: cherokee_08@yahoo.com

Problem#: 128199741
Model: 300SEL Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: ENGINE DIED WHILST DRIVING/MB SERVICE SAID IT WAS A LOOSE CHASSIS PLUG/ THIS CAR HAD COVERED 8500 MILES AT 10250 THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER CRAPED OUT .THEY FITTED A NEW DIGITAL ITEM. THE M/B ALARM SYSTEM LOCKED ON AND WOULDNT RESET WIRING PROBLEM AGAIN. THE HOOD LEAKED AT THE CORNERS AND STAINED THE INSIDE HOOD MATERIAL SOLD THE CAR AT 11,000 MILES /MOST PROBLEMS HAD BEEN RESOLVED MIKE HUGHES @BT.UK.COM
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: MIKE HUGHES email address: MIKE HUGHES.BT.UK.COM

Problem#: 12231998156
Model: 300SEL Year: 1993 VIN: NA
Problem: It stutters or hesitates whenever I attempt to accelerate after slowing down. Several Mercedes dealers have taken a look at this problem to no avail. Any suggestions.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 2 MAJORS SERVICES DONE (CAR HAS 72K MILES) REPLACE DISTRIBUTOR CAP AND ROTOR BUTTON ADJUSTED LAMBDA NEW OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION RELAY
Owner: Troy D. Johnson email address: troyd@bellsouth.net

Problem#: 8191999582
Model: 300SEL Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: The car is hard atstarting. When it finally starts it stutters for a few seconds and then runs fine.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Troy Johnson email address: troyd@bellsouth.net

Problem#: 12312000936
Model: 300SL Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: My MB 300 SL - 24V, is some how using to much power from the battery when starting the engien. When I start(turn the key)the engien goes "klick". I do have power one the car - but I need to "Boust" the batterywith help from another car/battery.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have been to a Mercedes-Benz dealer with my problem, and the only thing they did was to give me new batteri and I olso had to pay for one houre's work. Itlastet 3 days, and the problem came back. The MercedesBenz shop say they will look at it again but then I´ll have to pay again. As you proberly can see my car have a problem and The Dearler don´t know how to fixe it. I see no point in going back to the dealer and leth himtry an fixe it.
Owner: Lennart le Fèvre email address: lennartlefevre@mail.tele.dk

Problem#: 1211999383
Model: 300TD Year: 1983 VIN: N/A
Problem: This site was recommended to my by a long time friend, so so good! I'd first like to say that this is the most satisfying car I've ever owned. However, there seems to be a weak-link in the air-filter mounts and/or brackets. Every 15,000 miles this car reportedly needs new mounts, or brackets. Is this an abnormailty? The dealer doesn't seem to think so. The engine mounts check out to be okay, and the engine doesn't vibrate any more than is expected from a turbo diesel with 225,000 original miles. Issue number two, whenever it rains the cargo area (right rear corner) is saturated! Is this due to a worn-out gasket around the tailgate? Any suggestions for either problems??? No dealer complaints about Phil Smart Inc. in Seattle, WA. They have been faithfully serving our family for 20 years. This is one of three Mercedes we presently own, and have always had wonderful experiences with them all - about 15. With the exception of a 1992 300TE 4-Matic.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Constantly replacing engine mounts and brackets... it's getting expensive. So far I've been laying towels down to soak up the water that collects, while I'm saving to buy a new gasket. Just looking for fellow shady-tree mechanics to offer some tech support.
Owner: Adam F. Dahl email address: dahladam@hotmail.com

Problem#: 12191998154
Model: 300TD Year: 1984 VIN: NA
Problem: Rear of car sits very low and car rides very bouncy. Glow light on dash doesn't work any more and car is hard to start when outside air temp. is cool.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None
Owner: Lam Phan email address: lam_phan@hotmail.com

Problem#: 18199859
Model: 300TD Year: 1991 VIN: WDBEB28E6473230
Problem: I have owned my car since new, March 1991; I drive my car daily and do not bellieve in letting it sit to admire. It now has 122,000 miles registered; it is not driven hard and I take very good care my car, change oil and filter every 2,000 miles, (Shell Rotella), hand wash it myself. Has only two minute dings which are only noticable to me, so you see I do maintain my car. Transmission oil and filter are changed every 20,000 miles. Now to my main problem, vacum lines are too skimpy and work themselves loose and have had my car in twice in the past year to have this problem solved. By having such short vacum hoses this causes problems with the transmission shifting properly. I've had problems with my AC sensor; a $20.00 hot and cold sensor would have solved the problem, but I had to purchase a $350.00 unit to correct the problem. I've had several sets of glow plugs, they just don't last. The sensor on my brakes has never worked. When the wheel bearings were repacked I found that they were Japanese in this fine German vehicle. This is my 5th Mercedes and I will not be buying another one. I'm thinking along the lines of the number 1 car on the market today, a Toyota Cambry. However, I intend to drive this one to the bone yard.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced vacum hoses and I have already explained in the above as to what has been done
Owner: Wanda email address: Gran2040@aol.com

Problem#: 761999312
Model: 300TE Year: 1988 VIN: n/a
Problem: Wagon has 175000 miles. Only problem sisnce new is replacement of drive line flex disk at 100K and need to add freon to A/C. Replace bulbs when they burn out and tires when they are worn out. Other than that this is a great car!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Redular maintenance does wonders
Owner: n/a email address: n/a

Problem#: 12191998153
Model: 300TE Year: 1989 VIN: NA
Problem: At 120,000km my mercedes started to wander as if steered by the rear wheels. The dealer suggested new tires. After installing new Continentals the problem persisted and now I find out from an independent garage that worn rear suspension components are the cause. Plus all 4 wheel bearings had to be replaced totalling $1400. And lots of other niggling problems you just don't expect on a car that costs this much. For me the Mercedes mystique is long gone. Other makes are just as safe, handle better, are more reliable and cost much less. All you're paying for is the name and a reputation that is history. I would not buy another and I won't miss mine when I sell it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Had repairs done by independent service. They found the problems, were more reasonable in pricing and quality of work better. Plus I can trust them to be honest.
Owner: Al Majauskas email address: al@coldwellbankerpbr.com

Problem#: 3221999275
Model: 300TE Year: 1989 VIN: n/a
Problem: high oil usage
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: new valve guides; front and rear main seals; oil pan gasket; oil pressure sensor guage
Owner: Brian Moeller email address: LAXMASTER3@EROLS.COM

Problem#: 3221999276
Model: 300TE Year: 1989 VIN: n/a
Problem: I have spent in excess of $12,000 on repairs between 65,000 and 89,000 miles. These included valve guides; cracked rear emergency brake shoes; rear end; tailgate locking mechanism; headlight washer pump; power window motor; sunroof mechanism; water pump; belt tensioner; clogged roof drains; front and rear engine seals; oil pressure sending switch; cruise control struts; alternator; odometer; etc.; etc.; You get the point!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Brian Moeller email address: LAXMASTER3@EROLS.COM

Problem#: 11152000988
Model: 300TE Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: difficult starting when cool. when it does start ,runs rough for a short while. starts readily on second try.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Valve on the fuel hose was broken and it allowed the fuel to run back to the tank. Valve was changed and after that no poblems.
Owner: Sami Neuvonen email address: sami.neuvonen@xrsolution.com

Problem#: 11152000989
Model: 300TE Year: 1990 VIN:
Problem: bang or plonk sound once a while. It sounded like someone was banging an embty barrel.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Exhaust valves and filter (vaporiser?) on the fuel system were stuck. When the engine was running that developpend vacuum in the fuel tank. Once the vacuum was big enoug, the tank would expand with a bang.
Owner: Sami Neuvonen email address: sami.neuvonen@xrsolution.com

Problem#: 12232000991
Model: 300TE Year: 1990 VIN: WDBEA90D7LF149015
Problem: The first problem was when it's on 60mph it's jerking, seems like the gear changed from one to another. I went to the dealer they changed the control unit which cost about $3500. On top of that the $85 every time I ask them to check it. After a month, the power steering just died and that cost me $885. Yesterday, the jerking was back and it's worst. I'll wait after the holiday and to save my sanity. Please I need help.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: shatto email address: shatto313@aol.com

Problem#: 471999295
Model: 300TE Year: 1990 VIN: WDBEA90D9LF134984
Problem: Valve dropped and broke the block. Only had 97K miles. It was at the dealership for an oil change and lube service at the time this occurred
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: We met with the Mercedes dealership and spoke with the zone office. Mercedes Benz put $1000.00 and the dealership put $1000.00 towards a new engine for the car. It still cost us $3700.00. I am still trying to find out if there were any recalls for this model since the dealership owned the car for 8 years. It was one of their tech cars. That was the only reason they gave us the $$$ toward the new engine. They called it a "Good Will" gesture and that they had done nothing wrong and no parts could have been inferior.
Owner: J Bumpus email address: jbumpus2@juno.com

Problem#: 10101999549
Model: 300TE Year: 1993 VIN: wdbed90e7pf247807
Problem: difficult starting when cool. when it does start ,runs rough for a short while. starts readily on second try. dealers and non dealer mechanics find no defects.suggested battery replacement which made no difference.this problem developed recently.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: several service consultations to no avail.am worried about total failure and getting stranded.
Owner: robert cavallino email address: rcavallino@immc.org

Problem#: 611999189
Model: 312D Year: 1997 VIN: NA
Problem: chassis cracks to rear end next tospring hangers
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: welded up the damaged section, I had to pay as they said it was not covered by warranty
Owner: peterseely email address: peterseely@yahoo.com

Problem#: 182000479
Model: 350SD Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: Excessive oil consumption (1 qt every 300 miles). Recently purchased as a used car with 143000 miles. Have had a leak down test and a compression test performed, neither of which showed any problems. Have heard rumors that the 1991 diesels had many problems leading to premature engine wear, etc. Anyone with experience concerning this model and year?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Took care of some problems related to wornout prechambers, but this only made a slight improvement in oil consumption. Have been hesitant to get into a full engine tear down until I have some idea of what I'd be getting into.
Owner: John Hoff email address: jchoff@ix.netcom.com

Problem#: 9161999477
Model: 350SD Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: engine oil concumption, premature engine failure, replacement or rebuild engine. possible cause of oil windage sheild bolt came off loose and rattled around inside the engine while running.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: joe email address: j.r.lim@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 1120199734
Model: 350SDL Year: 1991 VIN: WDBCB34D4MA607961
Problem: engine oil consumption - oil pump failure - premature engine failure - replacement of engine
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: New valve seals - new re-configured pistons - new engine - Mercedes not admitting any problems
Owner: Albert C. Fellers email address: afellers@bellsouth.net

Problem#: 11302000888
Model: 350SDL Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: Anti-Slip Differential (ASD) light stays on. Anyone know how to troubleshoot this? Thanks.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: George Stephenson email address: george.stephenson@trw.com

Problem#: 9232000997
Model: 350SDL Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: Engine failed (consistant oil loss, followed by blown head gasket)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced engine
Owner: Steve Ames email address: S.Ames@PackandProcess.com

Problem#: 925199719
Model: 350SDL Year: 1991 VIN:
Problem: Premature wear indicated by progressivly increased engine oil consumption.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Engine(s) replaced in many instances. But, wht do you do after the warranty expires???
Owner: Jag Sehra email address: erandc@seanet.com

Problem#: 12261999577
Model: 380SE Year: 1985 VIN: N/A
Problem: I've had this car for about 8 years, and it's been mostly totally reliable, altho in the first year all the usual things needed to be replaced (water pump, AC compressor). But unexpectedly, a band in the tranny failed, and it had to be rebuilt($2500). Since the car had only 50K miles on it I felt that Mercedes should at least look at the band, which to my engineer's eye had an obvious casting flaw in it. Despite repeated tries, I could never get the arrogant SOB's at MBUSA to even take a look. They sent me several letter in which they indicated a total lack of interest in the part or the problem. Since then, I've always had my car serviced at indy MBZ shops, since I assumed that MBZ dealers would be as arrogant as their US headquarters proved to be. These shops (European Motor Cars in Redwood City (Otto Richter), and Holland Motors in Burlingame) have done really well by me and I recommend either of them without reservation.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Fixed by independent shops
Owner: Tom Sharples email address: sharples@wenet.net

Problem#: 11151998128
Model: 380SI Year: 1984 VIN: NA
Problem: Complete loss of steering steering wheel turns 360 degrees wheels do not move
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: NA email address: cedts @aol

Problem#: 51199872
Model: 380SL Year: 1982 VIN: NA
Problem: At 60K miles (1995) my single row timeing chain came off. Up until that point I had not had any problems with the car and serviced it religiously at the dealership. A week later I read in a Motor Mag that the 81 - 83 SL models had single row timing chains that have a tendancy to come off and should be replace with 2 row. Why Mercedes did not notify me I will never understand. $4K later I had a new 2 row chain with all the damage repaired. As a result of having the dealer (located in SLC, UT)fix that problem (they had to take the engine apart)I have been chasing various problems with the engiine for almost three years. Thousands of dollars later I am at the last and most frustrating problem. The engine keeps running rough and stalling in very heavy rain or after it is run through a car wash. I have had it into the dealer over 6 times specifically to try to find and fix only this problem. They gave it back 6 times with no resolution (they did not even take it to the car waash next door to try to replicate the problem as I had suggested). Out of desperation I finally took the car to a non Mercedes repair shop (Daves Import Auto Repair in Centerville, UT). They nailed the problem on the first try within 20 min. Turns out the injector and manifold(?)gaskets were bad and are leaking badly (water in and presure out). I asked Dave about whether or not the gaskets were even replaced when the origional work was done on the engine. He declined to say but it sure makes me wonder. The car has less than 10K miles on it since the repair. The end result is that I will NEVER go back to the dealership again FOR ANYTHING. The service at the non Mercedes dealership is head and shoulders above. It is nice to finally get the dependable car back that I remember.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Rick Nelson email address: ricknelson@lgcy.com

Problem#: 7162000952
Model: 380SL Year: 1982 VIN: WDBBA45A8CB012371
Problem: rough idle. wants to stall, must be warmed up to keep from stalling when starting. doesn't stall after warmed up but wants to, and runs very rough at idle in park and in drive while stopped.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: mike musmanno email address: maverick@voicenet.com

Problem#: 10161998111
Model: 380SL Year: 1983 VIN: NA
Problem: slow take off
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Robin Karnette email address: NA

Problem#: 931999419
Model: 380SL Year: 1983 VIN: N/A
Problem: How do you know if my engine has had the single row time chain replaced with the 2 row one?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Darren George email address: dgeorge100@hotmail.com

Problem#: 1042000913
Model: 380SL Year: 1984 VIN:
Problem: We purchased a mint 380SL with 89,000 original Km's. I noticed a rattling noise in the engine and took it to an authorized dealer who told me it was the timing chain. A different dealer told me verbally that our model was a double sprocket model and not to worry. Turns out the rattle may have been due to old or defective components on the cam chain. Result, a catastrophic failure and a $6,000 plus repair. The dealer did a shoddy job of repairing it and I had to take it back to get it right. Since then I have talked to at least three 380SL owners who have had this type of surprise. Seems like inferior engineering to me and where is the dealer guided PM or notification on such a failure.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have been talking to the dealer who contines to explain the mechanics of what happened. I know what happened and now I want to know WHY?
Owner: Joe Gaetan email address: jgaetan@home.com

Problem#: 312000443
Model: 380SL Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: I am getting some oil blow by when I go down a hill, in lower gear. The car burns no oil and runs great otherwise. Anyone know what this could be? PS, when I bought the car, I had the timing chain changed to a double, about $1800
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Eric Rasmussen email address: eras@xmission.com

Problem#: 11261998140
Model: 400SE Year: 1992 VIN: NA
Problem: Engine Vibration is noticeable and the whole car was shacking.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: First, the distrbutor caps (2 of them) were replaced. However, the vibration came back the same day the car left dealership. So, the car was brought back and found out that Cylinder 5 was not firing at all. Check the spark plug and wire. Total Repair costs $762.22 CND
Owner: Andy Kuo email address: my_kuo@hotmail.com

Problem#: 11271998142
Model: 400SE Year: 1992 VIN: NA
Problem: 4th transmission, in 79,000 km. problem with vacuum, and shifting 1st to-2nd some sliping. DEALER NOT ABLE TO DIAGNOSE PROBLEM. possible multiple failure by rebuilts?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: current new tran. failed road test at dealer, waiting for #5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not exactly what I would expect for the finest engineered car in the world. I am convinced that there could be a mismatch as the 400 SE in the short version was only produced for one year. If anyone has info please e-mail
Owner: NA email address: jads@microtec.net

Problem#: 9211999377
Model: 400SE Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: What originally felt like a wheel imbalance has not been corrected after four wheel/tire balance jobs. The car has a tremor from 45 to 60 miles per hour and I have just heard that this may be a problem inherent to the 400SE model. Have you heard any such thing?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 1) Tires were changed. 2) Wheels were balanced. 3) Wheels were re-balanced. 4) Wheels were balanced yet again.
Owner: Gloria Vogel email address: lipert1@earthlink.net

Problem#: 822199869
Model: 400SE Year: 1998 VIN: NA
Problem: Steering pump has been leaking but problem was not found. At 45000km, Close Assist stopped working. Also, front left power seat component and A/C Control Unit was replaced due to manfunction. At 50000km, Bell Tensioner was replaced.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The whole Close Assist Unit was replaced, A/C Control Unit, Power Seat Control Unit, and Belt Tensioner were all replaced. However, Steering pump leaking still not fixed. Total amount of replacement for part mention above $4500 CND
Owner: Andy Kuo email address: kuo2@Mailcity.com

Problem#: 4191999303
Model: 400SEL Year: 1993 VIN: n/a
Problem: I have paid over $3500.00 to get my ASR light to go off and stay off.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Dealer has replaced the wrong part each time and still have not fixed the problem.
Owner: Thomas Kennedy email address: TKenn44697@aol.com

Problem#: 512000846
Model: 400SEL Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: Ambient temp. control always inacurate (i.e. if it is 72F outside, the display shows 42F). Also, power steering pump required replacement at 41,000mi
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The pump was replaced, but the ambient temp control sensor was replaced twice and still to no avail.
Owner: Chris Johnston email address: cjohnston@bellsouth.net

Problem#: 62019978
Model: 400SEL Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: Replaced power steering pump three times since new. Car has 52,000 miles on it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced power steering pump three times to date.
Owner: Tom Kraft email address: ifishmonger@msn.com

Problem#: 311999259
Model: 420SEL Year: 1986 VIN: n/a
Problem: I have 240,000 miles on it, runs good, but the original MBZ transmission was good for only 100,000 miles. I had a stronger one put into it. This is a heavy vehicle with power and the transmission designed for it was too weak.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced MBZ transmission
Owner: Tom email address: CalltomLA@aol.com

Problem#: 5102000708
Model: 420sel Year: 1986 VIN: N/A
Problem: Timing chain Broke with the tensioner
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I had the Chain, Tensioner, rails and all the gears replaced to get it fixed. I cost over a 1,000 dollars.
Owner: Chris email address: kingsingh88@hotmail.com

Problem#: 10192000964
Model: 420SEL Year: 1987 VIN:
Problem: Rear seatbelts broken - Belts are still attached to seats but the plastic coupling cover (female portion) is broken so that the side or lap belt will not snap into place.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None as of yet - will Mercedes fix for free
Owner: Patricia Amiri email address: patricia_amiri@city.palo-alto.ca.us

Problem#: 2142000468
Model: 420SEL Year: 1987 VIN: N/A
Problem: i purchased a battery last year at smith motors , haverhill ma.i have the cerdit card sales draft indicating date / amt/ product code purchased. i went to return / exchange the battery parts dept. said that this was the wrong battery and i should have noticed that it was the smaller battery, and furthermore that this man has worked in the business for 30 years and he could not make a mistake like this! i have made a call to the general manager with no return call.the are unwilling to stand behind their battery, and have demonstrated the worst customer service i have ever seen! if any one can direct me to mercedes corporate customer service, i would be happy :} jim allick jamesallick@mail.com ph:877-236-2700
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: none as of yet!!
Owner: james allick email address: jamesallick@mail.com

Problem#: 10192000857
Model: 420SEL Year: 1988 VIN: wdbca35d6jh389714
Problem: Man, Have I got a story. Bought a nice really clean S class sedan. Always really liked the larger sedans .To me these are what M/B cars are all about. Silver silver finish leather interior etc. I took my (3) children in this car to California this summer for two weeks. Other than blowing a tire in Baker Calif on the way back and loosing the fan blower motor in Las Vegas on the way down. A nice 700.00 USD. touch at Fletcher Jones, The car worked great. Problems started directly after I had the tire blow out a V rated Michelin no less. Started getting intermitent display of ABS failure and the SRS light would come on for no reason illuminate for 10-25 seconds then out. Now the ABS would pulsate when the car was cold, at very low speed like to slow for a speed bump. Once warmed no problem. On the trip back to Canada the instrument lights were begining to act up Brake Failure/ABS/ SRS take your pick. All would come on at odd times. Now I can undo the cars windows from the centre consol but not raise the drivers rear one. Only from the door, switch. Call my mercedes tech who tells me sounds like a short in the wiring or perhaps a sensor has gone. Also now the door marker lights are not working. As I am typing this out it seems to be so clear to me in retrospec. Anyways The car gets us all safe and sound back to Canada. The nightmare begins. I take the car in to the repair shop because now I have a burning smell coming from some where in the cabin. The lights are now totally possessed, interiors flashing when they choose to. I have a real problem. Turns out the marker lights have shorted out frying and burning, yes burning the wiring harness back to the main board. (From the Drivers back door) Because of the way M/B wires the cars in the big garden hose of wires twisted and running of the floor this caused the others in the same cluster to melt and cause a massive meltdown. I am not a happy camper. Turns out the short is caused by the wires (Red and whites of the marker lights) rubbing on the underside of the carpet backing. The carpeting has a metal backing in certain areas I would think for a better fit?.I really don't know. Anyways this has caused me no end of grief as my car is in the shop for the third week. This has happened before I am sure to other people. Of that I am positive, as M/B has a replacement part for the wireing harness avalible for the drivers rear door back. This is a nightmare. Thank God nothing happened on our road trip to LA. Mercedes here say's not ther problem insurance says can you believ this .Because I stopped the car for bursting into flames it is not covered. Had I let it short out and burn (flames) it would be. Love that pretzel logic. Anyways M/B recommends a complete wiring harness renewal. Thats like 40 hours min. With the whole interior of the car dis-assembeled. Nice hand built Mercedes Benz.The M/B rep says this never happens. I think that is a load of crap. It's a design flaw. When your marker lights fail to work and your trunk will not illumiate when open its a sign ther wire's have been servered or are broken by the door opening forcing the harness to bend etc. There is no reason ever for wires to meltdown in the interior of a car . Ever. The metal backing on the carpeting caused this problem I would think others would have had similar problems,I hope for their sakes it won't be as expensive. Meanwhile my old Volvo that has been around the world still plugs along.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Complete wiring replacement,series of legal letters to Mb and my insurance co. The ABS problem has been traced to the main sending unit a broken wire clean and simple.
Owner: Darryl Millar email address: flowersbymurraymillar@sk.sympatico.

Problem#: 691999180
Model: 420SEL Year: 1988 VIN: CA35D3JA401558
Problem: Timing chain tensioner breaks causes engine to jump time resulting in major head damage valve cover and holes in pistons cost to repair, 10,000 dollars... a rebuilt engine.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: First time this occured the heads were replaced a new timing chain, timing chain tensioners and valve cover were all replaced. 45,000 miles later at start up, same event occured and complete engine distruction was the result. The 40,000 mile warranty on the rebuild expired...we are stuck with the bill.
Owner: Andrew C. Fry email address: yewedFry@AOL.com

Problem#: 1029199731
Model: 420SEL Year: 1989 VIN:
Problem: Timing chain broke at 42,000 miles, bending valves and breaking the chain guide and the valve cover
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I purchased this car in 1990 from my neighbor. At this time the car had 3000 miles on it and already had 3 oil changes. Since my purchase I've been aggressive in the maintenance of the car yet inspite of all the maintenance the timing chain broke. I believe that Mercedes-Benz should "stand tall" in this low mileage situation and offer to HELP fix this problem. Our dealership in Saginaw, MI closed and now I take the car to Lansing, MI for service at Williams. I asked Williams to contact the regional Mercedes representative, which they did. The regional rep. did not see fit to support the product or its service. I called the 800 number and was told that all they do is take the word of the regional rep. I believe I would have gotten better support with the representative had it been my local dealer. I've taken car of the car promptly using all the guides that Mercedes gives. I would like the company to help with this prolem by either supplying parts, labour or both. The Vin number can be achieve by calling the dealorship in Lansing, MI.
Owner: George Loesel email address: gloesel@concentric.net

Problem#: 7171999328
Model: 420SEL Year: 1991 VIN: 199
Problem: LIGHT ON DASS BOARD COMES ON WHEN ENGINE IS PUT IN GEAR, MEANING THERE IS A LIGHT OUT ON THE OUT SIDE, BUT THERE IS NO LIGTH OUT. WHAT DO I DO TO CLEAR THIS WARNING LIGHT
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: WALT GILMORE email address: WALTGILMORE@RHTC.NET

Problem#: 81020001019
Model: 420SEL Year: 1991 VIN: wdbca35e5ma573393
Problem: I bought this vehicle two years ago used with 92000 miles. It is a beautiful automobile but so expensive to maintain. I've had no extraordinary problems...yet. But for some reason I feel like there may be problems lurking under the surface. I would not buy another mercedes benz under any circumstances. I'm very serious about selling the car and going with a japanese luxury model primarily for the reliability.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Not really any problems at the moment, just comments.
Owner: NA email address:

Problem#: 122000447
Model: 450SL Year: 1977 VIN: N/A
Problem: the air locks on the doors don't work need to know if there is an air pump for them, the engine is hard to start when it is hot, the car looks like its been lowered in the back oter than that its fine
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: searched for leak in air locks there is none,adjusted idle speed,did nothing for rear suspention
Owner: face email address: facefoster@aol.com

Problem#: 2141999249
Model: 450SL Year: 1980 VIN: 10704412060377
Problem: Engine starts and runs fine when cold. When the car sits for ten minutes or more when hot it blows black smoke (carbon) and idles rough for a few minutes.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: garage said to replace injectors and give it a good tune up and replace thermostat. Nothing changed.
Owner: Ronald Rubis email address: thunder@mail.mlynk.com

Problem#: 821999439
Model: 450SLC Year: 1977 VIN: N/A
Problem: Car never starts when cold in the garage first time I start the key. It will start but then shut off. However now the car will not start at all, it just makes a weird noise when you try to start it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: tell you later when I find out.
Owner: Eduardo Cerchiara email address: Ocerchiara@aol.com

Problem#: 841999345
Model: 450SLC Year: 1977 VIN: n/a
Problem: Car slips backwards, Im guessing this happens because it wont go to park.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Help
Owner: ED email address: n/a

Problem#: 66199888
Model: 500SE Year: 1985 VIN:
Problem: VERY NOISEY BRAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried EVERYTHING, rotors,calipers and six different sets of pads. Where do I go, what do I do? Thank You........Erik
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I have replaced rotors,calipers and six different sets of pads.
Owner: Erik Kornbeck email address: NetmarkLtd@AOL.COM

Problem#: 4181999301
Model: 500SE Year: 1987 VIN: n/a
Problem: My car's is shaking when the engine is on and the car is not moving.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: not yet taking any action yet
Owner: felix wong email address: felix555@netvigator.com

Problem#: 11152000994
Model: 500SEL Year: 1981 VIN: 126 037 12 012552
Problem: 150 K miles. Oil consumption about 6 qrts in 200 miles. I took engine apart and found that rings are worn 4 times past the wear limit. Everything else was worn at the most 50% of the wear limit. No one from MB wanted to talk to me about that, neither here in the USA nor in Germany. Anyone has any comments?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Installed new rings and now oil consumption is about 1 qrt in 3500 miles.
Owner: Siegfried Stricker email address: sstricker@juno.com

Problem#: 6152000756
Model: 500SEL Year: 1985 VIN:
Problem: I have a problem with a suspension system in my used Mercedes, I don´t know where is a fluid loose, and want to know if is possible a mechanic literature for repair it myself, and need to know if is possible to reduce the fuel comsuption with another carburetor or anything neede for it.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: My mercedes is running very noise, the back of the car its inestable, I have high fuel cost in a country with a expensive fuel.
Owner: Alejandro Diaz email address: sandrita_alejo@yahoo.com

Problem#: 1241999557
Model: 500SEL Year: 1992 VIN: WDBGA51E7NA030843
Problem: The evaporator in the air conditioner has developed a pinhole leak that can only be detected with dye and an ultraviolet light. My car developed this leak before the warranty expired but Mercedes and the dealer will not acknowledge responsibility. As a result I have initiated a civil lawsuit against Mercedes and my dealer for consumer fraud in Louisville, Ky. It is my understanding that the failure rate for these evaporators is about 60%. If there are others who have experienced this problem I would welcome them to join with me in a class action with the purpose of recovering damages or at the very least forcing a recall.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Sam Nikolich email address: s_nikolich@yahoo.com

Problem#: 761999313
Model: 500SEL Year: 1992 VIN: n/a
Problem: Car has 95K since new. Only problems that I have had is a very slight oil leak after car sits all winter and a faulty headrest motor. Other than that the car is perfect. This is the second best car I have ever bought new (the other is a 1988 300TE).
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: n/a email address: n/a

Problem#: 9211998101
Model: 500SEL Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: Transmission wouldn't shift until 4000 rpm. Got it replaced not under warranty and it the overdrive wouldn't engage. Got another one, this time they paid and now it's better but doesn't shift smoothly. The dealer said that there is nothing wrong. The SRS warning light constantly goes on but the dealer says there is nothing wrong with the problem. Also the brake lights keep burning out on the right side. Also while at the dealer they got into an accident while test driving it and they said they'll pay for the damage but the work done was the worst I had ever seen.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I threatened to take legal action if they didn't correct the horrible and obvious body work.
Owner: Tom Bakis email address: DIMM6@aol.com

Problem#: 8251999362
Model: 500SEL Year: 1993 VIN:
Problem: EVAPORATOR HAS A LEAK.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: NO ACTION YET NEED TO SCHEDUAL REPAIRS.
Owner: LARRY BACOTE email address:

Problem#: 11212000887
Model: 500SL Year: 1991 VIN: fa66e3mf036411wdb
Problem: ar stop working while driven i put in neutrol car star
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: new.ignitions coils. igniotionmodule fuel pump relay cold valve starter 2 distribuitor caps overload telay
Owner: george romero email address: jlr423363@cs.com

Problem#: 10262000998
Model: 500SL Year: 1992 VIN: FA66EONFO39820
Problem: Air conditioner condenser coil inside dashboard has a leak. this has happen in this car and a 1990 500sl we own. both cars are around 55,000 miles. both cars are $2800.00 to $4500.00 plus to fix. the ac condenser is behind the dash in a protected location. the only way a leak can develope is because of faulty parts. too coinsidental that this has happened to 2 of the same model cars around the same mileage to belive that it is not a bad part problem.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: steve hannon email address: igrd@erols.com

Problem#: 52320001007
Model: 500SL Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: CENTRAL LOCKING SYSTEM - VACUUM PUMP FAILED AFTER ONLY 48,000 KM. APPARENTLY, UNABLE TO REPAIR IT AND NEED REPLACING AT A COST OF OVER $1,000!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Have e-mailed complaint to MB Canada. will search other repair shops for alternative to replacement.
Owner: Walter Dyck email address: whdyck@home.com

Problem#: 5232000726
Model: 500SL Year: 1992 VIN:
Problem: CENTRAL LOCKING SYSTEM - VACUUM PUMP FAILED AFTER ONLY 48,000 KM. APPARENTLY, UNABLE TO REPAIR IT AND NEED REPLACING AT A COST OF OVER $1,000!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Have e-mailed complaint to MB Canada. will search other repair shops for alternative to replacement.
Owner: Walter Dyck email address: whdyck@home.com

Problem#: 681999181
Model: 500SL Year: 1992 VIN: NA
Problem: REPEATED ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS, RECENTLY MAJOR HEADON COLLISION DRIVER AIR BAG DID NOT INFLATE. UNOCCUPIED PASSENGER AIRBAG INFLATED. "SENSORS" INDICATED A) DRIVER SEAT BELT NOT CONNECTED (NOT TRUE AND QUITE PROVABLE), B) SECOND SENSOR INDICATED AIR BAG SHOULD HAVE DEPLOYED, C) PASSENGER AIR BAG DEPLOYED & "SENSORS(?)" INDICATED PASSENGER SEAT BELT ENGAGED (NOT TRUE). ONLY THREE WEEKS AGO, SEVERE CHEST & HEART INJURY INFORMATION FOR "DAIMLER BENZ" GIVEN TO US BY BODY SHOP ($40000. DAMAGE SO FAR, BUT DRIVER AIR BAG NOT INFLATED?) MERCEDES TOOK POSSESSION OF MY VEHICLE FROM REPAIR FACTORY TODAY. I HAVE MY SUSPICIONS WHY, BUT WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP. THANK YOU . (ANY HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE NOW THAT MERCEDES HAS TAKEN MY CAR WITHOUT MY KNOWLEGE). 40000 MILES, IMPECCABLE CONDICTION.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: PENDING.
Owner: L. RILEY email address: LWELJWEL@AOL.COM

Problem#: 4101999297
Model: 500SL Year: 1996 VIN: n/a
Problem: This is my 3rd Sl ( 92-500SL, 960-320SL) and I am experiencing the same exact problem with automatic hard/softTOP function. I just hate going back to dealer for the same reason ( I feel like it is my problem, not Mercedes). Does anybody had this problem?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: the 1st four times resolved by dealer...
Owner: Haik email address: n/a

Problem#: 9301998105
Model: 560SE Year: 1990 VIN: N/A
Problem: Poor air conditioner operation. Local non dealer shop said the unit needed charging, also said that the compressor MB used was an older model GM unit. System was charged, but it did not help. Air was also coming out of the defroster vents when the climate control was in the non-defroster mode. Suspect the problem is common on the late 80 early 90 420 and 560 models based on the ones I have driven.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The problem was two broken vacuum canisters under the dash. One operated the defroster duct, and was not closing. The other was the more important, it opened and closed the air recirculation door. When the air conditioner is first turned on the sysem is supposed to only cool the air in the car untill it acheives a cool temperature, then mix in warm outside air. It cost me about $100 for the two canisters and I installed them myself, about 3 hours to pull the dash apart and 45 mins to reassemble it. Not difficult, works fine now.
Owner: Ray Thomas email address: ray-thomas@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 61120001020
Model: 560SEC Year: 1986 VIN:
Problem: I have owned this Mercedes since 1995. I purchased it from the original owner with 52K miles. My only problems to date was an oil leak at the rear left bank head gasket, right rear control arm bushing which both were repaired about a week ago. I had converted the A/C system to 134a in '97 when the compressor failed. I am fortunate enough to have a friend who was properly trained and specializes in the repair of German auto products. In your model listing this model was not present. I have read the stories regarding the 560 SEL series due to the similarity. I was wondering if you had any specific info for this model. Anything you could forward would be greatly appreciated. I consider myself a Mercedes enthusiast as well as a happy owner. Thanks for the opprotunity to voice my opinion.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: NA email address: pfd63@aol.com

Problem#: 1161999225
Model: 560SEL Year: 1988 VIN: WDB 126039 2A 258120/4
Problem: 1.All the warning lamps on the dash board lights up when the iginition switch is turned off 2. After this was noticed we started the car and when switched off the engine will not stop and kept on running. 3. To stop the engine we removed the Relay No.002 505 3305 and the engine stopped but the dash board warning lights still remains ON. (Hence we have disconnected the battery leads)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The Car is in South India we are not able to take it to an authorised service station. We reqested the Dubai Agent M/s. Gargash Enterprises for the Relay No.002 505 3305 but we were given Part No.003 545 2505. The Relay on the car has 6 pins on one side and 3 pins on the other side. The new Relay has 6 pins and 4 pins. This 4 pins Relay does not fit into the socket of our car. Can we get the orginial part if so from where? If not please suggest an alternative. Details of vehicle: 560 SEL Model 1988 - Right Hand Drive - Engine No.117 969 22 011127. We await an urgent reply. Thanks
Owner: K.A.MATHEW email address: kleenwel@emirates.net.ae

Problem#: 1212199743
Model: 560SEL Year: 1988 VIN: N/A
Problem: my problem is really the dealer PRECISION CARS IN ATLANTIC CITY NJ. I purchased 1988 560sel from them about a month ago and should have had car checked by my own mechanic, but they said they wwould check it out and that they wouldn't sell a car that wasn't any good etc. I made the mistake of believing them. about a month after I bought it I stopped at a independent mechanic and asked him to look it over. Here is the list of what he found: 12-9-97 1988 mercedes benz problems found: 1. differential- rearplug on seal leaking 2. left rear control arm rusted out- bottom! 3. kidney (exhaust) bad! 4. front pump seal leaking (transmission) needs to be removed 5. jacked on spare tire - needs to be pounded out 6. steering box wet- seal work 7. a/c condenser has hole in it behind horn 8. oil sender switch leaking 9. brakes 30% front left/ 50% rear left 10. car took very hard hit, in my opinion left front back to rear door: hood, hinges, bumper, and winsheild replaced 11. rear tow hooks were torn out 12. bumper shocks- front nut’s missing 13. antifreeze only protected to 13 degrees above 0 14. air cleaner bellows broken 15. alignment out steering wheel not straight 16. transmission needs servicing 17. trunk light When I returned to Precision cars to infom them the manager told me we only check to see it runs, when I had specifically asked them to check to see there were no major problems.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: michael mascio email address: mjm.dm@worldnet.att.net

Problem#: 1121999476
Model: 560SEL Year: 1989 VIN: WDBCA39E1KA499266
Problem: TRANSMISSION WON'T STAY IN GEAR OR REFUSES TO PROPERLY SHIFT. HOWEVER THE PROBLEM COMES AND GOES. HAD THE TRANSMISSION MODULATOR VALUE REPLACED IN 07-99 AND CAR WORKED WELL FOR ABOUT 1-1 1/2 MONTHS, THEN PROBLEM REOCCURRED. HAD MODULATOR VALUE ADJUSTED IN LATE 8-99 AND WORKED AGAIN FOR AWHILE. NOW ITS DOING THE SAME THING AGAIN. PROBLEM SEEMS TO WORSEN AFTER CAR WARMS UP, BUT AT TIMES WILL ALSO OCCUR EVEN AT INITAL START UP. ANY SUGGESTIONS? I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE TRANSMISSION IS BAD WHEN IT WORKS SO WELL AT TIMES. MERCEDES DEALER DID ORIGINAL REPAIR AND ADJUSTMENTS. THEY NOW SAY TRANNIE IS IN NEED OF OVERHAUL.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Joanne Brooks email address: brooks@access.mountain.net

Problem#: 1131999550
Model: 560SEL Year: 1989 VIN: WDBCA39E1KA499166
Problem: Car will not shift correctly. At times refuses to shift into higher gears or downshifts when it shouldn't. Also will shift into nuetral unexpectantly. Had modulator valve replaced in summer. Car worked well for about 1 1/2 months and then problems reoccurred. Had car back to shop two times. Each time they adjust valve or look at car it helps for awhile then problem returns. Now dealer says the trannie may need rebuilt. Find this hard to believe since car shifts perfectly when it is working correctly. Noted other owners mentioned "short vaccum hoses"; "3way vaccum valve" and "microswitch in gear shift lever". Anyone else with similiar problems? Will appreciate any suggestions and/or advice. Anyone out there near the Pittsburgh area that can recommend a good specialist? I have no faith in local dealer's service dept. Thanks.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Dealer has worked on car three times. Modulator valve replaced initially, but problem not resolved.
Owner: Roger Brooks email address: brooks@access.mountain.net

Problem#: 141999164
Model: 560SEL Year: 1989 VIN: NA
Problem: I bought this car new. I have had so many problems with this mercedes it is unreal. I added up my repair bills since 1989 and it totals to over $9,000. These include clogged gas lines, numerous belts, several air conditioning problems, engine knocking, and totally redoing the brakes. This car has only 88,550 miles on it, and for the "flagship" of automobiles I don't expect this.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: James Suttles email address: josh560sel@aol.com

Problem#: 8301999417
Model: 560SEL Year: 1989 VIN: N/A
Problem: I've had four M?B cars. Two I bought new and never had a problem with any until now. My car surges when cruising between 45 and 75 mph. the dealer after $2000 worth of work said it was the intake manifold gasket and it also had to be replaced. An good independent mechanic evaluated it further and concludied that under no circumstances could it be th gasket and he believes it is in the fuel regulator.He didn't own the additional testing gear needed to confirm this before he embarked on an expensive witch hunt. Any ideas?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: D Nuelle email address: dgnuelle@earthlink,net

Problem#: 1210199742
Model: 560SEL Year: 1991 VIN: N/A
Problem: I want to start off by saying that my 560 SEL is a very well- crafted car and I am very happy with it. I purchased this car in February 1997 from European Motors in San Francisco, CA and the car was absolutely perfect. The purchase included a low-mileage warrenty that is validated for a period of 1 year from date of purchase. I usually shun extended warrenties, but for whatever reason, I decided to accept this warrenty. That's where the problems started. I took the car to a well-respected Mercedes repair facility for a minor service interval two months later. The senior technician of the shop, Fred, agreed that the car is excellent inside and out, but did tell me that some things will fail within the 1 year period...and he did advise for me to go back to the dealer to get these items taken care of (leaking water pump, worn left tie rod, some broken trim pieces in the interior, wornresistors on the ignition wires). He also did tell me that I WILL have to jump through hoops to get the dealer to do anything. I was skeptical about that...I thought that with an excellent car like Mercedes, the dealer service has got to be excellent too, right? Boy was I wrong. I worked near Redwood City at the time, so I tried Autobahn Motors. The trunk seal had been broken in several places and water was leaking into the trunk. European Motors assured me that this would be covered under the low mileage warrenty. Didn't happen. Apparently the low mileage warrenty was a new concept to Autobahn, and the service advisor refused to look up the warrenty for me. God I was upset. The service advisor was also incredibly rude and refused to acknowledge that I had been waiting at the service bay for over 45 minutes...and had not been helped. He also tried to charge me for the trunk seal and labor to install it. I reluctantly accepted the charge...only because I just wanted to get the hell out of the dealership. A shuttle vehicle was not even offered to me. In addition, the trunk seal, was poorly installed and looked terrible...but at the time, I didn't care...I vowed at the time to never go to Autobahn again. I went to the service center for European Motors in San Fran. to get the water pump and the trim pieces repaired/replaced. I did get the trim pieces replaced, but the dealer refused to replace the water pump. They told me that in order to have the water pump replaced, it had to exhibit leaks. I was furious. Coolant had been leaking on my driveway, and there were coolant stains on the water pump "weep holes." Do they want me to overheat the car and destroy the engine? Fred was also upset by the situation and really tried to help me out. So he suggested Autobahn. I absolutely refused at first, but reconsidered, because Fred suggested a junior service advisor at Autobahn that would help me out. So I tried Autobahn yet again. This advisor was pretty awe- some and saw that the water pump was in a precarious state... "It will absolutely fail soon," he said. He couldn't believe that European Motors won't fix it. Autobahn did fix it, but when I drove the car home, the car was leaking a funny liquid all over the driveway. Turned out to be liquid from the self-leveling system. Fred saw that the hose connection at the self-leveling pump had busted loose...the mechanic who replaced the water pump must have "accidentally" moved it. So I went back to Autobahn again to have it replaced (both the suspension pump and the water pump were replaced under warrenty). But the once-prestine engine bay is now spotted with this oily gunk. It's ironic how Autobahn didn't offer a loaner car at all...the water pump and suspension deal took over a week to repair...and I was stuck with the loaner car expenses. A few months ago, I took the car to Fred's shop to complete the "c" service. The tie rod was really going bad at this point, so he suggested European motors again. Again, European Motors refused to fix it...saying that the tie rod is fine. As a double-insult, they also CRASHED my 560SEL! Fortunately, only the rear bumper was damaged. Luckily I saw the damage before I drove off in the car. At first they denied the damage, but when I pointed out that I did not even move the car anywhere...and that there is a fine coat of dust upon the damaged spot...they figured that I didn't do it. No duh! But I had to wait 2 weeks later to get the car's bumper repainted. The repair work was okay...however,I didn't realize that the paint people would be dumb enough to paint over the ID labels on the bottom of the bumper though... In regards to the tie rod deal, I was furious...and Fred suggested Smythe European in San jose (nearly 60 miles away from European Motors). I decided I might as well. Smythe did take care of the tie rod under warrenty. I also have a Lexus automobile, and let me tell you, the service at all of the Mercedes dealers that I have been to are terrible compared to Lexus dealers. Mercedes should take some lessons on customer service from Lexus. It's too bad that the superiority of Mercedes Benz engineering is matched by an incompetant and under-trained dealership network. My Lexus is now 6 years old, and all of the dealers have treated me well...never had they treated me like those Mercedes dealers. I am sick and tired of jumping through hoops... Can anyone else out there relate?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Tried going to other dealers to take care of the warrenty items whenever the initial dealer refuses to fix the problem. But it always ends up being an additional waste of time and expense...a great example of inefficiency. Also, I have never been given a loaner car...even though some of the services took days to repair.
Owner: Ivan Jue email address: ivanjue@inreach.com

Problem#: 4291999211
Model: 560SEL Year: 1991 VIN: NA
Problem: This is a terrific car. I have had virtually no problems with it since my last entry into this website. The car still has the original brakes (the last time I went to the dealer, a service advisor told me that they will need to be replaced. That was two years ago). Now the car has 75K on it and it still runs, sounds, feels, and looks just like new. I will always be a Mercedes fan. On the other hand, I have two LEXUS products, and both were headaches. Both cars (ES300s) never left me stranded on the side of the road or gave me mechanical trouble, but their structural integrity and interior hardware are awful. On both cars: The driver's seat moves when I go around corners (I'm not a racing fanatic and weigh only 130 lbs), all seat belts have had to be replaced (the driver's seat belt had to be replaced twice), the radio has static now, one of the cars has a water leak under the dash, and the other squeeks EVERYWHERE. One car has an appetite for oil, and the other loves to spill coolant all over the driveway on hot days. One car had a slipping transmission at 60K--it was due to a manufacturing defect with the first 2gears in the tranny--it was replaced under warrenty, but at that point I lost faith in that car and considered selling it. Both of my Lexus autos were great for the first 4 years, and then...they were nothing but headaches. Another neighbor has had nothing but problems on his LS400 and GS300--mostly electrical gremlins. But here's the real punchline. I wrote last time that the Lexus dealers treated me VERY, VERY well. They try so hard to please. Their prices are high however. After my experiences at various Mercedes dealerships (dealing with warrenty items), I vowed NEVER to service my car at a Benz dealer again. NEVER. I've gotten nothing but run-arounds, incompetant mechanics/apprentices, terrible service, and absurd prices. My suggestion to most of the folks on this website? Find a really good independant specialist in Mercedes-Benz products and repair your car there. Avoid the dealer like the plague unless you have warrenty issues. Mercedes-Benz products are finicky, and they should not be repaired by amateurs. Only a specialist should touch a Mercedes.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Had my car serviced exclusively at an independant Mercedes-only repair facility. Never had a problem since.
Owner: Ivan Jue email address: silarrow@jps.net

Problem#: 8211999391
Model: 600SEL Year: 1992 VIN: N/A
Problem: The car can't go more than 180KM!!!! am talkin V12 Engin ppl after the kick down first shift. then the problem starts.. the car chocking and slow down til I reless the gas then it sheft!!! then the same for the other shifter. they told me the problem with the grear! i rebuild the grear same problem.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Ali email address: gulfnetk@hotmail.com

Problem#: 12191999462
Model: 600SEL Year: 1993 VIN: N/A
Problem: iam open my car engine know iam fitting but i have problem i cannot stander about the engine timing please help me. there is no mark on the timing chane.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: IQBAL email address: CHIQBAL@HOTMAIL.COM

Problem#: 1116199732
Model: A Year: 1998 VIN: NA
Problem: It is unstable. Can't get along elands. Well perhaps one hasn't got elands in US and Asia.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Do not buy
Owner: Ron E.Johnson email address: Ron.E.Johnson@compuserve.com

Problem#: 12151998151
Model: A Year: 1999 VIN: NA
Problem: rusting wheel nuts
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: dr papert email address: thepappies@clara.net

Problem#: 12282000824
Model: A140 Year: 2000 VIN: WDB1680311J430968
Problem: 1)Driver's window doesn't operate smoothly when wet, in one case stacked open,also it rattles when it is half open. 2)Squeaking noise from front left area of the suspension. 3)Noisy driver's seat. 4)There are cases where it is rather impossible to shift(select) gears smoothly (manual gearbox).In one case trying to overtake a truck after shifting from 2nd to 3rd I was left without gear, I managed to select 4th year and to abandon the overtaking. 5)Squeaking noise from the steering wheel
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Only 2 has been resolved so far. About 3 I'm waiting for the part (seat's mechanism)to be fitted in. 5 Occured recently.
Owner: Artemis Papapanos email address: artepa@efoa.gr

Problem#: 11141999528
Model: A160 Year: 1999 VIN: WD81680332J181495
Problem: We have had various problems with the car which is an A160 elegance fitted with a clutchless 5 speed gear box. Since new the gear box has been noisy in third under load. The gear change cables were changed without success and the gear box has been changed. The noise is now apparent in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The electric windows stick open. There is a re-set procedure but no real fix. The dashboard creaks and rattles particularly on bends - Mercedes say they can't hear anything but the radio won't drown out the noise. The air conditioning controls were faulty but that has been fixed.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The local Mercedes dealer have been helpfull but they have come up with no solutions to the gearbox, window and das problems. The changed gearbox has made things worse if anything. We are still on the case. We find that my wife crying helps most as it terrifies the dealer. Approaches to MB UK have proved worse than useless.
Owner: Neil B Taylor email address: neil.b.taylor@bt.com

Problem#: 4132000566
Model: A160 Year: 1999 VIN: 168033 2J 105144
Problem: TWO GEARBOXES IN 4 WEEKS CONSTANT BREAKDOWN DUE TO NOT FITTING CORRECTLY AND NOW NOIST STARTER MOTOR
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: MONEY BACK ON VEHICLE AND BETTER TRAINING ON PRODUCT FOR DERWENTS MERCEDES WAKEFIELD UK
Owner: SIMON WILKINSON email address: si.wilkie@virgin.net

Problem#: 8141999287
Model: A160 Year: 1999 VIN: NA
Problem: The upper coating off the car is not hard enough. So the least touching off the car gives scratches. Its cause is probleabily the whater based paint which is used.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I said it in the shop where is is bought. The confirmed but said there is nothing what can be done. I wrote is in a customers enquete but heard nothing about it.
Owner: Paelick sabine email address: sabine.paelinck@skynet.be

Problem#: 4132000512
Model: A160 Year: 2000 VIN: N/A
Problem: Ten days after buying it, and under a heavy rain the water sent by a bus coming from the opposite direction caused complete failure of the engine. The engine has to be replaced and Mercedes Benz doesnt cover the damage because they say it's my fault.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I haven't yet started.
Owner: Maria Angela Garcia email address: rocemol@elsitio.net

Problem#: 681999182
Model: C180 Year: 1994 VIN: 202018-2f-067480 2
Problem: 23k mile and all 4 window motors are replaced by merc, car has full merc service history and is kept in a garage all the time. they refuse to admit a design fault and charged me £716.00 not right, not fair, and i'm not happy
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: pay up. i took motors to independent auto electrical specialist, who said 3 of the 4 are faulty 1 is ok, they did say they could get them to work if required but they are not working at present.
Owner: derek jackson email address: sales@golfcrazy.co.uk

Problem#: 9252000940
Model: C180 Year: 1994 VIN:
Problem: The sensitivity range of the Gemini remote alarm device is very poor , requiring one to almost reach directly bonnet to achive activation .!!! Any ideas to improve the range ??
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: consulted local dealer -no success
Owner: m henry email address: henrymike@eircom.net

Problem#: 6291999307
Model: C180 Year: 1996 VIN: N/A
Problem: After 3 years of absolute trouble-free motoring, the alarm suddenly decided not to work. The central locking works fine, but I am unable to open the electric widows or sunroof unless one of the doors are open. The car seem OK in all other aspects. Does anyone know if the alarm has a warranty?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Checked all the fuses (Front & Rear) but all seems OK. My local dealer wants the car in for 2 days for checks
Owner: Dave email address: eastofjava@hotmail.com

Problem#: 7242000785
Model: c180 Year: 1997 VIN:
Problem: I have just bought a used C180, and am concerned that the engine temperature is running a little high, at about 90-95 Degrees Celsius. The midway point on the guage is 80 degrees and I would have expected it to be running at this point.Is there any problem with this temperature? The car has only done 26,500kms Any comments would be very much appreciated.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None yet
Owner: Paul Sorat email address: psorat@ubctv.com

Problem#: 772000768
Model: C180 Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: 15 months from new, discovered rust/swarf in the spare tyre well. 3 months earlier, they had done repairs after I was shunted. MB.UK still don't know how the water gets in. According to Daniel Palmer, the bodyshop manager, WD40 will inhibit further rust from occurring !!! Where do they get these people from ??
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Letters to MB.UK unanswered. Letter to Head Office, so far, unanswered. Will deliver by hand next week. If still no luck, will turn to consumer programme on BBC TV, then we will find out if any publicity is good publicity.
Owner: Ian Smith email address: OLDSEADOG@HOTMAIL.COM

Problem#: 772000769
Model: C180 Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: After 35k easy miles, troublefree, the gearbox has started jolting when in low gears. I brake/stop, then get a jolt like I have been hit up the back. Other occasions, in traffic, just coming to a stop but not quite, I pick up again and the gears take a second or 2 to engage, with a clunk/jolt. I was hit up the back when the car was 10 months old, and believe the gearbox was damaged in this accident as the gearbox was sent forward and then back on its mountings.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Letters to MB.UK unanswered. Letter to Head Office, so far unanswered, will hand deliver next week. Then its independent investigation/letter to Sindelfingen/BBC TV.
Owner: Ian Smith email address: OLDSEADOG@HOTMAIL

Problem#: 772000770
Model: C180 Year: 1998 VIN:
Problem: WIPER PARKED IN THE MIDDLE OF SCREEN WHILST DOING 70 MPH ON A RAINSWEPT MOTORWAY. MB DONT GIVE A TOSS. ANYONE KNOW A GOOD INDIE MB SHOP IN NORTH/WEST LONDON UK ?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: THE USUAL UNANSWERED LETTERS. ANYONE KNOW A GOOD INDIE IN NORTH OR WEST LONDON, UK ??
Owner: IAN SMITH email address: OLDSEADOG@HOTMAIL.COM

Problem#: 4271999215
Model: C200 Year: 1996 VIN: NA
Problem: SYMPTOM : Everytime the fuel gauge shows 1/2 empty, the engine suddenly turned off automatically. Tried to re-start the engine, won't start. Went to gas station, fill up the tank, car can re-start. Again, when fuel gauge shows 1/2 empty, the engine turns off again ( even while you are driving).
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced fuel sensor inside fuel tank. No difference at all. Engine still cut off when fuel gauge shows 1/2 empty.
Owner: Nik Fadzir email address:

Problem#: 561999199
Model: C200 Year: 1996 VIN: NA
Problem: After parking car, returned a few hours later, started it and found I could only engage reverse gear - if any forward gear was selected (car is an automatic), nothing happened.If reverse was selected, it would engage.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: This happened at approx 10pm one night (in Brisbane, Australia. I called the Mercedes "1800" roadside assistance number and they had a truck on site in 20 minutes. My car was loaded to truck and taken to dealer where a mechanic immediately looked over the car but could not fix. I was driven home and a replacement car givewn to me (free) for the three days it took to fix. After the car was returned, no problems what so ever for the rest of the time I had it. Have since traded the C200 for an SLK230 Kompressor.
Owner: Ashley C. Gordon (Mr) email address: ashley@ccm.com.au

Problem#: 125199739
Model: C200 Year: 1997 VIN: N/A
Problem: Metal clonking noise coming from the rear when driving over uneven surface. Firts thought it was the jack or some other equipment mving around in the back. Sometimes it is there sometimes not
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Sat it the boot and had my wife drive, to loacte the noise. I suspect it is from the rear hatch somewhere, but if I move the rear hatch jerky up and down there is no sound. Has someone else got this or fixed it? Let me know.
Owner: Cees hoedemakers email address: cees.ag.hoedemakers@shell.com.au

Problem#: 3311999290
Model: C200 Year: 1997 VIN: n/a
Problem: alarm problem.my father and his friends bought 12 mercedes C200 in 1997 from england and about 4-5 of the cars are giving an alarm problem since late last year .We have gone to almost all the alarm shops near my place but no one can fix the problem since they don't know how it works.The problem with the alarm is it sometimes doesn't go off eventhough the door has been unlocked.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: SHAFIQ AZAM email address: shaqcorleone@hotmail.com

Problem#: 10131999535
Model: C200 Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: Hydraulic Fluid leak. First diagnosed as a sump gasket. 7 days later still couldnt cure the leak. I formally rejected the car. The dealer after much "threatening" to go to the motoring press finally decided to give me a similar new car. (Picking it up tomorrow (14th October). Also found dealer customer service and processes to be extremely sloppy.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Insisted on an exchange new car after rejecting the old. After 9 days in a MB approved workshop they finally traced the leak to a "porous engine bloc" and agreed to give me a new car. The signature used car regime is "highly suspicious" as operated by this dealer.
Owner: Peter Jacobs email address: pjacobs@dial.pipex.com

Problem#: 1131999223
Model: C200 Year: 1998 VIN: n/a
Problem: Firstly I have had the car for 3 weeks and this is the second time it's in the workshop first problem I had was a automatic transmission fluid leak this was fixed apparently the rubber gaskets wear broken. This morning i was driving it and every time I put my foot down the engine wouldn't kick back rather act like a rev limiter and go on and off the gas but not change gear. When I took it to the dealer they told me that there must be a problem with that the computer has found so the computer goes into a save mode but after looking into it the computer itself was the problem so now If the problem occurs to shut the engine down and restart it until the part arrives witch they say will be coming from germany so it will take around 8 days This is funny I work in the computer industry and when people have problem with there computer the most common fix is to reboot did mercedes buy there computers from microsoft
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The leak was fixed but still waiting on the gear changing problem
Owner: Anthony Pepin email address: seatgti@hotmail.com

Problem#: 7111999489
Model: C200 Year: 1999 VIN: N/A
Problem: The Blaupunkt Hamburg radio antenna is apparently a concealed type in my '99 C200, it is blended into the heating element of the rear windscreen (please correct me if I am wrong). The radio reception at times is poor but the CD and Cassette sounds perfect. Does anyone else have poor radio reception? Is there a solution to this problem? I am very hesitant to hand over my car to the local authorised radio dealer for a look, they'd probably mess up my car in the process. Help!!!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: No action taken yet.
Owner: K K Lou email address: kklou@tm.net.my

Problem#: 1212000805
Model: C200D Year: 1995 VIN:
Problem: Oil leakage at motor-head at only 170000km's. It this MB quality? (I also drive a MB 190D with 3500000km's without problems)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Brush motor head, change seal by MB dealer.
Owner: A .Willemsen email address: awi@applikon

Problem#: 12182000978
Model: C220 Year: 1994 VIN:
Problem: For the last 3 years, usually during January (this year December) the throttle seems to be stuck, and the car decides to go 80MPH by itself. The previous years, it had occurred after driving for 10-20 miles. Thinking ice was forming, I put a plastic shield on the right side of the grill. Now it sticks at 45 MPH. Howver, today it started doing it after driving about 1 mile. The first time it happened, the dealer replaced a throttle linkage return spring.(It was missing,they said). The next year they wanted to keep it for awhile to try to recreate the conditions. I told them no. They theorized that it was an $1100 part. This did not seem logical-it should fail throughout the year, not just at 7 degrees or less. I want to find out the name of the Orland Park dealer who replaced a recalled part on behalf of one of your message-posters. I wonder what part it is.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: (In text of description)
Owner: Roberta Bogner email address: rbogner@ocslink.com

Problem#: 126199868
Model: C220 Year: 1994 VIN: N/A
Problem: I live in the northern portion of the province of Ontario, Canada where the winters are extremely cold. I purchased my C220 from the local dealer in Thunder Bay, Ontario new and had a number of significant warranty problems starting within the first few weeks. The CD player skipped and after 3 new units I finally got a good one. The head gasket was replaced, the pneumatic pump for the door locks failed. The antifreeze --- gelled and pluggedthe radiator ... no heat inside the car; etc.The most significant failing though was unique to cold weather.... the throttle body on the car would clog up with ice and "lock" the throttle plate in place. It was like having cruise control you could never remove.Mercedes sent mechanics to inspect this problem, photos were taken and it was confirmed that ice waspresent in the throat of the throttle body.... by the way I had no car while these tests were done by MB.This problem lasted for two years, and after seeking leagal advise an! d having my lawyer write letters to Mercedes asking for a fix I never received any satisfactory solution; let alone an admission by MB that the car even hadthe problem. I was nervous that if I had an accident related to a locked throttle that MB would deny any responsibility.The local dealer desparate for a solution negotiated me out of the C220 for an extremely attractive deal on a 1996 E320 a niceupgrade for a modest price.... yes I guess I was bought off....? Yet I feel a twinge of guilt in that I know a real problem existsand owners of the C220, 4 cyclinder MB should be aware the problem exists. In fact when it occurs it takes a few quick jabsat the gas pedal to break away the ice and return throttle control. I found MB's committment to resolving this problem unacceptable, in fact irresponsible; the canadian parent suggested that so few of the C220s would end up in cold climates that it was difficult to focus the attention the car needed. People could die from this! problem and maybe if one C220 owner can be helped by this info then great! I am confident thatMercedes Canada, Mercedes in Stuttgart or Mercedes in the US will ever call. As a side not the E320 has had a much better track record.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Traded in car.
Owner: Bob Angell email address: bangell@sky.lakeheadu.ca

Problem#: 3241999280
Model: C220 Year: 1994 VIN: n/a
Problem: I purchased my 1994 C220 in Dec 28, 1998. I had it for 2 weeks when it suddenly accelerated and would not stop!!! The dealer in Orland Park, IL (where I purchased it) was very helpful; they immediately had the regional rep and engineer out. They found the problem (this is one of the recalls on this car - I probably found it!) and fixed it. I've also had major problems with the electrical system since day one - the lights kept burning out every few weeks. The dealer would replace the bulbs, but I'd be back needing replacements. Also, the "light bulb out" indicator would go off and on on its own. I finally had enough, so I emailed Mercedes on their website and demanded that this problem get fixed promptly and permanently. They replaced the entire electrical computer and no problems since. My wiper motor died after 1700 miles over the 50,000 mile warranty. I again emailed Mercedes on their website demanding that this be covered under an extended warranty (I didn't feel that the wiper motor should fail that quickly). Again, they contacted the dealer and replaced the motor under warranty. At my recent service, I noticed the paint peeling on my sunroof; the dealer had this repainted under warranty. (I didn't even need to ask - they offered, but they also know that I would have complained to high heaven if they didn't).I have to say that the dealer in Orland Park, IL has been good, but they also know that I am an informed consumer (i.e. I'm aware of CAS, NTSHA, Consumer Reports, ALLDATA, TSBs, secret warranties, etc.). I make sure that the dealer and Mercedes know about the documentation I have regarding my problem (i.e. the electrical problems of the C220 have been noted by CAS, NTSHA and Consumer Reports) before I make the appointment.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Remember - the squeaky wheel gets the grease! The more prepared you are, the more informed you are, the louder you complain, the more likely you'll get results. (It's unfortunate, but true). Mercedes may not be the best in customer service, but they certainly are better than the American car manufacturers. (look at all the websites dedicated to angry Ford, GM and Chrysler owners). Also, all data I've read indicates that the first year of production for a Mercedes (any new model) seems to have the worst reliablity record (i.e. the M-Class). Wait for the second or third production year to purchase a particular model (even then, do your homework).
Owner: Lois email address: n/a

Problem#: 7201999493
Model: C220 Year: 1994 VIN: WDBHA22E4RF084806
Problem: 1. 52000 miles- Engine died abruptly while going 70mph. Almost got killed. Fuel pump was replaced. 2. Purge_valve replaced. 3. 56000 miles- Engine died while coming to a stop, restarted OK. Dealer (Smythe European, San Jose, Calif.) mistakenly replaced Over-voltage Protection Relay. Problem re-occurred. Smythe refused to investigate, said cannot find intermitten problem. Owner traced the problem to thermostat. Reason: Thermostat opens on cold start. Engine was cold compared with exhaust sensor. Idle too low. Dealer is not aware of this. 4. Ignition key does not turn intermittenly. Conclusion: Poor manufacturing quality and irresponsible dealer service.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Kenneth Ho email address: kenneth.ho@sun.com

Problem#: 1171999226
Model: C220 Year: 1995 VIN: n/a
Problem: We puchased this vehicle used in September 1997, one month later we had this vehicle in the shop to have the ignition switch replaced.... We finally found old maintenance records of this car, and this would be the 3rd time that the ignition switch would be replaced. Also found on maintenance records that the previous owner had the car for 4,000 miles ( yes 4,000 miles ), and she had to have the brakes replaced !! - In about 03-98 we had to have the turn-signal switch replaced, May 1998 - the oxygen sensors went out in the car.... We got rid of this piece of crap in November 1998 , and traded it in for a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager, and we have never been so happy to get rid of a car ... Never would we consider buying the crap that they call "Mercedes Benz"
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Traded car in.
Owner: John E Golden III email address: Enigma8861@aol.com

Problem#: 3301999289
Model: C220 Year: 1995 VIN: n/a
Problem: The water pump broke. I did no see the warning lignt open. Mercedez does not want to honor his waranty saying that I have been negligent, that I drive the car when I should I stop it. The motor is burn out. The mercedez supervisor Jacques Chabot said that the e cost of the new motor is 15 000$ cnd. I am not fool enough to drive a car with a warning signal that tells that the temperature is to high. They fault me for the lost of the motor, while the first cause is the water pump failure. I realy did not see those light. Is it possible that they did not fuction properley as did the water pump. The technicien who tested the sensors, once that the car has cooled down said thet where fucioning properly. I do not argue about that. But there still exist the possibility that at that precise moment of the water pump failure thet did not respond properly. Sorry for the mistakes, my native language is french. Keep the good work. Since my nigtmare with Mercedez it is the first time I have the felling to have somebody out there who is ready to listent to my complain. Shame on Mercedez to allow such a behaviour with his customers. It is my first purchase of a Mercedez Benz and it will be the laste. I was an admirer of Mercedez so the deception is greater.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: I explained my case to Miss Ann Bell, canadian supervisor for customer service. She has been vague. She seems just to relay on the technicien advise. It seems that the customer point of view is inexistant. My car is in the garage for the last two weeks. They said they going to send me the test results that show that the sensors where fucioning properly. But to my defense, take note that those tests have been made out of context, when the car has cooled down.
Owner: Ann Bell email address: n/a

Problem#: 102199723
Model: C220 Year: 1996 VIN: WDBHA22E7TF339374
Problem: I purchased my car 2/97 with 8200 miles on it. I chose the Mercedes for its style as well as its reputation as a car I would be happy to own for 10 years or more. I have had this vehicle in the shop at least once a month, and each time is a 2 visit repair, one to find out whats wrong then bring it back when they finally get parts, the second visit is generally an overnight. I'm about finished messing around with this car, and am ready to go back to Honda or Toyota. The variety of repairs is amazing. For instance, Tape deck had to be replaced, regulators for the windows, computer diagnostic unit had to be replaced, child safety switch for electric windows replaced, windshield washer resevoir cracked and had to be replaced. I ordered a service manual in February when the vehicle was purchased, still not in, I requested a second set of keys, no one was able to discover what happened to the original sets, those were dellivered mid September, why so long?! What's the problem? Is this car a "lemon" or is this merely to be expected with this car? Love some feedback.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Still nagging the Dealership
Owner: Lesa Andrada email address: realestate@lascruces

Problem#: 1271999234
Model: C220 Year: 1996 VIN: N/A
Problem: Overall car experience is good, ride, fuel economy etc is fine (2nd MB car). Problem #1: CD player display numbers "stick", i.e. plays track 3 but displays 2, I can never demonstrate it to the dealer so naturally the problem is a figment of my imagination. Problem #2: In snow and ice during severe Canadian winters, with ETS traction control and winter tires, this car's traction is so bad I've often taken cabs for shorter rides. Problem #3: Vent louvers sweak (during cold periods) and fan sweaks sounds like bearings are rusted. Problem #4: Had to have climate control display replaced (under warranty) because temperature digits were sticking. Problem #5: I can't beleive how many other little things I've had replaced on this thing in only the first year of owing it! After owning 2 Audi 100s this is quite a shocker (those were flawless). Problem #6: Dealer promised to give us a "deal" on the CD installation and free liquid glass protectant. Neither were true. We paid for labour on the CD installationa and didn't get the liquid glass at all. I gave him a favourable report on the post purcahse customer survey anyway so he'd get his commission. Problem #7: This car is designed only for the autobahn, i.e. it can reach high top end speeds, but has poor accelaration. It can handle speeds approaching 200kmh, albeit with a lot of road noise (that's okay, it is after all 200kmh!), but the acceleration to get there takes an eternity. I've been out-accelerated by Chevrolet Chevy Cavaliers at lights. Be sure that you're fine with irritatingly slow 0 to 60 accalerations before you buy this car. I imagine that's why the kompressor is now standard equipment on all C-Class. Unfortunately one must pay about $100,000 to get serious performance out of an MB. Problem #8: Had to have a major bearing changed in the fan belt area, beacuse of squeaking during wet weather after only 1 year of ownership. Problem #9: Brakes seem excessively nosiy at parking lot speeds, sounds like a grinding sound (resounds throughout the car). I even had someone with a similar newer C-Class appraoch me to ask if that was noraml as he was experiencing it aswell (so Iknow I'm not alone). Problem #10: Replacing lights in the instrument cluster cost about Cdn$100!! For a tiny bulb costing under $5!! I have had 2 instances of interior lamp failur within the instrument cluster and 2 instances of exterior lamp failure, the cumulative cost to date has been about Cdn$300. I'm told it can happen to a beand new car (as in my case) or never. I guess I just have bad luck. I'm sure then can throw in long life bulbs into their cars, after all we own the "best cars in the world" don't we? Problem #11: Related to problem #10. After the instrument cluster lights were replaced, I found the steering wheel was not centered, i.e. to drive straight, the wheel had to be at an angle. It was eventually remedied after two visits. Problem #12: Car tends towards the right ever so slightly. Don't know what to do. Comment: Overall the dealership is good, Silver Arrow Motors in Toronto (a division of MB Canada). Sales was generally, okay, informative etc. test drive experience was pleasant and there was no pressure. After sales is also okay. I guess the main problem lies with the manufacturer which essentially throws curve balls at ots dealership by making cars that are less than 100% zero defects. These problems appear quite significant after owing an MB 250, 2 Audi 100s, a BMW 5 series, and a Volvo, not to mention a Rover 800 series (similar to a Sterling) which had absolutely no problems! Very Suprising.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: n/a
Owner: Gaurang Sardana email address: gsardana@home.com

Problem#: 1312000464
Model: C220 Year: 1996 VIN: N/A
Problem: In Sydney, Australia: Two years ago the engine computer suddenly stuffed up unexpectedly. The engine stopped. A few days before we noted that the fuel needle had already stopped functioning and the engine became rough at idle (the computer valve timing being the cause as I know now). We took the car in immediately to the nearest Mercedes garage after roadside assistance couldn't figure out what was wrong. The garage just cleaned the fuel injection, told us the fault MIGHT be the computer but it can't be determined yet and gave the deadly car back to us. Deadly because on the way to the garage the ABS system released the brakes and held them like that. You pushed the pedal but there were no brakes (!!!). The only way to overcome it was to turn the engine off while the car was running and then use the brake. To move off start it in N and put it into D to move off. A day later the vehicle didn't want to start at all. This time we called Mercedes's own roadside assistance instead of the NRMA (Australian roadside asistance from our insurance company). The computer should have been changed but it looks like Merecedes customer attention is same wherever you go. Dissapointing. Tynan Motors should at least be more strict with issues like this but they wont. The roadside assistant wasn't actually from Mercedes but at least he said that the garage should of kept the car for longer and monitored the fuel injection system instead of cleaning it. (oh well but at least he was on the right track). The car was taken in and finally they replaced the computer under warranty. ---------------------- Today, nearly two years later the same thing has happened. I know because the same thing happened before. Fuel needle stuck this time and engine shaking at idle. One morning the car wouldn't open as if the battery went dead suddenly. The car is in the garage/shed. But this time the computer is pretending the battery is dead and the car wont start or any electrical thing (remote locking,lights etc.) aren't working. The car otherwise is almost perfect with no other flaws in quality except this. Even drives well when its ok. The man at Tynans told me over the phone that the battery could be dead. I don't believe him cause a battery doesn't die instantly a morning after and with no battery low indication at all.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Well none yet but I will have to go through with the same drama to get the computer fixed. Hopefully the problem should be in the elctrical system i think because this could be the reason why the computer gets damaged each time. -----------
Owner: Ishrat Ali email address: superdooperdoo@hotmail.com, holiday

Problem#: 3202000503
Model: C220 Year: 1996 VIN: N/A
Problem: After driving the car over any distance when its parked and you return to drive it is unable to start. the lights over the reaar view mirror flashes and the little red light at the radio switch blinks continually. the only way to start again is to jump start the vehicleThe
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: the vehicle is preowned and was taken baack tothe car dealership. They said that they can not find anything wrong, after charging 25 dollars for cheking it. This problem occurred over 7 times within 2mths since I owned the vehicle
Owner: Linda George email address: milli521@aol.com

Problem#: 762000916
Model: C220SE Year: 1996 VIN:
Problem: I have had my C220 Special Edition now for almost five years (I bought it new in Feb 1996). Generally, the car has been good with a few notable exceptions. They are as follows: (1)front windshield scored/scratched very badly within 2 weeks of my picking up my car new. MB claimed it was my fault which was nonsense..the glass was not tempered right. MB fixed it underder warranty when I threatened to go to media over the issue; (2)an engine cicuit board in the engine management computer failed..fixed under warranty; (3) water pump failed..fixed under warranty; (4) heater motor and steering assembly became noisy..fixed under warranty; (5) brakes sqeak loudly no mater what MB tries..no resolution; (6) tires need replacing only after 70,000 k. Generally, the dealership (Merecedes Benz Canada - Downtown Toronto) have been excellent..they have treated me like gold since day 1. This is my first MB and I can truely say that, despite the above problems, this is the best car I have ever owned...I plan on buying another.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: All problems fixed under warranty except the squeaky brakes which announce my presence no matter where I go.
Owner: John Collins email address: defender@interlog.com

Problem#: 11111998124
Model: C230 Year: 1996 VIN: NA
Problem: I am an owner of C230 in Taiwan. There's a big noise happening from rear whenever I drove it at 105Km/h.At first I throught it was from the exhaust system and asked the dealer to check if there's any lose parts. Then they told me there's nothing they can do because the noise is from tramsmission gear and they have got many c230 owners complained about the same problem and the manufacture in Germany hadn't noticed them the result. It seems like I'd better take it. 105km/h is the usual speed on highway.How can I take it? I want to know how can I reach the Mercedes Manufacture in Germany and tell them this issue.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: James Cheng email address: pitman@ms10.hinet.net

Problem#: 10281998117
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN: NA
Problem: The windshield wiper leaves a thin film of moisture which, at night, dramatically increases glare from on-coming traffic, blures vision, strains eyesight, making the car unsafe to operate.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: My dealership first polished the windshield, then changed the rubber insert (US$57 charge), then changed the whole whiperarm assembly. Nothing seems to help, and they pretty much have given up on me. So I'm grounded on rainy nights. Any suggestions?
Owner: alexander email address: fedorchenko@un.org

Problem#: 1226199749
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN: WDBHA23E2VF532551
Problem: Unresponsive dealership when my tire blew after less than 3,000 miles, causing a great deal of damage to the area around the wheel. While the dealership replaced the tire, they give me a $1200 estimate for the damage, which they refused to cover. For the same damage I got 3 estimates, all for $400-$450. The damage was repaired to my satisfaction for $426. Also, the 230C engine has a great of whine. My previous 190E was very quiet in comparison. The service department claims that this whine is normal for the 230 and 280. This is probably why Lexus ads say to get rid of the baby whines (referencing the Baby Benz) and buy a Lexus.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Contacted MBZ-North America, and after several weeks finally got a call back, telling me that my tire probably blew because I hit a road hazard (which I didn't, because I would obviously know if I did). Tone of conversation was very condescending, causing me a great deal of anger and frustration.
Owner: Jean T. Yee email address: jeantyee@aol.com

Problem#: 1231999231
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN: n/a
Problem: Can't see through the windshield when it's raining at night. The windshield is like a big blurry smear. The mercedes dealer replaced the windshield twice. Replaced the wiper blades and arms 4 times. They used 0000 steel wool and Rain X and Rain X cleaner. The dealer said there is nothing else they can do. The Northern Ca. Mercedes rep, who has never seen the car at all, said that Mercedes believes its just "road dirt". So, when I am killed in a crash because I couldn't see the road or anything around, well, I guess my husband will be rich via Mercedes. Funny how when they have given us loaner cars such as the plymouth breeze, I felt a lot safer! I could actually see the road and oncoming cars. niemimd@hotmail.com
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Replaced windshield twice. Wiper blade and arm 4 times. Used 0000 steel wool, Rain X, Rain X cleaner. Yeah, I'm sure they'd go to all that trouble for "road dirt"
Owner: Niemi email address: niemimd@hotmail.com

Problem#: 4121999299
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN: n/a
Problem: The car doesn't like wind ! When driving with some wind (not storm) from aside, it is very uncomfortable always being forced to make steering-corrections. Just have a look at the radio and the car has changed the direction, not much but enough to feel unsafe. This appears even when driving at normal speed (100-140 km/h)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Dealer couldn't find anything wrong. Got the tip of lowering the car with a KLEEMANN set (similar to AMG). Maybe it runs i little better but still far away from what I expected from a 80.000$ car (it's the price in Denmark for a C230 Kompressor!)
Owner: Helge Bichel email address: hebichel@post1.tele.dk

Problem#: 451999294
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN: n/a
Problem: I believe I have a similar problem on my 1997 C230 as Mr. Steven Chen on his 1999 C230 (Problem# 1110199892) My car under certain engine load at 2500 RPM will make a howling sound from the rear. It almost sounds like some form of resonance of harmonic origin. The heat shield has been replaced by the dealer and the exhaust system checked several times. Two dealerships are at lost as what is causing this problem. It is very embarrassing to have occupants hear this unpleasant sound in such an expensive car. One dealer wants to replace the exhaust manifold, but I really don't think it will cure the problem. Can someone please assist me with a solution before my warranty comes due?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None as yet.
Owner: Sel Louis email address: selouis@juno.com

Problem#: 872000793
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN:
Problem: When the 'check engine' light went on I called the Mercedes service department. I was told that when the 'check engine' light comes on it is not an emergency and since they were so busy, and this didn't qualify as an emergency, the earliest appointment would be in three weeks. I told them I have a 50,000 mile warranty and my car has a little over 49,000 miles on it. They said 'So do you want to make the appointment or not?' My cars engine is so loud and embarassing, especially on hot days at red traffic lights. I want the noise to simmer down so I keep the air off and put the windows down, and without fail, someone from another car lets me know that my car needs service.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Donna email address:

Problem#: 9221999407
Model: C230 Year: 1997 VIN: N/A
Problem: After 3 years and 52000Km, the following repairs were done: After 8 Months, transmission did not upshift well, repaired. After 11 months, power steering box cracked, the whole power steering unit replaced (watch out! MB owners, when your cars do not steer straight, it may not be the wheel alignment or the curvature of road surface). After 16 months, the gas tank intake pipe replaced because after filling in 2/3 of a tank, the back pressure would stop the gas nozzle filling. After 23 months, the alternator died while driving, replaced. After 31 months, the blow fan in the climate control gone, replaced. At 35 months, the Air Conditioning failed due to leakage. Plus other small things and more to come in the future.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The Service Dept has been very good in fixing the problems. But Mercedes Canada in Toronto stated that the car is far from a 'Lemon'. Well, what's their defintion of a lemon anyways? They said: What's the problem? All the repairs were under warranty. If you're not happy, we'll help you to buy a new one.
Owner: Carlos email address:

Problem#: 111199862
Model: C230 Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: Not a problem. I recently posted here some brief remarks about the pricing of Mercedes cars outside the US. I have received quite a few e-mail letters about this, so I'll just list the pricing here: 1998 Models (except where noted) In Canada we have some models not offered in the US, I'll just list the ones offered in both countries. C230 - base: $44,000 typical: $49,000 C280 - base: $50,000 typical: $56,000 C36 (1997) base: $74,000 typical: $80,000 E320 - base: $68,000 typical: $71,000 E430 - base: $74,000 typical: $79,000 S320 - base: $94,000 typical: $99,000 S420 - base: $102,000 typical: $108,000 S500 - base: $125,000 typical: $130,000 S600 - base: $181,000 typical: $181,000 SL500 - base: $118,000 typical: $122,000 (was $135K in 97!) SL600 - base: $155,000 typical: $155,000 SLK - base: $58,000 typical: $63,000 ML320 - base: $46,000 typical: $55,000 CLK320 - base: $56,000 typical: $60,000 The coupes (CL500,CL600) are very rare, and cost more than their sedan counterparts by about $10,000. For comparision, a Nissan Maxima SE is $39,000 a Lexus ES 300 is $53,000, and an LS 400 tops $80,000. In Edmonton, where I live, your average family income is $40,000 gross, with an average tax rate of 61%, with a net disposable income of $15,600. A Mercedes is very rare here. In fact, 50% of all cars registered are 1987 or older.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: John Shellenberg email address: johngenx@hotmail.com

Problem#: 1212000538
Model: C230 Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: I am very satisfied with my white 1998 C230. Drives wonderful. Just watch out, don't touch the gas pedal before and while starting the engine, it floods. They did warn me about it. The only nuisance was the gas cap. It kept on inactivating the fuel gauge meter, making it show empty and an orange empty fuel light comes on, after I refill and close it. Beverly Hills Mercedes failed to correct the problem but Auto Steigler in Encino disconnected the gas cap wiring,now no problems. It now has 55,000 happy miles on it. Drove it to Puerto Vallarta and back, a hell of a trip. The windshield film is a nuisance, but it is due to a film of oil from the road that deposits while driving. I am surprised by the complaints, this could happen to any car. This does not disappear easily when you start up the wipers. You must clean the windhield thouroughly each time you gas up, and as you start up the wipers, you must spray the windshield with the windshield fluid, as many as half a dozen times. This will get rid of the film. Minor problems in an otherwise very happy 3 years. The sales dept at Beverly Hills Mercedes is excellent, maybe not so cheap, but excellent anyway. A word of warning about the service department. I took my wife's 1976 280C coupe there because the engine was running poorly. They demanded $3000 for a new carburetor. My wife refused, and they made me sign a statement that I am refusing to have them repair the problem. I told them just to adjust the carburetor. They claimed it was warped. They charged $1400 for this and that. The next day my wife got stranded and the Beverly Hills cops actually came and helped her and pushed the car off the road and onto a driveway for her!! I spent a whole saturday morning checking out the carburetor, nothing wrong, and then on a hunch I replaced the ignition wiring with high performance ignition wiring from Pep Boys. The car is running beautifully. I went to see the manager and angrily complained to him, he replied it was a computerized diagnosis and he stands by it. No apologies whatsoever.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: See above.
Owner: Ray email address: Ray@colonial-dames.com

Problem#: 1220199748
Model: C230 Year: 1998 VIN: N/A
Problem: So far the car is wonderfully flawless, but the dealers are a bunch of moronic imbeciles. The first dealer ignored me, though I was driving a 190. Wouldn't even talk to my wife and I. The second dealer told me that I'd have to give them a $1500 deposit before they'd talk to me! The third dealer (Where I bought the car) completely missed on the delivery date, and lied to me throughout the waiting period. Then delivered the car without mats. Sounds trivial, but aggravating on a $45000 car. (You yanks have got it good, here in Canada a C230 is 45-50K, and a C280 is close to $60K) My Acura buying experience was MUCH better, but the car was a heap of junk. Too bad MB dealers are such low service giving cretins.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: John Shellenberg email address: johngenx@hotmail.com

Problem#: 52199873
Model: C230 Year: 1998 VIN: NA
Problem: Test drive the C230 extensively before you buy it. Make sure that you're OK with 10second 0-60 times. I've had the car for <3 weeks and am totally disappointed with the performance of the car. Fit, finish, etc. is excellent, just the performance is terrible. Also the sound system in the car is lousy, I've driven Chevy Malibu rental cars with much better sound systems as my C230. Fortunately I know the dealer very well and am on my way in the morning to replace the C230 with an E430. If you're looking for a car in this price range, check out the Volvo T70 -- very fast, less money
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Called the dealer. They said that they would "make it right" if I traded the car on another MB.
Owner: Todd Tomlinson email address: todd@vircom.net

Problem#: 10111999385
Model: c230 Year: 1999 VIN: N/A
Problem: Automatic transmission cicks back with a loud noise when the car almost reach a standstill
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: 1) Computer replaced by dealer 2) Computer re-programmed by dealer 3) Valve Body replaced in gearbox
Owner: adrian email address: vwyj0124@natref.com

Problem#: 1110199892
Model: C230 Year: 1999 VIN: NA
Problem: When driving, heard noise from the engine section. It sounds like you put a small piece of metal in a container and blow it whenever you speed up. It's annoying and embarrassing, particularly when I drive an all new Mercedes.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: . Test drive with sales rep., he heard it too. Also, he drives the car and can reporduce the noise. 2. Test drive with service manager, he confirmed it too. 3. Service manager called me back and confirmed that all '99 c230 performed the same way. 4. Test drive with an engineer from Mercedes, he said that he heard nothing while I and the service manager both heard the noise.
Owner: Steven Chen email address: chens@aegislimited.com

Problem#: 12221999478
Model: C230 Year: 1999 VIN: N/A
Problem: Car stalls and then goes into "limp" mode. Check engine light comes on. Error codes are recorded in the computor but the Dealer cannot find the problem. The Car has been returned to dealer 4 times and has not been corrected. I am very frustated with Mercedes especially when they cannot tell what is wrong with the car or if they can fix it!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Have returned the car to Dealership 4 times. I have been without my car for over 19 days total.
Owner: Joe Pezley email address: JoePezley@aol.com

Problem#: 421999291
Model: C230 Year: 1999 VIN: WDBHA24G1XA738461
Problem: Headliner buzz at certain speeds or travelling over rough surfaced pavement. Noise coming from the contact of the headliner support at the left rear corner, i.e. over the head of the driver's side rear-seat occupant. 2. Balky latch on the armrest/telephone bin.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: None so far. Plan to address at first service.
Owner: Guy email address: gracette@gateway.net

Problem#: 5171999195
Model: C230 Year: 1999 VIN: NA
Problem: A very bad, orange peel finish in paint. Auto is black which exacerbates the problem. Where is the quality? Where is customer satisfaction?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Saleman asked,"What is orange peel?" Service manager said, "It looks "normal"(true most of cars on lot had the problem). Regional rep said, "There is no problem but if you want to have your MB sanded to correct the problem that doesn't exist, we will pay some amount. Dah!
Owner: Mike Voorhees email address: vorhees@swbell.net

Problem#: 6122000751
Model: C230 Year: 1999 VIN: WDBHA24G3XA791310
Problem: I purchased our C230 for my wife's birthday in Sept. 99, we special ordered the car and did not get to drive it prior to delivery. During the past 9 months, 11,000 miles this vehicle has been in the shop every 900 miles, it has been out of service 1 day for every 300 miles driven, the dealership keeps trying to fix the problem, but it keeps coming back or a new on developes. During the past 9 months ( 11,000 miles ) we have had service for 15 noise related problems, shifting problems, headlight problems, seat problems, we have just replaced the entire exhaust system, the dash has been removed so many times to fix noises, it is getting to be a joke. This car is in the shop so often that we have only had to wash the car 6 times and it looks new since day one. The heater fan has been replaced twice, many electronic parts, cup holders, trim pieces, they have insulated so much of the car we have about 20 pounds of extra weight just from felt pads and tape. We have felt dots on our visors, we are at our wits end. We have written a letter to Paul Halata - President and CEO of Mercedes and he sent us a mail-gram within 5 days telling us that someone would contact us very soon if they haven't already and we have heard nothing. Some of the problems still exist, we have almost given up, but we are getting very upset. Many friends have told us being in the shop so often will have a negative impact on the resale value of the vehicle. We are desprate for help and don't know where to go!
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: The dealership is kind and always helpful, the problems just never get resolved. We just want our money back and they can have their car! Anyone have any ideas?
Owner: David Miller email address: davemiller@msn.com

Problem#: 9301999571
Model: C230 Year: 1999 VIN: N/A
Problem: When raising the right rear window, the window raises to the top and then goes down again about 1 inch. When I reset the switch to close the window again (from the 1 inch position) the window does the same thing again and again, it goes up to the top and comes down about an inch. This does not happen on any other window. As for the rest of the car, it works like a dream. No noises from the engine, no window streaking, no excessive movement in wind, no noises from the transmission or axle, no lousy paint job (got the metallic black version). I feel for you all with the condesending MB head office. I had a row with them about selling a car that I thought I had bought but found out that the dealer had sold it to another. Had to wait a number of weeks for next one (a 99 instead of a 98)and had to accept a few thousand dollars more for the privaledge.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: This problem comes and goes. When it continues to come I will take it in to the dealer.
Owner: T.C. email address: t.cooke@delcan.com

Problem#: 10252000943
Model: C230 Year: 2000 VIN: N/A
Problem: I'M NOT CERTAIN THIS IS THE PLACE TO AIR MY FRUSTRATION, BUT I'M GOING TO. BACK ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO I MADE MY FIRST APPOINTMENT FOR SERVICE ON MY NEW BENZ. THE MORNING OF THE 25th. OF OCTOBER CAME AND WENT AND NO ONE CONTACTED ME TO PICK UP THE CAR, WHICH WAS THE PLAN OF ACTION. I FINALLY FELT 11:00AM WAS PAST THE POINT OF BEING OBNOXIOUS AND CALLED THE DEALERSHIP. (DAVID MICHAEL) IN N.J. I WAS TOLD UPON CALLING THAT THE LOANER WAS STILL OUT AND THAT THEY WOULD HAVE CALLED ME UPON IT'S RETURN. MAYBE I'M BEING UNREASONABLE, BUT SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE CALLED TO LET ME KNOW WHAT THE STATUS WAS. I ONLY GOT TO THIS POINT WHEN 2:30PM ROLLED AROUND AND STILL NO CAL. WHEN I CALLED A SECOND TIME I WAS GIVEN THE SAME ANSWER AS ON MY EARLIER CALL. IASKED IF I COULD SPEAK WITH THE SERVICE MANAGER, BUT HE CONVIENTLY WAS ON A ROAD TEST. IF A DEALERSHIP CAN'T LIVE UP TO IT'S OFFERINGS, DON'T MAKE THEM, AND NOONE WILL EXPECT THEM. VERY FRUSTRATING, THANKS FOR THE LISTEN. REGARDS, MARK CALL
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: TRIED LEAVING AMESSAGE WITH THE SALESPERSON TO INTERVENE. HE HASN'T RETURNED MY CALL EITHER.
Owner: MARK CALL email address: mcall@ems.att.com

Problem#: 10292000837
Model: c230 Year: 2000 VIN:
Problem: BAS/ESP light continualy goes on. Car has 3500 miles, manual says it is because the gas cap is not on properly, but it is. Have not yet taken into dealer. Anyone experience this problem? C230 Kompressor.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Will be taking to dealer this week
Owner: Brian email address: brian61@pacbell.net

Problem#: 982000831
Model: C230 Year: 2000 VIN:
Problem: Car has been awesome so far (4 months). I also have the sport package on it. The only thing I'm not thrilled with is that the blown 4 cylinder is kind of noisy, as it rev's high. It has plenty of power though, and gets great mileage. This is my 3rd Mercedes. The last one was a CLK430, which didn't have a single problem. My wife has an SLK230 Cabriolet which mechanically has been great except that she hears a "squeaking" noise from the top, but it's never done it while I was in the car. She HAS driven the dealer nuts over this noise, and they can't seem to fix it...I think she's hallucinating! I bought the car through the Internet Dept. at Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel. They were awesome in terms of service and price. I bought this car $2000 below dealer invoice, as their was some dealer cash available on it which they gave me. I recommend them highly, and they mentioned they sell cars all over the country. Call 949-347-3907 to talk to them.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: Bill Heilman email address: surferbill36@hotmail.com

Problem#: 6192000970
Model: C230K Year: 1999 VIN:
Problem: WHEN THE OUTSIDE TEMP IS 90+ THE A/C COMPRESSER KNOCKS OUT. OF COURSE WHEN EVER I BRING THE CAR IN THEY CAN'T FIND THE TROUBLE AND IT IS NOT WARM ENOUGH OUTSIDE. THE REPLACED A TEMP. SENSPR THE FIRST TIME BUT IT DID NOT HELP. THE COMPRESSOR WILL GRIND AND TURN ON AND OFF QUICKLY WHEN IT ACTS UP. ANY HELP?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: RICH BRANDOW email address: HITTHEBIDS@AIL.COM

Problem#: 10121999506
Model: C280 Year: 1994 VIN: N/A
Problem: front end issues, engine whining noise, vibration at high speeds, antilock brakes, on and on .....
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Several dealer visits, dispute case with Mercedes Customer Assistance
Owner: M Holmes email address: mholmes@homecom.com

Problem#: 121820001023
Model: C280 Year: 1994 VIN:
Problem: problem w/ my '94 C280 (W202) All electrical systems fine. Instrument cluster & lights perfectly lit, while turning key w/o any response at the starter. No error code in scanner. Been at the authorized MB dealer 4 times already. No luck in finding cause. The failure started shorthly after the dealer replaced the Engine Harness, and (in a second visit) the overvoltage protection relay. I was able to reproduce this intermitent problem by closing the lock at the trunk with the driver's door open: no start, nothing. Then I disconnect the batt.neg terminal, reconnect, & it starts OK. Suspect areas: neutral switch, anti theft system. I had the micro switches (connection, I'm told, to the anti theft sys) at the locks (doors and trunk) disconnected to isolate the problem. Still no luck. Now (w/ the micro sw disconnected) I am able to start it by pulling the trunk level -- when it pops up, the car starts (sometimes -- other times, opening and closing trunk does the trick) Problem getting worse. (More often, less intemitent)
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: Dealer still working on it
Owner: NA email address: edmu@att.net

Problem#: 1221199747
Model: C280 Year: 1994 VIN: N/A
Problem: Seat belt, shoulder harness Fuel Control module EGR valve
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: All occured about the 50,000 mile point, we fought with two Texas dealerships to have problems resolved. They were Benson Motors in San Antonio, and Contenental in Austin. Neither dealership was at all easy to work with they would not return calls and left us on hold for an eternity every time we called
Owner: Mark T. Greif email address: greif good@aol.com

Problem#: 1252000455
Model: C280 Year: 1994 VIN: N/A
Problem: I discovered an oil leak and I was told that MBZ knows these models have head gasket problems but nothing has been done to address this problem. So it's going to cost me $1200.00 to get it repaired. Where's the quality?
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution:
Owner: GERALD CHAMBERS email address: MARIAMLC@AOL.COM

Problem#: 791999564
Model: C280 Year: 1994 VIN: N/A
Problem: Car accelereated to between 5-6000 rpm by itself. We were unable to stop it by braking so we had to throw in park to avoid going thru an iron gate. If anyone has ever experienced this please respond. The car showed a "code 6" but three days later that no longer appeared. We are very afraid that next time it could be a serious accident.
Problem Resolved: No
Resolution: took car to dealer , checking into it. Said they never heard of this happening.
Owner: Sheila Bonbright email address: sizzors1@aol.com

Problem#: 1071999499
Model: C280 Year: error 'ASP 0113'

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