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Mercedes-Benz C230 Camshaft Adjuster Solenoid Failure

Mercedes-Benz C230 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Average Mileage: 90,473 mi (12,400 mi - 200,000 mi)


The camshaft adjuster solenoid (which is related to the variable valve timing system) may fail or timing chain/balance shaft components may wear, resulting in illumination of the Check Engine Light and various drivability issues. Mercedes-Benz has released a service bulletin outlining specific repair instructions depending on fault codes stored.

  • Visitor, , 93,622 mi

    I would like mercedes-benz to make it better for all and have pride in thier cars. this camshaft proplem is wide spread and should be a recall.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Check engine light started blinking and car began to shake. Has difficulty in accelerating. When ran an engine diagnostic received multiple and several codes indicating misfires, camshaft position, timing errors, ect. Feels as if it needs a tune-up but it came on so randomly. Don't know what it can be and how to fix but afraid that its going to be very costly. More than I have or afford.

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  •  Rookie

    Check engine light came on then it went off then comes back on, took it to MB they say it is balance shaft repair cost $6,500 plus tax . Dealership said the age and miles on your car it might not be worth fixing I said it has 70,000 miles on it and it is seven years old you would think a Mercedes would last longer than that!

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  • Visitor, , 66,100 mi

    My check engine light does not come on, but codes indicate this issue. I'm guessing a clever owner disabled the indicator so as not to freak out the dealership he traded it in to. Was told that Mercedes is currently defending against a class-action suit, but obviously that'll be too late for us owners who have the problem now. My mechanic indicated that repair would cost $4,000-5,000. For a car this recent and low miles, Mercedes should indeed initiate a recall for the problem.

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  • Visitor, , 121,000 mi

    Check engine kept flashing and motor shook a lot.they should do a recall on these cars.lets all gather signatures and get a lawyer.these 2096 Mercedes c23o have a factory problem.

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  •  Rookie

    I have a noise that comes from the top end when initial acceleration is applied. when I feather the accelerator pedal both on and has a desieling sound. I have replaced the module just under the front cap but it still does the supercharger is making noise and the ASR/BAS light is staying on. what is going on?

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    The engine like comes on and the car slow to shift gears and then jumps into gear. I was told that the camshaft requires replacement but was told it costs $7000 even though Mercedes acknowledges the problem and would pay 60% of the costs,.

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  • I'm having exact problem with w204 cgi engine year 2010.. This is ridiculous..Mercedes Benz should take responsibility..

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  • Visitor, , 126,000 mi

    Engine code P0016

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    crank and position right cylinder bank in direction retarded needs balance shaft

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