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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230

1999 Mercedes-Benz C230

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1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Problems

Engine -- Verified

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.

Drive Train -- Verified

The electrical connector at the automatic transmission may leak fluid. Over time leaking fluid could migrate through the wiring harness and damage the transmission control module. If that happens a new harness and control module may be necessary to correct the problem.

Brakes -- Verified

The brakes may begin to squeak at about the 50 percent wear point. This is due to the size and material used for the brake pads and rotors.  The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge. This will generally require replacement of the rotors when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).

Drive Train -- Verified

A vibration felt through the center floor of the vehicle can be caused by cracked and/or shredded driveshaft flex discs, resulting in excessive driveshaft movement. If not repaired, damage to the driveshaft center support bearing, transmission, or differential can occur.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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The mass air flow sensor can fail, resulting in poor fuel economy and Check Engine Light illumination.

1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Recalls (Recent)

Electrical & Lights, February 20, 2002


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1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Questions and Answers

dwopjr, 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230, Washington, DC

Hi..My light went on after my gas tank top broke. I replaced it and the light remains on. How do I shut it off without going to a dealership? The car works fine and was in for servicing a few we...

kdaley78, 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230, Schenectady, NY

Hi, I am trying to figure out what the codes mean on my "99" C230K mean. They started at code 1500 and went down to -100. Do you know what they mean? Thanks..

Jaymarkley, 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230, Yucca Valley, CA

I own a 1999 Mercedes Benz C230 and when the car is in park and neutral there is a sound coming from the transmission that sounds like something is rattling. It makes the same noise but a little qu...

JAMES STRAND, 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230, Selden, NY

Are there any known issues with replacing the stock stereo unit in a 99 c230 with a new after market one?

JAMES STRAND, 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230, Selden, NY

Is this an easy thing for a novice to replace on my own? If so where is it located?

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1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 Reviews

I bought my 1999 C 230 Kompressor in 2002 and it had ~ 23,000 miles. It has been very reliable but it just recently had first mechanical breakage. Had to replace the wiper motor and linkage at 130,000 miles. Bought aftermarket parts and had them installed by a very qualified mechanic. Dealer wanted $1100 and I ended up spending $ 380. Works great now. The car gets around 25 mpg in town and ~ 30 on the road !!! Still drives and handles like it did when I bought it. Like the Benz so well, we traded the wife's BMW 325i for a 2009 C 300 about a year ago. Beemer was a DOG !! Talking about problems, I'll never own one of those again. Don't believe you can beat the C 230 for quality and price !!

Bought this car new in 99 and have had no serious problems (other than the dealer rip-offs). Have had to replace battery and motor mounts.
Car runs great, gives me good gas mileage, solid little sedan!

Just purchase 1999 Mercedes-Benz c230 Kompresser. Love it. Handles great!!! Engine quite and runs smooth.. With the 2.3 L engine + Kompresser with the 185 horse power and super charger-it has plenty of zip. Great gas mileage for commuting to and from office or appointments. Still has that great shine and nice wheels. Comfortable interior. First time I ever bought a 10 year old car. And I was pleasantly surprise on its relaibility, handling and comfort in the leather seats.

Simply amazing. Bought it eleven years old with less than sixty thousand and drives just beautifully.

This is a fun and zippy little care that's given a bit of extra scoot from its supercharger. Nothing special about the interior. It's austere and good enough...just not special. Decent mileage averaging 25-26 and seeing an occasional 27+, but any thought of engaging the supercharger kills the mileage. The car has performed very well year-after-year, and I just passed through 162K miles and it's going strong! No major repairs...just the usual soft goods wearing out. It's been a good and trusty ride!

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