Cracked Driveshaft Flex Discs May Cause Driveshaft Movement/Vibration on Mercedes-Benz C230

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.

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Average mileage: 125,322 (65,000–302,185)
10 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
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2000 Mercedes-Benz C230 90,000 mi,
Flex plates deteriorated causing vibration & clunking. Had them both replaced & smoothed right out. The flex plates are in use instead of the universal joints & give a reduction in noise transmission in the drive train FYI.
1999 Mercedes-Benz C230 302,185 mi,
2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 85,000 mi,
Repeatedly had it into dealer for warranty work, dealer says nothing wrong w/ car.Rumble is normal...and it gets ....19mpg...and this is normal too....and pops, groans, clunks, and other assorted noises are normal too. And I am a certified mech (old school points, plugs condensor, generators and voltage regulators) and am documenting all this and more. When I finish repairing all the items the stealer (dealer) didn't address during warrenty, CEO of Mercedes Benz will get an interesting letter about my 2005 C-230 Kompressor...
2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 65,000 mi,
Rumbling noise as car excelerates!! And it's definitely not tire rumble!
I had this problem with my Mercedes 2007 C230. It cost over $5,000.00 to replace.
2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 88,900 mi,
My car vibrates when aim stopped on a red light or stop sign so I'm forced to put it in neutral every time I'm on a red light. When I press the gas the sound goes away. I feel as if it's in the center of the car.
2004 Mercedes-Benz C230 79,250 mi,
Me too. I am just driving like that to ground. I do not want to spend any further money on this stupid car. What a stupid car Benz makes. This is a car of Doctor's, Lawyers, and Business man as they easily cheat the common people with their fees, and have plenty of money to dispose easily. Learned very hard way, this car is not for common people. Thanks to Benz CEO to fool me once and not for the second time in this life for me.
2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 125,010 mi,
heard and felt vibration through the seat towards the back of the vehicle, thought it was the hub bearings, well, had car in 1st gear, clutch in; i released the clutch to accelerate and the back end started clunking around. pulled in the clutch, 2nd gear released clutch and the back end, like the rear axle was hopping around. AINT DRIVIN IT ! wtf just got the car out the shop yesterday had the clutch, master + slave cylinders & pressure plate replaced, fluids drained and refilled - NOW THIS WTF.
1997 Mercedes-Benz C230 89,000 mi,
rough ride drag, viberation and poor quality
1997 Mercedes-Benz C230 150,000 mi,
The dealer indicated they were starting to crack, so I replaced them before too much vibration started.