Cracked Driveshaft Flex Discs May Cause Driveshaft Movement/Vibration on Mercedes-Benz C280

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: 155,750 (83,000–313,000)
9 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
15 people reported this problem
5 people shared problem details
my 96 Mercedes c-class had the same problem.... my car would vibrate everytime i would start to go but then it would smooth itself out after i would get up to 30-35 mph.... However, here recently I was on my way home late one night and my car began its vibrating but harder then it normally did... kinda felt like i had a flat tire.... i stopped and checked all my tires to make that wasn't the case and it wasn't.... So I got back in and thought i could at least make it home about 500yards away.. i didn't want to leave the car on the side of the road and as soon as i truned down my driveway my car shook so hard that it deployed both of my air bags... and then it just quit... i had to push it down the rest of my driveway and it sounded like something was dragging but there was nothing hanging under the car... a few days ago i forgot my keys to the car at work and forgot my dad was coming to tow the car to get fixed.. when he was trying to get on the car trailer we had to push the car while it was in park...! im no expert but im pretty sure its not suppose to roll while its in park... tomorrow we're going to get started on fixing it... if anyone has to anything recommend or has been in a similar situation please feel free to leave comments....
same thing as report #1 , check engine light is on and once i stop or am going less than 30 miles my care engine would shake, you can feel it most in the front seats. once i go past 30mph everything is fine but when i stop or go slow, underneath the hood of may car shakes & if you can feel the car vibrating very uncomfortable feeling
viabration underneth of the car when I drive slowly andturn the wheel all the way I don't feel it if I am driving over 30 miles
Changed all motor mounts. Found one front mount leaking and transmission rear mount worn out. Inserted additional rubber in rear mount to stiffen linkage and lower oscilations noted at 1800 rpm. Runs pretty good in this shape but now I know I need to install the kit to fix the drive shaft problem on a 1996 C280 model. Will do and all problems will go away. Car runs good on original lower block with no repair. Upper block checked for wear and none found. Transmission was rebuilt around 140,000 miles. Gas Mileage is 22-23 MPG. Oddometer is 313300 miles. Used same car repair location since 2003. I am still trying to wear this car out. I am 75 and will probably loose the race.
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