Inside Grab Handles/Upholstery/Door Trim Panels May Delaminate on Mercedes-Benz C240

Inside grab handles, the upholstery on the center console cover, and door trim panels can delaminate. Most commonly replacement of the affected part is necessary.

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Average mileage: 81,742 (21,000–198,522)
5 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005
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2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 110,000 mi,
The interior front door pulls broke loose from one end of the handle. I used epoxy glue to re-attach the pulls. It worked well. It was much cheaper than replacing the pull.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 38,940 mi,
Handles look like garbage...
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 46,000 mi,
Both driver door and front passenger door handles broke at about 48k. Center console cover and handles lose color when cleaned. Horrible interior trim quality in general. Will never purchase another MB - quality is awful and maintenance cost is worse. Prvious two Infinitis were far superior.
Both driver and passenger side handles broke at top at about 80,000 miles. The passenger side broke first, and that door is hardly ever used! My husband used gorilla glue and that worked.
2002 Mercedes-Benz C240 75,000 mi,
Front interior door pulls have changed color from grey to lt blue
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 110,000 mi,
Driver side first then passenger side - top/front first with both - now the driver side on the bottom. Annoying
2001 Mercedes-Benz C240 198,522 mi,
door handles have came off
2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 79,000 mi,
Same problem. Delaminated and broken where the handle attaches towords front. Both sides.
2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 35,000 mi,
I believe it is a design flaw with the inside grab door handle pulled out of it's socket.
2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 36,000 mi,
Just bought it at 36K miles and passenger grab handles comes out I glued and used screw from underneath hope it holds
Passenger inside door pull broke lose at top, handle completely broke off at approx. 90Kmi. This car has also had many of the other frequently reported problems on this forum. NEVER again will buy a MB. Just wow!
2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 139,000 mi,
door handles keep coming off at top side on both driver and front passenger side. Took to car dealership where it was glued back in. Still comes off after some time, so had the door handle replaced. They had to take door panel apart.
2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 111,000 mi,
Both door handles on the drivers and passenger side have broken off. I have a friend who has the same model but it's a 2010 and she had the same issue. I have a 1998 Lincoln Continental with over 200K miles that has less issues!
DIY repair - both front grab handles broke on the bottom mounting point and bought new one's from dealership. New parts seem to be updated with longer mounting points. To early to tell if it will delaminate again.
2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 82,000 mi,
Door handle came apart.
86k and car is falling apart, should have stuck with the Audi
Inside grab handles came a part
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 110,000 mi,
had to replace both...$100.00.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 127,000 mi,
lEAVE IT AS IS AND UPDATE THE CAR
Inside grab handles/upholstery/door trim panels may delaminate