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Mercedes-Benz C350 Models:

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Mercedes-Benz C350 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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The CD changer may suffer from an internal mechanical problem. Replacement of the faulty unit is generally required to correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

Vehicles equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission may develop a rough shifting condition, most commonly going up from first to second gear and going down from third to second or second to first gear. Our technicians tell us this is due to an internal component failure. Mercedes has released updated parts; the transmission will need to be removed and disassembled to complete the necessary repairs.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A knocking noise from the upper front strut area can be caused by the hold down nut for the strut coming loose and can be repaired without removing the strut assembly.

Brakes -- Verified

Due to the size and material used on the brakes of these vehicles, the brakes may start to squeak around the 50 percent wear point. The brake rotor surfaces become uneven, causing a lip to form at the outer edge of the rotor. Because of this, the rotors are usually replaced when the pads are worn (pad life varies depending on driving style and terrain).

Mercedes-Benz C350 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., March 15, 2006

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Certain passenger vehicles equipped with sport model steering wheels fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 208 "Occupant Crash Protection"In certain tests conducted by NHTSA, using an unbelted female crash test dummy, conditions were found that occupants may not be properly protected during a crash, resulting in injuries. Dealers will install a new airbag module free of charge. The Mercedes recall # is 2006020005

 

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Body, Interior & Misc., November 19, 2007

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The rear outer seat belts may not latch correctly when used with certain child safety seats, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Dealers will replace the affected seat belts. This recall is expected to begin on November 19, 2007. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2007-100002.

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Electrical & Lights, August 1, 2008

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There is a faulty software calibration that affects several areas including shutting off the fuel supply in a collision. This could cause a fire hazard during an accident. Dealers will reprogram this software. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 070001. This recall began during August, 2008.

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Suspension & Steering, October 31, 2010

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Mercedes Benz is recalling 2010 C-Class, model 204; E-Class, model 212; and 2010–2011 E-Class Coupe/Cabriolet, model 207 vehicles due to a loss of power steering fluid that could result in power steering system failure. Owners may not have sufficient control of the vehicle in areas like parking lots, thus increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers will check and re-torque the connection fitting, free of charge.

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Mercedes-Benz C350 Questions and Answers

MG213, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C350, Fountain, CO

were and how do i change the transmission fluid on my car
please help

barsla, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C350, Englewood, CO

Some fluid on garage floor after being parked 3 days. Car just driven from Phoenix to Denver. No visiable leaks. Reverse worked after cool down. Car now parked waiting for service appointment.

daotru, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C350, Westminster, CA

Where and how

najibgal, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C350, Garnet Valley, PA

Engine going off while warming the car in the morning or while on slow motion like trying to climb a bump. It happened about three times.

najibgal, 2006 Mercedes-Benz C350, Garnet Valley, PA

the engine go off on its own while warming the car in the morning or while trying to climb a bump.

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Mercedes-Benz C350 Reviews

dont fast on wet corners?????

I AGREE, Biggest trade off is with the tires. I finally got into some Michelin's that are GREAT! they were a tad bit more pricey, and they can be rotated from side-to side.. that is the best part. i'm able to get more wear from these tires than the ones that are recommended by the manufacturer.

We bought the C350 Sport Model brand new. Now it has about 76k miles. My wife loves loves loves this car. I like the exterior looks. The interior is nice too. Nav is just OK. Controls take a bit to get use to. Likes to eat rear brake pads. Over all I'd give it a 8.9 out of 10.

Now 12500 miles since new. Great drive train with great acceleration and braking.
Service A done to Mobil One at 1/2 of dealer's cost. Easy maintenance! Summer tires are great, but trade-off is thread wear--may last another 8K. Use Winter tires/rims--great for the past 2 stormy winters in Northeast.

Overall it has been a good car without any significant problems. It is not a DIY friendly car. As an example, if you want to change the oil you have to drop 2 underside cowlings just to get to the drain plug. The transmission service requires special oil and although I have changed fluid on many other cars I will leave this to a trans shop. Expect to pay 2-3 hundred for the service. The car has a solid feel and is very stable on the road and in turns. The one thing I absolutely dislike is the wider wheels on the rear. This practically cancels out rotating the tires. You can not put the rear wheels on the front as they are too wide.

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