Mercedes-Benz C240 Problems

Dead Battery Due to Failed Seat Control Module on Mercedes-Benz C240

Problem Description and Possible Solution

A dead battery can be caused by a faulty seat control module that does not properly shut down.  Spilling liquids on the front seats can cause these modules to fail.

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Mercedes-Benz C240 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 97,531 (35,000–170,000)
5 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005
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Replaced my battery in my 01 c240 mb, after that I have experience no haz flashers, no turn signals, no wipers,trunk release doesn't work and fuel gauge doesn't work. Oh yeah my rear sun visor doesn't go up or down. Has anyone experience these problems before, if so what was the cause.
I am experinecing the same problem with battery draining on my 2001 C240. Just put in a new alternator and battery and the car would not start the next morning. The car statred immeadiately after a jump, but the alternator was hotter than the engine after 3 min. Does anyone know how to disable the electronic seat modules or know the estimate cost to replace?
Passenger seat is causing a drain on the battery resulting in a dead battery every 24 hours. Also have a short in the steering column which further drains battery. No fix yet but it would be helpful if MB would just admit they have a problem and share the solutions rather than sticking their head in the sand and claiming their car must be perfect because it is after all a MB!
Battery drain..all of a sudden. Had vehicle recovery comp(roadside assistance) out a number of times( all happened over xmas) jump started car ok, would take it for a run to charge, but drain woould re-appear within a couple of days. Loaned battery charger from friend..removed battery to re-charge, however, his charger was faulty and s no luck. Called vehicle recovery company as I needed another jump start..they arrived and re-connected the battery. Car turned over, but by now..the removal of the battery, and possibly low power had now blown the rear SAM as once the battery was re-connected nothing worked, i.e. indicators, hazzards, wipers, washers, mirrors, boot release, petrol gauge, etc. Only thing that worked were the headlamps, heater, and radio..So SAM replaced(!) £390!. This did not cure the 2 days after picking up from the repair shop. So, was told that it was a faulty battery, replaced the battery ..cost£70. Guess what, no joy..the problem returned around 3 days later, completly draing the new battery. Car just returned to me from the repair shop at a cost of £523!!! The resolved...WAS a faulty seat control!
Had a similar problem with seat module causing dead battery. My solution-disconnected the passenger side module and left it unplugged.
We bought an 02 C240 for our daughter's first car. Pre-purchase inspection showed it just needed a new battery. 2 batteries later, my husband found the issue regarding the seat control module and HE advised the repair shop (which we no longer go to). The problem was fixed by re-routing the wiring for the seat control module. The only difference is that now the car has to be on in order for you to adjust the seat. Previously if the car was off and the door was open, you could adjust the seat prior to starting the car. Now that it's fixed, NO more issues with the battery! Which is a great thing because it's a massive battery that requires like 900 or so cranking amps and you have to have the car reprogrammed.
After many jumps and several trips to repair shop finally figured out it was this overly priced seat module. Horrible design for this to be a possibility. My MB must be a lemon as it's had several of the common problems reported on this forum. For a pricey car, horrible design and reliability. No more MB for me.
Battery continually went dead dur to seat modules staying on after vehicle shutdown. I unplugged both seat modules and have not had a problem since. I Only plug in to reset seats.
This happened to me . They wanted $1400 to repair. This is very expensive and was told that this was a large problem in the 2002 C class. I feel like Mercedes should correct the problemas this is just making their pockets fat.
Same problems as stated above. Battery was dying and found out the cause to be the passenger seat module. Have the seat module unplugged as a fix to the drain for now.
After several battery replacements and costly failed diagnosis, found heated seat module defective. Of course after the warranty expired.
Both Seat Modules went bad. Caused a lot of battery problems until we could isolate the problems. Rather than replace both ($2,000) modules, we disconnected them. No problems. If I need to adjust the seats - plug in, change, unplug.
currently have all the wires disconnected from the control module under both seat to see if this is the problem.