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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 082006

C230 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The 2003 mercerdes Benz 300C engine suddenly caught on fire while driving it to work. The car stalled, flames shoot out the front hood, the car would not restart, so I coasted to the firm. I opened the hood to see blue flames shoopt 20 feet in the air. A passerby tried to put out the firwe unsucessfully with a fire extiquisher. The flames got hotter and shot 60 feet in the air, and police and fire department responded and were finally able to put out the fire. The engine block melted down, and there was a large hole burnt into the pasenger space. The car was totaled. I wrote Mercedes Benz, and they were being nonresponsive. I have photos of the melted engine block and the large hole burned into the pasenger space through the engine firewall.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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