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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,632 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.

2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 engine problems

engine problem

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012012


  • 52,430 miles


The balance camshaft cam broke because of soft metal used causing timing off in engine and killing engine lost control of car when it shut off luckily I coasted it to side of road Mercedes knows of these problems is a law suit againts them but nothing being done.

- Dover, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 082011


  • 62,000 miles
My Mercedes C280 4matic, engine light came on at 62,000 miles, diagnosed with a faulty "engine balance shaft" was told it would cost around $6,000 to fix and is a common problem with the Mercedes-Benz C-class. Part should be recalled ! very dangerous, and way too common to not be fault of Mercedes.

- Harrison, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 292006

C280 6-cyl

  • miles
2007 C280 Mercedes-Benz lease with stalling problems* the consumer stated 31 days after purchasing the vehicle while driving in the car with her daughter the vehicle started to shake violently, the check engine light came on and the temperature gauge started to increase rapidly. The consumer contacted the dealer who informed her of the problem and was told it was bad gas. The consumer stated once the vehicle was assessed they informed her that coil #4 was the problem.

- Bayside, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 142007

C280 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I took delivery of a new 2007 Mercedes Benz C280 4matic vehicle the 1st week of January,2007 & on January 14, 2007 I was returning home on a us highway in seminole county, Oklahoma when I approached a small (8 inches tall) house cat or possum & was unable to avoid running over the animal. Rather than the animal making contact with the "skid (protective) plate" & falling to the pavement, the animal busted through the plate & entered into the radiator fan unit doing extensive damage (approximately $3000). Upon inspection, it was determined that the "skid plate" was a thin plastic covering not capable of deflecting the impact of an object, but rather allowing the object to enter the engine cavity. I would request that a study be done to determine if this plate meets the industry standards.

- Norman, OK, USA

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