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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,092 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.

2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Mercedes-Benz C320 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 052014

C320 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


At 55 mph the front left brake engages without applying the brake pedal and after a few seconds releases, the bas and ESC faults are then visible on the dash. The brake light switch was replaced by Mercedes two times, but this condition shows up after a few days of driving, codes show that the yaw rate sensor or connection is at fault. Even when the car is in park with the engine running on a flat level surface the fault warning dash lights ESC and bas will come on with no movement in the car. This is a very dangerous situation for a collision from a vehicle following me and running into me. Many others posted the same problem. Why is there no recall ? I have 8 grandchildren that you should care about.

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 042014


  • 185,277 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mercedes Benz C320. The contact stated that while driving approximately 70 mph, the brakes failed to respond without warning. Also, the contact stated that the steering wheel seized. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 185,277.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 182012

C320 6-cyl

  • 136,000 miles
While driving on a level and straight road the car automatically applied brakes and came to a complete halt. Weather conditions where; clear visibility, about 85 deg F, dry asphalt surface. Error codes resulting from this fault indicates a faulty esp yaw rate sensor. The independent mechanic code reader showed that the yaw rate sensor output was reading angle rates from as low as 34 to as high as 300+ gradients/sec, while the car was not moving and parked at the shop. As the person responsible for any actions while driving this car, I that the car should not overrule the driver's inputs and create an unsafe condition. The vehicle should just indicate to the driver the existence of an unsafe condition and do not take any action until the driver acknowledges this warning/caution.

- Princeton Junction, NJ, USA

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