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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,247 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 CLK230 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK230 Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 102010

CLK230 4-cyl

  • 93,100 miles


Battery drain, seems to come from defect in seat controller module. See 19 pages of forum: Mercedes C240 2001, but many other models and years affected.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 062009


  • 100,000 miles
Mercedez Benz C 240 year 2001 has many defects that required several thousands of dollars. The dealership and the manufacturer did not provide any help.

- Davidson, NC, USA

problem #4

Feb 012007

CLK230 8-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The pixels on the instrument cluster went out and you can no longer tell what gear you are in. I've brought the car to my local dealer for their inspection and I was quoted $1500 for the repair because it is not cover under warranty.

- Campbell, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 152006

CLK230 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles


I have a 2001 Mercedes cl 500 that I paid 90K for and has less than 40 K miles. The lights went out and I could smell electrical smoke. Every time I turn on the ignition, I smell burning. I noticed on an internet search that there was supposed to be a recall for this problem but the dealership says it has not been finalized, I know that there is a problem with the instrument clusters burning up on these vehicles as my partner's car ( also a Mercedes) had his do the same thing. I request that you take action on this matter as I don't feel I should have to pay $2000 to fix a defective product after paying that kind of money for a vehicle. The VIN number on my car [xxx]. respectfully, [xxx]. updated 07/12/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Tifton, GA, USA

problem #2

Feb 112004

CLK230 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,384 miles
Steering wheel loose and making noise when turning right or left, dealer found power steering pump leaking and was replaced. Next day engine light on, ABS system fails, esp elec, stability, program fails, bas brake assist system fails, the car does not change gear and would not pick up speed eventhough I'm pressing hard on the gas pedal. Dealer attempted fixing the problem 4X and still there for the 5th time. Each time they find different causes like cracked thrust arms and was replaced. Then they said there's an open circuit at the right speed censor and they replaced right rear speed sensor.another cause found crankshaft position sensor open circuit.. ignition system replaced.

- Stevenson Ranch, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle breakdowns.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

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