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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,500 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.

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 engine problems

engine problem

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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 182013

CLK350 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles


Clk 2006 defective balance shaft/timing chain: Purchased our car new, have maintained it at the highest level, all recommended repairs and services completed when recommended and due, all done at the dealer where we purchased our car. Check engine light came on a few months ago, felt like the car was running rough, had it towed to the dealer, we were told there was nothing wrong. Without warning, on July 18, 2013 the check engine light came on again, took it in to the dealer, was told that the balance shaft w/ timing chain needed to be replaced it is a defective part. Mercedes is aware of the problem will pay for the parts; $1,700, however at this time has not allotted funds to cover the labor, which they need to do to make this right, total quote $7,300. At this point we do not know the extent of the damage to the engine. People buy a Mercedes because they are the best and a the leader in the industry. I expect them at the least to cover all expenses related to the defective parts or pay us the purchase price of our car so we can start over.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012013

CLK350 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
After only 80,000 miles, my $55,000 car now needs $5,200 worth of repairs to fix a known defect in the balance shaft. Without this repair, driving my car is unsafe, yet Mercedes is not offering to help fix a problem they created. Add my name to the long list of Mercedes owners dissatisfied with the quality of a Mercedes; their failure to take responsibility for their mistake and their total lack of concern for customer satisfaction.

- Irmo, SC, USA

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