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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,620 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 012007

CLK430 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,620 miles


I own a 2003 Mercedes C240 station wagon with about 42000 miles, a few days ago I observed some messages on dash which seem to indicate alternator problem. My vehicle has not been heavily used and I am surprised to learn that a new alternator may be needed, this because a friend with C class sedan has had the same issue just 2 weeks ago and cost him $1500 to replace the alternator & battery. I believe there may be many more folks that experienced the same situation and probably the C class Mercedes are outfitted with faulty alternators and investigation may be in order here.

- Queens Village, NY, USA

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