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3.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,394 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.

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2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012011

CLK430

  • 32,879 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2003 Mercedes Benz clk430. The contact stated that the speedometer and radio were defective. He mentioned that the pixels on both were missing. The dealer was contacted who stated that the instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 32,879.

- Bloomfield , NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 172008

CLK430

  • 70,003 miles
2003 Mercedes C240 stalls immediately after prolonged turnpike travel ( 1.5 hours) at exit ramp to an arterial roadway. This increases rearend accident potential. Mercedes checked vehicle but no report codes indicated. Suggested that it may be computer of sensor related. Mercedes suggested pulling over for 30 min. To let computer reset. First incident 12/17/08 second incident 12/28/08.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 262005

CLK430 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,300 miles
My Mercedes-Benz C-240 (2003 model), having less than 18500 miles, suddenly lost power after some 2-hour worth of free-way driving. Around noon on Friday, 8/26/05, I was driving South -bound on I-15 past victorville (ca), about 9 miles past the exit for route 18, when my C-240 suddenly lost power. As I depressed the accelerator, I felt no power and the RPM was decreasing. It felt like the entire engine-transmission system was shutting down. There was no prior warning. I made right turn signal letting other vehicles know I was coming off the free-way. I managed to pull off to the right shoulder safely and came to full stop on the gravel. At that time, my digital odometer read "1 malfunction". using my cell phone, I immediately called the Mercedes hotline. The roadside assistance representative, kristin, advised me not to drive the vehicle, even after the "1 malfunction" sign became "no malfunction" a little later. My vehicle was towed to a Mercedes-Benz dealer in riverside, some 50 miles away. At the dealers service dept, after a basic check involving computer and electronics, some faulty identifications were made, but it was determined to be safe and drivable. I drove my vehicle home, planning to have a major check up later.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

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