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definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
67,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. total replacement of seat belt and mechanism (1 reports)
2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK430 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 062016

CLK430 4.3L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


The passenger side seat belt was fully retracted into the side panel but would not release to be used again. Previous to the failure the seat belt had been retracted gently with no harsh usage. The car was taken to the local dealership and the seatbelt was deemed to be "broken" and would cost $900 to replace as it was "very labor intensive". We've never encountered issues with a seat belt with any other vehicle we have owned. Mostly concerned with the cost of replacing a part that is as basic and common as a seat belt.

- , Chadds Ford, PA, USA

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