hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
93,250 miles

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 accessories - interior problems

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 142016


  • 93,750 miles


Heated driver side seat burned through leather and scorched clothing. The vehicle was in motion on a highway. Smelled smoke, exited car and seat was smoking and sparking.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 272014


  • 81,000 miles
Driver's side seat back, left bolster, started to smoke and burned a dime size hole in the leather seat cover. Driver's seat heat was on at the time. Turning the seat heat off seems to have solved the problem temporarily. Suspect short in seat heat wiring. Potential fire hazard!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 012012


  • 105,000 miles
Seat control module failure. 2 modules per car, 1 for passenger seat, and 1 for driver seat fail. The defective seat control module unit will deplete the cars battery overnight resulting in a no-start condition the following day. A new battery, or a jump start, will get the car going again. The common immediate resolution is to unplug the seat control module which would impact the seats ability to respond in an accident. The replacement part and diagnosis from mb dealer is approx $700/ module. This is a huge liability for Mercedes owners and the repair should be investigated for seat function safety. I understand the part number has been updated, which I believe is an admission by Mercedes that the original part is defective.

- Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA

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