really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,654 miles

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 032015


  • 83,309 miles


Takata recall I was involved in an accident on Jan 3, 2015 in my 05 mer Benz C230 the airbag exploded causing smoke and dust like particals I immedietly got off the car from that point on the car has been sitting tottalled I recently recieved a recall notification on 2/11/2016 I find it hard to believe this is the date this was figured out due to my settlement back in Feb 2015 the insurance company submitted a market value report on my vehicle deducting 2 recalls from my car one being the airbag and this was a year before Mercedes even notified there customers. I have severe asthma and could not believe an airbag would contain the trash it didl. Its going on 2 years and my car is still sitting on lot unreparied with airbag inflated this is unbelievable I have documents showing I was complaining about the airbag before takata even thought of mentioning there defect shame on you.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052009

C230 4-cyl

  • miles
I was involved in a accident at a stoplight. While waiting for the light to turn green, my car accelerated and I ran into the back of a pickup truck. The truck did not have a scratch on it. I had $over $8,000 damage. The whole front of my car was damaged (smashed up into the windshield). The car was taken to a body shop and repaired. I now find out 3/15/2014 the car has a bent K-frame not to mention the work was shoddy on the body work. I have not had any more accidents. I had just purchased the car the month before as a used vehicle. I want to know why the insurance adjuster did not notice the bent K frame. I now have to pay out of pocket to find a used K frame and pay for the labor. I have driven this car continuously since having it repaired. I moved from New Jersey to South Carolina driving this car. Something could have happened. Fortunately I've been lucky but what happens now, my new tires in the rear (which I think may have been like this when I bought the car) wear out within 6 months and I often wondered why. The car shakes (the K frame) and the steering wheel has a lot of play in it which I was told will always be like that unless I get it repaired. I have put an insurmountable of money into this car and I'm very disappointed. If it wasn't for the auto shop who put my new tires on last week, I would not have known about this problem. I feel I've been cheated and this car should have been totaled and I given another car! now I cannot afford to get another car right now and I'm scared to drive it.

- Ladson, SC, USA

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