fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,468 miles

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 transmission problems

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C230 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 262008


  • miles


First, my steering wheel wire was replaced from a faulty SRS light coming on and the esp light coming on. I had to pay for all of this. Next, euromotor cars said the steering wheel collar was broke. I have never had that fixed because they wanted to charge me and I felt they should replace the collar since they replaced the steering wire. Now my car does not start and the instrument cluster does not light up. I cannot unlock the doors with the remote key and I cannot unlock the trunk of the car. My car just sits because I feel I should not have to pay for any of this any more. I have put $6,800 in repairs in this car. I do not want to pay for another vehicle. I feel my car is unsafe. My car was first serviced at herb gordon's auto group in silver spring, Maryland. I was not happy with the service so I decided to try euromotors and the service was worse. They continue to put in codes so there will not be a recall and the consumer has to pay out of pocket. Please help in resolving some of the issues I have had with this 2005 C230 kompressor Mercedes Benz. I would also like for this car to be entered into the recall for the steering wire repair just as the E320. I purchased the car with 4,000 miles on it in 10/2005. Thank you.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Nov 282009


  • 24,000 miles
A O-ring connected to the transmission started leaking out transmission fluid after my wife drove the car in the snow, the back tires had some traction problem due to the wet snow earlier. Once the car reached home, transmission oil was dripping onto the garage floor. The car has less than 25K on it, in mint condition. She was told by our neighbor that she should not drive it until the problem is fixed. The was taken to the shop and fixed in January when I returned from my oversee mission. The Mercedes shop indicated it was a defect in the O-ring design and that a better replacement O-ring was installed for a hefty price since the warranty on the car ended the prior month. I did some research on the web to see if this problem was common given it was a design defect in the O-ring. To my surprise I found this was a common problem that Mercedes Benz refuses to acknowledge. Had she been driving the car she could have ended up damaging the transmission and worse gotten stranded somewhere. I think this defect needs to be investigated further to ensure safety of the drivers of the vehicle given this was not an isolated incident. Others on the web have reported similar problems.

- Fairfax, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 062005

C230 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,405 miles
My Mercedes Benz C230 kompressor started having problems at 4400 miles, it has a hesitation problem. It now has 42,000 miles and still has hesitation. Its been in the shop 7 times for the same situation. They tried to blame it on water in the fuel, but it continues to have the same issue. Over the seven attempts to repair my vehicle, the problems still persists. The hesitation is consisted of stopping and going, jerking the vehicle when transmission from gear to gear. Its a fuel related problem. My fiance and I have been in to many close calls with accidents. The scare of my car is if I really need to avoid being in a accident with swerving, will I have the ability to do that? right now I don't. they have replaced the throttle body, fuel sensors, fuel pump, can't use premium gas recommended by germany tac line, a lot of carbon build-up in the fourth cylinder, gas tank and I think that's it.

- Waukee, IA, USA

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