hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,834 miles

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 fuel system problems

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C280 Owner Comments

problem #8

Nov 022016


  • 76,000 miles


76000 ml nice and clean but, all of the sudden strong smell of the gasoline inside. When did my research online found a lot of similar complaints with same symptoms as what was investigated on report# VRTC-dcd-3206 by NHTSA. Upon filling up the gas tank to full, gas leaks from sanding unit under rear passenger seat. Can not understand why same recall is not applicable to the C-class mb, makes no sense to me as to the others unhappy mb owners. My next car is Lexus, done with

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 192016


  • 54,606 miles
Mileage 54,606 1 owner car strong gas odor when the tank is filled, and moving. Took to dealer. Dealer stated we need to drain tank and replace leaking L/H fuel sensor module. L/H fuel unit fuel sender O rings fuel sender lock rings all for the low cost of $1,095.84 for now we are not filling tank. I've read on line this is a problem with mb a recall should be done.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #6

Jan 132016


  • miles
This vehicle shows same symptoms as what was investigated on report# VRTC-dcd-3206 by NHTSA. Upon filling up the gas tank to full, gas leaks from sanding unit under rear passenger seat. Few times the gas has made its way out and dripped from rear left wheel well. Reached out to mb usa and was told the recall was only in E-class and they will not extend it to C-class. I see this as a poor product design as the car only has under 14,000 miles. It's both health and environmental hazard.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 092016


  • 80,000 miles


Strong gas odor in garage & house. This occurs after filling up car and parking car in garage overnight.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 112016


  • 110,000 miles
Gas smell in garage - gas cap tight just filled tank

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

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problem #3

Jan 152013

C280 6-cyl

  • 39,699 miles
After my car was serviced on January 11, 2013, I noticed a strong smell of gasoline every time I filled my gas tank. The smell was evident inside my car and in the garage and even in my house. After the third filling of my gas tank and an ever-worsening smell, I took the car back to the dealer to ascertain and fix the problem (March 15, 2013). They found fuel leaking from the driver's side fuel level sensor and replaced it for $1200. I saw an article in the los angeles times on March 20, 2013, that federal safety regulators are investigating this problem in the E-class, and you should know it is occurring in the 2007 C-class, also. I can still detect an odor, though not as strong, after I fill the gas tank.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242012

C280 6-cyl

  • 56,243 miles
After filling up the gas tank I noticed a strong odor of gasoline in the cabin while at a stoplight. Upon returning home, the car was shut off and could smell the gasoline on the drivers side exterior. After the car was sitting in the driveway for roughly 3 hours, we noticed a "pool" of gasoline on the driveway surface. Contact with Mercedes-Benz of waco revealed that the technicians there have done many tank/sending unit replacements as these are "known to fail and being out of warranty these repairs would cost no less than $1800 out of pocket and will likely not fix the problem. We suggest you research recall status and complaints made before doing a possible temporary fix." We are concerned with driving the vehicle in this condition and are extremely upset with the lack of safety recall for this problem.

- Temple, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 172012

C280 6-cyl

  • 54,125 miles
Strong smell of gasoline inside and outside of the Mercedes C280 2007 when it's filled up, or filled past the second notch on the fuel meter. Inspection of the fuel tank underneath the rear seats reveals a visible fuel leak on the left sending unit a the top of the fuel tank. Google search results suggest this leakage may be related to a March, 2008 emissions recall conducted by Mercedes Benz (emissions recall campaign # 2008-020001) which involved potential cracking of the fuel filter module in vehicles exposed to high ambient temperatures. I contacted two different mechanics who own Mercedes repair shops, and they both confirmed these are common problems with Mercedes vehicles of different models and years. Fixing is very expensive (close to $800). Meanwhile, the leaked fuel could ignite a fire, explosion, and, to the least extent, is sending fuel fume out to the environment. Please investigate.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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