hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,313 miles

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 lights problems

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #72

Dec 022013

C300 6-cyl

  • miles


Right side taillight wiring melting, lights not working.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #71

Mar 252014

C300 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Dash panel read an error of tail lights, brake lights, turn signal lights out on right side. Drove home from work, approximately 3 miles, smelled wires burning. Waited took car to autozone to get bulbs replaced. By the time I arrived, there was smoke coming from the compartment. The light assembly had caught fire and burned the plug and the board.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #70

Mar 072014

C300 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
My rear back tail light wiring panel fried. The light is not working at all and when I called manhattan Mercedes dealership they told me there is not an appointment available two weeks from 3/7/2014 then I called the dealership in brooklyn and they told me they did not have any appointments either so I just showed up there and they told me that due to my tail light being fully out I am not aloud to drive my car since its a safety issues but they did nothing to help me out and told me that they will have to order the part even though it is a recall then they told me I would have to pay around $ 400 dollars for the parts and labor but still they had no appointment for me to come in and fix it is 3/25/2014 and I still have a broken car and no way of driving it or fixing it because no other shop will take my car in since it is a dealer issue.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #69

Mar 122014

C300 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Received warning on dash to check rear driver tail light. Took the car in to the dealer to get it checked out and was told the wires from the tail light were melted from the electrical panel and my car is running on back up lights. The only solution is to replace the entire electrical back light system since the melted wires would eventually damage the entire brake light system. The cost to repair $900. Car smells burnt inside, and in the trunk. I am afraid of a fire, and getting rear ended if my brake lights stop working.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #68

Nov 252013

C300 6-cyl

  • 77,500 miles
Rear tail lamps intermittently inoperative/dim. Intermittent burning smell in trunk area near lamp housing.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

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problem #67

Feb 102014

C300 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
As I was stopped at a red light both my wife, kids and myself smelled a strong odor in the cabin of the car. It was worse towards the back seat where the kids were. I immediately pulled over and got the family out of the vehicle (Mercedes Benz C300 2008) and saw that grey smoke was coming out of the trunk of the car. When I opened the trunk I noticed that the smoke was coming out of the right tail light. The cable that feeds electricity to that panel shorted and caused a small fire which turned off the minute I shut the vehicle down. I then tried pulling out the cable from the light panel and it did not budge because it melted and fused together with the light panel.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #66

Feb 012014

C300 6-cyl

  • 32,200 miles


Right & left rear tail light assembly wiring harness plugs have melted where attached to the tail lamp assembly, causing brake, turn signal, hazard, and running lamps to not work intermittently. Brown wires get too hot to touch. Safety issue with electrical connectors.

- Avon, OH, USA

problem #65

May 012013

C300 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Randomly I started receiving check bulb messages for the rear lights on both sides of my car. I didn't think much of it as I don't think they had ever been changed so I changed them and all was fine and then a few weeks later the messages started to pop up again. I rechecked the bulbs to make sure they were securely in place and they were so I started doing a little research and discovered that this was a known issue. Presently the entire left rear side is out and it looks like the wiring has overheated and been singed (looks like it had burned).when calling all the local southern cali dealerships (orange county/long beach) none of them will admit to it being a widespread problem and fixing it for free because the parent company, Mercedes Benz, hasn't yet. I have no desire to pay for a problem that should have never occurred in the first place. My major concern is about potential fires in the trunk due to this. All it will take is one spark to catch on something in the trunk and then well car is on fire. As much a Mercedes Benz claims to be about safety, I'm shocked, one at the design flaw and two that they are going through the motions of pretending like the thousands of owners who have reported this are making it up. They need to get on this asap.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #64

Feb 012013

C300 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
The tail light and blinkers out and I am getting several error msgs. On my dashboard stating there is an issue with my lights. I cannot drive my care without lights are it is a safety issue and legal issue. I took my car into walters Mercedes Benz in riverside last week. I was told that the issue is caused by a melted electrical connector. I called Mercedes Benz usa corporate and was assigned to [xxx](regional case mgr). He told me they are not aware of this issue and due to the fact that my car is out of warranty I will have to pay for the $500 repair. Needless to say, I am not happy with paying for a replacement of a factory defected part. I would greatly appreciate it if you look into this issue. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hesperia, CA, USA

problem #63

Jan 272014

C300 6-cyl

  • 120,800 miles
Check right taillight indicator appeared on dash. Rear right lights out. Inspected to find all bulbs were operational but wire had overheated and melted into housing.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #62

Jan 012014

C300 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Right tail light connector, brown wire has melted and has affected the brightness of the bulbs on the right side of the car.

- Albertville, MN, USA

problem #61

Feb 012014

C300 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
From reviewing the site, this is the same complaint you have already had about these cars. It appears to already be under investigation. In our case, a number of the rear lights, including lights on both sides of the car, went out at once. This means turn signal lights, brake lights, side lights. The first clue was that multiple warnings came up on the dash. We stopped car, and on inspection, several lights also had stopped functioning. The was no obvious visual or olfactory sign of overheating or fire.

- Sausalito, CA, USA

problem #60

Jan 312014


  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz C300. The contact stated that both rear tail lights malfunctioned and a burning odor was emitted. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 200,000.

- Thousands Oaks , CA, USA

problem #59

Feb 012014

C300 6-cyl

  • 3,000,000 miles
Rear light housing assembly wiring smelling like smoke, open the truck and plastics housing was melting and very hot.

- Freeport, NY, USA

problem #58

Jan 012014


  • 91,000 miles
The brown wire in the right hand brake light melted through the wire harness and started to melt the light board. This is a fire waiting to happen, I smelt burning in my car when I was driving. The break light no longer works.

- Princeton, IN, USA

problem #57

Dec 162013

C300 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Multiple system warnings on dash saying to check right rear tail light, brake lamp, and signal light. Upon replacement of light bulbs, noticed that the ground wire cable covering was melted as well as burns and melting on the bulb housing unit. All right rear lights worked intermittently or dimly and now don't work at all. Now, there are system warnings for left rear lights as well. This is a safety issue as a fire can start in the trunk of the car as well as having rear lights working intermittently or not at all with no warning. Vehicle is no longer under warranty and authorized dealership won't repair at no charge unless there is a recall. This is a known issue with these vehicles, by both the manufacturer and authorized dealers. Recall should be issued.

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #56

Jan 062014

C300 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Warning message displayed in instrument panel advising to check rear right hand side marker lights, on initial inspection in the truck their was a smell of burning plastic emigrating from the right hand side rear light cluster on removal of the fuse panel cover and inspection the wires which connect the wiring harness to the lighting backplatei I was unable to hold the connector with a naked hand due to the excessive temperature. After leaving things to cool down for 60 minutes I was able to remove the wiring harness connector from lighting cluster back plate to find that the earth pin (brown wire extreme right hand side ) was melted and also the pin to which it mated too had also began to melt the plastic which supported the pin on he lighting back plate. The earth (brown wire) is of an extremely low gauge for the potential load this wire would potentially need to carry under maximum load (all lights lit).

- Fort Worth , TX, USA

problem #55

Dec 262013


  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz C300. The contact stated the rear driver and passenger's side fog lights would not illuminate because the sockets had melted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Coral Gables, FL, USA

problem #54

Nov 152012

C300 6-cyl

  • 62,157 miles
Rear lights circuit board burnt and wire for lights melted.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #53

Dec 232013

C300 6-cyl

  • 51,200 miles
Right rear lights went out on car, started smelling melting plastic. Stopped and checked the plug that went into the lights has melted.

- Ruther Glenn, VA, USA

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