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 1 of 5)

problem #92

Jan 022017


  • 95,000 miles


The headlights (low beam) flicker or turn off completely while driving and while the light switch is in the "on" position (not "auto"). this happens during the day or at night time, which constitutes a serious safety concern.

- Greenwood, SC, USA

problem #91

Nov 012016


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300. The contact stated that the turn signals failed to operate. It was discovered that the cable wire connected to the turn signal light bulbs were damaged. The contact also stated that the parking indicator also failed and the cable connected to the parking indicator was damaged. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer where it was diagnosed that a new headlight assembly was needed. The contact was also informed that the vehicle was out of warranty and would have to pay out of pocket for the repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 105,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #90

Mar 012016


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz sports vehicle. The contact stated that the headlights would fail sporadically. The contact would shut off the headlights but they would re-illuminate independently within 1-2 hours. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers 16V363000 (air bags) and 14V177000 (exterior lighting). The dealer was contacted but advised that the parts needed for both recall repairs were not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was also contacted but could not advise the contact when the necessary parts would become available to repair the defect in the vehicle. The failure mileage was 140,000. The VIN was not available.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #89

Jun 012016

C300 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


I took my C300 Mercedes Benz (with only 52,000 miles), to the Mercedes Benz of miami dealership to check the wiring in both head lamps, since the headlights were intermittently flickering on and off, while driving at night. This electrical problem was of serious concern for me as a 72 years' old senior, could be a dangerous safety issue, creating a life and death situation. Mercedes Benz dealership assistant service manager, juan obando, told me that the wiring to the headlamps was corroded and could not be replaced. I would have to buy two (2) complete new headlamp assembly units costing $1,890.- plus tax and labor installation. While driving at nights and unpredictably and intermittently losing head and low beam lights, is of grave safety concern to me and creates a hazard to pedestrians and other drivers on the roadway and highways.

- Hallandale Beach, FL, USA

problem #88

Jan 102015


  • 89,800 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz C300. While driving at 45 mph, the headlights failed without warning. The vehicle was restarted, but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,800.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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problem #87

Jul 012014


  • 140,000 miles
My lcd navigation screen does not turn on anymore. It randomly flashes when I'm driving and causes a distraction. After some research, it seems like an extremely common issue with many C300 models of the 2008 year. Some owners have reported smoke coming out of the corner of the screen.

- Chino, CA, USA

problem #86

Jun 042014

C300 6-cyl

  • miles


Tail lamp replacement- I got a recall letter 4 months ago and no further instructions. Email to the dealer and company not being satisfactorily responded to. What's the timeline on these recalls?

- Washington Dc, DC, USA

problem #85

Aug 312014

C300 6-cyl

  • 122,735 miles
I was driving when I got a right rear light tail and brake warning not working for the second time. I just replaced the bulbs a month ago July 2014. When I checked to replace them I smell something burnt and upon further close inspection I saw bared brown wire burnt connector (outer edge wire on the connector) and some signs of melting on the light assembly. The brown wire that was bare burnt through the connection that probably caused the shorting.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #84

Jun 102014


  • 43,936 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz C 300. The contact received a notification for recall NHTSA campaign number: 14V177000 (lighting). However, the parts needed were not available. The dealer was not sure when they would receive the parts needed. The failure mileage was 43,936.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #83

Jun 092014

C300 6-cyl

  • 92,250 miles
While on highway I noticed burning plastic smell coming from rear of car. When I pulled over and opened my trunk, I noticed that the tail light was smoking. When I detached the lighting plate I noticed that the brown wire connector had melted through the lighting plate and that all of my tail lights were very dim.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #82

Jun 102011

C300 6-cyl

  • 57,500 miles


Numerous light issues connected to the rear and front lighting. Dimming - low strength - and complete non-function of the rear lights and front lights also. So many events that required repairing. Incidents with law enforcement requiring repair. Inability to utilize the vehicle in the evening. It was a great car - but I felt a lack of confidence in it's safety because of and what I perceived as electrical issues. I decided, after much consideration, that the car needed to be traded in. It was purchased by [xxx]in newport beach. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #81

Apr 092014


  • 46,000 miles
Right tail light warning signals appeared, upon examining the tail light connection it appeared burned and melted. All right tail lights were out including signaling.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

problem #80

May 202014

C300 6-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
I was driving around 8pm here in Canada when I was pulled over for a flickering driver-side tail light. The officer warned me that it was a safety issue. My wife told me after driving beside me that the light flickers intermittently, and when it is not, the parking light itself is much dimmer than the passenger-side tail light. I've tried replacing the bulbs, but nothing changes. After doing research online, I've found that this is a common issue with 2008-2011 Mercedes C-class models. I've found that the electrical wiring for the taillights is not sufficiently grounded, causing melting of the wiring harness, and in some cases, causing a fire. I've called Mercedes dealerships here in vancouver, but because the car is no longer under warranty, it is an expensive issue to fix. It is also a safety hazard to myself and other drivers when driving at night.

- Surrey, Bc V4n 2n9 (Canada), WA, USA

problem #79

Apr 122014

C300 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
The rear lights continue to fail - brake lights, stop lights, turn signals and backup lights fail repeatedly. The dashboard indicator announces lights are out and when I checked the bulbs are intact but and the lights come back on by jiggling the whole lighting housing. They go out again as soon a travel resumes.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #78

Apr 252014

C300 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
Tail light connectors overheat and melted the light holder assembly. Fire risk.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #77

Mar 072014

C300 6-cyl

  • 73,000 miles
Good afternoon. I currently own a 2008 C300. I noticed my rear tail light warning indicator came on about a month ago. Upon checking the bulb, I noticed the jacket on one of the wires going into the connector was frayed. I put some electrical tape on it hoping that would solve the issue. 1 month later, I am now having the same issue again. I went to check on the light and noticed the fraying was growing worse and the wire was so hot I was concerned it was going to start a fire. I have since removed the bulb to prevent a fire from starting. In doing some research, it seems as though this is a common issue on this vehicle. Being that this is a pretty significant safety hazard and could potentially lead to a fire and even the loss of life, I am curious how and why there is not a recall on this defect. If you have any information on this issue please let me know. Thank you

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #76

Apr 092014

C300 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
I began to get warnings that the left rear tail light brake light and turn signal was malfunctioning. The left rear signal indicator in the dash blinked rapidly, and the computer gave warning message. When I removed the bulb panel I noticed that the wiring harness plug was burnt and the plastic housing that held the bulbs was burnt. The brown wire on the end of the harness connector was burnt and the metal tab that the connector connected to was melted along with the plastic plug.

- Byron, GA, USA

problem #75

Nov 132013


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercedes Benz C300. The contact stated that the passenger side tail light failed to illuminate. The contact stated that the bulbs were changed on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake wiring harness and the lighting board needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 70,000.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #74

Apr 132014


  • 47,700 miles
The rear wiring for the tail light lighting sparked. While driving the car smelled strongly of burning plastic. After a quick look over I didn't see anything alarming. The very next day all of the lighting on the rear right tail lights went out, all indicators came on in the dash showing that all bulbs were malfunctioning. After pulling the housing unit out, I found that the wire was burned and so was the unit the wires attached to; melted and burned. Wiring should not catch on fire, this could have easily spread and when taken to the dealer to fix, they cut the wire to attach more but cannot guarantee that it won't happen again.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #73

Apr 052014

C300 6-cyl

  • 86,766 miles
Rear passenger tail lights in my 2008 C300 were dim and got dash warning light to check rear lights. A couple bulbs were out so when I looked at the assembly and pushed on it the lights that were out lit up temporarily and I noticed the cable harness that plugs in it was corroded on the end and the brown wire at the end was exposed (melted?) and the black plug looks warped (melted?), looks like a common problem based on forum reports.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

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