2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 2.5 V6


Took the car in for service at the dealer it was purchased from. Every time I brought it in, they claimed it needed brakes. I did the brakes the first time, then declined the next time. The dealer continued to badger me that the brakes needed service; again I declined, and then took it to another shop, where they said I still have 70% brake surface left.

Right after the warranty went out, the transmission went out. Quoted $6,700.00 for a new transmission plus labor $1800.00, plus $200.00 in fluid and tax on the parts. Total bill almost $9,000.00. The car booked at $13,000.00. The car also developed oil leaks and leaves stains everywhere I park.

Again, dealer service claimed brakes needed to be replaced, but were replaced by a non Mercedes shop at large $$ savings. Dealer service just looked on the computer and saw the brakes were not done, so assumed they needed serviced. I was told by a friend in another state that Mercedes service reps get commission on what they sell. BAD BAD... shame on you Mercedes!

The car drives awesome, but horrible service at Mercedes, and horrible parts prices.

Wish I had purchased a Lexus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th May, 2012

30th Mar 2013, 22:17

My C230 is great. But I never went to a dealer. Always dealt with a MB certified private shop. Decent pricing and no upsell on services which are not needed.

2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 350 Sport 3.5


Great entry level luxury car especially if buying a well maintained low mileage used model.


Car has a low vibration that comes from the rear end that starts at about 68 MPH. It is not enough to shake the car badly, but it is felt in the seat of your pants. Noise does not change even when you manually change gears, but does with your speed. My car is the seven speed automatic.

General Comments:

Car is pretty quick and has surprised quite a few all out sports car owners.

Handling is very confidence inspiring. Firm, but not overly harsh.

People think you paid a lot more for the car than you did which is not such a good thing sometimes.

Routine maintenance is a bit on the expensive side, but you have greater service intervals than the average car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2008

10th May 2008, 15:48

This may sound silly, but I had the problem in my BMW 1 series, but get the back wheels balanced again and the problem will go away!!