2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 230 Sport Sedan 1.8 supercharged from North America
55,000 miles: Vacuum hose leak lead to check engine light. Repair cost; $8 for the hose and $400 + for labor.
60,000 miles: Digital display begins to fail. By 80,000, on a warm day the display is not readable. Quoted over $1,000 for repair.
90,000 miles: Replaced driver's side tie rod.
95,000 miles: Replaced post cat oxygen sensor.
98,000 miles: Heating system blower begins to whine. Dealer says bearings are going bad.
104,000 miles: Cam shaft sensor fault leads to check engine light. There is a manufacturer's recall campaign and the dealer replaces the sensors, while also making other mandated changes including installing a new wiring harness and ECU. The car will not start at the dealer. Dealer says the timing chain skipped, leading to bent valves and no engine compression. Estimated cost of the repair $7,280 or they can put a new engine in for $6,784.
Up until recent developments I have really enjoyed this car.
There are a few minor flaws with the interior, but for the most part it is well put together.
The fit and finish of the body is very good, and would be hard to beat.
The car handles great, and while sporty, gets good gas mileage, especially on the highway.
If I didn't mind replacing an engine every 100,000 miles, I would buy another one in a heart beat.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th March, 2011
18th Mar 2011, 22:28
I sorry to hear about your bad luck with your car... cars can be very scary to own... even a cheap car like a 15,000 dollar Honda Fit can run 27,000.00 to own over a 5 year period... Cars are not good investments at all... but I hope you are going to split the cost with the dealership on that engine work... since it was in their care when the timing belt broke... it wasn't in your care... so they should be responsible for at least 1/2 of that work... If they do not agree to that... I am hoping you start channeling a little bit of Linda Blair, and head in the service manager with a little pea soup coming out of your mouth...
21st Mar 2011, 08:50
Yes, I am very disappointed with the timing chain issue. The chain should be good for the life of a well maintained engine. I am hoping the dealer and/or manufacturer will help out with the cost of the repair.
I have read in other blogs that the timing chain on this particular model year has been a problem for some. I'll let you know how things work out in the end.
Other than this major issue, I have really enjoyed the car. So much so I was considering a new one. That purchase is on indefinite hold.