Mercedes-Benz C-Class Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

RECALL: More than 3000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, CLS cars and GLC SUVs may have seatbelt fault

RECALL: More than 3000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, CLS cars and GLC SUVs may have seatbelt fault

29 Jul 2020 · by Justin Hilliard

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 3115 examples of the C-Class mid-size car, E-Class and CLS large cars, and GLC mid-size SUV over a potential issue with their seatbelts

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2019 Mercedes-AMG C43: Lacking power when accelerating

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Mar 2020

Colleagues of mine have noted that the C43 isn’t at its happiest when taking off from a standing start sometimes, particularly if the stop-start function is engaged. That said, the harshest description of the problem was the odd clunk when launching the car, but even with that system switched off, the AMG sometimes seems to have problems deciding which gear to select, leading to a lack of smoothness. Perhaps it’s not helped by the fact that the car is all-wheel-drive, and grips the road extremely well when perhaps a little `give’ in the driveline mightn’t be a bad thing. Maybe it’s the traction-control stepping in too early and interrupting the flow of power to the wheels.

That said, your problem sounds a lot more severe than that. The C43 uses a conventional torque converter automatic transmission, so it doesn’t suffer some of the jerkiness that other cars using dual-clutch technology can. It’s puzzling though, that the computer isn’t throwing up any fault codes, so maybe your car is simply doing what some C43s do to a greater or lesser extent. If it’s as bad as you say, it’s not good enough and you should pursue the problem with Mercedes-Benz and have the problem corrected under warranty.

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Mercedes-Benz C200 2008: Does the timing belt need to be changed?

Answered by CarsGuide 29 Feb 2020

I’ll assume you’re talking about a C200, Kevin, which was the most popular Benz model with a 200 in its name back in those days. The good news is that, no, that engine doesn’t need a timing belt change. That’s because it uses a timing chain rather than a rubber timing belt and, all things being equal, the timing chain should last the lifespan of the car itself.

All Mercedes-Benz passenger cars from that era would all have been sold brand-new with two keys. If you’ve bought the car second-hand with just the one key, you can contact a Mercedes-Benz dealership, quote the car’s VIN and the dealer will be able to order the correct key and electronically code it to work in your car. It could cost several hundred dollars, however.

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Mercedes-Benz agrees to court-enforceable undertaking with ACCC after failing to initiate Takata airbag recalls on time

Mercedes-Benz agrees to court-enforceable undertaking with ACCC after failing to initiate Takata airbag recalls on time

25 Feb 2020 · by Justin Hilliard

Mercedes-Benz Australia and the Australian Competition and Consumer Competition (ACCC) have agreed to a court-enforceable undertaking after the former “failed” to initiate some of its ...

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Mercedes-Benz C300: What are common problems or faults?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Oct 2019

There is nothing that should cause them any concern, the C-Class ’Benz is a well-engineered and well-built car. While they are generally reliable they can, like any car, breakdown and need repairs. Servicing can be expensive, you pay for the name. Otherwise, any common faults are likely to show up on our problems page. 

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Mercedes-Benz C63: Advice on buying used model

Answered by CarsGuide 3 May 2019

The C63 is a good car worth buying, if it hasn’t been thrashed and had a good record of regular servicing. With that sort of mileage on it you should be able to enjoy many years of reliable and fun motoring in the future. Costs of servicing can be high if you used a dealer, but you can reduce the cost by going to an independent Mercedes-Benz specialist mechanic.

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Mercedes-Benz C180 2002: Setting dashboard language to English

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Feb 2019

We’ve asked Mercedes-Benz for help with your problem, but in the meantime you could take the car to a Mercedes-Benz specialist mechanic and have then show you, or do it for you.

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Mercedes-Benz C200 2002: How much is a service?

Answered by CarsGuide 11 Jan 2019

Is it a minor service? Perhaps it’s a major one? The cost depends on what needs to be done. The best thing to do is to ring around and check a number of service places, from main retails outlets like Kmart, Repco, Ultra-Tune etc., and some specialist Mercedes-Benz mechanics. That would you a good guide.

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What's a reliable 4WD?

Answered by CarsGuide 7 Dec 2018

In terms of reliability and common faults there is little difference between Mazda, Honda and Toyota. They are all good, reputable brands building cars of a good quality with few reliability issues. Choose the one that best suits your family needs.

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Ram 2500 and 3500 lead latest round of safety recalls

Ram 2500 and 3500 lead latest round of safety recalls

26 Nov 2018 · by Robbie Wallis

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued its latest round of safety recalls, led by American Special Vehicle’s converted Ram 2500 and 3500 pick-ups. ...

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