Date registered: Nov 2002
Vehicle: 10 GLK 350 4Matic
Location: Sonoma County CA
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RE: 2000 Mercedes Surface Rusting from inside
Mercedes has had a serious rusting problem with the W210's. Incredible really -- did they think they could leave off the rust-proofing and no one would notice??
The worst areas have been inside the doors along the guard beam and the seams, but the fender, roof and trunk edges have fallen to the orange cancer too.
Of particular safety concern are the shock towers which in the more moist climates have rusted out to the point that the suspension points were on the edge of failure.
Mercedes knows all about this. They gave discretionary dollars to their dealers to replace the bad panels, but the dealerships "award" the repairs to their long time customers. Do you use the dealership for all your maintenance? I don't! So they won't be willing to help.
It's a pretty crappy deal. Throw yourself on the mercy of a dealership only if you have a relationship -- otherwise you're on your own.
Now: 2010 GLK350 4Matic Then: 2003 C320 4Matic, 2006 E320 CDI, 2000 E320, 1994 E320, 1991 190E, 1985 300D, 1983 300D
"Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines."