MB - the Rich Man's tinker toy - Page 3 - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #21 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 08:32 PM
Moderator
 
JOE55's Avatar
 
Date registered: Nov 2004
Vehicle: E55 ///AMG
Location: SF Bay Area, CA.
Posts: 6,868
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
Quote:
Originally Posted by OliverK
...btw, the C-class was not what i would consider "high end"
It's not even an C-Class AMG with all the options.

JOE55 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
~BANNED~
 
benz rider's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 97'C280
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by asianml
How much research did you do before you bought the C280?
oh man, I'm talking a good 6 months before I made the decision. I turned over a thousand rocks..all I kept hearing about on this model was water pumps going out at 70,000 miles, flex discs going out around the same time, and head gasket/overheating issues. other than that I found that the C-class was touted as the best built MB in recent years..so I jumped on it. I got an extended warranty to cover those issues and I thought I was set for at least a year of worry free driving...

Now I'm finding out later with more in-depth research of the model that it's plagued with gremlins...from A/C issues, to lock-outs, to fires, to batteries exploding to bad climate controls due to poor manufacturing..the list goes on.

don't get me wrong, it drives like a dream and handles like a pistol, BUT only when it's not in the shop up on a rack for what seems like weeks. I've never had a full month of cruising and not had to take the car in for SOMETHING...I've resorted to demanding that mechanics let me in the shop and WATCH them work on my car. I've become a paranoid skitzo over this damn car because it has become a friggin money pit...and it's JUST a 1997 model.damn.

my 1968 Chevy starts up like a jet and takes offf from a dead start, spininng the wheels.

my C280 scares me to the point whereas I dare not put my foot down too hard or I might just snap the plastic O-ring that holds the frame together next to the cheap solder job that turns on the battery ..I'm joking but gotdamn...I need a break.
benz rider is offline  
post #23 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 08:57 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
asianml's Avatar
 
Date registered: Sep 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posts: 11,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by benz rider
oh man, I'm talking a good 6 months before I made the decision. I turned over a thousand rocks..all I kept hearing about on this model was water pumps going out at 70,000 miles, flex discs going out around the same time, and head gasket/overheating issues. other than that I found that the C-class was touted as the best built MB in recent years..so I jumped on it. I got an extended warranty to cover those issues and I thought I was set for at least a year of worry free driving...

Now I'm finding out later with more in-depth research of the model that it's plagued with gremlins...from A/C issues, to lock-outs, to fires, to batteries exploding to bad climate controls due to poor manufacturing..the list goes on.

don't get me wrong, it drives like a dream and handles like a pistol, BUT only when it's not in the shop up on a rack for what seems like weeks. I've never had a full month of cruising and not had to take the car in for SOMETHING...I've resorted to demanding that mechanics let me in the shop and WATCH them work on my car. I've become a paranoid skitzo over this damn car because it has become a friggin money pit...and it's JUST a 1997 model.damn.

my 1968 Chevy starts up like a jet and takes offf from a dead start, spininng the wheels.

my C280 scares me to the point whereas I dare not put my foot down too hard or I might just snap the plastic O-ring that holds the frame together next to the cheap solder job that turns on the battery ..I'm joking but gotdamn...I need a break.
You didn't do enough research then. If you had done proper research you would have found out the W202 was not the best built MB in recent years, it was not as high quality as the rest of the line as you think it is, it was also built during a time when MB was ruled by bean counters and not engineers.
asianml is offline  
post #24 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
~BANNED~
 
benz rider's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 97'C280
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
so what are the best years for MB? I might be able to trade this one in or sell it and get into a better engineered Benz. because I obviously got doop'd...
benz rider is offline  
post #25 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 09:06 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
asianml's Avatar
 
Date registered: Sep 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Posts: 11,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Basically before the merger and after the merger.

Looks like you just ran into a bad one and it's problems are beginning to show.
asianml is offline  
post #26 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 09:08 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
alexnatt's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2004
Vehicle: 2000 e320 4matic
Location: Park City, Utah
Posts: 3,403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Look for a nice 1995 e320 or e420.

2008 E350 4matic wagon
2000 E320 4matic wagon (sold)
2001 E430 4matic sedan (sold)
1989 300SE (sold)
1994 E420 (sold)
1988 300TE (sold)
alexnatt is offline  
post #27 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-01-2007, 11:24 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: '04 SL 500, '03 BMW M5, '03 BMW 325i,
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Posts: 241
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by benz rider
oh man, I'm talking a good 6 months before I made the decision. I turned over a thousand rocks..all I kept hearing about on this model was water pumps going out at 70,000 miles, flex discs going out around the same time, and head gasket/overheating issues. other than that I found that the C-class was touted as the best built MB in recent years..so I jumped on it. I got an extended warranty to cover those issues and I thought I was set for at least a year of worry free driving...

Now I'm finding out later with more in-depth research of the model that it's plagued with gremlins...from A/C issues, to lock-outs, to fires, to batteries exploding to bad climate controls due to poor manufacturing..the list goes on.

don't get me wrong, it drives like a dream and handles like a pistol, BUT only when it's not in the shop up on a rack for what seems like weeks. I've never had a full month of cruising and not had to take the car in for SOMETHING...I've resorted to demanding that mechanics let me in the shop and WATCH them work on my car. I've become a paranoid skitzo over this damn car because it has become a friggin money pit...and it's JUST a 1997 model.damn.

my 1968 Chevy starts up like a jet and takes offf from a dead start, spininng the wheels.

my C280 scares me to the point whereas I dare not put my foot down too hard or I might just snap the plastic O-ring that holds the frame together next to the cheap solder job that turns on the battery ..I'm joking but gotdamn...I need a break.
So, how fast can your stock '68 chevy negotiate a skid pad? How fast does it stop? Does it have ABS or Stability Control? How comfortable and quiet is it? My point is these are 2 different cars. Technology, be it good or bad, has come a long way in 29 years (in your case) to make driving safer and more comfortable. Driving the 68 may be fun in a straight line, but I highly doubt you would want to drive it in the mountians on the curves. Good Luck to you sorting out the problems and hope you find your perfect car.
dragoncoach is offline  
post #28 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
~BANNED~
 
benz rider's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 97'C280
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragoncoach
So, how fast can your stock '68 chevy negotiate a skid pad? How fast does it stop? Does it have ABS or Stability Control? How comfortable and quiet is it? My point is these are 2 different cars. Technology, be it good or bad, has come a long way in 29 years (in your case) to make driving safer and more comfortable. Driving the 68 may be fun in a straight line, but I highly doubt you would want to drive it in the mountians on the curves. Good Luck to you sorting out the problems and hope you find your perfect car.
My 68 has some stiffer springs and sport shocks for better handling, anti-sway bar up front so it holds the road pretty good. but I see your point.
benz rider is offline  
post #29 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 12:35 AM
BenzWorld Elite
 
lovemyc280's Avatar
 
Date registered: Oct 2003
Vehicle: 2004 Lexus LS 430 Modern Luxury. 2012 Acura TSX (fun fun) Maybe MB again one day...
Location: Provo Spain
Posts: 2,470
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 61 Post(s)
Well some may disagree on build quality, but my 1994 c280 has been rock solid. All I've addressed are the issues that are known (wiring harness, head gasket, ovp) and after that maintenance. Flex discs, brakes, fluids, belt, and so on. I've replaced a fan clutch at 110k, thermostat twice now (seems like every 50k), a battery and a few other little doo-dads. My most recent problem was a vacuum leak that caused the transmission to shift funky. But I pretty much knew that was the problem based on the symptoms. Replaced some lines, made some adjustments and I was back to normal.

This car is now 13 years old with 114k and drive fantastic. The climate control is amazingly cold, ice cold in fact. The cruise works fine, locks all work...everything is operational. Currently no trouble codes, and starts up every time.

I am about to replace my plugs and wires now as maintenance, as I feel a slight miss at idle. But that is it. This car has been amazing, especially considering the age.
lovemyc280 is offline  
post #30 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-02-2007, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
~BANNED~
 
benz rider's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2006
Vehicle: 97'C280
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,184
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
I FIXED IT MYSELF!!! YAAAAY!!!

Thanks to someobdy in another forum telling me to check a vaccuum line just hanging out by the firewall,and if it's not connected, that's my problem....so I look andd found the lonesome vaccuumm line YAAY....1st part solved...now the hard part...it took me raising the car up on ramps, getting under and over it peering with my flashlight(it's 2am here) for about an hour and I SEE THE NIPPLE FOR THE LINE...OMG I almost came in my shorts you guys...oh wow...such relief...hooked it up and BAMM!! ICE CUBES ANYONE??...I am SOOOOOO Relieved that I didn't have to get humped in the ass for $150 bucks to hook that hose back up. they told me they were gonna recharge my system and check for leaks...HA!

FAT CHANCE

I am back to rolling in cozy comfort again...the more I learn these cars, the more you shady mechanics better watch out, because I will be calling you out.

keep on benzing
benz rider is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > General Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Similar Threads
    Topic Author Forum Replies Last Post
    Kamil Hopefully you take tihs black man's advice...... Jakarta Expat Off-Topic 4 04-29-2007 08:01 AM
    Poor man's Ipod kit installed ChriSLK55 R171 SLK-Class 12 01-21-2007 04:33 PM
    Rich man's 126 on ebay andrew_falky W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class 12 12-04-2005 02:46 PM
    lazy man's painted rims andrew_falky Detailing and Car Care 2 08-12-2005 05:43 PM
    poor man's route Old Otto W126 S,SE,SEC,SEL,SD,SDL Class 1 02-28-2005 06:45 AM

    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome