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Date registered: Jun 2005
Vehicle: 1982 Mercedes 240d, 1999 Mercedes C280 , (1995 Mercedes c220 RIP Demolished 5/08 )
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Hi guy's Me again My "new" 1999 c280 also suffers from Lower control arm failures, I have the tell tale rust "stain" on the lower control arms like I had on My C220.. I called a Mercedes service manager and he said that they ROUTINELY replace the lower control arms on C Class Mercedes, Mercedes looks at this like it was Scheduled maintaince to routinely replace Lower control arms at $3000.00 a wack every few years..
I've found that this covers All C class 1993 - 2000 cars, Several other people have emailed me saying they lost front tires while driving.. Here's another review that I copyed from a automotive reviewer..
"Lower front suspension control arms can rust through. They are made of layers of stamped sheetmetal rather than solid steel. They have a 3 inch large hole on top and the salt and water goes in the hole and soaks down to the lower ball joint area, and rusts from the inside out because they are hollow. "
I'm going to trade my Mercedes in for something that I don't have to worry about the front tires falling off while driving
At least my old 1982 240d is running ok..
THIS CAR IS ON JACKS in this picture, otherwise the front end would be on the ground, with the tire rolled underneath somewhere
Last edited by lsk7; 09-22-2008 at 07:04 AM.