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Balance-Shaft / Timing Gear issues ...VIN Decode

Maybe buying a CLK for my girlfriend.

Is there anyone that can decode the VIN for me?

WDBTK56F87T088271
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We are using this thread as a central location for VIN decode requests, particularly with respect to Balance-Shaft issues on the CLK350 'M272' V6 engine (and timing chain idler gear issues for the CLK550 'M273' V8).

Until late 2007 / early 2008 Model Year (depending on the market) these two engines were equipped with certain flawed components as noted above. Note that these are the only two engines thus affected, and the vast majority are from late 2005 through 2007. The rate of actual failure is difficult to confirm--many 'affected' engines have gone 100K miles without incident--but, all other things equal, purchasers are nonetheless advised to steer clear of affected models (indicated by engine number as elaborated in this thread) unless the relevant repairs are documented. Read on!
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there is not much to "decode".

all it tell you is the model year, what engine the car has and the sequential number off the assempbly line.
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Название val
fin WDBTK56F87T088271
vin WDB2094561T088271
whc WDB
chassbm 209456
chass_ident 1T088271
type 209
subbm1 456
subbm2
auxiliary_drive
body
body_code
delivery_date 070524
engine 272960 30 653501
front_axle1
front_axle2 AL066070308029
heater
interior 805A
lights
model_idx 0
odometer
order_num1 0770533232
paint1 359U
paint2
paint3
paint4
paint5
platform
production_num1 3788337
production_order_ref N
rear_axle1
rear_axle2
release_date 070523
retarder 8 070524
rims
service_num
steering
trailer
transfer_case
transmission 722906 01 225457
vin_dc TK56F87T088271
vinwhc
winch
wiper

Code Текст
212B OWNERS MANUAL AND SERVICE RECORD - AMERICAN
232 Unknown
242 FRONT SEAT RH ELECTRIC ADJUSTABLE WITH MEMORY
249 AUTOMATICALLY DIPPING INSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR
264 LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT AMERICA
265 LINES-NO.PLATE DISCONTINUED
275 MEMORY PACKAGE (DRIVER SEAT, STRG. COL., MIRROR)
283 Unknown
284B Unknown
301 Unknown
359 Unknown
359U TANSANIT BLUE METALLIC PAINT
387 Unknown
427 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 7-SPEED
461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
486 Unknown
494 VERSION FOR USA
524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION
530 Unknown
536 Unknown
551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM
573 Unknown
581 AUTOMATIC AIR CONDITIONER
634 DELETION - FIRST AID KIT
636 DELETION - WARNING TRIANGLE
668 PACKAGING FOR SHIPPING VEHICLES WITH TIE-DOWN HOOK
673 HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY
690 Unknown
705L UNITED STATES (USA)
731 WOOD TRIM BURRED WALNUT ROOT
744 DARK BLUE SOFT TOP FABRIC 5010
763 Unknown
7XXL NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA
805A Unknown
807 AEJ 06/1/M/X
810 SOUND SYSTEM
810A Unknown
819 CD CHANGER
873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS
951 Unknown
955 EQUIPMENT PACKAGE ELEGANCE
986 IDENTIFICATION PLATE (VIN NO.)
989 Unknown
I49 KARMANN COMPANY CONTROL CODE
K12 STEUERCODE FUER SERVICEINTERVALL
K14 Unknown
M35 DISPLACEMENT 3.5 LITER
N95 Unknown
P90 Unknown
R35 Unknown
359U TANSANIT BLUE METALLIC PAINT
805A Unknown

Название Value
AF1SV
AF2SV
ENGSV
CASESV
AR1SV
AR2SV
TRANSSV
MTRSAC A2720102900
AF1SV
AF2SV
ENGSV
CASESV
AR1SV
AR2SV
TRANSSV
MTRSAC A2720102900


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Could you decode mine? I just want to know the serial number for my engine to see if it has the balance shaft problem

Its a 2006 clk350

vin #

WDBTJ56J46F175699
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Could you decode mine? I just want to know the serial number for my engine to see if it has the balance shaft problem

Its a 2006 clk350

vin #

WDBTJ56J46F175699
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Название val
fin WDBTJ56J46F175699
vin WDB2093561F175699
whc WDB
chassbm 209356
chass_ident 1F175699
type 209
subbm1 356
subbm2
auxiliary_drive
body
body_code
delivery_date 050815
engine 272960 30 153091
front_axle1
front_axle2 AL254150620636
heater
interior 801A
lights
model_idx 0
odometer
order_num1 0670609612
paint1 775U
paint2
paint3
paint4
paint5
platform
production_num1 2165009
production_order_ref N
rear_axle1
rear_axle2
release_date 050815
retarder 8 050815
rims
service_num
steering
trailer
transfer_case
transmission 722906 00 299546
vin_dc TJ56J46F175699
vinwhc
winch
wiper

Code Текст
M35 DISPLACEMENT 3.5 LITER
NC1 Unknown
NI7 Unknown
R52 Unknown
213 PARAMETER STEERING
232 Unknown
242 FRONT SEAT RH ELECTRIC ADJUSTABLE WITH MEMORY
249 AUTOMATICALLY DIPPING INSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR
264 LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT AMERICA
265 LINES-NO.PLATE DISCONTINUED
275 MEMORY PACKAGE (DRIVER SEAT, STRG. COL., MIRROR)
293 Unknown
301 Unknown
309 CUPHOLDER
359 Unknown
414 ELECTRIC TILT/SLIDE SUNROOF IN GLASS VERSION
427 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 7-SPEED
461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND
494 VERSION FOR USA
524 PAINTWORK - PRESERVATION
531 AUTOMATIC ANTENNA
535 Unknown
551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM
573 Unknown
580 AIR CONDITIONING
634 DELETION - FIRST AID KIT
636 DELETION - WARNING TRIANGLE
668 PACKAGING FOR SHIPPING VEHICLES WITH TIE-DOWN HOOK
673 HIGH-CAPACITY BATTERY
690 Unknown
731 WOOD TRIM BURRED WALNUT ROOT
763 Unknown
806 AEJ 06/1/M/X
810 SOUND SYSTEM
819 CD CHANGER
875 HEATED SCREEN WASH SYSTEM
919 FUEL COOLING
951 Unknown
955 EQUIPMENT PACKAGE ELEGANCE
986 IDENTIFICATION PLATE (VIN NO.)
989 Unknown
810A Unknown
212B OWNERS MANUAL AND SERVICE RECORD - AMERICAN
221B INFO PLATE, COOLANT - ENGLISH
284B Unknown
7XXL NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA
775U Unknown
801A Unknown

Название Value
AF1SV
AF2SV
ENGSV
CASESV
AR1SV
AR2SV
TRANSSV
MTRSAC A2720102900
AF1SV
AF2SV
ENGSV
CASESV
AR1SV
AR2SV
TRANSSV
MTRSAC A2720102900

Affected engine 272 was up to seriel No 2729.30.468993 and yours appears to fit the range as it is also pre Aug 07.


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Does mine fall under the balance shaft problem? I'm not really sure how to read the engine serial #. Thanks for your help.
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Does mine fall under the balance shaft problem?
Sadly, it appears that it does...

From another thread here we have this document:

Mercedes-Benz Class Action Lawsuit Complaint Filed Over Allegedly Defective Balance Shift Gears In Mercedes M272 Engines & Idle Gears in Mercedes M273 Engines | ClassActionLawsuitsInTheNews

Your engine number is 272960 30 153091.
Engines affected up to 2729xx 30 468993.

Also it seems that your delivery was in 2005.
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I don't understand your post about your fiance, does it mean you know how to fight mercedes on this balance shaft fiasco? I'd like your help if you are successful.
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Another decode requested for a CPO I am looking at purchasing. If it has the balance shaft issue I would like them to repair it first before I even drive it off the lot.

WDBTJ56H47F223796
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