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2003 c230 K a lemon ?

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Sorry for the double post but this topic was re-posted under the w203 c-class section


I am the owner of a 2003 C230 K. In October 09, after many trips to the service department I was informed that my car had a defective cylinder head. Mercedes paid for all the parts but I paid the labor ($2,000). Less then a year later, the check engine light comes back on. The car has only been driven 3,000 miles since the cylinder head was replaced. The dealer replaced a hose a sent me on my way.

A Few months later (the present), the car is stalling again. I nearly died on the expressway when the car totally cut off. I'm receiving ESP errors and I can't even drive the car to the dealer to see what the issue is. Although, I'm pretty sure it's the cylinder head again. At times, I've had to press the gas pedal to the floor and the car won't exhilarate at all. What can I do? Has my car been recalled for these issues? Will Mercedes buy back my car? It's totally unsafe, I have a 5yr old and I can't drive the car for fear of having an accident.
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Do yourself a favor and stay away from dealerships. Lots of good independent shops out there. As far as Mercedes buying your car back I think thats pretty much out of the question for a 7 year old car. And to qualify as a lemon it would have to have had the same problem at least 3 or 4 times.

I say find a competent indy mechanic and see what the issue with your car is and decide if its worth keeping. Sounds like you have an electronic issue with the throttle though.
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