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Looking for a good used C class for an older lady and need a little insight from those who own or have owned one or both.
Which is the most reliable model and what to look out for in a used one...probably looking at an 06 or 07 W203 body.
She would like a manual transmission which is limited to a C230 but not if the benifits of a C240 outway the C230 otherwise.
So what do you think....?
 

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Before buying a 2006 or 2007 C230 with the V6, check the engine serial number to make sure it's not in the range of those with bad balance shafts. That's a $4K++ repair. You can check the engine serial number by VIN. If you'll post a VIN here, those of us with EPC can check and tell you if it's in the affected range.

BTW, the C240 was only offered with a manual transmission in 2002 and 2003.
 

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Many C class Benz's, W203 mostly, have turn signal switch issues. If you look online you will see how many people have had problems with their C class Turn signal switch not staying on throughout the turn. Basically, the turn signal doesn't click in and needs to be held to turn... Check this before buying any C class.!!!
 

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Brain, that VIN, WDBRF52J96F803094, is a C230 with M272 engine #313523 which is within the affected range. Unless it's a real steal where you can bank the $4K+ for the repair, then I'd walk away.
 

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Thanks for the info.
I've decided to stay away from ALL cars affected by the balancing shaft issue, which from my research seem to cover several models and engines over numerous years.
Which vehicles and years are safe to consider?
This is a much more expensive repair then the wiring harness I've had to deal with in the past and Mercedes wasn't much help in replacing that either.....then there was the spring perch on our 1999 W210 that let go on the highway.
What is going on with these cars from MB?
Never though I'd say this, but, Honda sure is looking good!
 

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The balance shaft issue affects the M272 engines up to serial number 468993 and M273 engines up to serial number 88611. The M273 engine is just the 5.5l V8 used in the "550" models, but the M272 was made in several forms, including the 2.5l V6 (used in "230" models), the 3.0l V6 (used in "280" and "300" models) and the 3.5l V6 (used in "350" models). You really can't go by year because the engines were shipped to factories around the world. I doubt you'll find any model year 2008's with the problem, but again, that's still not a certainty. The only way to know for certain is by engine serial number which can be looked up in EPC by the VIN.

Keep in mind that MBZ vehicles have never been problem-free. They have always been complex vehicles that need adjustments and some TLC.
 
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