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 ALL 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 tires falling off on the interstate while driving to and from work
(1) Like I said earlier, this was a Virginia car... The problem is that in the "Salt" belt this happens because you can't clean or rinse this part, By washing these parts your only adding water to the salt , mud, sand in the laying in the control arms ... AND the only place that will find it is the Mercedes garage, BECAUSE the arms rust from the "Inside-out" and their not telling the whole world... So unless you know someone who has X-ray vision to pick this up during an inspection, most people would over look them..Not to discount the seriousness of this control arm breaking or say this is acceptable but theres a few angles you can look at this from:
Honsetly, I see the problem, but I also see A LOT of junk / salt / dirt built up on EVERYTHING related to the suspension... You said You only drove it 2 winters? Who says the previous owner didnt drive it all winter long every winter?? Salt and metal dont mix, and even the coil spring looks to have salt built up on it. It almost looks like visible signs of neglect. Im not saying you didnt take care of the car, but you also have to listen to the other posts... even if you were in a BMW, Lexus, Volkswagen or Toyota -- I doubt any manufacturer would lift a finger to do anything to fix a control arm that broke after 9-10 YEARS of use, with some of the use being in snow... It's almost like me being mad at Goodyear because the tread is wearing off of my tires.
This IS something that can be avoided by regular inspection, maintainence, and care. Its really too bad to see it happen, But I do have a feeling it could have been caught or stopped before this.
1995 Mercedes C220 Front Wheel fell off, Rusted through Lower control arm
I just wanted to warn people, Since Mercedes won't, That I lost my front driver side wheel in a parking lot... I didn't hit anything, The lower support arm rusted in half from the inside out..AND the other side lower support arm is in the same condition.. You see they are made of layers of stamped sheetmetal instead of solid steel like on my old 240d... so please Check your lower support arms ...It would have been dandy if it would have left loose on my daily drive on the interstate.... The way their built is they have a 3 inch large hole on top and the salt & water goes in the hole and soaks down to the lower ball joint area, and rusts from the inside out because they are hollow....
Ps: I have the front of the car on jackstands because I'm really afraid of the other side breaking off also...the people that I talked to at Mercedes USA were arrogant and were more worried about trying to get their notes right and
discrediting me rather than accessing that there my be a problem..This car was only driven 2 years in the winter..Again Please look at your cars
This is ridiculous.
I have pulled 50 year old cars and trucks from fields where they sat rusting away for decades. None of them were in danger of having the wheels fall off or axles break from corrosion.
So a 1990's Mercedes Benz is not as good as a 1929 Ford Model A?
I got a 1965 Ford Mustang (which was cheaply built to begin with) that sat ON the ground for 18 years. They actually had to dig around the car to get a jack underneath it. Its suspension, frame, chassis, body and wheels were all solid. No wheels fell off.
I echo LSK7's warning that every owner should inspect the control arms.
I do not agree with the dealer above who thinks Mercedes Benz is blameless. It appears that Mercedes changed their suspension construction on the w203 which indicates they knew of the problems. It was a cost cutting measure that failed.
If I owned one of the models in question I certainly would file a complaint with the NTHSA.
its a fukin miami vice pic... rico tubbs drives a 500 benz then the cadiI guess U were having a bad day.
Isk7 actuallty looks as German as U can go
He doesn't look like he drives a bmw, bmw drivers actually look exactly like the people in your own avatar, clean, brushed, nice on the outside, crap at the inside.
Honestly I'd rather have a conversation with Isk7 then with somebody like U.