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Mercedes-Benz C-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (29%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (12%)

Other (6%)

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (5%)

$1000 - $2499 (16%)

$500 - $999 (27%)

$100 - $499 (38%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 105 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2015.5 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 161hp 2.1L I4 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

8060 mi the dealer said that i need to change the brake pads after having driven only 13000 km. i refused and got checked with VW SHOWROOM (I HVE A JETTA). they said i culd wait foe another 2000km. 

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 329hp 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

4000 mi Brakes screeched when first applied in cold weather. 
161200 mi

$6000
And sensor 

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 241hp 2.0L I4 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

6000 mi Front break pads squeaked when temp dropped below 40 degrees F. 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 1.8L I4 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

25000 mi Parking brake was sticking. Pedal replaced. 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 181hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

4340 mi Run Flat Indicator Inoperative, ABS sensor was found faulty 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Coupe

turbocharged 201hp 1.8L I4 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

20460 mi

$400
excessive wear on drum looks like pads not only have graphite but also something very abrassive 

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 1.8L I4 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

39060 mi

A $700
Front rotor & pads 
45860 mi

A $680
Replaced front rotors & all pads 

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

46000 mi

US $233
Replaced worn rotors and put in new pads. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

32440 mi

A $2000
Replace rotors & pads 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

74000 mi Steering Lock servo froze and needing replacement. Would have been $1,400 without the extended warranty. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

26000 mi

US $433
Heard squealing noise when letting off brakes and turning left. Took it in to dealership. Tech verified it's coming from front right wheel. Tech found seized brake calipers. Front brake calipers replaced. Due to seized calipers (204-421-30-81), dealership replaced front rotors and pads as well. Pad (007-420-57-20) and rotors (204-421-28-12). 
16000 mi Faint hiss coming from area of brake pedal, that stopped with depression of the pedal. Problem was traced to the brake booster, which was replaced, and the noise is gone.  

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

79760 mi

C $886
Brake Booster internal valve malfunction causing engine vacuum leak, required replacement of entire booster. Brake booster and necessary seals between booster and master cylinder replaced, brake system required bleeding afterwards. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

91760 mi

$1300
Steering lock. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

3100 mi Rubbing sound from brakes when not applied 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

57000 mi

US $1100
Steering Column Lock was replaced. Vehicle wouldn't start and locked steering wheel and gear shift. Went into theft mode as if someone was trying to steal it. 
58000 mi

US $2000
Replaced front pads, rotors, and calipers. One Caliper had an issue, which caused one of the two pads in the caliper to completely wear out, though, I went in because of a bearing type noise, and never noticed anything wrong with my breaks 
85000 mi

US $2000
Steering lock failed Rotors and pads replaced 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

49000 mi

US $800
Rear pads and rotors replaced. 
53000 mi traction control/stability control would stop working, car would not accelerate 

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2008.5 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 181hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

66960 mi Replaced brake pads and discs they had abnormal wear 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

451-horsepower 6.2L V8 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

60000 mi

US $1000
Front brake pads 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

268-horsepower 3.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

16000 mi Replaced rear brake pads per TSB. They were creating lots of brake dust. 
25500 mi

US $1200
Vibrations when braking repeatedly in downhill curves. Diagnostic was to replace rotors and pads. 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

16000 mi Rear brakes always had excess brake dust compared to front brakes. I noticed a TSB came out about this, that if customer reports to put on revised pad. Begged dealer to put on revised pads, they finally did. 
5000 mi squealing noise when applying brakes, 
96000 mi

US $1300
steering locking mechanism malfunction 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic AWD

600 mi Replaced both rear calipers due to excessive right rear brake dust. 
16000 mi squeaking brake pads and excess brake dust 
13000 mi

US $380
Excessive brake dust/wear on rear wheels. Pads replaced per TSB. 
20412 mi

US $460
Brake Pad Light On - R & R Right front brake sensor cable, was physically broken. 
26000 mi Rear brake out of adjustment, was dragging a bit. Dealer inspected and was not satisfied with amount of wear that had taken place so he replaced a few things under warranty. 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

49000 mi

US $795
ESL (Electronic Steering Lock) Failure 

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2007.5 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 181hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

73560 mi Steering wheel interlock to the Start circuitry. A well-known problem on the 2007 W204. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

200 mi Car displayed an error message that indicated that the Stability Control was inoperative. Steering Angle Sensor needed replacing. 
46700 mi

US $550
Steering angle sensor went bad causing stability control system to fail. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

76000 mi

US $125
Rear brakes worn, replaced pads and rotors 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

201-horsepower 2.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

57000 mi

US $800
Brakes replaced, which included rotors and associated hardware. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic AWD

37200 mi

C $300
Parking brake rubbing rotors when disengaged. Dealer/Mercedes Canada will pay 75% (good will). Owned car 3 months was MB certified. 
59000 mi

US $375
Worn Brake pads, replaced all four. New Brake Warning sensors as well. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

201-horsepower 2.5L V6 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

67580 mi

R 14700
The car did not want to start, the dealer said it is a steering lock that must be replaced 
61000 mi

US $995
Brake pads and rotors replaced 
42000 mi Replace Brake pads and rotor. 
64000 mi Steering Angle Sensor replace after message indicator "ESP malfunction visit workshop". 
75000 mi

US $100
New brake pad 
65000 mi

US $850
Cruise control and electronic skid prevention not working. 
35000 mi

US $105
Replaced front pads, EBC ceramic. Reused factory sensor 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

32000 mi

US $280
Steering angle sensor failed and was replaced. Independent shop reset resulting airbag warning light due to disconnected power/battery. 
74000 mi

US $2000
Replaced brake pads and rotors; was also time for level "A"service and new tires. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

60000 mi Front Brakes fixed 
51000 mi

US $150
Replaced rear brake pads. 
71000 mi

US $503
Brake wear sensor tripped. Rotors were measured and needed replacement. Replaced Front and rear rotors and pads myself; parts ordered online. 
40300 mi

C $200
brake pads replaced very easily. 
55000 mi

US $120
Car needed front and rear brake pads not rotors 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

5500 mi replace brake pads under warranty -- squeaking, early wear 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Wagon

168-horsepower 2.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

57000 mi

US $800
Routine maintenance. O & F, brake pads and rotors. 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

70680 mi

C $700
had to replace rear rotors and pads completely rusted on inside, parking brake mechanism failed and caused damage to rotor and splash shield as lining material separated from the shoes for the p-brake. parking brake is an drum brake system 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

37500 mi

US $43
Took car in to shop because malfunction light on for brake maintenance. Checked out and found front brake sensor misplaced from earlier pad change.(was a dealer pad change!) Sensor replaced, brakes in excellent shape. 
67880 mi

C $500
pads+rotors and 1 caliper was change. 
71300 mi

C $250
Brake caliper seize. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Engine not specified

98000 mi

US $350
The check brake light came on, took it to two shops, first one would not do the work--afraid to work on Merc. second did the work. completed satisfactory 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Wagon

215-horsepower 3.2L V6 6-speed manual RWD

69440 mi

C $2300
Brake pads and rotors changed. Lube and filters. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

46000 mi

US $500
front brake pads and rotors need replacement 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

76000 mi

US $800
Brake pads and rotors replaced. 
117000 mi

US $115755
Replaced front/rear pads and brake sensor 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

94860 mi

C $3147
Parking Brake stuck on 
100440 mi

C $420
Seized Brake Caliper - left front. 
121240 mi

C $788
Brake Caliper in driver front replaced, Brake caliper driver rear kit installed, new brake fluid 
74400 mi Brake assist / stability control warning light on intermittently. New sensor on order  

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

215-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

203000 mi Parking brake release doesn't clear parking brake indicator; have to pull up on parking brake pedal to clear. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Wagon

215-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

100000 mi Brake pads & rotors plus A service. 
127000 mi

US $400
rotors warped. 
144700 mi

US $1100
Replace pads, rotors and sensors. 
108000 mi

US $180
Brakes squeaking - rust formed on rotors, not sure why. All 4 rotors turned. Fronts have 18k, rears have 27k. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

43000 mi

US $1000
Replaced brake pads and rotors. 
155000 mi

US $1000
Replaced front pads and rotors 
63000 mi When driving at low speeds and the road is not completely flat (worn pavement, bumps...) you can hear clunks coming front the front. It turns out to be the sway bar end links are worn out. This is another know issue on all these cars. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

79000 mi Rear Brakes, original pads and rotors 
80000 mi

US $300
Replaced brake pads and rotors. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 192hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

14000 mi Traction Control System-- replaced electrical connector 
71000 mi

US $400
P-brake pedal return spring replaced. Minor, old problem. Prior adjustments did not correct. 
65720 mi

C $150
noisy and worn brakes 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 192hp 2.3L I4 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

124000 mi

US $550
Front rotors and pads needed to be replaced. Probably 2nd time in the 10 yrs I've owned the car 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

215-horsepower 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

108500 mi Changed front brake pads 
123380 mi

C $170
replce pads 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

124300 mi

US $3000
brake pad and rotors need to be replaced 

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