2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2010

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (5%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (39%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (10%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 119 repairs.
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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class repair cost distribution

$2500+ (1%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (9%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (60%)

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Chart based on 90 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Engine not specified

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Massachusetts, United States
Jul 2014 - Sep 2014
Sep 2014

60000 mi
Fine tunning knob, GPS knob quit working, replaced under warranty 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 228hp 3.0L V6 Diesel 7-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Great Britain
Oct 2012 - Dec 2015
Nov 2012

37000 mi
front offside suspension failed dealer replaced both front under warranty 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New South Wales, Australia
Oct 2010 - Apr 2014
May 2012

14640 mi
Electronic steering lock module faulty, could not start car as steering lock would not disengage, car towed to dealer. replaced steering lock & battery. Dealer advised MB had a bad batch of batteries, have replaced 10 in the last month. 
Nov 2012

21680 mi
Rear seat belt would not stay fastened. Belt disengaged from retaining mechanism without warning. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Philippines
Jun 2010 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

9300 mi

$1500
All front and rear shock absorbers are not dampening, replaced all the front and rear shock absorbers 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Chongqing, China
Dec 2011 - Jun 2018
Sep 2013

12400 mi
C200 have bad smell for years after bought(2009). Took it to the dealer, dealer have been noticed by manufactory the main carpet is the reason for it. Had the dealer replace it. As far as I know, this happened to all 09 C series in China. 
Jan 2017

14100 mi

$40
Horn did not work 
Jun 2018

52700 mi

$1200
speed sensor 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Texas, United States
Jan 2011 - Jan 2014
Dec 2011

16000 mi
Minor engine miss; also $500 to replace broken fog light 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2013 - Nov 2014
Nov 2013

30940 mi
Rear tail lights 
Mar 2014

35340 mi
rear tail lights some leds replaced, other side lights switch drained battery 
May 2014

37080 mi

C $400
Won't start Dead battery 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Mar 2013
Jan 2012

17000 mi
Thumping at rattling from front suspension. Replaced front struts, replaced sway bar connecting link. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New York, United States
Jun 2012 - Oct 2012
Jul 2012

18000 mi
Thumping at rattling from front suspension. Replaced front struts, replaced sway bar connecting link. 
Oct 2012

20000 mi
Right rear shock makes nose over bumps Replace shock 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Quebec, Canada
Feb 2013 - Feb 2014
Jan 2014

C $160
Thermostat seems to be affecting lots of customers…. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Texas, United States
Mar 2011 - Jun 2016
Feb 2013

26900 mi
Drivers Taillight keeps going out. 
Dec 2013

32000 mi
The sunroof was making a loud click when shut. The slider was broken. 
Mar 2014

33000 mi
light 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Texas, United States
Dec 2011 - Feb 2018
Sep 2013

58000 mi

US $90
Sluggish acceleration 
Mar 2014

71000 mi

US $300
The 2nd exhaust resonater caused excessive restriction to the flow of the exhaust. Black and plugged up. Upon switching out to an aftermarket high flow dual resonator the vehicle definitely ran better. This was described earlier with the last maintenance. 
Jul 2015

73200 mi
AC compressor and dryer (extended warranty coverage) circuit board for rear lights, both sides, wire & board melting, (RECALL) noted on the rear wire issued. 
Sep 2015

74000 mi
Steering Lock servo froze and needing replacement. Would have been $1,400 without the extended warranty. 
Feb 2016

74000 mi

US $235
Jump started by tow company, spouse took to dealership, diagnosed with poor battery, replaced by dealership. 
Sep 2016

76000 mi

US $10
Head lights turning yellow, very opaque. Used PlastiX Mequires brand and sand paper in 3 stages to clean, and finally a rotary buffer to finish off. 
Feb 2017

77300 mi

US $136
Driver side power window unit non-functional, manually close & open. 
Jun 2017

79000 mi

US $800
Driver Door Lock Actuator Non-Functional 
Sep 2017

79000 mi

US $180
Driver door actuator had to be changed out, the door would not lock or open. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in California, United States
Apr 2013 - Aug 2014
Sep 2013

39000 mi
Check engine light lit and they performed software update on engine control unit. 
Feb 2014

43200 mi
PURGE VALVE STIKY OPEN CAUSING LEAK IN EVAP SYSTEM, REPLACED THE PURGE VALVE 
Apr 2014

44000 mi

US $250
43412 150 PERFORM SHORT TEST FOUND NO CODE CK TRAN FLUID LEVEL GOOD CK FOR ANY NEW SOFTWARE HAS ONE PERFORM TRAN SOFTWARE UPDATE 
Aug 2014

44000 mi
The transmission jerks/bucks in lower gears while shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear. Dealership wouldn't fix it until it got worse. I took the car in five times. With warranty expiring next year I sold the car. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Tennessee, United States
Sep 2011 - Nov 2011
Oct 2011

7000 mi
On cold start up the engine sounds as though there is a bearing clearance problem between the crank and front main bearing. Shop could not replicate nor hear the issue. I advised we would know when the bearing spins. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Alabama, United States
Jul 2010 - Dec 2012
Aug 2012

29300 mi
Windshield wiper chatter and smear 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in California, United States
Dec 2014 - Mar 2015
Feb 2015

65100 mi

US $400
Replaced bad thermostat and housing. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New York, United States
May 2017 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

95000 mi

US $550
Ignition switch malfunction. 
Jan 2018

103000 mi

US $730
Replaced the thermostat 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in California, United States
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Sep 2015

58000 mi

US $80
Check engine light- misfire cylinder 3. Spark plugs changed. Check engine light cleared. 
May 2016

69400 mi

US $750
Car wouldn't start, would not turn over. Electronic steering lock had failed and needed to be replaced. 
Sep 2017

81000 mi

US $200
Dead batter after my car was sitting at work for 8 hours. Dealer (Mercedes of San Diego) came and changed my battery. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Florida, United States
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
May 2017

137000 mi

US $3000
Engine Mounts needed to be replaced because you could feel vibration while driving. Once repaired car was noticeably smoother. Transmission Mount. When car would shift gears I could feel some jerk. Once replaced it was very smooth. When turning to the right was hearing some noise from front. Once replace it was no longer there. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New South Wales, Australia
Jul 2010 - Jan 2016
Sep 2010

1860 mi
Clunking noise right front end of vehicle when driving over small road imperfections or washboard type surfaces. Dealer initially replaced front sway bar links(unsucessful). Then replaced struts and problem solved. 
Jan 2011

2480 mi
Rattle / vibration from area of the flip up sat nav screen. Esp noticeable when in closed position. Dealer did not reference this on repair report but verbally told me tightened something up. NOT FIXED AT ALL! 
Mar 2011

3100 mi
Rattle from flip up command screen area. Dealer atated that they followed TSB for the same and placed some additional padding???. Problem now 95% improved. 
Dec 2012

7440 mi
Air conditioner very smelly. Dealer unsuccessfully performed an air conditioning decontamination treatment. The dealer will fix thus issue this week. Left rear indicator warning comes on intermittently but indicator works 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Mar 2011
Aug 2010

1860 mi
Adjust washer nozzles 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Pennsylvania, United States
Nov 2009 - Dec 2017
Nov 2010

12800 mi
Cigarette lighter/charger port not functional. 
Apr 2011

18000 mi
Factory Navigation system not accurate, replaced nav "antenna" 
Jan 2013

15200 mi
Another navigation system failure 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Illinois, United States
Aug 2013 - Sep 2013
Aug 2013

51000 mi

US $200
Leak from transfer case. Had to disassemble transmission to replace gasket. Power steering making a horrible noise. Took it to dealer where they also found the leaking transfer case. Service was great, loaner car given. Kinda wondering about long term problems with car. Battery died after 3 years. Was told this was common with this vehicle. Mercedes sent someone down (45 minute drive) and replaced battery. Called wear and tear so I had to pay out of pocket. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Illinois, United States
Dec 2009 - Dec 2015
Dec 2010

11000 mi
Sat radio does not work. Repair would have required removal of the rear window, and I was not ready to have that type of work done. 
Jun 2011

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.  
Sep 2011

20000 mi
Sat radio works intermittently, and worked the day I had the car in for service. No codes read, so they did not attempt to repair. 
Nov 2011

23500 mi
My sat radio problem has finally been resolved. For C Class owners with the panoramic roof option, there is a service bulletin that addresses intermittent or no sat radio reception. 
Feb 2012

26500 mi
Sat radio showing "no service". Faulty radio module replaced. 
Jun 2012

29000 mi
Replaced sat antenna. 
Sep 2012

33000 mi

US $775
Intermittent function of the Sattelite radio and iPod interface. Driver side A pillar trim loose and water leaking on to outside of window. No internal leak. 
Aug 2013

42700 mi

US $312
Not a leak into interior, but the driver side A pillar trim was leaking on to outside of driver side door glass. Replaced trip piece and tightened clamps. 
Sep 2014

52000 mi

US $1780
Replaced left upstream O2 sensor. 
Apr 2015

58000 mi

US $1
Replaced air pump, which was making a noise. 
Dec 2015

67000 mi
Bearing in transmission failed. Cost of repair was $6800.00, so traded as is, for a 2016 Volvo XC70. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Alaska, United States
Dec 2013 - Oct 2016
Jan 2014

36700 mi
Sunroof would not open all the way. Dealership replaced motor under warranty. 
Mar 2014

25000 mi
Returned to dealership to get sunroof fixed for the second time. Overhead control panel faulty again. Removed and replaced under factory warranty. Heard clunking sounds from front when going over bumps at a slow speed. Brought vehicle in the dealership. Tech found out that noise are coming from front struts. Both left and right struts removed and replaced (FP No. 204-323-29-00). Sway bar links (204-320-07-89 and 204-320-22-89) replaced along with struts mentioned earlier. 
Oct 2014

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. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Saskatchewan, Canada
May 2016 - Jun 2016
Jun 2016

44020 mi

C $200
High pitch noise coming from accessory drive upper pulley. Replaced Pulleys, belt, and belt tensioner as a precaution. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in California, United States
Apr 2014 - Jan 2016
Feb 2015

95600 mi

US $747
purge valve 
May 2015

102200 mi

US $395
New battery installed 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Ohio, United States
Nov 2012 - Sep 2013
Dec 2012

37000 mi
Blower Motor failed, needed to be replaced. Item was under CPO warranty, so no out of pocket cost to me. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New York, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2012
Jul 2012

54000 mi
Front spoiler paint peeling off. Repainted no charge. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New York, United States
May 2011 - Dec 2011
Sep 2011

27000 mi

US $450
Left rear tail light bulb was out. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Massachusetts, United States
Mar 2010 - Dec 2012
Feb 2011

20700 mi
GPS antennae failed and was replaced 
Aug 2012

50500 mi
Front(left)strut failed; both were replaced under warranty. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Sep 2012
Mar 2011

9000 mi
power seat rail was jammed and replaced by dealer 
May 2011

10100 mi

US $900
tie rods were deformed 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New Jersey, United States
Nov 2010 - Nov 2012
Jun 2010

8105 mi
A/C doesn't get cold, adjust hood closure 
Dec 2010

10231 mi

US $145
car pulls to right - wheel alignment completed 
Sep 2012

28000 mi

US $6
Replaced several tail light and marker bulbs. Replaced hose clamp to stop antifreeze leak 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Virginia, United States
Sep 2010 - Mar 2014
Sep 2013

54000 mi

US $300
Failed TPS sensor in driver rear wheel 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in New York, United States
Jul 2010 - Jun 2015
Oct 2011

4000 mi
Driver side door panel was replaced as a fix for inoperable inside door handle 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jun 2018
Nov 2010

4340 mi
Passenger-side exterior window motor was noisy when retracting. New motor installed. 
Jan 2011

4960 mi
Car not driven for 3 weeks, needed to be jump started after 3 short trips. Temperature sensor on battery defective causing slow drain of battery. Battery and sensor replaced. Sensor had to be shipped from Germany, hence waiting time. 
Mar 2012

10540 mi
Drivers door a little stiff to open from inside the car. Oil leaking from transfer case 
Apr 2013

16200 mi
replace drivers sun visor, poor electrical contact for vanity light 
Nov 2013

21360 mi
Noise from front of car. Both front struts replaced. Both front wheel bearings replaced. Bulb out message, drivers side rear. Connector melted. Connector and bulbs replaced, right side. Passenger side sun visor light flickering. Sun visor replaced. Drivers door difficult to open from inside. Door lock/latch assembly replaced. 
Mar 2015

27900 mi

C $1100
Battery failed load test, was replaced. This is the third battery in 5 years. Water had entered the rear driver's side light housing and corroded the connectors. 
Nov 2015

31620 mi
transmission bumped when changing down under load, after slowing down going up a hill. 
Mar 2018

42780 mi

C $45
Gas cap rubber retainer broke. Driver's seat base cover split along a seam. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2012 - Jan 2013
Sep 2012

41000 mi

US $259
Required transmission service at 40K miles. Tech noted leaking transfer case for AWD system need repair under warranty. 
Jan 2013 low coolant level due to extreme cold weather 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2009 - Mar 2018
Dec 2017

30380 mi

C $40
One of the fog lights was burn out. Ended up ordering the bulbs from the dealer and changing both. 10-15 min to complete. 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in California, United States
Mar 2013 - Oct 2014
Dec 2013

44000 mi
Problems with bluetooth streaming music, bluetooth phone connectivity 
Mercedes-Benz C-Class in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2011 - Sep 2011
Sep 2011

16000 mi
The driver's door interior handle mechanism broke causing the door to be non-funtional from the inside of the car. The dealer replaced the whole interior door panel due to the design. This is the only way to fix this issue under warranty. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Ontario, Canada
Oct 2009 - Jun 2016
Apr 2013

38120 mi
Heater fan motor had a noisy bearing 
Jan 2016

39560 mi

C $200
Power Driver seat fore and aft stopped working. Fuse had blown. This had happened once a year earlier. Fuse replaced then and no cause had been found that was actionable. No cause found this time. Motor could be replaced but very expensive. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in France
Nov 2013 - Jun 2018
Mar 2015

83700 mi

€170
Temperature sensor failed causing an over temperature warning to occur. Sensor replaced 
Aug 2015

84940 mi
Loss of coolant, small leak from RHS engine component (sorry don't know name). Two gaskets replaced 12€ labour 130€ antifreeze 10€ 
Sep 2015

86180 mi

€415
Leak from water pump, therefore water pump was replaced 
Aug 2017

112840 mi

€7
Headlight bulb replaced. I run with the dip beam on all the time 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Ontario, Canada
Sep 2014 - Mar 2017
Sep 2015

65720 mi

C $1000
Intake manifold needed replacing. Variable length runner malfunction for left cylinder bank. Loud engine noise past 3900rpm, loss of power. NO check engine light or codes present. Car driveable keeping under 3900rpm. 
Feb 2016

78460 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. 
Jun 2016

91760 mi

C $450
Seal at high pressure line connection blew, power steering pump ran dry and malfunctioned, needed to be replaced. Power steering pump replaced, fluid drained, refilled and bled. 

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2009.5 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 201hp 2.1L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Great Britain
Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Jun 2014

61000 mi
Noticed a transmission whine while on a long vacation trip. Mostly occurred at around 65-75 mph (European roads allow up to c. 80 mph).Reported to dealer on last visit (airbag recall) who said nothing is wrong. Still makes a noise it didn't make before. 

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