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Mercedes-Benz C-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (3%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (13%)

Other (6%)

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class brake repair cost distribution

$2500+ (7%)

$1000 - $2499 (13%)

$500 - $999 (17%)

$100 - $499 (24%)

< $100 (39%)

Chart based on 46 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

24000 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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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

24000 mi A wrong wheel speed sensor on the front right passenger side wheel was causing the check engine light to be on, and was causing ABS to be disabled. 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

55000 mi

US $100
Brake caliper was stuck on one pin and caused the right front rotor to get a groove on the back. Replaced both front rotors. 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

29760 mi Noise from parking brake cable. Anti vibration noise clips installed 

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

88873.0 mi

US $200
Replaced rear pads and rotors. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

69400 mi

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

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.  
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. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door

6-cylinder automatic AWD

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. 

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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

88000 mi

US $1100
Electronic steering lock failure, steering lock suddenly did not communicate with key, making car inoperable. 
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 $1200
Steering lock failed 
55000 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. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

53000 mi traction control/stability control would stop working, car would not accelerate 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

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

20412.0 mi

US $460
Brake Pad Light On - R & R Right front brake sensor cable, was physically broken. 
600.0 mi Excessive right rear brake dust. Dealer replaced both rear calipers. Replaced both rear calipers due to excessive right rear brake dust. 

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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

73360 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

200.0 mi Car displayed an error message that indicated that the Stability Control was inoperative. Steering Angle Sensor needed replacing. 
47100 mi

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

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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. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

65000 mi

US $850
Cruise control and electronic skid prevention not working. 
64000 mi Steering Angle Sensor replace after message indicator "ESP malfunction visit workshop". 

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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. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

60000.0 mi Front Brakes fixed 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

5500.0 mi replace brake pads under warranty -- squeaking, early wear 

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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

37500.0 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. 
67980 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 4dr Sedan

supercharged 349hp 3.2L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

83000.0 mi

US $400
Replaced brake pads and rotors. Front and back. 

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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. 
120360 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

102000 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 Sedan

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

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 4-door

supercharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

88240 mi The ABS light was constantly on. Removed the front wheels and just cleaned out the ABS contacts with Carb-cleaner and reinstalled them and now the problem is solved. Thank you 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 192hp 2.3L I4 6-speed manual RWD

14000.0 mi Traction Control System-- replaced electrical connector 
71000.0 mi

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

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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Engine not specified

67580 mi

R 14700
The car did not want to start, the dealer said it is a steering lock that must be replaced 
161200 mi

$6000
And sensor 

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