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Mercedes-Benz C-Class repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (7%)

Brakes and Traction Control (4%)

Suspension and Steering (10%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (31%)

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

Other (6%)

Chart based on 1642 repairs.
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class other repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (6%)

$500 - $999 (12%)

$100 - $499 (20%)

< $100 (63%)

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Chart based on 86 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

11000 mi

US $500
Low profile run flat tire got a flat. They say I hit a hole (I don't remember that). Run flat tire but impossible to get one quickly. Replace with non-run flat tires. 

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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

12000 mi Trunk lid drive detached from body 

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

10000 mi Adjusted wiper arm twist to address blades skipping on downward stroke. 
29500 mi Motorized trunk closing system intermittently stops part way while either opening or closing. Parts had to be ordered which have not yet arrived. 

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

42000 mi

US $895
All the wheel rims were bent. All four had to be reworked at significant cost. This is a snowflake car designed to drain your wallet via maintenance costs which is why I got rid of it. It depreciated $30k in 3 years as well! 
34000 mi Recall campaign. 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

23000 mi Driver's side fog light fell out of mount. Replaced by dealer. 
37000 mi

US $126
One of two hood latches would not engage (lock). Had to replace it. 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

17000 mi Right rear passenger seatbelt locks prematurely. 

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2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

31000 mi Power seat wouldn't move properly, replace seat frame 
41000 mi

US $175
Power headrest was no longer working. Repair noticed it was out of the runners (no damage to any part). Put headrest back into runners. Fixed first try. 
70000 mi

US $370
Door handle broke and could not open driver's door from inside of vehicle. Have to wait for parts to come in to fix and then take back. 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

73000 mi Driver headrest broke and was flopping. Took it apart and secured some plastic pieces that had broken with screws. Very poor design. 

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Coupe

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

20460 mi Front right motor hood closing damper broke. Changed for free, out of warranty. Likely broken by careless mechanic during previous work on the car. 

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

2000 mi Homelink for garage opener would fail to work. dealer had to order new rear view mirror after several attempts to re-program Homelink failed. Homelink for garage opener would fail to work. dealer had to order new rear view mirror after several attempts to re-program Homelink failed. 

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

67000 mi

US $600
Out of round wheel 
35000 mi

US $85
Rotate and balance tires 
57000 mi

US $580
Left front fender liner came loose and was rubbing against the tire and damaged the liner. It had to be replaced. 
19000 mi garage door opener would only work inside garage (weak signal?) the dealer replaced the rear view mirror, no improvement. contacted mbz usa,no help. they said that the way it is. extended antenna from opener to just inside door. OK! 

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2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

21680 mi Rear seat belt would not stay fastened. Belt disengaged from retaining mechanism without warning. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

37080 mi

C $400
Dead battery 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

29300 mi Windshield wiper chatter and smear 
26900 mi Drivers Taillight keeps going out. 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

1860 mi Adjust washer nozzles 
10540 mi Drivers door a little stiff to open from inside the car. 
21360 mi Drivers door difficult to open from inside. Door lock/latch assembly replaced. 
42780 mi

C $45
Gas cap rubber retainer broke. 
9000 mi power seat rail was jammed and replaced by dealer 

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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

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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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

1860 mi The driver side inertia reel seat belt sometimes will not extend so that she can fasten it. The sales staff and service staff have been unable to identify a fault and have not been able to reproduce the problem. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 154hp 1.6L I4 6-speed manual RWD

9920 mi exterior mirror was making a whining noise while folding in 
27280 mi

$400
Water getting into side mirror indicator housing 
32860 mi

$200
Rubber grommet in windshield washer water reserve bottle was worn causing leak 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

47740 mi Wiper fluid leaking. Reservoir tank cracked. Parts ordered. Now waiting dealer's call to send in car for tank replacement. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

13020 mi Windshield washer nozzle spraying below halfway point on windshield. Dealer replaced tubing assembly from pump to washer nozzle. Tubing had collapsed causing low washer pressure. Parts ordered, installed the next day. Windshield tubing installed. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

22135 mi

US $500
Windshield Replaced. Rock 1, Glass 0 
14200 mi Had to have the hood release cable reattached. It had come loose and the fan was hitting it. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

238000 mi Windshield washer tank has a small leak. Decided to live with it for now 
56000 mi

US $300
inside door latch broke and would not release door from within car 
16900 mi Flat tire. By mistake while filling the air in tires, one of the valves was slightly loosened. The shop found the problem and fixed it in under 30 minutes. 
58000 mi

US $32
Two TPMS sensors were cracked. This is a very common problem but they can be rebuilt so it’s not expensive at all. I paid $16.00 each. 
28500 mi replaced airflow directional piece in one of the dash vents. 

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2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

35200 mi

US $1200
Replace driver door hinge due to clunking during door open travel Replace window regulator due to shuddering motion when glass lifts/drops 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

turbocharged 134hp 2.1L I4 Diesel 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

39760 mi Windscreen water bottle leaking 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

7000 mi Driver's seat is moving slightly during turns and appears to be loose. I have notified the dealer multiple times, and at this point they're saying that the seat is within factory specifications. I will be filing a complaint with NTSB/NHTSA. 
16000 mi Seat rails replaced (previous complaint now resolved) 
13000 mi The Sunroof squeaks loudly when first opened in the vent position. Dealer had completely lubed and checked out the problem via the motor etc.. but can't rep'. 2nd trip on this. We will record the noise and location. 
64480 mi Passenger side mirror making noise when folding 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

1180 mi headlight washers blast the entire front end of the car tire pressure sensor warning comes on regularly 
30000 mi All Warranty 
35000 mi Rear Door Lock Pins would fall off if tried to use to unlock rear doors. Rear passengers therefore couldn't unlock rear doors. They replaced the pins.  
36000 mi When braking or accelerating from a stop, passenger seat would CREAK & slightly MOVE. Replaced height adjustment part ($1500 part supposedly). 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

2000 mi Rear door latch difficult to close. 
3000 mi Drivers side outside mirror glass vibrated. Dealer replaced mirror glass and housing assembly. 
4000 mi Car continues to make pulsating humming sound when driven at highway speeds. Dealer said my tire sidewalls were too stiff and this caused it. Um, yeah. 
Windshield Wipers very noisy. Do squeak sound when reaching top of windshield. Dealer changed wipers, and it made no difference. 
24000 mi Leaky tire valve stem/TPMS replaced in one tire. 

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

228-horsepower 3.0L V6 6-speed manual RWD

49000 mi

US $600
Steering wheel lock replacement 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

68000 mi Trunk latch sticking part needed replacing. 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

93000 mi

US $300
Replaced Windshield washer Fluid Resevior 

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

35000 mi Front cup holder not coming up when button pushed. 
35000 mi Cup holder would not rise when button pushed. Cup holder replaced successfully. 
41000 mi Window seal around driver side window tore allowing wind noise and small water leak to enter. Dealer replaced the seal under warranty. 
108000 mi

US $25
Windshield washer pump began leaking. I changed the pump and the grommet. Problem solved. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

59000 mi

US $375
Grinding noise from rear when making slow, tight turns (parking, etc) Shop found a TSB on this problem from Jan 2009. Rear transfer case (4Matic) gears grinding due to bad fluid. Replaced fluid, grinding gone, gears seem undamaged. 
85000 mi

US $530
Passenger door lock was clicking when door was locked from inside the car using dash button. New lock put in, also noticed rusted harness and elements for passenger rear view mirror, mirror motor replaced. Oil change, tire rotation as well. 

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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

58600 mi Buttons on console arm rest lid got out of sequence. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Engine not specified

72000 mi

US $1450
Rear passenger door latch not working - door could not be opened from inside. Passenger front door latch not working - door could not be opened from the outside. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

15000 mi High pressure light washer door. Spring on retractable door had to be replaced. Warranty work 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

41000 mi Driver's seat pan stitching came loose at a wear point (bolster). M-B replaced @ no cost. 
111000 mi

US $250
Seat pan trim failed again. In addition, dealer said trim would fail because seat springs were broken (sic). Instructed my 130# wife to stop jumping on seat (LOL). Fired the dealer (RBM Atlanta). 
41000 mi Smartkey - cover is cracked. Sunroof did not close properly.  
50000 mi Cover was cracked 
27000 mi Middle console cover broke off, covered under warranty. 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

211000 mi

US $70
Hood release cable repair. Readjust and lubricate. 
52000 mi

US $300
Interior Lighting did not work. Light bulb would not fix the problem, so entire assembly replaced. Fixed problem. Under CPO warranty. 
65200 mi

US $500
Airbag Harness Replaced 

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

24000 mi Driver's seat mechanism replaced -- driver's seat could not be opened for rear passengers. 
61180 mi

C $100
Drivers door stopper snapped. Door trim removed, stopper replaced, and trim re-installed 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

supercharged 189hp 1.8L I4 6-speed manual RWD

71300 mi

C $1100
bolt for left front wheel seized and snapped off, dealer could not remove bolt and had to replace hub, as well as new bearings as bearings could not be reused despite being less than 2 years old, $700 
76980 mi trunk latch handle would open once and stay open. Took out exterior latch handle and cleaned and lubed to free the mechanism which appears to have seized because of dirt, salt and a bit of rusting on pivot bar 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

90000 mi

US $100
Expansion coolant tank and expansion coolant connector failed. Just wore out due to heat and aging. 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4-door

turbocharged 4-cylinder automatic 2WD

111000 mi

£651
Top engine cover broken when took for it's 110.000 mile service. Repair not notified to myself. I had to find the damage myself when I lifted the bonnet to refill the washer bottle some 10 days later. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

83000 mi Manual steering wheel lock fixed. Driver's door lock not working and passenger door pull handle also broken. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

141500 mi

US $275
Right rear door, unable to open from outside..rear door lock jumps. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

1225 mi Sunroof replaced under warranty. Would have been more than $2,000 if I had to pay. Dealer said they were familiar with the problem, especially in colder weather. 

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

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

91450 mi

US $749
Alternator main bearing squealing. Replaced alternator with OE Bosch unit. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Wagon

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

127000 mi

US $400
Rear seat belt reel, located in the center of the rear seat, cinched up while seat was folded for hauling. 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

81571 mi

US $2100
Alternator replacement (was shockingly expensive: $676.80 for part, $385.00 for 3.5 hrs labor) "A" Service Transmission service Combination Filter (carbon cabin filter) Brake flush, rear brake pads Drive belt (poly V belt) 
84000 mi gas cap door would not open. Bypassed latch 
84000 mi

US $50
Gas cap lock broken 
169000 mi windshield wiper arm loose, last time I took to shop and watched, but this time I just put in the right position and tightened myself with rachet 

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2dr Hatch

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

125000 mi Windshield washer resevoir was damaged during head gasket repair. Lots of arguing, they paid to replace broken component - filler neck and grommets to secure the neck. 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

168-horsepower 2.6L V6 6-speed manual RWD

117220 mi

C $400
The key fob (remote and in ignition) has been intermittently for a while. Bought a new key from dealer and problem is resolved. 

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2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4dr Sedan

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

25654 mi

US $1590
Mercedes 'A' service, replace windshield upper tank, spark plugs, fuel filter,dust filter, brake fluid flush 

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