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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

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'12 C250 unidentified groan
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By ppatterson
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan C250 Luxury 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A)


Review

Hello: I have a '12 C250 luxury sedan with 12K miles. I occasionally hear a groaning sound that occurs intermittently. It's usually noticeable when the car is downshifting to a lower gear. I've taken it to the dealer twice. Though they've reproduced the sound, and not been able to positively identify it, they say that the car is operating "normally." I'm doubtful. Has anyone else experienced this. If so, what was it and how was it corrected. Thanks.


Favorite Features

Robust construction; fairly good mpg's; bluetooth.


Suggested Improvements

- 4 cylinder boosted engine is "gruff" at times. - why is it possible for Lexus to offer a V6 (smoother than a turbo-charged 4 cylinder) with similar 0-60 time (approx 7.1 seconds), identical mpg, regular fuel.


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So far so good
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By whchuang
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2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan C250 Luxury 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 7A)


Review

We used to own a 1993 300E 2.8 (the legendary W124) and really loves it. However the steering wheel was too heavy for my wife so we had to sell it and replaced with this 2012. The 2nd day of the ownership (new car with 15 miles) the SRS warning light went on for no reason. Dealer did a lot of diagnostic and couldn't find the problem. However, that problem later one just disappeared. I guess that again too many complicated electronics made the car less reliable. That said, after that incident, it's been about a year now and we didn't have any other trouble. The car drives great. Just wish that the build quality and reliability can be on par with the old school W124 though.. (sign)


Favorite Features

The improved panel and the COMAND system, value (we got the very basic model for around US$30K), the exterior styling and LED fog light, the engine is quiet and has a interesting purring sound, the luxury version of the car has slightly higher clearance thatn the Sport version, which won't hit the parking lot bumpers


Suggested Improvements

Really wish MB can continue improve the reliability and resale value (otherwise this will be our last MB, please try to learn from Lexus), the COMAND system has some minor issues such DST settings, etc. The rear seats are a bit too tight, wish the split-folding rear seats, backup camera, and driver's seat memory system can be standard (and NOT another $2500 for Premium 1 package). Use better tires such as Michelin Primacy MXV4 to maximize comfort (some customers are after ride quality with maximum comfort and NOT performance, we are those customers), improve the overall J.D. Power initial quality rating to be on par of Lexus...


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