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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Service A at 10,000 Miles

June 24, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Recently, the Service A light lit up in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. So we dropped it off at our neighborhood dealership, W.I. Simonson Mercedes-Benz. It was a gamble, showing up without an appointment, but we did. Here's how it went.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: First Scheduled Maintenance

June 12, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

As I put the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250  in reverse, I thought I saw a flash of light out of the corner of my left eye. It was so fast, I wasn't sure, so I put the Benz back in Park and turned off the engine.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Drivetrain Electronic Gremlins

May 16, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

The day after our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 insisted its nav screen was being stolen, I discovered another (and certainly more alarming) quirk.

Here's what it did.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Anti-Theft Protection Gremlins

May 15, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

I started up our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 the other day, plugged in my phone to charge it, and when I looked up I saw on the car's central screen: "Anti-theft protection activated. Service required."

Oh, really?

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Wiring Harness Repair

April 30, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is back from the dealership following the ESC warning light that threatened to strand James in the boonies. So what happened?

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Part 5

April 25, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Uh oh. Just as the Avenue of the Giants was coming to an end, the above warning illuminated in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250's instrument panel. Initially, I wasn't terribly concerned since it wasn't as if I really needed stability control.

However, as I started up and around the cloverleaf on-ramp from the Avenue of the Giants onto CA-101, I knew something more serious was going on.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: It Is Possible To Beat EPA Estimates, But Only for a Little While

March 13, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Granted, we've yet to validate the onboard fuel economy calculator in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, but for now, we're going to say it works. Why? Because we've been struggling even to meet the EPA's city estimate of 26 mpg, so seeing the display report 39.8 mpg was a cause for celebration. The EPA says we should be able to earn 38 mpg on the highway.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Is This Acceptable Cost Savings?

March 12, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

As we all know, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 doesn't really roll out the dealership doors at that often-quoted "$29,900." Still, there must be signs that this Mercedes-Benz has been built to a price rather than a standard. Do you see it?

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Check Engine Light Reset Attempt

December 04, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

A couple of days ago the Check Engine light winked on while another staffer was piloting our near-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250. However, as is often the case, he couldn't correlate its arrival to anything special he was doing at the time. It did not come on during the startup sequence or while climbing a steep grade. He was just, you know, driving.

For its part, the car is fine. No hiccups, no reluctant acceleration, just the dang light on the dash. Well, maybe the fuel economy is a little underwhelming, but it's hard to be sure that's a thing with just 476 total miles on the clock.

I have a couple of low-cost OBD code scanners at home, so I hooked each of them up to see what they could tell me.

The first was the Scan Gauge II. It came back with a single diagnostic trouble code with an ominous-sounding title: P0004 - Fuel Volume Regulator Control Circuit High.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Engine Break-In Procedure

December 03, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

According to the owner's manual, this is the recommended engine break-in procedure for our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. The condensed version:

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Squeaking Comand Screen

November 28, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

The Comand screen started a persistent squeak within only four days and less than 400 miles into our time with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Even the tiniest bump or road imperfection causes it, which makes it hugely annoying. On the upside, it's abundantly clear the squeak is coming from the dash-mounted screen, so it should in theory be easy to tighten a screw or squirt in some WD40 or whatever has to be done to fix it. And if it were my car, I would've already thrown the keys at a service advisor and demanded my brand new car be fixed immediately.

Now, does this mean that Mercedes-Benz build quality has been shot to hell? That it has gone down in recent years? That it was never good to begin with? That this Mercedes flashy new entry model is chintzy garbage? That you'd be nuts to buy one of these instead of (INSERT CAR)?

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