fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,400 miles

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problem #1

Aug 292003

C230 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,400 miles
Have 2002 Mercedes C 230 coupe, 18000 miles, original owner. Had flat tire, right rear, no puncture noted by tire repair shop. Shop stated tires almost totally worn, with 2/32 tread on right rear and 4/32 on left rear, both center tread measurement. Front tires a little better. Michelin tires. But for incidental flat tire would never have thought tires needed to be replaced at 18000 miles or probably much sooner than that. Needless to say, dealership states no warranty on tires. Had routine service and noted vehicle has always pulled to right and has had hard pounding noise when going over slightest bump. Dealer stated no problems noted in pulling to right or in the pounding noise. Since flat tire, vehicle has been at dealership and has had stabilizer bar connecting links, torsion rod replaced. Probably should have been replaced long ago. Question whether defective stabilizer bars caused tires to wear much faster. No indication from dealership. Believe Mercedes Benz should be placed on notice of condition. Consequences could have been disastrous. Mercedes Benz and/or Michelin should advise of potential low life expectancy of their tires. Tire size, original equipment 225/45 zr 17 91Y.

- Toledo, OH, USA