C230K. Seems its over for this MB!

DavePrentice

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C230K 2002
Recently my C230K (52) plate started acting up. Local 'indie' has quoted for a new ECU and cleaning of wiring harness around £1500 plus labour! Have to confess the C230 has been the biggest lump of 'junk' ever although I do appreciate it is built under licence. Not a patch on my old Merc, so guess its goodbye to the Marque which I have loved for years.
 

NW_Merc

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Mercedes W202
You can repair the ECU on these, much cheaper than the £1500 quoted I'll have to try and find the thread.
 

mattuk

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c320/2001/3.2 v6
I have nothing to 230 or 230k engines,never driven,never owned but being here and there on forums i can see that these engines are most problematic. I don't know why but it's true.
When you say mercedes you would expect the best but isn't.

One man said to me long time ago that real mercedes or bmw start with 6 cylinders and more. Do apologize if i upset someone saying that
 

turbopete

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2017 '17' Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCi ST Line X 180 (sorry)
One man said to me long time ago that real mercedes or bmw start with 6 cylinders and more. Do apologize if i upset someone saying that

that was true a long time ago when fuel was cheap. now though, it isnt the case! yes, the bigger engines are better, but smaller ones have improved lots!

id LOVE an E63 but i couldnt afford the TYRES never mind the car/insurance/fuel etc
 

bigasotonuk

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C43/55 AMG 1999 / C230K 1997
There a lot of these engines that have done 200k+ mine has 180k on it without any major work and still starts on the button and is very quiet too, though it does have slight oil leak from the front, might require a head gasket, but not bad for a 4 cylinder motor with 180k miles on it. I have had 6 cylinder BMWs and they were known for blowing head gaskets at a lower mileages than this, as I found out.
 

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