1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Newbie W204 C350 Petrol Estate - self service?

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by MarinB17, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. MarinB17

    MarinB17 Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2020
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 Petrol MY12 Estate
    Just got my first Mercedes, a very late 2011 MY12 C350 Sport Estate. Coming from a string of flat, V and straight petrol six sports cars it was time to grow up a little and get a petrol 6 cylinder estate car ;)

    I was sure the official MPG figure of 38 would be some way out, but the display is showing 33MPG after a fast 300 mile delivery and the PO's daily 25 mile driving. This car has the works - panoramic roof, ventilated seats etc etc etc a long list of options.

    I was amazed at the value in this - compared to others - e.g. a petrol Skoda Octavia VRS Estate of the same vintage, mileage and MPG is the same price and looks worn out. Better MPG and a chunk cheaper to buy than an equivalent 325i/330i/335i.

    Took me 9 months of waiting for the right car as these are rare (think I saw 3 for sale in that time) and I hope this is it.

    Anyway the car is almost too beautiful for family and mountain biking duties, a credit to its previous owners it really is like new with 96k miles.

    The car is due an oil service, brake pads and overdue auto box filter and oil. I've always self serviced and fixed my cars and this will likely be no different, its great to join a forum with so many DIYers. I am thinking of doing these myself, we shall see if I have time.


    s-l1600 (2).jpg

    I broke the first rule of car buying and bought the car unseen 300 miles away after speaking to the owner on the phone. Transferred the money the same day with no escrow. I then had it delivered by someone I had never met. :eek:

    But it all worked out (I think). If anyone needs a car moving quickly and efficiently for less than £1 a mile I can heartily recommend the guy I used he works across the country for dealerships and private customers.
     
  2. OP
    MarinB17

    MarinB17 Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2020
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 Petrol MY12 Estate
    P.S. Does anyone know a paint code or good match (wurth?) for the wheels? One needs painting at least.
     
  3. John Laidlaw

    John Laidlaw Senior Member

    Messages:
    22,362
    Likes Received:
    6,567
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2013
    Location:
    Wirral
    Your Mercedes:
    UnMercs BMW i8 Volvo XC90
    Welcome, looks like you got a good un on the face of it, and yes 350 petrols are quite rare...
    Lots on here do their own servicing so you shouldn’t have any issues, ask away...
    Sorry not sure on the wheel ‘paint’ - I always get repairs and repaint or powder coat
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  4. Blobcat

    Blobcat Moderator

    Messages:
    19,181
    Likes Received:
    6,249
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Location:
    Near Grange Moor (not Wakefield...)
    Your Mercedes:
    R171 SLK280 3.0, Land Rover 110 County SW
    Hello and welcome
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  5. mercmancdi

    mercmancdi Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,244
    Likes Received:
    685
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Location:
    templepatrick - co antrim
    Your Mercedes:
    2009 E250 cdi 08 cls320 cdi ,2007 e280 cdi '2005 E 280 CDI ,VW TOUAREG ,JAGUAR S AND xTO NAME A FEW
    Hi and welcome
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  6. js190d

    js190d Senior Member

    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    198
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2018
    Location:
    newcastle
    Your Mercedes:
    1991 w201 190d 2.5/ 2002 s210 320cdi avantgarde
    "Small" car massive engine. Always a good combination.
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  7. Srdl

    Srdl Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,900
    Likes Received:
    1,529
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2015
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Your Mercedes:
    GLC43 AMG 2018 (X253) Premium Plus
    Hi and welcome to the forum and the world of Mercedes. As many on here have found, it can be addictive.
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  8. LostKiwi

    LostKiwi Senior Member

    Messages:
    21,428
    Likes Received:
    10,880
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Location:
    Midlands / Charente-Maritime
    Your Mercedes:
    '93 500SL-32, '01 W210 Estate E240, 02 R230 SL500 (Malcolm Spec), 04 Smart Roadster Coupe
    Hi and welcome. Self servicing isn't an issue on these. They're really quite easy for most things.
    Lovely looking car.
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  9. OP
    MarinB17

    MarinB17 Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2020
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 Petrol MY12 Estate
    Thanks all!

    Turns out Auto trans was actually done 20k ago, so not due yet.

    I need discs and pads all round, and everything for a B service.

    Are the eBay main dealer genuine parts seller the best source? I was thinking Textar brake pads as they were great on my 911 (OE maker for Porsche).

    The bolt holding the dipstick guide tube to the block at the top is missing. The NOx and Lambda sensors were replaced recently, maybe it was moved for that and not put back, but there is a gap between the bracket and block - so maybe a spacer sits there or another bracket? I tried to see on WIS but can find the dipstick tube and bolt but nothing else.

    I will get a pic later.
     
    Wighty likes this.
  10. John Laidlaw

    John Laidlaw Senior Member

    Messages:
    22,362
    Likes Received:
    6,567
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2013
    Location:
    Wirral
    Your Mercedes:
    UnMercs BMW i8 Volvo XC90
    Textar are/were the MB OE too- MB Grangemouth are worth a try as they are forum supporters and provide a discount to members 01324 686002 Neil Young in parts if he’s still there.
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  11. JBell

    JBell Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,892
    Likes Received:
    2,911
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Location:
    Torquey
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 CDi Estate (GAD Edition)
    Hi and welcome, that is a rare beast, looks lovely

    Wurth is the best option, those wheels are diamond cut, it may be better to have them fully powdercoated in "Hi Power" silver.

    I did mine myself using E-Tech paint and primer, very easy to do, in the summer you can easily do 2 wheels in a day.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/E-Tech-M...a=0&pg=2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

    Self servicing then this is the oil for that car

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10L-Genu...771320&hash=item1a53152ef8:g:1oYAAOSwPR9bo9FZ

    Brake wise I use Pagid or Brembo from ECP

    For OEM parts MB Grangemouth are forum sponsors and do great deals for members and deliver for £5 but it is still worth shopping around
     
    MarinB17 and Wighty like this.
  12. AJD

    AJD Senior Member

    Messages:
    8,948
    Likes Received:
    2,848
    Joined:
    May 31, 2015
    Location:
    Suffolk by the Sea, UK.
    Your Mercedes:
    2012 W204 Sport ///AMG Line 4dr Auto, Obsidian Black, Light Grey Faux Leather. And no AMG badges !!
    Hi and welcome to the forum :)
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  13. JBell

    JBell Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,892
    Likes Received:
    2,911
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Location:
    Torquey
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 CDi Estate (GAD Edition)
    Will need brake fluid as well at 8 years old.

    I would check the all the filters particularly the air filters
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  14. js190d

    js190d Senior Member

    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    198
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2018
    Location:
    newcastle
    Your Mercedes:
    1991 w201 190d 2.5/ 2002 s210 320cdi avantgarde
    My first full sus mtb was a Marin B17. White frame with red swingarm. Cracking bike bitd
     
    MarinB17 and Wighty like this.
  15. OP
    MarinB17

    MarinB17 Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2020
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 Petrol MY12 Estate
    Thanks, I will have to look again, sure they are painted! But then I've not really seen it in the daylight yet :eek:

    Can't believe how cheap they sell this oil! 10l fully synthetic 5w40 for £40! Wish I'd known about it for my 911.


    Thanks this car has a cast iron service history, brake fluid done last year apparently.

    Great bike now, I have the 2018 but I run it as a 29er https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/mountain-bikes/marin-b17-3-review/

    Thanks all for the warm welcome!

    PS should I be calling it an S204 rather than W205 estate...?
     
    js190d likes this.
  16. Blobcat

    Blobcat Moderator

    Messages:
    19,181
    Likes Received:
    6,249
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Location:
    Near Grange Moor (not Wakefield...)
    Your Mercedes:
    R171 SLK280 3.0, Land Rover 110 County SW
    Yes :)
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  17. js190d

    js190d Senior Member

    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    198
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2018
    Location:
    newcastle
    Your Mercedes:
    1991 w201 190d 2.5/ 2002 s210 320cdi avantgarde
    MarinB17 likes this.
  18. malcolm210

    malcolm210 Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,806
    Likes Received:
    769
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2005
    I find MB are quite competitive on disc and pads prices (especially if they have them on the shelf) so worth ringing around especially MB of Newcastle. My policy is pretty much fit genuine parts nowadays the last set of MB discs and pads I fitted have been brilliant
     
    MarinB17 likes this.
  19. JBell

    JBell Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,892
    Likes Received:
    2,911
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Location:
    Torquey
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 CDi Estate (GAD Edition)
    Pagid make them for MB, part of Friction Products

    I have just bought front Brembo pads and disks for my mothers W204 C250 CGi for £137.55 all in from ECP using the code SALE60, cant go wrong with that
     
    Wighty likes this.
  20. JBell

    JBell Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,892
    Likes Received:
    2,911
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2011
    Location:
    Torquey
    Your Mercedes:
    C350 CDi Estate (GAD Edition)
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2020

Share This Page