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Old 12-15-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Mercedes Benz C300 - Manual Transmission question

I own a 2008 Mercedes Benz C300 - 6 speed manual transmission.

I drive and own manual transmission cars all my life. Yesterday, I was driving to work and my car stalled. Weird, but I didn't think much of it and started the car again. The car shook really bad as I move and I knew something was not right.

I tried restarting the car and when I stepped on the clutch, and it was stiffer then usually. I also couldn't put my car in gear. So, I had my car towed to the Mercedes dealership. Today, Mercedes called and they told me I needed a new clutch. I was so surprised to hear my clutch went since I baby my car. I never abused the clutch ever. The service adviser said, my car was due for a new clutch at80k.

Not sure if anyone experience something like this or know anything, but any feedback is much appreciated.
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I suppose it all really depends on how you drive and it would make a difference if you're primarily driving in the city. I don't own this particular car but at 80,000km, it sounds about right for a new clutch. However, I'm quite surprised it died out so early. Most OEM clutches are good until 100k if you push it, if not, a little bit more.

Interested in seeing what the final result is.
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OT but how's the clutch and shifter on the C-Class? I've never seen a manual version of that car ever.
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OT but how's the clutch and shifter on the C-Class? I've never seen a manual version of that car ever.
LOL Same! I thought Mercedes-Benz pretty much made manual transmission a "special order" option only, if at all!

Edit: Who makes their transmissions, anyway? Borg-Warner?
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OT but how's the clutch and shifter on the C-Class? I've never seen a manual version of that car ever.
I love it. It has a nice feel to it. I was always a BMW guy but when I found a Mercedes with a manual transmission, I was all over it. Yeah, it’s my daily commuter.

Mercedes-Benz Canada does offer cars with manual transmission but it’s very rare to find them on the market.

On the Mercedes forum, I saw one of the guys posts, his clutch went at 50k and he claimed he never abuse the clutch. Car was leased and of course, warranty did not cover it.
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Are you the first owner of the car?
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Are you the first owner of the car?
Nope. 2nd owner. It was a lease return
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So this is what Mercedes service adviser told me... Basically something broke or jammed and I need a new clutch, vacuum plate and release bearing
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hope ur covered by warranty
First owner probably learned manual on your car
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BY vacuum plate you mean pressure plate? there is a big difference between sucking and blowing. =D

a clutch job usually includes:
- clutch plate
- pressure plate
- release bearing.

all items should be replaced, otherwise, if any one fails, the whole tranny has to come back out and everything seperated again.

saying a clutch should last 100k is saying the same for brakes. what if you live in an area that has a lot of hills, or a lot of traffic. you will use the clutch and the brake more frequent and thus will be replaced sooner than the avg 100k estimate.
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