Mercedes-Benz engineers began designing their new compact executive car, the C-Class, in 1987, when they realized they wanted to retire the 190, but wanted to keep a hand in that market segment. The C-Class 1st Generation (also called the W202) was officially released in 1993, and it was produced until 2000, when the W203 took over. Some of the more common problems affecting the W202 include:
Electrical Issues: The 1st generation C-Class experienced various electrical issues, including problems with the central locking system, window regulators, and malfunctioning dashboard components. These issues could lead to malfunctions or complete failure of certain features.
Rust and Corrosion: Some owners reported rust and corrosion issues, particularly in the wheel arches, lower door panels and undercarriage. This was more prevalent in areas with harsh climates or poor maintenance. Have your local Mercedes-Benz technician inspect all areas of your vehicle for rust.
Wiring Harness Degradation: Wiring harness degradation was a known issue in the first-generation C-Class, which could cause electrical malfunctions or failures. This problem was primarily associated with early models.
Interior Material Wear: The interior materials in the 1st generation C-Class were sometimes criticized for their durability. Owners reported excessive wear on seats, door panels and dashboard components over time.
These problems range from the seemingly innocuous to the clearly severe, but all of them pose risks to both the car and its passengers. In order to keep everyone safe, we strongly recommend that you take your W202 to a trained Mercedes-Benz service expert who can identify and fix any and all of the above problems.
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