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      03-01-2018 04:58 PM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      While I agree a new car w/ 3K shouldnt already have a check engine light already, I wouldn't be so quick to call it a lemon already.
      Yeah I was being sarcastic but frustrating at the same time. 2-3 months in and a CEL. Curious as to what it could be.

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      03-01-2018 04:59 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      this
      it could be something relatively minor.

      an easy thing to check in advance with a cheap bluetooth obd reader also...
      going to hook one up tonight and see whats going on.

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      03-01-2018 05:29 PM #78
      *keeps fingers crossed*
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      03-03-2018 03:19 PM #79
      Scanning with a generic OBDII scanner and this is what it came up with. Something about a body control module.

      Appointment is on Monday.


    6. 03-03-2018 04:24 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by halchka99 View Post
      Scanning with a generic OBDII scanner and this is what it came up with. Something about a body control module.

      Appointment is on Monday.
      They just clear it and tell you it's fixed.

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      03-03-2018 04:32 PM #81
      You need to trade it in on a CLA and get a real Mercedes. Oh hai Choco!

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      03-03-2018 04:35 PM #82
      You're a brave man.

      I'd just move on and get a different car.
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      03-03-2018 04:52 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by Nubbin View Post
      You're a brave man.

      I'd just move on and get a different car.
      I don't know if Id' let a check engine light force me into another car. Typically when they come on it is an emission issue unless it is blinking. It's probably something stupid. My car hasn't given me a problem yet.

    10. 03-03-2018 08:13 PM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by whalemingo View Post
      You need to trade it in on a CLA and get a real Mercedes. Oh hai Choco!
      Nah he should get a 1987 Jetta GL. A true grandma ride. Then he can come into every thread and tell everybody to get the holy grail of automotive blissdom - a 1987 Jetta GL. Trust this guy, he knows luxury:



      He also washes his hair frequently:


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      03-03-2018 08:44 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by chocofrappe55 View Post
      Nah he should get a 1987 Jetta GL. A true grandma ride. Then he can come into every thread and tell everybody to get the holy grail of automotive blissdom - a 1987 Jetta GL. Trust this guy, he knows luxury:



      He also washes his hair frequently:

      Ooh, good one. I guess that car is kind of low hanging fruit to the uninitiated.

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      03-03-2018 08:50 PM #86
      Quote Originally Posted by whalemingo View Post
      Ooh, good one. I guess that car is kind of low hanging fruit to the uninitiated.
      Unbiased observer: you kind of asked for that one.

      Sad about the CEL. Weird to see so many trying to write it off, like OP is being too hasty. Would you still say that if it was a VW?

      I'd be super pissed too. And I'd be thinking really hard about keeping the car even an hour past the warranty end date...
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      03-04-2018 10:18 AM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Ross1013 View Post
      Unbiased observer: you kind of asked for that one.
      Oh I most certainly did. I was just hoping he would put a bit more effort into his retort. I disappoint.


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      03-04-2018 12:08 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by Ross1013 View Post
      Unbiased observer: you kind of asked for that one.

      Sad about the CEL. Weird to see so many trying to write it off, like OP is being too hasty. Would you still say that if it was a VW?

      I'd be super pissed too. And I'd be thinking really hard about keeping the car even an hour past the warranty end date...
      A check engine light that causes no drivability issues and that is easily identified and likely fixed with a simple sensor replacement or similar is hardly anything to get pissed about.

      If it was causing drivability issues, sure...

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      03-04-2018 05:55 PM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by puma1552 View Post
      A check engine light that causes no drivability issues and that is easily identified and likely fixed with a simple sensor replacement or similar is hardly anything to get pissed about.

      If it was causing drivability issues, sure...

      Im actually not upset but keep in mind my situation. First one lasted 3-4 months and now 2 months into this one it’s got a problem. The CEL went away and I’m probably going to cancel my appointment because I just don’t want to deal with another dealer service dept. if it comes back I’ll reconsider.

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      03-04-2018 06:22 PM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by halchka99 View Post
      Im actually not upset but keep in mind my situation. First one lasted 3-4 months and now 2 months into this one it’s got a problem. The CEL went away and I’m probably going to cancel my appointment because I just don’t want to deal with another dealer service dept. if it comes back I’ll reconsider.
      Makes complete sense. Sure, it’s just a CEL, but it’s hard not to feel the familiar sense of dread.

      Not to make it worse, but the family ‘15 S550 has reset its clock to 12am twice in the last month for no apparent reason, and with no other issue. Even more than in your situation, this is a very, very small thing, but you can’t help but wonder how easy or difficult it will be to fix on a complicated machine, warranty or not.

      I hope the module in your car just got a bad signal, fingers crossed..
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      03-04-2018 10:48 PM #91
      Quote Originally Posted by halchka99 View Post
      Im actually not upset but keep in mind my situation. First one lasted 3-4 months and now 2 months into this one it’s got a problem. The CEL went away and I’m probably going to cancel my appointment because I just don’t want to deal with another dealer service dept. if it comes back I’ll reconsider.
      no i totally got you, its still annoying to deal with and the less you have to bring the car to the dealer, the less chance you have to also get a free scratch or dent with your repair...the less the car goes to the dealer, the better.

      car might not even store the code depending what it was, so yeah id cancel too. didnt realize that myself until i lazily made it around to the dealer on a prior car after the light had shut off and they told me only some codes get stored if the CEL turns off.

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      03-11-2019 11:58 AM #92
      time for a 15k mile update. My wife has been driving it for the past 6 months so I don't have any feedback other than she presented me with this the other day. Do I file this under wear and tear or is this defective? Bought one off tire rack for $300. I do realize these are horrible tires but its a lease and I didn't want to replace all 4 with something else at the moment. A couple days later I noticed that the other front tire is going in the same direction as this one.

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      03-11-2019 10:21 PM #93
      Mine destroys tires. I can't get a set to last more than 15k on the front. The backs are a different story. Mine wears them out pretty evenly though.
      Last edited by whalemingo; 03-12-2019 at 12:33 AM.

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      03-12-2019 12:30 AM #94
      What's the toe setting?

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      03-12-2019 05:37 AM #95
      Do C43 have a lot of negative camber? Evo always wore front tires on the inside half... A reasonable trade for good handling/turn-in, IMO.

      Nothing came of the CEL then? Glad to hear. I've been very interested in the C43 lately as a future fun winter car.

      This is your wife's DD? Is it tuned? JB4? Read nothing but good things. No intake/downpipe/exhaust mods necessary for more power?

      Oh, not sure yours has them, but love the AMG Performance seats!
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      03-12-2019 07:46 AM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by lowlight View Post
      Do C43 have a lot of negative camber? Evo always wore front tires on the inside half... A reasonable trade for good handling/turn-in, IMO.

      Nothing came of the CEL then? Glad to hear. I've been very interested in the C43 lately as a future fun winter car.

      This is your wife's DD? Is it tuned? JB4? Read nothing but good things. No intake/downpipe/exhaust mods necessary for more power?

      Oh, not sure yours has them, but love the AMG Performance seats!
      They do have a lot of camber set in from the factory. It's worth it though, they have insane amounts of grip and crazy turn in. Mine is a riot to drive.

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      03-12-2019 12:39 PM #97
      I wonder if that's actually toe wear. RWD cars tend to toe out under acceleration AND braking, and its probably made worse by the fact that this car probably has nice squishy luxury car control arm bushings. Toe out=more inside tire wear.

      Solution? Monoball front control arm bushings! Or just more static toe in maybe, but that might make it less fun to drive.

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      03-12-2019 03:55 PM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by mrothwell View Post
      I wonder if that's actually toe wear. RWD cars tend to toe out under acceleration AND braking, and its probably made worse by the fact that this car probably has nice squishy luxury car control arm bushings. Toe out=more inside tire wear.

      Solution? Monoball front control arm bushings! Or just more static toe in maybe, but that might make it less fun to drive.
      It's not toe wear, its camber wear. I have confirmed it with many sources, i got about 12k out of the front, like whalemingo the backs wear more evenly, but i hit a big bolt in the road and had to replace them (michelin non-runflats this time).

      There is a camber kit you can get for it, but as was stated earlier, its from the factory for the handling aspect of the "AMG'z"
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      03-12-2019 04:00 PM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by phil123 View Post
      It's not toe wear, its camber wear. I have confirmed it with many sources, i got about 12k out of the front, like whalemingo the backs wear more evenly, but i hit a big bolt in the road and had to replace them (michelin non-runflats this time).

      There is a camber kit you can get for it, but as was stated earlier, its from the factory for the handling aspect of the "AMG'z"
      12k is pretty good. My car they're basically done at 7.5k, lol.

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      03-12-2019 04:19 PM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by phil123 View Post
      It's not toe wear, its camber wear. I have confirmed it with many sources, i got about 12k out of the front, like whalemingo the backs wear more evenly, but i hit a big bolt in the road and had to replace them (michelin non-runflats this time).

      There is a camber kit you can get for it, but as was stated earlier, its from the factory for the handling aspect of the "AMG'z"
      I see.

      Nice, kinda a trade-off, but very worth it, IMO. Wouldn't want your C43 to handle like an S4 or M340i!

      I've been very impressed with the C43. Lightly used examples getting into the low 40's is tempting. Missing the Evo I sold last fall. But plan is for a Giulia QV first. Love the Tundra, but I need something more fun for Nov-April too. Those are my plans anyway...we all know how plans usually go.
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