finally found the problem
I finally discovered the problem tonight (after replaceing 3 temp senders/switches, the battery and the overvoltage protection relay)
As I was driving I noticed that the temp gauge movement sometimes was in sync with
bumps that I would go over on the road, in other words if the car experienced some movement, the gauge would react at the same time by jerking up and down.
I poped the hood, had my wife watch the temp gauge in the car, I grabbed some wires from the temp sender and pulled them repeatadly, when I did she noticed that the gauge moved when I pulled on the wires. I figured it was a short. I took off the air cleaner, light up the area with a flash light while pulling the wires to expose them, after a bit sure enough I saw a joint with copper wire exposed. I cut off the damaged portion of wiring, spliced it and it works great now. Whew glad my car is back to its old self now. Hope this helps somebody someday.
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2000 C230 Kompressor
1988 190e 2.3 - 225K miles, owned for 7 years. I cannot say enough good things about this car. Very well built, even at 225 it ran like new.