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Old 03-04-2002, 05:10 PM
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1999 S500- vibration

At around 30k miles I developed a vibration at speeds of 55 and above. You could feel it in the steering seat etc., visor would shake. I took it to the MB dealership and they recommended new tires. I replaced them with Michelin 235/60/16. The vibration was still there. I returned to the dealer they suggested that I had bought a bad tire. I spoke with the Michelin rep and he had someone look at the tires and check it out. They felt that it was the drive shaft (possibly unbalanced). I returned to the MB dealer and reported their findings. After doing their own checkup they agreed that the Michelin Co. must be right and replaced the drive shaft under warrantee. Still the same problem. I was then told that the tires must be out of balance...same problem. After several k miles and several $100 in balance and rebalancing I decide to ride it out until I need new tires. At 55k miles I was sitting at a light when I heard a series of loud pops and my tranmission dropped out of gear. MB dealership required me to buy another since it was out of warrantee and I still have the problem. I am on the road constantly and do very little in town driving. Do you have any suggestions? I love my auto and would like to feel good about the ride again.
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Old 03-04-2002, 05:21 PM
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I am very sorry to hear what happened to your car. This is just another reenforcement of what many of us are saying on this forum. MBNA (MBUSA) just does not care about its customers. They just care about the $ in your pocket. When there is a problem with a car, they will do one of the following:

1. They pretend they knew nothing about the problem even though there are service bulletins and frequent occurances on the same model cars of other owners. Their favorite excuse is "All cars do that". There was a story about an owner of a SLK230. He parked his car on an incline and it leaked ATF fluid. He took it to the dealer and the dealer tod him "all cars do that". LOL. The owner was a knowledge enough to convince them that not all cars do that.

2. They will blame tires, oils, drivers, or whatever they can grab.

3. They will drag this problem as long as they can to go beyond the warranty period. Once that happens, it is you, the customer's responsibility.

I seriously recommend you talk to the MBNA (MBUSA) folks but good luck.
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Old 03-04-2002, 09:48 PM
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Don't overlook the possibility that you have a wheel that is out of round. I have had the exact same problem and it was a wheel damaged on the inside that caused the vibration. Good luck!
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