The Mercedes-Benz corporation designed the CLS Class executive-size sedan based off of their popular W211 E-Class. With the CLS, Mercedes-Benz initially hoped to reinstate themselves in the executive size coupe niche, and the initial design for the CLS was as a four-door coupe. Production on the C219—the first generation of CLS class—ran from 2004 to 2010. Owners of the C219 often experience the following problems:
ESP Malfunction: Often accompanied by the question, “what the heck is the ESP?”, this malfunction could affect your cruise control, your suspension, and potentially your ability to break in an emergency.
Squeaky Breaks: A highly irritating problem, the squeaky breaks might be due to factory glazing or worn out break pads.
Jerky Transmission Shifting: Usually appearing when the vehicle is slowing down, jerky shifting could be related to anything from a needed software update or a warning that the ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) needs changing.
Radiator Fan Problem: The fan stays on after the car shuts off, and it is often accompanied by the smell of burning rubber. Many different malfunctions could be the cause, or it might not be a malfunction at all.
Cracking Rims: If you are replacing your rims on a semi-frequent basis, and if your tires keep wearing out as well, there is a good chance that your rims are not the right size.
All of these problems, ranging from small to great, can be easily remedied by your local Mercedes-Benz service expert. Taking your CLS to a professional can add years to the life of your car and save you some tremendous expenses down the road.
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