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Old 11-17-2008, 08:22 PM
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German workers sabotage Mercedes-Benz production lines W204 related

Is anyone else ticked off right now So far our car has been great we've had it well over a year now and have put more than 20K miles YTD but now I'm wondering about what could possibly be wrong down the road.....


http://www.autoblog.com/2008/11/17/w...ke-mercedes-fo



A master mechanic and two clerks, among others, are being investigated for intentionally sabotaging Mercedes cars being built at the Sindelfingen factory. Allegedly, repair shops in the area that weren't part of the Daimler corporation were bribing workers with gifts, trips, and cash to alter the cars so that the repair shops could get the contracts to fix them.

The sabotage included scratching the cars, loosening clamps and bolts, as well as -- incredibly -- putting foreign liquids into brake lines. According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, the cars affected were C-, E-, and S-Class. The Stuttgart prosecutor's office estimates the costs to Mercedes in the many of millions, but the greatest irony is this: the workers under investigation were part of the quality control department.
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Sounds like something the UAW at GM would do.

My car is 2 months old and OK so far, although I will check a few things under the hood after reading this!
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wow I wonder how they are going to deal with this? Doesn't the VIN number denote build location? Anybody know more about that?
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shti we got ****kedd , they owe us a free car if our car gets ****ked
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yes the vin number states where its built. but also, the door sticker says where its made as well.
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the article seems to imply that local german repair shops wanted the work to fix them, so I doubt these were cars exported to the US.
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wow I wonder how they are going to deal with this? Doesn't the VIN number denote build location? Anybody know more about that?
Vin 11th digit, F from Germany, R from South Africa.
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USA cars come from Bremen, Germany and South Africa. USA C-Classes are *NOT* from the plant in question.
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W203 cars came from bremen. W204 comes from sindelfingen...

thats what i thougt
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W203 cars came from bremen. W204 comes from sindelfingen...

thats what i thougt
No, I can assure you.

W204s in the USA come from Bremen (F plant code) or R plant code (South Africa).
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wow I wonder how they are going to deal with this? Doesn't the VIN number denote build location? Anybody know more about that?
We have already discussed that to death in MANY posts. My car was built in Bremen.
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Sindelfingen today, who knows what goes on in other german factories. @#$*@&
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I just got my vin# on the 10th, so i'm hoping they re-inspect my car befoer i pick it up on 1 Dec; but it's only a 2hr drive to the factory for me so i won't have a problem hunting down the responsible parties
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this is surely embarrassing for MB. greed is indeed a deadly sin. wonder if not having a job and that reputation that will follow them around for the rest of their lives was worth the bribes??

are all the cars built at that factory staying in that area or did they mess up a bunch of cars that were shipped to places that would never benefit from those bribes?
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