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Old 02-10-2019, 10:53 AM
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Old 02-10-2019, 12:39 PM
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Wow. that's in addition to the rusting-out problem on the rear control arm mounting points? Sad to hear

BTW, is this saying essentially every MBZ model since 2011 has electric power steering? I would swear my car has power steering (hydraulic) hoses, though I haven't gotten down in there far enough to verify they go to the steering rack ...
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Interesting, I have zero rust on my car but it's something to keep an eye on!
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Interesting, I have zero rust on my car but it's something to keep an eye on!
Same here! The subframe issue is resolved post FL I think. I just did the brakes on my car and sure enough, no rust to speak of, other than surface rust on emissions components which is normal as it's gone through its 7 winter now.
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I also participated in that thread, as a prefacelift and have zero rust. My car sits outside and has been out there for at least 2 winters. Daily driver, salted every day. In fact, my black wheels are white right now.

Subframe is totally flawless.

Also being a 2010 I guess I don't have this issue. But that might just be ye darn Canuck models
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I also participated in that thread, as a prefacelift and have zero rust. My car sits outside and has been out there for at least 2 winters. Daily driver, salted every day. In fact, my black wheels are white right now.

Subframe is totally flawless.

Also being a 2010 I guess I don't have this issue. But that might just be ye darn Canuck models
That might be the main reason or main differentiator. Many cars are garaged these days. The trick to keeping cars long term which have to deal with salt is to ensure they stay as cold as possible. By leaving your car outside, I suspect you are helping your case!

That's the one thing about Audi which blows my mind as to why MB hasn't stole it. Audi does something called an INKA test, and while Audis are terrible when it comes to reliability, they withstand rust well due to said INKA test. They test the crap out of their cars from a corrosion standpoint. I wish MB did the same, although my 204 has been great to me in that regard.
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Catastrophic steering failure

I discovered this Canadian recall as I was searching the internet trying to find information regarding the catastrophic steering failure I'd just experienced in my W212.

We had just returned home from work and the steering failed as we were turning into our driveway. Had it failed 10 minutes earlier, we would have been traveling 70 MPH on the highway and these cars are impossible to steer without the power assist. I shudder to think of what would have happened.

The failure was the result of the electric motor parting company with the steering rack. Unbelievably, it is bolted on with three, 8 mm Aluminum bolts! These had corroded clean through and the motor fell off.

I live in Vermont, just South of the Canadian border, we use salt on our roads also. It's been two months since the recall was issued in Canada, but there has been nothing on this side of the border. We were extremely lucky. Others may not be.

I've filed a report with the NHTSA, but to add insult to injury, I'm being told by my dealer that I can't repair my own rack (all it needs at this point is a new drive belt) I have to buy a new rack.

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I discovered this Canadian recall as I was searching the internet trying to find information regarding the catastrophic steering failure I'd just experienced in my W212.

We had just returned home from work and the steering failed as we were turning into our driveway. Had it failed 10 minutes earlier, we would have been traveling 70 MPH on the highway and these cars are impossible to steer without the power assist. I shudder to think of what would have happened.

The failure was the result of the electric motor parting company with the steering rack. Unbelievably, it is bolted on with three, 8 mm Aluminum bolts! These had corroded clean through and the motor fell off.

I live in Vermont, just South of the Canadian border, we use salt on our roads also. It's been two months since the recall was issued in Canada, but there has been nothing on this side of the border. We were extremely lucky. Others may not be.

I've filed a report with the NHTSA, but to add insult to injury, I'm being told by my dealer that I can't repair my own rack (all it needs at this point is a new drive belt) I have to buy a new rack.

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Whoa! Glad you are safe. Followup with NHTSA on this and definitely definitely call MBUSA and explain to them what happened and tell them how the dealer is treating you. A problem like this affecting safety should be fully covered by MBUSA. If they don't budge at first, let them know you're taking this up with NHTSA and that this can cause a lot of headache versus repairing your vehicle for you at their own cost.
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Crazy! I called 2 dealerships and both of them say they haven't heard of anything like this happening or even a recall LOL. All they told me is if your cars affected I'll get a letter.
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