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Old 12-25-2013, 10:03 PM
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Will send u a pm tomorrow. Appreciate it. Will mb USA cover it even if I'm out of warranty?

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1. See your Dealer
2. Get an EPC Online account (free for US cars, and $12 for international)
3. Post or PM me your VIN number and I will look it up (I have an international subscription)


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Old 12-25-2013, 10:09 PM
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Will send u a pm tomorrow. Appreciate it. Will mb USA cover it even if I'm out of warranty?


There are different stories as to what MB will do. You should assume you are not covered.
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Originally Posted by Valvestud View Post
The issue is unrelated to car model, only the M156 engine. The affected engines are in all cars that utilize the M156.
Thanks for the info. I'll run it by my service guy and see what he says.
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Originally Posted by Valvestud View Post
Your options are:


1. See your Dealer
2. Get an EPC Online account (free for US cars, and $12 for international)
3. Post or PM me your VIN number and I will look it up (I have an international subscription)


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how do you go about getting an EPC account and what the heck is it?

edit: found it and signed up, thanks

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Old 12-26-2013, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by realjones88 View Post
An 11/24/2010 build date would correspond to model year 2011. OP, have your friend check the model year of his car, I bet it's 2011.



No, very early 2011s can still have the older style headbolts in them. For example car WDDGF7HB3BF526091 has a build date of 05/31/2010 with engine 059999. Model year 2011.

My research showed engine 060658 corresponds to a build date of around 6/2010, which unfortunately is model year 2011. It would make sense then that a car made in 11/2010 would be several thousand past 60658. All 2008-2010 C63 are before engine 60658 and thus are potentially affected.
Does it matter if it is an American car or a Canadian car? I have a Canadian version. How do I check for sure if mine is in the affected range or not?

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Old 12-26-2013, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by papashango View Post
Does it matter if it is an American car or a Canadian car? I have a Canadian version. How do I check for sure if mine is in the affected range or not?

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It does not matter. If you want to know, either post your VIN number in this thread, or PM it to me.


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Old 12-26-2013, 07:29 PM
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how do you go about getting an EPC account and what the heck is it?

edit: found it and signed up, thanks


Go here: http://epc.startekinfo.com/epc/subscribe.jsp
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Old 12-26-2013, 08:18 PM
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My build date is June 2010 (Aus delivery).

Engine 60828 - seems I have one of the early adopters of the revised bolts

By all posts June 2010 seems to be when the changes were brought it. No certainties, but one would expect builds from July 2010 to be safe.
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You can check very easily by going to the russian VIN site

http://www.auto-parts.spb.ru/cat/cats/m.mycat?cat=mb

Put in your VIN and select the "Карта данных" button on top right after putting in your VIN and hitting the red button.
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Finally had to post my experience. Still in a loner as I am negotiating with the Dealer. Bought new C63 P31 package in 6/2009. Best car I had ever owned until last week, coolant light came on (55K miles) just out of warrantee. Initial bill for replacing upper end of motor was just shy of $6k which included change of spark plugs for $250 that are usually changed out at 80k miles but dealer was not going to charge me labor.
Am currently down to 50% off repair bill and waiting for the service manager to call me to discuss. The shop foreman was a great help and detailed the head bolt issue and felt my pain but is not in a position to help.
Seems like if you are a good customer ( I own and service two other MB vehicles at the dealership) they are willing to work with you on relief but my call in to MB USA customer care was a wast of time.
Thanks for all the research on this site - I should have checked it over a year ago while the car was still under warrantee.
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I would appreciate you looking up my 2010. I had the low coolant light once, topped it off and everything has been ok - and I have driven hard, hard, hard since then.

VIN : WDDGF7HB5AF478382
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Originally Posted by Clark Kent View Post
I would appreciate you looking up my 2010. I had the low coolant light once, topped it off and everything has been ok - and I have driven hard, hard, hard since then.

VIN : WDDGF7HB5AF478382

Your engine number is 156985 60 057289 and is in the affected group.


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Thank you for looking that up.
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Joe,


Could you let me know if my VIN number is in the affected range? My C63 is a 2010. A couple of years ago I received the low coolant message and the dealer said the techs performed a pressure test and nothing wrong was detected. The message have not come up ever since.


My VIN number is WDDGF7HB6AF496275.


Thanks for your help on this!!
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Originally Posted by TheRoadMaster76 View Post
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Could you let me know if my VIN number is in the affected range? My C63 is a 2010. A couple of years ago I received the low coolant message and the dealer said the techs performed a pressure test and nothing wrong was detected. The message have not come up ever since.


My VIN number is WDDGF7HB6AF496275.


Thanks for your help on this!!

Your engine number is 156985 60 058419 and is in the affected group.


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HI Joe,

I'm sure mine is in the range, but if you can run the VIN WDDGF77X89F328100

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Originally Posted by Valvestud View Post
Your engine number is 156985 60 058419 and is in the affected group.


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That's what I thought. Thank you very much, Joe
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HI Joe,

I'm sure mine is in the range, but if you can run the VIN WDDGF77X89F328100

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You are correct. Engine serial is 156985 60 046383.


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Can you check my new to me car?

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Originally Posted by SparksterC43 View Post
Can you check my new to me car?

WDDGF77X99F213912
As discussed before, all 2010 and earlier model years are affected. Your engine seial number is 156985 60 035012 and is early in the affected group.

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Engine Code: 156985 60 063159
Build Date: 07/09/2010


So, if I'm reading the code (last 5 digits) correctly it is safe correct?
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Engine Code: 156985 60 063159
Build Date: 07/09/2010


So, if I'm reading the code (last 5 digits) correctly it is safe correct?
Yes it is safe as it is above the change over code of 60658.
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MY2011
Engine Code: 156985 60 063159
Build Date: 07/09/2010


So, if I'm reading the code (last 5 digits) correctly it is safe correct?


You are correct sir.
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Originally Posted by cls63604 View Post
Wdddj77xx7a097499 thanks in Canada but USA car.


Not only are you in the affected group, but you have the lowest engine serial number I have ever seen.


156983 60 007406


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