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Mercedes M272 & M273 Engine Class Action
By Matt O’Donnell

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with M272 or M273 engines are equipped with defective gears that cause the vehicle to malfunction, according to a class action lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court.

 

According to the Mercedes-Benz M272 and M273 engine class action lawsuit, these engines are equipped with defective gears in their balance shafts (in the case of the M272 engines) or with defective idle gears (in the case of the M273 engines) that wear out prematurely, excessively and without warning, causing the vehicle to malfunction, the “check engine light” to remain illuminated, and the vehicle to misfire and/or stop driving.

 

The only way to correct this problem, the lawsuit says, is to have the balance shaft or idle gear replaced, which is a large-scale repair job, costing customers thousands of dollars and leaving them without a car for weeks at a time.

 

The Mercedes balance shaft gear and idle gear class action lawsuit claims that internal company documents prove that Mercedes has known about these defects at least as early as August 2007, but has failed to take appropriate corrective action and has concealed the defects from unsuspecting owners and lessees.

 

“Mercedes has known all along about the existence of a defect with the balance shaft gears in its M272 engines and idle gears in its M273 engine, yet it has concealed that knowledge and deliberately omitted any information or dissemination about its existence,” the class action lawsuit says. “Mercedes’ concealment and its omission of any disclosure of the defect in the affected automobiles was not merely a case of innocent omission or misrepresentation, but rather represents an intentional campaign to fraudulently deceive the buying public.”

 

The Mercedes-Benz M272 and M273 engine class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of a nationwide class of owners and lessees who have vehicles equipped with M272 engines bearing serial numbers up to 2729..30 468993 and M273 engines bearing serial numbers up to 2739..30 088611.

 

The Mercedes M272 engine is reportedly installed in the following Mercedes-Benz vehicles:

 

Model Years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: 

C 230

SLK 350

CLS 350

E 230

 

Model Years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: 

CLS 280

CLK 280

C 280

E 280

SL 280

C 350

E 350

S 350

SL 350

Viano

 

Model Years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: 

R 280

R 350

ML 250

Sprinter

 

Model Years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: 

S 280

 

Model Years 2008, 2009, 2010: 

CLC 230

CLC 350

 

The Mercedes M273 engine is reportedly installed in the following Mercedes-Benz vehicles:

 

Model Year 2006: 

E 500 and E 550

CL 500 and CL 550

CLS 500 and CLS 550

GL 500 and GL 550

 

Model Year 2007: 

GL 450

S 450

ML 450

 

Model Year 2008: 

ML 500 and ML 550

 

Model Years 2006 and 2009:

CLK 500 and CLK 550

 

For more information, read the Mercedes-Benz M272 and M273 engine class action lawsuit here.

 

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Updated October 15th, 2010

 

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54 Comments

  • Anonymous May 3, 2012

    Can I be part of this lawsuit?

  • Anonymous September 3, 2012

    How do I become part of this CA Lawsuit?

  • Anonymous September 28, 2012

    we own an 06 ml350 and it is one of these cursed cars as well. Took it into the dealership for its maintenance and to check out the check engine light and guess what!? The Repair is going to be close to $12,000 !!!

    It cost me over $700 for them to tell me what the problem was.

    Please include me in the lawsuit, or tell me how to get added. Thank you…. I believe this is the Last MB I will EVER buy again.

  • Anonymous October 13, 2012

    I have a CLK 350 2006 and I was also just cursed with a $5700 estimated bill to replace the shaft. So very disappointed with MB.

  • Anonymous October 14, 2012

    I am having my r-350 vehicle wrapped with all the negative comments of all these MB owners, and a list of all class action lawsuit against this awful compnay will be printed on this piece of garbage and will drive it on all major roads until it breaks down again. I will fix it again and drive some more to prevent another person from being put through the shear misery I have been put through with mercedes,what a shame…I will wreak havoc on this company until the day I die.

  • Anonymous October 31, 2012

    Is this lawsuit still going on? Or did they pay the right people off? Because I have the exact same problem, and the Facebook page is no longer up, and there is no contact information for adding your information to the lawsuit. Now they want 4k+ to fix a issue that I did not cause. I always maintained my car and now it is failing me. If someone has information please help.

  • Anonymous November 2, 2012

    I was just told yesterday that my balance shaft on my 2007 E550 needed to be replaced to the tune of $7,500. OMG….the car is only worth $12,000……I was told by my sales person several years ago, because my “Check Engine ” kept coming on, to go out and take the gas cap off and put it back on. Within a few miles of driving, the light should go off. So I did that, and he was right. After a while, I got tired of continuing to step outside my car. adjust the gas cap, and after a while the light would go out. So, I just stopped doing the gas cap thing and just left the Check Engine light on. Now I have to face an Emissions test and I’ll be fined it the CELight is on, so I took the car to my dealer and they now tell me it’s the Balance Shaft thing. I love my car, don’t want to lose it, but I can’t afford this ticket for repairs. I strongly believe that I was mislead with the gas cap thing, which caused me NOT to concern myself with that Check Engine light. Now I find that there is a Class Action Suit against MB, regarding this specific repair.
    Any thoughts or suggestions? I need help.

  • Anonymous November 4, 2012

    How can I become a part of this class actions suit??????

  • Anonymous November 19, 2012

    Please notify me what I cann do mercedes is saying approx $7,000.00 to fix

  • Anonymous November 26, 2012

    How do I become a part of this lawsuit? My car is currently at the mechanic’s shop for an idle/CEL issue. I just REPLACED the manifold at the tune of $1500+ which I was told would take care of the my CEL issue. Now it’s back for that problem along with the rough idle.

  • Kim Chase January 2, 2013

    Own a 2006 ml 350 with a check engine light curse! Need to become part of the class action suit against MB in NYS. This is wrong. My car only has 84000. miles. Never again will I own a MB!

  • Jim January 4, 2013

    I also have a sick E350 with shaft issues, how can I become involve in this lawsuit?

  • mercedes owner January 7, 2013

    I saw a motion to dismiss for this case somewhere else when I was searching regarding this.

  • tom brandes January 12, 2013

    how can i b apart of this class action suit own a 06 e-350 and am having the problem

  • Alex Sanchez January 30, 2013

    I own a Mercedes Benz 2006 E350 and have trouble with my engine. Can someone contact me to see if I qualify with my issues.

    • Alex Sanchez September 7, 2014

      My car engine has develop a loud noise and is not working quite well, I went to have it diagnosed only to find out it would cost me 6k dollars to repair. The fellow at the authorized MB repair shop advised of the ongoing problems with mine and other owner of MB car owners with the same problem. I don’t have the 6K to repair it and I still owe 4000.00 to the bank. Can someone help me here I am not looking for money in the pocket just get my car fixed. If MB has kept this quite and has no problem charging their car owners 7K for the repairs knowing its defective parts in them, then they should be responsible of the repairs and the down time with out a vehicle. Unfortunately for my wife and I we only have one car and its our 2006 MB E350 with the 272 engine. Help please.

  • paul tyson February 2, 2013

    We had a 07 s550 with idler gear problems. It cost us over $4000. to fix is there any recourse.

  • Ira February 22, 2013

    I have 2006 E350 4Matic MB, 92000 miles and the engine light is on.
    Please tell me how to be part of the lawsuit?

  • Juan Abreut March 22, 2013

    I just got this same error 1200 & 1208 at 61,000 miles, after the warranty expire. Talked to dealer and MB. After a couple of days, MB said they will not repair it at their cost. So mush for their Good will. Now i’m stuck if a @ $ 7,000 repair bill….In which I can’t and will not do…
    Hope their is a remedy, to get MB to be responsible for their actions, or lack off. Model 2007 C230

  • Eric Alfon June 12, 2013

    Own a 2006 E class Mercedes having the same problems with the balance shaft like the other owners of the same engine type. Please update me on the status of the law suit and if I can still file for one. It is a $7,800.00 repair job. Thanks.

  • Debbie May August 2, 2013

    I have the same issue with my 2007 C280. How do I become part of this?

  • Juan Pablo August 3, 2013

    Is this lawsuit still going on? Thks.

  • Sharon Formanek August 10, 2013

    I have the same problem with my C230. Was just told that the repairs would be $8000!! How can I become part of this class action suit?

  • Sharon Formanek August 10, 2013

    I have the same problem with my C230. Was just told that the repairs would be $8000!! How can I become part of this class action suit?

  • Sharon Formanek August 10, 2013

    I have the same problem with my C230. Was just told that the repairs would be $8000!! How can I become part of this class action suit?

  • Timothy Flagg August 29, 2013

    I have a 2006 E350 with 111K. Mercedes Service Manager Jim Schmidt at Aristocrat Motors in Kansas City just told me they would pay for parts but not labor to replace the gear. That’s still $4,000 out of my pocket for replacing their defective part. I plan to contact the Regional After Sales Operations Manager next. Apparently, up until a few months ago Aristocrat Motors had been told to replace the defective parts involving the 1200 and 1208 error codes that showed up in M272 and M273 motors.

  • Timothy Flagg August 29, 2013

    I have a 2006 E350 with 111K. Mercedes Service Manager Jim Schmidt at Aristocrat Motors in Kansas City just told me they would pay for parts but not labor to replace the gear. That’s still $4,000 out of my pocket for replacing their defective part. I plan to contact the Regional After Sales Operations Manager next. Apparently, up until a few months ago Aristocrat Motors had been told to replace the defective parts involving the 1200 and 1208 error codes that showed up in M272 and M273 motors.

  • Timothy Flagg August 29, 2013

    I have a 2006 E350 with 111K. Mercedes Service Manager Jim Schmidt at Aristocrat Motors in Kansas City just told me they would pay for parts but not labor to replace the gear. That’s still $4,000 out of my pocket for replacing their defective part. I plan to contact the Regional After Sales Operations Manager next. Apparently, up until a few months ago Aristocrat Motors had been told to replace the defective parts involving the 1200 and 1208 error codes that showed up in M272 and M273 motors.

  • Wael Abbouchi September 3, 2013

    I have a 2006 Mercedes E350 with the M272 engine with 64,000 miles. The VIN number is in the range of affected engines. The balance shaft issue has not yet manifested itself but I am expecting it to appear any time now. Please include me in the class action and in an related communication.

  • Carol Mackey September 5, 2013

    I have a 2006 E350 with same issues. MB is not accepting responsibility with the Manager denying knowledge of MB’s so-called “Goodwill” program that minimally assist buyers. I am still awaiting this Manager’s return call. Please contact me with information on how I can be added to this lawsuit.
    Thank you

  • Melinda Frank September 20, 2013

    Please included me in the class action law suit. I have.c230 2006.

  • Luke Lee October 9, 2013

    I have a 2006 E350, 80K miles with same issue. MB dealer says that the balance shaft need to be replaced and it cost $6K. Please included me in.

  • Sunny Gahley November 10, 2013

    2007 Mercedes ML350; same issue

  • Jerome Johnson November 16, 2013

    My 2007 Mercedes E350 Vin WDBUF56X27B006008, 65,000 mileage is in process of replacing balance bars. Cost is $6,000. plus. What do I need to do to qualify for the Class Action relief? Thank you

  • Compensation please January 10, 2014

    How do I get compensated?

  • Tessa January 22, 2014

    I have a R350 with the same problem. Please include me in the class action suit against Mercedes. This is outrageous.

  • Kenny Rosenbaum February 1, 2014

    Same issue 2006 ML350

  • deepak February 3, 2014

    Same issue 2007 c230 manual ( 82k miles ).

    This is really depressing. IF this is not handled correctly.. this is the my last mercedes period…

  • Kimberly P. February 3, 2014

    I have a 2006 E350 with 101k miles my check engine light stays ON….Its very few days that it stay off. Please forward me information on this suit.

  • Kranthi February 21, 2014

    2006 E350 with 98k miles. MB Codes 1200 and 1208. $4000 at an Indy to repair and Stealership wants 6k+ Please include me in the class action suit

  • Steve March 1, 2014

    We have an ’07 R350 with 108K mi with this issue. Dealership quoted us $6800 for repair. How can I join this suit?

  • George P. Donovan March 17, 2014

    I recently bought a MB C230 Sport with 56,000 miles on it from a local MB Dealer. I love this car, but I just found out about this Balance Shaft Problem. How could MB make such a fine vehicle with such a serious defect and then sell it on the market to unsuspected first time MB buyers like me. I am sure the Dealer knew about this defect before selling it to me. I have always wanted to own a Black MB sedan and now I do but this is a showstoper. I am very disapointed with MB and I will take whatever legal action is necessary. How can I become a part of the pending Lawsuit against MB?

  • James March 28, 2014

    I also have a 2006 C230 Sport, with 62 thousand miles on it, and now the service department just told me that I need the balance shaft and sprocket replaced (BIG JOB) lots of money to repair I called MB USA and they told me that they would not be covering any of the repair cost and that it is out of warranty. This is my first MB, It has always been my dream to own a MB, after how they treat their customers I will never buy a MB again VERY VERY POOR COMPANY! I would love to become part of the lawsuit please let me know how thanks

  • Anonymous April 2, 2014

    Does anyone from Louisiana have this defect with their Mercedes Benz ? There is a class action pending in the US Western District of Louisiana against MBUSA for the defective balance shaft gear in the M272 engine.

  • Sean April 28, 2014

    Can I join the lawsuit. I recently purchashed a 2006 MB C230 sport with 75,000 miles. 2 months I have owned the car and I have the same problems. How can I become a part of the lawsuit?

  • John Hemsouvanh May 19, 2014

    Can we join the lawsuit? We have 2006 ML350 and “check engine light” come on it will cause us about $4500-$ 5000 it is the balance shaft gear .

  • Johnny wadd June 12, 2014

    I have a 2007 R-350 and the motor shredded its self on the interstate near Blythe CA. Car has 37k with 100k extended MB warrenty. MB says the cam shaft balancer stripped out, and caused the motor to collide internally and self destruction was the result. $18.000 for a totally new crate long block engine, plus condenser and radiator …..I paid $100 and MB covered the rest.

  • van Casteren July 10, 2014

    I bought a USA model CLK 350 secondhand in Cologne, Germany (the car was never exported to the USA but bought from the factory) and I self imported it to Holland. There are no problems now (@115K km) but can I be in this lawsuit if anything happens to my balanceshaft gears?

    • L. C. Crowe July 30, 2014

      I have a CLS 550, and I am having the same “check engine” problem. My dealer wants me to pay $5100 to have it fixed, which I feel is unfair. Please include me in the lawsuit. I only have 66000 miles on this 2007 auto.

  • A.D.Goodman September 6, 2014

    Add me to the list. Light came on at 65,000 mi.on my 2006.
    This is my second E class 4 magic wagon. Previously owned a 2001 E320 4M wagon. It was built like a tank and never let me down. My 2006 has been great until this.
    I was about to purchase a new 2015 model.
    I think was is the key word.

  • Alex Sanchez September 7, 2014

    My car engine has develop a loud noise and is not working quite well, I went to have it diagnosed only to find out it would cost me 6k dollars to repair. The fellow at the authorized MB repair shop advised of the ongoing problems with mine and other owner of MB car owners with the same problem. I don’t have the 6K to repair it and I still owe 4000.00 to the bank. Can someone help me here I am not looking for money in the pocket just get my car fixed. If MB has kept this quite and has no problem charging their car owners 7K for the repairs knowing its defective parts in them, then they should be responsible of the repairs and the down time with out a vehicle. Unfortunately for my wife and I we only have one car and its our 2006 MB E350 with the 272 engine. Help please.

  • Richard Scott September 16, 2014

    I have a 2007 S550 with 80,000 miles having the check engine light staying on. I was told by the dealership that the problem was related to the balance shaft gears and it would cost me approximately 6,500 to repair. Please send me information needed to be included in the class action lawsuit.

  • Marcos Rodriguez September 22, 2014

    How can I join I have a 2007 c230 with less than 100k took it to the dealer and they say it needs the balance shaft. Ridiculous expensive repairs and they wont even consider a discount knowing of this issue !

  • David Suazo September 29, 2014

    I am so dissapointed in Mercedes Benz. They claim “The Best or Nothing”, then put inferior parts in their cars. Mercedes-Benz takes no responsibility for their design error in choosing defective part. Nor do they try and assist their customer base that gets screwed with a major repair job. If there is a Class Action Law Suit I want to be part of it. I hate it when companies lie like this.

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