Irked C-Class Owner Drives Around With “Mercedes Is Trash” Stickers On His Car

Many Belgrade residents have spotted a rather unusual Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé on city streets, and their photos of the car have sparked a social media frenzy in Serbia.

What may look like an ordinary test car from a Mercedes dealership is actually the vehicle of a businessman who’s deeply dissatisfied with the German automaker’s customer service.

As you can imagine, the texts printed on the car are not very flattering for Mercedes, quite the contrary. The print on the side of the vehicle reads: “Mercedes is trash, 30,000 km clutch set not supported by warranty.”

In order to really get his message across, the owner put up another inscription on the bonnet that says: “Mercedes is trash, starter replaced at 13,000 km, clutch set at 30,000 km, both not covered by warranty.”

While the messages are pretty self-explanatory, it’s clear that the owner of the car insists his C-Class Coupe had a faulty starter at only 13,000 km (8,000 miles) and a faulty clutch at 30,000 km (18,600 miles), none of which were replaced under warranty. The local Mercedes-Benz subsidiary better have a good reason for refusing warranty claims on a brand new car.

Oftentimes automakers reject warranty claims by shifting the blame on consumers for alleged improper use. We suspect that is the case here, although we can’t know whether the driver really abused the car or not. But even if he did (not that we condone that sort of behavior), Mercedes probably would have stood more to gain from avoiding this sort of situation, especially since it could have a negative effect on the brand’s reputation.

Thanks to Nikola for the tip!

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  • designer_dick

    This isn’t really surprising. Despite their reputation, Mercedes-Benz’s build quality is little better than average, and has been since the 1990s – they prefer to focus on perceived quality such as fancy interior materials rather than the actual quality of the car’s engineering and construction.

    • Merc1

      Pure BS.

      M

  • jrelon

    Based on my own experience, I’d back him up. Maybe not quite as extreme, but I’ve been fairly appalled at the mechanical quality of my Benz.

    • Merc1

      How so?

      M

      • jrelon

        2015 E63S. 22k miles. Completely replaced 1 air suspension pump, and hose. Whistling on the front end over 60mph they can’t explain. Rattling from the rear seat. And I might have a vacuum leak or ignition coil going bad. Trying to get them to look at that now, but the computer hasn’t throw a code, so they don’t know. I mean, I get that they’re just cars, and all cars have problems, but the mystique of “superior quality” is busted for me. And I still enjoy the car at least.

        Oh yeah, and the cup holder cover in the center console has been replaced too because it stopped sliding.

        • Merc1

          Yeah that is very unfortunate but not typical with E63s owners I know personally.

          M

        • Enter Ranting

          “German engineering” is a slogan cooked up on Madison Avenue.

        • Hoe

          My 2015 E 63 AMG S does not give me any issues at all

        • SteersUright

          Pretty much the same experience I’ve had with Porsche, BMW, VW and Mercedes. My 2015 Lexus GS350 Sport was a flawless experience though, too bad its engine was so gutless and its auto so lifeless and slow to shift. All cars are a sort of give and take, I suppose.

  • Bash

    BS

  • ChrisInIL

    “Mercedes probably would have stood more to gain from avoiding this sort of situation, especially since it could have a negative effect on the brand’s reputation.”

    In the age of “viral posts” it is nearly impossible to avoid this sort of situation. There are too many easily offended or too easily provided children with devices through which they can vent.

  • StrangerGP

    Mercedes probably has the worst quality cars out of the three German premium brands. I remember someone in my country doing the same thing to an M-Class (W164) after it started displaying rust and MB refused to cover it under warranty.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    its a c-class coupe…

    • Enter Ranting

      You sure it’s not an S Class? So hard to tell…

  • As someone whose family has owned Benzes for over 50 years, the last of the great Benzes were made in the 1990s, with a few small exceptions thereafter. Most Benzes, and German cars, are high-priced maintenance nightmares.

    • Enter Ranting

      They’re engineered now to last for the duration of an inexpensive lease.

  • Kagan

    Germans have been off for a long time now or they just got an unfair good reputation before.
    Look their airport has been delayed since 2012 and still there is now plan when to finish it!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Wondering when people will start to realize that marketing is washing their brains. German cars haven’t been better in a long while. They have been focusing more on projecting an image of quality rooted in the efforts these brands seriously did in the 1980s/1990s to win over other competitors building genuinely well built cars with good quality and good assembly and relying on the halo of “technological, mechanical perfections” the Germans had (rightfully) earned over the time. Past that stage, in the late 1990s/early 2000s, quality started to go downhill, service became worse and spares became even more expensive. I’d honestly go for a Japanese today. But that’s me, and knowing they are more boring to look at. But if reliability and mileage without trouble is what i want i go Jap.

    • Kagan

      Not Volvo they are even worse.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        I think i n terms of quality they are better. But i won’t argue. I haven’t touched one in a while. You may well be right. Japs though, i see those daily here and i must admit they are boring but reliable. Much more than the Germans. Even the Taiwanese are realizing the Germans are all show and no substance. Too may runs to the workshop.

        • Kagan

          It is because you haven’t touch one. They are bad as bad or worse than the Germans!

  • Ken Lyns

    Owner probably burned the clutch with repeated burnouts

  • SteersUright

    While some people will indeed have luck with any given model, general stats (and my own experiences) do reveal that German cars are far more prone to faulty electronics and other technical issues beneath their pretty skin, despite much finer exterior and interior craftsmanship (nvh, panel fit, and all that…)

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