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Thread: 452 Roadster & Roadster-Coupe - Common Faults

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westcoaster View Post
    Interesting theories gentlemen, but wrong never the less.

    A German based TR.n member who counts Mercedes amongst one of his translation and training clients, advised me that during conversations with a senior director at Mercedes, he was told that the roadster was sacrificed as a cost cutting measure along with the Forfour, due to dismal sales of the Vaneo And Vito people carriers and continuing economic problems with Chrysler, who were partners at the time.

    Incidentally, just over 42,000 roadsters were made, with just 7251 coming to the UK.
    Ahhh would make sense. The warranty bills couldnt have helped its case. the Vanio was a dreadful car. Had one as a courtesy car, it would have been perfect for work due to it's size, but it is as ugly as a sin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westcoaster View Post
    Do you selectively mis quote on purpose?

    Warranty costs on roadsters was not the reason that production was stopped. It was stopped on the roadster and the ForFour as part of a larger restructuring and rationalising process across Mercedes at the time.

    Mercedes invested a lot of money in developing and promoting the Vaneo and Vito (Viano) people carriers, particularly in the US, as a high quality product. They failed to sell in the anticipated numbers. In fact the Vaneo was canned shortly after the roadster as a result.

    Mr Meshman or Thrumbleaux or whatever, you do like to slag off the roadster at every opportunity, in fact in this thread, which is about Common faults found on the roadster, your sum total has been to criticise, e.g.

    "Too busy fixing them to have time to post....."

    "Or drowned in them..."

    "What the dealer told me was it cost something like 2k per car in warranty claims, mainly the leaks. Mercedes pulled the plug because of that."

    You don't own a roadster, do you? Have you ever owned a roadster?

    Do you dislike roadsters so much that you have to be a troll about it? Or are you just jealous of those who have them?
    Mis quote? They were your words.

    ''"Too busy fixing them to have time to post....."

    "Or drowned in them..." ''

    Lighten up WC - it was a joke.

    Restructuring because of the cost of the warranty claims. Or do you want to believe they canned a profitable car just because the vans didn't sell?

    I don't make a point of slagging off Roadsters. But I'm not in denial that they leak.

    And no I don't, or never have, and have no intention of owning a Roadster. That makes no difference to anything. I don't even have to drive one to know that I wouldn't be able to see the road from one in the way I want to.

    Calling me troll says more about you than it does about me - and not in a good way.

    Jealous? Of you? Dream on....
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    What's going on in here lads? And stevie?

    I know ALL fortwo owners are secretly jealous of roadster/roadster coupe owners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maggi112 View Post
    What's going on in here lads? And stevie?

    I know ALL fortwo owners are secretly jealous of roadster/roadster coupe owners.
    You might be James, but I'm not!

    Some Roadster owners like to think it though...

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    Just bought my wife a roadster............and the ABS warning light has come on. The car has been inactive for the last few months so im praying to whoever that it is just temporary! Does anybody have any real advice and costs please?

    Also i think the car is great, cant see why anybody would want to "troll" these pages just to slate it!

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    One of 3 things, reluctor rings, easy ish to replace and not to costly.

    Brake switch, as above really a simple enough DIY job.

    Or as mine is, the first syptoms of a leaking bulkhead which will eventually get the SAM (ECU) unit wet, renderring it fooked.

    It's most likely to be one of both of the first 2, but deffo check to make sure the SAM is bone dry as they are costly to repair.
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    Think you mentioned elsewhere that you are in Shotts. Sam @ McSmarts.co.uk is in Airdrie, he specialises in Smarts. He's a good place to start
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    is McSmarts reasonabliy priced, pretty skinto after forking out for the panther lol!
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    cheaper than smart! lol
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    The problem pinkpanther states is the only thing I've ever had go wrong with my roadster (((hastily leaps up from computer to touch wood))) -and its still does it. But only sometimes. Completely randomly. It can never come on for days at a time, and then for no apparent reason, bingo, there it is. When you stop the car, and restart, it doesn't come on again. My initial reaction was blind panic, but my laissez-faire approach has now reduced that to mild irritation. It passed its ITV (Spanish MOT) last time with flying colours, not to mention the fact that I have yet to end up in the drink as a result of careening around the coast road, so clearly the brakes are functioning. The intermittent fault - scourge of the non-technically-minded motorist!

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