I would greatly appreciate any input, Thank You in advance!
Has anyone had similar problems as the one I describe below, or have a
I am having intermittent problems starting my 1997 C-280 Sport. Never cold,
always after it has been run a while.
What happens is this: Every once in a while, after an hour highway trip, or
stop and start jaunting around town, the car will not turn over. Instead,
the starter will run about 5 seconds, then give up. If I wait for 5 or 10
minutes, it will turn over with no problem whatsoever.
I know it isn't a battery problem, the starter turns strong, but the engine
simply will not fire up. Wait 5 or 10 mins, and it kicks like nothing was
The oil is clean, as is the radiator.
My radiator guage goes from 40 to 120, with 80 being the mid-point, usual
running temp. I have noticed that the temp seems to be a little high when
this occurs, but only a touch above the midline, MAYBE 90. After letting it
sit a bit, as I said, it will fire up like gangbusters.
Is there some kinda built in thermostat protection that won't allow you to
start the car if it is too hot, and maybe it is set wrong, or needs to be
Any input would be GREATLY appreciated, especially since I live in a rural
area, and the closest M dealership is 100 miles away... trying to fix an
intermittent problem with no local dealership is, well... :-/ !!