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I recently filled the gas tank on my 1998 C230, 88K miles. When I got back into the car, the fuel gauge showed completely empty and the fuel light came on. It remained that way until the next time I started the car. Later that week, when the fuel was approximately at 3/4 of a tank, the gauge again showed empty and the fuel light came on again. This has happened on several, but not all, occasions since then, usually when I fill up. I'm confused about what's causing this and how to fix it. Is it an sensor, or an electronic issue? Any ideas or help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
 

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I had the same intermittent problem with my '98 C280 Sport. I had heard that this may happen, so I was not surprised when it did.

It corrected itself a couple of times and hasn't happened since.

Too, I noticed every time the temperature reached in the mid - 90's this summer my 'check engine' light would come on. As soon as the weather cooled off, the light would go out and not come back on.
 

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ME TOO

I have a 03 C230...It happened to me as well. I ran down the gas until 8 miles or so and finally found a gas station... Filled up and the gauge stayed on empty. Drove it home and restarted the car twice....Gauge came back to normal...Hasn't happend since....
 

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Been there, done that. It could be a fuel sensor..a sending unit..or a SAM unit. If you get it fixed, it will most likely just fail again. Defective parts are replaced with other defective parts. Aren't you glad you have a Mercedes, number 26 in the JD Powers consumer satisfaction ratings and 10 out of 17 in reliability?

http://www.imakenews.com/autospies/e_article000166266.cfm

http://www.fortune.com/fortune/investing/articles/0,15114,517706,00.html

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/business/2003/10/08mergerstraining.html
 
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