Nigel21: Firstly have you had a proper test drive -ideally from cold- if so what were your findings?Does this only happen at slow speed and on full lock?
I'm taking delivery of AMG C43 estate in mid April and I am starting to show some concern!
I do really like the car and if it's only on full lock I feel that I could live with it.
I think I would rather have the car with full lock available than have it with limited lock should that be the fix applied to the vehicle to stop this problem.
If it's happening when full lock is not applied then I may consider cancelling my order.
Driver200 how are you finding you car now?
Will I have to sign the disclaimer as my point of sale was in November?
What will happen if I refuse to sign?
In my case I was able to test drive my car within hours of it being delivered to the dealership; and yes there was certainly mild crabbing on the forecourt but I took it to a near-by car park and repeatedly tested full-lock in all directions and there was no evidence of crabbing. I put this down to the tyres being warmed up which fortunately for MB fits in with their winter tyre scenario.
So far I have had no crabbing but that isn't because it doesn't exist but because I rarely use full-lock. The cluncking/severe juddering that owners are experiencing would certainly have manifested itself in my car by now as in some cases its still doing it when their car is going in a straight line!! So I'm thankful for that. I am keeping actively involved in this issue mainly because -regardless of the 47,000 Google hits- I believe it could have been engineered out or at the very least down to an acceptable minor judder level which, perhaps, most owners would actually live with.
My honest opinion is that if it wasn't for the cluncking then perhaps less people would be complaining because if any motorist heard cluncking coming from either their engine or gearbox then all hell would break loose but because MB say it's the tyres causing the problem then they think that's good enough. Well it isn't.
So back to your question. I decided to buy the car because 99.9% of the time its a mighty machine, well made, cool machine one minute and with the flick of a switch it's bruiser side comes out to play. If you haven't ordered the AMG Performance Exhaust suggest you change your mind and get it as it completes the package nicely.
Final word, I wasn't asked to sign any waiver but the dealership did say that should I return the car for this issue to be checked out they will give me a letter saying that it's down to the tyre's etc.. but that would obviously be if I experienced the problem to an unacceptable level.
Finally, finally. Ouch for the April delivery slot guess you will be hit by the new VED rates?
Keep in touch via this thread if you want more info but remember all above is only my opinion as there are other C43 owners who will say CANCEL, CANCEL, CANCEL.