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ESP warning comes on and dealer says I need a new transmission. The transmission is shifting fine. I now have an error code of P0720. Dealer wants $7200.00 to repair.

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  • Ruben-02C320 Nov 05, 2008

    I have the same problem, first the compter told me that I needed a new battery, so I replaced. As soon as I replaced battery car stated that the ESP was out, ABS was out, Consumer Defective, I mean the car lit up light a christmas tree. No problems previous to the computer stating I need a new battery. When I called Dealership, they stated that I couldn't change battery myself and that the dealer needed to it. And that the problem was that the car needed to be reprogrammed since I disconnect battery from car for 1 day. Dealership stated it would cost around 400.00 to fix this. Any suggestions on the reprogramming?

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    I have a similar problem on my 2001 C320 Auto. Intermittent ESP error comes on dashboard and there is no throttle unless you switch off car and start again. Problem has become more frequent now and happens about once or twice a day. Was told by dealership that its a fualty accelerator pedal, which I replaced but to no avail. Managed to take it into dealership while error was still displayed on dash. They put computer on which gave the following error for ESP: C1022-002 CAN bus fault and C1202 A7/7s1 (BAS release switch). I have also noticed that problem only occurs at low speed and about 90% of the time when you are turning left. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    My "Mercedes-Benz" started cutting back 3 months ago. I pull over, cut the car off and start it back up and it works like a charm. I have taken it to the dealer 3 times for this problem...of course they don't find anything. Last night 11:34 pm, with my 2 year in the back, the car did it again on a major thru-way. This time the ESP warning popped up..I took a picture with my camera phone to show the dealer. Just as I had done previous...turn the car off and back on...and it took off. My next car will be a Toyota or Hyundai!

  • bk123roc Jan 12, 2009

    i have a 2002 c320 wagon and it runs fine but sometimes when i shut it off it then it will not turn on, the starter continues turning but it wont turn on...i'll wait awhile and bam it turns on what the f8ck is going on please help:(



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Hello bodies , l'm from tirana albania and l wish to help all of you to solve this kind a problem , if you goes to the dealer they are to much expensive , but here is your solution , the problem with ESP is kind a more problem to get out from diagnostic computer as a foult code like to much numbers but you should know this is the only rarely problem in your luxury car the suport of the wheel there are two ruber suport with two sensor on it they been hackneyed and must be replaced as soon as posibile becouse this may be dangerous to slide out of road .when you replace the suport the ESP will goes of from your instrument cluster on dash board if you wont to know more about your car my e-mail is

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I had the same problem once. I tried what I was told and it worked. turn on the car. turn the engine on, while still in the parked position. turn the steering wheel all the way from the right to the left several times, turn off the engine. wait a few seconds, then start the car again. worked like magic

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Bk123roc, had same problem. dealer knew exactly what it was when i explained problem. they said it was the crank shaft sensor that needed replacing. cost $600.00 (part $250, remainder was for labor.) apparently its pretty common problem. haven't had that problem since, but now having the esp error like other reporting. i agree next car is anything but a mercedes.

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I agree with the best solution report, that worked for me too, except that I followed the manual instructions: started the engine, turned the wheel all the way to left, then all way to the right, then I centered it, and ta daaa, the problem was gone!!

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There are mutiple p0720 the most common is a range selector on the tranmission. need to know all the info on this car. kompessor?

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