?I purchased a 2010 C300 in April of 2012. At this point, Silver Star A.G., LTD (Mercedes-Benz Thousand Oaks) have replaced the vehicle battery four times, note the replacement intervals of 6 months after original vehicle purchase, 20 months, 14 months, and 18 month intervals.
On March 3, 2017 I was engaged in a conversation with Mr. Wesley Crown (service manager) with regards to remedying the yet unresolved battery issue, which has plagued our vehicle since we purchased it. As the conversation was progressing towards a possible remedy, Mr. Ben Criscuolo (service director) forcibly approached us as we were seated at Mr. Crown’s desk. Mr. Criscuolo encroached menacingly over me and stated, “we will give you nothing, you have wasted everyone’s time, Daniel’s time, everyone’s time. I don’t want you to come back here, there are plenty of other Mercedes Dealerships you can go to.”
I attempted to further negotiate resolving the issue, however Mr. Criscuolo refused to deescalate his threatening demeanor. At this point, I realized he had not identified himself and I asked for a business card. He stormed away and returned with a card. He additionally stated that I was not to return to this Mercedes Dealership for any reason.
At this time, I would like to reiterate four replacement batteries in a vehicle 7 years old is unacceptable. My attempt to discuss this fact with Mr. Criscuolo was met with an unprofessional response at best, with no suggestions as to a reasonable conclusion.
A Mercedes Benz battery in southern CA can reasonably be expected to give 60 months of service, therefore if the aforementioned battery installed this month does not provide 48 months of service, I would like Silver Star Mercedes to take ownership of the problem, as they have for the last four battery replacements.
Timothy J. Hamson