Mercedes-Benz is known for packing its cars with luxury features, but the rear passengers in some Sprinter vans are getting a shower that they don't expect. The rear air conditioning system is reportedly leaking in some models, and owners are boiling mad. A class-action lawsuit was filed in California alleging that Mercedes knew about the problem and didn't fix it.

Bad seals around the rooftop, rear air conditioner on some Sprinter 2500 and 3500 models allegedly cause the leak. Drivers claim that it's bad enough to seem like it's raining in the vehicle, and some owners say that it leads to mold and water damage around the headliner.

Sharky Laguana is among the litigants in the suit, and he owns a vehicle rental company in San Francisco. He claims in the lawsuit that at least 45 of his 97 Sprinters have leaked. He told to NBC 6 in South Florida that the repairs and discounts to customers have cost his business over $100,000.

We've contacted Mercedes for more information on the problem. We will update this story when we hear back. Scroll down to watch a report on the problem from NBC 6 showing the leak in multiple Sprinters, and the entire text of the lawsuit can be read on its website.



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      Al
      • 8 Months Ago
      Americans and their illusions of grandeur. How dare they think they can shake such a German giant. Give me a f**** break. Like their Chrysler, Ford and GM can teach the world anything!
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Al
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        Floridian
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Al
        I seriously hope your joking. Of course, if the a/c is faulty there will be complaints. Why the hell would it matter if they are from the US???? Like any person is going to think "well I'm not gonna sue Mercedes, given the fact that our own car makers can't teach the world anything". Some Europeans are so obsessed with the fact that their German cars are" world class" (only German cars and Italian supercars) that they view things like these as if they were acts of war. A bit like when we saw that a ZR1 was as fast as a 458. So many idiots went nuts. If say it's pretty damn impressive if a 80,000 or so Chevrolet can keep up with a 250k Ferrari. And GM Ford and Chrysler have taught the world things. Heated seats, A/C, radio, electric steering and electric windows all first appeared on American cars. The US doesn't necessarily have illusions of grandeur. It just happens that the US somehow gets blamed for all the crap that goes wrong in the world. There's much more hate coming from Europe to the US than vice versa.
        FIDTRO
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Al
        Toyotas are accelerating out of control and GM hid decades worth of ignition recalls, but it's the German manufacturers who are the ones we should be yelling at LOL
        zepeda1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Al
        Dieter Zetsche, is that you?!
      ltchiband
      • 8 Months Ago
      Crappy reliability, insanely expensive to repair, insanely expensive to maintain, deplorable customer service, but people keep paying for the name. Most overrated car brand an earth... BMW is a close second.
        Al
        • 8 Months Ago
        @ltchiband
        What do you drive? Detroit crap surely. Idiot.
          Carlove215
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Al
          See Al, and time it cost you $5,000 for a Tune up, it's crap. 2 spark plugs per cylinder, Nissan and Ford did it first and they realize it was overkill, over sophistication is not always a good thing.
          ltchiband
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Al
          I'm not some kind of goon for the American car industry, If that's what you think. I live in Canada and drive a boring but perfectly reliable Honda.
      Carlove215
      • 8 Months Ago
      That's a Mercedes-Benz, overengineered junk! But people are so in love with the name.
        Al
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Carlove215
        The WORLD is love with them because they are actually well engineered cars. Good quality. Except for the junk made in the U.S.
          Jorge
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Al
          You have to stop whatever you are smoking "Herr Al" . Do you have any idea how many law suits, class action or not MB has all over the world? starting in "Deutschland"? The balance shaft in all V6, ABS that do not work, Air in take manifolds in the ML 2006-2008..and on , and on. Even the people at VW and Bayerische Motoren Werke, are laughing, come on "reichsmarschall" wanna be , I have a couple, how many do you have?
          Jesse Gurr
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Al
          What about Mercedes that are made in the USA? Are they junk too then? I don't think you know what "global economy" means. Are Fords that are made in Germany well engineered? I think you are just mad because something went wrong with a Mercedes product and you are in denial.
      Stridenttube
      • 8 Months Ago
      The anti Benz folks must be out in full force. The fact is that all car makers have issues with their cars that they don't want to fix. It costs them millions and makes them look bad. Ford and GM both have had issues with leaking roofs as well. I don't see this as that big of a deal TBH. I'm sure they will fix it eventually.
      Love Great Danes
      • 8 Months Ago
      AHHHHH yes the mystique of Mercedes. Somehow they will blame Chrysler for another of their screw ups.
      funguy6713
      • 8 Months Ago
      I see everyone bashing on everyone here...there is no question the German engineering is not what it used to be. My dad's 1982 300SD Turbodiesel was the most reliable Benz ever...as Benzes got more electronically complex, the problems started to increase...my mother's E300 had many recalls from front suspension to accelerator linkage issues...so far her C300 4-Matic has been mostly trouble free but nothing can compare to the family's 10 yr old Honda which has the most reliable and trouble-free car the family has ever owned...
        Stridenttube
        • 8 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        Sadly, all cars are getting complex with so many electronics. Even a modern Honda can become an unreliable nightmare. My parents owned a 2003 Honda and everything on that thing broke.
      Toyotathong
      • 8 Months Ago
      Didn't Chris Kattan play Sharky Laguana in that movie?
        blitzkrieg550
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Toyotathong
        that's a name I haven't heard in a loooooong time, I'm almost tempted to ask whatever happened to that guy...almost.
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