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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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41 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz A-Class MPV.
  • 170 CDI Elegance LWB 5dr

    scott amey Date: 23/09/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Overall a bit of a let down really. I owned a clk prior to this car and had a bad experience with that. Should have bought a japanese car but badge snobbery is a hard habit to break...how shallow, but true! A difficult car to sum up because, it's so practical and frugal but naff to drive. The ride is ridiculously stiff and short of suspension travel and the steering is vague and low geared. I know from past reading the car was lowered etc to stop it from tipping over but these alterations surely ruined the car's ride? The seats are uncomfortable on a long journey and the car rattles like a supermarket trolley over bad surfaces. The suspension has required the usual (a class) work; drop links, springs, bearings, steering column bush, which i find incredible on a car having done only 50,000 miles. Big turning circle and abismal headlights The interior looks very nice in the oatmeal leather, the dashboard seems fairly well screwed together but the noise from the parcel shelf and suspension over bumps is very poor as is engine noise whilst accelerating. Oh yes, the instrument cluster diplay has just failed and the drivers seat hight adjuster snapped off. The good bits....very economical 45-60mpg, loads of room in the back being the long wheelbase model and a good size boot. Mostly smooth automatic gearbox and i think still a good looking car. Mines black which does clean up very well. It's a real shame mercedes produced such a clever design flawed in many areas.

  • 140 Classic 5dr

    Martin Crutchley , Lancashire . Date: 04/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Dreadful.

    Luckily I took the car on a PCP with a maintenance contract, I dread to think the total this car has cost them in repairs.

    At 600 miles they diagnosed the gearbox selector mechanism had failed causing a loud rattle.....despite my protestation that it was the clutch release bearing. MB Manchester

    The car was returned with a rebuilt gearbox and a rattle ! MB Manchester

    This was to be the car's downfall.

    The car never seemed to drive as well as it did prior to this repair. Quite soon after the gearbox started whining, then grinding....it was replaced along with a new clutch. This lasted 40 miles, as they had forgotted to fit a seal properly. MB Blackburn

    Gearbox 3....has lasted 40,000miles so in all it's not long for this world.

    As they hadn't realigned the suspension after gearbox 1, numerous suspension components, columns, racks etc have been fitted that I have lost count.

    Along with the wiper motors, air recirculation system, gearbox linkage, battery (incorrect size fitted at factory) and the rear washer pipe splitting, needing the roof lining out.MB Blackburn

    It transpires that if you eventually find a dealship that actually cares, half of your troubles are over, well done to MB Chester.

    Finally a new Clio has been ordered.

    Sorry MB.

  • 140 Elegance 5dr

    Tim Longworth , Herts . Date: 31/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is six years old but has only done 40k miles. It has required a new steering column(£800), a new front spring(£80), a new indicator stalk(£110), new roll bar bushes(under garauntee thank god) and now the steering sensors are intermittent and need replacement to get me thro the next MOT(est £245), as the ABS does not work when these sensors are on the fritz.The local MB agent charges £100.00 per hourplus Vat I think( and the prices I quote above are non-main dealer plus parts) and if you don't use them MB will try to wriggle out of as much as they can.They even told me that if I had had the car serviced by an MB dealer then "their technicians would have been able to prevent the steering column failure". Well, what failed was a sealed universal joint, it takes nearly two hours labour to get to it. Nuff said. If you want to drive an MB do so - but it will cost you a shedload. If you want to drive a smaller car DONT drive a small MB: just get a Citroen (our other car is a Picasso and its really cheap to run, repair etc etc and has been much more reliable) Ford, Vauxhall, etc etc

  • 170 CDI Elegance 5dr

    Ian Anderson , Bristol . Date: 30/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned the 1999 manual gearbox car from new I was very pleased with it. I had all the usual A Class problems with suspension and steering but these were sorted out without a fuss under the 3 year warranty by the MB dealer.

    It was a great motorway car and very economical, not so good a ride around town and over rough roads due to the stiff suspension. A great load carrier especially with 2 large dogs, although I would have preferred a LWB version. Good town car, easy to drive, high driving position, very nippy and easy to park.

    I have now got a 2005 A180 which is in a differant class altogether.

    Highly recommended cars if you don't mind the high MB labour rates!

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