Now on our second A Class, first one was a bit poor on quality ie paintwork but new one is much better now nice to drive and just as economical 50mpg, lots of space enough kit for me. Not a badge snob but must admitt not much to touch it for value Have to say local dealer has been brilliant sorry we picked black as colour choice not easiest car to keep clean in winter. Thinking of a golf or focus? try the benz instead. Corners of car difficult to see invest in rear parking sensors A happy merc owner (you get what you pay for)
I have owned the original manual 170 diesel from new and nearly 8 years covering 121,000 miles. I have had no trouble from the engine, gearbox or clutch, and mpg has been excellent at 50mpg when my car is idling a lot.I have had the springs replaced and link rod arm bearings. I have never had Merc service the car and have always taken it to a local garage. Merc charge about £100 an hour labour!! . I imported saving well over 5 grand on list price, paying 13k instead of £18,600 (with some extras). Overall I have had my money worth with Toyota wiling to give me £2k trade in. I have heard of gearboxes going after 50k miles, and also the clutch is a good 800 quid to replace due to the engine having to be dropped. I love the practicality of the A class and the leather trim and velour in the doors, and flatish dashboard to put ones cuppa. I think the new A class inside is a step backwards but looks better on the outside.The concept of the car is brilliant with the sandwich floor holding the fuel and battery, and also allowing the engine to push under drivers' legs in the event of an accident. It's like driving a 4x4 without paying for the privelege via the fuel pump. I'd change the car but there's nothing out there that really appeals to me being the same size and having mpg as the A class. I have been to a couple of Merc garages over the years for part/accessories and the service is absolutely abysmal. Mercs are great cars as long as you keep away from the dealers.
I bought my 2005 A180 CDi Avantgarde to replace a much loathed Mazda RX-8 (yes, really!..)and am delighted with my purchase.
New, this model would now cost close to £20,000 (with optional electic sunroof, metallic paint and CD autochanger), but for £10,600 I now own a quality one-owner 15,000 mile car that looks very attractive in Saturn Red and is infinitely more practical and less infuriating than the RX-8.
I've had the ECU re-mapped (cost £350 and well worth it) so my A180 now produces more power and torque than the A200CDi. It is amazingly refined at (illegal)speed and will do up to 55 mpg on a long journey.
The ride/handling has been criticised in reviews, but I find it absolutely fine for everyday use - although no good for track days!
The diesel engine is rather 'clattery' at idle (but much better than a Seat Leon diesel which sounds like a tractor in comparison!)and the gearchange can be obstructive (similar to the RX-8), but overall this is quality product which is a genuine pleasure to drive/own. Strongly recommended.
We looked at all the competition, but build quality was best on this baby Merc. It is great to be able to choose your own individual spec.We made ours look like the top of the range A200Turbo, and is unique. The ride is choppy with sports suspension, but for around town the handling overshadows this. The MPG is not as great as I would have hoped, but this is a solid car built with safety and quality in mind, no cheap weight saving here(go and get a Citroen). Its the interior space and practicality that blows your mind, more space inside than the Galactica!! No bending over to put young Dougie in his Britax seat, No more back pain. Dont be a sheep with Fords and VW, stand out from the crowd!!
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