I've had the car for two months. 52-plate. 48K on the clock. The ride is fine and comfy but not as sporting as my old 5 Series Beemer.
Two problems with the car: 1. The ignition sometimes takes two or three atttempts to fire the car. No pattern; it just starts or needs a few attempts. Very annoying! 2. Steering seems to click (somewhere underneath the car) at about 3/4 of a full turn, then clicks again on return to straight. Does this on both sides. Steering seems fine otherwise. Anyone share these problems? I'd like some help!
Overall, the car seems solid and is pretty economic (39.9mpg).
Fantastic blend of practicality and performance.
New generation V6 diesel engine is stunning. It has tremendous torque, possibly too much as its difficult to avoid the ASP intruding for anything but the most gentle start in the wet. In the dry it is deceptively quick whilst never returning less than 30 mpg and more often 40 mpg.
Service costs are high, and reliability is not up to Mercedes standards. In 6 months I've experienced "Return to workshop" faults for low oil pressure (sensor), Air filter warning, light sensor also minor faults with air con and wing mirror motor. All were repaired on warranty. The levels of customer service at my local dealership are exceptional although this doesn't excuse the lack of quality in the product.
Overall having completed about 30K miles in 8 months I'm still very impressed with the overall package.
I have owned Mercedes cars off and on since the 60's and have found them to be very relaible and easy to work on.I currently own a C250TD Estate which has caused me minimal expense in the eight years I have owned it. I have carried out all servcing myself. I also own a CDI Estate which is 3 years old. Both cars are estates in the elegance range and yet the 1998 car features items such as self levelling suspension sadly missing on the newer car. It has been back to Mercedes 4 times for persistent air con. failure roughly every six months. It has no dip stick and the car is obviously designed to be worked on by dealerships only. My last service cost me over £600 ( 3 years) over £80 being for 6 litres of oil. The car is now due for change but I am afraid it will not be another Merc as I can not justify the inconvenience of problems mainly software and these exorbitant service charges so its back to Citroen for me.RWE
I bought this car last November, at just under a year old with 5000 miles on the clock. I've done 7000 miles since then. It's fitted with the sports kit.
It has a very relaxing to drive, and a nicely understated style both externally and internally. Road-holding is as good as the comfort - seats are very supportive. Performance is good particularly when using the tiptronic, and economy is excellent. I average 33mpg and high 30s on long journeys.
However, the car pulled to the left which is apparently because Mercedes can't be bothered to change the camber on the left wheel for right-hand drive cars. For a mere £222 they corrected this for me (that is £117 per hour!).
Servicing charges are ridiculous: my next service will be a minimum of £460. I'd pay if I felt I was getting good service, but they just want the money for indifferent service.
I find the automatic gearbox to be very poor, it can easily get confused and leave me in too high a gear and then I have to use kickdown, which doesn't make for the smoothest drive. This usually happens in town when approaching hills or roundabouts. Finally, road noise is very bad: clearly, there's been some cost-saving in sound insulation.
Would I buy a Mercedes again? No, the basic car is brilliant but it feels like Mercedes has tried to save money, which is not what the car should be about - I pay a premium to get something extra. Also, my dealership is nowhere near good enough - it's money first, service second.
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