Opted for a C220cdi sport estate to replace a 2007, XC90, fed up with the bulk and constantly being penalised by the government. So the merc is a bit smaller especially in the boot. Drove the XC90 to the Mercedes dealer in Ayre averaged 28.7 came back with the new mercedes averaged 46.7 probally driving a bit faster in the mercedes. Both cars are automatic. Ride and comfort is very good, always a nice car to settle into after a long day. There is plenty of space as well, do you really need the very large boot? Looked at BMW 5 series, yes the engine is very good but no other reason to go for one over the merc. New Audi just doesnt have the overall package, which is a shame. Only done 5,000miles so time we will see how things pan out, no regrets so far. The dash is a little cheap, but all controlls are very good to use, nothing much to complain about.
I have a 2003 C180K estate, 50K miles, bought new with my own cash.
It has had a new differential, complete new suspension (twice), new exhaust due to chronic corrosion, CAN bus errors, door skin defects, paint lacquer defects, rattles..you get the picture. 4th year service cost was £980. Of course the salesman called me to sell me a new 2008 model. "They are much better now" he said. Funny, that is what he said when I bought this car in 2003.
Take off your Mercedes badge beer goggles: they are not that good anymore. It is an average car with a posh badge. Shame.
Similar failures to the review below, at a mileage figure that Merc used to just laugh at on the way to truly interstellar mileage. But the worst part of ownership was (were) the franchised dealers. I had the same paint issue - rust spots appearing on the roof were dismissed as 'stone chips'. Rusting on the tailgate? 'Stone chips, sir'. I eventually took the trim off to show that the rust was active on the inside and perforating the panels. Mercedes in Dundee and in Perth still refused to look at the car under warranty; you have to persevere though. Eventually, a terrific dealer in Ayr took the car and had it fettled for me courtesy of MB.
Still, the whole experience had put me off and I sense that I'm not alone in that.
6 years/100k miles from new; time for a change. Not another Merc I fear. Rust is starting to get hold.Component failures are getting more frequent.Ignition switch, Roll bar bushes,Glowplugs,Window motor,Rear Road Springs, Indicator lamp holders, Front Road springs, Intercooler £488 - 102k,etc.Reminds me of the Morris Marina('spect you don't remember those!).Shame 'cos it's a good drive overall and in spite of the paintwork (Mercedes didn't want to know about that, either), and the noisy mechanicals (that's how they come, sir),it's sort of a classy car. 50mpg's OK. I can easily outdrive a brown-noser in a 320d through the dips & bends in the Wolds, so it’s quick enough for me at my age.But what really steered me off buying Merc again was the sanctimonious attitude of salesmen & management. - "We've no history of that part failing sir" - "Oh yeah-so why have you got 5 in stock?" And, hiding the fact that a new model is just around the corner is quickest way to drive a customer out of the door.An Audi salesman said that 30% of his new customers are disappointed Merc. owners.Quite sad because the car seems essentially well designed and almost up to Japanese standards of assembly. (After 14 yrs the first failure on my wife's MX5 is the aerial). I guess Mercedes aspire to that level of quality, and they're not far away, but they need to do something about their attitude to customers."Rückgang mittels Kundenbeziehungen" as they say in Germany….
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