I have owned a W123, W124 (several, all from new), W201 (2.5 diesel), W107 (450SLC) and I currently have a C180 Elegance estate.
All my cars gave me enormous pleasure, the last 190D 2.5 went for 13 years and 200,000 miles without missing a beat.
My current C180 is plagued by electronic problems, causing loss of window control, loss of mirror control, loss of heated washer nozzles and warning lights of BAS/ASR failure.
The Mercedes main dealer says it's the traction control module after a £110 'check', but as I am in the business of testing automobile electronics I have reason to suspect the diagnosis.
The C-Class is not a 'real' Mercedes and I will never buy another. Anyone got a W124 for sale? Anyone know an independent Mercedes dealer in Devon?
i took delivery of this pre reg vehicle a couple of weeks ago. A very smooth quiet ride compared with my SAAB 9-3 which was very sound but prone to high levels of tyre noise. Diesel is bit sluggish only 122 BHP, but it is a heavy car, which I reckon accounts for this. No problems yet, but the car came without an owners manual and service book. A call to MB a few days ago fixed this but it hasn't turned up yet. The most refined car I have had I used to drive Passats Mondeos and Primeras when I was working. Fuel economy a bit low only 33mpg around town. Pleased on the whole especially the all round view; excellent!
I changed my C240 a couple of years ago for my first diesel. Better fuel consumption, brilliant low- and mid-range shove and all-round competence are what this car is all about.
The one major gripe is (as usual) servicing costs. The only other niggle is that I am unable to position my right leg comfortably on a long journey.
Bought my 02 C180 Elegance SE a month ago. It has a 2.0-litre engine just to confuse things, and a beautiful smooth auto box. I find it wonderful to drive on the motorway, and mid-range acceleration is superb. I do find it slightly underpowered around town, but if I use the gearbox manually, this more than makes the difference. All in all, it's a perfect all-round car.
However, it's not without one or two problems. I experienced a complete electronic failure after heavy rain whilst my car was sitting outside my house. I couldn't get in the car as the central locking/key fob wasn't working. I got in the car using the emergency key and then started the engine. I then had a complete list of everything failing!
After 10 minutes or so of running the engine the majority of these faults disapeared and I had luxuries like windscreen wipers and indicators again! On contacting a main Mercedes dealer they were most surprised with this unusual occurance. I then contacted an independent Mercedes specialist who explained that it is a common design fault, and that the sensor are a bit too sensitive, and remedied it within ten minutes. Good old Mercedes!
Overview: buy one- they're the business! Here's some advice: find an independent Mercedes specialist - they know infinitely more about cars and customer service than the main dealerships.
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