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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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75 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon.
  • C270 CDI Avantgarde SE 4dr

    Edward Beech , Gloucester . Date: 16/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41.5

    My car

    I have now had this car for 2 years, I bought it with 90k on the clock and it now has just turned 150k. I am so pleased I bought this car it has been an excellent vehicle and is the best car I have ever owned - this is my 25th car! So far it has never let me down, and everything is as tight as the day I got it.

    It is fast and cheap to run. I do almost all motorway miles and the over optimistic computer has told me over the last 30k miles I have averaged 57.2mpg (I know from working this out that I have actually averaged 51 mpg) 51 mpg from a 2.7litre vehicle is amazing - and is over the manufacturers stated figure!

    Everything works on it still - the stereo (standard) is of excellent quality, I can drive for 6 hours without getting tired

    It has a good level of equipment - although when I drive my parents C320 CDi I am jealous of the parking sensors, iPad connector, Bluetooth and satnav.

    So far in 60k miles it has gone through 2 sets of rear tyres and one set of front tyres plus services.

    At the last service I had a strange rattle coming from the exhaust which was a loose clamp and it is now due for suspension drop links on the front (minor)

    I would recommend this car to anyone doing lots of motorway work.

    Yes the manual with the foot handbrake is not ideal - and probably given the choice I would have the auto - having said that at 150k I think I'm safer with the manual.

    Next car will be another Mercedes - probably an E Class

  • C180 Classic 4dr

    Alister McIlwee , Antrim . Date: 05/09/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My car has been the typical curate's egg - good in parts. It has been both a handsome, refined and comfortable car - yet required a £900 suspension rebuild for its first MOT (£600 was paid towards this by M-B).

    However, I write this review today after hearing that the timing chain has gone at 85 000 miles - with a full service history. My mechanic has told me that this is a common fault of the lower-tuned C180 engine, which has apparently a Mitsubishi base. Other engines are said to be reliable. Apart from these two rather critical faults, the graphics on the dash would embarrass a Casio watch and it has had a persistent rattle in the driver's door (from a loose door lock cable)

    I did really like this car until today, and was an M-B fan. Now, I cannot recommend this car, at least not in this model.

  • C270 CDi Classic 4dr

    Geoff Gray , Derbyshire . Date: 26/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    The C270 CDI Classic was my first Mercedes, I bought it with 14,000 miles on the clock and ran it up to 78,000 in exactly two years. This is a fantastic car. Fast, economical, reliable and good looking.

    My company pay towards the running costs and when my boss saw the 270 badge he said "are we running that?" Minutes later he said "you are getting 42mpg and it is going up!" That day I took it easy and averaged 47mpg.

    We have two Mercedes dealers in town, one is Glitzy and the other more down to earth. When I had a broken bracket on the turbo the Glitzy garage quoted for the repair, said they would have the part here in two days and told me I also needed to spend £1100.00 on the brakes(at 20K miles). The other garage quoted slightly less, explained that they always keep one of these parts in stock. They did the job while I waited and while they were doing the job I asked them to look at the brakes. They said it was just as well that I asked, my front pads were worn out and they changed them for £47.00

    Since then, I have used the Tiptronic to slow down because brakes could be expensive and besides, I have to clean all the black dust off the front wheels. By 78,000 miles, the car is still on its original discs!

    Recommend strongly. I am told that the 5 cylinder C270 was one of the best models made but it was discontinued because it was noisy. I would agree, but actually liked the noise of a big, well made diesel engine!

    Geoff.

  • C200 CDI Avantgarde SE 4dr

    David Hughes , Beds . Date: 27/10/2008
    • 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
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    I have owned my car from new since Dec 2004 (face lifted model) and it has now done 40K miles. I still enjoy the vehicle, and consider it to continue to be an excellent car. The only fault I have had was worn out front suspension bushes - I put the car in a month for its first MoT (when they were found) and so got the work (£350) done under the warranty. Now that it is out of warranty I get the servicing done at an independent specialist as the cost is 40% cheaper. I would (and probably will) buy a new “new shape” C Class. However, I think I'll hang on a couple of years yet and get some more value out of this car and wait until the dealers are more realistic about negotiating on a price, particularly in the present economic environment. In summary, I made the correct decision 4 years ago.

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