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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.
  • C180 Elegance 4dr

    Duncan Shaw Date: 29/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • C320 CDI Avantgarde SE 4dr

    anthony gant , suffolk . Date: 09/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having previously owned two 6 cylinder BMW 3 series, this car is a step up in the performance stakes, it has massive mid range pull and is always smooth and quiet, the gearbox is also very smooth and rarely is kick down needed. The car in silver with the sports pack looks very smart and classy. Fuel consumption has seen lows of 30mpg and highs of 42mpg. Build quality and finish is excellent, the stereo system is the standard for car but is better than the expensive harmen kardon system i had in the last BMW. I miss the parking censors from the standard fitment of the BMWs, but otherwise very pleased all round, just be careful to watch the speedo!

  • C320 CDI Sport 4dr

    Fredrik Rich , West Yorkshire . Date: 05/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having now owned my C-Class for a little over a year, I am still very happy with it. My one complaint about it is that its not a Jaguar XF, which I have just test driven!

    The car still drives extremely well, although I have now found a car that rides better and has better seats (the XF). The steering is very direct and its easy to place the car just where you want it.

    The fuel economy still remains impressive as long as I don't use it for short journeys around town.

    I'm still awaiting the car's first service as I haven't driven it much over the winter, so the cost of that remains to be seen.

    The rising cost of diesel has caused me to re-think running costs down from a five-star rating to a four.

    If I had regular rear seat passengers then I suspect the practicality would be less well appreciated, but as it is I find it adequate.

    The boot is well shaped and has enough space for my needs. The front of the car is particularly roomy and everything still feels well put together.

    Overall, I'm still very happy.

  • C180 Kompressor Elegance 4dr

    Jon Baylis Date: 09/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In Dec '06 I Purchased a 52 plate C180 for 12k for my wife as a xmas gift.First impressions left us both delighted, the car, the free coffee and service, whilst buying the car at the exeter dealership was second to none. Then it went down hill from there,the car was hastily handed over after being two days late with no phone calls explaining why. The twelve months road tax had mysteriously turned to six months and the log book and the spare key was missing. After ten weeks of delightful driving and the promotional christmas hamper finally turning up on Jan 29th, my wife took the car into our local branch to have the handbrake checked, which was not covered by the years warranty and was given a list of other faults, ranging from-front bushes perished, rear springs corroded,rust under doors to the fact that the car had previously been in an accident and had been repaired badly, all had succesfully evaded the multipoint check completed before being given to us. Twenty calls were made, 0 calls returned, one letter sent and a visit and we got our money back , they even tried to diddle us out of 500 pounds by juggling figures, but alas we had kept the invoices!!

    Mercedes benz customer services- minus 5 out of ten. Would i buy another one ? yes if i was a millionaire,their intersted in you if you are spending alot of money. Short of that- if they were the last dealership in the world ,I would walk!!!!!

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