I had a 2003 180K Avantgarde SE as a company car, I covered 72k in 18 months and was near faultless except for a tyre problem.
I was then given the choice to opt out and buy my own,naturally chose the car above, I had Sat-Nav, telephone pre-wire, parking sensors, automatic gearbox, sports pack and multi-changer as options,
The car handover at the dealership was appalling, with the salesman forgetting I was arriving to collect the car, and then no one able to do handover.
My new car was short lived, back in the dealer within 48hrs to rectify an electrical fault, however my 54 plate became a living nightmare returned far to often to the dealership, with very negative dealer service, Over the previous two years and 38k
It has had 2 gearbox changes 6k /21k New brakes after 5k New rear suspension after 12k 9 months to rectify an air-con problem from 0k to 19k New Alloys after 16k New interior trim to doors 18k
When the car was as it should be it drove very well and was a pleasure to drive, My overall view was of the dealer was that unless you were buying a £60k Merc they were not interested, I had to show them the faults as they could not find, servicing was very expensive.
Another Merc never again
3 electric window failures. One of which scratched the glass.ESP failure. Suspension squeaks like a teenage boys mattress. Electric indicator failure,twice.Central locking failure. Petrol filler cap lid failure to open.constant bulb failure.Paint job useless at resisting road chips.Glow plug failure.First set of tyres replaced at 11000 miles,thereafter every 20,000. £500 for a service. Leather is cheap and rubbish.My personal favourite..... A battery explosion during second mot.Have owned for 4 and a half years. The 270 engine is very good and totally reliable. The rest of the car is rubbish.Ask any Taxi driver why they switched to nissans/skodas???????? I also bought the New AUDI CABRIOLET 42 months ago.PERFECT.
Been driving the C Class 220cdi Auto Sport edition for nearly a year now & about to give it back (moving jobs) with 30k on the clock. Am slightly gutted (emphasis on the slightly) as, in my opinion, the look, spec & general 'classiness' of the interior, is unsurpassed by anything else in the price range.
However, if you want to be exited when you sit behind the wheel - then look elsewhere! The auto gearbox is unresponsive & chooses the oddest of gear selections at times. If you like the feeling of being in control behind the wheel then this car is probably not the smartest choice. However, want a cruiser for serious motorway miles then no problem.
I'm also not a fan of the service team at my local dealership - relatively dismissive of my concerns that the car 'pulls back' at 65-70mph in 5th gear. Minor niggles not sorted to my satisfaction either. In general, feel that unless you're driving something closer to £70k than £30k in value, then they're really not that interested (oh - & being female doesn't help either!)
Love the look of the badge on my driveway, but it's not enough - am Audi bound next time!
Bought new and covered 16,000 miles so far. From new the car drifted to the left, but was dismissed by MB dealer. After 12,000 miles and one complete new set of tyres (yes, at 12,000 miles !), the dealer then conceded that all C-classes (post the 2004 facelift) drift to the left. Suspension mod then performed under warranty. Problem is the MB dealers are still so "hit and miss" in terms of service. Not sure I would buy MB again. Then again, you hear plenty of horror stories about the new BMW 3-series.
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