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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 Komp. Avantgarde SE 4dr

    IAN WINTERFLOOD , West Sussex . Date: 22/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car in October 2004 after its face-lift, with satellite-navigation, sports pack, phone pre-wiring, leather, auto gearbox, first company opt-out and buying of prestige model.

    The dealer forgot I was picking the car up on the arranged day, and was very poor. In 39,000 miles, it has had three gearbox problems, one replacement, new rear suspension, new alloys due to corrosion, and the air-conditioning took nine months to sort out from new.

    In summer, it had to have the windows open to cool down, and the dealer was unhelpful. I'm very annoyed with the service team, who did not understand the problems - I had to go and show them the problems. After keeping the car for three weeks and saying nothing was wrong, they then left off the engine cover on collection. Mercedes has got to sort out build quality and service teams.

    Would I buy another Merc? Never!

  • C230 Kompressor Avantgarde SE 4dr

    IAN WINTERFLOOD , West Sussex . Date: 13/12/2006
    • 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

    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

  • C270 CDI Elegance SE 4dr

    john grindey Date: 11/12/2006
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • C220 CDI Sport 4dr

    Kristy Norris , Somerset . Date: 04/09/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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!

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