Whilst employed most of my company cars were diesels (peugeot 406 TD and various others) my last company car was a free revving Honda CRV 2 litre. I saw my black C250 TD and fell in love with it! I took it for a test drive and had to check that it was, in fact, a diesel! The 5 cylinder 5 speed auto engine smoothly accelerates from 10mph - 70mph much quicker than the CRV however from standstill - 10mph its not so good (quick getaway on roundabouts for instance)
I dont drive it fast because its, well, a Merc and what have I got to prove? The car has 'presence' people look at it, people like Mercs! Its a great drive, good mpg (36ish) lovely gearbox and the engine sounds like a V6 if you floor it. I highly recommend this car
Owned my C-class for nearly 9 years and loved every moment of it. I bought it in 1998 when it was 4 years old and 36k miles on the clock.
Only had one major problem in that time and that is when the Catalytic convertor packed in and it cost, at the time £1,000 to fix. Apart from that the only thing needed for an MOT was a new light bulb, was serviced regularly but worth it.
Just bought a BMW 5 months ago but will be looking to move back to mercedes soon as it has been nothing but issues since I bought the thing.
I have had a new C200 CDi Avantgarde for about 30 months, and would rate it as a superb car. I do around 25-30k miles per year and the comfort the car brings is more than welcome. The diesel engine is a little noisy, but then that should be expected. The ride quality and stability are good.
In terms of the running costs, I get around 44mpg on longer runs, 32mpg around town. The car is due for its third service and has done 60k (I do a lot of motorway driving, so this decreases the frequency of services).
The car is due for renewal in 6 months, and I will definitely look at the new shape as a replacement. The Benz marque still counts for something.
I've owned this one for only 6 months now and I love it enough power to eat the miles up with fantastic fuel economy and comfort to make every journey feel short, maintance is easy as its a well built car and as this is my second merc my first being the 190E I know parts are easy and not expensive to get hold of. Its luxury motoring at an affordable price and dont we all need that every now and again!
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