I bought this with my own money, kidding myself that this would be my "that'll see me out" car.
So, I loaded it with Palma leather, Keyless-Go, Airmatic suspension with 17-inch alloy wheels (it's like a magic carpet), Parktronic, Distronic radar cruise control (it actually improves concentration on motorways), satellite-navigation, heated seats and split rear seats.
We went to Stuttgart to pick it up - you must if you're remotely interested in what goes on in making your vehicle - and returned using the satellite-navigation without ever looking at a map.
It's simply superb in every respect; there aren't even any niggling design faults - although I'm painfully aware that if problems occur, then the local dealer will be a nightmare – this is our fifth Mercedes-Benz and they still tried to charge for diesel on a test-drive.
It looks great, has a superb ride quality and cabin ambience, and the feel of everything, from minor switches upwards, is great. Seat comfort is lovely and performance subtle.
However, the engine is not as muted as I'd hoped, and fuel consumption not as good as published, but averaging 35mpg might be excused by the additional weight of the my options.
My previous C270 CDI averaged over 40mpg and peaked at over 60mpg if you were really gentle. The best 70-80mph cruise gives only around 45mpg with the V6. Folding mirrors make a very un-Mercedes-like squeal, but that's how close to the bottom of the barrel I’ve had to go to find a fault.
This is a replacement for my Mercedes C-Class, due to my wife's mobility problems and restricted access with a C-Class.
It's a delight to drive, as my 'boy racer days' are over - it's quiet, smooth and extremely economical (41mpg on motorway and 32mpg on local roads).
It is fitted with satellite-navigation, heated seats, leather seats and so on, making it delightful to use and extremely comfortable.
I will average 15,000/20,000 miles per year and look forward to using this car.
I do regular journeys to the Czech Republic (850 miles each way) and the car gives me no backache or undue stress from driving.
I have no doubt serving will be its usual high price, but I use a local approved Mercedes Service Centre, whose service and care is way above that offered by local Mercedes main dealer.
I am delighted with this car.
We have recently purchased a new Mercedes Benz E-Class 220 saloon from Mercedes Benz in Hull.
The car can only be described as absolutely wonderful! The handover from the dealer was first class. We were made to feel like a million dollars as we drove away from the showroom.
The car runs very smoothly and looks and feels very prestigious. Inside you revel in the comfort and serenity. It is a truly wonderful car and we would highly recommend it.
This is one of the worst cars I've had the mispleasure to own.
On the plus side, I think it looks nice and the engine was pretty economical (around 42mpg) whilst still being quite punchy, and it was relaxing to drive on the motorway.
Unfortunately there are far more negatives. The build quality was rubbish - the worst of any car I've driven, including my first car, a J-reg Peugeot 205 1.1 Style. A bit of trim would fall off, and even when the garage repaired it, it fell off again, and in the end I super-glued them back on!
The engine kept developing a fuel leak, and needed its turbo replaced and a host of other work which fortunately was covered by warranty. But all in, Mercedes had my car for two weeks over a three-month period.
There were all sorts of electrical problems, too, including warning lights which used to come on for no reason. Sometimes I could not load or eject CDs unless I stopped the car, got out, locked it, unlocked it, and got back in again.
The leather wore quickly and is actually a man-made substitute. The interior scratched easily.
The dealers were useless - they could not care less, it took them ages to get parts, and they tried to charge me for insurance to drive a loan car while they fixed a warranty problem.
It also cost £85 for a windscreen wiper blade - just for the blade changing! Needless to say I won't be buying a Mercedes again.
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