Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes C-Class saloon?
Warranty Direct quotes impressive reliability figures on this generation of C-Class, well above the average. However, repair bills can be steep if it does go wrong, and Warranty Direct quotes an average repair cost of around £450. The cars may be cheap to buy, but parts and labour can be expensive.
The suspension is the source of most of the C-Class's few problems. But, when conducting the normal checks, bear in mind that the bushes in the anti-roll bars and steering joints can wear, causing a knocking sound when the steering wheel is turned. Don't worry, this isn't serious and won't cost much to fix.
Like newer Mercs, older ones also have their fair share of electrical woes. Batteries have a habit of failing, especially if the car has been used mainly for short trips.