Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes C-Class sports?
Despite being a highly desirable long-distance cruiser, the C-Class Cab will have been used in tight city centres and in supermarket car parks, so it’s worth checking the front and rear of the car for any damage to its extremities. Small scuffs and dents can cost a lot to set right. Also check the alloy wheels on the sportier trims for signs of any kerb damage. It’s certainly worth making sure the electric hood works as it should, with no hiccups when lowering or raising it.
On the whole, this generation of C-Class has a good reputation for reliability. The engines and gearboxes seem strong, with few reported problems. Most issues concern non-engine electrics, so do check that all internal systems, sat-nav, climate control and electric seats etc function properly.
The C-Class saloon finished quite low down the executive car class in our most recent reliability survey, with Mercedes as a brand finishing in a disappointing 23rd place out of 32 manufacturers.