Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes V-Class estate?
With plenty of V-Classes sold or leased to the chauffeur-driven market, it could go one of two ways. The vehicles are either used responsibly by their drivers, well cared for and serviced according to the manufacturer schedule... or they aren't.
Needless to say, try to avoid the latter and anything with high mileages. Known problems include sliding side doors that can jump their runners, as well as a host of different electrical gremlins.
Check the paperwork to see what warranty work has been done before you buy, and if it's a catalogue of disaster there may be more to come in the future.
Rust was also an issue on some models, and there were reports of collapsing rear suspension struts, too.