I had the 230 petrol automatic, very nice to drive and comfortable, however; Air conditioning feebly gasps cold air at front seat passengers leaving rear cabin to swelter in summer. On very cold days, heater unable to make the car really warm. A de-mist system is something that's fitted to other cars, make sure you have rag to continually clear windscreen. A friend has a V class and has the same problems. Self levelling suspension causes expensive problems. Ours stopped working and was traced to a sensor thankfully (about £200), our friends stopped and was traced to the suspension pump. They're about £1000, make sure the suspension self-levels when you step inside. There's quite a few spots of rust now which for a 1998 Mercedes I wouldn't expect. Similar age Peugeots and Renaults seem mainly rust free. Great space and comfort, let down by badly designed heater/airco system.
Iain McDonald, April 30th 2007