What the A Class Should Have Been On Launch
When Mercedes launched the original A class (the W168), the build quality was definitely sub-par. In these original A classes there were too many rattles, parts that went bang, and strange design decisions such as the steering wheel with a universal joint in the housing, and putting the MAF (mass air flow meter) -- an item that sometimes needs replacing - inside the ECU (Engine Computer Unit), thereby over doubling the price of the its replacement.
However, the 2005-11 A class (the W169) is build to the quality expected of a Benz. It is a ...far, far better car to drive. Drive ----- The drive is much better than the original A class, which we owned, and smoother. the car we bought uses a CVT (continuous variable transmission), which gives a smoother transition but at the expense of lack of take-off power. Nevertheless, if you're looking to buy a car that's quick from the lights this is not that car. This A class will run you and your family through the urban landscape with reasonable comfort and fuel economy. I did find the speed sensitive steering a bit loose, but OK.
Great improvement on the previous model. The ride on this one (A170) is very comfortable. Fuel efficiency is great too. It's rather like a Honda Jazz, though very much more solid.
Very safe, fuel efficient, comfortable, swallows all kinds of things including a bike with front wheel detached
Not exactly fast
Questions & Answers
My very low mileage 2005 A170 makes a squeaking noise when the steering wheel is turned. Does anyone know why this is and how to fix it.
If it's coming from the wheels it could be the rubber mounts around the suspension. If it's coming from the steering wheel, it could be the steering column which has a universal joint. This universal ...joint could be wearing. My daughter's 2008 A170 squeaks every time she goes over a bump, and I've had my mechanic replace suspension, springs, bushes and trailing arms... and it still squeaks going over bumps. Have it checked by a qualified mechanic to ensure safety. However, also remember these cars are getting to an age where some repairs are not economical due to cost of parts and labour. I'm thinking the labour involved due to the engine configuration may be prohibitive, but I hope not.
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|Release date||Jan 2005|
|Discontinuation date||Dec 2009|
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