Costly service and repairs
We bought a 2013 180B with 30,000 km. The first service 10,000km later showed a raft of problems amounting to about $5,000 in repairs. Instead of having these done by a Mercedes service centre, we took it to a local trustworthy mechanic who told us that the car was perfectly fine with nothing wrong.
2 years later at 50,000km a warning light came on and it was difficult to diagnose the problem. Another Mercedes service centre and $1700 worth of repairs to an oil seal which apparently required 8 hours labour. 10 days after this, the warning light...
Purchased in February 2017.
2019 Mercedes B class
Can anyone tell me why the only 2019 Australian model now available is the B180 despite the B200 and B250 being available in Europe.
Asked a Mercedes dealer who did not really know himself.
Purchased in September 2014.
Be aware of low ground clearance
Many good things about it, but just be aware of the lowest ground clearance ever. In some places you can find it reported as being 190mm, in some others 134mm - 190mm, I just know that it hits to any small speed bump, hole, rock or when starting riding on a uphill. Nothing you can't deal with if driving in city, but a big ask for anything else.
Purchased in June 2015.
B180 - Dinosaur of a car
I have a B180 petrol which my partner uses as a daily driver to ferry the kids around. It covers over 25,000km a year and is now about years old. Our car has gone through the A & B service intervals and I find it as good as when we first bought it.
Driving is not inspiring at all and I feel that the 1.6L engine is slightly under powered for a car of this size. Add 5 people in it and you will notice the obvious driving dynamics (or lack of) when driven back to back with a BMW 2 series active tourer. But who are you kidding? This is a min...i- MPV. Steering is relatively sharp and accurate and you wouldn't know this is a front driver if no one said so. Sports mode and peddle shifters are the way to go if you need more out of the car as the standard comfort mode is slow as a Brontosaurus. Beware though that spirited driving results in frequent visits to the petrol bowser. However, when driven sedately, we eke out 650km on a single tank of RON 98. What this car excels in, is its spacious interior which out performs all of its rivals. The boot is very big which is helpful if you have to lug around equipment for the kids' footy practice and all. Internal dimensions are very spacious and leg, knee, head and shoulder room is excellent when compared with its competitors. We have the panoramic sun/moon roof and there is still good headroom when you take into account that the sun roof takes up some of that headroom. There is a pull out food tray on the back of the front seats which the kids love as they can put their devices on it or place their food containers on. As it is a B180, the seats are fabric and isn't the best in the segment but the firmness and support that you have with the side bolsters are very good. The suspension tune is very good and it is a fine balance between stiff and compliant which works well for a family orientated car. Overall, this is a well executed car but a little down on power. I wish that Mercedes Benz Asia Pacific will look at the competition and fix the underpowered car, as I am sure that they can get a good price from factory if they only import all B classes in 200 engine tune but vary the interior trims to have some product differentiation.
The absolutely perfect car for us. Just some of the things that i love that others may not mention (mostly female stuff). It's small so fits in our narrow driveway without problems and I love the dipping passenger side mirror when backing. The height of the car/seats are perfect to get in and out of for my back - not or low or high. Really really comfortable seats, huge boot and it looks beautiful!!! The white is just gorgeous - a slight creamy white
Mercedes quality! Not a single problem!
Great family car. My wife's daily driver, bought used from Mercedes 3 years ago. Now up to 100000km. Normal family usage. Absolutely nothing has failed or broken. My only complaint is that the rear wiper is a bit noisy and that I think that it's a little under-powered. A B200 next time, maybe?
The B class is the best blend of practicality and passenger-friendliness – sure, it’s probably the least exciting to drive, but if you’re after a pragmatic, price-friendly choice, this is it. Fuel consumption was great esp when I am on cruise control (hence this is great for our weekend road trips)
2012 Mercedes B180
Classy car. This is a very nice car and my favourite to drive. So many features - self parking, 9 airbags, collision warning, seatbelt indicators or all seats, brake hold function, reverse camera, front and rear sensors, ambient lights inside car (dash and door handles), etc.
My B180 is a demo with the vision and command package with larger screen, led lights, sun roof.
I previously had a 2006 Volkswagen Jetta and this has the same power but so much smoother and quieter. It is so clays and much better. Also had a 2007 Corolla and you can't co...
I bought my 2007 Merc B class diesel new from a dealer with every option available, including sports suspension and opening glass roof. Be warned this suspension will make the ride very firm and bumpy. You literally feel every bump on the road. However I wanted a car that handled superbly and this suspension allows precise steering for sharp cornering. The car, on long trips, averages 5.3 litres per 100km which is better than any hybrid on sale, while city driving is about 6.5 litres. I particularly love my opening glass roof, so it's like a co...nvertible without the 'bug teeth' factor. I would recommend this car to anyone. A bit pricey, but once you drive it you will understand where the money went. Fuel economy, precise steering. A bit of a rough ride.
Questions & Answers
service intervals and cost
Our 180B has 50,000kms on the clock and so far it has cost us $1700 to fix an oil leak. A foreign car repair place in Richmond, Victoria, claimed it needed 8 hours labour, which I find hard to believe but because they told us it was dangerous to drive we paid it. Two weeks later the thermostat broke down and that cost $1300 and we were told that it breaks down at about 40,000kms. A normal grease and oil is $600 if you go to the Mercedes shops. Be aware that you do not need to go to a Mercedes workshop even if your car is still under warranty. You can choose to have your car repaired anywhere you like and the warranty will still be valid.
Normally you would have a service every twelve months or at 30,000kms, but I would not recommend having the work done by any Mercedes repair shops as they just rip you off. The foreign car repair shop in Richmond was not much better, so if you intend to buy a Mercedes, you should see if you can line up a mechanic who knows the make and is also honest. We now have an honest repair shop on the Gold Coast where we have relocated, and I can only recommend that you be very careful if you intend to deal with any of the luxury car workshops, particularly the Fairfield and Richmond workshops in Victoria.
Can anyone tell me how the interior storage space with rear seats folded down, compares with that of the Honda Jazz?
This can be easily Googled and answers are readily available out there. However I can answer this rather quickly as I was looking at a Honda Jazz for a daily run about 2 years ago. Luggage space for the Jazz with the magic seat configuration etc is only 884 litres at its max, whereas the B-class is 1545 litres. Opening aperture of the boot of the B class is also larger as is the internal height which is important for big items.
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