Luxury is expensive?
Bought my C250 CDI in 2013 as a demonstrator model with practically all options and 4K on the clock. "Car of the year" sounded good and it was for a few years. Lovely car to drive. Now after 7-8 years and only 92,000 km of conservative driving , Mercedes advise that it needs new engine mounts, steering rubbers cracking and engine needs new seals. All up around $5000 for repairs. I did not expect such problems to develop in a "luxury" car brand famous for good engineering. What's going to drop off it next?
Purchased in February 2013 for $70,000.00.
I was in the market for a newer car and was looking for an SUV but decided to get a sedan.
This was was fully optioned and whilst I am more a BMW fan I went for the merc.
I am pretty impressed, it feels great to drive. I actually look forward to driving again and make excuses to take it for a spin. I like the belt tension when I start the car, it is like the car is hugging me haha
Feels terrific to drive and the interior is good quality.
Safety features - lane departure, active lane guidance etc
Fuel efficient (diesel)
Purchased in October 2020.
Suddenly accelerate while driving after take off foot from pedal
When I am driving about 40 or 50 or 60 speed and to slow down I take off my foot from accelerate pedal but suddenly accelerate go up and what could be the problem
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
- Verified purchase
Excellent car and safe
I use the car daily and no annual long distance travel. Car service is not often. Cons is expensive for repair. Flip side quality work and service and car is washed before returning to owner.
Purchased in January 2020 for $40,000.00.
As a lucky owner of many lovely cars over the years, there's something about the C250 that's totally got under my skin. Purchased 3 months ago, I bought a fully optioned C250 with AMG Line, Command Pack and Vision Pack.
It looks extraordinary, from every angle it's designed exquisitely.
Interior is also exquisite. AMG seats are supremely comfortable even after 3-4 hours driving. Driving position is perfect, there's a feeling of contouring when you get in and start driving.
Head-up display, lane keeping assist are excellent on long jo...
Purchased in March 2020 for $41,000.00.
Lots of problems with sensors. Ignition switch replaced at 50kms and paddle accelerator at 25 kms. Comfortable and excellent driving with good road holding. However, constant stress over reliability issues
Purchased in September 2011 at Car salesman for $18,000.00.
- C200 (2000)
- Verified purchase
My C200 is a great car, drives reliably and is very comfortable. Can have different modes depending on your preference (eco/comfort/sports). Great for families, fits my baby seat comfortably with room to spare!
- C250 (2014-2017)
- Verified purchase
Lots of faults
It’s a good car when it works but based on my experience I strongly advise you to stay away.
It’s very expensive to fix and a lot has gone wrong for me. I had the previous model before this and it was much more reliable. I would guess that because this is the first of the new line Mercedes couldn’t achieve the same reliability, and that will become your problem as they won’t fix things properly.
I have had some things fixed under warranty but the fixes are far from perfect. After having a few tries Mercedes will start telling you the proble...ms are ‘within expected tolerances’, so in other words they expect their cars to be loud and not shift gears properly. Problems I’ve had: - The sunroof (which I don’t open much) broke just after the warranty expired, cost to fix is $3000 - the front passenger head rest (which I don’t move much) headrest broke shortly after the sunroof, cost to replace is $1400 and they can’t repair it
Purchased in August 2017.
A cut-corners car!
This car (C200 Bluetec) was purchased brand new by my mother from Mercedes-Benz Sydney in late 2015, has been used everyday since & has been a major disappointment.
The 1.6L Turbo-Diesel is one of the slowest engines i have ever experienced & gets absolutely smoked by my 2007 Honda Accord Euro which was her previous car. Turbo lag is horrendous and the noise inside the cabin means that the stereo system has to be turned right up to actually hear the thing. The stop-start system makes things 10 times worse taking ages to wake back up after cutt...ing out the engine. The vehicle's run-flat tires make the ride a very rough one, every small bump makes a huge noise and shakes you like you've run over a rock. They are also damn expensive costing 300 hard earned dollars per tire every time they need to be repaired & in the nearly 4 years that we've owned the car have had to be replaced three times which is an absolute joke. The infotainment system is a slow-laggy mess and looks incredibly cheap. So much so that my mother prefers the 2007 Navigation system in the Honda that i drive. The touch pad & swivel wheel combination is so clumsy to use compared to the touchscreen in my car & even the remote touch joystick in my Dad's 2016 Lexus RX450h! The random issues in the vehicle make you question Merc's slogan of 'The Best or Nothing'. Back door's randomly opening whilst driving, transmission shifter taking three or four goes to actually change from park to drive and so much more!
Purchased in October 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Dealers for $68,500.00.
Great car and no problems
I suggest Daniel S needed to do more research and check ups before he bought that car , he claims only 6 months before ?
How did he verify it only needed 1 "top up " of oil in the previous 15,000 k's ??
I suggest the car was NOT in fact properly serviced from what he has said.
He used the SAME servicemen as the previous owner ??
These cars are amazing when looked after by competent Service Agents..preferebly authorised by MB.
I have a C200 2005 Kompressor Elegance with 116,000 k's on the clock ALWAYS serviced by the Agent and NEVER a problem !!
Purchased in March 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Dealers for $10,000.00.
We have had tye car six months and driven both around Sydney and down the highway to Melbourne and back and have only been impressed. Just the two of us now but a couple of extras can fit in the back comfotably. The boot is reasonable in capacity but my only worry is run flat tyes and no spare, even a space saver would give some comfort.
The finish and build is excellent and very modern cabin but not to hard to use, even for a mid 50 guy.
Acceleration and handling is great especially out a 2.0 litre turbo petrol which gave us excellent fuel consumtion on the highway trip.
Overall a great value for money prestige car wearing a historic badge but nit too much more than a Japanese car these days.
Purchased in February 2019 at Tynan Motors for $79,000.00.
The perfect bangernomics car with real appeal
Great looking traditional Benz, feels small & tight but planted. I bought mine 3yrs ago as a banger having owned a W202 back in Blighty which we took to 214,000 miles. At this age the W203s still on the roads are sorted cars. Electrickery was rife in the early days but if you find one with loads of receipts you can get 8 airbags, esc, rain sensors light sensors, auto boot release etc for old Commodore money.
The C180 is surely an ideal first car
It will have schoolyard or uni cred, but these are safe and not quick. You'll sleep easier when y...
Purchased in June 2016 for $2,500.00.
not worth it
I bought c200 sedan in 2015 - a supposedly reliable car. My endless negative experinces suggest otherwise. For me, buying a Mercedes has been one of the most disheartening experiences, from the time of my first service. To make matter worse, problems dont seem to get resolved in the first instance, despite the promise of unwavering quality. The service centre seems unable, and to a certain extent, complacent in resolving the issues. Initially, it was just the car that fell completely short of my expectations, now the service centres ranks first.... Kudos to Mercedes in providing a total expereience! The first simple and easily solvable issue was the tyre being fitted inside out. However, the technician refused to accept this. The error was confirmed to me by another private, reliable car service dealer. The second issue was a constant rattling noise. After the first unsuccessful service, this was only fixed after a second review. The third issue was loss of power while changing gear from the second to third position. I diligently reported this during my second service. The capable technicians did not think it pertinent to resolve it before the third. The list seems endless. But I want to write these down knowing fully welll that Mercedes will not pay heed to any of this. Soon the loss of power recurred. A reputed,reliable company like Mercedes explained it as 'driver behaviour issue'. So, it is still unresolved. As if this wasnt enough, the intelligent light system malfunctioned which has not yet been fixed. Owning a Merc has been a completely harrowing experience. In spite of the Merc being a decent driving expereince, after the recent service, I have just given up plans of buying another Merc because of the lousy and incompetent customer service experience.
Purchased in August 2015 at Mercedes-Benz Dealers for $77,000.00.
- C200 (2011-2014)
- Verified purchase
Super slick drive - luxury you can afford!
We use the car for everyday driving and find it such a pleasure to drive. The steering wheel turns so effortlessly (you won't know what I'm talking about until you experience it), it has mind boggling good fuel economy (for diesel version which we have), and service is required very infrequently compared to many other cars.
These cars hold up very well long term without risk of costly repairs.
As an everyday luxury car, you can't go past this!
Purchased in July 2018.
Worst car I've ever owned. And I've had a lot over the years.
I came to own this car 6 months ago and I have never been so disappointed in a vehicle. It went well for about three months and since then I have had nothing but issues with it. To make things worse the Mercedes dealership charges a fortune for half pie jobs that achieve very little.
In its last episode I took it in for a service (Cost about $1000) On the way home it broke down. That's unfortunate I thought, so I had it towed back to the workshop. I decided to have all recommended repairs done to hopefully sort it out for once and for...all. I gave clear indication that I didn't want it back unless it was 100% mechanically as I live 40km out of town in a rural area. Therefore I need a vehicle that is completely up to scratch. $2000 later I picked up the car, having had the front suspension repaired, some pulleys and belts replaced and the reason it broke down in the first place diagnosed as wet spark plugs and rectified. The first thing I noticed immediately after driving away was a horrible rattling in the front suspension. I was not impressed. Being late in the day I decided to continue on home and go back the next day. Bad idea apparently. I got about 25 out if 40km on the way home and it broke down again. Same fault as the first time it broke down - running on three cylinders, then on four but in limp mode and only capable of about 90kph with the engine warning light on. To make matters worse, I performed an oil check and the car needed a litre of oil. This was a mere 150 km after a full service and it only needing a top up once in the previous 15,000km. Needless to say I highly doubt even the oil was correctly refilled during it's service. A litre of oil sorted it and 1200 km on its still fine apparently. Disgusted at the absolutely second rate and overly expensive work performed by a Mercedes main dealership, I decided to take matters into my own hands and roll up the DIY sleeves to sort the issues myself before I go bankrupt. A set of coil packs later ($39 each off eBay compared to $1500 for four genuine ones) saw it miraculously run on all cylinders and the engine light go off. Then the handbrake jammed on. Again interesting for a car that I have just had serviced and had given instructions to find and fix all faults. A can of CRC and some tinkering freed it up. Further inspection found a perished vacuum hose. I replaced it for 78cents and fuel economy improved immediately. Given it is under the engine cover right by the spark plugs I am surprised it was not noticed and fixed.
Purchased in July 2018.
- C180 (2000-2002)
- Verified purchase
Bought a 1 owner 2013 complied C180 AMG estate for my wife in mid Sept 2018,@77k it's in pretty good condition usual parking dings & small scratches but was a honest vehicle with a comprehensive service & repair history. As I own & prefer cars with a more sporting ability I didn't expect too much from it but now having driven it for a while in both city & country roads found the car to be both comfortable & fairly capable in it's performance & handling .As it's a small capacity engine the turbo is slightly OS I feel in traffic & displays initia...l (slight) turbo lag,but this is only if a quick take off is required from traffic lights or similar situation.Easily eliminated by slightly loading the turbo & engine prior to take off. After the boost builds the engine & 7spd gearbox responds well & quickly gets to the required speed easily. Obviously on the open road this is not a concern & the car's ability's & good quality materials that are used in the cabin makes a comfortable interior. Driven judiciously the fuel range makes for easy long distance driving.After long term ownership of a very reliable Audi A4t estate I thought I would try another Euro car,ignoring the it's a "Mercedes" hype,like much in life it's not perfect but so far my wife & I are happy with it.
This is a belated review as I bought this car in 2007. Based on my experience Mercedes does not deserve a second look. Expensive Yes! Thirsty Yes! Underpowered Yes! And this is after Mercedes supposedly improved on previous C180 being sluggish.
Quality Nooo!!! First drivers inside door handle broke off in normal use. Really? $300 to repair thank you. Then air handling actuator lever (a little plastic stick to me and you) snapped necessitating removal of dash to fix and $2000 bill. Then car developed parasitic battery drain. Arrgg...
Best motor vehicle ever
I’m not really a car person or enthusiast but after having this Mercedes Benz C300 for 10 months I so into this car. Everything about it is just class, performance and safety.
I’ve done almost 30,000 km in this time and the car hasn’t missed a beat with anything. First service was at 20,000 km rather than 25,000 km- my choice. Cost was fair and what I’d expect from a premium European brand. $380. Next one is about $600.
Surprisingly I have had really good mileage from the OEM run flats on the car- definitely at least another 10,000 km to go...
Antiquated navigation system and noisy rough riding run flat tyres
Purchased this MY 17 C250 Mercedes Benz Estate and in our opinion it’s navigation system is from the dark ages and is definitely not user friendly. Mercedes gave us a part number for an update on this system four months ago and the part is not even available in Australia. We spoke to Service And Spares at a Benz dealership and they all agreed that the navigation system is antiquated. Efficiency at its worst. For a luxury car to have run flat tyres fitted, which are extremely noisy, they do not give good mileage and hate rough roads, includ...ing potholes. We have also found out that the resale value is hopeless, insulting actually. This car was $82000 new and after 18 months have been offered $45000 on a trade. Would never buy or recommend a Mercedes Benz to anyone and I certainly would not deal with Mercedes Benz Geelong ever again.
- C250 (2014-2017)
- Verified purchase
Lovely to drive
I have had it for three years now and love my car. the ride is really smooth. Appreciate the heated seats in winter, the auto parking and the fact that it takes control if I veer off-course or am about to hit something. I really have not done this without still being in control but the car was faster than me. I think it looks gorgeous, like a slinky cat and comes in great colours.
Questions & Answers
Hi all, when plugging my analyser into my 2003 c180 merc it reads "Fuel volume control circuit / open" any clues please.
haw to remove door trem
My anylyser comes up with , "Po123" throttle pedal position sensor "A" circuit high input ???
|Category||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans||Cars and Sedans|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||19" Alloy||18" Alloy||19" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.4 L/100km||7 L/100km||4.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||66 L||66 L||66 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 1.9L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||135kW @ 6100rpm||190kW @ 6100rpm||143kW @ 3800rpm||155kW @ 3800rpm|
|Max Torque||280Nm @ 3000-4000rpm||370Nm @ 1800-4000rpm||400Nm @ 1600-2800rpm||440Nm @ 1600-1800rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Africa||South Africa||South Africa||South Africa|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
|Release date||Aug 2014||Aug 2014||Jan 2014||Jan 2019|
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