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2nd biggest piece of crap to wear the 3 pointed star
Unfortunately, our daily driver which needs to be left in the garage.
Terrible front tyre skip which M-B claims is a feature? I have read the brochure and can’t find any information on “this feature”. Local dealer claimed that front tyres were wearing ok at 9400 kms and at 11000 kms front tyres are scrubbed out. If you are considering buying one of these vehicles make sure that you drive it for an extended period. Like days, not hours.
Was offered an X3 M40 for $10,000 less and should’ve taken up the offer.
Also, be aware that you can’t fit a set of golf clubs in the boot sideways. You will need to fold down one of the rear seats.
Purchased in December 2019.
Great driving car
This vehicle is approaching 3 years old and has travelled 95000 km. We are on the second set of tyres (first set at 80000 km) and front brake pads at 60000 km. 80% of our driving is country driving. Current life fuel economy is at 7.3 litres per 100 km. Has been serviced every 25000 km from new at Bunbury at more than reasonable costs when compared to my Volvo and Land Rover vehicles in the past. This vehicle is my third Merc although the first GLC.
Purchased in October 2017.
- GLC-Class X253 GLC 63 S
GLC63s 2018 - Best Car Ever!
I've bought my GLC63s second hand when it was 1 year old. The first thing I noticed is how bad the alcantara steering wheel looked. This leather is very delicate and doesn't look good no matter what you do. Having said that you can restore it and make it look fluffy again if needed, which we did, but it only lasts for couple of months and then start looking worn out once again. The next was the smell in the car - it was terrible and as we realised for most part it came from the Mercedes-native aromatherapy bottle hidden in the glove box. I don'...t know how they select such disgusting smells but all we had to do is throw it away and after that the smell slowly disappeared. Other than that the car had no problems! It's an amazingly fast car, but not uncomfortable-fast. The way this machine works is quite different to other performance cars that I've driven that can be too slow in Comfort mode but a bit too jerky in one of the Performance modes. Surprisingly I never take it off Comfort, as that mode both smooth enough to drive around yet still has tremendous power right under your foot when needed. Of course if you want to imitate the roller-coaster, you can still put the car into Sports or even Race+, but although being fun once in a while, in reality it's completely unnecessary. I remember my RS3 or GLC43, both of which had to be driven in performance, so it makes me smile that this family looking SUV goes better than both of those car combined and all in it's default Comfort mode. The car is extremely versatile. It has a lot of space. Enough to go to Byron from Sydney with a little baby and all the gear including the pram. But we are thinking to upgrade to GLS in the future as we also want to take our two dogs, which are impossible to fit into GLC full of things. Having said that, when we go to the vet, they love spending they time at the back. There is more than enough space for both our Ridgeback and the Beagle. The interior is very comfortable. The only thing to look out for is their plastic performance seats, which can't be adjusted much and besides their sexy looks, don't have much point, and in reality are very uncomfortable. Our car has Comfort seats, and I can't recommend those enough. The lumbar support and the overall comfort are great. The stereo system is second to none - possibly the best sound that I had so far! However my favourite thing about this car is how powerful it feels, and how well this power is connected to the pedal. In all my previous cars, you could notice the turbo leg, but I don't feel it with GLC63s - it really feels like the power is instant in vast majority of situations. Well done to the Mercedes on this one!!
Front wheels crabbing, excess wear on tyres
Bought a new GLC63 last year, after a short time the front wheels started to judder when turning and parking and also driving around roundabouts even at low speed. Its much worse when the tyres are cold or wet.
Complained to the dealership and Mercedes and they said its a normal characteristic of the vehicle. I took my case to NCAT and Mercedes managed to get it dismissed because I took a business lease with MB on the vehicle and NCAT apparently has no jurisdiction because its occasionally used for business use. To make things worse they have ...
Purchased in April 2019.
What a triumph of style over substance. POS.
After 19 months and 38,000km we are now buying a third pair of front tyres at $560 each. Read the UK enthusiasts' forums about the frankly unacceptable steering geometry. It seems to be only the right hand drive cars that skip and scrub the expensive tyres into dust. Mercedes of course acts concerned, gets the car into the shop for a day with no improvement.
Otherwise, the 350d is too much engine using too much turbocharging for performance. The result is a very notchy, laggy acceleration reminiscent of a first generation '70s turbo car. Leav...ing the lights you get pushbike performance until the turbo spins up, then you get Saturn V. Then you get the side eye from your passengers. Apart from all of that, who thought that having the gear selector where most cars have the indicators was a good idea? It’s entirely possible to, without thinking, select neutral when intending a left turn indication. If you are stopped when you do that you’ll get reverse. Ergonomics much? One final thing: the cruise control will apply the rear brakes to maintain selected speed going downhill. The result is needing new rear brakes at 30,000 km. The day my lease expires I'm getting another Lexus.
Purchased in October 2018.
Prefect mid size SUV
GLC 250d is now just over 3 years old and covered nearly 75,000kms. Apart from a faulty left headlight which was rectified under warranty, been a great car: very comfortable, excellent safety features, handles especially in sport mode and still looks brand new. Did upgrade the stereo with Focal speakers and change tyres to non run flat. Will buy again when redesign model is released probably in 2020.
However, word of caution. Not all dealers give good ongoing service. Now take mine back to Peter Warren Warrick.
Purchased in April 2016 for $75,000.00.
Tyre skipping severe
Best car ever is I did not have to turn... Round abouts or tight turns serious tyre skipping. It feels dangerous, very loud and not fun to drive. What should be my dream car is definitely the worse car I have ever driven. Mercedes is try to pass this off as "characteristics of the car", NO Mercedes its called defective. As I said big shame as the rest of the car is really nice...Very sad!
Purchased in June 2019 at Berwick Motor Group.
Best car to drive but expensive maintainance
The best car to drive, so easy to drive and always feel safe on it. Only a bit expensive for service and maintenance , especially the tyres, because it’s flat run, cost us 800 each tyre every time we change
Purchased in November 2018 at Wollongong for $85,000.00.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
- GLC-Class X253 GLC 250 d
Great car to drive
I purchased this SUV a a replacement for my previous one.
This car is a pleasure to drive.
The interior is very stylish and comfortable.
I often drive to Sydney on the M1 and always arrive relaxed.
I would recommend a GLC to anyone wanting a great SUV in the future.
Severe Tyre Skipping....
Great car, however....
The car has developed after only 5000km a severe tyre skipping, after only 8000km the dealer told me the tyres are worn and I should change it. The skipping is so bad, that passenger feel unsafe and people turn heads. The tyre skipping happens when you steer sharp and at low speeds, for example into a parking lot. Mercedes says it is a characteristic of the car and nothing wrong with it! Not aaceptable for a $120k. GLC43
GLC43 perfect allrounder
GLC43 "AMG-lite" I use this to commute daily to work and all the family duties expected of a SUV. Great performance handling and noise in sport + mode. On the other hand when I am just cruising comfort and eco mode it provides a nice relaxed ride so the car has exceeded all my expectations. 18 months old now and 20,000kms and no problems. The front tyres were replaced free of charge due to the skipping, judder, crabbing issue which is a design 'feature', this fix has reduced the problem but not removed it.
2 year update (Apr-19):
This car goes...
Purchased in March 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Dealers for $107,000.00.
Love my Car
Was never a car person until I purchased this vehicle. Pleasure to drive....9 speed auto does the job in the city don't need anything else. Radar cruise control is one of the better features when on the open road. All the safety warnings you will need.
Bring on my next Merc......
Mercedes GLC250 all wheel drive
A B200 was replaced by aGLC250. The higher seating position is very comfortable for long drives. The vehicle has a lot of inbuilt safety features including front and rear cameras for safer driving. The GPS is great for navigating and the intelligent lights are excellent as is the air conditioning. The keyless entry is very helpful when shopping. The trunk holds all sorts of things and with seats folded curtain rods and building needs can fit. It is proving to be an excellent choice.
As good as I could wish for
My GLC 250d (X253) AMG line is one of the 1st of the SUV model's in Australia, as it was built in late 2015. Hyacinth Red in colour, it has a sun roof, paddles, AMG brakes and all of the bells and whistles, except heated front seats. The rims are AMG 20" 14 spoke, shod with Pirelli Scorpion Verde 255/45R20 101W (Mercedes run flat tyres). As I live in country NSW and I'm a considerable distance from my nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership, I asked for and was supplied a MB jack, as no spare came with the SUV (separately purchased a 20" rim & tyre ...as a spare, that is carried when driving to country towns, not near any MB dealership). Having read some reviews prior to purchase and a number of reviews both negative and positive since purchase, I thought it was time to include my thoughts. Overall I'm extremely pleased with the ride, performance, interior operation of all the bells and whistles such as, heads up display (HUD), auto parking, cruise control and other types of gizmo's my SUV comes with. If there is an issue, it relates to the Garmin map, which when updated (when serviced) is still never up to date (a highway intersection located within 100kms of home, that changed an intersection with a main road, to a location about 5kms away about 15yrs ago, remains incorrectly positioned). I use my TomTom (updated every week & is up to date), whilst I have included an Uniden iGO80 dash cam, to the front screen. Having driven in excess of 25,000km visiting Brisbane & Sydney (numerous visits), Canberra & Melbourne, it is currently operating at 5.9Lt/100km, (I drive a separate car for running around town). As the SUV runs the same size tyres all round (GLC350d has different front/rear tyres), I'm able to rotate the tyres every 8,000 to 10,000kms. The tyres appear to be wearing evenly, whilst I've not had any issues, nor have I experienced the noise/shuddering, when turning hard left or right that some reviewing drivers have complained about. I'm expecting to get at least 35,000kms+ from the tyres, barring a puncture, etc. The SUV is also fitted with the outside aluminium steps, which I have become used to entering / exiting the cabin. On reflection they save a large amount of stone damage to both sides of the SUV, as I've seen models without the side steps and no mud flaps that have stone damage to the lower sides of the cabin. In particular I'm pleased that Mercedes Benz supplied the GLC 220d/250d/250 with the same size tyres front and rear. I have friends both in Australia and England that have experienced a major issue with a well know branded vehicle (different models), that are all wheel drive, but due to different sized front and rear tyres, they: (1) cannot be rotated front to back or vice versa; and (2) if replacing a worn front tyre due to wear or if a single tyre is nailed, all remaining tyres have need to be replaced, due to the front and rear circumference variations then causing an issue with the all wheel drive transmission, i.e As in the case of a friend whose tyre variation was 3mm, when 1 tyre need replacing, then all tyres had to be replaced. Have not seen people express concerns about this issue, when reviews are written on these or similar vehicles. Update to published review - My GLC250d now has covered 32,000Kms. No issues experienced, whilst still running the original tyres that have worn evenly and remained an excellent tyre. No issues with tyre noise/shuddering on turning, though never a need for full lock turning. Diesel fuel average fluctuates between 5.6 & 5.7 Lt/100km, which has been outstanding. Discovered the additional rear carrying space with the extensions arms that fold up/down to have the rear seats sitting higher and to allow more carrying room in the rear. My handsfree is with an Apple mobile and has worked well without any issues.
The test drive I did.. the front tyre skip
I was interested in this car and then I did a test drive on a wet and cold June day.
Whilst I was doing a U turn, the front tyre clonk and clonk. It was very loud inside the cabin. The Mercedes sales person in the car told me it is a characteristic of the car. When someone say this behaviour is a characteristic of the car then you know it is B...S...
Later I found out they knew about the problem and they termed it Tyre Skipping. I heard that they are asking customers to sign waiver before they take delivery of the vehicle.
The varian...t that we test drove was GLC43 but apparently it can happen in all Right Hand Drive GLC. It only happens when tyre grip is marginal....think wet, cold, smooth concrete surface... Other than that, I have to say the car is great. Great value for money. But this characteristic does mean I wont be placing an order.
Just simply perfect!!
Saw it and love it! Ordered on mi May 2017, lucky enough to get it first week of June from Mercedes-Benz Sydney Alexandria (Stephan Werner).
Easy to drive, lots of power, luxury feels in and out. I got it fully option ( COMAND pack, seat comfort, vision, AMG and night pack). Very smooth, very good driving around in the city, took a drive to Goulburn (200km out of Sydney) and tried the Distronic Plus which the car drive and stop by it self. The only thing is the fuel consumption is around 10-11/100km, but again with that sort of car you will expect that. Love it!
Mercedes benz GLC 250d 2016
I bought Mercedes GLC 250d, so far 3000km
The built, I am happy, it is quiet in cabin though a bit of wind noise when driving freeway.
9 speed auto is smooth,
power and acceleration is great- I mean it is above enough to get you ahead of traffic.
fuel economy is good.
steering is smooth.
I have the upgraded speakers- which is awesome- clear crisp.
Dash of quality, leg room is great for that size
Great for city and country drive
Remember it is a luxury car, so you are in good hand of a Mercedes. ...
Purchased my Glc250 petrol pre launch so had no idea how the car would look and real life but when I saw it at the launch I was very pleased. I ordered my car with AMG line, vision pack and command pack. Wasn't a fan of the heated seats and since I was the only one driving this I didn't see the need for the comfort pack. The extra $3000 for the premium diamond white was definitely worth it to me as the car shines like silk crystals in the right light. Finally got my car in April this year after a good 6 month+ wait.
No matter where you look ...in side and out its quality built like a merc should be. The engine is smooth and very responsive, sharp enough around the bends with the flick of a switch to sports /sports plus mode the car's behavior changes completely and becomes even more fun to drive. The command pack upgrades the sound system and i think it's a must have, even if you don't op for the AMG line which up sizes the wheels which makes the car a little bumpier on rough roads. Vision pack is nice if you want to bring a little sun shine into the cabin and heads up display makes speed monitoring and navigation easier but display becomes near impossible to see if you have polorised sunnys on. Only complaint is the media/center control is a little awkward. You have to keep turning the silly thing back and forwards to get the right letter. The touch screen in my wife's xtrial is much easier to navigate.
Questions & Answers
Just recently purchased glc250 2019 but glc43 radiator grille look nicer than mine. Can i change my glc250 radiator grille with glc43 , does it need modification and will it revoked my glc250 warranty?
In my understanding these grilles are not interchangeable, at least that's what my dealer told me. But you can get one from a secondary market, although it won't be a native MB product, it will look identical. I thought of changing it on my C43 (to panamericana style) but for the aforementioned reasons decided that it's too much risk, as after all you are messing with a car and it's not guaranteed that everything will work as expected as the part is not from MB.
I was going to order my new grille from “CHROMETEC. GmbH” - a German company. You can search for them online. They have a good support team who can tell you which grille to order.
Does anyone have any issues with car rolling back? When I’m on a hill in drive and come to a full stop without doing the foot brake.. the car rolls back.. my car is 2019gcl 200..
I am in the process of purchasing a MY2017 X253 GLC 250. I am wondering why so many complain about front wheel skipping on turning when the owner of the vehicle I am purchasing complained strenuously to MB and had this problem fixed under warranty. Surely such a reputable company would have rolled this fix out to all cars exhibiting the problem?
Ian L, Canberra
On my 4 matic model, once the tyres were changed the problem went aware.
Mercedes Benz does not acknowledge that . So no fix under warranty . Problem becomes bigger in winter for some reason but it is not a huge issue really . This is a fantastic car . I got amg suspension it is very bad quality .when you turn car moves side to side few times .
Mine has air suspension and I look forward to trying it out when COVID restrictions ease and I can take delivery.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Drive Type||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)||All Wheel Drive (AWD)|
|Wheels||19" Alloy||20" Alloy||20" Alloy||20" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.2 L/100km||7.2 L/100km||5.7 L/100km||6.3 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||66 L||66 L||66 L||66 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.1L||6 Cylinder 3.0L|
|Max Power||135kW @ 5500rpm||155kW @ 5500rpm||150kW @ 3800rpm||190kW @ 3400rpm|
|Max Torque||300Nm @ 1200-4000rpm||350Nm @ 1200-4000rpm||500Nm @ 1600-1800rpm||620Nm @ 1600-2400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany||Germany||Germany||Germany|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
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