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MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS Coupe 2001‑2008

4.5
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MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS Coupe 2001‑2008

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terenceK

LOOKS & DRIVES BEAUTIFULLY - BUT POOR ON QUALITY

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C200K SE 3dr Auto (Review date: 13th December '10)

2.8

Purchased in late 2002 for mine & my wife's retirement-we thought that a new Mercedes C200K Sports Coupe with German engineering & quality, together with style & good looks would serve us well in our retirement. It was the first new car we'd ever bought & cost us £24k.

The car has only travelled 27,000 miles since new & still looks & drives beautifully, whether you are travelling around town or on long motorway journeys. The engine is responsive, the car handles well & is comfortable to drive & it's practical for every day use, The rear drop-down seats even make it ideal for trips to the garden centre. Unfortunately, poor quality lets the car down-especially the bodywork-with my experience of rust coming through on all 4 wheel arches. This has been the major problem. The rust started showing just before the car was 8 years old & Mercedes refused to foot the whole bill for replacing the 2 front wings, which were deteriorating badly. They insisted on charging me a contribution of £434 to rectify the problem, or they wouldn't touch anything. In my opinion this model has suffered from a design, process or materials fault, to have rust coming through on all 4 corners, with a car less than 8 years old! Mercedes employees at their paint-shop seemed suspiciously familiar with the problem, when they inspected the car. In addition to the rust problem, the replacement of the rear SAM unit due to damp (£343) last year & four attempts so far, to cure an oil leak on the gearbox doesn't do anything for the image of 'quality German engineering.' Servicing costs at Mercedes main dealers are outrageously expensive so, our next car most definitely won't be a Mercedes or of German origin. Second-hand, this car will sell at an attractively low price - but be careful, have a thorough inspection carried out before you buy-and avoid that dreaded RUST problem! A Toyota (of which I've had 2 ), may not look as stylish as a Mercedes - but in my experience, it's head & shoulders above it, when it comes to quality, reliability & value for money.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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craigD

mr Craig davies

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C200K SE 3dr Auto (Review date: 2nd July '11)

3

it is more suited to a girl, slightly too small for what i need..... i cant even swing my cat, rubbish on petrol..... lucky its diesel then.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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mrw5646

C180K Coupe 2003

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C180K SE 3dr Auto (Review date: 6th April '14)

3.3

I bought the car in Jan 2014. It has had a new alternator fitted total cost of four hundred and ninety pounds. New rear hatch door catch and switch total cost four hundred and thirty five pounds. The car has done 59250 miles. It drives lovely I cant fault it but beware maintenance costs! Also these models are notorious for breaking cam chains. They dont last long. Mine was replaced by previous owner after 49200 miles at a cost of over sixteen hundred pounds.

Check out the Mercedes owners forum for a full lowdown on this and other models.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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alan jamesT

Dr. A J Thompson

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C220 CDI 3dr Auto (Review date: 20th March '11)

3.3

A legend in its day. But persistent fuel guage problems add to stress...A turbo charged wonder car. I must for any mercedes enthusiast. FAst as lightening and the turbo charged diesel gives 50+ miles to the gallon.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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solomonA

my c180 review

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C180 3dr Auto (Review date: 19th March '11)

3.3

The mercedes c180 is a lovely car to drive and i have own this car for 3 years now. it has it ups and down.This car is fast and reliable on the road but fuel consumption is high for a prestige and it does cost me a lot on fuel.car.I mainly use the car for work and personal use. child safe wise i think it needs more as the other day my son open the the door whiles the car was on the move which i find it worrying because it had just start driving 10mph.

secondly the cd player, some of the button don't have any use as and some don't work. the radio reciever is not strong as it can be tune to few station when searching.

Driving of this car is a dream to drive and handle,good speed,braking system is good but does have this cold start does is a b it worry. During cold season the raving is a bit funny is it rav up and down unless you step on the gas for few seconds and it becomes staple and this drain more fuel, but overall it is a great car to drive

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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wynD

Rusty wings

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C220 CDI 3dr (Review date: 2nd November '11)

3.5

I bought my 2001 Mercedes C class coupe around 2005. I loved the styling with good fuel economy with the added prestige branding associated with Mercedes Benz.

However during this period it has had problems. I’ve had 2 air mass sensors fitted; when this sensor fails the car goes into limp mode and will not go past 3000rpm. The first one was changed by MB, which lasted about three years. When the car went into limp mode again with the same symptoms as the first, I changed the sensor myself saving about £90 on MB prices.

Following a full service with MB around 2008, the following day the main ECU packed up, £300 service plus approximately £650 for the ECU resulting in a very expensive week.

In 2007-2008 I had rust appearing on the wheel arches. MB has a 30 year anti corrosion warranty so I took it to Swansea MB dealer to check it out. My car had full MB main dealer service history and in the end they did get the arches re-sprayed as per MB head office procedure. About 15 months later the rust came back in the same place. I took it back to MB only for them to tell me that any repairs only have a 12 month warranty. The car is great to drive but the arches should have been changed if they have recognised a corrosion problem.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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katieM

CeitidhMacD

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C200 CDI SE 3dr (Review date: 30th October '11)

3.5

I love this car to look at and drive. I've had it for over three years now and I'm the second owner. During my ownership, I've run up 45K miles and I'm averaging about 50mpg which isn't bad for a sporty looking car. Insurance group 13 seems too high to me compared to the performance (e.g. I had a Golf GT TDi before this and it was much faster but also group 13). There's been a couple of niggles, rattling handbrake cable which is apparently a very common fault and easily sorted once identified and engine warning lights coming on only for there to be no identifiable faults! Apart from that, she's been pretty much trouble free although next time I get a car, I'll avoid low profile tyres and suspension which isn't really practical for the country roads in northern Scotland! Oh, and for the snow, forget it and leave her at home!!!

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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dB

Great Benz

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C220 CDI Sport 3dr (Review date: 12th December '10)

3.5

My car is worth a drive .It runs like a cheetah when it is required!!

It is very practical for a single person with loads of space. It is not the car for the family as it 3 doors and less boot space.I enjoy the drive which is smooth with no trouble so far!!

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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neilI

C-Class

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C200 CDI SE 3dr (Review date: 2nd July '11)

3.8

All in all a great car but don't rely on it in the snow due to rear wheel drive. Build quality and comfort excellent.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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alexC

Very enjoyable drive but have had frustrating issues

MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS C220 CDI 3dr Auto (Review date: 31st January '11)

3.8

I have had my car for 18 months and it has been a mixed bag.

On the plus side, it is a beauty to drive. Very comfortable ride (although avoid potholes as it really feels them thump!) but easy to drive (it is my first automatic and I was always a manual-car drive before). Fuel consumption is good. Town driving is about 45mpg but most of mine is motorway driving as I regularly get 55-60mpg out of it, by driving sensibly and not accelerating too quickly. However with a 2.1l engine, the power is there if you need it, even in 5th gear.

However, in that time I have had 2 non-start faults with the car, both in winter. In Jan 2010 it needed a new starter motor and last year (November) during the freezing weather there was a fault with an injector which meant again it wouldnt start. Both faults caused much disruption, time off work, and cost about £250-300 each to fix.

I have a 2002 version, 90k miles, and there is some serious rust on 3 of the 4 wheel arches. I think I just got a bad model, as many of the other cars of this type I have seen have no evidence of any rust.

I would highly recommend this car, and would consider getting another one myself when I change, just be cautious and check for rust before buying.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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