The world's best car - but count mine out
Fuel pump relay overheated, and caused the fuel pump to cut out regularly, which was a dangerous thing to happen where I live, and took weeks and a painful amount of dollars to find.
Distributor cap went soon after purchase.
Suspension was never right, and I kept fixing niggles and replacing bushings pretty much weekly.
Brakes tended to catch little stones, and required surgical removal by a shop.
Water pump died on me.
Air conditioning stopped working soon after purchase.
Climate control started acting erratically after a few months.
Oil loss turned out to come from leaking block, horrendously expensive to fix.
Transmission noise started to develop after one year of purchase.
This car was an eye-opener for me, teaching me that Mercedes-longevity can indeed be a myth. I have not had this much frustration and aggravation with a car since owning a very troublesome Citroen CX 15 years ago.
This came doubly unwelcome, as I had purchased the car specifically because I was in need of a reliable, solid car at the time, and this Mercedes turned out to be anything but. Sadly, I can't even say it's my first bad Mercedes; I just keep believing in them, who knows why.
As a car though, it was a delight. Beautiful, poised, timeless, amazing ride comfort, and guaranteed to get you the attention of anyone, at least where I live.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th June, 2007