Looks and drives great, but fails miserably reliability-wise
The handbrake never worked properly.
Uneven tire wear.
Rear wiper fluid pump doesn't work.
The ventilation fan is ineffective and noisy.
The Eberspächer diesel powered heater doesn't work.
An inner drive joint died, and the entire drive shaft had to be replaced.
Speedometer recently died. However, the odometer still works for some reason.
Rust here and there.
For some reason, one of the headlights points too far up.
The Vito is the best looking van so far, and it's great to drive. It is not too slow either, considering it has the 86hp base engine. The performance is nothing to write home about, though.
It's painfully under-equipped. No power windows, no adjustable steering wheel. Not even central locking, something you would expect a 1999 Mercedes to have. Locking four doors with the key gets really old really fast.
The interior is nowhere near the standards of MB passenger cars. Cheap plastics everywhere.
The manual gearstick is... well.. weird, but works. I would choose the automatic version if I'd get to pick again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th May, 2004