Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review from Iceland

1999 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A190 1.9

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.9 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired59000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla


Very bad, don't buy


I bought this car as I wanted a nice and luxurious car for my city driving.

The engine was powerful for such a small car, and the high seating position offered nice view of the road.

The main reason for my purchase was the Mercedes badge and the low kilometres, as I believed Mercedes stood for reliability and luxury.

After few days, the engine went into safe mode, which meant that it could only be driven under 50 km until restarted. Then everything was fine. After diagnosis it appeared the ESP computer was finished. Cost from dealership was 1700 euro.

During the next two years, the car was more in the garage than on the road. Alternator died, CV joint on front axle broke, engine lost power, and at the end, the automatic gearbox was finished.

Then I decided enough is enough, and I sold the car to a scrapyard. I always take good care of my cars in terms of service and so on. This is the worst car I have ever owned, and the cost of parts is ridiculous. I will newer buy a Mercedes again.

General Comments:

The worst car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd April, 2012

Average review marks: 2.8 / 10, based on 1 review