I bought it while I was in UK. I brought it home (Malaysia) with a view to getting an advantage over the higher local price. Unfortunately, during that time (2005) Malaysia already committed to a bit more liberalised economy. I just got back to square one.
The car had air-conditioning fitted. But as predicted, Malaysian weather is just too hot for such a rarely used unit to work well. A replacement was required twice, with exorbitant costs, thanks to my ignorance and lack of the right mechanic.
The differential was also replaced twice, with costs.
The wiper does work the way it should, which makes me frustrated when raining (this is Malaysia)
Some rust I brought from UK. Just leave it for the moment.
Besides the problems above, the car is fairly reliable, still feels tight, no apparent squeaks or rattles.
The fuel consumption is generally acceptable. More economical than my other car, a NAZA Citra (Malaysia's Kia Caren)
But this car is far from being a driver's car. In fact it is a passenger's car instead. Relatively quiet, comfortable etc. etc.
But with the lack of steering feedback, soft suspension, no engine noise until it is pushed hard - but even then it is a rough and unpleasant - the car is indeed a boring companion; especially after a hard day's work.
Driving should be fun and pleasurable. Not everybody can afford the service of a loyal chauffeur. At least I learned that the new C class does give attention to this aspect. But I just cannot afford it at the moment. Buying a a new car is not an option during this time around. The resale value is so unfavourable.
I already swapped the car with my wife. I found driving a tall, less charismatic MPV Citra gives me a little bit more fun than that Merc
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st February, 2008