1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Esprit 1.8 gas


Most reliable car I've ever owned


The car has required 2 oil changes and 1 windshield wiper blade.

I have to add 1 or 2 cans or r134 to the A/C system every spring. It hasn't needed any other maintenance in the 2+ years I've owned it.

This is my 9th Mercedes, and this, by far, is the most reliable one yet.

General Comments:

Besides being maintenance free, it gets great gas mileage. A bit underpowered and no frills, but still fun to drive. I think it would be their best seller if they would release this stripped down model to the US market. Manual windows and manual seats are problem free. The cloth interior held up very well for a 20+ year old car.

All three of my children drive it and they are rough on cars. I bought it as an extra car while the children are in town, but now I drive it and let my E320 sit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2015

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.2 liter


It is a very reliable car


The shocks wore out.

The radio does not play all compact discs.

The engine is noisy over 105mph.

General Comments:

This is a very good car, but a little uncomfortable on long trips (over 2 hours or so).

It has a very spacious trunk (boot).

It is very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2007

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 2.8 Liter DOHC


German over-engineering at a great price


Wires from the rear seats back going to reverse lights had to be replace. $600.

New key tumbler had to be installed. $650.

New mass air meter installed. $450.

General Comments:

The only real problem with this car was the mass air meter. The wires going to the reverse lights melted because of a lousy CD changer installation by the previous owner. The key tumbler broke because the previous owner carried massive amounts of keys on her key ring.

The car is very comfortable to drive. It has the exact medium of luxury and sportiness. It has plenty of power. (almost 200 hp) The C280 doesn't float while driving yet it is still smooth and comfortable over bumpy roads.

Reliability has been about as good as it gets. I will never worry about being stranded in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2002

25th Jan 2011, 17:37

Just wait until the MB-engineering crap takes over! For sure you'll curse the 90's MB quality. Get a 201 or 124 instead with a manual tranny mated on a 2.6 or higher.

21st Feb 2015, 18:50

"90's Mercedes crappy engineering..."?

You must be joking, I know very well Mercedes from the 90s. These are cars made to withstand an amount of kilometers that very few other brands have achieved. Be serious.