2001 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A170 CDi Elegance 1.7 turbo diesel


A good concept ruined by poor technical design


Gearbox clutch failed Dec 2009.

Gearbox stripped to find fault Nov 2010.

Gearbox blew up due to incorrect assembly Dec 2010. Rebuilt and still not 100% Oct 2011.

Front struts shot Feb. 2011. Replaced with Munro Reflex.

Tacho failed, Oct 2011.

Airflow sensor faulty, causing stalling Oct 2011.

Handle fell off driver's seat adjuster, 2010.

General Comments:

A great car, spoiled by a lousy designed gearbox that is notoriously weak and prone to failure.

Poor build quality reflecting MB association with Chrysler.

I could drive it all day, very comfy and lots of room, practically a van with the rear seats popped out. Good on fuel too, but harsh on the low profile tyres on bumps. Would prefer 60 rather than 40s.

Compared to my 1987 MB 2.3-16v, it's nowhere near MB build quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2011