Expensively bought, the car has utterly failed to live up to M-Benz's reputation for reliability
Tailgate locking mechanism needed realignment at 32,000 miles.
Rear door locking mechanism failed and needed replacement at 37,000 miles.
Offside drive shaft failed suddenly at 45,000 miles and needed replacement, together with the nearside CV joint.
Nearside drive shaft failed suddenly at 46,600 miles, and needed replacement.
For six years the car, bought from new and serviced by M-Benz, served the needs of myself and my wife, both pensioners, reasonably well.
I was shocked that, within three months, both drive shafts, major components of the machine, should catastrophically fail at such a low mileage as 45 and 46,000 miles.
Repair costs totalled over £2,300.
The company refused to accept any responsibility or even express regret. 'The car is out of its warranty, so it's not our problem; tough luck!' was the gist of their response.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th November, 2012