1999 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Avantgarde 170cdi from UK and Ireland
Rear tailgate windscreen washer inoperative - reconnected by Dealer.
Front anti-roll bar links worn - both sides replaced.
Front brakes started to seized (sticking brake pads) shortly after first dealer service.
Both rear suspension arms badly worn.
Front nearside tyre wear on outside edge since new.
Steering column replaced F.O.C. by dealer at first service.
General rattles and knocks from new.
Harsh ride and too low-geared steering and definite handicap to driving satisfaction.
A superb concept with excellent fuel economy and adequate power badly let down by numerous faults and poor driver satisfaction.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 11th May, 2003
29th Sep 2004, 07:36
Have now owned 2 Mercedes A Class. The first one, an early model was awful:
The was suspension replaced.
The steering column replaced.
The window winding mechanisms fixed and replaced on a number of occasions.
It developed a clicking clutch pedal.
The Interior rattled.
There was constant uneven tire wear on the rear tires.
This vehicle was eventually replaced by another newer model... the long wheel base version:
Within one week of owning the car the power steering failed. This was corrected and it eventually failed again. The tires wore unevenly at the rear and the steering has become horribly loose feeling and rattly. The windows in all the doors creak and rattle. The ride is just a jittery as the previous model, despite being a long wheel base version.
The only thing which seems to be OK is the lack of a creaking rattly interior.
The ride is harsh around town, but take the car out on a long motorway journey and it comes into its own. The diesel engine performs superbly and is economic.
For it's money I don't think that the vehicle represents good value and is certainly not up to the build quality of other Mercedes models I have driven. This is a pity because the concept behind the car and its design is fantastic. I really cannot recommend them.