2000 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Classic 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Finer detail lacking from Mercedes over price


Anti-roll bar arms worn out at 32000 miles.

Loud knocking noise to rear suspention.

Fuel dial reads incorrect.

Rear cover to high level light broke off.

Both front seat levers for lifting and dropping seats broke off.

General Comments:

The car is very badly built with lots of squeaks rattles and knocks rear seats rattle like mad when there is no one in them. I would expect more from Mercedes and would think very hard on purchasing a new a-class.one good point is that the ride on motor ways is very comfortable and enjoyable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th December, 2003

2000 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Elegance 1.7 CDI from UK and Ireland


Not Mercedes quality, ride too harsh, expensive running costs, clever design


Rear radius arms failed - replaced free and outside warranty!

Front roll bars needed replacing at 45000.

Front disks needed replacing at 45000.

Air-con temp control failed at 40000.

Boot door trim never fitted properly.

General Comments:

I have owned three Mercedes before this A-Class; a 190 and two 300TE's. All of them fantastic. However the A-Class may be a classic in the making with its design, but it certainly does not have Mercedes build quality of the others. I reckon past 1993-6 Mercedes are now the same quality as 'the rest'.

The ride is way too harsh. OK on motorways, but country lanes and the general poor condition of UK A-roads leaves one's fillings loose.

The seats are too hard, and given the hard ride, a numb bum is quick to gain in around 40 miles.

The car gets through tires very quickly. Expect 5-10000 less miles compared other same class of car.

Very good in snow and ice.

Superb flexibility. Is a van with rear seats out.

Looks amazing, but avoid our black paint - scratches too easily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2003

29th Jan 2004, 01:01

I cannot disagree with this review in stronger possible terms.

The ride of my A-Class is superb, I have not noticed any excessive degradation in tyres, but the one thing it does not do well is snow and ice.

The ASR and ABS in the snow and ice, certainly on the semi-automatic gearbox version makes it impossible to drive, unless you use reverse!!

2000 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Classic 1.4 from UK and Ireland




Gearbox mounting, catalyst, driver's seat, rear suspension bushes, wiper motor (needs another), steering rack, anti roll bar links, high beam and light switch.

General Comments:

You think you're buying a quality vehicle, how wrong and disappointed I've been; the most fault riddled car I've ever owned, if it wasn't for the warranty, this car would have cost thousands to keep on the road.

If it hadn't have been a lemon car, it would have been pleasurable, as the car looks cool and is nice to drive.

The crazy thing here is I still like the car, the after sales with the dealer has been good, but if you're thinking of buying an A-Class, buy one with plenty of Merc warranty, or you'll leave your cheque book permanently open.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th June, 2003

2000 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Elegance 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Poor build quality


In the two years I have owned it:

Dashboard replaced twice, but in dealer 5 times for fault identification

Rear tail gate rehung

Suspension adjusted

Brakes replaced twice

Wipers failed

Kick plate replaced

Door rehung

Not full specification when delivered.

General Comments:

The car is practical for London, but rattles like a 5 year old Skoda. The dealer service is not great, but that might be a factor of the frequency of visits.

Mercedes Head Office seem unwilling to accept repsonsiblity for the service and our satisfaction levels although the admit the technical problems are unusual.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2002

8th Dec 2007, 12:18

The good part is, I assure you this car will be good for many thousands of miles. Just service it at due times.

2000 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A160 1.6 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Good overall, but suffers from poor workmanship


Seat height adjustment has fallen off both front seats. One has been replaced under warranty and arrangements are being made to replace the other.

Something squeaking in the car as it drives over manholes.

Automatic clutch 'grabs' when slowing down in first gear, and changing gears smoothly is suprisingly difficult as there's always a slight 'clunk'.

General Comments:

Front dashboard build is not very solid. Press on it and hear the subtle squeaks and groans eminating.

I *really* like this car, the looks, the badge, just everything about it. But after driving just 400km it's already beginning to annoy me in subtle, but important ways.

The design of the height adjustment levers appears to be poor, as a plastic part is used for leverage to turn a metal component. Wearing out is almost inevitable.

I expected a bit more from Mercedes-Benz.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2002