2001 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Elegance 1.4 from UK and Ireland


Not a true quality Mercedes


The Automatic gear box has failed after only 27,000 miles.

General Comments:

The cloth seats and other trim has dirtied very quickly and does not come up with cleaning, the leather look trim is flaking. The alarm has activated without apparent cause several times.

That aside it seems quite a nice to drive and handles reasonably well.

There is an issue when reversing and looking over your shoulder, there seems to be a bit of a blind spot.

The Air con works reasonably well.

With the arm rest down accessing the seatbelt fittings and handbrake are difficult.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2004

14th Dec 2004, 05:46

Exactly the same happened to my father in laws A-Class Elegance Automoative. His cars gearbox ECU went at 30K. The garage wanted £1600 to repair as it is a 15 hour job. It was only 3 months out of warranty. Instead he traded it in for a 2004 manual 1.4i as he loves the car itself.

2001 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A140 Classic 1.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Avoid this Mercedes with genes from outer Mongolia


Gasoline sensor has blown 3 times.

Headlight has blown.

Instrument console lights have blown twice.

Inner panel on hatchback door has fallen off.

Hubcaps keep falling off on minor bumps.

Seat adjustment lever broke.

Outside trim is peeling off.

General Comments:

Bumpy and uncomfortable to drive if the road is not perfectly smooth.

My kids hate it.

Cheap plastic finish inside.

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

Review Date: 9th August, 2003

2001 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1.9 from UK and Ireland




Brake light switch failed on dual carriageway, resulting in electronics allowing the car to be driven at only 30 mph.

Power steering pump failed and needed to be replaced.

Excessive wear on front disk brakes, which needed to be replaced.

Excessive clonking and squeaking noises from front roll bars, which needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

I really expected better from a Merc. Due to the problems, changed it after just 11 months for a C-class; now that is starting to go wrong as well. Overall, I'm not impressed with Mercedes. Had two Citroen Xantias for a total of 6 1/2 years prior to the Mercs, and never had any trouble with either of them; considering reverting to Citroen. Come on Mercedes, get your act together!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2003

2001 Mercedes-Benz A-Class 140 Avantgarde 1.4 petrol from Greece


Not good


Headlights bulbs burnt.

Wipers could not be stopped.

Rear anti roll bar replaced twice.

Rear suspension crashed.

Alloy wheels are easily distorted.

Extreme oil consumption after 10000ks.

Hand brake failed.

Leaking water from coolant system.

Gasoline pump replaced.

Steering wheel system replaced due to rattles.

Passenger window collapsed.

Total ABS-BAS failure, resulting in rear brake blocking without pressing the brake pedal.

Engine sounds "tired".

Interior rattles a lot.

General Comments:

A good looking car.

Safe handling, but without the ESP it would be dangerous, as it is under steering easily.

Quite slow, but what could I expect from a 1.4 engine?

An exception to the rule "Mercedes Liability".

Very hard to ride. Rear passengers are exposed to bone pains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th April, 2003

2001 Mercedes-Benz A-Class CDI Classic 1.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good design ruined by disastrous quality


The multi-jointed steering column wears out every 8,000 miles. My car is now on its fourth and even this one will need to be replaced shortly as it is beginning to clunk again. And this on a two year old car that has covered less than 24,000 miles.

The anti-roll bar links in the front suspension also wear very quickly. My car is now on its fifth set. This repair alone costs around £360 a pop.

The base of the driver's seat has been replaced twice to cure manic squeaking and creaking, and to stop the base sliding from side to side in corners by around 1cm. The seat now needs repaired yet again.

The felt trim on the inside of the tailgate constantly comes loose from the tailgate itself, because the plastic securing clips do not seem up to the job.

The bonnet release mechanism seized up and required another garage visit for it to be lubricated and released.

The fold-up child boosters, which are built into the rear seat, make a rattling and tinkling noise on bumps.

The alarm is very sensitive to doors being closed really firmly. It often goes off - usually about a mile after driving away. One then has to stop, switch off, get out the car to re-slam all the doors again, then hope that this has worked. This palaver can be dangerous in fast-flowing traffic.

There are numerous creaks, squeaks and rattles from the the plastic trim throughout the interior. The noise can be almost deafening on bumpy or cobbled roads.

General Comments:

The car is a fantastic concept that is badly let down by the sort of atrocious build quality that used to give Eastern European manufacturers a bad name.

My car needs to visit the franchised dealer for repairs around once every two or three months, which is inexcusable for any modern car, never mind a Mercedes.

The suspension is just appalling. I used to have a go-cart that had more comfortable suspension. Passengers new to the vehicle are shocked at how jittery and crashing the ride is on anything, but paper-smooth surfaces. I think this has the effect of literally shaking much of the car to pieces.

A car of this price really should come with air conditioning as standard.

The low-set rear view mirror seriously blocks the driver's forward vision, especially in corners.

The wipers do not sweep right up to the windscreen pillar because they have not been converted from left hand drive.

The upholstery is thin and flimsy and gets dirty very easily.

The sliding storage drawers under the front seats are very stiff to slide in and out.

There is no light in the boot, and the lid over the boot rattles over bumps.

The plastic exterior door handles become still to use and need to be lubricated regularly.

On the other hand, the car has some great features. The vehicle basically feels very solid and safe. The high seating position is great, especially in traffic. The diesel engine is a gem: it routinely gives 45 mpg on short city hops yet the car will cruise the comfortably motorway at 90 mph for hour on end.

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

Review Date: 23rd February, 2003

3rd Apr 2005, 22:12

This review is absolutely spot on and matches my experiences with my 2001 A160 Avantgarde. The rattling interior, rattly parcel shelf, horrible creaking seat, general low quality for a premium brand. Why this review does not appear under the main listings and has been relegated to 'Other' is a mystery.