2002 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Elegance 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand
Stands out from the crowd
Warning light at 25000. Needed computer check to clear it.
Squeak in suspension spring.
This is the Elegance LWB model, and has been a reliable daily commuter.
Great room for passengers and cargo.
Quality feel to the build.
I have enjoyed my time with the A class, and remain very happy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st May, 2010
17th Jun 2010, 23:33
I have 2 one - manual gearbox with normal clutch - has 215,000kms and the other one -AKS- has 85,000kms. Both have been wonderful, without any trouble, and they are running as first day. Just normal service.
For the AKS I have a tip for you: just don't stay at red lights with first gear engaged, it is easy to forget; and don't break the car in hills with the accelerator, and you will be fine. The normal clutch is more durable, of course - maybe because of how people drive them. I had to change the normal one at approx. 165,000kms, the AKS one I haven't changed it, although it has a lower mileage.
The automatic A classes from that generation do have some troubles, but manuals are fantastic, very rugged.
26th Feb 2011, 02:41
Thanks for that support as a fellow A-Class owner. A mechanic told me not to use gears to decelerate too. Just on coming up for 64K soon and may be looking at replacing the original tyres - Michelin Energy - soon. These are no longer sold, so will need to look around (any suggestions?). Still a very happy owner - car running smoothly and not a hiccup as a great little 'around town car'.
2nd Apr 2012, 07:13
Still going strong at 71k. Reliable commuter that never misses a beat. Just changed tyres - first change - stuck with Michelin - Pilot Sports 3. Great match with nil road noise and superb handling (and safety if you follow all the performance tests). What's not to like!?
12th Mar 2014, 02:59
Still thumbs up from me! Now just over 83K and the only work required was replacing the front passenger seat belt sensor. Not inexpensive!
Otherwise it continues to be a superb reliable daily commuter.
Lots of new cars to look at, but I just can't think of a reason to switch on any reasonable grounds!