2002 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A140 Avantgarde LWB 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
A great practical car, and it's a Mercedes
Battery went after 5 years, amazing it lasted that long, it only does short journeys.
Nothing else at all.
This car is what it is, it's no sports car but it's not designed to be. However it fulfill its design purpose perfectly.
It is amazingly roomy in LWB form, and actually it's very nice to drive. The steering is pretty vague and a bit heavy, but it's no trouble at all to use. The autobox is smooth as silk, it's a 5spd with tiptronic, but I used it once and then just left it in D!
It gets through brakes and tires quite quickly, but parts aren't expensive really.
I get the car serviced and MOTd annually at a german car specialist, and it's been perfect, however between MOTs 2008-2009 it only did 1500 miles so I would expect nothing less.
The ride of the LWB model is far superior to the standard length car, and when fitted with original spec Goodyear GT2 tires, it cushions very well, better than rubbish ECO tires we tried on the front for a while.
The Avantgarde is a good spec level and looks smart, being sportier than a Classic or Elegance. Spec includes half leather, A/C, 4x electric windows, cruise control etc etc very well appointed.
It cruises very well, and 5th gear is very tall, so economy on a run is excellent, at least 40mpg.
It overtakes very well and stops quickly and smoothly.
Don't go to Mercedes dealers for service though, the service is poor and the prices immense.
Nothing has gone wrong ever, and it will last many many years at this rate.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2009
15th Mar 2009, 21:54
I am very happy to find another A class owner pleased with his car. On this web site there are many unhappy faces at the side of A class reviews, and I think this might have its origin in a very bad dealership service. I have had 4 A class in total, 2 rented and 2 bought from new, they already have 10 years and one of them 192,000kms and I have never experienced a problem.
I am amazed by the quality and durability of these cars. You said 5 years for your battery (in the one with 192,000kms, I haven't changed the original battery -10 years!). So, good to see other good experiences.
12th Feb 2013, 17:23
It is still going strong, but still does low miles. It is yet to fail an MOT. We put 4 new Kumho tyres on due to cracks, and the ride and grip was improved even further. It has had another battery due to short trips. The main fault is rust on the rear arches. Terrible considering the age and mileage, but this is a common Merc fault, no excuse though. Still reliable and pleasant to drive though, and immensely practical!