2003 Mercedes-Benz A-Class A140SE LWB 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Very disappointing all round
Three failed engine management systems, thankfully replaced under warranty, but each repair keeps the car off the road for a week as the part has to be programmed in Germany and shipped to the UK (apparently)
Three height adjusters for the drivers seat.
Two paint defects, one one ach side.
The plastic bonnet is very susceptible to stone chips.
Faulty wing mirror motor.
Great on paper and looks very good.
The long wheel bases can carry a huge amount of kit - they are like a Tardis, bigger on the inside than on the out.
The ride is very firm.
The reliability is shocking and the dealerships are very hard work.
The reliability probably explains why the depreciation is so high.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th March, 2007