The model I am referring to is the A190 CDI with manual transmission. The combination with ASR and ABS made this ideal in snow and ice. An automatic I imagine would not have the same characteristics unless locked into a gear.
I avoided driving our semi automatic A Class in the snow, prefering to take the far superior in every department ford mondeo. How ever one day I thought what the hell this could be interesting. How wrong I was. The traction control cut in and it couldn't have been easier. Probably the only time this car has ever impressed me, it nearly drove itself!
A-Classes have a wonderful handling and drive-ability. These are very high quality cars made to be used very much. I have noticed that they suffer more of not using them than for using them.
The engines are very dependable and durable. I know someone who has already put 600,000kms on his 1999 A-160 with no major problems.
I just bought a A160 2000 a/t. It runs very well, but I must say after reading these reviews, I am very scared!
I have just brought a mercedes A160 elegance 2000 model, it's a lovely car but have noticed a knocking noise at the back when going over bumps and going round turns. I thought it might be the rubber that holds the springs as they were worn, but after having them replaced no joy the problem is still there.
If anyone has had similar problems would they be able to write a comment as I am confused to what the problem could be.
Hi, not to be the bearer of bad news, but I bought a 2000 A160 in May 2008. In December 2008, when I took it in for its first service, I ended up paying about 10% of what the vehicle costs. Not only that, but Mercedes have had my vehicle now for 4 months and have not been able to pinpoint where the small oil leak I had taken it in for is coming from. It is now a big oil leak and they want me to replace the entire gearbox for more than 25% of what the car costs. All I can say is make sure you have insurance, and you have the full service history of the car, and don't think you are safe just because you might have bought it from a Mercedes dealership.
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