2006 Mercedes-Benz B-Class B200 2.0 gasoline from North America
New or used, this is a great little car
All five doors and the hood rusted through, and were replaced under warranty n/c.
Front driver side wheel bearing went at 77,000km; also replaced under warranty.
Front passenger window sill replaced under warranty.
Interior trim rattle above driver sun shade (easy self fix).
I really enjoy this car much more than I expected to. It has a solid feel to it that makes you feel safe. Road noise is quiet, the seat comfort is terrific even after hours on the road.
I recommend the panoramic roof, which really transforms the interior, letting much light in. The materials are of the highest quality, and aren't showing any signs of wear.
The fuel economy is great. I average 7.1 l/100km city hwy combined!
The autotronic transmission takes some getting used to, but delivers smooth acceleration.
My only complaint would be the limited capacity of the stereo. The clarity and imaging are great, but there is a lack of richness to the sound. It wouldn't have taken much to make it better, and it's a shame Mercedes didn't make the standard equipment better.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd March, 2010
10th Apr 2010, 09:04
Wait, all the doors and the hood rusted through in a couple of years?! And you think this is a great car? If you are accurate about the rust, then I would hazard to guess that the B200 is probably the worst vehicle you could buy. Sure the warranty saved you, but if it had taken place after the warranty period, I doubt you would have been happy. Mercedes is not the automaker it used to be.
21st Jan 2012, 18:16
Lots of cars have issues -- and this particular issue was addressed by the dealer.
The Datsun B510 rusted -- but it was bombproof.
Let's not go overboard.