1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Elegance 1.8 liters from Costa Rica


Reliable, safe and good looking old car


I had to change the PMS (engine computer) and the throttle body after I bought the car, almost at the same time. I bought them used from ebay.co.uk for 180 pounds, because the dealer wanted more than $5000 for both. I changed myself both parts (very easy), and the engine has been working flawless since. I found that this is a common issue with this car, as well as the engine harness, probably changed by the former owner.

Complete tune-up, transmission and rear axle fluids changed, brakes, genuine used antenna. In general, parts are inexpensive from dealer and available.

No problems from engine, transmission or suspension. The car has been very reliable. This car has no air sensor, so one less thing to worry about.

General Comments:

The car is a little underpowered because the engine has no torque below 3000 RPM, but it can run easily at 120 kph on the motorway.

The interior (mb-tex) looks like new, and the Elegance package, along with the exterior metallic green, makes the car looks great.

This car handles like a go-kart, but the suspension and the seats are quite stiff; don't know the reason.

Before buying a C180, I would recommend looking for a C220. The engine has more power (122 hp vs. 150 HP) and torque, no engine computer (ECU) issues (they use different computer), and the gas mileage is the same for both.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2009

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 2.0L from Uganda


If I needed to buy a car again, I would buy this model


Leakage on from passenger side during rain storm that happened a day after I got the car from it's first Service B. (Carpeting torn at dealership during correction of leakage).

Jerk in gear changes from first to second, and second to third.

15 year old engine wiring harness and ignition harness insulation is worn.

General Comments:

The car is very reliable and comfortable.

Quite fast if you want to, I think 0-100 km/h in about 12 seconds, but a bit slow in urban traffic.

Good braking system and ABS.

Handling is very good, on turns, bends etc.

Firm on the road, solid suspension.

Ground clearance is quite good. Bottom of car not flat like newer models, so exhaust system not easily scratched when on poor roads. And the rubber sprayed base helps too.

Fuel consumption 8-10km per litre of unleaded. Now using V-Power, 3rd tank and consumption is equally good.

Consumption is best on re-fueling once the tank reaches 1/4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2009

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.2 liter from North America


It is a very reliable car


The shocks wore out.

The radio does not play all compact discs.

The engine is noisy over 105mph.

General Comments:

This is a very good car, but a little uncomfortable on long trips (over 2 hours or so).

It has a very spacious trunk (boot).

It is very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2007

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 200D 2.0 diesel from Germany


As good as a Mercedes should be


Slave cylinder in the 1st month.

Broken bleed nipple on service, required new caliper.

The MB stereo cassette occasionally effects the functioning of the instruments, namely: fuel display, temperature display, rev counter and speedo. A new stereo has reduced this fault to just the speedo and this happens each time the stereo is used. Intention is to have Mercedes examine the wiring for a suspected short, meantime do not use the stereo.

General Comments:

The car has been superb, the build quality is as expected and the engine, although slow is excellent, I easily get 1100km from 60 litres of diesel.

The car drives well and has more room than the present generation C-class.

Running costs are very low except for the dealer servicing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 Elegance 2.0 from Germany


Very comfortable, reliable car, of old Mercedes-Benz quality


I own the car for roughly nine months only, so to date no major faults occurred.

Windshield wiper (has that giant one-arm wiper) got stuck at around 160,000 km, which was a rather uncomfortable feeling, driving on the autobahn at about 80 mph. Good luck the rain wasn't that heavy. Roadside assistance fixed the problem quickly, as the wiper suspension just needed a little oil.

ABS warning lamp goes on when starting engine under higher outside temperatures. Probably has something to do with the sensors, since the ABS works perfectly well.

General Comments:

Those old C-class Mercedes are extremely reliable, compared to the current versions.

The 2.0 with 136hp is a little sluggish with the automatic transmission, but goes up to about 130mph. Acceleration at higher speeds is rather good.

I don't know if this is true for all C-classes with automatic transmission, but my accelerator is a little stiff, especially from standstill.

The trunk is huge for a saloon. The seats are as new, considering the age (11 years) of the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2005

20th Jan 2006, 08:13

Hi I have a 94 c200 elegance mine is stiff to.

15th Feb 2011, 20:58

The stiff pedal is linked to a switch, for example UAR pushing a switch at full throttle, or you could try WD or oil?