1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Classic 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Good car, but lacking the old MB quality


Heater only blows hot air, can't turn heat off.

SRS sensor in steering wheel replaced. Light started flashing again 6 months later.

Headlight adjuster doesn't work.

General Comments:

Build quality and materials seem to be not as good as my old '80s 230CE.

Very smooth and quiet engine.

Drives well although steering seems too light causing it to constantly pull to the incline of the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 26th July, 2003

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 2.8 Liter DOHC from North America


German over-engineering at a great price


Wires from the rear seats back going to reverse lights had to be replace. $600.

New key tumbler had to be installed. $650.

New mass air meter installed. $450.

General Comments:

The only real problem with this car was the mass air meter. The wires going to the reverse lights melted because of a lousy CD changer installation by the previous owner. The key tumbler broke because the previous owner carried massive amounts of keys on her key ring.

The car is very comfortable to drive. It has the exact medium of luxury and sportiness. It has plenty of power. (almost 200 hp) The C280 doesn't float while driving yet it is still smooth and comfortable over bumpy roads.

Reliability has been about as good as it gets. I will never worry about being stranded in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2002

25th Jan 2011, 17:37

Just wait until the MB-engineering crap takes over! For sure you'll curse the 90's MB quality. Get a 201 or 124 instead with a manual tranny mated on a 2.6 or higher.

21st Feb 2015, 18:50

"90's Mercedes crappy engineering..."?

You must be joking, I know very well Mercedes from the 90s. These are cars made to withstand an amount of kilometers that very few other brands have achieved. Be serious.

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 180 Classic 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Excellent car, but lacks the character of my old 190E


Very little has gone wrong with this car.

There is a fault in the fuse box which meant that the indicators would occasionally not work - but I fixed this with some cleaning of the contacts!

I replaced the front and rear disks and pads within the last 10000 miles and now it stops like nothing else!

General Comments:

This is such a quiet car - when travelling along a country lane at 40mph with the window open you will hear the tyres rather than the engine!

Its not a sports car, but the torque is great - it is best at around 4k rpm - 90mph in 5th.

It could do with more legroom in the back - but as the driver, it's not my problem!

The model has very few toys, but then what it has works very well - you get what you pay for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2002

3rd Mar 2010, 00:38

My mother has a 1995 C180(Elegance). The exhaust system has broken and the gearbox has just about broken, and there is a funny noise with the fans at the front when it changes gears; it's an Auto.

Also it gets very hot after a drive; the radiator is fine.

The wiper jammed up and the radio has broken.

There is also not a lot of power when taking off.

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Classic C180 from UK and Ireland


Class leader


Other than the Alarm failing in 96, nothing.

General Comments:

Reliability has been excellent although the car is serviced regarly by main dealer.

Slightly underpowered, but drives extremely smoothly and returns over 35mpg.

Although this is the base 'classic' and the interior has the no thrills trim, it's still put together well and has no rattles.

Reluctantly just traded it in for a new shape '01 C220cdi with I can only hope is as good!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2002

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 200 Diesel Classic 2.0 diesel from Austria


Absolutely disappointing for that high price


Battery broke down after 1000 km.

Rust in the trunk, rust at the body, alongside the wheels.

Temperature gauge got stuck at 20.000 km.

Exhaust pipe broke at 70.000 km, was replaced by a new one due to a recall.

Accelerator pedal gets stuck at full power (only at low temperatures).

Back brake discs & pads had to be replaced 2 times.

Track rods had to be replaced at 40.000 km.

Steel-Wheels (used during the winter-months) are rusting excessively.

Rattling in the dash and at the roof.

Engine gets hot at mountain-roads.

Engine leaks oil (started at 50.000km).

The hood-closing-system was replaced due to a recall.

General Comments:

Acceleration of the car is very poor (only 75 horsepowers combined with a heavy weighting body).

No power windows, no standard sunroof, no air-condition, back-seats can't be folded, "classic" trim is fitted very poor.

Engine is very loud, especially at high speeds.

Passenger cabin is too small in the back.

Only one single windscreen-wiper which doesn't clean but smear!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2001

2nd Apr 2004, 14:48

For your wiper problem try using a new wiper blade. I'm pretty sure the wiper will work better.

5th Jan 2012, 09:38

If your battery broke down after 1000 km, maybe it's your fault, leaving any lights on. In this case it has nothing to do with the km.

Back brake discs & pads may be broken because of the hard terrain you may be driving in.

... etc etc.

I have a C200 Elegance engine that is quiet, it doesn't get hot and don't leak oil, even if it has 220.000 km. If you check other comments on this car, you would understand what I am talking about.

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Classic 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Loads of status, but less pleasure


Wrong tyres fitted caused it to pull to the left.

Head gasket (covered by the warranty).

Heater fan (covered by the warranty).

Brake discs.

General Comments:

Good cruising performance marred by a heavy accelerator, and poor auto box shift pattern.

Good handling spoilt by vague steering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th October, 2000

14th Mar 2003, 10:45

Wheel trims and manual windows, you have really arrived in the base c class...NOT.