1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Esprit 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Good looks, poor performance
Catalytic convertor has failed, making the exhaust note very raspy and noisy.
Driver's window has a bad scratch; apparently a common problem.
Handbrake ratchet failed.
I quite like the look of these cars. Mine has lovely full leather interior, with privacy glass. She looks really nice, I just wish she went a lot better.
When I say this car is slow off the mark, I mean it's really SLOW.
I wouldn't buy another one after this. I would definitely go back to the Japanese cars. This compared to my previous Mitsubishi Evo... the Merc just doesn't stand a chance in any department.
Why did they make it so slow? Disappointed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd June, 2005
4th Jun 2005, 01:43
I'm not a Mercedes fan (...not at all) but I find it pointless to compare a C180 to an Evo. I mean if you want a standard just turn the BMW and Audi's of this era, and start comparing...
20th Jul 2005, 17:04
Overall the Mercedes C-Class is going to be a much heavier car then majority of the Japanese imports that are 4 cylinder as well. If you need something very fast, I would recommend you test drive the new Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG which is a high performance supercharged V-8 5.5 liter or if it is pricey, then drive the new C230 Kompressor that has a 4 cylinder supercharged engine.
14th Nov 2014, 00:40
This chap has driven performance cars, so a 1.8 engine in any car will disappoint. I had a 1996 P plate 1.8 Classic, and no not fast, but certainly no worse than any other it was my first Merc, and it started a life long love affair with Mercedes!