1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Elegance 2.8 inline 6 from South Africa
Excellent long distance cruiser, very refined and powerful car let down by a terrible dealership
Power cuts during acceleration at around 110000km were tracked to a faulty knock sensor which was replaced under motor plan, as well as a cracked spark plug cable. Same problems are creeping up again.
I'm dreading the trip back to the dealership as part of the car's interior trimmings went missing after the last service.
C280 has plenty power and is an absolute joy to drive. This car was made for long distances. It puts a smile on my face every day and was a great step upwards from the old, unreliable Landy.
The agents give bad service which is disappointing for a new Mercedes-Benz owner, but I'm told it's the same with other makes as well.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2001