1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Classic 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Not bad for a car, but for a Mercedes?


Air conditioner compressor broke just after I bought it.

Fuel pump had to be replaced.

Many creeks and rattles from the dash.

General Comments:

The seats are very hard and unsporting. Though the ride quality is very good.

There is no leg room in the back if the driver is over 5 foot 9 inches.

Its engine is not as smooth as it should be for a luxury car, and the transmission can be VERY jerky when pushed hard. The throttle is stiff and sticky, which as a whole ruins the driving experience.

The car just doesn't feel solid like a Mercedes from the 80's. But it still feels better built than most modern cars.

The things I like about the car are:

The clear dials and buttons that are easy to locate.

The power boot release, which when pressed, fully opens the boot.

The one touch power windows, which can be operated via the key in case a window is left open upon exit. The key can also be used to lower the windows before you get into the car on a hot day (by holding down the lock and unlock buttons respectively).

In conclusion, it's not as well built as Mercedes of old, but it still has some nice modern touches. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad car by any means. It's just not perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2011

1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 230 from North America


Not a good quality car for a luxury brand


The entire electrical system went out. Radio/CD player went out the 4th year I owned it.

Rust spots on exterior.

Car/body frame fell completely to the ground 2 years ago while I was parked.

Factory brand tires have little to no tread.

General Comments:

I loved the car when I first purchased it. The previous car I owned was a Volvo. I had it over ten years and it was still going when I passed it on to my daughter in college. I then purchased the C230. I was hoping that this car would last me since I was planning to retire soon and needed a good lasting car.

I am very surprised at the poor quality for this car. I have never had a car that gave me this many problems and I surprised that Mercedes would sell something like this.

About 2-3 years ago, I was parked at the airport when the entire car fell down to the ground with a huge bang! I was in shock (as was everyone around) It took the tow truck 2 hours to try to get it hitched because the frame was completely on the ground and wouldn't budge.

My Mercedes dealership fixed it, but seemed bewildered by what happened. There was no charge for fixing it, but also no explanation. I think they were embarrassed as they should be.

Because of other problems with the electrical system going out, tire quality, etc. I have to purchase another car unfortunately. But I know one thing for sure -- it will not be a Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th January, 2009

1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C43 4.3 V8 from North America




Exhaust system failed @ 60K.

General Comments:

This was a limited AMG edition for 3 years in this body style. For its weight it is extremely powerful linked with the 500 SL 5-speed automatic. AMG enhanced everything, but there are 2 shortcomings: harsher ride due to stiffer suspension, and less-than generous rear seating. Otherwise mine has all the bells and whistles and operates flawlessly. It was obviously well cared for, and I intend to do so too. With its limited production, it could become something of a collector car (hope hope hope).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2005

1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220cdi Estate 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

The MB C220 cdi is heavily based upon the 190 Series, which it replaced, and retains most of the best characteristics of that long lineage. As such, it has inherited many great attributes like comfort, roadholding, good brakes, reliability, reasonable spares prices, strong engines, excellent automatics etc. Add to these the advantages of modern electronics, a powerful and frugal common rail diesel, simple and efficient climate control, cruise control, ABS, traction control and the undoubted satisfaction of riding behind "the 3 pointed star" and you have a fine recipe for customer satisfaction.

There are only 2 downers. One is the paintwork around the doors, which is a well known manufacturer's problem and can be fixed under the bodywork warranty. The other is the often (but not always) poor and overpriced service provided by the main dealers (or stealers, as they are known to MB owners). The answer to this problem is to find a well recommended local independent MB specialist. There are plenty of them and you will find servicing your Benz can be cheaper than servicing of many other "lesser" vehicles.

Don't miss out, take advice from an experienced mechanic or owner, get a survey and make sure of the service history. Your Merc could be the most economical used car you will ever buy!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2005