2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class CDI 2.2 diesel from UK and Ireland
A real let down
Oh when will I learn??? I have owned 5 Mercedes: a 190 petrol, a W123 240 diesel, a W123 230 coupe, a 96 2.2 C-Class diesel, and now this 2001 C-Class 2.2 diesel. The only one I could call reliable was the coupe, and it was 23 years old at the time.
I bought this C-Class 8 weeks ago and it's blown bulbs, which is minor, and it's failed to start numerous times before showing an EPU fault on the computer. I booked it in at the local Mercedes specialist who couldn't look at it until 10 days later. Unfortunately on day 9 the key lost its program and couldn't communicate with the car, leaving me stranded at work. I was recovered by the AA, needing a 40 mile trip home, much to the amusement of my family, who predicted this after experiencing the other Mercedes I have owned.
The car has been off the road for 3 weeks as the key issue was more problematic than first thought. It was eventually fixed by the local garage for £150, after being quoted an excessive price by the dealers. I like driving the Mercedes; I like the image, the star on the bonnet, and the leather interior, but the reality is they are not what they used to be. Back to Toyota for me.
To be honest it is a very nice smooth drive when it's actually working; very refined.
The economy is good at around 48-50 MPG.
It's very nice inside with leather seats, air con, cruise control and an automatic gearbox adding to the luxury feel.
What a shame it's so unreliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 18th September, 2018
18th Sep 2018, 21:03
You don't buy an old car of any sort and expect dependability. Mercedes was like a Rolex watch pre-1990 with few electronics, and anything mechanical was designed and built without regard to cost (which is why they were very dear). Now full of electronics (you can't solder PCBs to a Mercedes standard vs. a Ford standard, they are all the same). You want dependable? Buy young. Even Toyotas, past a certain age, do break down.