2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class W203 from Australia and New Zealand
Great car, but don't buy a first model run
Cam adjusters needed replacing - $2500, but replaced under warranty. Pretty ordinary these going at 62000kms.
Air vent under dash needed replacing - $2300, replaced under warranty.
Fuel gauge does not work correctly - yet to speak to the dealer about this.
Paint chips easily. Make sure you get some touch up from the dealer.
We bought this as a second car, and overall I really like it. The 2lt. supercharged engine has enough power for blasting around town, and it uses bugger all fuel. Generally the car is well built, with no creaks or rattles.
Fortunately for us, we have a 2 year Merc warranty.
The trouble starts with the engine. I don't think these early 203's have one of Mercedes better engines. One look on any internet forum will find the same issues appearing time and again.
I wouldn't waste my money on a 01 to 04 of one of these cars. Make sure you get an update model. (they have a different instrument cluster to the early ones)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2011