Excellent and reliable vehicle
Catalytic converter failure at 25,000 miles (under warranty).
Steering linkage break.
Headlight bulbs blown.
A/C compressor blow-out and melted fuse/wiring harness.
Door handles broke.
Wear on driver's side armrest.
Tan interior gets very dirty (not MB's fault).
CD magazine jams.
Absolutely love this car. Easy to toss around, needs very little maintenance (the above repairs being minor). Runs like a beast with no warming up.
Power is adequate (only 170hp), but enough to get you by on the freeway. Hits 100 mph effortlessly. Idles at 500rpm, so quiet you don't know it's on.
One downside, the AC is very loud and not the coldest.
Going 165,000 miles strong, using Mobil 1 and 87 octane gasoline for its life. Acquired new with under 20 miles.
I baby the car when it comes to maintenance, but drive it very aggressively. No complaints, and no car note. Love this car.
I do not use the stealership, invest in a good independent mechanic you trust. Can picture myself driving this up to 300,000 miles (knock on wood!).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th February, 2012