2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C270CDi Avantgarde estate 2.7 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Superb engineering and build, and great to own!

Faults:

Nothing - the car has been faultless.

General Comments:

Smooth, comfortable, punchy, well specified and beautifully finished. As a bonus it's even relatively economical, averaging 38 mpg so far and I don't drive it gently. There's more than enough grunt on tap to give the ASR system a workout, and not just in the wet either.

The muted five cylinder burble from the engine, overlaid with a good dose of turbo sibilance is wonderful, and there's little combustion rattle when warm, even idling with the bonnet raised. It is a bit ropey sounding when cold though, but that's just the nature of the diesel beast.

Typical Mercedes automatic gearbox with barely perceptible changes, and always seeming to be in the right gear when you need it to be. A very nice match with the diesel engine, as the shove on tap is always instantaneous.

When you sit in the car it just smacks of quality. The plastics are all soft feel and nicely textured, the fit and finish impeccable and the leather looks, smells and feels expensive.

My car, being an ex demonstrator, came loaded with optional extras including the 17" alloys, sports suspension and cross drilled discs. Handling is excellent, although the ride can suffer if the road surface is particularly awful. You still wouldn't call it unrefined though.

In common with BMW and other German cars, there is now a computer system in which you can "personalise" your car such as setting things like headlamp off delays and other nonsense. It's a bit gimmicky to be honest with you, and I sat in the car with the owners manual and had a play for an hour when I first collected the car, but have never touched it since. I suspect most owners will find the same.

Incredibly, the car has not yet had its first service. Like a lot of cars Mercedes have a variable indicator, and I'm told by the dealer it will need its first service somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 miles depending on driving conditions. To the engineer in me, that rings alarm bells, but I guess Mercedes must know what they are doing.

Overall a superbly engineered, capable, and practical motor car that's good to drive and superbly equipped. I would recommend it without reservation.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2005

4th Aug 2005, 01:28

Play it safe, have at least your oil changed. Extended service intervals are (often) marketing tricks nowadays. Look at the warranty problems (resulting in serious financial issues) Mercedes is suffering from: they even "decided to give the customers what is really necessary in terms of electronics", meaning we won't load our cars with electronics (...problems) anymore just to be competitive marketing-wise.

2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 Kompressor 1.8 gasoline from Hong Kong

Summary:

A very good car in all respects

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This is the improved 'New Generation' model with redesigned interior.

The build quality is excellent and the materials used throughout the car are first rate.

Performance is good although at low revs the engine feels a bit underpowered in stop and go traffic.

On the highway, the supercharger helps the engine pull strongly but it gets a bit loud at higher revs.

Handling, steering and brakes all feel very good which gives the driver a sense of confidence.

Interior room is good for this class of car and four people can ride in it very comfortably.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2005

21st Jul 2005, 17:29

The 4 cylinder Mercedes models are reliable than the V-6 because I see more 190E 2.3, C220, C230, and C230 Kompressor on the road today with high mileage. I currently have 141,000 miles on my 4 cylinder 1996 C220 and it is still running like it was new. I expect this car to last from 300,000-400,000+ miles. Just do the oil change every 3,000 miles on the 4 cylinder engine and it will last a long time. If I was to purchase my next Mercedes, it would be either the 4 cylinder C-Class 1.8-2.3 liter or the V-8 S-Class 4.2-4.3 liter model depending on what I can afford. The 5.0+ liter V-8 models on a Mercedes tend to have maintenance issues like oil leaks and suspension problems as it gets older.