2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sport turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance46000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJ8

Summary:

Not worth the money, don't buy!

Faults:

The dashboard is giving way too many noises all the time, straight from purchase.

General Comments:

The mechanics of the car are good and can't be faulted, but the interior is of such poor quality, that Mercedes should be ashamed of putting it in their cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2011

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 4Matic from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired13600 miles
Most recent distance19600 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

A pleasant car to drive, worth the money for what you get

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The car may not be the best at any one thing, but it has a very good combination of features and quality that, I think, compare favorably with other similarly priced cars.

It is quiet, with very good handling, good ride, generally well thought out controls. The 12 month/13,000 mile service interval is great. (I just had it in for the B service.)

I like the voice control, auto-dimming mirrors, and automatic wipers.

I haven't had a chance to use it in the snow yet (I live near Portland, OR), but it handles extremely well on wet or dry pavement.

I have no complaints about the interior materials, and nothing has broken yet.

I wish the fuel mileage was better and that it didn't need premium fuel. I get about 21 mpg in combined driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2009

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C300 Luxury Gas from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Gas Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carInfiniti G35

Summary:

This has been the worst vehicle I have ever owned

Faults:

I find the quality to be poor for a car with the 3 pointed star.

1- Interior plastics are cheaply made and assembled as noise levels increase everyday.

2- The passenger door handle does not close properly and is always in the open position.

3- The drivers seatbelt retracter does not retract.

4- The ambient lighting works half the time. dimming no longer works.

5- The fuel gauge is about as accurate as the weatherman. I must now keep tank above 1/4 mark.

6- The tranmission gear shifter is so loose it feels like a Hyundai.

7- The transmission slips at times. Usually it is very smooth shifting but around town, it lacks logic. It never shifts when you expect it.

8- The trunk needs a powerful slam to close. Latch, not properly assembled.

9- The traction control lights just came on last week and I have yet to have it repaired. And the list goes on.

General Comments:

I had a 2005 Infiniti G35 which I turned in when the lease was up. Overall a very good car. At first the Mercedes C 300 impressed me with its style and seeming quality. On par with the Infiniti. I drove it around and found the smaller engine sufficient enough to get around but not even close to the engine of the G35. The salesman talked me into the smaller engine because he claimed it was much better on gas than the C350. Back then premium gas (which the MB requires) was $3.30/gal so efficiency was a concern. The options look nice but are expensive if you're not careful. I upgraded to the bigger AMG wheels which made the car look stunning but ride quality suffers a bit. Handling got better as did braking performance. The seats all around are excellent. The nav system takes time to get used but its OK. Not the most logical but it does the job.

Again, I find the quality to be very poor for a car of this caliber. My list of items that have failed is longer in one year and 19k miles than all the problems I had with my Infiniti G35 for 3 years and 60k miles.

The worst part though, is the fuel economy- I average 15 MPG combined city/highway. It's appaling and worse than any other car I have owned including a 1984 Mercedes. It also should be noted, the C300 drinks oil at an alarming rate, or roughly 1 qt of oil per 2k miles.

Overall I can't recommend this car to anyone. There were several people I have talked to about their 2008 C classes and all had similar problems. For the price I paid it's expensive- I could have gotten a Cadillac CTS for less money and its rated a much better car. I already test drove it on saturday and found it to be a superior car to this. I never thought I would say this about Cadillac but it is better designed and engineered than my Mercedes C class. Plus the Cadillac supposedly gets better gas mileage (owners reporting 21 MPG average), it has a lot more power (307 HP vs 228 HP) and interior space in a slightly larger exterior dimensional package. This week, I'm selling my Mercedes on eBay and will buy the CTS. Good luck.

My Summary-

Pros- Sleek body turns heads with optional 19 inch sport rims, excellent seats, good brakes don't fade on highway, smooth cruiser at 100+ MPH.

Cons- Fuel mileage is terrible, interior quality is terrible, reliability is terrible, slow compared to other luxury cars, looks sporty but drives like a 1980's Yugo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th July, 2008

20th Jul 2008, 15:09

The reviewer says the reliability is terrible, but mentions no problems with reliability in his general comments. Says that it shifts like a Hyundai and complains about the fuel economy and many minor details that should be covered under warranty. Sounds like a GM salesman when describing in more detail virtues of the CTS. This review is suspect at best.

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C350 4matic 3.5 V6 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.5 V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance13000 kilometres
Previous carToyota RAV4

Summary:

A car with many highs and lows.

Faults:

The sensor for the washer fluid was defective.

The folding mirrors makes a loud squeaking noise when folding both in and out, even after they have been lubricated by the dealer.

Yellow spots appearing in paint.

General Comments:

Car is beautiful and stands out everywhere I go with it.

The car lacks acceleration.

Handling is good, generally.

Brakes are amazing.

Seemed to have cheapened out on the wood-grain.

High speed cruising is a joy.

Ride is a bit rough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2008

29th Sep 2010, 19:20

#1 They never made a W204 C350 4Matic...

#2 Lack of speed? You previously drove a Toyota Rav-4... LOL.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews