2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4matic 2.5L normally aspirated from North America
If MB downed a bottle of Pepto with a brick of cheddar, they still couldn't get their s#!t together
Idler pulleys, belt, thermostat, sunroof regulator, A/C compressor, alignment issues causing abnormal tire wear, sideview mirror turn indicator, tears in seat, chrome trim chipping on interior, brakes, intake butterfly gets water pooled and freezes in winter causing limp home condition, cheap interior made of inferior materials.
I used to have faith in Mercedes, built on my positive experience with older 190s, but this thing has sullied the experience. It constantly requires attention. It's incredibly slow and ham-fisted. For the lack in performance, there are no efficiency gains either. Interior is comfortable, but cheap materials are everywhere in this car.
Chrome trim around cup holders are chipping off and constantly cut or scrape my hand. The car handles like a chuck wagon, but seems to stick to the ground nonetheless. Dynamic suspension is tangible and you can tell it stiffens up steering and suspension travel, but unnecessary as the "sport" mode is still too compliant in the corners and "comfort" mode is too stiff over bumps.
This car eats tires, as the castor/camber is constantly out to lunch and requires adapter plates to correct. This is a known problem with W204 chassis cars that MB doesn't seem to mind charging you to correct.
Holds oil well, doesn't leak a drop anywhere, but washer fluid tank has a huge leak and spritzers are super underpowered.
Sunroof regulator snapped the spur gear because the rail cable seized and is erratic in operation post fix, despite reprogramming.
AWD system is quite good in winter, but not better than any others I've owned.
All idler pulleys and the serpentine belt were changed three times!
I put a lot of miles on my cars (200km commute each day) in a short period of time, but it's all highways and shouldn't eat components this fast. The interior panels and trim rattle and the A/C compressor is garbage after only 150K km.
This car makes me feel like MB has been resting on its laurels for far too long, when a Kia is far better value for the money. Unfortunately, I think this is end of the road for me and MB until they start realigning the quality of their products, with the pedigree of the original company.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st July, 2019
21st Jul 2019, 14:15
The Mercedes 190s you had back in the day were 80s cars, from a time when Mercedes were at the top of their game. However, in more recent years Mercedes have been going downhill quality wise; it all started with early rusting on some late 1990s / early 2000s era cars, and certainly anything built after the year 2000 is nothing like Mercedes of the past unfortunately.