Beautiful big german cruiser of the old school
Small fan belt for A/C fans was detached at purchase, unknown to everybody, as nobody knows it is there!
Fan belt tensioner damper noisy; easily cured using the car's own toolkit and £26 in parts
Huge feelgood factor, feels immensely strong and secure to drive, like it is invincible.
Small boot with factory fitted optional 80L fuel tank, however this provides great cruising range.
Automatic child seat recognition is very handy.
The 3.0 turbo diesel gives fantastic performance and economy, reliability is well proven, and it's cheap to maintain. However it takes 7.5 litres of oil.
Very fast car for what it is; a little diesely in terms of smoke on kickdown, but shifts like scalded cat.
Air con could be better despite a service; otherwise very easy to maintain.
Apparently prone to rusting, our example is a UK car since new, but has only minor blistering; less so than our 1999 Vectra and our 1998 5 Series BMW.
Fantastic speakers despite being basic Classic spec.
Handles better than a 5 Series of the same age, due to less roll oversteer, although the large steering wheel takes a bit to get used to.
TD models have Parameter steering as standard, which is very light at parking speeds and not much heavier when cruising; again an acquired taste, but makes moving this large car about very easy, and I personally love it; every other car feels heavy and truck like now!
Fantastic MB brakes as usual, and a feeling of generally being bank vault tough; whether it is or not is irrelevant, it feels so, and therefore is a proper Benz!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th March, 2014