A no-buy unfortunate defect
When driving through a medium deep puddle the engine stopped and couldn't be restarted. The starter wouldn't turn the engine over. Subsequently the car was towed to the Mercedes dealer and before they touched it indicated the engine was hydraulically locked (water had gotten into the cylinders). Further discussion with the service people revealed this is not an unusual problem! "We usually get two or three after a heavy rain".
The engine air intake duct is located at the bottom of the bumper and any deep water will get sucked in and knock out the engine.
After this disappointing discussion they further iterate this is not covered under the warranty, it is considered an accident and the insurance company should cover it.
So all late model M/B owners shouldn't drive through puddles because they can literally destroy the engine, nor should they buy a M/B unless they are made aware of this ridiculous defect.
Strange when stranded by the puddle all other cars (imports and domestics) made it through with no problem.
That's the end of me and M/B. And I do like the car.
Do you want a car you can't drive through puddles?
Do you want a car that has this design defect that will not be acknowledged by the company?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd September, 2002