Get one and drive it on a nice summer's evening with the top down - heaven
Given the car is 11 years old, it has been good so far.
I had a few problems such as a broken front suspension spring, door speaker not working, a few dashboard lights blown, and a broken plug lead, but overall it's in good condition.
I will need to replace the front shocks at some point, along with their mounts.
I have always loved these from the day they were released in 1989.
It's not a sports car, being too large and heavy, and you do notice the lower centre of gravity - even when you have the tyres starting to squeal, you're not pressed against the driver's door with 'G' force, unlike a normal saloon car. I don't actually drive it like that very often, as it's more a car for wafting around in with the top down.
Performance is pretty good, with sufficient power to overtake most dawdlers, and the automatic gearbox kicks down quickly (better with a fluid change).
The interior is a bit dated, but that's part of the charm, and you do get a lovely instrument panel with 6 gauges, which is a pleasant change from the modern day practice of 'two is enough'.
I have the glass hardtop, and I love the swish coupe look it lends the car. With the soft top up it's quite noisy, which surprised me given Mercedes alleged proficiency with such contraptions, but I only use if it rains, and to keep the fag butts, phlegm and litter out of the car when I park it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th July, 2011