2003 Mercedes-Benz Vito CDI 112 from South Africa
Expensive and not profitable for business
I am the owner of a small business.
In Sept. 2003 I purchased a Mercedes Benz Vito 112 CDI.
A month later the car began giving problems. It failed to start. I called the dealership; they came out and said it was a flat battery. I was astounded; I had just bought the car. But nevertheless I paid them over a thousand rand to recharge the battery. They did this by jump starting.
Anyways, a few months after the battery incident, the real problems began. The injectors were blowing all the time. My last repair in February this year cost me a staggering R22 000.00. This was done at another dealership. When my driver picked up the vehicle, he got stuck a mere 5 km from the dealership. He called them and told them. They told him to bring vehicle back to dealership. He did so, and upon arriving there, he learnt that they forgot to put the fan belt on.
Today 2 months later my Vito refuses to start. It only starts when we push start it. I have done less than 2000km from my last repair. I am frightened to take it in to the dealership for fear of being presented with an absurd bill.
I wish to bring to your attention that the Mercedes Benz Vito is not an economical commercial vehicle. In all over the last 3 years it has cost me over R50 000 to maintain. I am at a loss for words to express my rage in believing your reviews on this vehicle.
This is what one motor car review site wrote on 21 Feb 2002. "Mercedes-Benz has launched a new compact delivery van in South Africa. Smaller than the hugely successful Sprinter, the Vito 1-ton panel van is aimed at the small business and delivery market."
I will never believe a reviews promote again. It seems they get nice kickbacks to sweet mouth crap products.
This vehicle has been a true liability and huge expense that was negative to my business and not positive.
Do not buy this car. My blood boils when I look at it.
If you wish to buy it. I will sell it 15% below the trade book value. Just take it from me.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th April, 2008
It is truly unfortunate that MB has some unscrupulous dealers in its network. I suggest you take your vehicle to a small independant garage that will appreciate your business. The differences in price and service may leave you astonished. I know from personal experience. Good luck!
You cannot blame this website's reviews.
People here tell you of their own experiences, and then you have to take the useful parts and use them to your advantage when buying a vehicle.
If you don't have the common sense or intelligence to do this, then I would recommend you take a knowledgeable mechanic along with you when you buy.
And EVERYONE knows that main dealers charge the earth.