2004 Mercedes-Benz Vito 109 CDI 2.2 diesel from Serbia




Why did MB change the front wheel drive from the previous model of the Vito, to a "not working because I am light on back" rear wheel drive in new models?

And of course the whole interior is squeaky after 100k km.

Oh, I almost forgot, the paint gone has matte, the car has lost its shine.

They must work on these vehicles, or they will lose.

General Comments:

The cabin is very gloomy and the seats are uncomfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2009

2004 Mercedes-Benz Vito CDI from UK and Ireland


Not good by any stretch


ECU unit failed after a year of ownership. This is basically the internal computer of this van. Got it replaced under warranty. Had van collected and returned from my place of work.

Loads of little niggly things breaking on it. The radio doesn't work till I hit a bump in the road, then it goes off when I hit another one, one of the side doors would not open for ages, back to the dealer again.

The ignition switch fell through its own assembly!! Put this back myself, ripped out the box beside the ignition to get in at it.

The switch on the light in the cab got pushed up into itself, easy fix, but shouldn't happen either.

The arm rest on the drivers sear broke clean off with a bit of pressure was leaning over it to get a lap top and down she went. OK, that's my fault

Today just got it back again from the dealers having left it up there a week ago, she wouldent start only after turning the engine over for an hour would she go. Got her jump started drove up to the dealer with it konking out at every opportunity, he had to get reconditioned injectors, replace the diesel filter etc, turned out the injectors had seized from water getting into the tank, a problem which seems wholesale with these skips on wheels. They took off the tank and repaired it. Got bill for 1200 euros.

No more of this.

General Comments:

Worst machine I have ever owned. Drives rotten, would far prefer to take out one of the 7.5 tonne trucks we use rather than drive this. No front end feel whatsover.

Not a nice driving experience. I'm amazed Merc put their badge on this crap. I might convert mine to an outside toilet as we are getting an extension done shortly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th November, 2007

2004 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Battery intermittently draining due to some fan or pump in behind dash, or the back of the engine bay, which keeps coming on when it likes during the night.

Major rust for the age of the vehicle.

Wheel centre caps have come off whilst driving.

109 bhp engine feels quite flat on motorway unless you give it max revs in every gear (2500 - 3600rpm very flat).

Can't put racking along the left hand side of van due to the spare wheel mounted there?

Some interior plastics insecure.

Rear and side door stops/hinges/runners poor.

Electric windows sometimes need a double click to get into operation (the door thinks it is a mouse LOL).

Loud clunking noises appearing from front end when the steering bottoms out on full lock.

Notchy 1st gear.

General Comments:

It's at the mileage where some TLC is required, and I've probably been spoiled with previous newer and more robust vans from my previous company.

All the dookits and the paperwork holder are well thought out.

Nice tight turning circle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2007

2004 Mercedes-Benz Vito 115 CDI 2.2 turbo diesel from Hong Kong


Economical, but not fun to drive


Disturbing noise came from the seats, it may be due to bad build quality.

A pair of rear shocks failed at 12000km.

Black smoke when high revs since new.

The Infrared Keys malfunctioned occasionally.

General Comments:

Great fuel economy for a panel van.

A tankful of diesel range around 800kms.

The ESP saved an accident once on the freeway.

The ABS did a bad job on extreme slippery roads.

Bad cabin insulation and the A/C not cold enough.

The ride was bumpy for a Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2006