8 Years of (mostly) pleasure
Added: 1st of March 2017
I bought this car when it was 3 years old from a Mercedes Main Dealer in East Anglia. Great service throughout and that has continued in my new home 'up-north'. The body is showing slights signs of rust on the front offside wheel arch, I havent worked out if I should go to Mercedes to get them to comment. There are occasional issues with the on-board computer, it occasionally 'forgets' to move the wing mirrors in or out when locking/unlocking or seal the window after the door closes (opens them fine so the door can open so its not serious) but this rights itself after manipulation of the manual controls. The only real problems in the 115K miles I've had it are that the engine sometimes 'judders' on fierce acceleration (I've read that this problem is the computer which drives the Turbo - expensive to fix, more probably than the car is worth) and a smoky exhaust on, once again, fierce acceleration. Bit scared to find out what causes it, it passed its MOT, so the solution is to not drive it hard. Recently, I' ve had to have the front discs replaced (they were replaced 20K miles ago so this is slightly annoying) but having researched the issue, this is not unknown and I am not sure whinging to the dealers will achieve anything. In terms of MPG, I normally get 38-40 in Urban driving with 47-51 motorway at 75MPH ish, which isn't bad. Otherwise, although I should replace it (with another Merc I think) I dont think its quite time to to do so, I really like its relative simplicity when measured against the newer versions of similar cars. I will however, get a petrol car next time since the Minister Of Transport tipped us the wink.