This was a great performing car and reliable for 177k miles when it did need some engine work. It had some rust after 20 years of driving in Michigan. It was a great road car to travel in even though it was a smaller car.
As-Is 152,000 miles with a 1 year warranty $6,000 is how I got it. With a smooth ride, shockingly quiet engine, turns on a dime. Paid $100 deductible for $1500 worth of work on drive shaft and trans mount.. Unfortunately gaskets and seals weren't covered and there is a head gasket leaking oil everywhere. And reportedly oil in the coolant system so it's undergoing $4300 worth of work raising the cost of owning it well over 10,300 with other services done. Also came with corroded stock rims which were leaking air. I plan to throw some nicer rims on it when it comes out of surgery though. If you can afford it... have fun.
Mercedes feel. Handsome look. Trunk space. Leather. Smoothness of ride. Quietness of engine. Gas mileage.
Obviously some of the expensive and important gaskets and seals of this car wear out over the years. Wished it was with more durable materials. But hey, what can you say. Wood material around the shifter cracks with age.
It's fair to say that it will not give go-cart like feedback, but the RWD layout and wide wheel base will provide composed handling. The car effortlessly eats motorway miles, but it is fair to say that it is underpowered on acceleration. The build quality & reliability (aside from the pitifully bad mono-wiper unit)is however second to none. Every door has a reassuring clunk, every switch a factory new click and it's obvious this car was designed to be over-engineered. It always starts, never breaks down, and even the paint work hasn't faded. Surprisingly parts are relatively easy and cheap to source (not that you will ever need to), and are extremely simple to maintain and fix. A solid car!
The excellent build standard and the sense of quality that you get are beyond comparison when any other similar range car. Was it actually made in a factory or chiseled from granite? It is simple to fix, easy & surprisingly cheap to maintain, and it incredibly comfortable on long journeys.
The comedic and pathetic attempts of the part masquerading as a windscreen wiper are monumentally bad. When it works, it flaps about like a one armed man trying to juggle soft boiled eggs. Keep the piston lubricated or it will lock up and that means removing the unit for a simple but annoying repair
To call Mercedes a quality automobile is a statement by delusional owner trying to sell it! At 60,000 miles car was on third transmission, second windshield wiper motor unit, computer, air mass sensor, engine bay wire harness. At the end air con. Quit and during a rain storm the wiper failed again, resulting in loss of visibility and subsequent accident destroying the car. I would never again even consider MB !