2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: Excellent road car, poor relia

2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan - Consumer Review

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Excellent road car, poor reliabilty
By Sam Julier on


2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C240 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 6M)


Car driven all highway miles. Excellent engine and drive train. Quiet interior, low wind noise. 32 mpg w/ 6spd. Solid handling and tracking, supurb braking. Very high frequency of maintenance and expense compared to previously owed Volvos. Parking brake failed 3x, climate control 2x (and never the same as new), teleaid 1x, CD player 2x, both rear coils cracked 1x, strut bushing replaced 3x, fuel line clogged 1x, keys 1x, turn signal harness 1x, light harness 1x, oil level sensor 1x, ignition Lock and Steering Lock 1x, ELT connector 1x. The amount of service necessitated selling the car. It is a huge dissapointment as the car is a joy to drive.

Best Features

Quiet ride, low road and engine noise, predictable road handling, good fuel economy, simple interior and good A/C system. Dealer always helpful.

Worst Features

The weakness is electronics and climate control systems. Both are needlessly complex. Poor reliability really hurts.
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