Mercedes used to be one of the best quality, most reliable, a durable cars. Since they merged their purchasing / procurement function with Chrysler and decided to globalize themselves instead of being 100% German, the Mercedes quality degenerated to the level of Chrysler or even below. I love the design and the functionality of the station wagon. I love driving it. But the QUALITY? My car within 30,000 miles had 2 catalytic converters, 2 (!) alternators, engine gaskets (ouch) and several little bottoms replaced. 2 door knobs and parts of 2 doors were replaced. The headlights after 50,000 miles are no longer possible to turn off, electrical problem with several thousand dollar repair cost
Purchased this car in 2005 with only 9000 miles, luckily under warranty. Car is nice to drive but has had a lot of electrical issues. Tranny leaked but had a recall on that and so far so good on that issue. The problematic electrical seems to be ongoing though, now at 40K miles the moonroof switch does not work all the time. Probs with electrical have been: Cig lighter failed (dealer said from plugging in cell phone?) told me to use the one in the back..convenient!; front headbeam would work sometimes when it wanted to, now taillight is out; drivers headrest failed. Non-elec quality- back seat cover seam tear fixed 3X (still torn); carpet on floor came apart; both front struts blown at 20K
Purchased an extended warranty for obvious reasons! Drives nice, corners well.
Need to shoot the quality control person who okayed the electrical of these cars. Learn not to stress the small stuff....
This vehicle is an off-lease 320 wagon purchased from the MB auction in Atlanta. Although it has 23,000 miles on it, there is NO wear and tear in the interior. Most people who have seen the car think it is new. Since I paid in the low 20's for this vehicle, I feel I've gotten an awful lot of car for the money. I don't understand why MB is not offering the 320 wagon this year-It's much more fun and has a better ride than the 240. It's a great value!
This car should have come with a standard CD changer. A minor complaint but a glaring ommision.
Bought a black on in June,certified with just under 25k miles. I drive just over 900 miles/week,almost all highway, rest is 2 lane winding county road. The car is quick and quiet,with a smooth and well contolled ride. I drive aggressively, this car is very responsive. Just had heavy ground frost and icing, 4matic lets me accelerate into traffic with confidence. This is a very sporty car with the utility of a wagon. Drove BMWX3,BMW325Xi, VW 4motion GLS and W8,this was much nicer. Best praise, just bought another one today for my wife,certified '03 with just over 19K since we both like this one so much. Cargo room is small for a wagon, but plenty big when the rear seats are folded down.
Acceleration (especially in rain/ice with 4matic), quiet highway ride even at excess speed, cornering and handling, sun roof, comfort of heated and supportive leather seats, weather band radio, CD changer in glove box, classic body styling, safety features, great gas mileage for 6cyl (27hwy,24overall).
Power seats with memory settings, user- friendly cup holder in front (its too narrow and set deep in console), variable speed function on intermittent wiper setting, heated mirrors, nicer rims.
Had the car for over a year. Been a
joy to drive. Have enjoyed driving car
everyday. A tremendous amount of
comfort & safety features for the
price. A little weak in the
performance department but adaquate.
Full power seats should be std. & not a
$1200 package upgrade. Also, cupholder
is a Rube Goldberg experiment. Feel
sorry for the poor soul that paid close
to sticker price. I get a tremendous
discount by working for Daimlier but
was almost insulted by the trade-in
value. Plan to keep this car a
Great sounding stereo, heated seats,
very smooth transmission, extremily
quiet road car, AWD in bad weather.
Cupholder(or lack of one), ticking
sound when climate control is turned
off, more power.
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