I got my MB C280 4Matic in 2009.
I was turned in at the end of a lease, had less then 40k miles, and only paid $19k for it.
I live in Colorado and need the all wheel drive.
When comparing it to other AWD cars available, this was by far the best value.
When test driving the cars the MB had almost no signs of wear, and the best overall fit and finish.
The MB drove as well as the Audi and Subaru, the Toyota and Volvo were overpriced and lack luster.
After 3 years I still love my MB.
It is still very peppie, and handles (and rides) like a dream (like you think an MB should).
Reliability wise,,,,,,, I have not had it in the shop once!!!
3.0L V6 w/Tiptronic 5-Speed
Single touch turn signal
4 way disk breaks and abs
Heated Windshield Washer Jets - Jets and reservoir
All windows are 1 touch
Laser start Key
Power heated mirrors
Seats myself and 4 kids no problem