By Ray on Thursday, July 21, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000
overall rating 2 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Its transportation."
Cons: "Poor quality, poor comfort. A city car, noisy and uncomfortable on long trips."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This was my mother's car and is now mine to get rid of. I have known the car since new and use the same mechanic for my cars as hers.
Within the last 20 years, there's been 3 MB's, 2 Audi's, 5 BMW's and 2 Porsche's in the family. I say that because in many aspects they should be comparable.
As in any German car, its high maintenance at a high cost. On any of the cars I'd suggest $1,000/year in maintenance and another $1,000/year in fixing stuff that does not work.
This particular car, while better than an Audi at 65,000, is basically falling apart. Its been falling apart for 30,000 miles now and at this point needs about $2,500 to $3,000 for cosmetic repairs alone. Mostly the interior which, similar to the other two MB's we've owned simply falls apart.
Since new the car has been one mechanical problem after another. Mostly covered by warranty (MB service is superb, far more than I can say about BMW). After the warranty period was over, figure we would spend about $1,000/yr on repairs.
Compared to any of the other German cars we've owned, I would say this MB has far more reliable electronics (the bane of the other three) and far worst mechanicals. I could live with this as its cheaper to fix the mechanicals. However, the interior is nothing but sagging upholstery, worn interior parts, rattles, inoperative switchgear and just looks like garbage. Its always been garaged."
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