"Purchased new. High repair bills started as soon as out of warranty. We are spending an average of $1.36/mile for every mile driven in repair bills only. That doesn't include insurance or gas. So for every mileage traveled expect to spend about $1.60 mile - that's DOUBLE the average for cars driven.
If you want to WASTE a lot of money - buy a benz!
Our car broke down twice this year while driving and had to be towed in both times."
Pros: "Comfortable seats and handles great in the snow."
Cons: "It doesn't have a heated steering wheel."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We bought this car used when it was 6 years old and had 80000 miles on it. We have one child and the car has been terrific. Yeah, the repairs aren't cheap but we have a great mechanic whose hourly rate is half what the dealer charges. We are likely to drive this until the wheels fall off."
"Bought this car used with 99000 Mi on the odometer. It is a blast to drive specially at really high speeds. Cornering is insane. The car is comfortable and very well equipped. Drawback is maintenance. I went through a set of tires in one year, brake pads in 2, I replaced most of the front suspension and all tie rods reestablishing the fun to drive factor. All parts are expensive, you need a computer to fix most items. The interior looks like a much older car, faded panels everywhere, headliner coming unglued, door handles beyond repair. I was disappointed with the resale, it dropped like any other car."
"The car is amazing as long as you can maintain it yourself. Transmission flushes cost a lot of $$$, and need to be done every 40k miles.
There are two main problems with these cars:
Balance shaft issues
Transmission valve issues
Check the cars for these issues to see if they have been fixed, or if they are out of the affected range.
Other than that, they are reliable, comfortable, nice cars."
"The 1989 TD was an awesome car until it got too expensive to keep fixing; I'd just spent like $4,000 on repairs & front sway bar broke so had to stick in $2,000 more just to get rid of it for a $1,500 trade in to the dealer for the 240c class that had been my loaner. The C class had heated seats, cup holders & CD player, very comfortable, handled well except terrible on ice (got stuck at least 3 times) . Extensive rust on body; dealership repaired rust on all 4 doors a year or so after I bought it, and I've had regular maintenance & bodywork done since, but car is a rust bucket anyway."