Written on: 20/03/2011
Well , 13 years driving my old A160 avantgarde making long trips 1000 Km in one day , 40˚C , at 180+ Km , my only problems was very few and cheap than a Japanese model , it needs service every 15,000 Km , i make every 30 , of course i take care of oil and oil filter also , i repair my aircondition control , and with few screws , maybe 14 , i remove all the front panel to clean it easy.Very flexible interior.The only think that makes me fill insecure is the ABS.Its economy , and i don't... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2011
Been driving for 25 years, this is the worst pile of rubbish i've ever driven and I've had a Metro!
Always somthing wrong with it, goes through spares like Patsy Kensit goes through husbands!, trim inside seems to be left over Airfix parts all plastic bits break off in your hand........ I could go on and on only good point about it I'm getting rid of it on Friday, Yipeeeee! (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2011
Just had my A140 for a month now after getting rid of my lexus is200, The merc has far better leg room and driving position than the lexus ever had, had although it doesnt have the same power it would pass it at the petrol station. A great wee car amazed at the room inside and its very reliable I wish I had got one years ago I love it Happy days (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2011
We have A190 95k, brilliant littlecar, seats so versatile,all can be removed except drivers,great for cleaning.Car is one of the best ive driven in heavy snow, it'll go anywhere if you knock the traction control off, i've even been asked if its 4 wheel Drive!!!!.Yes the roll bars knock like crazy but only if you abuse it over speed bumps[the wife] and the boot door fails to lock on the key fob but WD40 sorts it out immediately.quite good on the juice too ! (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2011
Do not buy this car.
I have owned this car for 6 years now, I paid it off a couple of years ago and have been hesitant to go and buy another car simply because I cannot afford a car or a loan, however it has cost me an absolute fortune over the years.
Total false economy on my behalf keeping it, every problem is outrageously expensive to fix. The problem where it suddenly slows down to a very low speed is the scariest thing I have ever experienced. This actually happened to be on an... (read more)
Written on: 15/11/2010
Worst car i have ever had every year there has been something wrong with it paid to get it fixed i think its cots me more now than the car is worth goes next monday hooray xxxxx (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2010
Absoulte bag of rubbish terrible car with constant problems n VERY DANGEROUS nearly hot wiped out because it just loses power as driving along....so scared try n aviod drivin now n defo wont take my kids in it as im scared for there safety....mercedes need a slap! (read more)
Written on: 08/06/2010 by Carrick Wilmot (1 review written)
A total waste of time and money
Very debatable if it could be termed as a criminal offence to sell one of these vehicles to non mechanical minded people.
The E.E.C. Manslaughter laws do apply to companies selling items that are unsafe for their created and advertised purpose.
Mercedes vehicles have a system that reduces a vehicles speed to a dangerously low level, without prior warning, simply because of an engine management failure.
These vehicles are well documented by their users as a... (read more)
Written on: 29/04/2010
I NEED YOUR HELP,COUPLE OF DAYS AGO MY WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN WERE GOING TO MY VILLAGE 2 HOURS SOUTH OF ATHENS GREECE,AT 15:45 MY CELL PHONE RINGS,IT WAS MY WIFE,SHE WAS IN A STATE OF PANIC.SHE SAYS GEORGE THE CAR IS OUT OF CONTROL ITS CRUISING AT 110 KMS AN HOUR AND IT DOESNT STOPS,I SLUM ON THE BRAKE AS MUCH AS I CAN AND IT REDUCES SPEED DOWN TO 80 KMS AN HOUR AND ONCE I TAKE MY FOOT OFF THE BRAKE PETAL IT PICKS UP AGAIN, TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!!I SAID STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD CLEAR... (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2010 by benchillblue (1 review written)
Had nothing but trouble from day one!Clicking noise from behind the ventilation system followed by squeaking noise from front nearside when braking and now the head gaskets gone.The paint is as thin as a human hair offering no protection so those parts that are not PLASTIC (yes plastic) rust and the rest of the materials used must have been supplied by Lego!For a so called premium quality manufacturer the vehicle is a disgrace. (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2010
Mercedes Benz A190 bought new July 2000. Well looked after and regularly serviced by MBenz authorised dealer.
At 71,000 KLMS Transmission failure cost of repair $6,500 reconditioned.
One year later 81,000 KLMS Engine Control Unit failure cost to recondition and reinstall $1,800.
I love the design and would have kept this car for many more years however
lost confidence in this vehicle and will sell.
My friends have vehicles of similar vintage and KLMS Honda CRV/ VW Golf/Toyota Corolla no... (read more)
Written on: 08/03/2010
the knocking on the front end of the A class i think you will find are the anti-rollbar bushes which are pretty cheap tpo replace both about £70 including parts and labour. (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2009
Bought this car two years ago and regretting it ever since. Okay, it's ten years old and things go wrong on older cars but it's expensive to buy parts for & for some reason the electrics are on the bottom of the car so the recent flooding in Ireland has not done it any favours! So far the handbrake's failed; gear box fell off and now the power steering's gone! Hoping to sell, won't be buying another. (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2009
Oh my gosh! it sounds like the identical twin to my Mercedes A Class.
I had the exact same problem with mine, luckily I have a very good local garage who has done a huge amount of work to my MercA in the last 2 years since I owned it and it has not yet broken down on me. The latest is a flooded central locking motor. How this happens is beyond my comprehension but £330 pounds later and it should be good for another 6 months.
The worst thing is I love the space in the car, It is a good... (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2009
cheap on fuel expensive to fix but not much goes wrong on my 10 year old car (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2009
I have just done a major service it wasnt cheap but the little car runs like a dream. Any 10 year old car will give u some trouble if you want the prefect car buy a new one (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2009
Well what can i say? after reading other reviews on here i thought id join in and add to the misery that is MERCEDESS A CLASS. I have had the car a year now and wow, what a heap. About 2 months into driving the car it started to decide on shaking violently, whilst driving along the road, i just could not not use it. It was like a total loss of power, resulting in the car slowing down and shaking itself to a halt. The mechanic who took a look at it couldnt give me a reason for it. After... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2009 by JStepien (2 reviews written)
I have had a Mercedes Benz A140 for three years now, and only the battery has gone wrong, but it was simply flat. This car to me is very good and practical and yes, I would reccomend it to my friends and family. The only thing I find troublesome is the rubber sealing on the triangular plastic piece in front of the front doors, which has ripped twice. My A Class is the first generation, and is 'S' registered. It uses its fuel wisely and isn't too demanding in costs. I am having the brake pads... (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2009
I would not advice any one to buy Mercedes A-class (1)Faulty steering colom which the manufacture Knew about it ,Alarm always have problem as well as electric windows, now Iam having problem to resal it (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2009 by kanga54 (1 review written)
Have had Mercedes Benz A Class A140 just over a year with no major problems.The interior space is very good and can carry lots of stuff.Have driven it on motorway and found it to be very nippy and quite economical.
My only problem which I found very bad was driving it in snow last winter.I found it to be the worst car ever for gripping in snow and ice you just could not get any traction so for that reason I am wanting to change car before winter. Would be interested to hear if anyone else... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2009 by unluckyguy (1 review written)
We're on our secand A-Class. This one is much better than the last one. So far I've had to replace all sorts on both of them. Right now, I'm about to drop the fuel tank as the level sensor is not working and there seems to be a knocking noise coming from that region. (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2009
I bought 2001 A140 for my wife 9 months ago and I regret the day I bought it. 64000 on the clock. I already spent £1500 fixing it every week something breaks. Overheating , check engine light on cluster, brake problems, the list goes on and on. Very very disappointing. (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2009 by kate051978 (1 review written)
The Mercedes A140, I have, is a lovely car, and great to drive.
They are ideal if you have family, as its very spacious, and plenty of leg room.
Written on: 04/04/2009
The Mercedes Benz A Class A140 interior size is excellent. When we put the fan on sound comes out. Control system is bad. We found a leak in the window so tha didn' help either. It was very expensive to fix. The gear box broke after 45 miles and no indication was shown. (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2009 by eamesgf (1 review written)
My Mercedes Benz A Class A140 is a very nice small car.
Acceleration is very good and handling is excellent.
My car has developed a knocking noise somewhere on the near side.
It only sounds when on rough roads not on smooth ones.
I recently had it serviced and they found nothing wrong with the car.
It is annoying and I would like some one to advice me what could be wrong.
I have tried every thing I can think of, even the spare wheel and the jack!!! As far as I am concerned the car is very good... (read more)
Written on: 31/01/2008
The overall ratings given here do not accurately reflect what it is like to own one of these little cars long term. I think they're absolutely great! (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2007 by latifat (1 review written)
I would never buy a Mercedes Benz A Class car again. Although it is spacious, it is also very unreliable, on most occasions the engine does not start straight away. And it's expensive to maintain. (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2005 by Dee1 (1 review written)
The Mercedes Benz A-Class 170 CDi has good legroom front and rear. Diesel gives reasonable mileage to the gallon. I like the higher than average driving position leading to good visibility. I find it comfortable and good to drive. Once used to the bonnet being out of sight the vehicle is easy to park.
Unfortunately these points are outweighed by the negative aspects of owning a Mercedes A-Class. Expensive servicing. Too many niggling faults. We are on our third alternator idler pulley, the... (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2004 by nigel power (1 review written)
Generally i should not of swapped my 3 18 1se BMW for this Mercedes Benz A Class A140 family car and I feel as sick as a dog - we live and learn. (read more)
Written on: 02/08/2004 by Yorkie
I have a problem with the alarm on the Mercedes Benz A Class A140 Family Car. Im also now having trouble with dash light coming on and not going off. Exteror lights do not come on. Now getting flat battery (read more)
Written on: 20/07/2004 by AliBear (1 review written)
I have borrowed a Mercedes Benz A Class A140 as my car is in for repair. This is possibly one of the worst cars I have driven in recent years. It is twitchy and feels unstable at any speeds over 25 MPH. It tramlines almost violently over furrows and even raised white lines and requires more concentration than any other modern car I have driven to keep it pointing in the right direction! The steering seems to give different feedback (and rates?) for different conditions requiring over or... (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2004 by Blooman (4 reviews written)
I have had a Mercedes Benz A class-a140/a160 - and now always rent them when my car is out of service - that says something.... but I don't own one anymore - that says something too...
Not bad on fuel, manouverable but a little unsteady on the Motorway. Doors always tend to be too close to the pavement when parked. Irksome fascia and controls not that intuitive. Great to be in, not great to own. (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2004 by mykp (1 review written)
All I seem to be reading here is negative reviews of the Mercedes Benz A class. I'm on my third A-Class, and have loved all of them, an A140, A160 and now an A210.
I have no problems with any of them and have done some epic journeys in them. North west UK to southern Spain on several occasions. They return pretty good miles per gallon and are quite quick due to their light weight contruction yet still manage to get 4 stars in the Euroncap test.
Mercedes Benz have made over 4 million of... (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2004 by Moore
Overall the Mercedes Benz A class-a140/a160 is a good concept and a great drive. ESP a life saver and all cars should have this. Semi-Auto best thing ever developed for town driving. MB Dealership non-existant and they really don't care. Quite happy to take £700.00 pounds from you and not fix the faults that you book the car in for. (read more)
Written on: 15/09/2003 by dsck (1 review written)
Went for 2 weeks break and left my 4 1/2 yr Mercedes Benz A class-A160 in a shaded protected carpark. When I got back, the aircon blows hot air instead of cold air. Took it into the Singapore dealer for servicing. They could not tell what the problem is. They could not even tell if the coolant is leaking after injecting some dye into the system. They therefore claim that the leak is from within the pessenger cabin blower and needs to remove the dashboard to repair. The cost US$2000. I also... (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2003 by hayashbra (1 review written)
My 1999 avangarde has the dreaded petrol smell. It's had 2 fuel clips(grasping straws)and is not cured. Other faults you may have or will have are:- Rear arm bushes, seats with square holes in runners colapse, louvre sunroofs smash up.(£1200) New ones redesigned in aluminium, but they won't admit the old ones are week. Add this to very expensive servicing, £77+vat in my area and you can see the minuses outway the positives. Shame could have been a great little car. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2003 by polainm (4 reviews written)
I bought a 2000 170CDI in 2002 and sold it about 18 months later. I did 30k miles in it. I have owned three other Mercedes, a 190E and two 300TEs. The A Class is proof that Mercedes can't build cheaper cars. The design is fantastic, but the car shakes itself to bits. Rear swing arms, rear spring, front springs, front anti-roll bars joints all either replaced or falling apart in 50k or less. The low profile tyres can't handle the rock hard suspension and vice-versa. The seats are too hard for... (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2003 by Andrew Popkin.
I had a 160 AvantGarde for nearly a year, and it was the most fault prone car I have ever owned.
List of faults - stunk of petrol (never fixed by Mercedes, sunroof failed (interior damaged on replacement), windows failed (three times), anti-roll bar fixings failed, car came back from servicing minus stereo and full of broken glass (replaced by MB), Paint scratched during servicing - not corrected, dash not put back together correctly, electrics failed due to inept servicing again, battery... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2003 by Pinch.
Mercedes have become an institution over the years, yet appear to have become more affordable to the working class person. When deciding whether to spend my hard earned cash on such a luxury item I considered the alternatives. Ford, Vauxhall, Fiat, Nissan Etc. When I saw the Mercedes I fell in love. It is a practical, versatile and well refined piece of engineering. It handles well; it drives itself (Well almost). It came with cruise control, speed limiter(for those nasty speed cameras), CD,... (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2003 by Ben.
It's incredible how so many people looking for a cheap little runabout overlook this car. Safety is its greatest attraction - the high seating point being a deliberate design to put the occupants high and safe. Add six airbags, doors that shut like the "S" class big brother and the three pointed star and for $A30000 this is a bargain. Why are people buying small Japanese cars instead of the Merc? All it needs is a BRABUS engine kit (122Kw) and you have 10/10! (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2002 by div_66.
Despite the bad points I loved the car and would probably still buy one. HOWEVER, Mercedes have flooded the UK market. The marque has lot any prestige they it may have had. The car was fairly rare when I purchased mine, and that made the car feel special. The handling is superb, although the seats are not comfortable, although you will get used to this. The car is also practical being able to swallow large amount of language and it performed its household duties well. Fuel consumption was... (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2002 by Richard.
I have driven a Mercedes A Class A160 for 50,000km during three years. The handling is very good for such a small car. It is also practical and has a lot of storaage space for a car of this small size. But it is a nightmare to own. On my car I have had to have the following items changed, a lot of which are not covered by warranties:
Sunroof - changed twice due to it leaking water
Generator - Completly broke after 45,000 km
Start motor - Completly broke after 45,000 km
Ignition system -... (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2002 by Nick.
The first thing that catches your attention is the clever design of the Mercedes Benz A140 A-class.
The interior space is very good compared to the exterior dimensions. Buttons and switches are well positioned and the materials used seems to be of good quality.
There are adequate storage compartments and the flexibility offered by the folding/removable rear seats is very welcome.
RIDE & HANDLING:
The car offers a relaxing & comfortable ride. The handling is predictable and safe.... (read more)
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