Written on: 24/05/2010
this is one of the nicest vans i have driven. Haveing said that i had a 20 year old VW carravelle which had less problems than this one did in the 2 yrs i owned it . Paid 500 quid for the vw & 5000 for the merc hmm .
I just had the radiator replaced because of a crack in the expansion tank , which really should be 2 units but oh no if 1 goes you need to buy both . Oh and got the van back from MERCEDES and the radiator was 4 LITRES short of being topped up . Well as if that doesnt give me... (read more)
Written on: 11/04/2010 by mercright (1 review written)
For all those Mercedes Benz V-Class owners with rear air suspension problems.
A conversion kit is available to convert the rear air suspension to Spring suspension.
Kit price available for £180.00
Fitted Price for £300.00
Contact email@example.com for further details. (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2009
after having a zafira for 5 years we needed a full size 7 seater so bought our v230. certainly not a great choice. i would agree with nearly all other comments that it is a great vehicle to drive it is really comfortable to ride in and cruises well. seats are comfy and and plenty of room and lots of extras on ours. the cruise control is good, air con, traction control etc.
but the car is so unreliable, unless you are a mechanic it is so expensive to run. it seems that every few weeks we... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2009
Beautiful drive and car. If you want an MPV with style this is one to top 'em.
Enjoyed driving round in this and sitting in the back at the seaside with my children around the table with a big bag 'o chips and a cuppa..luxury!
(somtimes we would eat more healty food like olives with humous and cous cous, etc.)
The fuel doen't go a long way ...about 20 MPG...the electrics have been a little tempremental...but, realisticaly, it is 12 years old now!
Love blacked out rear windows too.
Would have... (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2009 by tkdutse
I like v230 but lack of spare parts grounded my own ordinary water pump for petrol engine type is very difficult to get can anyone help me on how to source it,please? (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2009
paid £12.000 in july 2007 for an year 02 model of the mercedes benz v-class. thought the world of it .because it was so spacious with 7 soild proper leather seats and ample leg room and still big booth area.comfortable to drive and good for long distance. previous to buying this car ,i was warn not to because of the eletronic suspension . needless to say it happened to me a year later .the suspension fail and the car back droped. you cannot drive the car it just bounces all the way ,like... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2009 by tyrico
paid £12000. for year 02 model Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 V230 Ambiente cdi ambient .thought the world of it . because of the 7 solid proper leather seat .with ample leg room.and still, big booth..comfortable to drive and good for long distance. (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2009 by mantamaniax (1 review written)
Apart from the luxury cruise drive, view and space, I found this Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 Ambiente to be a poor poor vehicle, having owned my 98 v230 a year, its actually been fault free a week of it, just after having the autobox remapped. But hey, let your battery go flat and recharge and maybe your air suspension and autobox will work again like mine, for a week!
Written on: 17/12/2008 by plob (1 review written)
I have not owned a V Class but a guy I know bought five of them brand new in the late '90s to use as exec transport within his taxi business. EVERY fault I have read here, (gearbox, electrical, paint), happened to ALL of the five vehicles. Enough said. (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2008 by Mercarenaff
I bought this car in 1999 new. A complete disaster. Faults way too numerous to mention. Hire cars, lost business, ENORMOUS servicing bills, and unbelievable warrarny claims, gearbox, torque converter, electrics (ALL), power steering (downright danger to other road users), water pumps, head gaskets, replaced all windows, replaced all door locks, air conditionning,you name it this car has had it. It has also had an engine rebuild, and in 9 years of annually driving to France for our summer... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2008
Awful to drive, v plasticy interior, bodys rust fast.
Faulty electrics, door locking, continuous engine problems, missfires, engine mountain fell off damaging lots of pipes and hoses, battery drain which could not be found meant we had to disconedt the battery each night! Air suspension blows fuses constantly, most people end up replacing with dampers sooner or later, brakes wear very quickly on automatics. Awfull, would not buy another merc out of principal. (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2008 by V 230 TD (1 review written)
good car for a Mercedes's MPV. Good leather seats, Mercedes badge, cheap for a Mercedes, big. (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2008
definetely recommend. excellent to drive so versitile. Most comfartable car ever driven perfect driving position.have driven all over europe (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2008 by kkokok
I had my Mercedes V Class for 2 years. It is the last model of v230. I bought it 2nd hand from a VIP owner and had 60,000 miles on it, after putting additional 30,000 miles to it. It is reliable MPV and excellent comfort ride. Go easy on petrol if in the highway. Not that thirsty as other MPV in its class. Large windscreen and good driver's vision. One of the best full size MPV in the market so far no one can beat V230 not even the new v-class v320... (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2006 by doyle (2 reviews written)
All in all the Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 V230 Ambiente is a pretty solid MPV and has few build faults. From my experiences with mine, it is very comfortable and high up which is good for viewing ahead. Parts can be pricey. It still drives like the Vito and not like the car, like the other MPVs mostly do. (read more)
Written on: 17/08/2006 by harpijen (1 review written)
The Van has some weak spots, once you take care of these, the Van gives lots of fun.
Bought as a second hand, I directly started to take care of the weak points.
I have used mine as a passenger carrier, transporter and it has been pimp inside and out.
It has been through half of Europe (at one point 5 European countries within 24 hours) and have been driving better than any car I have had. Even better than my Volvo V70 T5.
I wouldn't get rid of this car for the world. The possibilities... (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2005 by jayg (1 review written)
Our 1998 V-Class has proved that the mighty Mercedes Benz has lost it's prestige and association with quality, making way for vehicles that would make the old Skoda Marque blush. These vehicles are poorly engineered, poorly built with sub standard parts. Paint peels off interior panels, auto gearbox fails, radiator leaks, tyres wear quickly and unevenly, electronics are forever blowing fuses, and the fuse for one ancillary often affects another. I worked for eight years in quality for a... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2005 by iancg (1 review written)
We had ours for 5 years from just over a year old. It's a very comfortable drive - haveing been all over europe, getting out of the seats, you would not realise you had been driving for 6 hours.
After about 3 years old, it has suffered numerious faults, mostly electrical, not helped by the dealerships approach to fixing electrical faults - one one occation it started overheating - replaced thermostat, still overheating - replaced second thermostat, still overheating - found broken wire... (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2005 by Tim Raymond (1 review written)
My Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 V230 Ambiente is the worst car that I have ever owned. I have changed the drive shafts (£1,200), Gear change lever £600, suspension bellows three times (£600 each time), suspension pump £1,000 etc etc.
If you buy one of these Mini Buses you need your head testing. (read more)
Written on: 25/01/2005 by iandownie (1 review written)
Having owned a very high quality and reliable Mercedes estate, a Mercedes people carrier was an obvious choice. However we have never been more disappointed or suffered so many problems with any vehicle ever. Bought the Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 V230 Ambiente Mini Bus at 10,400 miles, we only later found out that the vehicle had already had a continuous stream of warranty repairs prior to our purchase. The trouble started on the first day of ownership when the windows came down, but wouldn't... (read more)
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