Mercedes Benz C Class 180 Elegance Review

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capricorn3's review of Mercedes Benz C Class 180 Elegance

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“I had a '99 Mercedes Benz C180 Elegance Family Car...”

Written on: 02/11/2004 by capricorn3 (1 review written)

Good Points
Nice drive on the motorway

Bad Points
Components breaking, even after being replaced (parking break/ratchet, glove box, etc). Some bugs never resolved.

General Comments
I had a '99 Mercedes Benz C180 Elegance Family Car from new and this was a great car...you really felt that you were driving a merc. Then I bought the new model in '01. It felt lighter and not as solid on the road. Everything in the car is flimsy, covers falling off screws, glove-box jamming, arm rest stowage jamming, parking break ratchet snapping on several occasions. Other more serious problems were the gearbox being very sticky and eventually being replaced, with the new one feeling the same. Also, the electric windows have a bug (which has never been solved) where the comfort switch would not work. The C180 is the introduction to executive cars and people like me who buy them typically have therefore had to save hard for the car. Therefore there is a feeling of being completely taken to the cleaners with a car that claims to be all that Mercedes Benz promises but infact is nothing but Lada quality sold for Mercedes Benz pricing!!!

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The Farmer's Response to capricorn3's Review

Written on: 23/05/2006

I agree with you, the little plastic screws in the back fall off and the parking sensor blew up and had to be replaced about 12 times and it was then they refunded us half the money back (for the all round sensors) But i think they are made in South Africa so that does not say much.

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Petervoros's Response to capricorn3's Review

Written on: 31/12/2006

You will find that the parking brake ratchet is made from aluminium, which is not very durable for that purpose, but if you put your foot lightly on the parking brake pedal before using the release handle, it will last as long as on any other car. My 1995 one still works perfectly.

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