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“Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 V220 cdi Ambiente and I have”

★★★☆☆

written by on 03/09/2013

a problem with the central lock it is not working properly it tries to open them or close them you can hear the noise of the motor central lock but they are not functioning,and now I can`t open the diesel door because there is no way to open it.Is there somebody can help me please?

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“practical and cheap to run”

★★★★★

written by on 31/05/2013

practical = looks big from far but easy to drive and to park, smart space management...very spacious in the inside compare to alphard or elgrande cheap to run = gas mileage is great comfort ride = smooth as ride on air...

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“I need manual for the complex mini bus”

★★★★★

written by on 21/11/2011

The interior superb, the exterior so wonderful, in short; everything about the bus i love them all, but the manual was written in German. I need an English manual for the bus.

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“time is best mini bus to use”

★★☆☆☆

written by on 09/06/2010

time is best mini bus to use

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“this is one of the nicest vans i have driven. Haveing...”

★★★☆☆

written by 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 every faith in main dealerships . If think i realy shuold have stuck with a vw . They have known how to produce a nice people carrier/camper for over half a century

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“For all those Mercedes Benz V-Class owners with rear...”

★★★★★

written by mercright on 11/04/2010

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 protected] for further details.

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Markamd's Response to mercright's Review

Written on: 01/06/2010

I found this review very helpful because...When i spoke to them they knew what they where talking about and i am very pleased with the converison kit they fitted. WILL RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE.

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Guest's Response to mercright's Review

Written on: 17/02/2012

There is no headlight height adjuster on my v class. I think this is because the air suspension system is ment to keep v class level. So there is no need for adjuster. My v class had spring conversion when I got it, so can't compare. But back end is high and headlight beam seems to fall short on the road. I'm thinking of changing it back to how it's ment to be.

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“after having a zafira for 5 years we needed a full...”

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written by 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 have something with ours. gearbox sensor, driveshaft changed because of faulty abs sensor. cant read miles because bulb gone, brake pipes all corroded. air suspension is a joke. we changed a valve in 7/08 , now a bill for £ 1,000 to replace the suspension compressor and valve again. Is it worth it? the electronics are a nuisance especially when that dreaded limp home mode comes on because a fault has occured! so then it crawls around as it is stuck in 3rd gear. other faults idle switch return spring, some electronic codes local merc dealer couldnt find. still got vehicle but will sell as it is a millstone on your wallet.

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“Beautiful drive and car. If you want an MPV with style...”

★★★★☆

written by 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 Liked to know about fuel cost before I bought it I would reccomend a diesel version if available...but wouldn't be as smooth a drive though. Have felt like a rich dude in this car...A bit embarressing somtimes too. when your quite poor.

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“I like v230 but lack of spare parts grounded my own...”

★★★★☆

written by tkdutse on 24/05/2009

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?

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“paid £12.000 in july 2007 for an year 02 model of the...”

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written by 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 being on a pro bull rodeo especially over road humps. and wih any weight in it , it touches the ground . my local garage say its very expensive to fix by a mercedes company. poss; £2000.

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Dmtuga's Comment

Written on: 08/01/2014

amigo, comprei um carro novo igual igual ao seu em 2002, que ainda tenho até hoje. Tive e tenho problemas na suspensão traseira desde o momento em que a viatura saiu do stand a viatura parece realmente um touro ou uma cadeira desequilibrada nunca sei o que vai acontecer , já gastei muito dinheiro e coloquei a mercedes em tribunal, mas perdi, os representantes da mercedes disseram na altura que a viatura era assim mesmo e que eu tinha sido enganado pelos vendedores da mercedes.
o seu problema pode ser de defeito ou avaria do equipamento ou mesmo da estrutura, que acredito é o meu caso, pois já troquei tudo o que havia para trocar várias vezes.
diga-me como ficou o seu problema

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“paid £12000. for year 02 model Mercedes Benz V-Class...”

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written by tyrico on 07/04/2009

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.

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“Apart from the luxury cruise drive, view and space, I...”

★☆☆☆☆

written by mantamaniax on 22/02/2009

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!

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“I have not owned a V Class but a guy I know bought...”

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written by plob on 17/12/2008

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.

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“I bought this car in 1999 new. A complete disaster....”

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written by Mercarenaff on 12/06/2008

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 holidays, we have only ONCE ever manged to get there and back without the services of a garage, a towtruck, Eurostar, or Easyjet. The dealer gave up! We would have too, but we couldn't afford to. This car has cost me thousands of pounds to run and maintain. The children are older now and I can't wait to sell it.

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“Awful to drive, v plasticy interior, bodys rust fast. ”

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written by on 23/05/2008

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.

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“good car for a Mercedes's MPV. Good leather seats,...”

★★★★☆

written by V 230 TD on 03/05/2008

good car for a Mercedes's MPV. Good leather seats, Mercedes badge, cheap for a Mercedes, big.

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“definetely recommend. excellent to drive so versitile....”

★★★★★

written by on 25/04/2008

definetely recommend. excellent to drive so versitile. Most comfartable car ever driven perfect driving position.have driven all over europe

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“I had my Mercedes V Class for 2 years. It is the last...”

★★★★★

written by kkokok on 12/02/2008

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...

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“All in all the Mercedes Benz V-Class 2.3 V230 Ambiente...”

★★★★☆

written by doyle on 08/11/2006

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.

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“The Van has some weak spots, once you take care of...”

★★★★★

written by harpijen on 17/08/2006

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 are tremendous and only people who do not take care of their car will have problems with this car.

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Samwangalakaumba's Response to harpijen's Review

Written on: 14/01/2017

I HAVE A V230, 1997 MODEL.THE ENGINE STILL PERFECT BUT THE GEAR BOX HAS BEEN A ''SORE IN MY LEGS'' ARE SECOND HAND GEAR BOXES AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ON THE MARKET?

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