Old A CLass - how are they to service?

I done a fair amount of my own servicing on various cars over the years. I'm not a pro. but have changed cyl heads/clutches etc. - but never worked on a Merc. I've seen an oldish A class 140 for sale (year
is 2000) - but are these cars a garage-only beast? Appreciate some opinions about this from folks who have done it for real. Thanks
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dave wrote:

They are probably one of the most difficult of small cars to do major engine/transmission mechanical services on although reasonable for regular servicing. Transmission work usually requires taking the engine out and because of the lay of the engine cyl heads/manifolds also require a lot of dexterity. They also have complicated engine management systems that require proper output analysis which usually need a trip to the source for diagnosis. A good one is a treat though and a look through specialist web sites such as baby-benz.com and svc.com would give you an idea on what is in store. Cheers
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My local Merc garage in west London told me: DON'T, unless I want to visit the garage all the time.
Until recently, so they said (two of the service team leaders) the A-Class was unreliable. Now it's ok.
B Class was fine.
I had asked them for suggestions on what to avoid/buy in the smaller car sector as a used vehicle.
But maybe that's what the OP wants to get his teeth into?
DAS
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