I know you are all mercedes enthusiasts but looking for some relatively
objective advice. I can buy a new '03 wagon for about $11,000 below cost
(CDN $$) from a dealer who is trying to get this car off his lot. I have
driven Volvo for years and am fed up with the endless problems and
Anything I shd be cautioned about with this Mercedes? Is it a maintenance
hog- even under warranty? How will it do after 100,000km or after 4 yrs?
Thanks in advance. Seems like a good deal= too good to be true?
The 03 version is in actual fact the "third" generation C class W203. It has
most of its bugs worked out with technology. As far as service goes, it
seems fine. Hard to say down here since we dont have snow.
As you noticed when you posted in another discussion, not everyone is an
"enthusiast". Some are heavy critics. The problem is that no car is
perfect (sorry to state the obvious).
I have been driving Mercs of one sort or another for 20 years and find them
even now (especially now) a pleasure to drive and not too bad to maintain.
In North America you seem to have strong 'lemon laws' (also in Canada?) and
good warranties, so the risk on a new car is low. With the car you are
looking at you'll have a star on the bonnet/hood and that really affects the
view from inside. With a Volvo, BMW etc the view is the same, but with a
Merc you get that sight that helps you find your way...
For direct contact replace nospam with schmetterling
if you want the most reliable car with the least maintenance and cheap to
fix, buy a honda.
but then a honda does not have the prestige of a Mercedes.
I do not personally own any german variety but my brother in law does and he
said bare minimum is an E class. C class are junk by mercedes old standard.
Whilst I wouldn't use quite such strong terms as J Oat, I would agree
and say that the e-class is MB's bread and butter car which they have
to get right and usually do. I owned a new c-class, very nice car,
only had it a year but could see many corners had been cut in it's
I also therefore strongly disagree with the other poster who claimed
that the c-class in Germany is nicknamed 'tough' (or something like
that) - I think you'd have to have gone on a 10week intensive MB
brainwashing course to come out thinking or believing that !
The C-class cars also depreciate a great deal.
I would also question (though I am not from The States) why any car
needs to be discounted so heavily just to 'shift it' ??
My advice to you is, don't be blinded by that 3 pointed star - it
doesn't mean what it used to mean. There are a lot of brainwashed,
blinkered people out there who still think that the Mercedes of today
are some special breed of car that no other quality German
manufacturer can match - it simply isn't true and you'd do well to
take a good look at BMW, Audi, and VW (yes, even VW who in my
experience make a better quality product than Mercedes do). Just do
that if only to help confirm that you should buy an MB (if nothing
Good luck and have fun !!
P.S. This isn't from someone who is bitter and twisted after some bad
experience with the MB brand - I would own another one, only not a new
one but most possibly one that's a fair bit old !
Yes, and the BMW, Audi, VW offerings are also worth considering before
spending one's hard earned cash.
That was the advice - read it.
P.S. The c-class probably isn't an oil rag compared to 'an american
car' (by which I take to mean *any* american car ??) but is it value
for money considering the point being made ?? Of course I don't think
If you can buy a new one for $11k below cost, final price should be in the
upper $20k range, correct ?
For that price, it is a bargain.
More reliable and all around better vehicle than the Volvo V-70 (let alone
I've thought about a Cwagon, but it is too small for our needs (3rd seat),
so we stay with our W124 wagon for another yr or 2....
C class is not as good as the E class. Bear in mind that the C is designed
to compete with the likes of Volvo C/V40-70 series, BMW 3series, Saab 9-03
Eclass is designed to go head to head with Lexus, Infiniti and BMW 5 series.
A different class of car entirely.
Pay attention people! $11,000 CDN is only what about $8,000 American,
so that sounds like a reasonable amount (10%) for a getting an old car
off of the lot.
I feel sorry for you. Nice concept, poor execution.
Seems a lot of complaints are about the electronic frippery. The less
frippery, the better. You don't hear about rust, engines blowing etc.
But then again, wasn't that what the Volvo was about?
Not to good to be true if the dealership has 04's on the lot with a
higher sticker and more (profitable) content to it.
The C-wagon is a great idea, a nice-sized sporty family vehicle (for a
small family, both in posture and membership!) or a second vehicle.
I still don't understand why Lexus/Infiniti/Acura haven't moved in
with a cheaper, more reliable, and less statusy version (no the Lexus
Sport Cross isn't quite a competitor, but getting close).
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