2003 Merc c220 diesel estate
I had a c-class at one point from 2001, and it was a great car. Mercedes specialist friend of my Dad said that era had problems across the range, as they had a muppet at the top of the company who forced cutting design and quality corners.Posted 4 years ago
I do think they aren’t as robust, but I think it started to get better from about 2004 onwards. Same as any other car though, if you get one that’s been looked after with all the stamps in the book, should be good.benjiSubscriber
Rust on the front arches is common. Another issue is leaking injector seals, so you get a large amount of carbon/coke blow past which will be seen once the engine cover is removed.
When you do need parts, check prices with mercedes, as on some items they are silly cheap and others they are way off the scale the other way.Posted 4 years agopaulwfMember
I have one of a similar age that has done 186k. It has had a manual gearbox at 140k which so far has been the only major failure.
I have however replaced all the springs and shocks, all the front suspension bushes, and the lower bushes in the rear suspension.Posted 4 years ago
If it hasn’t had this suspension done it will probably need them done soon. It made a huge difference to my car.unfitgeezerMember
We had a 2002 270cdi with 215000 on the clock great car and more economical than the 220 I was getting 55mpg on long runs without failure.Posted 4 years ago
Bought as a one ownererd car with every extra I got it with 200000 miles on it only sold it as it developed a silly electrical fault that was going to cost way to much.
Parts same as any other car join a merc forum and you can get discounts for eurocar spares or gsf
What you do often see is lpg converted Mercs at a good price.
I have an older Y-reg C220 diesel estate and I love it. My Merc mechanic friend cautioned me against the newer, oval headlight ones. So a long search for a non-rusty yr 2000 ish resulted in 100K miles and £2K price. Does 45mpg all the time and is a really likeable drive.Posted 4 years ago
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