2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
There are 16 user reviews for the C300 Luxury Sedan trim shown below
- Stunning good looks; panoramic roof; much better than last generation in driving feel and control
- Rough ride w/ spt pkg; horrible fuel economy; sub-par interior; poor reliability; cramped back seat
Purchased As New
I was able to buy a new 2009 model on a steep discount as all dealers are giving cars at discount due to the bad economy so my advice is bargin with the sales people and you could knock off $7k or more as I did. Mine is a C300 model with the optional sport package from the dealer. Although it enhances the look significantly. the ride quality suffers greatly. The interior quality is poor. Too much cheap plastic and screws that were never fully fastened for a $41k car. The COMMAND system 2, although significantly updated and easier to use than iDrive, is still a relic from yesteryear. The trunk area is large for a vehicle this size but encroaches on the rear seat space which is better suited for small children and shopping bags. The overall interior design is nice however. Gas mileage is horrible. The EPA quotes 26 MPG highway, but even with the cruise set at 55 MPH, I have never seen above 23 MPG and never seen above 17 MPG around town. The reliability has been less than prime- 4 times in three months it has visited the dealer for various problems. The biggest issue and first issue had to do with the malfunctioning climate controls which blew out only cold air and only towards the feet. This required a full day's work and they loaned a car to me during the repair. At roughly 3k miles, the multifunction power seat ceased to operate. At 11k miles, the 7 speed auto transmission which is generally smooth, was replaced due to faulty pressure plates. Finally, at 13k miles, my wife noticed a clattering noise from the engine. The dealer found the cylinder head needed to be replaced. Everything was repaired quickly and we were given a service car so we had use of a vehicle at all times. They also washed and detailed the car upon return each time at no charge. The customer service at Mercedes is excellent. We had a lenghtly discussion with the service manager about our situation but he assured us these are quite common problems and we do not have a lemon. In any event, we will not be looking to get another Mercedes when this lease is over.
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