Is the Mercedes C class good

Mercedes C-Class used car check: prices, information, strengths, weaknesses

How good is a used Mercedes C-Class?

Is a used Mercedes C-Class worth it? Or should you take a closer look when buying the popular pre-owned middle class? All information!
The current Mercedes C-Class demonstrates in the TÜV report how easily the HU badge can be obtained. The predecessor is basically solid, but the axles can cause grief. The most important information for used car buyers from the AUTO BILD TÜV report!

Mercedes C-Class (205 series)

Construction time: 2014 until today
Engines: 116 PS (CDI) to 510 PS (AMG C 63 S)
Price: from 14,000 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2014): 5 Stars
That's him: The great-great-grandson of the 190s. Who would have thought at the time that Renault diesel would one day move into the Mercedes mid-range. But they were thrown out again for the facelift in summer 2018, then the new, particularly low-emission Mercedes OM 654 took over is used by the E-Class. Means: complex four-link front axle, air suspension in the middle class for the first time. The design language is also new - less serious than before, more of a bling-bling style. The attached screen on the dashboard matches this. Available space: more than in the 204, but still not lush. Of course there is also a station wagon, coupe and convertible followed later.
He can do that: Gliding like a magic carpet, when tuning the chassis, Mercedes went back to its old skills. Accordingly, the C-Class filters out most of the bumps, the rest is absorbed by the excellent seats. Nevertheless, the chassis also allows brisk tap dancing over winding country roads, especially those Steering works smoothly and precisely like in no Mercedes before. On the engine side, there is an almost unmanageable number of four-cylinder in-line and V6 engines, as gasoline, diesel or hybrid; What they all have in common is the charge. The well-known seven- and nine-speed automatic transmissions divide the power, manual transmission - only available for four-cylinder units anyway - does not play a role in practice.
That causes trouble: A few start-up problems such as whimpering steering, rumbling front axles and rattling noises. One recall concerned belt tensioners with a defective propellant charge; Daimler repaired leaky diesel high-pressure lines during an internal campaign. The Touch-sensitive and expensive rotary push buttons on the center console, called the ski jump, sometimes breaks after a few years.

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Mercedes C-Class (204 series)

Construction time: 2007 to 2014
Engines: 120 PS (180 CDI) to 517 PS (C 63)
Price: from 5500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2007): 5 Stars
That's him: The reparation for the rusting predecessor 203. Many basic dimensions and chassis parts remained the same. Harder rubber bearings improve durability, but let vibrations through. New: in addition to a limo and T-model, a coupé́that replaces the unloved CLC. Bitter for fans: Avantgarde and AMG no longer have a star on the bonnet, only a large one in the grill - similar to roadsters and coupés. Processing? Good, but the Classic looks really cheap until the facelift in early 2011.
He can do that: Glide smoothly. Even the small engine (C 180 compressor with 1.6 liters) is willing to turn, agile and sufficient in everyday life. Almost everything is possible with the motor, from diesel with 120 hp to 6.2-liter power plant from AMG with 457 hp (at an additional cost with 487 HP, as Black Series with 517 HP). Naturally aspirated engines, charged by compressor or turbo, as intake manifold or direct injection, with six-speed gearbox or automatic with five or seven levels, the C offers a large premium selection, your wallet alone decides.

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TÜV judgment

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The current C-Class is doing above average at the first HU, the defect rate in most individual disciplines is 0.0 percent. The exception is the axle suspension, but only for the second HU is the quota above average. The 204 suffered its worst setback in this area, however, from the ninth year onwards, knocked-out wishbones and coupling rods hit, driving it into the red. Fortunately its only weakness, rust is also not an issue.

In the latest generation, the high proportion of LEDs in the lighting comes into play. It lasts a long time exceptionally low defect rates at the first and second HU. But the 204 also shines reliably, only its headlights cause a little more problems from the eleventh year than the class average.

The 205 generation is almost completely clean in this chapter. Occasionally there are only complaints about the brake discs, but still much less often than in the class average. The 204 also scores excellent in the assessment of its footbrake, but the error rates for the parking brake are consistently in the red. The brake lines weaken even more clearly on the 204; here the inspectors often come across rusty pipes. But that's about it. Brake discs, hoses and the function of the brake are not cause for concern.

Both of the C-Class model series examined vie for the environmental angel and fortunately do not make a single mistake in this chapter. Defects usually occur much less often than the average. Loss of oil in the engine and drive occurs only in the rarest of cases. In the emission test, which is quite problematic for other premium brands, the complaints are also below the norm. And the exhaust systems, which have been extremely durable at Mercedes for several years, rarely cause trouble in either generation.

Especially with the current generation of the C-Class, Mercedes underpins its high quality standards. The downside of the coin for used buyers is the high prices. With the predecessor you should take a close look at the axles, then with the 204 series you get a solid vehicle at affordable prices.