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Our 2nd MB, we bought this one last year after an extensive search for the right one. C220cdi stationwagons are difficult to find and a bit pricey but worth the effort. Our 1999 Classic is in dark blue, which glows denim blue in the sun and is a very forgiving colour. We have an optional beige interior with beige hide upholstery and 5 speed auto gearbox, which is a perfect match for the torquey diesel engine. Overall, we are delighted with the car, which is the most comfortable we have ever owned ( this is my 22nd car!) and the great performance and economy (around 40mpg) are an unexpected bonus. Other features which we appreciate include the air-con and cruise control. Downsides? Unfortunately yes. 1) I have not come across a decent MB dealer yet and have ended up in dispute with 2. Why MB head office doesn't crack down on them I don't understand, they must lose MB many customers. The saving grace is that there are a growing number of very good independent MB service specialists who will do the job for half the price and treat you like a human being. 2) Rust around the top edge of the doors and the bottom edge of the bootlid/estate tailgate is a well known problem and has been acknowledged by MB as a manufacturing defect. The saving grace here is that, if you have a full service history you can take it to a dealer and claim a repair under the bodywork warranty. Final tip....Join the MB Owners Association, (find it online) it's free and has all the information you will ever need!
Hi and a warm welcome to ciao. Some super info there in your first, well-written review. I hope you enjoy the ciao experience. Ray
waynehorrigan 18.02.2005 17:48
Welcome to Ciao!
lazza123 18.02.2005 16:01
Hi welcome to ciao - I tried a C class, couldn't get on with it!! a godd idea will be to look around this site, read and rate reviews in many areas, to give you an idea of what peopel like to read. It also helps build up your profile. LArry