Used car review MercedesBenz C180 19942001 | carsguide com au

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Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Used car review Mercedes-Benz 1994-2001

Graham ‘Smithy’ reviews the Mercedes-Benz C-180 its fine points, its flaws and to watch for when you are buying it.

The was off-putting about the 180E produced before the C-Class was in 1994. It had the star on the bonnet, but the of the 180E just didn’t to make the Mercedes grade. Mercedes corrected the situation the C-Class.

The 180E was clearly a car for the even if the asking price the masses had to be quite well-heeled to any chance of getting behind the But there was something about it suggested Mercedes had cut a few too many to get the price down as far as it did.

accustomed to the level of equipment usually came with the star would have shocked to find that it had up windows, vinyl seats, and a underpowered engine.

The C-Class was a different story. It was an new model in the new generation of ’Benz one that delivered the traditional quality in a much more package without the compromises of its If the 180E left you feeling a ‘wannabe’ Benz owner, the made you feel like a member of the club.

The C-Class had to some built up resistance it first came out, was the poor reputation the 180E but anyone who wrote off the new car failed to see a new car with the old Mercedes’ attributes.

quality was high, as you would of a car costing almost $60,000 and in 1994, performance was much and there was enough fruit to most ’Benz owners.

Mercedes launched the 180E in it was looking to expand its owner in order to survive in the long The company simply couldn’t on a diet of high priced cars, there just enough buyers able to the ’Benz asking prices.

The company was under attack on fronts. BMW was giving it some particularly with the 3 and 5 Series, and the companies like Toyota causing Benz plenty of with its Lexus, which was sales away from the

The 180E was an attempt to compete the BMW 3-Series, but Mercedes made the mistake of pricing it well the small Beemer in the belief people would line up for a car the three-pointed star even if it deliver anything more its cheaper rival.

They which meant Mercedes had catching up to do with the C-Class. they came closer to the the second time around.

there was nothing particularly about the C-Class styling, it was quite conservative, it has stood the of time well and still current and classy a decade it was launched.

A compact sedan, the offers comfortable seating for There is accommodation for five, but it has to be that three across the seat would be a little

Power for the C-180 entry model came courtesy of a double overhead camshaft, valve, fuel injected engine that put out 90 kW at 5500 and 170 Nm at 4200 revs.

When the pedal was pressed deep the carpet it would reach 100 in around 12 seconds, while through the standing 400-metre in a little over 18 seconds.

reasonable times, but achieved relatively short gearing and top end As a result the mid-range is a little so it feels a little lethargic not pushed hard.

The standard was a five-speed manual with shift, but most were with the optional four-speed, or five-speed automatic.

Underneath, the boasted double wishbone suspension along with a independent rear suspension. from bumps and potholes in the was superb, and it didn’t come at the of handling, which was well and precise.

Add to that four wheel brakes, with ABS, and steering which was well and nice road feel, and the was a pleasure to drive.

At launch offered two levels of trim, the Classic and the better equipped The Classic had cloth trim, central locking, power windows, power mirrors, head rests, and an airbag for the From November 1997 it had cruise, a passenger airbag, and a auto in place of the four-speed.

The added dual airbags, CD leather steering wheel, trim, rear seat and power rear windows. The was replaced by the C200 Elegance in

From November 1994 was also a sporty Esprit with bright coloured inserts and lowered suspension. the Elegance, the C-180 Esprit was by the C200 model.

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

The three-pointed star came at a when the C-Class was new, and it commands a higher price its closest rivals.

A 1994 can be had for around $22,000, a later model will be priced up to

An Elegance from 1994 be priced up to $24,000, one from up to $33,000. Esprits from the years will be priced at $21,000 and $30,000 respectively.

report few problems with the It’s generally regarded as and reliable.

The only problem of mentioned is the heater fan on cars 1996. Because it’s run all the it can burn out, and replacements are $800.

Other than there are reports of some of the air mass meter on cars have covered 150,000 to km. That’ll set you back $2500 for a replacement, $1500 for a rebuilt

Look for a service record a Mercedes dealer or recognised service agent, and inspect for signs of crash damage, colour mismatches, poor fit, and variable body

• prestige of three-pointed badge

• high quality

• solid with few squeaks and rattles

sure-footed handling

• ride

• four engine in heavy body modest performance

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base


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