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Used car buying guide: C-Class (W204) (2007-)

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The right Mercedes is as cheap to run as a contemporary Ford ― but with a whole lot more So says Mark Charteris, of Millennium Mercedes in Bedford. also a view that Patel, owner of Fensomes in agrees with while to think of any major issues the car.

In fact, every we spoke to about the ‘W204’ of the C-class claimed that quality is much better it used to be and, on the whole, nothing in particular to watch out A browse of the internet forums confirms this; the list of is conspicuous only by its absence.

That’s not to say you should consider one without a thorough check, Both Charteris and Patel that a decent service is essential, although it’s noting that many of the cars come with a history only. There be paperwork to confirm this, but all details are stored on a central computer system. You’ll need to make a trip to the or reputable independent to access but it’s worth checking sealing the deal.

In fact, the age we live in means that the will actually tell the what needs to be done at visit ― so long as they the official Star diagnostics But working on the simple basis of A and B alternating annually, you can expect to pay for the minor one and closer to £240 for the Every second service, or two the brake fluid should be so add another £50. In addition, the and air filters both need every four years; another £80 or so on top.

Traditionally, Mercedes are heavy on brakes, but the C-class isn’t too Charteris reckons that see about 35,000 miles a set of pads and almost twice from the discs in normal A set of original-equipment-quality discs and pads be in the region of £250 for the fronts and for the rears ― although cars the Sport and AMG chassis have components up front and cost a £70, including fitting.

In our original road test, we the C220 CDI Sport for its firm especially over poorly roads, where it became and fussier than expected. And Patel claims that of suspension arms failing are Charteris has seen a few cars and otherwise) with broken coils, normally at the rear. should be checked at each but on the road they will make a clonking noise. about £200 a pair for

Normally, we’d recommend an Mercedes over the manual, as the firm still insists on the foot-operated parking brake. opt for the self-shifter and you’ll need to the fluid every 40,000 The automatic transmissions are not unknown for problems either, occasionally from the sump gasket or electrical connector. Look out for jerky or erratic shifting on the drive.

It’s worth mentioning the C180 petrol models are the with the most common The plastic sump can occasionally and on the supercharged (Kompressor) models the pipes can become blocked or under pressure. And although all are chain-driven, it’s once the C180 that can suffer a loose chain, which can and in extreme cases jump a cog or so, the engine. A split-link replacement is £100, plus any fitting

What to look out for:

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only one recall issued for the some diesels can have with fuel leaking a drain plug near the If your intended buy is affected, this has been rectified.

The C-class isn’t unknown for oil either from the engine or gearbox, so get underneath if you can and check.

worth speaking to your dealer or independent specialist you have the car’s VIN number, as can check the online service for any maintenance that has been out on the car.

All C-classes have chains rather than so there’s no need for regular Listen out for rattling on the petrol in particular, though; it could be the of imminent failure.

Check the tyres for uneven wear. The is susceptible to alignment issues, if the wheels have been off a kerb. A full four-wheel should cost around

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