Star-tec Engineering Mercedes – Servicing

All Mercedes-Benz models have service warning lights on the dashboard to alert the driver when their vehicle needs a service. The need for such services is identified by illuminated spanners. One spanner indicates a minor, or ‘A’, service, while two spanners signifies the need for a major, or ‘B’ service. Depending on the mileage and age of a vehicle, there are also a range of further checks, but these differ from case-to-case. Our personnel can advise motorists in Epsom, Esher, Cobham, Kingston, Leatherhead or anywhere in the Surrey area what work is due before commencing.

As Mercedes specialists, Star-Tec Engineering Ltd perform full ‘A’ or ‘B’ Mercedes servicing in accordance with the manufacturer’s warranty guidelines. By doing so, we do not affect your warranty. We only change parts when scheduled for replacement. Our customers in Epsom, Esher, Cobham, Kingston, Leatherhead and the wider Surrey area can rest assured that we only use GENUINE Mercedes-Benz parts unless stated otherwise.

Our fully equipped workshop is home to the very latest trade and industry technology and offers a wide range of diagnostic services delivered with the increasing demands of technology used in the Mercedes-Benz Range.

A-Class

1997 to 2004 W168

A-Class

2005 to 2012 W169

A-Class

2013 Onwards W176

B-Class

2005 to 2011 W245

B-Class

2012 Onwards W246

Mercedes A-Class 1997-2004 W168

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Automatic Transmission – The 5-speed automatic transmission in the first generation Mercedes A-Class is known for premature failure.

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Semi-Automatic Transmission – The clutch-less 5-speed semi-automatic transmission has been known to experience early clutch wear, as well as electrical issues with the shifter.

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Diesel Engine – The common rail injected (CDI) 1.7 litre diesel is known for early failure of the glow plugs and fuel injectors.

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Starting – It’s common to see starter failure on the first generation Mercedes A-Class, along with ignition coil failure (petrol models).

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Power Steering – The power steering pump, along with other parts of the steering system, are known for early failure.

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Cracked Fuel Filler Neck – On petrol models, the pipe running from the fuel cap to the fuel tank can crack, leading to a fuel leak.

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Electronic Problems – It’s common for owners of the W168 to experience various electronic related problems. Some of these faults can be traced to issues with the ECU, air flow sensors and the alarm system.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The first generation Mercedes A-Class was initially available as a short wheelbase 5-door hatchback. But in 2001, a long wheelbase version was added to the range, bringing a meaningful 170 millimetres of additional rear legroom. This mid-cycle refresh also included a new front end design and new interior parts.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W168 Mercedes A-Class was available in the following trims:

Classic – Standard ABS, heated electric mirrors, dual airbags, side airbags, electric front windows, remote central locking, an alarm, and traction control.

Classic SE – Added air conditioning, body coloured bumpers, CD player, a full size spare tyre, and an adjustable steering column.

Piccadilly – Added alloy wheels and metallic paint.

A+ – Value pack with some added kit.

Elegance – Added electric rear windows and special trim.

Avantgarde – Optional sunroof, standard leather seats.

Avantgarde Autumn – Built to suit options. Each one is likely to be different.

Evolution – Fully loaded, 140 bhp engine.

The W168 Mercedes A-Class can be found with one of these four petrol engines and one diesel:

1.4 litre petrol – 82bhp

1.6 litre petrol – 102bhp

1.9 litre petrol – 124 bhp

2.1 litre petrol – 140 bhp

1.7 litre diesel – 95 bhp

Transmissions were available in the following choices: 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, or clutch-less 5-speed semi-automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The Mercedes A-Class was designed to give younger buyers an affordable way to join the Mercedes-Benz family. It offered the same practicality as a 5-seat supermini, along with a heavy dose of style and panache. Daimler spent nearly £1 billion developing their new entry level car, and it promised to be one of the safest small hatchbacks on the road. But no matter how clever the new Mercedes A-Class was, it was nearly undone before it went on sale.

Shortly before its UK launch, a Swedish car magazine decided to film the new A-Class doing an emergency manoeuvre called the “elk test”. It was designed to simulate an emergency situation where you would have to swerve to avoid hitting a giant elk in the road. Unfortunately, the baby Benz flipped over, causing a PR disaster. This forced Mercedes to spend another £110 million redesigning the suspension. They added lower profile tyres, lowered the front and rear suspension, gave it a wider rear track, new shocks and electronic stability control (ESP). This resulted in a more stable A-Class at speed, and restored public confidence in the brand.

With all the safety measures sorted, buyers could finally focus on what made this little car so unique. Ironically, the tipsy Mercedes W168 used one of the most advanced safety structures of the time. This “sandwich” platform located the drivetrain below the passenger compartment. In the event of a frontal collision, the engine would slide beneath the floor of the passenger compartment to keep the bulky engine from intruding inward. It also provided a high-up driving position, more interior room and a flat-load floor. Owners could easily remove the rear and front passenger seat, allowing them to carry large items in the surprisingly cavernous space. The rear seats also had flip-up child booster cushions, making the W168 Mercedes A-Class an ideal choice for a posh little family car.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W168 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Model Years: 1998 – 2004

Class: Supermini

Body Style: 5-door hatchback

Drive Wheels: FWD

Seating: 5

Wheelbase: 2423 mm (SWB) / 2593 mm (LWB)

Total Length: 3606 mm (SWB) / 3780 mm (LWB)

Width: 1719 mm

Height: 1587 mm

Engines:

1.4 litre petrol – 82bhp

1.6 litre petrol – 102bhp

1.9 litre petrol – 124 bhp

2.1 litre petrol – 140 bhp

1.7 litre diesel – 95 bhp

Transmissions:

5-speed manual

5-speed automatic

5-speed clutch-less manual

Mercedes A-Class 2005-2012 W169

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Manual Transmission – On diesel A-Class models, the clutch spline is known to need replacement and frequent greasing.

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Diesel Engine – Glow plugs are known to corrode into the cylinder head due to condensation during the winter months.

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Autotronic CVT transmission – Automatic CVT transmissions are prone to early failure.

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Brake System – Brake discs are prone to early wear, requiring more frequent replacement.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 2005-2012 Mercedes A-Class W169 was available as a 5-door or 3-door hatchback. In 2008, a mid-cycle refresh brought new front and rear bumpers, with new headlight and taillight designs. A new stop-start function was also added to the options list, along with Active Park Assist to help drivers parallel park their car.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W169 A-Class was available in the following trims:

Classic – Standard ABS, traction control, stability control, dual front airbags, front side airbags, electric windows, remote central locking with alarm, heated electric side mirrors and a height adjustable driver’s seat.

Special Edition – Added air conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control, fog lights, and metallic paint.

Classic SE – This was a value-minded options bundle that included all of the above kit, minus the Special Edition’s alloy wheels and metallic paint.

Avantgarde SE – Leather upholstery, optional lumbar sport and optional rear windows.

Elegance SE – Alloy wheels, special trim and optional leather seating.

Turbo – Big engine, sport suspension, special trim / wheels and sport bucket seats.

The 2005-2012 W169 A-Class can be found with one of the following engines:

1.5 litre petrol – 95 bhp

1.7 litre petrol – 116 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 136 bhp

2.0 litre petrol / turbo – 193 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 82 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 109 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 140 bhp

Transmission choices in the second generation W169 include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

After selling over 1 million copies of the first generation W168 A-Class, the new W169 Mercedes A-Class had a tough act to follow. In order to create the ultimate baby Benz, the Mercedes R&D department started a new ergonomics laboratory, which was tasked with making all of the new A-Class’ switchgear, controls, materials, upholstery and panel gaps meet the same standards as the more expensive S-Class.

Having spent millions developing the brand new W169 Mercedes A-Class, a panel of 120 blindfolded testers were brought in to determine if the Mercedes subcompact felt like a top-of-the-line S-Class. Anything that didn’t meet expectations was meticulously re-engineered until the operation and feel of the kit couldn’t be told apart from a more expensive model. This resulted in an innovative small car that had some very big car features. For example, a hydraulically-operated adaptive shock absorber system was fitted as standard on the W169. Without the use of complicated sensors and electronics, the new adaptive suspension could automatically adjust the firmness of the shock absorbers, based on the load being put on them. When you combine that with a new parabolic rear suspension design, and the electronic power steering, you have a subcompact Mercedes that handles and rides a whole lot better than the previous generation. Needless to say, this new A-Class had no problem passing the Swedish elk test.

Above its innovative new chassis, the W169 Mercedes A-Class was 23 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the previous generation. This allowed for a lot more interior room, and a 15% increase in cargo volume. The rear seats can still be folded flat, or removed entirely. And the front passenger seat folds flat, allowing you to turn your baby Benz into a cargo van.

The main focus of the second generation W169 A-Class was refinement. To that end, over 200 new patents were registered for all of the innovations included in this prestige subcompact. The gasoline and diesel engines now provided over 38% more horsepower and 26% more torque than the previous model. Clever touches abounded, like a key fob that raises or lowers the side windows, and an ashtray that clicks forward to reveal a cup holder. With all of the new kit and safety gear, it’s easy to see why the W169 Mercedes A-Class became so popular.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

Mercedes-Benz A-Class W169

Model years: 2005 – 2012

Class: Subcompact

Body Style: 5-door hatchback / 3-door hatchback

Drive Wheels: FWD

Seating: 5

Wheelbase: 2568 mm

Total length: 3838 mm (2005-2007) / 3883 mm (2008-2012)

Width: 1764 mm

Height: 1593 – 1595 mm

Engines:

1.5 litre petrol – 95 bhp

1.7 litre petrol – 116 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 136 bhp

2.0 litre petrol / turbo – 193 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 82 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 109 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 140 bhp

Transmissions:

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT automatic

Mercedes A-Class 2013 Onwards W169

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Interior – There have been numerous reports of loose or rattling trim panels.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W176 Mercedes A-Class is a 5-passenger premium compact 5-door hatchback. 4MATIC all-wheel drive is available, and trim levels range from the basic SE all the way up to the AMG engineered Mercedes A45 AMG. Each model has unique interior and exterior trim. The SE and Sport versions come fitted with the “comfort” suspension, while AMG models get either the “lowered” or aggressive “sport” setup.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W176 Mercedes A-Class can be found in the following trims:

SE – Standard air conditioning, electric windows, remote central locking, heated electric side mirrors with LED turn signals, leather wrapped steering wheel, comprehensive safety package, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels and leather upholstery.

Sport – 17-inch alloy wheels, unique chrome exterior trim and grille, twin exhaust pipes, optional illuminated door sills, illuminated headrests and automatic windscreen wipers.

Sport Edition – 17-inch alloy wheels, reversing camera, keyless ignition, leather seats with contrast stitching and Becker Map Pilot navigation system.

AMG Sport – Flat-bottom steering wheel, Alcantera cabin trim with red stitching, the ‘lowered’ suspension system, ambient lighting, Sports Direct adjustable steering, 18-inch wheels and unique trim.

AMG Night Edition – Unique 18-inch wheels, diamond-pin grille, special interior and exterior trim.

Mercedes A45 AMG – Standard Sport suspension, unique 18-inch wheels, body kit, interior and exterior trim, bi-xenon headlights and 7-speed DCT transmission with paddle-shifters.

W176 Mercedes A-Class engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 120 bhp

1.6 litre petrol – 156 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 211 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 360 bhp (AMG)

1.5 litre diesel – 109 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 136 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 170 bhp

Transmissions choices were a 6-speed manual, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, or a 7-speed DSG by AMG.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Once upon a time, only people of means could afford to drive Stuttgart’s finest. But the internet bubble of the 1990’s unleashed a massive amount of new money into the world economy. This prompted Mercedes-Benz to re-evaluate its product portfolio, and they discovered that people of ‘lesser means’ still wanted to own a Benz. A few years later, the subcompact FWD Mercedes A-Class W168 made its debut. People loved it, and over 1 million units were sold. Two generations later, the prestige compact segment had become white-hot, and Mercedes needed a small car to compete with the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3. So, the entry-level Mercedes A-Class was completely restyled to attract a whole new audience than its successors.

No longer a function-oriented city car, the W176 Mercedes A-Class rode on a new 2699 mm chassis, and adopted a more conventional style than its predecessor. The front wears a huge Mercedes logo in the grille (if you pay extra, it’ll even light up), which mimicked the front fascia of the Mercedes F800 concept car. Deep set style lines, similar to those on the larger C, E & S-Class, run down the sides to give the baby Benz a more muscular appearance. And expensive-looking LED lighting accents were used to complete the prestige compact styling exercise.

The interior of the W176 A-Class is just as impressive as the exterior. There’s soft-touch material everywhere, comfortable seats, expensive looking metallic trim, and round chromed air vents that seem to have been cribbed from the SLS supercar. You no longer get the van-like cargo capacity of the old W169 A-Class. But you do get comfortable seating for 5, and a genuine luxury experience that is uniquely Mercedes-Benz.

Like the outgoing model, this W176 Mercedes A-Class has an array of innovative safety features as standard. There’s a radar-based collision warning system that makes a loud audible beep if the driver seems to be closing in on an obstacle too fast. The Brake Assist system also moves the brake pads closer to the brake rotors, enabling faster response when the driver hits the brake pedal. The standard brake HOLD feature will keep the brakes and brake light activated so you can take your foot away from the pedal when you’re just sitting in traffic, or queuing. And the Hill-Start Assist function will briefly hold the brakes when you release the pedal on a hill. Of course, you can option more safety kit like automatic headlights, blind-pot and lane keep assist, radar-guided cruise control, and a self-parking system.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W176 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Model years: 2012 – present

Class: prestige compact

Body Style: 5-door hatchback

Drive Wheels: FWD / AWD

Seating: 5

Wheelbase: 2699 mm

Total Length: 4292 mm

Total Width: 1780 mm

Total Height: 1433 mm

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 120 bhp

1.6 litre petrol – 156 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 211 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 360 bhp (AMG)

1.5 litre diesel – 109 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 136 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 170 bhp

Transmissions:

6-speed manual

7-speed DCT automatic

7-speed DCT AMG automatic

Mercedes B-Class 2005 - 2011 W245

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Glow Plugs – Condensation can cause the glow plugs to corrode into the cylinder heads, resulting in a no start / hard start situation.

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Water Pump – The water pump bolts can, in some cases, work their way loose, resulting in an expensive repair.

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CVT – Premature failure of the valve body is a common problem.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W245 Mercedes B-Class is a 5 door, 5 passenger luxury MPV. It was available in basic trims, all the way up to a highly optioned family cruiser. A 2008 update brought new front and rear fascias, along with lots of new features, including Headlamp Assist, Hill-Start Assist, and LED tail lamps that flash under hard braking.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W245 B-Class is available in the following trims:

Standard – Electric windows, electric mirrors, selective damping, two-level cargo floor, front, side and curtain airbags and an anti-theft alarm.

SE – Adds 16-inch wheels, chrome highlights, automatic headlights and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Turbo – Comes with turbocharged engine, 18-inch AMG alloys, sport suspension, unique interior and exterior trim.

Sport – Adds specialised wheels, along with unique interior and exterior trim.

The W245 B-Class can be found with one of these four engines:

1.5 litre petrol – 95 bhp

1.7 litre petrol – 117 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 135 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 193 bhp

Transmissions:

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

With the surprising popularity of the subcompact A-Class, Mercedes decided to take that idea even further. So in 2005, Stuttgart unveiled the slightly larger W245 Mercedes B-Class. It was billed as a Compact Sports Tourer, but everyone with eyes could see that it was actually a luxury MPV. And that was just fine, because this first generation B-Class was one of the most practical Mercedes’ to date.

To maximize passenger and cargo room, the W245 Mercedes B-Class used an advanced version of the “sandwich floor” found in the A-Class. This patented design mounts the drivetrain between two steel plains. In a head-on collision, the engine and transmission will slide between these two floors, instead of intruding into the passenger compartment. This obviously makes the car safer, but it also raises the seats 20 cm for better visibility, creating a flatter, wider floor for more room on the inside.

With such a commodious platform to work with, Mercedes engineers devised a rather clever seating system for the W245 B-Class. Called Easy-Vario / Easy-Vario-Plus, this optional seating package allowed owners to fold the rear seats in such a way as to vary the height of the load floor. The rear and front passenger seats could also be removed entirely, swelling the cargo hold to a van-like 1995 litres. And you could have all of this practicality wrapped in leather, and topped with a huge glass sunroof.

As with any Mercedes product, the W245 B-Class was designed to be safe and drive extremely well. Besides the sandwich floor, there’s a bevy of safety features, including front / side airbags, window airbags (rear side airbags were optional) and stability control. To keep you and all of your cargo going in the intended direction, the W245 Mercedes B-Class employed (standard) self-adjusting dampers that could instantly switch from soft and comfortable, to firm and sporty to reduce body-roll and improve control. Of course, there was a wide range of diesel and petrol engines to suit any need / budget.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W245 Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Model Years: 2005-2011

Class: Hatchback

Body Style: 5-door hatchback

Drive Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Seating: 5

Wheelbase: 2786 mm (05-08) / 2779 mm (09-11)

Total Length: 4270 mm (05-08) / 4272 mm (09-11)

Total Width: 1778 mm

Total Height: 1613 mm (05-08) / 1603 mm (09-11)

Engines:

1.5 litre petrol – 95 bhp

1.7 litre petrol – 117 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 136 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 193 bhp

Transmissions:

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT Automatic

Mercedes B-Class 2012 Onwards W246

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

2.2L CDI – This optional turbo-diesel may experience problems with the timing belt tensioner.

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CVT Transmission – It’s not uncommon to experience problems with the CVT transmission, due to a faulty valve body.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The second generation Mercedes B-Class W246 “Sports Tourer” is a sort of mini MPV only available as a 5-door hatchback.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W246 B-Class is available in the following trims:

SE – All models get air-con, electric windows, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, stop/start function (to improve economy and cut emissions), steering-wheel mounted audio, trip computer controls, multiple airbags, a USB connection for MP3 players, Park Assist, 16-inch alloy wheels and a radio/CD player.

Electric Art – Comes with climate control and the option of heated seats and satellite navigation.

AMG Line – Comes with extra options such as an electric sunroof, cruise control and partial leather seat trim.

Sport – The higher-specification Sport models get larger 18-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, a lower / stiffer suspension, different interior trim, bi-xenon lights with LED daytime running lights, a reversing camera and privacy glass.

The W246 Mercedes B-Class can be found with one of these engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 122 bhp

1.6 litre petrol – 156 bhp

1.5 litre diesel – 109 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 136 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 177 bhp

Transmission choices are:

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT Automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

You wouldn’t think that a luxury mini-MPV would be very popular, but customers flocked to the first-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class in droves. The second generation (dubbed W246) was introduced for the 2012 model year, and it expanded on the mini people-carrier’s luxurious intentions. The base Mercedes B-Class SE was fitted with a host of high-end kit, like a standard reversing camera, aggressive looking LED running lamps, and a large 7 inch colour display with a new multimedia audio system. Spend a few extra pounds, and your B-Class will be outfitted with things like a panoramic glass roof, a larger 8-inch screen with a more complex multimedia system, a self-parking system, ambient lighting, and active headlights which turn with the steering wheel. If you want the luxury of an S-Class, with the utility of an MPV, then the new B-Class will earn an A in your book.

On the safety side, the redesigned W246 B-Class features a new version of the sandwich floor structure found in the previous generation. In the event of a frontal crash, the entire drivetrain slides beneath the passenger cell to limit intrusion. There’s also a full complement of front and side airbags and, for the first time, Mercedes’ excellent radar-based Collision Prevention Assist system comes as standard on the W246 B-Class. This advanced safety suite uses radar sensors to scan the road ahead, then alerts the driver through an audible warning if the computers determine that a crash is imminent. The Adaptive Brake Assist system then moves the brake pads closer to the brake rotors, to maximize braking once the driver pushes the pedal. Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and radar-guided cruise control are also available.

The point of having a miniature people carrier is practicality, and the redesigned Mercedes B-Class doesn’t disappoint. The standard height-adjustable cargo floor allows you to fold down the rear seats to maximize cargo capacity. For more room and a flat load floor, you can fold the rear seat bottom forward, which allows you to fold the seatback flush with the cargo floor in the boot. There’s also a cavernous under-floor storage bin in the boot, folding tables on the front seatbacks (later models) and the optional Easy-Vario-Plus seating system adds fore/aft adjustment to the rear seat, along with the ability to fold the front seatback flat. Effectively turning your Mercedes MPV into a moving van.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

The W246 B-Class is available in the following trims:

SE – All models get air-con, electric windows, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, stop/start function (to improve economy and cut emissions), steering-wheel mounted audio and trip computer controls, multiple airbags, a USB connection for MP3 players, Park Assist, 16-inch alloy wheels and a radio/CD player.

Electric Art – Comes with climate control and the option of heated seats and satellite navigation.

AMG Line – Comes with extra options such as an electric sunroof, cruise control and partial leather seat trim.

Sport – The higher-specification Sport models get larger 18-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, a lower / stiffer suspension, different interior trim, bi-xenon lights with LED daytime running lights, a reversing camera and privacy glass.

The W246 Mercedes B-Class can be found with one of these engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 122 bhp

1.6 litre petrol – 156 bhp

1.5 litre diesel – 109 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 136 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 177 bhp

Transmission choices are:

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT Automatic

C-Class

1993 to 2000 W202

C-Class

1996 to 2001 W202T

C-Class

2000 to 2007 W203

C-Class

2000 to 2007 W203T

C-Class

2001 to 2008 W203

Mercedes C-Class 1993-2000 W202

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Rust – It’s quite common to find rust on W202’s on the lower portion the front wings, around the wheel arches and beneath the doors.

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Catalytic Converters – C180, C200, C220 – Catalytic converter failure is common on these models.

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Diesel Engines – Premature glow plug and injector failure is common

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Rear Differential – The ventilation tube may become blocked over time, resulting in differential damage due to condensation.

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Body – The front windshield wiper arm requires regular lubrication to avoid failure.

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Suspension – Lower front control arms are prone to rust damage.

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MAF Sensors – Problems with the mass air flow sensor can cause the automatic transmissions to shifts erratically.

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ECU – The original engine control unit is known to fail, resulting in a rough running or non-running engine.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 1993 – 2000 Mercedes Benz C-Class W202 was available as a 5 passenger 4-door compact executive saloon. Minor exterior trim and some new kit were included on a 1995 update. A more extensive update was performed in 1997, when the C-Class received new front and rear fascias, body-side styling and the cabin was restyled to reflect the design seen in larger Mercedes models. Side-impact airbags and electronic brake assistance were added to the standard kit and two new V6 engines also debuted.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W202 Mercedes C-Class is available in the following trims:

Classic – The Mercedes C-Class Classic was the value-minded base model, but it came standard with important kit like central locking, a driver’s airbag and ABS.

Classic Selection – This model was available with numerous options, including air conditioning, alarm, alloy wheels, cloth seat trim, heated electric mirrors, electric windows, passenger airbag, side airbags, and traction control.

Esprit – To attract a younger audience, the C-Class Esprit was fitted with a lowered suspension (25 mm). Available kit included smart-looking alloy wheels and traction control.

Elegance – This luxury model features chrome-trimmed body-coloured side moulding, and it was available with options such as leather upholstery and an electric sunroof.

Sport – Lowered suspension, alloy wheels, unique interior / exterior trim.

AMG – These extreme sport models were fitted with either a V8 or powerful 6cyl engine, a sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, trim and upholstery.

The W202 Mercedes C-Class was fitted with one of 17 different engines:

1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 134 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged -178 bhp

2.2 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 193 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 168 bhp

2.8 litre petrol I6 – 190 bhp

2.8 litre petrol V6 – 194 bhp

3.6 litre petrol I6 – 280 bhp (AMG)

4.3 litre petrol V8 – 306 bhp (AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 74 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 94 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 123 bhp

2.5 litre diesel 5-cyl – 111 bhp

2.5 litre turbodiesel 5-cyl – 148 bhp

Transmission choices are:

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Barely three years after introducing the compact W201 190 E, development had begun on its successor in 1986. Mercedes had built its reputation on over-engineering everything, and the new Mercedes C-Class featured many innovations not found in its competitors. Since safety has always been a focus of Mercedes-Benz design, the W202 C-Class used a strengthened body structure with side-impact door beams, and advanced zones. Fourth generation anti-lock brakes were also fitted, and a driver side airbag was attached to a new safety steering column that would retract on impact. Later models featured even more safety gear, including side airbags, a standard passenger airbag, and traction control.

Introduced for the 1993 model year, the new W202 C-Class was the first model to receive Mercedes’ new designation that used a letter to denote the car’s position in the model range. This new compact executive saloon was dubbed the Mercedes C-Class (ie. Compact Klasse), and it was available in a range of trim choices. The entry-level Classic range included many standard safety and convenience features. Elegance models offered luxurious trim and leather upholstery, while youth-oriented models like Esprit & Sport, were fitted with a more agile suspension, wider tyres and more athletic interior and exterior trim. For those who wanted a more focused sport sedan, the W202 Mercedes C43 AMG offered V8 power, with a razor sharp suspension setup to put that power to the ground.

Nearly 2 million units of the W202 Mercedes C-Class were sold between 1993 and 2000. Later versions got more advanced and efficient diesel engines. The trim and interior were also upgraded to reflect the prevailing style of the larger Mercedes saloons. The FWD A-Class was introduced in 1997, so the C-Class was no longer considered the “Baby Benz”. The 1997 model update underscored the W202’s elevated position within the Mercedes family.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W202 Mercedes-Benz C-class

Model Year: 1993-2000

Class: Compact Executive Saloon

Body Style : 4-door saloon

Drive Wheels : RWD

Seating : 5

Wheelbase : 2670 mm

Total Length : 4505 mm

Total Width : 1720 mm

Total Height : 1425 mm

Engines : 1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 134 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged -178 bhp

2.2 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 190 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 168 bhp

2.8 litre petrol I6 – 190 bhp

2.8 litre petrol V6 – 194 bhp

3.6 litre petrol I6 – 280 bhp (AMG)

4.3 litre petrol V8 – 306 bhp (AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 74 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 94 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 123 bhp

2.5 litre diesel 5-cyl – 111 bhp

2.5 litre turbodiesel 5-cyl – 148 bhp

Transmissions:

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

4-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Mercedes C-Class 1996-2001 W202T

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Rust – It’s quite common to find rust on W202’s on the lower portion the front wings, around the wheel arches and beneath the doors.

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Catalytic Converters – C180, C200, C220 – Catalytic converter failure is common on these models.

Guide Price £ TBC

Diesel Engines – Premature glow plug and injector failure is common.

Guide Price £ TBC

Rear Differential – The ventilation tube may become blocked over time, resulting in differential damage due to condensation.

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Body – The front windshield wiper arm requires regular lubrication to avoid failure.

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Suspension – Lower front control arms are prone to rust damage.

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MAF Sensors – Problems with the mass air flow sensor can cause the automatic transmissions to shifts erratically.

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ECU – The original engine control unit is known to fail, resulting in a rough running or non-running engine.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W202T Mercedes Benz C-Class Estate was made from 1996 – 2001. This 5 door estate offered seating for five, 464L of cargo capacity behind the rear seats and 1,508L with the seats folded.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W202T C-Class Estate is available in the following trims:

Classic – The Mercedes C-Class Classic was the value-minded base model, but it came standard with important kit like central locking, a driver’s airbag and ABS.

Esprit – To attract a younger audience, the C-Class Esprit Estate was fitted with a lowered suspension (25 mm), and available kit included smart looking alloy wheels and traction control.

Elegance – This luxury model features chrome trimmed body coloured side moulding, and it was available with options like leather upholstery and an electric sunroof.

Sport – Lowered suspension, alloy wheels and unique interior / exterior trim.

AMG – These extreme sport models were fitted with either a V8 or powerful 6cyl engine, a sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, trim and upholstery.

The W202T Mercedes C-Class Estate will have one of the following engines:

1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 134 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged -178 bhp

2.2 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 193 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 168 bhp

2.8 litre petrol I6 – 190 bhp

2.8 litre petrol V6 – 194 bhp

3.6 litre petrol I6 – 280 bhp (AMG)

4.3 litre petrol V8 – 306 bhp (AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 74 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 94 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 123 bhp

2.5 litre diesel 5-cyl – 111 bhp

2.5 litre turbodiesel 5-cyl – 148 bhp

Transmission choices are:

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Mercedes-Benz spent 7 years developing the entry level W202 C-Class saloon, and it took an additional 3 years to work out the estate version. This resulted in a compact executive estate that was far more useful than its competitors from BMW or Audi. The boot shape, for example, features a more conventional in-shape than its slanted aero-focused equivalents. This allows the Mercedes W202T estate to be one of the best lifestyle executive estates on the market. Simply swing open the boot door and you’ll find plenty of room for your mountain bike, dogs, luggage, or flat pack furniture from IKEA.

The W202T Mercedes C-Class Estate is a product of Stuttgart’s obsessively over-engineered philosophy. The body structure is designed to absorb the energy of a crash, and it uses advanced crumple zones that are reinforced with high-strength steel. Occupants are further protected with dual front airbags, side airbags, seat belt retractors and ABS. The W202T was the first Mercedes to be fitted with a common-rail injected turbodiesel (CDI). There was also a raft of built-in convenience features too. For example, the middle rear headrest in the backseat can be removed and stored in the boot, using specially designed mounting holes which locate the headrest out of the way of cargo. This improves rear visibility when the backseat is not in use, and prevents you from losing the headrest. Thoughtful details like these show Mercedes’ attention to detail, and reinforces the C-Class Estate’s position as one of the best on the market.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W202T Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

Model Year : 1996-2001

Class: Compact Executive Estate

Body Style : Estate

Drive Wheels : RWD

Seating : 5

Wheelbase :

Length : 4445 mm – 4516 mm

Width : 1723 mm – 1964 mm

Height : 1427 mm

Engines : 1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 134 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged -178 bhp

2.2 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol – 148 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 190 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 168 bhp

2.8 litre petrol I6 – 190 bhp

2.8 litre petrol V6 – 194 bhp

3.6 litre petrol I6 – 280 bhp (AMG)

4.3 litre petrol V8 – 306 bhp (AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 74 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 94 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 123 bhp

2.5 litre diesel 5-cyl – 111 bhp

2.5 litre turbodiesel 5-cyl – 148 bhp

Transmission choices are:

5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Mercedes C-Class 2000-2007 W203

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Rust – It’s common to find rust on the W203 C-Class around the wheel arches, front and rear windscreen as well as the boot lid.

Guide Price £ TBC

Catalytic Converters – C180, C200, C220 – Catalytic converter failure is common on these models.

Guide Price £ TBC

Diesel Engines – Common problems on the oil burning W203 are the premature failure of glow plugs, injector seals and premature failure of turbochargers.

Guide Price £ TBC

Automatic Transmission – Common W203 transmission problems include transmission cooler issues and wiring problems.

Guide Price £ TBC

1.8L Petrol Engine – The 1.8L petrol 4-cyl found in the Mercedes C180, Mercedes C200, and Mercedes C230 can have valve problems due to carbon build up inside the engine.

Guide Price £ TBC

V6 Petrol Engines – It’s common for the V6 engines fitted to the W203 C-Class to develop timing chain sprocket issues.

Guide Price £ TBC

Plastic Headlamp Lenses – Previous generations of the Mercedes C-Class were fitted with glass headlamp lenses that would last the life of the car. However, cost cutting measures prompted Mercedes to start using plastic headlamp lenses on the W203. Over time, these lenses will dull and yellow, reducing the effectiveness of the headlamps, and make this otherwise smart looking car look worn and cheap.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 2000-2007 W203 Mercedes C-Class is a 5-passenger 4-door compact executive saloon. A 2004 mid-cycle update brought numerous improvements to the C-Class, including a revised front end, a new suspension setup complete with a wider wheel track, and a brand new interior that now comes standard with automatic climate control.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W203 Mercedes C-Class is available in the following trims:

Classic – This base model comes loaded with kit like electric windows, heated electric mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and remote central locking.

Classic Selection – This value pack came with standard CD, fully adjustable steering column and folding rear seats.

Classic SE – Adds alloy wheels, fog lights, electric front seats and climate control.

Elegance – This luxury themed model gets unique exterior trim and the option of leather upholstery.

Elegance SE – Comes with alloy wheels, front fog lights and metallic paint.

Avantgarde – This sporty flavour brings athletic exterior trim and the ability to tick many option boxes.

Avantgarde SE – Adds standard climate control, folding rear seatbacks and front fog lights.

Sport Selection – Comes with sport seats, full size spare wheel and metallic paint.

Sport – Standard leather covered electric sport seats, unique exterior trim and electric steering wheel adjustment.

AMG – Comes with one of two powerful engines, a sport-tuned suspension, aggressive exterior trim and a racy AMG flavoured cabin.

The W203 Mercedes C-class is available with one of the following engines:

1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 143 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 168 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 189 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 127 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 143 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 190 bhp

2.5 litre petrol V6 – 201 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 170 bhp

3.0 litre petrol V6 – 228 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 – 215 bhp

3.5 litre petrol V6 – 268 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 supercharged – 354 bhp (AMG)

5.5 litre petrol V6 – 362 bhp (AMG)

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 115 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 143 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 148 bhp

2.7 litre turbodiesel 5cyl- 168 bhp

3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel – 221 bhp

3.0 litre turbodiesel – 228 bhp

Transmissions for the W203 Mercedes C-Class are:

6-speed manual

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

As you might expect from such an innovative company, Mercedes-Benz began developing the all-new W203 C-Class, just two years after introducing the previous generation W202 C-Class. Mercedes’ £2.5 billion investment resulted in a sporty compact executive saloon that would appeal to a younger audience. Several sport versions were offered, and a mid-cycle refresh brought this prestige saloon up to the level of its more expensive stablemates.

Among the many innovations of the W203 Mercedes C-Class were front crash boxes formed from high-strength steel. In a crash, these highly advanced crumple zones would absorb energy to protect the occupants, then they could be replaced at a reasonably low cost. Adaptive front airbags could sense the weight of the front passengers, then adjust the deployment force to better protect them in a frontal collision. Side window bags were also included in the comprehensive C-Class safety kit. For 2004, the suspension, chassis, brakes, and 6-speed automatic transmission programming were updated to reflect Mercedes new Direct Control program. As a result, the driving experience in the W203 Mercedes C-Class was now on-par with competitors in the compact executive saloon segment.

Mercedes’ attention to detail is legendary, and the W203 C-Class won’t disappoint. Thoughtful touches are numerous and include an ink pen holder just inside the glovebox door. Although it may seem trivial, these simple plastic clips will save you time by preventing your “inevitably needed” pen from disappearing at the bottom of the glove box / centre console. And the exciting, powerful AMG models (Mercedes C32 AMG – introduced in 2001 / Mercedes C30 AMG – introduced in 2002) show that Mercedes engineers were even thinking about performance enthusiasts.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W203 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Model Year : 2000-2007

Class : Compact Executive Saloon

Body Style : 4-door saloon

Drive Wheels : RWD/AWD

Seating : 5

Wheelbase : 2715 mm

Length : 4526 mm

Width : 1728 mm

Height : 1426 mm

Engines :

1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 143 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 168 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 189 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 127 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 143 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 190 bhp

2.5 litre petrol V6 – 201 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 170 bhp

3.0 litre petrol V6 – 228 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 – 215 bhp

3.5 litre petrol V6 – 268 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 supercharged – 354 bhp (AMG)

5.5 litre petrol V6 – 362 bhp (AMG)

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 115 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 143 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 148 bhp

2.7 litre turbodiesel 5cyl- 168 bhp

3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel – 221 bhp

3.0 litre turbodiesel – 228 bhp

Transmissions :

6-speed manual

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Mercedes C-Class 2000-2007 W203T

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Rust – It’s common to find rust on the W203T C-Class Estate around the wheel arches, front and rear windscreen, and the boot lid.

Guide Price £ TBC

Quality Control Issues – The newly-formed Daimler-Chrysler Corporation suffered from quality control issues during this period. Some of the common problems associated with this are poor body panel seals, electrical grounding issues and weak turbo oil seals on diesel engines.

Guide Price £ TBC

Diesel Engines – Common problems on the oil burning W203T are the premature failure of glow plugs, injector seals and premature failure of turbochargers.

Guide Price £ TBC

Automatic Transmission – Common W203T transmission problems include transmission cooler issues and wiring problems.

Guide Price £ TBC

1.8L Petrol Engine – The 1.8L petrol 4-cyl found in the Mercedes C180, Mercedes C200, and Mercedes C230 can have valve problems due to carbon build-up inside the engine.

Guide Price £ TBC

V6 Petrol Engines – It’s common for the V6 engines fitted to the W203T C-Class Estate to develop timing chain sprocket issues.

Guide Price £ TBC

Plastic Headlamp Lenses – Previous generations of the Mercedes C-Class Estate were fitted with glass headlamp lenses that would last the life of the car. However, cost cutting measures prompted Mercedes to start using plastic headlamp lenses on the W203T. Over time, these lenses will dull and yellow, reducing the effectiveness of the headlamps and make this otherwise smart looking car look worn and cheap.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 2001 – 2007 Mercedes C-Class Estate W203T is a 5 seat, 5-door estate car. Behind the rear seats, you’ll find 481L of cargo room, and 1800L with the rear seats folded. A 2004 mid-cycle refresh brought about many refinements to the drivetrain, along with minor updates to the exterior trim, and front fascia. Plus, the cabin was fitted with more materials, bringing the W203T in line with expectations.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W203T C-Class Estate was available in the following trims :

Classic – This base model comes loaded with kit like electric windows, heated electric mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control and remote central locking.

Classic Selection – This value pack came with standard CD, fully adjustable steering column and folding rear seats.

Classic SE – Adds alloy wheels, fog lights, electric front seats and climate control.

Elegance – This luxury themed model gets unique exterior trim and the option of leather upholstery.

Elegance SE – Comes with alloy wheels, front fog lights and metallic paint.

Avantgarde – This sporty flavour brings athletic exterior trim and the ability to tick many option boxes.

Avantgarde SE – Adds standard climate control, folding rear seatbacks and front fog lights.

Sport Selection – Comes with sport seats, full size spare wheel and metallic paint.

Sport – Standard leather covered electric sport seats, unique exterior trim and electric steering wheel adjustment.

AMG – Comes with one of two powerful engines, a sport-tuned suspension, aggressive exterior trim and a racy AMG flavoured cabin.

The W203t Mercedes C-Class Estate is available with the following engines :

1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 143 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 168 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 189 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 127 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 143 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 190 bhp

2.5 litre petrol V6 – 201 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 170 bhp

3.0 litre petrol V6 – 228 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 – 215 bhp

3.5 litre petrol V6 – 268 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 supercharged – 354 bhp (AMG)

5.5 litre petrol V6 – 362 bhp (AMG)

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 115 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 143 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 148 bhp

2.7 litre turbodiesel 5cyl- 168 bhp

3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel – 221 bhp

3.0 litre turbodiesel – 228 bhp

Transmissions choices are:

6-speed manual

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The idea behind a “lifestyle estate car” is to provide younger buyers with a carry-all vehicle. And since they’re often based on a compact executive saloon, they have to be easy to manoeuvre about in traffic, and fun to bomb down a curvy B-road. The boot usually isn’t big enough to be a practical family hauler, but it must offer enough space to carry “lifestyle” items like bicycles, scuba gear, antique things, band equipment and big pedigree dogs. Mercedes has ruled the compact executive estate segment for many years, and the W203 C-Class Estate was specifically designed to help continue that legacy.

Launched a year after the W203 saloon in 2001, the W203T Mercedes C-Class Estate offered buyers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. In 2004, the W203t received a mid-cycle refresh, which included serious mechanical updates. A new variable valve timing system was fitted to many of the engines, along with revised heads, and the diesels even received new common-rail direct injection (CDI). This resulted in more power, and the new 7-speed automatic transmission allowed for even greater efficiency. Also in 2004, the almighty 5.5L bi-turbo V8 replaced the 349 bhp supercharged V6 in the Mercedes C32 AMG. This hand-built V8 spit out 362 bhp and rocketed the new Mercedes C55 AMG to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. By contrast, it took the C 32 AMG 5.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h. The diesel-powered Mercedes C30 AMG CDI took 6.8 seconds to do the deed, but it got far better fuel economy than either Petrol powered C-Class AMG.

On a more practical front, the W203T C-Class Estate offered ample room, with many handy stowage options. Open the boot lid and you’re greeted by a generous 481L of cargo room. The upright roof line provides ample room for large items. And the completely flat load floor is set flush with the top of the rear bumper, making it easier to load bulky items. Beneath the boot floor is a concealed storage compartment, with cubbies for smaller items built into the sides of the boot. Plus, you can even pull down the rear seats to reveal 1800L of space, which makes the W203T Mercedes C-Class Estate one of the most practical lifestyle trollies on the market.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W203T Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

Model Year : 2000-2007

Class : Compact Executive Estate

Body Style : 5-door estate

Drive Wheels : RWD / AWD

Seating : 5

Wheelbase : 2715 mm

Length : 4541 mm

Width : 1728 mm

Height : 1466 mm

Engines : 1.8 litre petrol – 120 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 143 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 168 bhp

1.8 litre petrol supercharged – 189 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 127 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 143 bhp

2.0 litre petrol supercharged – 161 bhp

2.3 litre petrol supercharged – 190 bhp

2.5 litre petrol V6 – 201 bhp

2.6 litre petrol V6 – 170 bhp

3.0 litre petrol V6 – 228 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 – 215 bhp

3.5 litre petrol V6 – 268 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 supercharged – 354 bhp (AMG)

5.5 litre petrol V6 – 362 bhp (AMG)

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 101 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 115 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 143 bhp

2.2 litre turbodiesel – 148 bhp

2.7 litre turbodiesel 5cyl- 168 bhp

3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel – 221 bhp

3.0 litre turbodiesel – 228 bhp

Transmissions :

6-speed manual

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Mercedes C-Class 2001-2008 W203 Sport Coupé

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Quality Control Issues – The newly-formed Daimler-Chrysler Corporation suffered from quality control issues during this period. Some of the common problems associated with this are poor body panel seals, electrical grounding issues and weak turbo oil seals on diesel engines.

Guide Price £ TBC

Diesel Engines – Common problems on the oil burning W203 Sport Coupé are the premature failure of glow plugs, injector seals and premature failure of turbochargers.

Guide Price £ TBC

Automatic Transmission – Common W203 Sport Coupé transmission problems include transmission cooler issues and wiring problems.

Guide Price £ TBC

1.8L Petrol Engine – The 1.8L petrol 4-cyl found in the Mercedes C180, Mercedes C200 and Mercedes C230 can have valve problems due to carbon build-up inside the engine.

Guide Price £ TBC

V6 Petrol Engines – It’s common for the V6 engines fitted to the W203 C-Class Coupé to develop timing chain sprocket issues.

Guide Price £ TBC

Plastic Headlamp Lenses – Previous generations of the Mercedes C-Class were fitted with glass headlamp lenses that would last the life of the car. However, cost cutting measures prompted Mercedes to start using plastic headlamp lenses on the W203. Over time, these lenses will dull and yellow, reducing the effectiveness of the headlamps and make this otherwise smart looking car look worn and cheap.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 2001 – 2008 Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupé is a prestige 3-door lift back. It was available in a variety of configurations, from a basic diesel, to a leather-lined model with a full glass roof. A 2004 mid-cycle update brought numerous enhancements, including a revised suspension, front and rear fascias and a new dash.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W203 Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupé can be found in the following trims:

Standard trim – The entry level CL203 Sport Coupé comes with standard electric windows, and a full complement of safety gear. After the 2004 update, heated electric mirrors and cruise control were added to the list of standard kit.

Evolution Panorama – Adds the panorama glass roof, cruise control and electric mirrors.

Sport – Comes with alloy wheels and sporty trim.

Limited Edition – Adds climate control and unique cloth seat trim.

Kompressor – Gets the supercharged engine and remote central locking.

Kompressor SE – Adds front fog lights and heated mirrors.

SE – Adds metallic paint and sports seats.

Evo Panorama AMG SE – Gets one of the hot engines, a sport-tuned suspension and the glass roof.

Evo Panorama SE – Has the glass roof and special trim.

Evolution S – Available with CD multi-changer and headlight washers.

The W203 Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupe comes with one of the following engines :

1.8 litre petrol – 121 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 141 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 189 bhp

2.5 litre petrol – 201 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 – 215 bhp

3.2 liter petrol V6 – 349 bhp (AMG)

3.5 litre petrol – 268 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 148 bhp

3.0 litre diesel 5cyl – 228 bhp (AMG)

Transmissions:

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Nothing says “young & hip” like a sporty 2-door coupé. This was the image that Mercedes had to project in order to attract the young professionals that had been flocking to the new compact BMW 3-Series coupé. To that end, Mercedes engineers modified the RWD C-Class chassis, then fitted it with a selection of perky engines and a suave 2-door body. Mercedes estimated that 65% of its UK W203 C-Class Sport Coupé customers would be first time Benz buyers. So this new “youthful” model had to be good.

Riding on the same wheelbase as the W203 saloon and estate, the Mercedes CL203 Sport Coupé is 178 mm shorter than both. This made for a light, nimble coupe that was easy to manoeuvre and park on Sloane Street. Assuming that you’d be there to shop, the CL203’s lift-back design allows for a commodious boot. And that black panel beneath the (functional) rear wing is actually tinted glass that makes reversing a breeze. This is definitely a feature that many modern vehicles could use.

Although the gasoline 4-cylinder engines provided adequate performance, Mercedes did give the CL 203 Sport Coupé two genuine performance variants. The 2004 – 2007 Mercedes C30 CDI AMG packed 540 NM of diesel torque, and could hustle 0-100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds. The petrol powered 2004 – 2007 Mercedes C32 AMG got 349 bhp, and it could hit 100 km/h in a mere 5.2 seconds. But even if you got a lesser model, the Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupé was still a Benz. And driving one will make anybody feel special.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W203 / CL203 Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupe

Year Model – 2001-2008

Class – Compact Sport Coupe

Body Style – 3 door lift-back

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 5

Wheelbase – 2715 mm

Length – 4343 mm

Width – 1727 mm

Height – 1407 mm

Engines:

1.8 litre petrol – 121 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 141 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 189 bhp

2.5 litre petrol – 201 bhp

3.2 litre petrol V6 – 215 bhp

3.2 liter petrol V6 – 349 bhp (AMG)

3.5 litre petrol – 268 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 148 bhp

3.0 litre diesel 5cyl – 228 bhp (AMG)

Transmissions:

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

C-Class

2007 to 2014 W204

C-Class

2007 to 2014 W204T

C-Class

2011 Onwards W204

C-Class

2014 Onwards W205

C-Class

2014 Onwards W205T

Mercedes C-Class 2007-2014 W204

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

2.2L Diesel – Mercedes C220 CDI – This turbodiesel (OM 651) engine is known to experience problems with its piezo injectors and oil pump.

Guide Price £ TBC

5G Tronic Automatic Transmission – It’s common for this optional 5-speed automatic to have problems with the valve body and electrical connectors, which can cause it to go into Limp Mode (remain stuck in 2nd gear).

Guide Price £ TBC

Steering – The W204 C-Class is prone to early failure of the steering rack and steering lock assembly.

Guide Price £ TBC

Automatic Transmission Cooler – The W204’s transmission fluid can become contaminated with antifreeze due to a leak in the heat exchanger.

Guide Price £ TBC

3.5L Petrol V6 – This engine is prone to premature wear and failure of the timing chain sprocket.

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Interior Door Handles – It’s not uncommon to see broken interior door handles on the W204. Particularly on the driver’s door.

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Electronics – A common problem on the W204 is the failure of the module that controls the exterior lights. If it fails, the brake lights, turn signals or reverse lights could operate erratically, or not at all.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 2007 – 2014 Mercedes C-Class W204 is a 4-door, 5 seat compact executive saloon. It offers a generous 476L boot and it can be had with rear or all-wheel drive. A 2011 update brought new front and rear fascias, new turbocharged petrol engines, more standard kit, a new high-res colour display was added to the gauge cluster and a fixed display was fitted to the top of the new centre stack.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The W204 C-Class saloon comes in one of the following trims:

SE – Standard kit includes electric seats, windows and mirrors, an alarm and alloy wheels.

SE Edition 125 – Adds climate control and DVD capability.

Elegance – Comes with chrome exterior trim, climate control and front fog lights.

Elegance Edition 125 – Adds cruise control, leather upholstery and satellite navigation.

Sport – Comes with a sport-tuned suspension, unique exterior appointments and partial leather seat trim.

Sport Edition 125 – Kit includes painted exterior trim, headlamp washers and lumbar seat adjustments.

Executive SE – Initially, this model came with standard satellite navigation and a multi-function steering wheel. In 2012, it became the entry level car, and included lots of new standard kit like automatic windscreen wipers, parking sensors and LED daytime running lights. At this level, buyers could opt for an additional Luxury Pack, which included special 17-inch alloys, a chrome grille and Ash wood trim.

Blue Efficiency – This is an efficiency minded upgrade that uses lightweight components and specifically placed aero panels to reduce wind drag, which improves both fuel efficiency and emissions.

AMG Sport – This upgrade for the Sport variant (i.e. no big engine) adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a lowered sports suspension (15mm), bigger brakes, speed sensitive steering, an aggressive AMG body kit, unique upholstery and an AMG 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters.

AMG Sport Plus – Adds 18-inch wheels, a boot lid spoiler, bi-xenon headlamps, AMG sport bucket seats with contrasting red stitching and red seat belts.

AMG 6.3 – Includes all of the above AMG kit, lots of horsepower and a more advanced suspension.

C63 AMG 507 – This limited edition missile of a car packs 507 horsepower, better brakes and an even more aggressive suspension.

C63 AMG DR520 – Only 20 examples of this rare monster were produced. The package included significant engine upgrades that increased horsepower to 520. It was only available in matte black or matte white.

The W204 Mercedes C-Class will be fitted with one of the following engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 154 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 154 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 181 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 201 bhp

2.5 litre petrol – 201 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 228 bhp

3.5 litre petrol – 268 bhp

3.5 litre petrol – 288 bhp

6.2 litre petrol – 451 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 480 bhp (AMG P31 Development Pack)

6.2 litre petrol – 507 bhp (AMG 507)

6.2 litre petrol – 520 bhp (C63 AMG DR 520)

2.0 litre diesel – 134 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 201 bhp

3.0 litre diesel – 221 bhp

Transmissions :

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Looking to regain ground lost to the cross cutting measures taken on the W203, the completely new W204 Mercedes C-Class saloon once again offered buyers that traditional Benz (i.e. solid) feel. The build quality and materials used in the W204, far surpassed that of the previous generation. The body structure was made from a combination of high-strength steel and ultra-high strength steel, resulting in a lightweight, yet supremely rigid car. This improved handling response, as did the newly standard Agility Control suspension. Depending on driving conditions, the new suspension’s hydro mechanical shock absorbers can automatically adjust themselves to provide a smooth ride when the car is cruising in a straight line. But turn the steering wheel, and they will automatically firm up to reduce body roll and improve cornering stability. This gives the new W204 C-Class saloon that traditional Mercedes smooth ride when you want it, and confident handling when you need it.

The exterior of the W204 Mercedes C-Class was given a distinctive, chiselled look. Luxury themed models (like the Elegance) wore a traditional chrome grille with the Mercedes star hood ornament at the edge of the bonnet. Sport models received a more aggressive exterior treatment, with a bold three-pointed star smack in the middle of the grille. And at the rear, all the new Mercedes C-Class saloons got striking LED tail lamps that automatically flash under hard braking. According to the Mercedes R&D department, flashing lights cause drivers to react 0.2 seconds quicker at speeds above 70 mph.

Unlike the previous generation, the cabin of the new W204 Mercedes C-Class felt as solid as a 12th century castle. All of the plastics and trim felt delightfully expensive to the touch, which gives you the sense that this car will indeed hold together like an old castle. But it isn’t draughty, and the thrones are actually comfortable on long journeys (to survey your kingdom). There’s also a lot of standard (and optional) toys for your highness to play with. And if you ever need to go to war, the (completely bonkers) Mercedes C63 AMG puts 457 angry steeds at your disposal.

The range of engines in the 2008 – 2014 Mercedes C-Class offers something for everyone. The base petrol and diesel engines provide exceptional fuel economy and emissions, which can save you lots of money on that tax disk. After 2011, superchargers (Kompressor models) were replaced with more modern turbochargers, which resulted in more power, and even better economy / emissions.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W204 C-Class Saloon

Model Year : 2007 – 2014

Class : Compact Executive Saloon

Body Style : 4-door saloon

Drive Wheels : RWD

Seating : 5

Wheelbase : 2761 mm

Length : 4582 mm

Width : 1770 mm

Height : 1448 mm

Engines :

1.6 litre petrol – 154 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 154 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 181 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 201 bhp

2.5 litre petrol – 201 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 228 bhp

3.5 litre petrol – 268 bhp

3.5 litre petrol – 288 bhp

6.2 litre petrol – 451 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 480 bhp (AMG P31 Development Pack)

6.2 litre petrol – 507 bhp (AMG 507)

6.2 litre petrol – 520 bhp (C63 AMG DR 520)

2.0 litre diesel – 134 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 201 bhp

3.0 litre diesel – 221 bhp

Transmissions :

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Mercedes C-Class 2007-2014 W204T

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

M272 and M273 3.5L V6 engines are known for premature balance shaft timing chain sprocket failure between 96-128k km’s

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High mileage OM651 2.1L turbo diesel engines (Mercedes C220) can develop cracks in the piezo-electric fuel injectors

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All Mercedes C-Class models can experience wheel alignment issues due to the complexity of their suspension design

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Cars equipped with the 7G 7-speed automatic should have their transmission fluid changed every 3-years / 48,000 km’s to avoid costly repairs to the transmission valve

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

Models in this range to be listed shortly.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Of course, this baby Benz was available with lots of options, and you could choose from two distinct flavours: Luxury (Elegance) & Sport (Avantgarde). We’ll review the wild AMG version separately.

The SE trim ditches the chrome and extra garnish for a sporty appearance, while the luxurious Elegance is designed to appeal to a more traditional Mercedes customer. The interior seems to be an evolution of the Mercedes cabin from the 1980’s. There’s the classic gauge cluster brow, lots of nice materials and all of the lovely ‘click-click’ switches take just 0.04 n to activate (seriously, they measured). A 2011 facelift extended the dash brow across the now integrated telematics screen. Your chosen flavour dictates the cabin trim, but either way, the interior’s going to look as nice as the outside.

The Mercedes W204T was available with a variety of diesel and petrol engines. For sophisticated speed, the Mercedes C350 Avantgarde comes fitted with a 272-hp 3.5 litre V6, and can hit 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds. However, this engine (known as the M272) and the direct injection version (CGI – M273), is known for premature balance shaft timing chain sprocket failure. This can occur around 96-128k km’s, and the repair can cost north of £3500.

More practical models include the oil-burning C200 CDI, C220 CDI and C320 CDI. These are remarkably efficient cars, and the C320 CDI actually makes a decent amount of power, with 224-hp / 510 NM on tap. The most common problems with the diesel C-Class are fuel leaks around the fuel filler tube and fuel filter. And the piezo injectors on the C220’s common-rail fuel system can crack as the miles increase, necessitating a rather expensive trip to the garage.

As with any modern vehicle, electrical glitches can manifest as time goes by. The W204T is no exception. The telematics system on early models can have trouble comprehending 7-digit postal codes. Transmission and engine control computers can miss-crunch a 1 or 0, requiring a dealer trip to get reprogrammed. And cars not fitted with the LED tail lamps, were recalled for a corroded ground connection that can cause the tail lamps to…not work.

Regardless of the issues, the Mercedes W204 is no more problematic than a typical used executive car. If you think about it, the “4th Gen” C-Class is really about the same as the W201.

So maybe the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

When the Mercedes W201 was launched back in the early 80’s, it was the most over-engineered base model car in the world. It felt as though the whole car was carved from a solid block of steel, and every part was made to last for a thousand years. Fast forward a couple of decades, and the W204T C-Class followed it’s grandfather’s recipe for success to the letter.

Launched for the 2008 model year, the W204T Mercedes C-Class took 5 years and a boatload of money to develop. They started with an innovative digital prototype, then subjected it to 24 million kilometres of virtual roads. Engineers were able to use the resulting wear data and virtual crash test results to create a car that matched the pre-tested specs. The third-gen C-Class was then subjected to extensive real world testing, including over 100 in-house crash tests (this helped the W204 to achieve 5-stars on the Euro NCAP). Doors, door seals and door handles were tested in Sweden at minus 25c, then tested again at +50c in the deserts of California. The suspension was tested on the rocky roads of Namibia and the winding roads of Europe. It’s truly amazing how much effort was put into the design of this car.

Once it finally hit showrooms in 2007, everyone fell in love with Mercedes’ new compact executive saloon. Journalists gave it awards and customers made it the top-selling car in MB’s range. People loved the new ‘solid’ feel, but most of them were unaware of all the tiny details that made up the W204 C-Class. For example, the aerodynamic team placed little vent holes in the edges of the tail lamps to expel air that gets drawn up through the rear bumper. This reduces rear lift and makes the car more stable at high speed. When equipped with the optional Agility Control active suspension, the 2008-2014 Mercedes C-Class is every bit as sharp as its arch nemesis the BMW 3-Series.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

Specifications to follow shortly.

Mercedes C-Class 2011 Onwards W204 Coupé

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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2.2L Diesel – Mercedes C220 CDI / C250 CDI – This turbodiesel (OM 651) engine is known to experience problems with its piezo injectors and oil pump.

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Steering – The C204 C-Class Coupe is prone to early failure of the steering rack and steering lock assembly.

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Automatic Transmission Cooler – The C204’s transmission fluid can become contaminated with antifreeze due to a leak in the heat exchanger.

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3.5L Petrol V6 – This engine is prone to premature wear and failure of the timing chain sprocket.

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Interior Door Handles – It’s not uncommon to see broken interior door handles on the C204. Particularly on the driver’s door.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The C204 Mercedes C-Class Coupe has room for 2 regular size adults and 2 small adults / children (3 in a pinch). It has a generous 450L boot with split-folding rear seats for maximum versatility. A 2013 update brought a new C-Class AMG Sport Plus trim, which added unique wheels, special interior trim and a boot lid spoiler.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The C204 C-Class Coupé comes in the following trims :

AMG Sport – Standard kit includes electric windows, electric heated mirrors, climate control, multimedia system, AMG body styling, AMG wheels, sports seats and front fog lights.

AMG Sport Plus – First offered in 2013, this trim adds 18-inch two-colour alloys, an AMG boot spoiler, sports seats, black upholstery with red stitching, red seat belts and AMG floor mats.

AMG Sport Edition – Adds unique interior and exterior trim.

Executive SE – This value-minded trim features 16-inch alloys, bi-xenon headlamps and parking sensors.

AMG – Big engine.

AMG Edition 507 – Bigger engine.

AMG Black – Biggest engine.

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 156 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 201 bhp

3.5 litre petrol – 302 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 201 bhp

6.2 litre petrol – 451 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 480 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 507 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 510 bhp (AMG)

Transmissions:

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Launched halfway through the W204 C-Class’ life, the C204 Mercedes C-Class Coupé is a sophisticated alternative to the uber-popular BMW 3-Series Coupé. It used elegant lines to attract the eye and brilliant German engineering to satisfy the soul. The low-slung body sits 41mm lower than the W204 Mercedes C-Class saloon, and the short front and rear overhangs make the C-Class Coupe easy to place on the road. Beneath that elegant bodywork sits a modified version of the W207 E-Class chassis. It’s suspended by an active damper system that automatically adjusts the firmness of each damper based on how the car is being driven. This makes for a comfortable ride when you’re just bumbling down to the shops, and for precision reflexes when you’re carving up a B-road.

Standard kit on the C204 Mercedes C-Class Coupé includes an AMG body kit that included sculpted sill extensions, an aggressive front valance, racy 18-inch AMG wheels, a sport suspension, speed-sensitive power steering, deeply bolstered front bucket seats and a flat-bottomed AMG steering wheel that comes with paddle shifters if you choose the automatic. There was also an optional panoramic glass roof, adding even more opulence to this already luxurious Mercedes Coupé.

The C204 Mercedes C-Class Coupé is available with a pair of turbo diesel engines, a pair of turbocharged four cylinder petrol engines and a 306 bhp 3.5L petrol V6 that can launch the Mercedes C-Class Coupé to 100 kph in just 5.9 seconds. The standard gearbox with the petrol engines is the 7 speed automatic, while diesel variants get a six-speed manual as standard. All engines received the BlueEFFICIENCY label, highlighting their superior fuel economy and emissions.

Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe

Years ago, a couple of Mercedes engineers decided to turn a Mercedes 300SEL 6.3, into a full-blown race car. They bored the car’s 6.3L M100 V8 out to 6.8 litres, then turned the body into a lightweight, wide-body racer. This 428-hp “Red Monster” then won 1st in class at the 1971 24-hours of Spa-Francorchamps, and placed 2nd overall. The little Afalterbach-based tuning company had just burst into the scene, and the letters AMG would forever be associated with jaw-dropping performance.

Decades later, AMG became a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercedes Benz, and it’s maniacal creations competed directly with those rickshaws from BMW’s M, & Audi’s RS divisions. The C204 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé was a velvet-wrapped sledgehammer that delivers 451 bhp from its hand built 6.2 litre V8. And while it’s 6.3 name and badges are intended to honour the legendary Mercedes 300SEL 6.3, calling an apple a plum makes about as much sense as BMW’s 321 xWalk45i nomenclature.

Silly name aside, the C204 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé is an amazing machine that’s capable of extraordinary feats. It can rocket to 100 km/h in about 4.5 seconds, then onto a governed top speed of 155 mph / 250 kph. If your C63 is fitted with the AMG Performance Pack, the speed limiter will be removed, allowing you to hit 186 mph / 299 kph. And you can reign in all those angry German steeds with the C204 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé’s standard cross-drilled brake rotors and 6-piston callipers. There was also an exciting variant called the Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe Edition 507. This insane coupé produced 507 horsepower and had an even more aggressive version of the sticky AMG suspension. And there was even a special track day version (Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé Black Series) that came with 510 bhp and an optional aero pack. But no matter what version you choose, the C204 Mercedes C63 AMG Coupé will turn any drive into an event.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

C204 Mercedes C-Class Coupé

Year model – 2011-2015

Class – Compact Prestige Coupé

Body Style – 2-door coupé

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 5

Wheelbase – 2761 mm

Length – 4707 mm

Width – 1770

Height – 1392 mm

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 156 bhp

1.8 litre petrol – 201 bhp

3.5 litre petrol – 302 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 201 bhp

6.2 litre petrol – 451 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 480 bhp (AMG)q

6.2 litre petrol – 507 bhp (AMG)

6.2 litre petrol – 510 bhp (AMG)

Transmissions:

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

Mercedes C-Class 2014 Onwards W205

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

None – As this model is so new, there is nothing yet to report.

Recalls

Mercedes-Benz has recalled more than 8,000 copies of the W205 C-Class built between 17 January and 22 September 2014 to fix the steering column coupling lock, which may not have been installed correctly at the factory.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W205 Mercedes C-Class is a 4 door compact executive saloon with room for 5 and a commodious boot. It can be spec’d as a luxury cruiser, an AWD winter conqueror, a fuel efficient hybrid or a ballistic road missile.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

SE – This base model comes loaded with kit like 16-inch alloys, Direct-Steer speed-sensitive steering, Agility Control suspension, Collision Prevention Assist, Artico (see: high-grade vinyl) upholstery, electric windows, central locking, the new touch pad controller to interact with the standard Audio 20 stereo on the 7-inch colour display. The handy electric tailgate comes standard too.

Sport – This model gets 17-inch alloys with a lowered suspension (15 mm), LED headlamps, active park assist, aluminium interior trim and LED ambient lighting.

AMG Line – Adds sport suspension, AMG 18-inch alloy wheels, AMG body kit.

C63 AMG – Twin-turbo V8, AMG suspension, brakes etc.

C 450 AMG 4MATIC – Twin-turbo V6, sport-tuned AWD (rear biased) AMG suspension, brakes etc.

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 154 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 181 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 208 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 275 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 328 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 367 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 476 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 510 bhp (S AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 201 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 208 bhp

Transmissions :

7-speed automatic ( G-Tronic )

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic ( 7 G-Tronic Plus )

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

When it was introduced in 1993, the Mercedes C-Class was heralded as the “Baby Benz”. The idea was to create a miniaturized version of the brand’s flagship, something everyone could afford. Fast forward several generations, and the W205 Mercedes C-Class still lives up to that designation with luxurious appointments and a striking style that very much resembles the more expensive Mercedes Big.

While the W205 Mercedes C-Class is both wider and longer than the previous generation, it manages to be 100 kg lighter, thanks to an aluminium-intensive body structure. There’s a new 4-link front suspension to improve steering response and a self-adjusting air suspension (AIRMATIC in Mercedes parlance) which makes the W205 the only compact executive saloon with such a feature. In addition, a range of efficient diesel engines are available with 115 bhp – 204 bhp. The petrol engines range from 156 bhp – 333 bhp. You can find a C-Class Hybrid and a C-Class Plug-in Hybrid as well.

If you crave excitement, the W205 Mercedes C63 AMG comes with a 476 bhp twin-turbo V8, and it can hurl you to 100 kph in just 4.1 seconds. Upgrade to the 510 bhp C63 AMG S, and you’ll be up to 100 in 4 seconds flat. An AWD version is also available, but it (C 450 AMG 4MATIC) uses a less powerful twin-turbo V6 (367 bhp). In this model, reaching 100 kph will take 5.0 seconds. But frankly, that’s fast enough for most people.

As you fling your W205 C-Class into a bend, you’ll want to know that you’re protected. To that end, Mercedes gave the new Baby Benz lots of standard safety kit, including Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which uses sophisticated radar sensors to scan the road in front and behind the C-Class. If you’re closing in on an obstacle too quickly, an alarm will sound and the car will apply partial braking force to reduce the severity of the crash or maximize brake force when you hit the brakes. If a rear impact is detected, the W205 C-Class will apply its own brakes if it’s stationary, tighten the seatbelts, and rapidly flash the rear signal lights to warn the approaching driver.

The cabin of the W205 Mercedes C-Class is just as innovative as its safety tech. There’s a dramatically sweeping centre console, anchored by a touch pad controller for the Mercedes Command System. Options include a climate control system that uses GPS to locate the sun, so it can pump more air to that side of the car to offset the heat. And of course, a wide array of sumptuous woods and upholstery choices were available.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W205 C-Class Saloon

Year Model – 2014 Onwards

Class – Compact Executive Saloon

Body – 4-door saloon

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5

Wheelbase – 2840 mm

Length – 4686 mm

Width – 1811 mm

Height – 1443 mm

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 154 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 181 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 208 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 275 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 328 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 367 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 476 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 510 bhp (S AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 201 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 208 bhp

Transmissions :

7-speed automatic ( G-Tronic )

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic ( 7 G-Tronic Plus )

Mercedes C-Class 2014 Onwards W205T

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

None – As this model is so new, there is nothing yet to report.

Recalls

Mercedes-Benz has recalled more than 8,000 copies of the W205T C-Class built between 17 January and 22 September 2014 to fix the steering column coupling lock, which may not have been installed correctly at the factory.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W205T Mercedes C-Class Estate is a roomy 4 door estate with room for 5 passengers and 490L of cargo behind the rear seats. Fold the seats down, and the cargo hold swells to 1510L. The rear seats are arranged in a 40 / 20 / 40 configuration, allowing you to modify the seating to handle longer items (like ski’s), without impacting passenger comfort. There’s also an optional electric tailgate that can be opened by simply waving your foot beneath the rear bumper.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

SE – This base model comes loaded with kit like 16-inch alloys, Direct-Steer speed-sensitive steering, Agility Control suspension, Collision Prevention Assist, Artico (see: high-grade vinyl) upholstery, electric windows, central locking and the new touchpad controller to interact with the standard Audio 20 stereo on the 7-inch colour display. The handy electric tailgate comes standard too.

Sport – This model gets 17-inch alloys with a lowered suspension (15 mm), LED headlamps, active park assist, aluminium interior trim and LED ambient lighting.

AMG Line – Adds sport suspension, AMG 18-inch alloy wheels, AMG body kit.

C63 AMG – Twin-turbo V8, AMG suspension, brakes etc.

C 450 AMG 4MATIC – Twin-turbo V6, sport-tuned AWD (rear biased) AMG suspension, brakes etc.

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 154 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 181 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 208 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 275 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 328 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 367 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 476 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 510 bhp (S AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 201 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 208 bhp

Transmissions :

7-speed automatic ( G-Tronic )

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic ( 7 G-Tronic Plus )

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Since its introduction in 1994, the Mercedes C-Class Estate has become one of the company’s top selling models. It has also become an important player in the compact executive estate segment, so they took great care in creating the all new W205 Mercedes C-Class Estate. The new car had imposing bodywork, wrapped around a structure that was longer and wider than the previous model. This gave the 4th generation C-Class Estate more passenger and cargo room. And, the build quality and amenities made it feel like a real Baby Benz. But AMG was about to take this competent estate car to a whole different level.

The estate car business runs on numbers, and the W205 Mercedes C63 AMG Estate puts up some impressive digits. To start, it has 490L of boot space behind the rear seats, and 1510L with the seats folded. It has room for 5 humans and the transmission has 7 forward gears. Under the bonnet is an engine that has 2 turbos and 8 cylinders that displaces 4.0 litres (the 6.3 name is merely a homage to the legendary Mercedes 300SEL 6.3). This power plant is handmade by a single person in AMG’s factory, and it’s tuned to produce 476 bhp. If you opt for a car with the AMG S Pack, that number increases to 510 bhp. There’s also a 4WD version called the Mercedes C 450 AMG 4MATIC, which uses a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 to produce 367 bhp. This turbo wagon can hustle to 100 kph in just 5.0 seconds, which is nearly a second behind the V8 powered C63 (4.2) and C63 AMG S (4.1).

Of course, there are more “normal” versions of the W205 C-Class Estate, including the environmentally friendly Mercedes C180 BlueTEC Estate, that emits just 112g CO2/km. The Mercedes C300 BlueTEC HYBRID uses an innovative diesel hybrid system to deliver combined fuel economy of 3.8L / 100km. It also allows you to remotely activate the climate control, so your thrifty C-Class Estate will be the perfect temperature when you get in. And when you add the optional AIRMATIC air suspension, this compact executive wagon becomes a competent handler too.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W205 T C-class

Year Model – 2014 – onwards

Class – Compact Executive Estate

Body Style – 5-door estate

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Wheelbase – 2840 mm

Length – 4686 mm

Width – 1810 mm

Height – 1442 mm

Engines:

1.6 litre petrol – 154 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 181 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 208 bhp

2.0 litre petrol – 275 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 328 bhp

3.0 litre petrol – 367 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 476 bhp (AMG)

4.0 litre petrol – 510 bhp (S AMG)

2.0 litre diesel – 168 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 201 bhp

2.0 litre diesel – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 228 bhp

2.0 hybrid – 208 bhp

Transmissions:

7-speed automatic (G-Tronic)

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic (7 G-Tronic Plus)

CL-Class

2000 to 2005 W215

CL-Class

2007 to 2014 W216

CLA-Class

2013 Onwards W117

CLC-Class

2008 to 2010 W203

CLK-Class

1997 to 2002 W208

Mercedes CL-Class 2000-2006 W215

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Body – The uniquely-shaped side window glass is known to de-laminate, hampering visibility and safety.

Guide Price £ TBC

Suspension – Water and corrosion can lead to problems with the electrical connectors.

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Suspension – A common problem with the ABC suspension is the failure of the hydraulic spheres that suspend each corner of the car. This can negatively impact handling and cost you a lot of money to repair.

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Mass Airflow Sensor – The Mercedes CL may experience stalling or a rough idle due to a faulty MAF sensor.

Guide Price £ TBC

CL63 AMG – The M137 engine that was used in this rare Benz can experience an oil leak due to faulty oil cooler O-rings.

Recalls

A worldwide recall was issued in 2005 to fix faulty voltage regulators. In 2008, Mercedes Benz recalled vehicles fitted with the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension, to fix corroded hydraulic lines.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The C215 Mercedes CL-Class is a high-end, 2-door grand touring machine with luxurious seating for 4. The boot can carry 450L of luggage and the hydraulic suspension can raise or lower the car to deal with varying road conditions. A 2002 update included a revised front fascia with clear headlight lenses, new tail lamp lenses, new wing mirrors with integrated puddle lamps and more standard safety kit. The V12 engine in the CL 600 also got a new bi-turbo setup which boosted horsepower, while a cylinder deactivation system helped to reduce fuel consumption.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

CL500 – Standard kit includes full leather upholstery, electric everything, climate control, satellite navigation, parking sensors, Active Body Control suspension, full safety equipment, electric sunroof, headlight washers, heated front seats, power door and trunk close assist.

CL600 – V12 engine, cylinder deactivation, COMAND infotainment, Nappa leather upholstery, Ultrasuede headliner.

CL55 AMG – V8 engine, paddle-shifters, sport seats, AMG body kit

CL55 AMG F1 Edition – Carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes, sport bucket seats, unique trim, just 55 built in 2000.

CL63 – Big V12, just 26 built in 2001.

CL65 – Twin-Turbo V12

Engines:

5.0 litre V8 – petrol – 302 bhp (2000-2006 CL500)

5.4 litre V8 – petrol – 355 bhp (2000-2002 CL 55 AMG)

5.4 litre supercharged V8 – petrol – 493 bhp (2002-2006 CL 55 AMG)

5.8 litre V12 – petrol – 362 bhp (2000-2002 CL600)

5.5 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 493 bhp (2003-2006 CL600)

6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 603 bhp (2003-2006 CL 65 AMG)

6.3 litre V12 – petrol – 439 bhp (2001 CL 63 AMG)

Transmissions:

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Nothing says “you’ve arrived” quite like a big Mercedes-Benz. They have an undeniable presence, and their S-Class coupés announce your importance without saying a word. The C215 Mercedes CL-Class was the marque’s most elegant and technically advanced wealth-expression tool to date. It offered cutting-edge features and jaw-dropping performance, wrapped in bodywork that looked good from any angle. At a time when internet millionaires were being minted every minute, the Mercedes CL offered the perfect way to announce your good fortune.

Arriving just in time for the new millennium, the Mercedes CL500 and Mercedes CL600 showcased everything that MB could do at the time. It was constructed using lots of weigh-saving materials like aluminium and magnesium, which made it 340kg less than its predecessor (the Mercedes C140). These weight savings were then utilized by the new Active Body Control suspension to make this big luxury coupé simply dance through the curves. The complex hydraulic system would instantly adjust itself to keep the body almost completely level as the car turned. In AMG models, the ABC system was further calibrated for maximum grip. And when you combined that with the optional carbon-ceramic brakes (the Mercedes CL was the first serial production car to offer such a feature), you had a big grand touring car that could out-run (the bi-turbo Mercedes CL65 AMG could hit 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds) a Ferrari 456, and actually keep up with it in the curves.

On the safety front, the Mercedes CL-Class C215 came equipped with a comprehensive suite of safety kit, including electronic brake assist, stability control, bi-xenon headlamps (for both high and low beams) with a wash/wiper system, side airbags, window airbags, and two-stage front airbags (2003>) that use bumper and front-seat sensors to vary the deployment force based on crash severity and the size/weight of the front seat passengers. And speaking of the front seats, buyers could option them with active cooling (heat and memory came standard), and sumptuous Nappa leather upholstery. Other options included keyless ignition, and Designo interior packages with actual granite stone trim (0.6-0.8 mm thick).

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W215 CL-Class

Year Model – 2000-2006

Class – Executive Coupé

Body Style – 2-Door Coupé

Drive Wheels – RWD

Wheelbase – 2885 mm

Length – 4994 mm

Width – 1857 mm

Height – 1397 mm

Engines:

5.0 litre V8 – petrol – 302 bhp (2000-2006 CL500)

5.4 litre V8 – petrol – 355 bhp (2000-2002 CL 55 AMG)

5.4 litre supercharged V8 – petrol – 493 bhp (2002-2006 CL 55 AMG)

5.8 litre V12 – petrol – 362 bhp (2000-2002 CL600)

5.5 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 493 bhp (2003-2006 CL600)

6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 603 bhp (2003-2006 CL 65 AMG)

6.3 litre V12 – petrol – 439 bhp (2001 CL 63 AMG)

Transmissions:

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Mercedes CL-Class 2007 to 2014 W216

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Seats – Individual air cushions inside the front seats can randomly inflate or deflate themselves due to a faulty control module.

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Suspension – It’s not uncommon for one of the pumps in the Active Body Control suspension to fail.

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5.5L V8 – A common problem with the 5.5 litre V8 in the CL 500 is failed timing chain sprockets.

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Climate Control – A faulty fan or blower motor can make for a hot and expensive summers day.

Recalls

Mercedes recalled the 2007 C216 CL-Class to replace a defective driver’s side Signal Acquisition Module (SAM), which can cause numerous electrical malfunctions. In 2008, Mercedes recalled C216 models equipped with the Active Body Control (ABC) suspension, to replace the front axle body acceleration sensors, which can short out and impair driving stability.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The C216 Mercedes CL-Class is a large 2-door executive coupé, designed for corporate executives and people whose wealth is several generations old. 2 people can sit up front in lavish comfort, while the 2 in the rear seats may need to stow their legs in the generous 490L boot. A 2011 update included new front fenders, grille, bonnet, and LED fog lamps. New technologies also debuted, like Active Blindspot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-Beam Assist, Night View Assist Plus with pedestrian and animal recognition, and a Crosswind Stabilization function for the ABC suspension.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

CL500 – Standard kit includes electric everything, 4-zone climate control, a glass sunroof, full leather upholstery, wood trim, Pre-Safe Brake, bi-xenon headlamps with corner illumination, LED fog lamps (after 2011), satellite navigation, Active Body Control suspension, radar cruise control, a full complement of safety kit, headlight washers, heated front seats, an IWC-Ingenieur clock, AMG Sport package (AMG body kit, 19-inch wheels, bigger brakes, unique interior appointments), BlueEFFICIENCY package (aero enhancements, Eco Mode with Stop/Start function).

CL500 4Matic – All-Wheel Drive, Airmatic suspension.

CL600 – V12 engine, air conditioned seats with active side bolsters, diamond-stitched Passion leather upholstery, Alcantera headliner, chrome door sills, unique selection of wood trim.

CL63 – 6.2L V8

CL65 – Twin-Turbo V12, Direct-steer torque vectoring

Engines:

4.6 litre bi-turbo V8 – petrol – 429 bhp

5.5 litre V8 – petrol – 382 bhp

5.5 litre bi-turbo V8 – petrol – 536 bhp / 563 hp w/ AMG pack (2012-2013 CL63 AMG)

6.2 litre V8 – petrol – 518 bhp (2007-2012 CL63 AMG)

5.5 litre V12 – petrol – 510 bhp

6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 621 bhp (2011-2014 CL65 AMG)

6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 603 bhp (2007-2012 CL65 AMG)

Transmissions

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The C216 2007-2014 Mercedes CL-Class was designed for the sort of person who wants the luxury and authoritative power of a Bentley Continental GT, but without all of the, shall we say, “visual drama”. Based on the W221 Mercedes S-Class, this large 2-door coupé is filled with all of the cutting-edge features available on the flagship saloon. The range of engines goes from ‘powerful’, to ‘insanely powerful’. And the accoutrements wouldn’t be out of place in Windsor Castle. The C216 Mercedes CL is truly the last word in Germanic motoring perfection.

Underpinning the C216 Mercedes CL is the second-generation of MB’s Active Body Control suspension, which nearly eliminates body roll by using hydraulic pressure to prop up the opposite side of the car in a turn. The 2011 mid-cycle update added a crosswind stabilization function that used a bevy of sensors to detect strong gusts of wind, then counteract body movements with additional hydraulic pressure. The ABC suspension works wonders on this 2,000+ kg luxury cruiser. But make no mistake, even in AMG guise, this is still a very big car.

Motivating this decadent personal yacht are a selection of fittingly powerful engines. The 2007-2010 Mercedes CL500 was powered by 382 bhp 5.5L V8, which could hurl it to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. In 2011, that motor was replaced by a more efficient 429 bhp twin-turbo 4.6L V8, which dropped the acceleration time to just 4.9 seconds. The CL500 was also available with 4Matic all-wheel drive and the standard BlueEfficiency pack (aero enhancements, stop/start function) helped with fuel consumption and emissions.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W216 CL-Class

Year Model – 2007-2014

Class – Executive Coupé

Body Style – 2-Door Coupé

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Wheelbase – 2955 mm

Length – 5065 mm

Width – 1871 mm

Height – 1418 mm

Engines:

4.6 litre bi-turbo V8 – petrol – 429 bhp

5.5 litre V8 – petrol – 382 bhp

5.5 litre bi-turbo V8 – petrol – 536 bhp / 563 hp w/ AMG pack (2012-2013 CL63 AMG)

6.2 litre V8 – petrol – 518 bhp (2007-2012 CL63 AMG)

5.5 litre V12 – petrol – 510 bhp

6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 621 bhp (2011-2014 CL65 AMG)

6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 – petrol – 603 bhp (2007-2012 CL65 AMG)

Transmissions:

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Mercedes CLA-Class 2013 Onwards W117

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Mercedes CLC-Class 2008 to 2010 W203

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Quality Control Issues – The Mercedes CLC suffered from quality control issues, including poor body panel seals, electrical issues and weak turbo oil seals on diesel engines.

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Rust – It’s common to find rust around the wheel arches and at the bottom of the doors.

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Diesel Engines – Common problems on the oil burning CL203 Sport Coupé are the premature failure of glow plugs, injector seals and premature failure of turbochargers.

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Automatic Transmission – Common CL203 Sport Coupé transmission problems include transmission cooler issues, wiring problems and transmission tunnel insulation falling onto the drive shaft.

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1.8L Petrol Engine – The 1.8L petrol 4-cyl found in the Mercedes CLC 180 Kompressor can experience valve problems (like knocking or smoking out of the tailpipe) due to carbon build-up inside the engine.

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V6 Petrol Engines – It’s common for the V6 engines fitted to the CL203 CLC-Class Coupé to develop timing chain sprocket issues.

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Headlamp Lenses – The headlamps fitted on the Mercedes CLC are known to leak, resulting in moisture build up and blown headlamp bulbs.

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Power Steering – The Mercedes CLC can have power steering fluid leaks due to faulty o-rings in the power steering lines.

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Front Suspension – Worn torsion bar links can cause a pronounced knocking sound on rough roads.

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Air Conditioning – The A/C system in the Mercedes CLC can fail if water leaks into the evaporator sensor.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The 2008-2011 Mercedes CLC Sport Coupé is a prestige compact 3-door coupé that can accommodate 5 people (in a pinch). The lift back design allows for a roomy 310L boot, which can be expanded to 1100L with the rear seats folded. Both SE & Sport trims could be optioned with the full glass Panorama roof.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

SE – Standard kit includes electric windows, remote central locking, climate control with charcoal filtration, adaptive front airbags, side and window airbags, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers, heated electric wing mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels and sport bucket seats.

SE Panorama – Adds full-glass roof.

Sport – Variable-ratio power steering, paddle shifters (AT cars), black-trimmed headlamps, unique exterior styling, 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, sport gauge cluster, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, leather upholstery and unique interior trim.

Sport Panorama – Adds full-glass roof.

Engines:

1.8 litre – petrol – 141 bhp

2.5 litre V6 – petrol – 201 bhp

3.5 litre V6 – petrol – 268 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 148 bhp

Transmissions :

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The CL203 Mercedes C-Class Sport Coupé was launched in 2000, and it helped the brand to lure younger buyers who wanted a sporty coupé but couldn’t afford to step up to the more expensive CLK-Class. It was based on the sharp-handling W203 C-Class chassis, and offered all the sporting attributes of rear-wheel drive, with the added benefit of a 3-door lift-back body. When the new W204 C-Class was introduced for 2008, company brass had already decided to build a (more expensive) W204 C-Class Coupé. So to protect its considerable share of the compact sport coupé market (over 320k C203’s had been sold / 45k in Great Britain), Mercedes completely reworked the little Sport Coupé and turned it into the CLC-Class.

Introduced for the 2008 model year, the CL203 Mercedes CLC-Class Sport Coupé boasted over 1100 new components (including a revised cabin and more modern kit). The front end now mirrored the chiselled looks of the W204 C-Class with an upright grille, prominent 3-point star and big projector-beam headlamps. Around back, the Mercedes CLC Sport Coupé got a new tail lamp and bumper assembly that emphasized the car’s width. Add to that, subtle side styling revisions and a new selection of alloy wheels, and you had an athletic sport coupé that blended perfectly with the then-current Mercedes design ethos.

To back up its sporty new looks, the CL203 Mercedes CLC-Class Sport Coupé was given a more precise Direct-Steer variable ratio power steering system that required less steering wheel movement as the speed increased. The body also sat lower to reduce the centre-of-gravity and a recalibrated sport suspension with wide 18-inch wheels meant that the new Mercedes CLC would drive as good as it looked.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W203 / CL203 Mercedes CLC-Class Sport Coupé

Year Model – 2008-2011

Class – Compact Sport Coupé

Body Style – 3 door lift-back

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 5

Wheelbase – 2715 mm

Length – 4452 mm

Width – 1728 mm

Height – 1405 mm

Engines:

1.8 litre – petrol – 141 bhp

2.5 litre V6 – petrol – 201 bhp

3.5 litre V6 – petrol – 268 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 121 bhp

2.2 litre diesel – 148 bhp

Transmissions :

5-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Mercedes CLK-Class 1997 to 2002 W208

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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4-6 Cylinder Engines – On high mileage CLK’s, it’s not uncommon to find oil leaks, particularly around the cylinder head(s).

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Catalytic Converters – As the miles rack up, the catalytic converters fitted to the Mercedes C208 / W208 may need to be replaced.

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Axles & Suspension – Unless properly maintained, the drive axles and suspension components can wear out prematurely. Common issues include cracked driveshaft flex disks and leaking differential seals.

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Transmission – A transmission fluid leak could be the result of a leaking connector seal. If the problem isn’t corrected in time, the leaking fluid could damage the transmission control module.

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Engine – Common problems under the bonnet include failed mass airflow sensors and crankshaft position sensors, oil leaks around the PCV valves and oil level sensor, and worn motor mounts.

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A/C – It’s not uncommon for the evaporator temperature sensor to fail and the A/C lines to leak.

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Windscreen Wiper – The single-arm wiper mechanism needs to be lubricated periodically, otherwise the entire (expensive) Mercedes CLK windscreen wiper assembly will need to be replaced.

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Fog Lamps – The front fog lights on the Mercedes W208 / C208 are prone to moisture leaks.

Recalls

There were multiple Mercedes CLK W208/C208 recalls, so you will need to research your specific year/model to see which ones apply to your vehicle. Recalled parts include:

• Harmonic Balancer

• Rear Seatbelt Mechanism

• Voltage Regulator

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W208 Mercedes CLK is a 4-5 seat midsize executive coupé, with a rather small backseat, and rather large 479L boot. A 2000 model revision saw a new bumper and side sill design, wing mirrors with integrated turn signals, Tiptronic manual-shift function for the 5-speed automatic gearbox, and a larger multi-function display with steering wheel controls.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Sport – Standard kit includes electric windows, remote central locking with alarm, front and side airbags, climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, electric rear headrests, electric mirrors, leather upholstery.

Elegance – Adds electric driver’s seat and 7-speaker audio system.

Avantgarde – Adds an 8-speaker audio system, multi-function steering wheel and unique wood trim.

Final Edition – Avantgarde equipment, Nappa leather upholstery with Alcantera inserts on the seats and door panels, Black Ash wood trim, Final Edition badging, 5-spoke alloy wheels and unique chrome interior/exterior details.

AMG – Big V8, bigger brakes, AMG suspension, wheels, body kit and unique interior.

Engines:

2.0 litre – petrol – 134 bhp

2.0 litre supercharged – petrol – 161 bhp

2.3 litre supercharged – petrol – 190 bhp

3.2 litre V6 – petrol – 221 bhp

4.3 litre V8 – petrol – 275 bhp

5.4 litre V8 – petrol – 342 / 349 bhp (AMG)

Transmissions :

5-speed automatic

5-speed manual

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

When the W208 Mercedes CLK was born in 1997, the world was a much different place. We said goodbye to Princess Diana, hello to Tony Blair, and a sheep named Dolly had become a celebrity. Most people didn’t know what a ‘dot com’ was, but that incomprehensible technical jargon was about to make a lot of people rich. And Mercedes had just the car for them.

Prior to the W208 CLK, Mercedes Coupés offered all the excitement of afternoon tea with the local garden club. Everything was designed with a straight-edge ruler and their engines provided about as much fun as drawing circles with that straight-edged ruler. Then Mercedes offered a 2+2 coupé with actual curves and powerful engines. Had the world suddenly gone mad?

Based on the W210 E-Class, Mercedes’ new mid-size executive coupé featured the familiar quad-oval headlamp found on the E-Class saloon and a sloping roofline that made it look good coming or going. Power plants ranged from a very slow 2.0L petrol to a very fast AMG-built 5.4L V8. Most buyers however, are likely to opt for either the C208 Mercedes CLK320, or the C208 Mercedes CLK430, as both offer the optimum blend of performance and Germanic refinement.

At the time the C208 Mercedes CLK was designed, Mercedes was switching from their legendary over-engineered philosophy, to a more profitable mass-production model. As a result, this generation CLK can age poorly as the miles rack up. But if you hold out for a well-maintained example, you’ll be treated to a traditional Mercedes coupé that still looks good today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W208 / C208 Mercedes CLK Coupé

Year Model – 1997-2002

Class – Mid-Size Luxury Coupé

Body Style – 2-door coupé

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 4-5

Wheelbase – 2690 mm

Length – 4569 mm

Width – 1720 mm

Height – 1369 mm

Engines

2.0 litre – petrol – 134 bhp

2.0 litre supercharged – petrol – 161 bhp

2.3 litre supercharged – petrol – 190 bhp

3.2 litre V6 – petrol – 221 bhp

4.3 litre V8 – petrol – 275 bhp

5.4 litre V8 – petrol – 342 / 349 bhp (AMG)

Transmissions

5-speed automatic

5-speed manual

CLK-Class

1998 to 2003 W208

CLK-Class

2002 to 2009 W209

CLK-Class

2003 to 2009 W209

CLS-Class

2004 to 2010 W219

CLS-Class

2011 Onwards W218

Mercedes CLK-Class 1998-2003 W208

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Mercedes CLK-Class 2002-2009 W209

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Mercedes CLK-Class 2003-2009 W209

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Mercedes CLS-Class 2004-2010 W219

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Mercedes CLS-Class 2011 Onwards W218 (A)

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CLS-Class

2011 Onwards W218

E-Class

1995 to 2002 W210

E-Class

1996 to 2003 W210T

E-Class

2002 to 2008 W211

E-Class

2003 to 2008 W211T

Mercedes CLK-Class 2011 Onwards W218 (B)

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Mercedes E-Class 1995-2002 W210

COMMON FAULTS

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Rust – By far the biggest issue, especially with the pre-revamp models of the W210, was rust. Boot-lid, bottom of doors, front and rear wings and door window seals rust issues are too common, especially for a car of its class. Similarly, suspension mounting points have also shown significant rust problems. Make sure you check to see if there is rust under the paint everywhere on the body. The same goes for all seams and seals.

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Brake Assist Malfunctions – are pretty common and it took some time for Mercedes to resolve the issues. Moreover, it was a standard feature, so a lot of cars were affected. However, if you are buying a W210, the fact that it was a common fault means that this issue should have been dealt with by now.

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Certified – Not strictly a common fault, but many cars that were to be exported ended up in the UK and they came for a significant discount, so make sure your car is certified. These cars were built from 1995 to 1997.

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Head Stretch Bolts – Four-cylinder engines had problems with cylinder head stretch bolts. If you notice oil leaks on the cylinder head, this might be the reason.

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Rust in Coil Spring – South African W210s have had major issues with rust in coil spring perches up front, which can result in front suspension failure. However, this issue hasn’t been noticed for cars built outside South Africa, but could be an import if your vehicle shows these symptoms.

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Brake Pipes Rust – it’s common and it develops quickly.

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Engine Mounts – Several reports of engine mounts issues on 320CDI, although this can’t really be seen as a terribly common fault.

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Suspension Bushes – at the front end, these tend to cause problems when the car is equipped with heavier 6, or 8 cylinder engines. This happens at about 60,000 miles, so keep an eye out on vehicles around this mileage.

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Oil Seal Failure – Oil seals can fail to protect wiring looms and autobox.

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Glow Plug Brittle – Diesels have an issue with failing glow plugs which can break during removing.

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Dashboard Fade – LCD elements on the dashboard tend to fade. A very large job and unless it’s a show car, people tend to live with this.

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Coolant in to Gearbox – Transmission coolant can enter the transmission and cause very expensive damage.

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Faulty Wiring on Boot Lid – Failing reversing lights or battery drain can have the same cause. The reversing light cable is placed in the lid hinges and, should the wire lose its insulation due to opening and closing the boot lid, it can short on the metal.

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Injector Faults – Injectors can cause problems on 320CDI and their replacement is not cheap. Furthermore, the injector can get stuck in the cylinder head and cause the need for the head replacement.

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Internal Fan Blower – Blower motor regulator has been known to fail.

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Electric Windows – Power windows can stop working due to failure in plastic parts within its regulator

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Injection Pump – OM604 engines used in older E200D and E220D had Lucas diesel injection pump whose seals would often leak

Recalls

For this model, recalls include:

1995 – 1999 models’ sub-frame and front spring hangers may corrode

1996 models’ airbag can inflate on the wrong side.

1997 models were recalled to protect cavities from rust

1/9/1995 to 31/12/1996 models’ airbag can inflate due to corrosion of trigger mechanism

1996 models had problems with steering damper screw leak

Six-cylinder and eight-cylinder cars built from 2001 were recalled to have the voltage regulator replaced

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W210 was an E-Class model which means that it was somewhere between a mid-to-large luxury car and an executive car. The body styles included a sedan and a station wagon, while the similar-looking coupé was actually based on the C-Class chassis.

A major facelift occurred in 2000 and it brought significant changes. It featured new engines (most notably diesel CDI common rail engines), new transmission options and changes in design including a revised front section and bumpers and a multifunction instrument set and multifunction steering wheel – the first one on an E-Class model.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Trim levels should be clear, since there are three, plus AMG models – Classic (in some markets also Sport), Elegance and Avantgarde. However, different model years and markets often made the lines between the trim levels unclear. Moreover, even if you opted for a certain trim level, you could also get some additions from other trim levels as optional perks.

Generally speaking, the Classic was the entry trim level. Bearing in mind that the W210 is an E-Class, it did offer loads of comfort, great materials and some perks such as electric windows, heated mirrors and front airbags. The Sport trim was similar to the Classic, but with sportier suspension settings and sunroof.

The Elegance included more numerous nickel details and different wood texture on the inside. While not many Elegance cars had leather interiors, there were some. You would also get glass sunroof, door exit lights and alloy wheels.

The Avantgarde was the top of the standard offer. It offered different wood on the inside, more distinctive exterior details, such as side skirts and a different grille, leather seats, Xenon headlights (the first E-Class with them), tinted glass, memory seats, climate control, Parktronic, navigation (after revamp), BOSE audio, etc. Avantgarde models were also lower and stiffer.

Again, bear in mind that many of the cars had perks from different trim levels.

With so many different models and different markets, as well as a major revamp, there were plenty of engine options, starting with I4 2 l 16V and going to 6.2 l V8 32V AMG for petrol vehicles, and from I4 2 l 16V to I6 3.2 24 CDI for common rail diesels.

Engine Cyl. Power Torque Engine code 0–100 km/h (sec.)

2.0 16V I4 152 PS (112 kW; 150 hp) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) M111.942 9.4 – 10.4

2.0 16V I4 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) M111.943 10 – 11

2.0 16V K I4 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) M111.957 9.7 – 10.2

2.3 16V I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) M111.970 10.4 – 10.9

2.3 16V K I4 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp) 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) M111.974 7.1 – 8.0

2.6 18V V6 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) M112.911 9.6 – 10.2

2.8 24V I6 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) M104.942 8.6 – 8.9

2.8 18V V6 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) M112.921 8.9 – 9.1

3.2 24V I6 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) M104.995 7.8

3.2 18V V6 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) M112.941 7.7

4.2 32V V8 290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) M119.985 6.7

4.3 24V V8 279 PS (205 kW; 275 hp) 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) M113.940 6.2

3.6 24V AMG I6 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) 385 N·m (284 lb·ft) M104.xxx 6.0

5.0 32V AMG V8 347 PS (255 kW; 342 hp) 480 N·m (354 lb·ft) M119.985 5.7

5.4 24V AMG V8 354 PS (260 kW; 349 hp) 530 N·m (391 lb·ft) M113.980 5.4

6.0 32V AMG V8 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp) 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) M119.985 4.9

6.2 32V AMG V8 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp) 616 N·m (454 lb·ft) M119.985 4.7

2.0 16V D I4 88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp) 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) OM604.917 13.2

2.2 16V D I4 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) 150 N·m (111 lb·ft) OM604.912 13.0

2.2 16V CDI I4 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) 235 N·m (173 lb·ft) OM611 12.7

2.2 16V CDI I4 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) OM611 12.5

2.2 16V CDI I4 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) OM611 10.8

2.2 16V CDI I4 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) OM611 10.5

2.2 16V CDI I4 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) OM611 10.4 – 9.9

2.5 20V D I5 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp) 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) OM605.912 10.9

2.5 20V TD I5 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) OM605.962 9.5

2.7 20V CDI I5 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 370 N·m (273 lb·ft) OM612 9.0 – 7.7

2.7 20V CDI I5 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 370 N·m (273 lb·ft) OM612 9.0 – 8.0

2.9 10V TD I5 129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp) 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) OM602.982 10.0

3.0 24V D I6 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) OM606.912 10.0

3.0 24V TD I6 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) 330 N·m (243 lb·ft) OM606.962 8.4 – 7.6

3.2 24V CDI I6 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp) 470 N·m (347 lb·ft) OM613 8.3 – 6.9

Transmission options included 4- and 5-speed (from 1997) automatics and 5- and 6-speed (after the 2000 facelift) manuals.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W210 was first offered in 1995, although its development had started back in 1988, while the revered W124 was only three years into production. Many of the advancements in the development of the W210 saw the light of day in the facelifted versions of the W124. The first models, produced from 1995, usually sported engines which were familiar from the W124 and the W202 C-Class, such as the M111 I4, or the OM605 I5 DOHC, with some changes. Later revamps, occurring in 1998 and 2000, sported all new petrol options and, probably more importantly, diesels which employed the Common Rail technology in an E-Class for the first time. Cars with these new diesel engines can be recognized by the CDI moniker at the back.

Also, in 1997 an E-Class model saw the 5-speed automatic for the first time, although it had already been presented in the W140 S-Class with V8 engines, while the manual got an extra gear with the 2000 facelift.

The 2000 revamp was far better in almost every respect, but it also represented the first time many new and advanced technologies saw the light of day, so it was also plagued with some teething problems.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W210 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Model Years – 1995 – 2002 (2003 for the estate)

Class – Executive Car

Body Styles – Sedan and Estate

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 5 (some estate cars offered a third row of seats, which added up to 7 seats)

Wheelbase – 111.5 in (2,832 mm)

Length – 189.7 in (4,818 mm)

Width – 70.8 in (1,798 mm)

Height – 55.8 in (1,417 mm)

Engines:

2.0 16V

2.0 16V

2.0 16V K

2.3 16V

2.3 16V K

2.6 18V

2.8 24V

2.8 18V

3.2 24V

3.2 18V

4.2 32V

4.3 24V

3.6 24V AMG

5.0 32V AMG

5.4 24V AMG

6.0 32V AMG

6.2 32V AMG

2.0 16V D

2.2 16V D

2.2 16V CDI

2.2 16V CDI

2.2 16V CDI

2.2 16V CDI

2.2 16V CDI

2.5 20V D

2.5 20V TD

2.7 20V CDI

2.7 20V CDI

2.9 10V TD

3.0 24V D

3.0 24V TD

3.2 24V CDI

Transmission:

4-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Mercedes E-Class 1996 to 2003 W210T

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Mercedes E-Class 2002 to 2008 W211

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Mercedes E-Class 2003 to 2008 W211T

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E-Class

2009 Onwards W212

E-Class

2009 Onwards W207

E-Class

2010 Onwards W212T

E-Class

2010 Onwards W207

G-Class

2012 Onwards G463

Mercedes E-Class 2009 Onwards W212

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Mercedes E-Class 2009 Onwards W207

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Mercedes E-Class 2010 Onwards W212T

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Mercedes E-Class 2010 Onwards W207

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Mercedes G-Class 2012 Onwards G463

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

The G-Class W463 is a very long lasting model, following a major revision of the previous G-Class model in 1990. Since then there have been many different models, facelifts, special edition vehicles and AMG models, so many of the common faults can be connected to a particular model, rather than the entire 463 line up. Moreover, the car has been built like a tank. It was developed, and it is still widely used, as a military vehicle, able to deal with the worst of terrains and still capable of high-speed highway driving, so reliability and ruggedness have been paramount. Therefore, we shall deal with some faults that can be considered common, but are far from never-ending perils.

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Suspension Springs – making the ultimate off-roader and highway cruiser is an oxymoron, so it is normal that suspension will have to suffer, one way or another. Suspension springs have been known to break, so if you hear a loud noise during rougher rides, you might want to check the springs.

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Sunroof – a clicking noise can mean that the cable hose has moved from the motor frame. A fix is needed, but usually pretty fast and reasonably cheap.

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Electrics – newer models have been packed with comfort electrics and these are susceptible to breakdowns, much like on any other car. Mercedes, however, does have a reputation for building reliable machines, so the problem, though possible, is not ever-present.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The G463 G-Class comes in 3-door short wheelbase, 2-door convertible short wheelbase and 5-door long wheelbase options.

As for the different model generations, there are more than a few. First of all, the G463 G-Class appeared in 1990 and it came with a massively altered interior compared to the previously sold W460 and W461 (462 was used for licensed models). Leather upholstery became optional and the inside started sporting lots of wood for a more elegant look, while still saving the overall rugged feel.

The first big change came in 1997. Apart from new engines, the car also got a convertible version.

There have been slight changes, such as the multi-function steering wheel in 2000, but the next major model change arrived in 2005. It brought the first G55 AMG with a supercharger, which gave it serious power of 469 hp and acceleration to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.

The Grand Edition came in 2006. It is a LWB G500, or G400 CDI. It was a model supposed to mark the end of sales in the US (which never happened), so it was especially plush and clearly distinguished from other models. Only 500 of these were made.

For 2007, the car received several alterations to the powerplants, as well as numerous comfort features, such as COMAND with 6.5” screen, reversing camera, tire pressure monitor and several new interior options including new leather upholstery.

2008 saw more comfort updates such as Bluetooth connectivity, much better and more expensive audio system, CAMAND APS and vented seats. Generally, the G-Class was becoming more of a car for the affluent than a spartan off-roader, which became even more evident a year later when it got more comfortable rear bench, ambient lighting, bunch of new connectivity options, Chrome package and new exterior colours.

In 2012 the G-Class upped the game again introducing things like LED lights, new dashboard and instrument cluster, standard DISTRONIC and PARKTRONIC and several revisions of previous electronic features.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

There are no trim lines similar to the ones on other Mercedes-Benz cars. During its production run, which still lasts, the G-Class received plenty of amenities depending on the year, engine and whether or not it was AMG.

Generally speaking, all of them were upmarket and expensive, so they were packed with features available at their respective generations. V8 models often had some features as standard, but these were optional on V6 powered cars as well. AMG models made use of AMG engines and several distinctive exterior features such as more aggressive bumpers.

Engines:

5.0L V8

5.4L supercharged V8

5.5L twin-turbo V8

6.0L twin-turbo V12

2.9L V6 Diesel

4.0L V8 Diesel

3.0L V6

5.5L V8

3.0L V6 Diesel

2.7L V6 Diesel

3.2L V6

3.6L I6

6.0L V8

3.5L I6 Diesel

3.0L I6 Diesel

2.5L I5 Diesel

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The first G-Class road car came in 1979 and its high price and lack of perks often hurt sales. However, its impeccable off-road capabilities quickly created a strong and dedicated following that actually kept the model running, even after it had been announced that it would reach its end of production several times. This hasn’t happened so far and the G-Class is still going strong more than 35 years after it first came out.

The W463 chassis appeared in 1990, bringing loads of styling and technical improvements and moving the car closer to what it was to become in the following decades – a real luxury car with unexpectedly amazing off-road capabilities. It came with anti-lock brakes, three locking differentials and a far more luxurious interior with lots of wood and even full leather upholstery as an option. Moreover, it came with new engines, including a top of the line V8.

Early years saw little alterations, save for the V8 which came in 1993, usually dealing with things like steering wheel design, but in 1997 a convertible version and a new 2.9L diesel came. In 1998 the G500 appeared, marking the return of the V8.

The G-Class kept developing in said direction in the years to come, adding various comfort features usually reserved for the high class cars, while still retaining absurd off-road capabilities. The car would end up having various connectivity options, a plethora of lavish interior options which would make it look and feel like a plush lounge, rather than a 4X4, COMAND infotainment system with a screen, bi-xenon headlamps, tire pressure monitor, sport exhaust, Harman Kardon Logic7 surround system, acclimatised multi-contour seats and so much more. All this came without even including special edition models and tuner packages.

At the moment, the G-Class is a car which is a statement of wealth, class and elegance, as much as it is a means of transport, while still being able to plough through rough terrains and keep you out of snow-related driving issues.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W463 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Model Year – 1990-present

Class – 4X4

Body Style:

3-door SWB

2-door SWB convertible

3-door SWB van

3-door LWB van

5-door LWB station wagon

Drive Wheels – AWD

Seating – 5

Wheelbase – 94.5 in to 112.2 in

Length:

Pre-2003 – 183.5 in

2004–09 – 185.6 in (LWB)

2010 – 184.5 in

Width:

Pre-2003 – 69.3 in

2004–09 – 71.3 in

2004–09 AMG – 73.4 in

2010 – 71.8 in

2010 AMG – 73.1 in

Height :

2004–09 – 77.8 in

Pre-2003 – 72.3 in

2010 – 76.0 in

Kerb weight – 5,690 lb (G55 AMG)

GLA-Class

2014 Onwards X156

GL-Class

2006 to 2012 GL164

GL-Class

2013 Onwards GL166

M-Class

1998 to 2004 W163

M-Class

2005 to 2011 W164

Mercedes GLA-Class 2014 Onwards X156

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Navigation System – It can lead to some misunderstanding if voice operated. However, since there are many people complaining about it, especially compared to other navigation options, we feel confident that a software update should up the game in this respect.

Transmission – There have been problems with engaging reverse gear. It lags and when a bit of throttle is applied, it engages violently. An owner reported that the problem has been solved using engine and transmission software update. Also, several owners complain of slow shifting of the automatic, as well as slow kick down.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The GLA comes in one form alone. It is a compact crossover with four doors, with the engine mounted at the front and with front- or four-wheel drive. All of the currently available engines are I4, while there are two transmission options – manual and automatic. The car is heavily based on the A-Class, but it is also significantly different.

The most powerful option comes in the form of the GLA45 AMG, packing again a I4 engine, but this time with two turbochargers for the power rating of 355 hp.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

There are two trim levels available for the GLA, but there are a significant number of equipment packages as well. The entry level trim is called SE and it includes things such as reversing camera, air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel and digital radio, as well as other comfort perks. The AMG Line trim level ups the aggression of the exterior and gives firmer suspension and larger wheels.

Packages come as follows:

Executive – includes heated front seats, folding mirrors and autonomous steering while parking (Active Park Assist).

Premium – comes with bi-xenon lights for the front and electrical tailgate.

Premium Plus – adds Intelligent Light System, panoramic sunroof and dual-zone air conditioning.

Exclusive – adds additional colours for the interior leather, electric front seats and better floor mats.

Driver’s Assistance Package – comes with adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

If you opt for the AMG Line, you can also add Night package which gives black mirrors, bumper details, roof rails and 19” wheels.

Engines:

1.6 l I4 120 hp

1.6 l I4 154 hp

2.0 l I4 208 hp

2.0 l I4 355 hp

1.5 l I4 Diesel 108 hp

2.1 l I4 Diesel 136 hp

2.1 l I4 Diesel 168 hp

Transmissions:

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The GLA part in the name tells a lot about this car’s origins. First of all, the “GL” stands for an SUV, while the “A” means that it is based on the A-Class. This is why the GLA is the smallest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz line-up, much like the A-Class is the smallest Mercedes offered. It shares the platform with the current A-Class and B-Class, while it is also similar to the CLA-Class sedan. However, being an SUV strongly distinguishes the Mercedes-Benz GLA and puts it in a class of its own to compete with other upmarket compact SUVs.

After two concepts presented in 2013, the car became available a year later. Such a short time between the concepts and production cars means that these are very similar both in design and technical specifications and solutions.

The same year saw the first AMG model which packs plenty of styling and performance additions which do not only serve to make the car look more aggressive, but also help it deal with class-leading 355hp of power.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class X156

Model Year – 2014 – present

Class – Compact executive crossover

Body Style – 4-door SUV

Drive Wheels – FWD / AWD

Seating – 5

Mercedes GL-Class 2006 to 2012 GL164

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Water Leaks – Panoramic glass roof seal glue can let water through which can cause problems for dashboard warning, exterior and interior lights.

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Front Brakes – there have been reports of squeaks from the front brakes. These are easily dealt with by replacing pads.

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Transmission – there have been reports of rough shifting, but mechanical noises have been deemed normal.

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Rear Tail Light – this problem is strangely common and there has even been a Technical Service Bulletin issued.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The Mercedes-Benz X164 GL-Class is the first generation of the full-size luxury SUV. It is a proper seven-seater with three rows of seats and it is the flagship model of Mercedes-Benz in the SUV category. Having this in mind, it is no wonder that it packs loads of luxury and safety features, many of which can be found in the general flagship model of the company – the S-Class. Indeed, for the SUV world, the GL might be considered the S-Class’s counterpart.

Its main feature, apart from the roomy and comfortable interior and immense road presence, is its unprecedented off-road capability for a car of its class. It can’t really match the G-Class, for example, but it is a capable off-roader, while being far more appropriate for road driving and highway cruising. The GL-Class is basically a bigger, more comfortable and luxurious M-Class.

Its merits were proven a year after it came out, since it won the 2007 Motor Trend SUV of the Year in a tough competition.

A facelift occurred in 2009. Apart from minor styling changes, it introduced two new diesel engines for the GL350 and the GL450 and also a Sport trim package which increased the luxury and made some features, such as headlight washers and heated seats, standard.

Moreover, there are loads of optional extra packages which add comfort, styling and other perks to the already amazing car.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

“Flagship” in Mercedes really means that. Standard features of the GL-Class included things like dual-zone air-con, auto dimming mirrors, Artico leather, tilt/telescopic leather multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, Parktronic sensors heated front seats and, after the facelift, new daytime lights, LED taillights, Airmatic suspension and chrome details, to name but a few.

Moreover, the bigger the engine, the more standard features you get, so the GL500, for example, has standard Nappa leather upholstery, heated rear seats, xenons and Easy-Pack automatic tailgate.

Optional features go even further. There are several packages that add loads of perks and a number of standalone additions such as 20”, or 21” wheels, ambient lighting, ventilated seats, DAB radio, TV tuner, surround system, rear seat entertainment system, blind spot assist, radar-guided cruise control and much, much more.

Sports Styling Package brings Bi-xenon headlights, 20” wheels, chrome roof bars and privacy glass.

Luxury Seat Package adds two-tone leather, memory system with three settings for the incredibly versatile multi-contour front seats. If you spend a lot of time in this car, you will need and love this package.

Engines:

Petrol

3.0 L V6

4.6 L V8

5.5 L V8

Diesel

3.0 L V6

4.0 L V8

All of the engines are paired with a single transmission option – a seven-speed 7G-Tronic automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The first X164 GL-Class was produced in 2006. It came to top the M-Class and offer unprecedented luxury for an SUV, while still letting the owner deal with adverse road conditions and rarely beaten tracks. It was also presented to aide Mercedes-Benz’s efforts in the USA (vast majority of them are made in Alabama, USA) where these kinds of cars are very popular. It was immediately separated from the competitors, what with its unibody architecture and sleek styling even for a car of this size and the unprecedented build quality Mercedes is known by.

The car was packed with luxury features, many of which mimic the range-topping S-Class. It also gave seven seats, all suitable for adults, and more storage space than the Range Rover offers. At the time it appeared, the GL-Class was top notch in every respect.

The only facelift came in 2009, and it brought only several changes. There were two new diesel engines and some optional features became standard.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

X 164 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Model Year – 2006-2012

Class – Full-size Luxury SUV

Body Style – 5-door SUV

Drive Wheels – AWD

Seating – 7

Mercedes GL-Class 2013 Onwards GL166

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Brakes – there have been several reports of vibrating while braking and they have been appearing rather early.

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21” Tires – driving on these can be less rewarding in terms of comfort and they do wear faster. However, these are very rare, most GLs featuring smaller and more suitable wheels.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The second generation of the flagship SUV, internally dubbed X166, brought numerous improvements to a car that was already top-notch in its class. It had more perks, additional standard features, it grew bigger and more luxurious, while losing a significant amount of weight and reducing fuel consumption.

It is still a seven-seat full-sized SUV designed to compete with its US counterparts, while still preserving unprecedented European flair and attention to detail and the high-quality finish Mercedes-Benz has been known for. Similarly, it is a capable off-road car, not designed to take you far off the beaten track, but still good enough to deal with adverse weather conditions and asphalt-lacking terrains.

Just like its predecessor, the X166 also won the Motor Trend SUV of the year in 2013.

Aside from the pretty ample standard equipment even in the base model, the X166 GL-Class also offers several different styling and comfort packages that can make any particular car specially tailored to the owner’s desires.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Standard equipment came with the base engine, but it is far from lacking. It includes things like ATTENTION ASSIST, 9 airbags, DAB radio, ISOFIX on outer middle-row seats and both third row seats, COMAND online system, Bluetooth connectivity, Crosswind Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, Active Bonnet for pedestrian protection, AIRMATIC self-levelling suspension and electric tailgate.

Going for the more powerful GL500 model adds Active Parking Assist, Intelligent Light System, KEYLESS-GO and memory multi-contour seats for the front to the standard features.

Top of the line-up is reserved for the GL 63 AMG which is powered by a 5.5 l bi-turbo V8 which gives it 557hp for the 0-62 run of just under 5 seconds, which is almost unbelievable for a car of its size and weight. The GL 63 AMG sports a number of special AMG features such as the engine, transmission with three modes, AMG RIDE CONTROL, AIRMATIC active suspension which automatically lowers the car as the speed increases, and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM. On the inside the GL 63 AMG also has a number of befitting perks including perforated brakes, AMG floor mats and ARTICO leather seats.

Optional features include the following:

On- & Off-Road Package has a number of perks that help with off-road driving. These include things like automatic electronic assists with manual override functions, but also things like protective panels for the underbody.

Active Curve System improves grip while cornering harder in order to improve efficiency and safety.

Other optional features are three-part panoramic glass sunroof, additional Artico leather on the inside, heated rear seats, multi-colour interior lighting, heated and cooled cup holders and massaging front seats.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The first production GL-Class ever made was in 2006 and it became an instant hit, immediately taking the leading role in this class of high-quality full-size SUVs. It offered loads of equipment as standard, but also plenty more as optional and came for the top price compared to other SUVs from Mercedes-Benz. It was the ultimate family car.

The second generation came in 2012, three years after a major revamp of the previous version and it only improved the car further, adding loads of perks as standard equipment and further improving the engines in terms of power and efficiency. Despite being bigger, longer, more spacious, more powerful and overall more efficient, the new model was actually more than 220lb lighter.

Up until now there has not been a facelift of the car, but it a general practise of Mercedes-Benz to introduce one after a few years, so one might be expected. Additionally, a change in class nomenclature for Mercedes SUVs brings a name change for the GL as well – it is a GLS now, mimicking the S-Class flagship placement for the SUV world – so, we might expect the GLS to bear some difference from the current GL.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

X166 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Model Year – 2012 – present

Class – Full-size Luxury Crossover SUV

Body Style – 5-door SUV

Drive Wheels – AWD

Seating – 7

Mercedes GL-Class M-Class 1998 to 2004 W163

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Six-Speed Manuals – there have been several reports of failure of the manual transmission with 270CDI

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Sunroof – it is a multi-section sunroof and it has been known to fail. Failure of a single motor can create a problem for the entire sunroof and it is not a cheap fix

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Automatic Transmission – heat exchangers for the transmission are placed inside the radiators, so their failure can lead to coolant entering the transmission which leads to serious damage to the transmission, often making it completely useless

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Rust – like other cars from the Daimler Chrysler era, this one has also been known to rust

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Driver’s Seatbelt – it may unbuckle. The problem is not big and it is easily solved using a modified buckle

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Gas Conversion – for ML320 cars with LPG conversion, engines can rev up past the permitted zone, in which case the automatic transmission saves the engine from damage by shifting into neutral. This is solved by adding a control unit that switches to petrol at high rpms.

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Power Steering – oil cooler hose may leak which results in loss of power steering

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class W163 (also known as the ML-Class) is a mid-size luxury SUV produced from 1997 until 2005. This is the only body type for the car, and you can go for RWD or AWD. The first generation was a body-on-frame car, while later ones went for unibody, and it seated five people, offering seven seats as an optional feature on the facelifted model, although they were smaller than the rest and access was a major issue. Standard, full-size seven seats were reserved for the flagship SUV from Mercedes-Benz – the GL-Class.

Despite being a part of the Daimler-Chrysler years and having some build quality and reliability problems usually uncommon for Mercedes-Benz cars, it was still well accepted and it featured several innovations, such as being the first SUV with electronic stability control.

Also, it was equipped with advanced safety systems and packed with front and side airbags, so the M-Class became one of the safest cars on the market, regularly snatching top marks in crash tests.

Every year brought some changes, but in 2001 a major facelift came. It brought styling changes such as new head and tail lights, turn signals placement, front and rear bumpers and wheels options, but it also introduced new and technically superior engines, most of which increased displacement and power, but reduced fuel consumption.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Standard equipment is already pretty good. It includes things like permanent AWD, Electronic Traction System, ESP, fog lamps for the front and rear, low-ratio transmission, heated mirrors with electric controls, cruise control, tinted windows and outside temperature gauge.

Aside from these, and the AMG, there were other equipment packages that would add things in bulks, as per your wishes. For example, the Luxury pack added things like electrically adjustable front seats, wood interior and leather upholstery and steering wheel.

The Family pack goes further to add things like two more seats in the third row, lockable box and pop-open rear windows.

Engines:

2.3 L M111.970 I4 (petrol)

2.7 L OM612 I5 (t/c diesel)

3.2 L M112 E32 V6 (petrol)

3.7 L M112 E37 V6 (petrol)

4.0 L OM628 V8 (t/c diesel)

4.3 L M113 E43 V8 (petrol)

5.0 L M113 E50 V8 (petrol)

5.4 L M113 E55 V8 (petrol)

Transmissions include two options: a 5-speed manual, or the more common 5-speed 5G-Tronic automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The ML-Class was planned to replace the famed G-Class. This never happened and the G-Class is still here to stay, but the ML stayed as well, serving as a mid-sized SUV for the company. The initial idea was for it to be developed with Mitsubishi, but that was dropped after a short while and Mercedes went on to produce the car alone.

The first one came in 1997, being the first SUV with ESC and unprecedented safety scores, and it was particularly good on snow or mud thanks to the four-wheel electronic traction system.

The first few engines available included the 230 and 320 petrols and a 270 CDI diesel. In 1998 an ML 430 V8 came and a year after that an ML 55 AMG.

The most comprehensive revision came in the form of the 2001 facelift which introduced several styling changes but, most notably, some new engines. The V8 was no longer the 4.3, but a 5L unit and an all new 4L V8 CDI diesel was introduced. In 2002 the 3.7 V6 petrol came, replacing the 3.2.

The last ML-Class was sold in 2005 when it was replaced by the W164.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W163 Mercedes-Benz M-Class/ML-Class

Model Year – 1997-2005

Class – Mid-size luxury SUV

Body Style – 5-door SUV

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5 (7 as an optional feature)

Mercedes GL-Class M-Class 2005 to 2011 W164

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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V6 Petrol Engines – timing chain sprocket for balancer shaft can fail prematurely, which is a pretty costly malfunction.

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Electrics – there have been several reports of failing electronics, ranging from niggling issues to full immobilization due to shutdown of features which are power assisted

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Tire Wear – tires range in size from 17” to 20” and the largest ones tend to wear quickly

Recalls

Diesel can leak at the fuel filter assembly. The fault is not expensive and it is usually fixed by replacement of the fuel filter. However, vast majority of these have already been taken care of, since it was an official recall

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W164 M-Class is a mid-size luxury SUV made from 2005 – 2011. There is only one body option and it lacks a 7-seat feature that some of its competitors offer. However, the W164 is remarkable to drive, very comfortable and reliable. It has huge road presence and surprisingly good off-road credentials, bearing in mind that it is a luxury car before anything else.

The facelift came only three years later, offering several design changes – such as new front fascia, mirrors, wheels, grille and interior design – as well as numerous minor fixes and several new models, such as the 420 CDI.

In 2009 the Bluetec Diesels were introduced, as well as the ML 450 Hybrid.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Standard – Comes with features such as ABS, ESP, traction control, heated mirrors, DSR, brake assist, 60/40 split seats, Isofix, air conditioning and electric front seats.

SE – adds metallic paint, same colour door handles, chrome details, rectangular tailpipes and walnut interior.

Sport – comes with metallic paint, larger 19” wheels, electric sport front seats and black aluminium interior details.

After the facelift in 2008, standard equipment included Parktronic, Easy-Pack tailgate, rain sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and new front seats.

Engines:

Petrol

3.5 L V6

5.0 L V8

4.6 L V8

5.5 L V8

6.2 L V8

Diesel

3.0 L turbo-diesel V6

4.0 L turbo-diesel V8

The only transmission option is an automatic 7G-Tronic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W164 came after six years of development to replace the first M-Class model – the W163. It was first presented at the North American International Auto Show and it brought numerous improvements compared to the initial model. It was longer, more comfortable, it featured loads of new perks and it had lower coefficient of drag, making it more efficient in absolutely every department.

The first change came with the unibody type, instead of the previous generation’s body on frame. Other additions included a new automatic transmission with seven speeds, Active Curve-Illuminating Bi-Xenon headlights, air suspension with height adjustment and Off-Road Pro package for better performance off the beaten track.

The W164 was an instant success, being a better version of the car that was beloved but somewhat lacking. It was chosen to be the “Best New Sport Utility Vehicle” in 2006 for the Canadian Car of the Year awards.

In 2007 the AMG model arrived. It was the M63 AMG with a 6.2L V8 packing 510 hp and reaching 62 mph in less than 5 seconds, which was almost unthinkable for a car of its size and shape.

The facelift came in 2008 and it brought several styling changes and technical mods, as well as new engines and nomenclature.

Lastly, in 2009, several new options also appeared. First of all, modern Bluetec Diesels appeared and they brought vast improvements in fuel efficiency and power ratings to the already amazing diesel engine line-up.

The first ML 450 Hybrid came in 2009. It was a true work of technological wonder, boasting 335hp, almost as much as the ML550, but at the same time, consuming far less fuel.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W164 Mercedes-Benz M-Class/ML-Class

Model Year – 2005-2011

Class – Mid-size luxury SUV

Body Style – 5-door SUV

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5

M-Class

2012 Onwards W166

R-Class

2006 to 2012 W251

S-Class

1991 to 1999 W140

S-Class

1999 to 2005 W220

S-Class

2006 to 2013 W221

Mercedes M-Class 2012 Onwards W166

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

OM651 2.1 CDI – several four-cylinder diesels have had a problem with a seal ring between the engine and the timing chain tensioner. The issue is neither a big problem to resolve, nor an expensive one. However, it can lead to a fire, since the oil can drip on the hot surface of the engine.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W166 M-Class (also called ML-Class) is a mid-size luxury SUV made by Mercedes-Benz from 2012. The previous generations had just one body type and this one started off the same, but the 2015 facelift brought a change in the name and additional SUV Coupe body type. Moreover, the same facelift brought the first hybrid in this range.

The W166 is aimed mostly at the US market, although it has been sold very well elsewhere. It was named the most ideal vehicle for Americans in the Luxury Crossover SUV category after a comprehensive study by Auto Pacific and, compared to the previous model, it offered a more modern design, clearly based on the restyled E-Class, more room at the back, new engines and transmission options, a hybrid version and loads of hi-tech features as standard.

The 2015 facelift brought a new body style and a change in name, not being M- or ML-Class any more, but the GLE-Class, signifying that it is an SUV counterpart to the revered E-Class in terms of size, equipment and positioning within the line-up.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Standard equipment is pretty extensive and it includes things like electrically adjustable, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, Artico leather interior, paddle shifter on the multifunction steering wheel, off-road, sport, manual and economy modes for transmission, rain sensors, auto lights, electric front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, Attention Assist, stop/start and cruise control.

Optional features came in an array of comfort and safety aides such as Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning System, AirMatic with adjustable height and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM.

Furthermore, there are 13 different equipment packages which add in bulks features that would be of interest to a particular customer. Indeed, there are so many options that almost every W166 can be unique.

Engines:

3.5L V6

4.6L Bi-turbo V8

5.5L Bi-turbo V8

2.1L I4 turbo-diesel

3.0L V6 turbo-diesel

All of the powering options, save for the hybrid, are paired with the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission with seven speeds. The hybrid comes with the CVT automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The first generation of the M-Class came at the end of the previous century and, despite its teething problems, it was a major success for the company. The second one came in 2005 and it moved the car up a notch in every respect. Most of the problems disappeared with this one and it went even further with the 2009 facelift which made the car better looking, more efficient and less problematic.

The 2012 model year went further in the same direction and brought a whole new car in the form of the W166. It was packed with new features such as Attention Assist, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning System, AirMatic with adjustable height and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM. Furthermore, it came with a whole new design which brought it significantly closer to the E-Class revamp. Lastly, even though the car has been in production for more than three years, there are not many common problems, so the W166 seems like a solid car.

The facelift came in 2015 and it introduced a new nomenclature system in which the M-Class became the GLE-Class. The most notable change to the W166 was the introduction of the first ever hybrid M-Class. Based on the newly-named GLE, the coupe version also came in January 2015 (marked C292), featuring sleeker body aimed at younger buyers. The GLE Coupe is also very reliable, sharing the platform, parts and interior design with the W166, with the only difference being the body styling.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W166 Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV

Model Year – 2012 – present

Class – Mid-size luxury SUV

Body Style – 5-door SUV

Drive Wheels – AWD

Seating – 5

Mercedes R-Class 2006 to 2012 W251

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

280 CDI – Failing turbo actuator can result in a loss of power, which might require a whole new turbo.

Guide Price £ TBC

M272 and M273 V6 Petrol Engines – Timing chain sprocket for balancer shaft may wear sooner than normal.

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Diesels Recall – Many diesels of the era had a recall due to a possible fuel leak at the fuel filter assembly.

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Tailgate – It has been known to stop working. In some cases the motor would burn, but in others a simple reprogramming solved the issue.

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Air Suspension – It is functioning ok generally, but there have been reports of failures and it is a pricey repair.

Guide Price £ TBC

TWC Temperature Sensor – It was known to fail and it was replaced by a different one. This failure results in the check engine sign lighting.

Guide Price £ TBC

Steering Wheel – Noises from the steering column may indicate that the upper steering shaft bearing is failing

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The R-Class came as a people carrier from Mercedes-Benz with no real predecessor. It was a Large MPV with five doors and six or seven seats, depending on the year of manufacture. The car was smoothly designed despite its massive size and it had engines with six or eight cylinders, clearly fitting into the luxury category. The pricing revealed this as well, since it was slotted between the M-Class and the GL-Class. As opposed to them, it had also short- and long-wheelbase versions.

As the years were passing, there were several additions and changes. First off, 2007 brought an option of RWD added to the AWD. The original version had six seats, but from 2007 you could also go for seven. Styling wise, AMG exterior design features became available even for cars which were not powered by AMG engines. Lastly, there were two new engines, both with six cylinders and 3L of displacement.

The most upscale version, of course, comes from AMG in the form of the R63 AMG. Mercedes-Benz aficionados will know from the name that the car features a hand-built V8 engine. It had the displacement of 6.2L and it produces 503hp and 465lb-ft of torque. The 7G-Tronic was also used in the R63 AMG, but it was tuned to fit the AMG driving style and it featured paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. Despite its size and weight, the most powerful R-Class reached 62 mph from a standstill in just 5 seconds.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The R-Class was a high-class car, so plenty of standard equipment was expected and Mercedes-Benz delivered. AWD, brake assist, traction control, air conditioning, CD stereo, electrically adjusted front seats, 17” wheels and automatic headlights and windshield wipers were standard.

SE Trim – Comes with metallic paint, electric seats with more adjustable features, leather upholstery and wood trim for the interior.

Sport Trim – adds 19” wheels, more supportive seats and sports pedals, Alcantara trim for the seats and aluminium trim for the interior.

As usual, the 500 models were more special, so they came with standard AirMATIC, dimming mirrors and better air conditioning. The R500 Sport also had 19” wheels, while the R500 SE came with an inch larger set compared to the regular SE models.

In 2008 all of the other trim levels were dropped, but the car still had copious equipment packages and individual features to offer. Furthermore, AMG styling became standard as well as 18” wheels instead of 17”.

Engines:

Diesel:

3 l V6 190hp

3 l V6 221hp

3 l V6 210hp

3 l V6 265hp

Petrol:

3 l V6 228hp

3.5 l V6 268hp

5 l V8 302hp

6.2 l V8 503hp

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

There is not much history behind the R-Class. It had no real predecessor and after a few model year changes and a 2011 revamp, the model was discontinued due to unsatisfying sales.

The R-Class was supposed to serve as a new kind of car on the market, giving an alternative solution to buyers who wanted a crossover, but not an SUV. It came in 2006 as a luxury six-seater crossover with large engines, lots of equipment and elegant styling.

The 2007 changes introduced RWD, more versatile seating with up to seven seats, AMG styling and two new V6 engine options.

The only major facelift came in 2011 when the R-Class got a significantly different front design and several minor tweaks to do away with recurring issues and recall reasons.

The R-Class was discontinued in 2013 leaving an empty space in the line-up only partially filled by the V-Class which is there to replace the R-Class and the Vito van.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W251 Mercedes-Benz R-Class MPV/CUV

Model Year – 2006-2013

Class – Full-size MPV/CUV

Body Style – 5-door CUV

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5, 6, or 7

Mercedes S-Class 1991 to 1999 W140

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Tyres – Tyres can wear sooner than expected, so this can be taken as a higher maintenance cost, which is understandable for a car of this class.

Guide Price £ TBC

Sub-Trunk Lid Strip – The light-coloured strip positioned below the trunk lid and between (or below) the tail lights can often change colour, but only in certain places, making that part look far less attractive. However, this is only a slight visual downside.

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Electrics – The W140 was a car ahead of its time in almost every respect, featuring many things which are still pretty expensive optional features in many modern cars, while some of its comfort perks are still reserved only for the top-class cars. However, after almost 25 years since the first W140 saw the light of day, it is expected that some of these parts have failed. Make no mistake, they were engineered to perfection and it doesn’t mean that you will have problems with them for sure, but after that much time and having so many features, electric niggles should be no surprise.

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Brake Hose – After-facelift models built in 1995 and 1996 may lose brake fluid due to faulty hose.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W140 is either a four-door sedan in two versions – short-wheelbase, or long-wheelbase – or a two-door coupe. All of the cars were RWD with the engine placed up front. Engines ranged from I6 petrols or diesels, all the way up to massive V12 engines from AMG. In the first two years after the W140 went into production, more powerful engines appeared, including the V12 for the S 600 and several different V8s for the S 420 and S 500. The car only had two diesel options, both I6 with 3L, or 3.5L of displacement and only available on the sedan models.

Even though the initial models were improved over time, the first massive facelift came in 1994, bringing several styling changes such as clear turn signals, new taillights, new grille options, but also some hi-tech stuff like Parktronic.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Standard equipment was vast for the W140. Moreover, if you went for bigger engines, the number of standard features would rise as well. In each and every one of them, regardless of the engine, you would get colour-coded bumpers, leather steering wheel, adjustable seats and steering column, electric heated mirrors, wood interior, double-paned soundproof windows, parking guide rods on earlier models and Parktronic on the later ones, seat memory function, rain sensors on later models, auto-dimming rear view mirror which would be set up together with the memory settings of the seats, dual climate control for short-wheelbase cars and four-zone climate control for the long-wheelbase models, air conditioning which could work for 20 minutes after the engine had been turned off, self- and soft-closing doors and boot plus a lot more. Mind you, this was almost a quarter of a century ago.

Just some of the optional features were orthopaedic seats with inflatable and deflatable air cushions, Nappa leather interior, GPS navigation system for the later S 600 model, voice control system, TELEAID, ADS, which was even standard on V12 models, hydro-pneumatic self-levelling suspension, cruise control (also standard on V8 and V12 models), ASR, ASD, remote boot opening, Brake Assist, ESC and even the AIRMATIC air suspension was taken into consideration for the W140, but since the development wasn’t over, it was saved for the next version of the S-Class – the W220.

Engines:

2.8 L M104 I6 (petrol)

3.2 L M104 I6 (petrol)

3.0 L: OM606 I6 (t/c diesel)

3.5 L: OM603 I6 (t/c diesel)

4.2 L: M119 V8 (petrol)

5.0 L: M119 V8 (petrol)

6.0 L: M120 V12 (petrol)

7.0 L AMG V12 (petrol)

7.3 L AMG V12 (petrol)

There were three options for transmissions. You could go for a four-speed, or five-speed automatic, or a five speed manual.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W140 appeared in 1991 as a sedan and a year later as a coupe. It was to follow the extremely popular W126 and serve as the flagship model for the company. The Germans wanted to outdo the previous model and make the W140 the absolute pinnacle of the industry and they have done exactly that. The W140 was arguably the best car in the world when it appeared, featuring a number of innovative solutions increasing both comfort and safety as well as pushing boundaries for the entire industry. Many of the features which were standard on the W140 almost 25 years ago are offered as optional features on modern cars, while some others are simply too upmarket to be offered even by today’s standards. As a result, the very expensive W126 was on average 25% cheaper than the W140.

In the years preceding the appearance of the W140, Mercedes-Benz created a reputation for themselves for over engineering their cars, especially their flagship models. The W140 is considered the last over engineered Mercedes at the time, so all of its features were extremely reliable.

This was also the first S-Class with a V12 engine.

In 1993 Mercedes-Benz chose to start naming their cars differently and this affected the W140 as well. After that time, letters and numbers switched places which has remained so until today.

Even though there were several additions during the first few years, the first official facelift came in 1994 bringing several styling changes and also a number of safety and comfort perks.

The W140 was replaced by the W220 in 1998, marking an end of an era in which they were producing revered over engineered cars for the company – a reputation they seem to be getting back to successfully in the past few years.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W140 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan (SWB W140 and LWB V140) and Coupe (C140)

Model Year – 1991-1998

Class – Full-size luxury car

Body Style – 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 5 (4 on some models)

Mercedes S-Class 1999 to 2005 W220

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Rust – Although it is not an awfully common problem for the W220, it is not negligibly rare either. Some of these cars would rust badly, while others look perfect even now. This means that, after a decade and a half, it should be easy to see if a particular car has a problem with rust. If it is good now, there is small chance of it becoming a major problem in this respect.

I6 320CDI – This older version of the six-cylinder diesel was more economical than its later V6 counterpart, but it also had several problems, such as failing engine mounts, oil light false alarms, failing injectors and fire seals failure which could lead to injectors getting stuck in the cylinder head, requiring the head replacement, which is a pricey repair.

Airmatic – This amazing technology made the already incredibly comfortable car even more so, but should the air pump, or air struts, fail, repair costs might be incredibly high.

Drains – Drains need to be kept clean, since water can overflow and cause problems with vent blower motor and wiring loom. This can cause serious problems with electrics. Furthermore, all electrics in this car should be checked, because it was packed with hi-tech features, many of which may fail after a decade and a half.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W220 is a full-size, four-door sedan generally made as a short-wheelbase, or a long-wheelbase model, but with several special edition cars as well. These models were either RWD or AWD, and engines ranged from six-cylinder and eight-cylinder for the diesels to six-cylinder and V12 for petrols.

The first major facelift came in 2002 with a sleeker front, transparent headlights, a different grille and new taillights, but it also fixed several issues with the electrics, greatly improving the COMAND system for example.

The car featured a number of changes during its six-year lifespan, such as the addition of new engines for AMG models, including the S65 AMG with a V12 producing 604 hp. This was the first car with steering wheel shifters. Seven-speed automatic transmission arrived in late 2003 and it was standard for models with bigger engines.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Equipment for the W220 was incredible. Just some of the things that the standard equipment included were Airmatic, COMAND system, keyless entry, ABS, traction control, adjustable steering wheel, side and front air bags, remote locking, self-closing doors and trunk, Active Cylinder Control (for S500 and S600), Pre-Safe system, ESP, four electric windows, PAS, metallic paint, front electrics seats with lumbar support, leather seats, electric heat mirrors, cruise control, air conditioning, remote for the audio, alloy wheels and more. This was on all models, regardless of the engine choice.

On the other hand, optional equipment included so much more. You could get AWD, Distronic, rain and light sensors, Parktronic, Active Ventilated Seats, BOSE sound system, Timeport with voice control, special materials for the interior and various colour patterns, DVD, Isofix, parking sensors, sport seats, telephone, TV and more.

Moreover, the vast majority of optional features were actually standard with more upmarket models with V8, or V12 engines, while the majority of it could be ordered with even the smallest engines.

Engines:

2.8 L 201 hp (150 kW) V6

3.2 L 221 hp (165 kW) V6

3.2 L 194 hp (145 kW) I6 Diesel

3.2 L 201 hp (150 kW) I6 Diesel

3.7 L 242 hp (180 kW) V6

4.0 L 247 hp (184 kW) V8 Diesel

4.0 L 256 hp (191 kW) V8 Diesel

4.3 L 275 hp (205 kW) V8

5.0 L 302 hp (225 kW) V8

5.4 L 355 hp (265 kW) V8

5.4 L 493 hp (368 kW) AMG V8

5.8 L 362 hp (270 kW) V12

6.3 L 438 hp (327 kW) V12

5.5 L 493 hp (368 kW) V12

6.0 L 604 hp (450 kW) AMG V12

There were two transmission options. The first was a five-speed automatic, while in late 2003 a seven-speed 7G-Tronic came.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W220 came in 1998 as a replacement for the W140. It was very difficult and incredibly expensive to surpass the previous model with sheer build quality and engineering, especially having in mind a large number of new electronic features, as well as completely new Common Rail technology. This is why Mercedes turned more to design and technological innovations well ahead of their time.

The S65 AMG came in 2002, having a V8 engine with 493 horsepower and 515lb ft torque. The same year saw the best S600 V12 to date with the same amount of power as the AMG model, but with significantly more torque. Furthermore, it was tuned for comfort rather than sheer sporting capabilities, although it could reach 60 miles an hour in just 4.5 seconds. The last thing that came in 2002 was the Pre-Safe system which became standard on all S-Class models.

In 2003 AMG responded with their own V12 model with 604 horsepower and torque that had to be electronically limited to 738 lb-ft. This beast reached 60 in just 4 seconds and 125 mph in only 13.3 seconds. In December 2003 the seven-speed gearbox came.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W220 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Model Year – 1998-2005

Class – Full-size luxury car

Body Style – 4-door sedan

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5

Mercedes S-Class 2006 to 2013 W221

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

COMAND – Just like many other cars from this era, the W221 also might have a problem with accepting full UK postcodes for satellite navigation. However, the problem is easily dealt with via a simple software upgrade.

V6 Petrol Engines – These may have an issue regarding premature wear of timing chain sprocket for balancer shaft, which is by no means a cheap repair.

Fuel Filter Assembly – Diesel engines might have a problem with leaking fuel at the fuel filter assembly. This was subject of a recall, so most of them should have been replaced by now.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W221 is a full-size luxury car produced by Mercedes-Benz from 2006 to 2013. It replaced the previous model and brought significant changes in styling and technology and moved the car further towards the famed Mercedes-Benz build quality. The car had short wheelbase and long wheelbase versions, as well as several special models like Guard and Pullman. Understandably, AMG models were also present, going all the way up to 12 cylinders, but there was also a four-cylinder 250 CDI diesel model which was the first one of its kind in an S-Class, as well as another first – a HYBRID – making this the flagship model with the widest range of engine options in history.

A major revamp came in 2009 and it brought several improvements in engineering, comfort, safety and technology. Some of the engines were revised as well, improving fuel efficiency and lowering emissions, while safety features were severely based on camera and radar assistance systems.

The car at the very top of the range was the S600 with the V12 twin turbo engine producing 517 horsepower and reaching 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Expectedly, AMG models surpassed this with the S63 AMG having 525 horsepower coming from a 6.2L V8 and the S65 AMG leading the way with 612 horsepower coming from a 6L V12.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Entry level models featured innumerable comfort, design and safety features such as 17” wheels, Airmatic, COMAND, 8” colour display, rain sensors wood interior with leather upholstery, metallic paint, electrically adjustable steering column and front seats, multifunction leather steering wheel, advanced air conditioning system, electrical parking brake and windows, as well as electrically adjustable and heated mirrors. Entry level models with long wheelbase also include Parktronic, electric sunroof and electrically adjustable heated rear seats.

As the engines increase in displacement, standard equipment also improves, giving even better comfort and increased safety with things like ABC suspension, massaging dynamic front seats, ambient lighting, wood and leather steering wheel, Harman Kardon stereo with 14 speakers and a TV tuner, to name but a few.

Engines:

2.1L diesel 204 PS (150 kW) L4

3.0L diesel 235 PS (173 kW) V6

3.5L 272 PS (200 kW) V6

4.0L diesel 320 PS (240 kW) V8

4.6L 435 PS (320 kW) V8

5.5L 381 PS (280 kW) V8

5.5L 517 PS (380 kW) V12 biturbo

6.2L AMG 525 PS (386 kW) V8

6.0L AMG 612 PS (450 kW) V12 biturbo

Transmission options included either a five-speed automatic or a seven-speed automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W221 came to the UK in 2006, bearing a large number of technological improvements and innovative features. The initial model introduced infrared night vision, new ADAPTIVE BRAKE, Brake Assist PLUS, new COMAND, DISTRONIC PLUS, electric parking brake, dynamic multi-contour massaging seats, improved Pre-Safe and reversing camera.

We didn’t have to wait long for the flagship AMG model. The S65 AMG came the same year with 612 horsepower coming from a 6L V12.

The S600 Pullman Guard came in 2008.

In 2009 a major facelift occurred. It brought a large number of further improvements in fuel efficiency, power, comfort and safety. For example, some of the new safety features are Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist PLUS, ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection function and automatic crosswind stabilisation.

Generally speaking the W221 moved the S-Class a lot closer to what it represented until the late 1990s. It was the most serious contender for the best car in the world title, introducing a number of innovations on all fields, as well as significantly improving the existing features giving them more functionality and reliability. The car was discontinued in 2013 and replaced by the W222.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W221 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Model Year – 2006 – 2013

Class – Full-size luxury car

Body Style – 4-door sedan

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5

S-Class

2013 Onwards W222

SL-Class

1989 to 2002 R129

SL-Class

2002 to 2011 R230

SL-Class

2012 Onwards R231

SLK-Class

1996 to 2004 R170

Mercedes S-Class 2013 Onwards W222

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Nothing to report as of yet

Recalls

Reinstalling front seatbelts, checking if airbags work properly.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W222 is a full-size luxury car made from 2013. It went further in the attempts to create a wider space between the S-Class and other full-size luxury cars on the market, further improving the already remarkable technological achievements of the W221 and adding some new ones. Safety and comfort have been increased using tech like the Magic Body Control, for example, while existing systems like the Pre-Safe system got significant updates and improvements including new functionality. Furthermore, the W222 is also the next step of creating a car with modern technology while still preserving the reliability which made Mercedes-Benz the ultimate car manufacturer the first place.

There are several different models. Apart from the commonly present long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase models, there is also the reinstalled Maybach version, which is heavily based on the W222, but also even more luxurious and longer. There has been a saying that the S-Class is not a car to drive, but a car to be driven in. With all behind-the-wheel fun, comfort and control, this may not be true anymore for the regular S-Class, since driving it is just too fun, but the ultimately plush Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, as it is called, certainly merits such a definition.

Lastly, there is another return of a legend accompanying the current S-Class – the S-Class Coupe. Dubbed C217, it is obviously a successor to the C216, which lived its days under the CL-Class moniker, but the C217 is the first S-Class coupe since the previous century.

There are also two AMG versions – the V8-powered S63 AMG and the top of the performance line-up is reserved for the V12-powered S65 AMG.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

There are only two trim lines – SE and AMG Line. However, the entry-level SE is already packed with features that are more suitable for a sci-fi film than a means of transport. The entry-level model has 18” alloy wheels, Airmatic, nine airbags, ESP, electrically adjustable heated leather seats, dual zone air conditioning, COMAND Online, Intelligent Light system, DAB radio, Magic Body Control (on some models) with Road Surface Scan which scans the road and prepares the suspension for the road surface ahead, six radar sensors and two infrared sensors, DISTRONIC PLUS with all new Steering Assist which can also follow the car in front of you if you are driving slowly in congested areas, or stay in the lane and follow the car ahead on the highway almost autonomously. There are also collision preventing and relieving features such as BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Pre-Safe with pedestrian detection and City Brake and Pre-Safe Plus and Impulse, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, ATTENTION ASSIST, ADAPTIVE BRAKE, Beltbags, Adaptive Highbeam Assist PLUS, Night View Assist PLUS and about 500 LEDs for the interior and exterior and much, much more.

AMG Line adds styling changes, but long-wheelbase models and cars with V8 and V12 engines get further updates as standard. Plus there is almost an endless list of optional and customizing features for any version of the S-Class. A true leader in almost every field of the industry.

Engines:

Petrol:

S 320 L 3L

S 400 L 3L

S 400 HYBRID 3.5 l and electric motor

S 500 4.7L

S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID 3 l and electric motor

S 600, Maybach S600 6L

S 63 AMG 5.5L

S 65 AMG 6L

Diesel:

S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2.2L and electric motor

S 350 BlueTEC 3L

The vast majority of cars make use of a seven-speed automatic transmission, with optional nine-speed automatic transmission with the S500 model and AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT for the AMG models.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W222 came in 2013 following the W221 and it was significantly different from the previous model in terms of design, boasting less sharp and far more elegant lines. Also, use of lighter materials made it possible for the car to be about 200 pounds lighter in spite of being bigger than the previous model.

Some of the engines gained some power, while interior features and design went from strength to strength with better quality of leather, wood, amazing lighting options for the interior and an endless count of comfort features.

The S600 came in 2014 boasting a V12 bi-turbo engine with 530 horsepower and better fuel efficiency compared to the previous S600 model. It is also packed with features including as standard what lesser cars offer as options.

The same year they introduced the first diesel hybrid in an S-Class and the S65 AMG. There were also some innovations for the entire line-up. These included things like innovative touchpad system and optional head-up display.

Last addition for 2014 was the S500 hybrid.

The facelift is yet to come, since the original model came only two years ago. As usual it should bring significant technological improvements, deal with issues which might arise in the meantime, and maybe even offer some new engines.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Model Year – 2013 – Present

Class – Full-size luxury car

Body Style – 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe (C217)

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 5 (4 on some models)

Mercedes SL-Class 1989 to 2002 R129 (W129)

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Air-Con – Many of these have been malfunctioning. It can be a matter of a simple refill, or service, but it can also require costly repairs.

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Bulkhead Ventilation Plenum Chamber – This feature can rust and let water into the front foot section. Repairing this is a pretty comprehensive task.

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Wiring Insulation – Some models from the early 1990s had wiring insulation made from biodegradable materials for ecological purposes. However, the material could be compromised by excessive heat of the engine area and leave the wires without insulation. This was a common problem at the time, so most of them, if not all, should have been replaced by now.

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Hardtop – It came as a great replacement for the canvas roof, but you should check for rust at the bottom rear part of the hardtop.

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LHD to RHD Conversions – Many cars in the UK were converted, so they should be thoroughly checked.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

All of the SL R129s came as two-door roadsters with electric canvas roof and a detachable hardtop. All of them were RWD with the engine at the front. The engine range was very broad, having in mind all of the special editions and the 13-year production run. They ranged from a 2.8L I6 to very common 5L and 5.5L V8s, all the way up to very rare 7.3L V12s from AMG, with a huge number of other engines in between totalling at 13 options. There were also three gearbox options not all of which were available during the entire production run. These included a four-speed, or a five-speed automatic, or a five-speed manual.

There were several styling changes during the production years. 1994 brought several changes including electronic odometers instead of the mechanical ones, optional mobile phone with voice activated dialling, clear turn signals for the front and a significant improvement in audio system.

1996 introduced new front fenders, body-coloured bumpers, five-speed electronic automatic transmission for V8 and 12 engines as well as side airbags.

A year later an optional panoramic roof became available, Sport package appeared, as well as rain sensors, programmable garage door opener and a new air conditioning system.

The second facelift came in 1999. It included new V8 engines, Nappa leather seats, new door handles and tail lights, standard 17” wheels, Tip-start and silver rings for the instrument cluster.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The SL R129 was a luxury sports car, so the list of equipment includes loads of things even for the entry level models. These features included: ABS, ASR, driver and passenger airbags with passenger occupancy sensor, alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, automatic belt tensioners, dust filter, storage net for the passenger foot-well, electrically adjustable steering column and seats, electric aerial (also available on the W124), power steering, removable hardtop, ASSYST, cruise control, electric windows, electric and heated mirrors, electric soft top with automatic roll bar, ESP, heated seats, wood trim, leather steering wheel, metallic paint, outside temperature gauge and much more. Basically, the R129 was somewhere in-between the W124 and the W140, but closer to the more upmarket model.

Moreover, much of the equipment that was standard on models with larger engines was also available as optional on other models, so you could personalize your R129 to the max, regardless of the powerplant.

Engines:

2.8 L 193hp (144 kW) I6

2.8 L 204hp (152 kW) V6

3.0 L 190hp (142 kW) I6

3.0 L 231hp (172 kW) I6

3.2L 231hp (172 kW) I6

3.2L 224hp (167 kW) V6

5.0 L 326hp (243 kW) V8

5.0 L 306hp (228 kW) V8

5.5L 354hp (264 kW) AMG V8

6.0 L 381hp (284 kW) AMG V8

6.0 L 394hp (294 kW) V12

7.0 L 496hp (370 kW) AMG V12

7.3L 525hp (391 kW) AMG V12

There were three gearbox options, including two automatics (with four and five speeds) and a five-speed manual.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The R129 came as a replacement for the R107, which was a highly esteemed, but outdated, high-class roadster. Moreover, R129’s powerful engines made it a proper sports car even in its least powerful versions, while the beastly AMGs were not for the weak of heart, the most powerful one reaching 525hp, which is a lot even by today’s standards.

Aside from the facelifts and random equipment additions described in the “Model Types” section, the engine history was also remarkable and similarly scattered.

The initial models came with two 3L I6 options (with 12, or 24 valves) and one 5 l V8. Three years later, in 1992, a 6L V12 appeared, boasting 389 hp.

In 1993, aside from the name changes that affected the entire line-up, the R129 lost the 3L engines which were replaced by a 2.8 and 3.2L DOHC I6 options, the former being offered with a manual, or auto, while the latter only had an autobox.

The 1998 facelift brought V6 versions of the 2.8 and 3.2 adding a bit more power.

AMG versions came in four variants being powered by 5.5L V8, 6.0 l V8, 7L V12, or 1995 7.3L V12 made in only 85 units. This engine had 525hp and it was later used in the Pagani Zonda.

The R129 was replaced by the SL-Class R230 in 2002 after 13 years of production.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

R129 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Model Year – 1989-2002

Class – Sports car/Grand tourer

Body Style – Roadster

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 2+2

Mercedes SL-Class 2002 to 2011 R230 (W230)

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Boot – Water can leak into boot due to failure of a seal at the rear end of the roof. This happens on early models.

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“Electrics Off Line” – This warning sign may appear when you start the car and disappear after a few miles and could lead to electronic brakes failure.

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Timing Chain Sprocket for Balancer Shaft – It can wear on M272 and M273 V6 petrols, which is a costly repair.

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Central Locking – The vacuum pump can get affected by moisture which can cause malfunction

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Water Leaks From C Pillar – These can cause a number of problems, ranging from water leaks in the boot, to rust, to major electrical damage

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Common Issues – Vast majority of common issues and especially the ones dealing with electric niggles were successfully dealt with after the 2006 facelift.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The R230 is a two-door roadster with RWD produced from 2002 to 2011. Its long life covered two facelifts and it came with a wide range of engines going from 3L V6 to 6L V12. The folding roof was made of aluminium. Moreover, it was available only with petrol engines. Transmissions were only automatic, either with five speeds, or seven a bit later on.

In 2006 the first major facelift came, adding more to the standard equipment of all trim levels, improving handling significantly and introducing a number of new engines. The SL500, for example, then started featuring a 5.5 V8 with 388hp as opposed to the previous generation’s 302hp, while the SL600 came with a V12 with two turbos for a whopping 517hp. The 7G-Tronic became standard for all models and the 7G-Tronic Plus optional, adding faster shifts and shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Most importantly, the facelift did away with the most common issues of the pre-facelift R230. Simply put, after the 2006 facelift, this car became a lot better and models built from 2006 should be the ones to look for if you are buying a used R230.

The 2008 facelift introduced a range of innovations, including the significantly altered styling and a set of completely new engines, improving both power and fuel efficiency. It was so different that many do not consider it a real R230, but a successor. However, the R231 came in 2012.

Aside from the AMG models, which also brought loads of changes including the stunning 6.2L V8, instead of the 5.4L one, this generation also introduced a number of special edition models, such as the Edition IWC, SL65 AMG Black Edition, Night Edition and Grand Edition, made to celebrate 125 years since one of the fathers of the company, Karl Benz, invented the first car.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The standard trim already includes loads of comfort features and even more safety ones. This car could easily compete with the best in the world of high-performance roadsters and coupes, due to its style, class, design and countless tech features many of which came from the W220 and W221 S-Class models, which were the absolute top of the industry at their time. Just some of the cool tech safety features include ABC, the first ever Sensonic Brake Control, which allows you to brake like you usually do, but prevents you from making deadly mistakes, ASR, Distronic, ESP, BAS and ABS. Moreover, just some of the comfort perks include automatic climate control, xenons, COMAND, heated leather seats, alloy wheels, electrically adjustable seats, windows and mirrors, headlight washers, heated mirrors, PAS, metallic paint, side airbags and a huge number of optional features including even a TV, phone, lumbar support and countless styling additions.

Engines:

3.0L 228 hp (170 kW) V6

3.5L 268 hp (200 kW) V6

3.5L 312 hp (232 kW) V6

3.7 L 242 hp (180 kW) V6

5.0L 302 hp (225 kW) V8

5.4L 383 hp (286 kW) V8

5.4L 469 hp (350 kW) V8

5.4L 510 hp (380 kW) V8

5.5L 493 hp (368 kW) V12

5.5L 510 hp (380 kW) V12

6.2L 518 hp (386 kW) V8

6.0L 604 hp (450 kW) V12

6.0L 661 hp (493 kW) V12

There were only two transmission options: five-speed and seven-speed automatics. AMG models featured an additional SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed option.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The car was introduced in 2001 as a 2002 model. It replaced the long-lasting R129, which in turn replaced the longer-lasting W107, so the SL-Class models tend to have long production runs.

The first generation came with a huge number of tech features and a whole new look. The car was significantly different from the R129 and it moved a lot further towards incredibly sporty, but safe, cars featuring a lot of safety perks. However, these perks also meant that the car was packed with electronics which were known to create problems that were not very cheap to deal with. However, the 2006 facelift made the car a lot better in every way possible. The vast majority of common faults were dealt with and the engines became a lot better, boasting more power and better fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the ABC got updated and the revered 7G-Tronic became a standard feature with all new engines, improving response, fuel efficiency and performance. On the outside, the first facelift brought new bumpers, grille, wheels and tail lights. On the inside, higher quality leather for the upholstery (not that the previous one lacked in quality), more colour options, new roof opening system and interior details made of aluminium. The most notable powering change is the boost from 302hp to 383hp for the SL500.

The 2008 facelift seems like a whole new car, making use of new design directions already familiar from other cars in the line-up and a lot of new tech features. The looks are far more aggressive, doing away with the rounded headlights, for example. In line with every new update, the engines became more powerful and more fuel efficient as well as new tech features as standard. The biggest change came in the form of the new 6.2L V8 for the SL63 AMG which boasted 518hp.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

R230 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Model Year – 2001-2011

Class – Sports car/Grand tourer

Body Style – Roadster

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 2

Mercedes SL-Class 2012 Onwards R231

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Brake Pads – They can start to squeal during soft braking. The problem is easily solved by replacing pads and many have been replaced under warranty.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The R231 came in 2013 as a replacement for the R230, proudly continuing the SL-Class tradition of representing upmarket two-door RWD roadsters in the Mercedes-Benz line up. The engine range still includes V6s, V8s and a V12 and the transmission is the 7-speed auto for all engines. Moreover, there are no diesel options for the R231.

There has been no facelift so far, but one is to be expected, having in mind the general Mercedes-Benz dealings.

All of the options are packed with loads of equipment and comfort features. Leather seats, soft and high-quality materials, brushed aluminium, loads of space for the driver and passenger and a surprising 364L of boot space with the roof down.

The only novelty during its production span so far has been the change from the SL350 to SL400 which occurred in 2014. It brought more power, better acceleration and better fuel efficiency.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The R231 is packed with tech features, many of which have been present in the flagship S-Class of the era – the W221. Some of the all-new features include the smart windscreen washers which adjust the level of spray automatically and also sprays only during downward motion, which is very useful for a roadster. Another new feature is the Frontbass sound system.

All models include as standard features like climate control, electric leather seats, GPS, MP3 connectivity, a plethora of electronic safety systems, DVD, electric mirrors, headlights washers, lumbar support, side airbags, PAS, adjustable steering wheel, traction control, torque vectoring brakes, Active Body Control with adaptive braking system, ADAPTIVE BRAKE, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, ATTENTION ASSIST, DISTRONIC PLUS, NECK-PRO, PRE-SAFE, active bonnet, lane keeping assist, LED headlamps with Intelligent Light System, parking assist, blind spot assist, backup camera and much, much more.

The car is already packed with features, but there are optional ones, as well. For example, you can opt for Magic Sky Control with which you can tint the panoramic roof.

Engines:

Petrol:

3.0 L 333 PS (245 kW) V6

3.5 L 306 PS (225 kW) V6

4.7 L 435 PS (320 kW) V8 Biturbo

5.5 L 537 PS (395 kW) V8 Biturbo

6.0 L 630 PS (460 kW) V12 Biturbo

All of the engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic 7G-Tronic transmission. AMG models have the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT with seven speeds as well.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The R231 was introduced in 2012 and there has been no facelift so far, so there is not much history of the particular model. On the other hand, it continues the line of the SL-Class models, being an extremely valuable addition. It was always expected that a newer model would be more powerful than the previous one and that it would pack loads of technological innovations, but these innovations are also what makes cars less reliable. However, the R231 seems pretty bulletproof. The previous versions were reliable, but they also had their problems which would often turn out to be rather expensive to repair, having in mind the high class of the car. The R231 has been a lot better in this respect during the first three years of production.

The only change happened in 2014 when the least powerful 3.5L V6 from the SL350 was discontinued. The replacement came in the form of the SL400 which, despite its name, actually had 500ccm fewer, but brought more power, a lot more torque and better fuel efficiency.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

R231 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Model Year – 2012-present

Class – Sports car/Grand tourer

Body Style – Roadster

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 2

Mercedes SLK-Class 1996 to 2004 R170 (W170)

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Automatic Transmission – There have been several reports of problems with this gearbox and they are rarely cheap.

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Rust – This is, unfortunately, common for majority of Mercedes-Benz cars produced in the second half of the 1990s. Wheel arches are especially affected.

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Roof – This is the amazing hard top Vario-roof from Mercedes which gives you the safety and quiet ride of a coupe and the versatility of a convertible. It makes use of an advanced hydraulic system and it was remarkably reliable. However, after almost 20 years, they can start causing troubles and servicing costs are huge.

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Pedal Box on Manuals – These have been failing too often, not being designed to support heavy use.

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Early 230K – They can develop an oil leak through the cam magnet. The oil gets into the wiring harness. Later models saw this issue resolved.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The Mercedes-Benz R170 first appeared in 1996. It was the first car of its kind for the company, placed below the more upmarket SL-Class in the line-up. The RWD roadster with two doors and hard top featured five different engines of three sizes – 2L, 2.3L and 3.2L V6, mated to 5-speed automatic or manual and 6-speed manual later on. There were no diesel options.

The facelift came in 2000, bringing new styling for the front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, wing mirrors and some tech features like ESP. The manual got an additional gear and suspension got reinforced on both ends. The engines were revised as well and the flagship version got the 3.2L V6 with 218hp and the 3.2L AMG version with 354hp which was incredibly powerful for such a small car. With the limiters removed, the car could go all the way up to 193 mph.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Basic equipment comes with a number of electrical features, mostly regarding comfort. Each and every one of these cars had the folding hard top, ABS, alloy wheels, driver’s and passenger’s airbag, electric mirrors and windows, heated mirrors, PAS, remote central locking, side airbags, service indicator, sports seats and traction control.

Optional features comprise an even longer list and include loads of goodies such as cruise control, climate control, alarm, CD, fog lights, headlight washers, leather seats and much more.

Engines:

Petrol:

2.0 L I4

2.3 L I4 S/C

2.0 L I4 S/C

3.2 L V6

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

Even though Mercedes had already had a sporty roadster in the form of the SL-Class, a market for cheaper roadsters was being created with the likes of the Miata/MX-5. Mercedes responded with the SLK-Class, a small roadster with an automatic retractable hard top, which was not very common on the market.

Its production started in 1996 and the initial models came with the 2.3L I4 with a supercharger/compressor, boasting 193hp, which was more than respectable in a car of that size. Similarly, you could choose between a 5-speed manual or automatic, the 6-speed manual coming several years later. Aside from the mentioned 2.3, there was another I4 engine available in the initial model with 2L of displacement and two power ratings. The N/A 2.0 had 136hp, while the 2.0 with a compressor had 192hp and the top speed of 147mph.

The updated version came in 2000. The SLK was becoming more and more popular and buyers were willing to pay more money for it, so Mercedes offered the hugely improved model with V6 options added to the revamped I4s. The new 200 Kompressor (German spelling) had 163hp, less than the previous one, but the 230 Kompressor now came with 197 hp. The V6 had 3.2L of displacement and 218hp, but the very top was reserved for the SLK32 AMG with 354 hp which gave it massive amounts of push to go with the all new SPEEDSHIFT automatic with 35% faster shifting. The AMG version was better in every respect, proving to be a proper sports car. Only 4,333 of them were made, just 263 of them finding their way to the UK.

Styling-wise, the facelifted SLK-Class came with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wing mirrors with turn signals. ESP became standard after it was also put in the A-Class to improve its unsatisfactory handling. Also, a six-speed manual was introduced and suspension was improved.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

R179 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Model Year – 1996-2004

Class – Sports Car

Body Style – 2-door roadster

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 2

SLK-Class

2004 to 2011 R171

SLK-Class

2011 Onwards R172

Vaneo

2002 to 2005 W414

Vaneo

2004 Onwards W639

Mercedes SLK-Class 2004 to 2011 R171 (W171)

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Timing Chain Sprocket for Balancer Shaft – It can wear prematurely on V6 petrol engines. This was a common problem for this generation of MB cars with these engines.

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Water Leaks – This is not really a common problem, but it is also not unheard of. Roof and boot lid seals can let water through.

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Electronics – There have been various random issues with cars such as faulty gearbox speed sensor, air-con compressor failure and electric windows failure.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The R171 SLK-Class came in 2004 replacing the first one of its kind – the R170. Its styling was more aggressive, the suspension was sportier, the materials better and the AMG engine options increased in displacement as well, not that the 3.2 AMG V6 from the previous model lacked push.

All of the cars were petrol-fuelled RWD, two-door, hard top roadsters. Altogether, there were four engine sizes, but eight different engines after the facelift came in 2008. The powertrain line-up ranged from a 1.8L supercharged unit in the SLK200 Kompressor which boasted 161hp, all the way up to the 5.4L V8 from the 2006 SLK 55 AMG Black Series with a whopping 390hp in such a small car.

The facelift came in early 2008 bringing only subtle styling changes, with a new, sharper front fascia, diffuser for the rear, LED mirror indicators and a number of new alloy wheel designs. The interior was also a bit different, with added comfort perks and generally more driver oriented, as the SLK was growing into a more respectable car with every new generation.

The biggest changes, however, came with engines, especially the SLK200 and SLK350 which got significant power boosts and improved fuel efficiency at the same time.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

As the styling got better and engines increased power, the SLK was packing more and more safety and tech perks as well. The previous one had basic electric additions, but this one got sat-nav, SD card slot, Bluetooth hands-free, MP3 and iPod connectivity, Linguatronic voice operation system (after the facelift), ABS, 6-speed manual or 7G-Tronic gearboxes, adaptive airbags, alarm, alloy wheels, remote for the audio system, CD, climate control, cruise control, electric heated mirrors, fog lights, PAS, remote locking, service indicators, side airbags, sports seats, traction control and more.

Additional options included things like electric seats, air-con, AMG styling, COMAND, bi-xenons, Homelink, interior lighting pack, THERMOTRONIC, Air Scarf with heated air, leather or wood steering wheel, Parktronic, rain sensors, heated seat, lowered suspension, Sport Package, Harman Kardon sound system, Designo version, handsfree phone, power seats, lumbar support and more.

Lastly, almost all of the optional equipment was standard in models with larger engines, so if you went for an option with a more powerful engine, you would get more perks to go with the power.

Engines:

Petrol:

1.8 L I4

3.0 L V6

3.5 L V6

5.4 L V8

Transmission options varied from six-speed manuals to seven-speed automatics in the V8 models as standard, while optionals came with five-speed auto for the SLK 200 and seven-speed automatics for the V6 models instead of the six-speed manuals.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

In 2004 the R170 was replaced by the all new model for the SLK-Class. The R171 was more aggressive, it offered more equipment, better suspension and handling, longer wheelbase, better materials and gearboxes, fully galvanized body to help deal with rust issues of the R170 and much more. Generally speaking, it was a whole new car and a lot better than the initial SLK-Class and the accolades followed, the R171 being placed in Car and Driver Ten Best list in 2005 and also being the best new convertible in the Canadian Car of the Year.

Initial engine range included a 1.8L with 161hp, 3L V6 with 228hp, 3.5L V6 with 268hp and the SL 55 AMG with 5.4L V8 with 355hp. The SLK 55 AMG Black Series came in 2006 boosting the power to 400hp and reducing weight for the acceleration to 60 in just 4.3s and to 125 mph in just 15.5s, which was 2 seconds quicker than in the regular SLK 55 AMG.

The facelift came in 2008, bringing a more aggressive look and several new engines. The power of the 1.8L engine rose to 181hp, the 3L remained the same, but the 3.5L got 305hp, which was significantly more. Furthermore, styling and updated engines were not the only additions, since the facelifted model had 650 all new parts, including a number of safety and comfort equipment that became standard with the revamp and an incredible number of new optional tech perks which came from more upscale models such as the SL-Class and the flagship S-Class.

The R171 was replaced by the R172 in 2011.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

R171 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Model Year – 2004 – 2011

Class – Sports Car

Body Style – 2-door roadster

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 2

Mercedes SLK-Class 2011 Onwards R172 (W172)

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

No faults to report as of yet.

Recalls

Passenger airbag.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The current version of the SLK-Class, internally called R172, replaced the previous model in 2011. Compared to it, the R172 was far more modern and packed with luxury and comfort features which were common for the more upmarket models in the line-up at the time of its release. They vary from Magic Sky, to Brake Assist, Pre-Safe, Active Bonnet and Attention Assist, to various convertible features such as hot air for the neck which is familiar from the plusher SL-Class.

Some things haven’t changed, though. The R172 is still a RWD, two-door, hard top roadster available with 7-speed, or 9-speed (a new option) automatics, or a 6-speed manual. Also, the R172 is the first SLK offered with a diesel engine. Engines range from a 1.8L I4 all the way up to 5.5L V8 for the AMG version, including several more I4s (including the mentioned 2.1L diesel) and a 3.5L V6 petrol.

There has been no facelift so far, which is understandable in spite of the production age. The R172 is packed with the latest tech perks and has proved to be incredibly reliable.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The standard one is already more than sufficient, including features like alloy wheels, ABS, alarm, LED lights, cruise control, driver’s and passenger’s airbag, electric heated mirrors, 5.8” screen, side airbags, remote locking, sports seats, traction control, Attention Assist, Active Bonnet, Pre-Safe, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, DAB, Vario-roof, stop/start and the amazing Magic Sky Control which allows you to control the colour and opacity of the roof.

Optional features add loads of styling features, including AMG solutions, different materials and even more safety systems such as Brake Assist Plus, Dynamic Handling package, Speed Limit Assist, Pre-Safe Brake that goes with Distronic Plus and Intelligent Light System.

Many of the features are available in higher-level models such as the S-Class, or SL-Class.

Furthermore, there are additional models such as AMG Sport, AMG Sport Edition 125 and CarbonLOOK Edition all of which include lots of unique styling features as standard.

Engines:

Petrol:

1.8 L I4

2.0 L I4

3.5 L V6

5.5 L V8

Diesel:

2.1 L I4 diesel

The car is offered with three transmission options. There are two automatics – with seven or nine speeds – and a single manual with six speeds.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The R172 is the third generation of the SLK-Class Mercedes-Benz, which went into production in 2011. In terms of design, it was more aggressive and more modern than its predecessor, including features reminiscent of the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. On the other hand, it also pays homage to the 190 SL from the middle of the previous century.

At the time of its launch in 2011 the R172 was offered with three engines – two 1.8L petrol units with 184 and 204hp – and a 3.5L V6 with 306 horsepower.

Five months after the initial release, AMG offered their take on the SLK. It came with a 5.5L V8, boasting 422 horsepower, which is significantly more than any of its competitors. It allows the car to sprint to 62 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds. However, despite the sheer power, the SLK 55 AMG also offers luxury and high-quality materials as well as a huge number of high tech safety systems.

The first ever diesel in an SLK came at the same time in the form of the SLK 250 CDI. It is powered by a 2.1 l common-rail diesel engine with 204 horsepower. This gave the car 500Nm of torque and the best fuel-efficiency of all the models.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

R172 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

Model Year – 2011 – present

Class – Sports Car

Body Style – 2-door roadster

Drive Wheels – RWD

Seating – 2

Mercedes Vaneo 2002 to 2005 W414

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

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Diesel Engine – It can have a problem with glow plugs, which can break during the removal, which is a very expensive problem. Also, there have been reports of premature injector failures on these diesels.

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Transmission – There have been numerous problems with both manual and automatic transmissions, the latter being very expensive to replace. Also, semi-automatic transmissions had problems with the clutch.

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Steering Column Joints – These wear after a while and they are expensive to replace.

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Wiper Arms – There was a recall regarding Vaneos built in 2002 and 2003. Wiper arms needed to be replaced because cracks in the recess of the plastic covers could lead to detaching of wiper arms.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The Vaneo was a five-door compact MPV built from 2002 to 2005. It was based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but offering a lot more storage space and an optional third row of seats for the total of seven, the last two being large enough for children only. There were three engine sizes – 1.6L petrol, 1.9L petrol and 1.7L diesel, the first one and the diesel having two power ratings.

There are also three transmission options, all of them with five speeds. A manual was standard, while an automatic named “TouchShift” and ACS semi-automatic with automated clutch came as optional features.

None of the cars were very sporty, which is understandable when we take their real purpose into account. The fastest one was the 1.9L petrol with 123 horsepower which reached 62 miles an hour in 10.7 seconds and had the top speed of 130 miles per hour with manual transmission, or ACS. The diesel was slower but it offered the same amount of torque as the most powerful petrol version, and came with a lot better fuel efficiency.

The Sandwich Floor design increased safety while at the same time providing higher driving position, while its sliding doors, optional slide-out boot floor with 120kg of capacity and the maximum of 3,000L of cargo space made it extremely versatile.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

The standard one comes with front and side air bags, ESP, ABS, traction control, alarm, immobiliser, ISOfix, CD, electric mirrors, folding rear seats, front and rear electric windows, fog lights, heated mirrors, PAS, remote locking and service indicators.

Trend trim line added roof rails, while Ambiente was the highest level and its standard features included things like air conditioning and alloy wheels.

Aside from these trim levels there were also many optional features which you could use to customize your car including a third row of seats, slide-out boot floor and a huge number of other additions.

Engines:

Petrol:

1.6 L I4 Petrol 75hp

1.6 L I4 Petrol 101hp

1.9 L I4 Petrol 123hp

Diesel:

1.7 L I4 Diesel 75hp

1.7 L I4 Diesel 90hp

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

There is not much history behind the Vaneo. We may consider the initial A-Class model its predecessor due to the fact that the Vaneo was built on the same platform, but it was the first model of its kind for Mercedes. Coming several years after the A-Class, it was spared from the teething problems of the initial model.

RHD models came to the UK in May 2002 and with the starting price of £14,500, it was not exactly cheap for a car of its class. However, going for lots of optional features might make it a lot more appealing, but also more expensive.

There was no facelift and the car was short-lived, being replaced by the Citan in 2005.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W414 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

Model Year – 2002-2005

Class – Compact MPV

Body Style – 5-door compact MPV

Drive Wheels – FWD

Seating – 5 (optionally 7)

Mercedes Vaneo 2004 Onwards W639

COMMON FAULTS

Common Faults

Guide Price £ TBC

Central Locking System – It can malfunction requiring the central locking control unit replacement. However, the same symptom can appear due to a door being misaligned, so you should see if this is the reason before purchasing the control unit.

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Injectors – These can cause serious problems. Aside from injectors failing, their seals can fail causing carbon build up sometimes requiring serious servicing, or even replacing the cylinder head.

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Window Regulators – If they fail, electric windows stop working.

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I4 Diesel OM651 – Chain tensioner and simplex timing chain can wear after high mileages and limited access makes the replacement expensive.

Recalls

No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out we have not shown.

MODEL TYPES

Model Types

The W639 is a light van from Mercedes-Benz known as Vito, or Viano. There is a difference between the two, the Vito usually being the panel van for cargo transport and the Viano being partially or completely used for transporting passengers. The W639 is a second generation of the van produced from 2004 to 2014, receiving a facelift in 2010. There are two different wheelbases and three lengths.

The car is also either a RWD or AWD, the former being far more common. Seating options are very wide, ranging from three in the Vito to standard six or seven, while eight seats came as an optional feature. Rear seats can slide in 1” increments, fold, recline and turn. A rear folding table came as standard equipment for passenger models with three rows of seats, so the interior of the W639 was extremely versatile, regardless of being used as cargo or passenger transportation option.

Powering options range from a 2.2L I4 diesel and went all up to a V8 6L petrol, with four more engine sizes in the V6 arrangement. Some of the engines, like the one with the lowest displacement, offered several different versions differing in power output and technologies.

The Vito London Taxi version came in 2008 with several additions like electric sliding doors and steps, rear-wheel steering for tight turns at speeds of up to 5 miles an hour, wheelchair accessibility and more.

The Marco Polo is a camping version equipped with a stove, sink, fridge, wardrobe and versatile bed arrangements. That was designed to compete with the Volkswagen California.

The facelift came in 2010 including new front and rear bumpers and lights designs, far better interiors, both in terms of design and materials and loads of new technologies developed in the meantime. The technology is what made the facelifted version far more efficient, comfortable and even plush.

TRIM LINES & ENGINES

Trim Lines & Engines

Depending on the market, there were several different special models and trim levels. The two most common ones were Trend and Ambiente. Both of them bring comprehensive seating configurations and practical features such as electric mirrors, front fog lights, air conditioning, roof rails, Bluetooth connectivity on later models, electric windows, remote central locking and more. Ambiente adds more luxury and style with 16” wheels, xenons, self-levelling suspension, leather steering wheel and upholstery as well as some wood for the interior.

In 2007 a Sport trim level was introduced, featuring cruise control, leather steering wheel, air conditioning, electric windows, 17” wheels, fog lights and lots of chrome.

Furthermore, there were a number of special edition models for various markets and a virtually countless list of optional features you could choose regardless of the trim level such as electrical sliding doors, parking sensors, panoramic sunroof and even a privacy glass.

Engines:

Petrol:

3.7 L V6 Petrol

3.5 L V6 Petrol

4.3 L V6 Petrol

6.0 L V8 Petrol

Diesel:

2.2 L L4 Diesel

3.0 L V6 Diesel

There are two transmission options. You can either opt for a six-speed manual, or a five-speed automatic.

MODEL HISTORY

Model History

The W639 came as a replacement for the first version of the Vito/Viano in 2003. It was a far better vehicle in every way. The styling was better, engines were far more efficient, especially after the facelift, interiors were far more comfortable and also of a higher quality. It also brought new technologies which, in spite of its van origins, made the W639 a respectably comfortable vehicle.

In 2007 Mercedes introduced extended warranty to three years, regardless of mileage. The Sport-X version came the same year with a 3L V6 diesel with 204hp and some Brabus styling including 18” wheels and a new front spoiler.

The London Taxi version came in 2008 offering rear-wheels steering, electric sliding doors, wheelchair accessibility and more. The upgraded Sport-X Blue also appeared with loads of chrome, Silverstone trim, multifunction steering wheel, COMAND, leather seats and more. Only 58 of these were made.

The facelift came in 2010 and the car was significantly different after this. It came with sleeker styling, but more importantly, far better engines packed with new technologies for more power and lower fuel consumption and emissions – meeting Euro 5 standards and more comfort features, both in terms of design and technology.

Vito E-Cell came in 2010 as well, offering 80 miles of range on electric power. It qualified for the Plug-In Van Grant which made it 20% cheaper.

The W639 was replaced by the W447 in 2014.

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

W639 Mercedes-Benz V-Class/Vito/Viano

Model Year – 2003-2014

Class – Light commercial vehicle

Body Style – 5-door Van

Drive Wheels – RWD / AWD

Seating – 3, 5, 6, 7, or 8

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