You have to go all the way back to 1984 when the first "Baby Benz" model was introduced. That sedan, that has been often known as a concise executive car, opened the Mercedes brand to buyers who wanted a car that has been smaller, and reliable as the bigger Mercedes models available at the period. The 190 was retired a decade later, superseded through the C-Class, the present entry level BMW Tyres
model sold in North America.
Affordable German Luxury
Although Mercedes now sells an even smaller A-Class model in a few markets, however, not in United states, the C-Class is constantly on the offer German luxury at inexpensive price points, having its newest models selling from the low $30,000 range. That entry level pricing puts the C-Class squarely in line with its chief competitors such as segment leading BMW 3 Series along with the competent Audi A4.
For sale in either rear or all wheel drive, the initial Mercedes C-Class models were powered by various gas or diesel four cylinder engines with six-cylinder power optional. Nevertheless for ultimate power buyers could choose an AMG series model that was run by a 6.2L V8 engine, an amazing amount of force residing in a smaller body. Needless to say those models were rare and pricey.
Look at the Recalls
So what are a few of the challenges facing Mercedes C-Class owners, especially drivers of the cars which have been on the highway for a number of many have for many years consumed their initial warranty? Well, many of the earlier models including 1993-2000 Mercedes C-Class sedans, went through a recall to solve corner and bumper headlamps that the govt said didn't meet regulatory requirements. The issue was minor in that the sedans didn't retain the required amber side reflectors and many cars were quickly fixed to comply with all the recall.
People who own 2005-2008 C-Class models should note that their sedans were recalled to repair an airbag problem. Again, a small problem that has been rectified every time a new airbag inflator module was installed which provided improved protection for sure occupants in case of an accident. But a much broader recall across most of the Mercedes lines are important to note - that recall involved fixing an issue with the fuel pump which might not receive a sensor signal to turn off in the event of a crash. The problem was fairly widespread, that fix involved owners taking their Mercedes on the dealership where the applicable sensor was recalibrated - there you have it!
Remedy it Yourself
Apart from the occasional recall, owners have found to be the biggest challenge with keeping their C-Classes humming could be the cost of repairs because taking your car or truck in your local Mercedes dealer can be quite a costly matter. Instead, Mercedes enthusiasts are choosing to really make the repairs themselves or buying cheaper, but still OEM quality parts online and taking these to their mechanics for installation. Quality parts for example control arms, heater blowers, idler arms, fan clutch, bearing bracket, you name it. By doing some in the legwork themselves, classical Mercedes owners can help to conserve themselves some cash while still making sure exactly the best replacement parts are installed.
The Mercedes C-Class will continue to receive high marks from industry analysts and also from consumer advocates. This is great news for owners who benefit from dependable transportation and high resale values which maintain your "Baby Benz" towards the top of many buyer's lists whether they're shopping used or new.