Mercedes cars - what a disappointment!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 12 Sep 2019 at 22:13.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    We've been hiring cars regularly from Enterprise recently and have been upgraded to an A class and today, a C class. The A class was horrible, it had a ghastly bling interior with a digital display like a tart's boudoir and a weird fault where something seemed to grab the front OS wheel causing the car to falter and swerve with a graunching noise. We couldn't understand the controls or switch off the display. The engine and gearbox were good though. Today we have a C class, which is less vulgar but has a highly tuned 1500cc petrol engine so driving it is like walking a greyhound on amphetamines. Neither car has a feel of quality, the paintwork is poor and the finishing around the edges of the bodywork is crap. The C class has lots of road noise from the rear and the gearbox and handbrake are illogical and not intuitive at all.

    What a massive disappointment. I can only assume Mercedes have dumbed their cars down for the PCP buyer and are making them somewhere like Romania or Bulgaria.
     
  2. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Was the weird fault lane control that takes steps to correct your road position if your drifting?
     
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  3. CharlesF

    CharlesF Veteran

    Location:
    Glasgow
    The bling is the pull of the Chinese market, also evident in the huge grills on BMW and Audi. Only Alfa seem to a resisted.
     
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  4. sleuthey

    sleuthey Veteran

    That is also apparently why Ford have swapped to using 1.0 and 1.5 engines because they tie in nicely with the VED bands in China
     
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  5. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    I have lusted after a powerful diesel C class for a long time after loving the perfection of Merc vans. I finally almost realised my dream when I test drove a C350cdi 2012 model in 2015. What a massive disappointment, loads of power and a super gearbox, but that was it. Unintelligible controls and felt like being sat in a squalid, dark bathtub, not a nice place to be.
    I was so upset, in theory it should have been the best regular car in the world, but Mercedes had turned it into the ultimate post-coital disappointment. Modern cars are not what they should be. I think Homer Simpson has a hand in their design....
     
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  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    The flat TFT dash, that is a display is a massive issue. It's OK having the extra's on it, but not speed/revs as the sun bounces off - main information should be easy to see....
     
  7. RussellZero

    RussellZero Wannabe Stravati

    Seems to be a common theme - been a BMW owner for 15 years and just switched to a 2013 Merc E class 350D, I found BMWs have all become bland and the same, so to get some variety gone for a different brand! You have to go for high specs to get something that feels nice or slightly different.
     
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  8. I don't like the models for the past 10-15 years, but would love a 'W123' (shape) estate, with the chrome roof-rails, & colour-coded hubcaps
    (a diesel/manual though!)

    OR, an original G-Wagon (not the arty-farty. pimpmobiles, they've become)

    Failing that, can I have a Uni-Mog. p-l-e-a-s-e!!??
     
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  9. Oldfentiger

    Oldfentiger Über Member

    Location:
    Pendle, Lancs
    Mrs OFT has been driving a C220d for the last 3 years and she absolutely loathes it, mainly because she finds the seat excruciating on any trips longer than an hour. Only 12 months left on the lease, so she’s looking at the company car list for her next choice.
    Front runner at the moment is the Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav + Auto.
    Loaded with useful toys, and will pull our caravan with ease (and it’s comfortable).
    I had one of these when they first appeared and loved it.
    She won’t entertain BMW because of the knobs that sell them, and the cocks that drive them.
     
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    Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Interesting comments. Maybe I've been spoiled by spending the last 12 years or so driving Passat estates, the B6, the B7 and now the B8 with wonderful DSG. The car pootles along on tickover and you can pull away smoothly with bags of power and no screaming revs, the interior is sober, simple and intuitive and you sit high with a light cabin and plenty of glass around you. There's good reason why it's the best selling mid-sized saloon and popular with taxi drivers.
     
  11. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    You must live in cloud cuckoo land an Alfa would never make it to china without breaking down about 12 times at least
     
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  12. Dec66

    Dec66 A gentlemanly pootler, these days

    Location:
    West Wickham
    I have a two year old C200D estate, with the Premium pack, and I love it to bits.

    I find the interior is a lovely place to be.

    So there.

    (You're right about the A class though, I drove one of those and didn't like it at all)
     
  13. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    They used to be the favoured cars of dictators worldwide, from Hitler to Saddam to Mussolini to Marco's and Pinochet, bit no longer.
     
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    Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    So true. I'd be mortified to be seen driving a BMW although my Dad had a 2002 back in the 70s. Nobody knew what they were then.
     
    Last edited: 13 Sep 2019 at 07:33
  15. slowwww

    slowwww Veteran

    Location:
    Surrey
    I test drove that too, but found it was a wallowy old Hector to drive. I instead chose its sister model the 6 Sport Nav auto that has a much bigger boot and is far more pleasant to drive.
     
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