No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Mercedes-Benz reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
What would be a comparable small SUV to the B200 Mercedes Benz?
The good news for you, Jenny, is that there isn’t really a mainstream car-maker anywhere in the world that doesn’t offer a range of SUVs in various sizes and price points. The SUV has literally taken over the world, so it comes down to finding a brand you like with a model that’s right for you at a price you can live with. You’ll be offered all sorts of options, too, including petrol or diesel engines, two or four-wheel-drive layouts and in many cases the offer of a hybrid drivetrain.
If you only do the occasional country drive, I’d stick with either a petrol engine or hybrid powertrain as a modern diesel engine doesn’t like a full-time life in the suburbs where the engine and exhaust system never get hot enough to purge the emissions filter (the DPF). Beyond that, however, you’re sure to find something that suits you to a tee. Lexus SUVs are built to a very high standard and the brand has lots of experience with hybrids, so I’d definitely short-list Lexus based on your question.
What do I look for when servicing a Mercedes-Benz A-Class?
Home servicing is a great way to learn about your car and get a better idea of what makes it tick. It also means you might even become a more `mechanically sympathetic’ driver and be kinder to the car in a long-term sense.
The service booklet in the car’s glove-box will tell you a lot about what you need to know when it comes to what’s required for a service. But remember that not all services are the same: Some are minor services and some are major. Others require one-off actions such as changing a timing belt or checking the tension of a timing chain, but you can’t afford to ignore any of these things. Other things required by the factory service schedule include checking the thickness of brake material, changing fluid beyond just the oil and plenty of other tasks that might not occur to you naturally. Most of these tasks are either time or distance-covered dependent (sometimes both).
The bottom line is that you really need to be on top of these tasks and know how to do them before you rip the car apart in the driveway one Saturday and then discover you don’t know how it all goes back together. Home maintenance extends way beyond just oil changing, particularly on a modern design such as the Mercedes A-Class. Modern cars are very complex devices and keeping them running sweetly and safely is often the work of a specialist. That said, I’m loathe to try to dissuade you from tackling a job that can be very satisfying and could save you money in the process.
A lot of TAFE colleges once offered car-maintenance courses for the home mechanic, but sadly, many of these seem to have disappeared due to budget cuts across the education system. It would still be worth talking to your local TAFE, though, to see if there’s a short course that might help you out.
Genesis G90 - Any chance for Australia?
Both the existing Genesis G90 (and its closely related Kia K9 sedan) are flagship models not available in Australia due to the tiny pool of buyers that swim in the upper-luxury segment dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The main stumbling block is probably the prohibitive cost of engineering these left-hand-drive market models for right-hand-drive. At over 5.2 metres long (and counting if you include the limo version), these are way too large for British roads, and the expected sales volumes from the rest of the right-hand-drive countries combined including Australia just doesn't make a viable business case for them.
Plus, big luxury SUVs are where the customers are heading, so a luxury crossover flagship from fledgling Genesis would make much more sense anyway. Sorry, but please don't hold your breath for a G90 in Australia any time soon.
However, the all-electric G80 – Genesis' big 5 Series-priced rival – is said to be heading Downunder inside the next 12 months. The EV limo is the brand’s first fully electric model and will have “more than 500km range” to take on the coming Mercedes-Benz EQS electric luxury flagship sedan.
How can I look up a cars service history online?
If the vehicle has been serviced at a Mercedes-Benz dealer, all the information about that history can be accessed online. Any dealer should be able to tap into that history file and tell you what you need to know. You can also establish (if you haven’t already) a `Mercedes me’ account via the factory website and this will enable you to check out the car’s entire service background. A dealer will be able to help you establish your Mercedes me account.
If you’re after an owner’s manual, there’s one included on the car’s hard-drive if the vehicle is fitted with the Mercedes Command system (which was standard on the Power trim level and optional on the Progressive) which you can access via the info-screen in the dashboard. Failing that, this link will get you top the relevant online subject matter.
Why does my 2008 Mercedes-Benz Vito cut out when moving or idling?
Again, a problem like this is very difficult to diagnose via remote control. You haven’t given me much to go on here, but my first suggestion would be to have the car scanned at a workshop and see what error codes materialise. From there, you can take a much more targeted approach to working out which of the hundreds of possible components is causing the problem. Don’t forget the basics, either, such as contaminated or old fuel in the tank. Modern fuel doesn’t like sitting around in a tank and can `go off’ over time.
Mercedes-Benz X-Class recall: More than 6000 dual-cab utes need new owner's manual
For the second time in less than a month, Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled the X-Class dual-cab ute, with the owner's manual now found to be incorrect in 6117 examples.Affecting MY18-MY20 X-Class ...Read More
RECALL: Nearly 6000 Mercedes-Benz X-Class dual-cab utes have possible AEB fault
Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 5826 examples of the X-Class dual-cab ute over a potential autonomous emergency braking (AEB) issueRead More
RECALL: More than 3000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, CLS cars and GLC SUVs may have seatbelt fault
Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 3115 examples of the C-Class mid-size car, E-Class and CLS large cars, and GLC mid-size SUV over a potential issue with their seatbeltsRead More
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2016: Can I use conventional tyres?
Physically, there’s no problem with switching from run-flat to non run-flat tyres. You might even (almost certainly) find the car rides better than it did on run-flats and the Benz B-Class always had a fairly brittle ride, so any improvement is worthwhile.
Yes, you’ll have to arrange some sort of contingency should a flat tyre occur, but you can source a puncture repair kit pretty easily. There are even puncture-repair-in-a-can products (and have been for years) although they’re not always 100 per cent successful. If you’re keen, you could always find a space-saver spare from another model at a wrecking yard. Provided it’s the right diameter and the stud pattern matches, you’re good to go. Don’t forget to include the tools required to change a flat, though.
The other thing to do is to replace all four tyres at the same time. Driving around on a mix of run-flats and non run-flats is a bad idea and could give the car some evil handling traits, especially in the wet.
RECALL: Hundreds of Mercedes-Benz vehicles at risk of catching fire
Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall of 235 of its vehicles for a potentially faulty oil line.The materials used do not meet the correct specifications, which could leak oil while the vehicle is in ...Read More