I’m currently driving a 2003 E200 Kompressor estate and generally it’s pretty good. The engine only has 1.8 litres, but has a supercharger on it so that it can actually make it up hills. Quiet, smooth, handles nicely, great stereo and it’s generally a nice place to be.
But downsides? Frankly, it’s electrically fragile. It likes to tell me a bulb has gone when it hasn’t, the parking sensors work when they feel like it, the rear washers conked out recently and it likes to flag up the holy trinity of “ABS Failure!!”, “EPS Failure!!” and “Service Brake System!!” Every few weeks (Mercedes’ bloody exclamation marks, not mine).
It’s either a £30 ABS sensor or it could be that the ‘fly by wire’ brake pump which flags up that it needs replacing after a fixed number of pedal presses. Cost? £1700 apparently.
Frankly, I was used to electrical oddities on the Range Rover - hell. I even expected them. But this feels more fragile than my old L322 ever did.
All in all, I like I but I’m wary of it - it feels like there’s a massive bill lurking just round the corner!
Update - one other thing I feel I should add. It is, IMHO, a bloody good looking car and it’s surprising the number of people I encounter who look at it and say “Oooh - lovely; I’ve always liked them”!