Mercedes C-Class (205 series)
Engines: 116 PS (180 CDI) to 510 PS (AMG C 63 S)
Price: from 13,500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2014): 5 Stars
That causes trouble: Start-up problems such as whimpering steering, rumbling front axles and rattling noises. Recalls concerned, among other things, belt tensioners with a faulty propellant charge or generator problems in four-cylinder petrol engines; Daimler eliminated leaky diesel high-pressure lines as part of an internal campaign. the Touch-sensitive and expensive rotary push buttons on the center console sometimes breaks after a few years.
Mercedes C-Class (204 series)
Construction time: 2007 to 2014
Engines: 120 PS (180 CDI) to 517 PS (C 63)
Price: from 5000 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2007): 5 Stars
the 205 is in an excellent position at the first HU. After all, he plays in most of the individual disciplines in the zero-defect league. The exception is the axle suspension: From the second TÜV inspection, the defects are above the cut. Also the 204 receives a nasty defeat here. Otherwise there is no need to worry: Defects on the drive shafts cannot be measured; The steering and associated joints are just as good. Broken springs and dampers are rarely complained about, as is rust.
The high proportion of LEDs in the lighting of the 205 has a positive effect. The result is a long shelf life and exceptionally low defect rates. The predecessor also usually shines reliably. Complaints about the low beam, the front and rear lights and the turn signals are always below the cut.
In this discipline, the 205 generation is almost completely clean. Only the brake discs are occasionally complained about by the inspectors, but still less often than in the defect section. When assessing his footbrake, he cuts 204 also excellent. On the other hand, the error rates of the parking brake in both years are in the red. The brake lines of the 204. The inspectors often find rusty spots here. That’s it for the criticism. The brake hoses are very durable; the brake discs are also only noticeable below average.
Clean affair! Only the 205 makes a small mistake in this chapter. In the third emissions test, the complaints are slightly above average. This discipline is often fraught with even greater difficulties for other premium brands. Otherwise the shortcomings lie in the C class clearly under the cut. Both series lose comparatively little oil in the engine and drive. Praise also for the exhaust systems: They have been extremely solid with the Swabians for many years and rarely cause trouble in either generation.