Mercedes_C-Class_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from the Mark IV Renault Espace and turn our focus towards a fleet favourite, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. With the fourth generation of the C-Class launched earlier this year, its underpinnings go back nearly 30 years to the development of the German manufacturer’s 190 range.

The C-Class has seen it battle it out since 1993 with the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4 for traction in this luxury end of the market ever since.

The third gen Mercedes, which we are examining in this issue, was launched with a range of powerplants in various guises, which included 1.8-, 2.5-, 3.0- or 3.5-litre petrol engines and 2.2- and 3.0-litre diesel options, with a montrous 6.2-litre engine available for the AMG version. This variety of engine, its rear wheel drive set-up and the inclusion of more technology have provided some additional challenges.

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Click below to see technical contributions on the Mercedes C-Class from:

Autoelectro – looks at rotating electric issues with the Mercedes C-Class

Cambiare and VOSA – cover a variety of issues plaguing the Mercedes saloon

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Corteco – explains the issues with trailing rear arms and cabin filters

Dayco – looks at the FEAD system in depth

First Line – focuses on the steering and suspension system of the C-Class

Gates – issues warning when tackling the OAP system

Manbat – explains why BlueEfficiency Mercedes C-Class cars needed to be treated with care

Meyle – common issues on the third generation Mercedes C-Class solved

RMI – gives us the lowdown on common problems faced on the C-Class

TecRMI – gives us an insight into a some of the technical problems on the Mercedes

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