Mercedes A-Class 2005-2012 W169

Mercedes A-Class 2005-2012 W169

    Common Faults


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    Manual Transmission – On diesel A-Class models, the clutch spline is known to need replacement and frequent greasing.


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    Diesel Engine – Glow plugs are known to corrode into the cylinder head due to condensation during the winter months.


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    Autotronic CVT transmission – Automatic CVT transmissions are prone to early failure.


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    Brake System – Brake discs are prone to early wear, requiring more frequent replacement.





    No recalls to report. Please let Star-Tec Engineering Ltd know if one has come out that we have not shown.


    Model Types


    The 2005-2012 Mercedes A-Class W169 was available as a 5-door or 3-door hatchback. In 2008, a mid-cycle refresh brought new front and rear bumpers, with new headlight and taillight designs. A new stop-start function was also added to the options list, along with Active Park Assist to help drivers parallel park their car.


    Trim Lines & Engines


    The W169 A-Class was available in the following trims:


    Classic – Standard ABS, traction control, stability control, dual front airbags, front side airbags, electric windows, remote central locking with alarm, heated electric side mirrors and a height adjustable driver’s seat.


    Special Edition – Added air conditioning, alloy wheels, cruise control, fog lights, and metallic paint.


    Classic SE – This was a value-minded options bundle that included all of the above kit, minus the Special Edition’s alloy wheels and metallic paint.


    Avantgarde SE – Leather upholstery, optional lumbar sport and optional rear windows.


    Elegance SE – Alloy wheels, special trim and optional leather seating.


    Turbo – Big engine, sport suspension, special trim / wheels and sport bucket seats.


    The 2005-2012 W169 A-Class can be found with one of the following engines:


    1.5 litre petrol – 95 bhp

    1.7 litre petrol – 116 bhp

    2.0 litre petrol – 136 bhp

    2.0 litre petrol / turbo – 193 bhp

    2.0 litre diesel – 82 bhp

    2.0 litre diesel – 109 bhp

    2.0 litre diesel – 140 bhp


    Transmission choices in the second generation W169 include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic.


    Model History


    After selling over 1 million copies of the first generation W168 A-Class, the new W169 Mercedes A-Class had a tough act to follow. In order to create the ultimate baby Benz, the Mercedes R&D department started a new ergonomics laboratory, which was tasked with making all of the new A-Class’ switchgear, controls, materials, upholstery and panel gaps meet the same standards as the more expensive S-Class.


    Having spent millions developing the brand new W169 Mercedes A-Class, a panel of 120 blindfolded testers were brought in to determine if the Mercedes subcompact felt like a top-of-the-line S-Class. Anything that didn’t meet expectations was meticulously re-engineered until the operation and feel of the kit couldn’t be told apart from a more expensive model. This resulted in an innovative small car that had some very big car features. For example, a hydraulically-operated adaptive shock absorber system was fitted as standard on the W169. Without the use of complicated sensors and electronics, the new adaptive suspension could automatically adjust the firmness of the shock absorbers, based on the load being put on them. When you combine that with a new parabolic rear suspension design, and the electronic power steering, you have a subcompact Mercedes that handles and rides a whole lot better than the previous generation. Needless to say, this new A-Class had no problem passing the Swedish elk test.


    Above its innovative new chassis, the W169 Mercedes A-Class was 23 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the previous generation. This allowed for a lot more interior room, and a 15% increase in cargo volume. The rear seats can still be folded flat, or removed entirely. And the front passenger seat folds flat, allowing you to turn your baby Benz into a cargo van.


    The main focus of the second generation W169 A-Class was refinement. To that end, over 200 new patents were registered for all of the innovations included in this prestige subcompact. The gasoline and diesel engines now provided over 38% more horsepower and 26% more torque than the previous model. Clever touches abounded, like a key fob that raises or lowers the side windows, and an ashtray that clicks forward to reveal a cup holder. With all of the new kit and safety gear, it’s easy to see why the W169 Mercedes A-Class became so popular.




    Mercedes-Benz A-Class W169

    Model years: 2005 – 2012

    Class: Subcompact

    Body Style: 5-door hatchback / 3-door hatchback

    Drive Wheels: FWD

    Seating: 5

    Wheelbase: 2568 mm

    Total length: 3838 mm (2005-2007) / 3883 mm (2008-2012)

    Width: 1764 mm

    Height: 1593 – 1595 mm





    1.5 litre petrol – 95 bhp

    1.7 litre petrol – 116 bhp

    2.0 litre petrol – 136 bhp

    2.0 litre petrol / turbo – 193 bhp

    2.0 litre diesel – 82 bhp

    2.0 litre diesel – 109 bhp

    2.0 litre diesel – 140 bhp





    5-speed manual

    6-speed manual

    CVT automatic


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