Filed under: by: Michael Roberts

Mercedes-Benz V-Class

Mercedes-Benz V-Class
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Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Parent company Daimler AG
Also called Vaneo, Viano
Production end 2006
Successor Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Vario
Class Light commercial vehicle
Body style(s) Van
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Platform W168 A-Class
The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is a series of light commercial vehicle vans that formerly contained two models: the Vaneo and the Viano. Production of the Vaneo ended in 2006, which was around the same time the similar in concept B-Class was launched.
The Vaneo was based on the first generation A-Class, while the Viano is based on the Vito, with which it shares a body. The Vito and Viano differ primarily in interior fittings and both are assembled at the Vitoria factory in Northern Spain.
The V-Class is sold in Europe, Côte d'Ivoire, Australia, Chile, India and Martinique.
The V-Class were prone to a number of faults. The air suspension, whilst providing a constant ride height, commonly failed such that many owners either abandoned the air suspension in favour of springs, or they fitted an after market compressor and valve system. The body work, being of commercial vehicle origins, was very prone to rusting, such that it is uncommon to see an example older than six years that does not have rust along the bottom of the doors. Also, the diesel engine design was such that the glow plugs were hard, if not impossible to replace and the injectors leaked.