a few months back I was perusing the vacuum forums on Facebook and came across a Miele C3 in my very small village for all of £10!!! instantly I knew I should buy it. If you don't know C3 was launched in 2014 to comply with the EU regulations, which means my Miele could be up to 4 years old. My general Miele knowledge tells me it is a bottom spec C3 so nothing particularly special however when new it was still a Miele and they don't come cheap! After a very short email session with the seller, the sale had been agreed and I was due to collect it the following weekend.
I was made aware by the seller that the cleaner had "some minor issues" these Mieles have a few faults, one being the cord rewind so when he said it needed a new motor I knew exactly which area to go to. As soon as I got it home I opened it up and was greeted by a complete mess within the motor.
Post Op Opinion
After a clean out and a service the cleaner was looking practically new, in fact, I blame generic pattern bags for the mess created in the motor. I gave it a few runs around my house and concluded that I wasn't, in fact, a bad cleaner, I have quite a deep pile carpet and a straight suction cleaner usually jumps but thanks to the speed control on the Miele it glides over the pile without issue. The cleaner Itself isn't too cumbersome like a Henry but it doesn't maneuver perfectly on thicker carpet due to the smaller wheels.
For under £150 I think the C3 is a good buy, yes the parts are expensive however the machine is a quality product and is built to last. for the money I paid I couldn't be happier but feel if id bought it new I wouldn't like it quite as much. like all cleaners, it's down to your home situation and whether or not it will work with you, however, it is ideal for what I want and what I need. the comfort rewind is lovely and does save time. if you like tech then buy a high spec model but if you just want a Miele then buy a bottom range as simple as you like C3 powerline.