Other than the new engine and the addition of auto-dimming mirrors and a new audio system, the C230 Kompressor remains standard Mercedes fare. The single real disappointment is the quality. Mercedes even has notions to build entry-level cars in China, the largest as yet undeveloped auto market in the world. Rear passenger door kick plate fell off. It feels like a Ford on the inside.
Yet again, Mercedes has breathed fresh life into an aging car. Introduction After more than a decade in production, Mercedes-Benz replaced the 190 range with the all-new C-Class. Wheel lacquer has failed in places with onset alloy wheel corrosion. But the timeless styling means that the C-Class has aged extremely well - and well into the 21st century, many examples - some quite rusty - are still being worked hard as daily hacks. The interior is cheap plastic. The supercharged engine delivers the goods but is very rough and noisy when worked hard.
The alarm system electronics are over sensitive. I did just that and thank God I did. The car is junk and will be getting rid of it soon. The bodyweight is very close to my previous car that was powered by a 1600 engine, but the C180 has a much bigger engine and is a lot slower. The ride is comfortable, but soggy on the Elegance. The steering is lifeless with very little feedback. Throttle response from the breathed-on 2.
The car has completed 50k miles, the engine prognosis is good, but systems controlled by electronics are not. The metallic paintwork is appalling, it is subject to stone chip damage on all the frontal areas. Unless the key is withdrawn very slowly after ignition shutdown, the central locking does not operate. A monumental bargain by luxury cars standards? No Review Date: 7th August, 2001 I had the same issue with all the cracks and rattles. Door lock mechanism has corroded on 3 doors. Year of manufacture 1999 First year of ownership 1999 Most recent year of ownership 2001 Engine and transmission 1.
Yes Review Date: 22nd September, 2000. Nobody can sit behind me when I'm driving. It's not a pleasant noise either - just a coarse, featureless thrash, although to be fair the engine has been faultless. What it isn't is especially well built or particularly refined - the two key things which I would expect from a prestige brand like Mercedes. By far the best example of this is its entry-level sedan, the C230 Classic. General Comments: If this were a Ford or Vauxhall it would be acceptable. The body is still as tight as a drum, but the interior appears a bit dated in a squarish kind of way.
Year of manufacture 1999 First year of ownership 1999 Most recent year of ownership 2001 Engine and transmission 2. Like military and intelligence, Mercedes-Benz and value are words that seldom find themselves together in serious prose. Faults: Lots of rattles in the dash and roof mounted interior light console. Certainly, the C-Class still drives very well, in a typically Mercedes subdued, yet sporty, manner. It goes well, is comfortable and quite well equipped. The driver's seat is very uncomfortable with little room between the steering wheel and your knees.
When I look at it I wonder what the fuss is about Mercedes Benz. . The steering is very light, but has reasonable feel, and the brakes are strong. Not up to 190E standard. General Comments: The car is underpowered. You don't expect things like failed electric windows, dash creaks and broken glovebox catches on a main dealer serviced prestige car which has done only 47,000 miles.
The Sport suspension sharpens the C Class up nicely, and the car can be quite good fun to hustle along, although the traction control intrudes early on to slap you on the wrist if you're being naughty. Eventually the dealer fixed it with brute force, but now the catch is visible from the driver's side. The gap between the driver's seat and the back seat is about 15 cm. Yes Review Date: 2nd December, 2000 Year of manufacture 1999 First year of ownership 1999 Most recent year of ownership 2000 Engine and transmission 2. The C-Class has been around for an age by the jaded standards of the ever-changing near-luxury segment and it is only now starting to fade from the limelight. The car drives like a bus.
The glove box light would stay on even when it was closed. The W202 generation baby Benz was a clear evolution from the older car in terms of styling, but the new model ushered in a much wider range of engines, as well as an additional body style in the shape of a new - and very stylish - estate version. Additionally, the paint is so pitifully thin that scratches are induced with ease. My previous Rover 623 was just as well made, and had a more pleasant engine to boot. Despite the battle to get rid of the rattles in the dash, there are still lots of creaks and vibrations in the dash. Year of manufacture 1999 First year of ownership 1999 Most recent year of ownership 2000 Engine and transmission 2.
Despite the big body, this is not a tall persons car. This is a really good car which has a lot to like about it, but the bottom line is that it's not worthy of the image or the price that the Mercedes badge commands. I got rid of some of the cracks and rattles was superglued the damn thing. . . .