2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 Kompressor 2.0 supercharged petrol


Best car in its class from many sides


Rear disk brakes when bought the car.

Nothing else till now.

General Comments:

I have this car for 2 months till now, the car is very nice, handles very well like floating on the road, has the Mercedes Benz feeling when you drive it, well built, gorgeous from outside, roomy from inside.

It has all specifications you need. The on board computer is very brilliant, you can control many features from it (like interior lights when to turn off, also exterior head lamps, radio-CD, and many other toys...).

The car is fast compared to the engine size 2.0L; the Kompressor gives a big push to the car like a turbo, but works much better. The only disadvantage of the kompressor is that you hear a little noise from the engine, you have to get used to it. Else everything is silent, classy and well put.

When I intend to buy a new car, I had in my mind 2 choices, BMW 3 series and Mercedes C Class. Everything else was not a competitive in my opinion.

As driving experience, maybe BMW is better to enjoy driving, but Mercedes is better in many other ways. Mercedes is more desirable.

Fuel consumption is very acceptable, 260km/20L on the highway, 150km in city. Even its 163hp, is very close to the C240 V6 engine.

This car looks like new (brought from Germany and well maintained with full service history), I'm hoping to drive it for 5 years without major problems if well serviced, as I expect from a Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2010

29th Oct 2010, 06:58

I agree with the Lebanon comment. I live in Australia and now own a 2001 C200k Avantgarde. It has 100K on the clock, but is quiet, powerful and comfortable. Never been happier with a car, and I have owned over 40 of them!

24th Nov 2010, 13:10

I own 2001 C200 Kompressor, a silver colour Auto. Bought 6 months ago and done on average 1k every month. Now it has 63k on clock. A perfect example.

UK Doctor.

30th Aug 2012, 07:51

Hey, I'm from Lebanon, and I'm thinking about buying a C200 Kompressor. I heard that the C-Class shares an electrical problem, is that right?


6th Dec 2014, 10:39

My wife has just bought a C Class 200 sports coupe 2001 with a genuine 38,000 on the clock.

It has full service history and has been serviced only by Mercedes. 2,900 pounds. A year's AA membership, 3 month warranty and parts anywhere in the country. As this is her first decent car, what problems may she expect?

6th Dec 2014, 22:53

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 280C 2.8


Strong family car!!!


Actually nothing serious, but a small rubber ring next to the back right wheel which cause the leakage of fuel, I fixed it for $10, so it wasn't a big deal!!

General Comments:

The car has a very good acceleration that when I bought the car it had 15 inch rims, and if you pressed the pedal half way, you must be ready for some fun! Yet in most cases this is very annoying. So I changed the rims to 17 inch and there was a great improvement in the handling without losing much power, moreover, with 17inch rims it looked gorgeous!!

The V6 280C rides much smoother than all the V4 in its class (a friend of mine has a 230C kompressor)!!

It is good a car that you can drive every day without hurting your pocket much because the fuel consumption is fairly good!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st December, 2007

7th May 2009, 23:30

I have had my 96 C-280 for two years now and I drive a lot, in fact I live on two miles of dirt road. Now how much would you think I have spent on repairs in two years? $44.72 yep that's all, I had a switch that was going bad (something to do with the wipers and turn signals) I took it to a Mercedes dealer and that's all it cost. I love this car and would buy another!!! The only thing I don't like is it's a little harder to drive in the snow because it's rear wheel drive, but that's a tiny complaint.