1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 2.0

Summary:

Boring!!

Faults:

I bought it while I was in UK. I brought it home (Malaysia) with a view to getting an advantage over the higher local price. Unfortunately, during that time (2005) Malaysia already committed to a bit more liberalised economy. I just got back to square one.

The car had air-conditioning fitted. But as predicted, Malaysian weather is just too hot for such a rarely used unit to work well. A replacement was required twice, with exorbitant costs, thanks to my ignorance and lack of the right mechanic.

The differential was also replaced twice, with costs.

The wiper does work the way it should, which makes me frustrated when raining (this is Malaysia)

Some rust I brought from UK. Just leave it for the moment.

General Comments:

Besides the problems above, the car is fairly reliable, still feels tight, no apparent squeaks or rattles.

The fuel consumption is generally acceptable. More economical than my other car, a NAZA Citra (Malaysia's Kia Caren)

But this car is far from being a driver's car. In fact it is a passenger's car instead. Relatively quiet, comfortable etc. etc.

But with the lack of steering feedback, soft suspension, no engine noise until it is pushed hard - but even then it is a rough and unpleasant - the car is indeed a boring companion; especially after a hard day's work.

Driving should be fun and pleasurable. Not everybody can afford the service of a loyal chauffeur. At least I learned that the new C class does give attention to this aspect. But I just cannot afford it at the moment. Buying a a new car is not an option during this time around. The resale value is so unfavourable.

I already swapped the car with my wife. I found driving a tall, less charismatic MPV Citra gives me a little bit more fun than that Merc

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2008

7th Jul 2010, 01:32

I hear you, I would have thought that a C class should be dull and boring, as its comfort, not here. AMG versions are better suited at that.

2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230K 1.8 Kompressor

Summary:

Good blend of performance and comfort

Faults:

ABS/ESP warning has occurred three separate times. Each time different sensors or switches were replaced in an attempt to resolve the problem. All work was carried out under warranty, but this has been a known issue with MB for quite some time.

General Comments:

This car has been reliable with the exception of the previous ABS/ESP problem.

Just routine service has been required at the intervals indicated by the on board computer. Oil changes are typically indicated at 20-25,000km as the car is used mostly for highway driving.

First set of tires (Goodyears) were replaced at about 50,000km with Bridgestones.

Wish the car had a few extra power outlets.

It is a good balance of power, handling, and comfort.

Good fuel economy on highway, not so good in city driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2008

15th Oct 2014, 12:34

I have had my C230k 2005 ex Japan (I live in Botswana - Southern Africa) for about 3 months and I have 2 words: no regrets! This car is a good buy and I can't believe more people don't know what a gem it is. I owned the 1998 C180 W202, so I expected more of the same, but this is a significant jump. The interior is great, mine is the facelift, the acceleration is the best surprise, and overall it's a great drive. However I got mine at 125k km and its shocks are worn so I am yet to experience its best. Will update soon.

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 Elegance 2.0 petrol

Summary:

Well balanced and elegant

Faults:

Some wires short circuited when the leads at the light trigger came I contact and I couldn't start the car. I had to pay about rm 25 for that.

My bumper tore out when I was hooked to the curb. Cost 2k to replace it.

Had to service it a few times, but that was alright.

Steering wheel starts to buckle when the car reaches about 100km/h and it gets worse when you hit 160.

The whole car resonates sometimes when you hit 80-90.

General Comments:

It's a solid car and it handles real well.

My model was custom made with a CLK transmission, so the pickup was just nice.

It's a blast to drive, especially on long, straight, smooth and never ending roads.

You just feel safe in one, you get the feeling of prestige and elegance when you get behind the wheel.

It takes corners real well, like a skilled tailor on cloth, makes you feel like it's a helo your piloting instead of a car.

The car is old and low tech, but that's usually what we call fool proof, less moving parts and complications, less screw ups while in use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2007

1st Jul 2009, 02:49

Go have the wheels balanced and aligned mate!