1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 2.8


True understated luxury on a budget


Too soon to tell.

General Comments:

This little car is an interesting one. The engine fills the engine bay quite well, yet it appears easy to get to the things that may need replacing.

It seems to be able to isolate you from the outside world well enough to forget the speeds you are traveling at. Especially the higher speeds. It's not a super cushy ride, but it also doesn't have that sound of riding in a tin can as so many other similarly sized cars of the same era. When closing the doors, it just feels like a well built machine.

Cars with struts tend to transmit more noise inside the cabin. This one has some of that, but nothing too obnoxious, and it's far better than so many others.

Give it some throttle, and while it won't pin you to your seat, it will move.

There's a difference between quick and fast. This one isn't a rocket when accelerating to the higher speeds it's capable of, but I'm convinced that once you get just into the triple digit speeds, it will gladly hold its own... all day. It is after all built in a country that has the autobahn.

Fast would describe it, but not quick.

The brakes are really good. I tried standing on them from about 60MPH. It WILL give you a head-rush as it slows and stops so quickly.

The interior has held up great for a 21 year old car, and it also feels solid like the rest of the car.

The bottom line is that these are first impressions, and this far, it feels like a well engineered, understated automobile that isn't meant to be flashy or impress anyone with gimmicks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th October, 2015

25th Oct 2015, 03:31

Good review. Please keep us posted as things develop.

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Esprit 1.8 gas


Most reliable car I've ever owned


The car has required 2 oil changes and 1 windshield wiper blade.

I have to add 1 or 2 cans or r134 to the A/C system every spring. It hasn't needed any other maintenance in the 2+ years I've owned it.

This is my 9th Mercedes, and this, by far, is the most reliable one yet.

General Comments:

Besides being maintenance free, it gets great gas mileage. A bit underpowered and no frills, but still fun to drive. I think it would be their best seller if they would release this stripped down model to the US market. Manual windows and manual seats are problem free. The cloth interior held up very well for a 20+ year old car.

All three of my children drive it and they are rough on cars. I bought it as an extra car while the children are in town, but now I drive it and let my E320 sit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2015

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.2 liter


It is a very reliable car


The shocks wore out.

The radio does not play all compact discs.

The engine is noisy over 105mph.

General Comments:

This is a very good car, but a little uncomfortable on long trips (over 2 hours or so).

It has a very spacious trunk (boot).

It is very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2007

1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 2.8 Liter DOHC


German over-engineering at a great price


Wires from the rear seats back going to reverse lights had to be replace. $600.

New key tumbler had to be installed. $650.

New mass air meter installed. $450.

General Comments:

The only real problem with this car was the mass air meter. The wires going to the reverse lights melted because of a lousy CD changer installation by the previous owner. The key tumbler broke because the previous owner carried massive amounts of keys on her key ring.

The car is very comfortable to drive. It has the exact medium of luxury and sportiness. It has plenty of power. (almost 200 hp) The C280 doesn't float while driving yet it is still smooth and comfortable over bumpy roads.

Reliability has been about as good as it gets. I will never worry about being stranded in this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th December, 2002

25th Jan 2011, 17:37

Just wait until the MB-engineering crap takes over! For sure you'll curse the 90's MB quality. Get a 201 or 124 instead with a manual tranny mated on a 2.6 or higher.

21st Feb 2015, 18:50

"90's Mercedes crappy engineering..."?

You must be joking, I know very well Mercedes from the 90s. These are cars made to withstand an amount of kilometers that very few other brands have achieved. Be serious.

29th Mar 2017, 20:22

Gotta love a hater.

He says he owns a W124; those cars are known for grenading automatic transmissions.

My friend had a 1987 300d, great engine... But the tranny, like a typical W124, wasn't having it.

Good luck, with your C280.

30th Mar 2017, 12:02

My W124 autobox had to be rebuilt at 100k miles, lost reverse. A very expensive repair.

8th Oct 2017, 19:06

Yup, those W124s are known for bad auto trannies.

Engine wise, they are great cars... finding a manual tranny one would be a nice find.

The W202 is a great car, if you keep up maintenance on items, before the fail.

The same with any car.