1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews from North America

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 2.2 liter in-line 4

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter in-line 4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5676 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles

Summary:

A reliable workhorse

Faults:

A few common wear and tear components, which needed immediate attention; water pump, poly v belt, tensioner and pulley, ball joints, shocks, power steering fluid hose, PCV nipple, and performed scheduled service maintenance.

The headliner is starting to sag in the rear due to the age, and few minor interior accessory components may need attention, but not urgently. "Common wear and tear".

General Comments:

The engine still runs strong and the transmission shifts smooth with no slippage. Excellent fuel efficiency.

The rear passenger seats do feel comfortable, but are tight when getting in and out of the car. The front head and legroom is adequate.

The original factory Bose stereo system still has excellent clarity sound after all these years of use.

For this age and high mileage, which is nothing on Mercedes, it still runs like it did whenI got it in 1997 pre-owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2012

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 2.2 liter

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carVolvo 760

Summary:

A reliable luxury commuter car

Faults:

Water-pump, oxygen sensor, poly v belt with pulley, PCV nipple hose, 2 remote keys, high beam combination switch, passenger side power mirror, rear window lockout switch, engine mounts, broken center cassette storage console, front passenger tie-rod, and 4 gas pressurized shocks.

Those all went out and been replaced between 115,000-120,000 miles.

General Comments:

Overall the 4 cylinder engine is very reliable and I have never stalled on the road as of yet. The acceleration lags from the beginning, but drives well at over 40 mph. At 80 mph+, the car makes a loud revving noise since it is a 4 cylinder engine. The brakes feel spongy when the pads and rotors are very hot. Turning performance on the C220 is excellent at all levels. The rear doorways are cramped for passengers to get in and out, but the legroom is average. Fuel efficiency on the C220 is beyond excellent.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th July, 2005

30th Jul 2010, 22:44

Thank you for your review as I have just bought one off ebay for my son in college. It has 140,000 miles and I hope that it is a safe car for his short trips and back home trips from Orlando to Gainesville. Husband is picking up the car, and must drive it 500 miles home. Anxious to see how it drives for him all that way home.

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 220 2.2 liter

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Most recent distance106000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

A great bargain

Faults:

Crank gasket needed replaced probably because of overfilling at "quick-lube" establishments. Belt tensioner went south.

General Comments:

This is a super model from Mercedes Benz, and probably will prove to be one of it's most reliable. Don't "push it" when cold and the transmission will last much longer! As a side note... the burl walnut trim on my particular car is unbelievably beautiful!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2004

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C-220 ?

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission ? Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance110598 miles

Summary:

The best car in the world except for the higher models

Faults:

Since I have had My 1996 C-220 it has been a dream. My family has been driving Mercedes since 1973, and we have had no problems with them to date. my c-220 drives well. is built to the highest of quilt. It is a little expensive to service, but if you shop around you can find cheaper prices.

General Comments:

I would recomend A Mercedes-Benz to anyone who can afford it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 2.2 liter

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance90346 miles

Summary:

A good commuter Mercedes

Faults:

My check engine warning light has come on during the 3rd year of the warranty period, but the problem was the oxygen sensor went out because I probably put in unleaded plus gas instead of premium gas.

Also, my radio powered antenna wouldn't come down even though I had the radio switched off, but had that problem replaced on the 3rd year of the warranty period.

Two of the remote keyless entry controls didn't work, but had that replaced during the 3rd year of the warranty period.

My passenger right front seat was loose, but I had that tightened during the 3rd year warranty period.

Currently, my high beam switch, passenger right side view powered mirror, and the rear window lockout switch don't work, but it's not a big deal.

The only accessory pieces that are broken are the cassette storage console door box and the tape deck door, but I don't care.

General Comments:

The rear doorways are cramped and narrow for passengers to get in and out of the car. The rear seats are cramped and narrow for 3 passengers to sit, but for 2 it's not too bad, although the legroom availability could be improved.

The acceleration is a bit slow when merging onto the freeway or merging uphill to pass cars quickly, but at the high end speed from 60 MPH and up, the car drives fast. But the car is reliable and beautiful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2001

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews