1994 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 2.8 from North America
True understated luxury on a budget
Too soon to tell.
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