1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C-220 ? from North America

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 from North America

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

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Elegance 2.8 inline 6 from South Africa

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired104000 kilometres
Most recent distance114000 kilometres
Previous carLand Rover Series 2

Summary:

Excellent long distance cruiser, very refined and powerful car let down by a terrible dealership

Faults:

Power cuts during acceleration at around 110000km were tracked to a faulty knock sensor which was replaced under motor plan, as well as a cracked spark plug cable. Same problems are creeping up again.

I'm dreading the trip back to the dealership as part of the car's interior trimmings went missing after the last service.

General Comments:

C280 has plenty power and is an absolute joy to drive. This car was made for long distances. It puts a smile on my face every day and was a great step upwards from the old, unreliable Landy.

The agents give bad service which is disappointing for a new Mercedes-Benz owner, but I'm told it's the same with other makes as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2001

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.0? from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0? Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carDatsun Sunny

Summary:

Not as good as my 1979 Datsun

Faults:

Nothing really.

General Comments:

A good car, but overrated, sure it's never broken down, but neither has my Datsun and that's 20 years old.

For what it is, it's very overpriced.

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

Review Date: 18th February, 2001

24th Nov 2001, 03:46

That's pretty funny, comparing a Mercedes to a Datsun.

11th Jan 2002, 16:12

Yeah, I know it sounds funny, but what I've said is true. The Datsun gives you value for money, 100% reliability, a comfortable ride with many extra features. It is also easy to work on and more fun to drive around in!! The Mercedes could be summed up as "over priced and not a lot to show for it".

10th Apr 2003, 12:32

You can't really compare a Merc to a Datsun; the Merc is better built, faster and with more equiment! 1970s Datsuns are well known for their tendencies to rust, while Mercedes cars are famed for excllent build quality. and a Mercedes would have better equipment that a Datsun, and probably be better to drive. Much as I am a fan of classic cars, you can't really compare them to modern ones, especially a Mercedes.

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Elegance 2.3 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.3 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carVolvo 1.8 SE

Summary:

The best car I have ever owned... love it!!

Faults:

Electric aerial failed.

Stop lamp failed.

Cylinder head gasket failed.

All replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

Marvellous, effortless and safe. Fabulous car which turns heads and is much admired. Easy to own and run, comfortable, powerful and solid.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2000

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 200 Elegance 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

By far the best of the 17 cars that I have owned!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st May, 1998

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 14 reviews