1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 180 Elegance 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance129000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class

Summary:

Dignified, relaxed and comfortable

Faults:

Nothing major at all. Not one major garage visit

* A bit of graunching coming from the front corner.

* Kickdown never really worked properly (I picked it very cheap), but the transmission is fine otherwise. No bumps and/or clunks. On the rare occasion that I need a bit of extra oomph, I just shift it manually. Both the car and I are content with this situation.

* All the other bits and mechanical gubbins are there and are functioning as the engineers intended, as they will probably will be for quite some time.

* It's not a fast car by any stretch, but perfectly adequate. Hummed along happily at 160 km/h when a French ferry strike necessitated covering the ground quick between Roscoff and Le Havre, loaded with four adults and all their cheese and wine.

* Rust is a thing. Gotta keep an eye on it... all the old faves - arches, sills, stone chips etc, This is my second W202; the first fell to wire worm in the end.

* Super light power steering lacks the "feel" that motoring journalists tell us that we need, but it just makes it so easy to zip around and park. Whenever I get into my girlfriend's Puma, it feels like I'm wrestling with a Morris Oxford.

This car's USP is comfort, it has neither the desire nor ability to do the Nurburgring. I'm OK with that.

So I've got a 4 door five seater with four airbags, ABS, traction control (which you can't turn off, which is fine because I don't want to do that) cruise, A/C, electric everything and lots of good wood. It as solid as the proverbial and as comfortable as a bed. 28/35 MPG (imperial).

If it wasn't for the booted Opel Kadett rear end, it would look like a 4/5th scale W123.

And that's a good thing!

General Comments:

A relaxing, comfortable cruiser, that 16 years later still makes you look like you mean business.

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

Review Date: 5th February, 2014

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Sport from North America

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10

Summary:

Awesome. Comfort and fun!

Faults:

Wiper fuse - mechanic replaced with sturdier fuse and wiper - easy and cheap.

Cruise - not functioning.

General Comments:

Has been a rock since I've bought it. Mostly just regular maintenance. Fun to drive in the corners and the straightaways. Not super fast, but enough oomph to put a smile on your face.

The interior is very comfortable and stylish (especially the Sport version with the faux carbon fiber), and it feels more modern than the 190e and 300e. Everything was dials and manual buttons on those, and wrapped in wood. Not my thing.

Looks great with a Thule rack. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2013

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Elegance 2.4L petrol V6 from Botswana

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.4L petrol V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance350000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Estima Lucida

Summary:

Expensive to own and maintain

Faults:

Tightener pulley and tensioner broke when I was driving.

General Comments:

Comfort is nice.

Spare parts are very expensive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th May, 2011

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 kilometres
Most recent distance187950 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Swift

Summary:

Great; will buy another

Faults:

Lower ball joints.

Key.

Air flow meter.

Brake switch.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and reliable.

Auto box is super smooth.

Surprised by the economy, considering it's a 2 litre automatic.

Seats are hard wearing.

Handles like a dream.

Take your time when buying one. Research on the Internet for known faults, watch the oil level in the auto gearbox and engine. Most stuff you can fix yourself.

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2010

4th Jun 2014, 09:21

Surprised about the economy? What are your figures please?

Thank you.

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C180 Esprit 1.8L from Jordan

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired124400 kilometres
Most recent distance161000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Real Mercedes-Benz car

Faults:

Expensive maintenance and parts cost.

A/C is not good as I was expecting.

Rear doors comes with manual windows.

General Comments:

Sport flavor for this car is really great, you can find that in the performance of the combination of its engine and the S-Mode of its automatic gearbox.

Also I like its smart size and interior that still works perfectly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2010

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 2.0L petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired29000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carAudi 80

Summary:

Good, but should be better for a Merc

Faults:

Minor things.

Viscous coupling fan at 60k miles.

Tensioner pulley at 60k miles.

Electric mirror heater at 30k miles.

Fixed them myself fairly easily.

General Comments:

Engine and wind noise higher than I would have expected from a Merc.

Used to get excellent economy on the motorway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2010

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 28 reviews