1999 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Kompressor 2.3 supercharged from North America
New: A lot of money for a car. Used: a lot of car for the money!
1. Noises from gear selector housing: lots of squeaks going over bumps
2. Groaning from rear and front of car when going over humps or getting in/out of car
3. Three light-bulbs blew in one week (but not an expensive problem)
This car is:
Powerful (185 hp) yet economical (I get 29mpg)
Elegant (I like it better than the new C class)
Far too many noises, squeaks, rattles groans. The quality of materials is not as MB was used to in its heyday.
Servicing is expensive ($800 for a major service + extras so think of $1000+ every time unless you;'re under warranty)
A little noisy when accelerating, and sometimes the supercharger takes a second or two to deliver the power.
A little noisy inside, compared to Lexus, BMW and other peers.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th February, 2005
20th Jan 2007, 07:19
I bought my 1999 C230 K used with 35,000 miles. Overall, I like everything about the car except very expensive MB service. But service does come with a loaner.
Rust is starting to emerge on the door, while the 1999 Intrepid that my son drives is clean. I am now experiencing loud rattles coming from the door jam / center post area. I expected more from an MB as it aged.
But I like the car enough to have the problems fixed. Wish me luck.