2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Kompressor 2.3 Supercharged from North America
Everything a Mercedes should be
Pressure sensor inside the supercharger failed.
Replaced front lower ball joints.
This car is by far the best car I've owned. I previously had an Audi A4 2.8, and this car puts that one to shame. My Mercedes outperforms my old Audi in every aspect.
The supercharged 2.3 4 cylinder is a jewel of an engine. I love hearing the whine of the Eaton M62 supercharger under acceleration, and you can really feel the boost at 2700 RPM and up.
The car is very quick, which surprised me when I first bought it, because I figured 4 cylinders + a heavy luxury car would make for a slow car, but was I ever wrong.
The car also is very economical; I can manage 28-29 MPG on the highway, and around 24 in the city. I have the Sport package, which includes a sport tuned Mercedes suspension (makes for a bit of a firm ride for a Benz, but still smooth nevertheless), a silver exterior, and a 2 tone black and grey leather interior with carbon fiber everywhere one would normally see wood trim.
This car has given me almost no troubles. The issues listed above were due to high mileage.
The car gets around great in the snow. The ESP traction control works wonders. Everything on the car works as if new.
The only complaint I have is the transmission... it's a 5 speed automatic with an auto-stick mode. The transmission shifts fine when kept in drive, but when using the auto-stick mode, shifts are very delayed and sluggish.
Overall, this is a fine example of Mercedes-Benz engineering.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2012