2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class W203 C180 Classic 1.8 kompressor from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Very underrated

Faults:

Not much.

The A/C needed gas.

And the locks sometimes don't work. Just old age really.

General Comments:

Well in Dec my W211 E240 decided to leak oil from the rocker cover gaskets. So I needed a car to get around in as I fixed my W211.

A search later (had to be a Merc or a Falcon) and I saw this W203.

I know the W203 has a bad rep. But my one so far is a lovely lil thing.

Has GREAT A/C; it's smooth. The seats are harder than my W211. But not overly so.

The build quality is shockingly good. I have the pre-facelift version, which is the worst W203. But am still reporting no worries at this stage.

While this was meant to be a temporary car while I fix my W211, I think Coby (as I call it) is a keeper. With my old silver (my W211) :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2022

2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C240 2.6 V-6 gasoline from North America

Summary:

Nice, solid vehicle

Faults:

Faulty tail light bulb and loose turn signal lever.

General Comments:

This vehicle is primarily driven by my wife as her daily driver. The car drives very well, handles very precisely and performs adequately.

Due to the small (2.6L) V-6 engine and transmission/rear end gearing, it revs on the high side at highway speeds above 65 mph. As a result, the best we can manage is around 26 to 27MPG on the highway, using premium fuel of course.

As far as comfort goes, the cabin is well appointed, but on the small side for folks like myself who are on the tall and thick side. My wife, who is not very tall, loves the way the car "fits" her, and she loves to drive it.

Mechanically the vehicle has been very solid with only routine oil changes (which I perform myself using the MB approved synthetic oil and fleece oil filter).

At 60K miles, I had the transmission fluid and filter changed at our local MB dealer ($365.00).

The only minor issue so far has been a couple of tail light bulbs failing.

Brake dust on the wheels requires that the wheels (especially the front) be washed weekly. Minor pain due to soft OEM brake pads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2013

2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 270 CDI 2.7 turbo diesel from South Africa

Summary:

Very good buy and quality value for your money

Faults:

In 8 years, only replaced the battery.

General Comments:

Very impressive fuel economy - 5.1l/100km.

Quality finish, every knob/switch is still working.

Leather seats are still in very good condition after so many years of travelling.

Power of the engine is still high.

First time now, it seems the front suspension rubber mouldings could be shot... yet the driving comfort is still high.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th August, 2012

2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 K from North America

Summary:

Fun car to drive but very expensive to keep up

Faults:

All electrical problems.

Voltage regulator went out at 32k.

All below at 54 to 57k:

Driver window motor bad.

Passenger head rest stuck.

Driver door lock won't open by keyless remote.

Brake light sticks.

Passengers head rest will not go down.

Alarm goes off for no reason.

Alarm horn needs to be replaced.

Pulsating brakes.

Oil fill cap impossible to remove without wrench.

Car has depreciated 10k in less than 2 years.

Mileage not great around town.

General Comments:

The car's electricals are not great, I seem to have an ongoing problem with this. The drive train is built well. Performance is excellent for a 4 cylinder motor. I can take most 6 cylinder cars with no problem.

Handles good. You have to be very careful as the visibility out the back and sides is not good. Also when parking, it is easy to hit the curb with your rims.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2009

16th Sep 2010, 18:41

Did you ever figure out what was wrong with the alarm?

11th Jun 2014, 01:38

Pulsating brakes are normal with cars that have ABS; the ABS is in action when the pulsating occurs.

About the electrical issues; that is unfortunate; I think it has something to do with the type of wires used in the car.

2nd Sep 2014, 03:01

There is nothing ABS related with pulsating brakes. Pulsating brakes means warped brake rotors (discs). This is most usually caused by uneven wheel lug torque, which happens when the lug seat on the alloy wheel is corroded (the lug torque cannot be set properly). Clean the lug seat on each wheel with some wire sponge.