2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Sport 2.5L V6 from North America

Summary:

I love this car

Faults:

The car is still beautiful, my friends would have thought it was brand new if Mercedes hadn't done a redesign.

General Comments:

This was my first car, and like my parents I was pretty excited to be a Mercedes owner. I do realize the badge is a huge selling factor of the car.

But, the styling looks really nice for an old generation, and it looks just as sporty and modern if not more so than my friend's new cars.

The performance is solid, a 2.5L V6 isn't a speed demon, but the car won't "drag" along.

That being said, the mileage is ridiculously poor, I get around 19-21mpg.

Inside, the seats are very comfortable, I got a car with genuine leather seats, not MB-TEX.

The interior does feel a bit dated, as this model doesn't have an LCD screen like newer cars, but it looks nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2010

2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4 Matic Elegance from North America

Summary:

High Priced Tire Eater

Faults:

Flat tire 9000 KM.

Light bulb burnout in drivers' sunshade mirror at 18,000 KM.

Change 3 remaining tires at 20,000 KM because of bubbles forming on sidewall.

Repaired one mag at 20,000 KM.

New bubbles forming on sidewall at 20,000 KM.

Gas mileage that manufacturer states is misleadingly low.

General Comments:

It's a tire eater. I have 225/45R17 XL Michelin Alpin PA2 Winter tires. Because of the low profile on the tires, every time you hit a pothole you will get bubbles forming on the sidewall. If you hit a really big one, you will also scratch/damage the wheel. Mercedes does not offer 17 inch black winter rims so I'm slowly destroying my wheels. They only offer steel rims up to 16 inches. I have no idea why Mercedes would not make any Winter Steel Rims for 17 inch and bigger. I know they're ugly but it's better than destroying your tires and wheels.

Montreal's roads are terrible year round and they have plenty of potholes. If you live in a climate that does not have potholes, I would highly recommend this vehicle. The driving is smooth and the handling is exceptional.

It's convenient that oil changes are every 20,000 KM but the cost is terrible. 350 US$ to get an oil and filter change and someone to measure the windshield washer fluid level is not what I was expecting from Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th April, 2008

2nd Jun 2008, 19:26

You can actually use 16" steel wheels for winter motoring - all you have to do is get a set of tyres with the same rolling diameter as the 17" items you have on the alloys on your car. Any good tyre professional would be able to assist.

5th Sep 2008, 22:20

"It's convenient that oil changes are every 20,000 KM but the cost is terrible. 350 US$ to get an oil and filter change and someone to measure the windshield washer fluid level is not what I was expecting from Mercedes."

But you wouldn't complain paying $175 US to do it every 10,000km...

Windhield washer level can be done yourself... not rocket surgery.

26th Feb 2010, 10:14

I also have a 2007 C280 and have had to replace 2-tyres at under 15,000km and they are not cheap. Mercedes should cover the cost of problems like this and find a solution.

Would I buy this vehicle again - NO!!

2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 3 litre unleaded from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

We love our Benz!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong so far. Thankfully as we have only owned it 3 weeks.

General Comments:

The performance seems to be getting better each time we take it out. At the dealership we drove it before driving the 2 litre and were not entirely sold on the performance difference, especially when it's a matter of $13k. Although it did sound more throatier on start up and rev, I was nearly contempt to save money and rebadge the C200 with C280.

I also drove a SLK280, which was a lot of fun and seemed like a rocket compared to the C280, despite them having a very similar engine. However at 30k more it would want to go quicker, + the model has been around for a while now and I'd expect it to look dated soon, much like the latest E Class is in need of a update.

Nevertheless, after being promised it had not been flogged by the dealership in its 92k, we ended up with a white demo C280 as there was a 6 day wait on a C200, and this one was available for instant take away (upon surrendering the diners)

Being the demo model, we also got the AMG body kit, nice grey alloys and a few extra goodies for the same price as a brand new stock C280.

Space inside is cosy compared to our other car (04 BA Fairmont), however the boot seems roughly the same size.

Much to my wife disgust I floored it against a e46 325ci BMW from the lights last week. The benz was slower, but with a shallower tank and losing the golf clubs I think it would've been close.

As you do when you know you're going to make a purchase from Mercedes, I asked to give a used silver 2005 SL500 for a run - ($245,000) way out of my price range but absolutely sublime - money can't buy happiness! - yeah right!

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

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

21st Aug 2009, 00:26

Perhaps if the 325 had a flat tyre, it would have been even closer.