15th Dec 2008, 14:15
Hey guys, I own a 1999 C230 Kompressor. It is an awesome car!
Having just read all these articles, I think I can help. One problem I have had is the power driver's seat only works 1/10th of the time. They say this is caused by a faulty relay in the trunk.
Another issue, headlights; it's relatively easy to do without taking out the headlight itself. The housing has three separate bulbs. Problematic one is the FOG light. The connector that at least on mine has two brown wires and one grey connected to it. The connector has to be redone. Grey wire goes to the back of the H1 fog light for +. The two brown ones are simply grounds, which I connected to the phillips head screw that holds the ground for the rest of the housing.
The car runs great, and I have had no serious problems with it. Also for the MAF sensor; that goes out on every car. The site Benzworld.org has forum columns that will link you to an insert instead of the whole MAF, and this only costs about $75. This is the way to go.
Hope this helps, and by the way, I bought mine for two thousand, and it now has one hundred and ninety miles on it, so KEEP ON TRUCKIN'!!!
31st Jan 2009, 10:09
I just bought a 1999 C230 Kompressor sport with 80k on it yesterday. Black on black leather, the car is beautiful inside and out. I had test drove a friend of mines 2001 Audi a4 2.8L last weekend and by sunday tranny fluid was leaking out and the car wouldn't switch gears. For the same price, I found a better car with less miles.
The body style on this car is amazing, and when spring time comes, I'm going to throw some low profile tires on it and some nice rims and maybe drop it an inch or two. I love the car so far, and hopefully will not have any problems with it in the future.
26th Feb 2009, 23:53
Great car, it's a very beautiful and well built machine.. I currently just purchased one with 97,000 miles after a couple replacements worn tires and rear lightbulbs.. it's like new. The engine is definitely the highlight as it packs mighty power with great gas mileage.. a definite looker and very economical drivable car.
20th Mar 2009, 15:43
Last Sunday I got a 1999 C230 K with 140k (Gray on Gray)... this thing is clean and I'm very happy with it. It only had one owner and was kept up well, I hope this will last me. Supercharger sounds sick and can't wait to get out of work so I can drive this bad girl.
12th Apr 2009, 09:17
I own a 1999 c-230 Kompressor with 80,000 miles. I bought it at 30,000. Since that time; I was told that the engine must warm up until the temp. gauge moves before it should be driven. If not, the trans will stay in first gear for a long time. Once warmed up the car shifts fine. Is this normal and if not, any ideas on a fix?
28th Jun 2009, 15:08
I own a 1999 C230 compressor and it has been a reasonably good vehicle. However recently it has left me on several occasions by refusing to start. The battery and starter are not the problem and I suspect the alarm system. It is intermittent and may occur once in every 15 to thirty starts. I have tried locking and unlocking the doors, trying to start in neutral, moving the steering applying the brake, to no avail. The only solution found so far is to let the car rest for some period of time and when you try it will start right off. I also have the intermittent electric seat problem I have seen mentioned on this site. Does anyone have and answer to the starting problem?
3rd Mar 2010, 10:32
Seems the quality and reliability really varies, and it's pot luck whether you get a gem or a dog.
21st Apr 2010, 23:57
The relay for the electric seats are inside the trunk. You need to open the plastic cover next to the rear seat. The relay is located on the right side. Put in a new one and the seats are going to work fine every time. C230k 1998.
21st Jun 2010, 10:02
Hi. I have a 1999 Sport, silver and super clean. The best car I have owned has 75,000 original miles, a one owner car. It saves on gas, and it's classy. A great car to own. It's a Benz - says it all. Freddy Pasadena California.
3rd Nov 2010, 12:29
I own a 99 C230K. I bought it off lease in 03. It now has 260K, so a few gray hairs. Up to this year it was reasonably low maintenance. This year the body is aging rapidly, rust...
And then there's the battery, intermittent electrical problem. One morning it starts fine, after work it is dead. It turned out to be corroded positive cable to battery. This $45 part cost me nearly 2k to find.
But the Kompressor makes up for a lot of woes. (=
30th Jan 2013, 09:22
The problem when light bulbs are switching on and off is... check the light bulb holder... sometimes the holder clip that is clutching the light bulb pins is loose and the contact is bad. Used a small screwdriver to tighten the pins and plugged the bulb back in.
17th Feb 2013, 05:18
I got the same MB C230K 1999 during the winter. I have same issue, but not in Summer. Any idea if this normal, or if my car has some sort of problem?
6th Jan 2014, 18:09
I have a 1999 C230 Sport. Have had the headlight problem and the seat problem. The clear coat is shot, but it still runs great. 342,245 miles, and had it doing 140 last week, so still a great car.
17th Aug 2014, 21:26
Dear sir; Unfortunately, you have come into some needed repairs a little earlier than expected. I say this as one who has a 2000 C230 Kompressor with 245K miles on it, and now I am having to do the repairs you are speaking of. Perhaps, I may be of assistance in sharing with you where to find the necessary parts.
I have just in the last month replaced the following parts on my car: Fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, ignition coil packs, valve cover gasket, exhaust manifold gasket, oil change, cam adjustor magnet, camshaft timing sensor.
NOW, my car runs like it is supposed to - a finely engineered, German made automobile. These cars are finely engineered, yet require regular maintenance.