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#7143 of 7297 C class is the best
Apr 15, 2005 (2:24 pm)
I have owned a Mercedes ML320 and E320 and currently own an E500 4matic, I must say that my 2005 C240 4matic is THE BEST MERCEDES OF THOSE THREE. WHY because it is able to blend all of the positive of the other three into a cheap, sporty, economic package. It is also really good in the snow and has better cornering traction then the M class even in the snow. my only regret is not buying the C320 because after driving the e500 and then driving my 240 it feels really lagged and slow, but once on the highway its fine.
#7144 of 7297 2001 C320 Strange Engine Won't Start Problem !!!
Apr 28, 2005 (7:58 pm)
I've had numerous exterior bulbs have been burning out and the Air Conditioning has leaked four times (but dealership has been great in fixing them and given us great service).... Well just tonight the worse problem of all, does anyone know about this!?? The Car engine won't start!! The battery is fully charged and its not the alarm or the smartkey.. I also tried to jump the car to give it extra joice and it doesn't make a difference the battery still seems fine, the lights are all strong and radio is fine. What happens is when i turn the key to start the engine, there is a slight click noise and the lights go out for a brief split second. I never even hear the engine even trying to start...
#7145 of 7297 Re: 2001 C320 Strange Engine Won't Start Problem !!! [interweb]
Apr 29, 2005 (4:25 am)
Sure - the click noise is the key - probably means the starter relay is shot, or the starter itself. Don't know if the starter relay if fused, but I would check the owner's manual to be sure. If not, it's call the flat bed - unless you have the kind of skills to deal with this.
Jul 11, 2005 (6:18 pm)
Can anyone enlighten me on changes for next year?
#7147 of 7297 2006 Changes
Jul 11, 2005 (6:27 pm)
I read on another one of the boards (I think it was under future vehicles), that the there will be engine changes. The C230 is supposed to get a 2.5 liter V6, the C240 is supposed to become the C280 with a 2.8 liter V6 , and the C320 will become the C350 with the same 3.5 liter used in the E, M, and SLK-Class. Also, there will be no Sport or Luxury designation as ther was for the 2005 models. Instead there will just be sport packages. These are the major changes that I can remember. I think all the stuff is minor like changing options around. There are also some color changes.
#7148 of 7297 Re: 2006 Changes [jcat707]
Jul 12, 2005 (4:36 am)
That's correct. Also, all three models get the new 7-speed automatic, either as optional or standard. In any case, there is no more C230"K" in the sense that the 1.8 4 cyl with the supercharger ["Kompressor"] will be history in our market.
"C230" = 2.5 V6, approx 200 hp
"C280" = 3.0 V6, approx 225hp
"C350" = 3.5 V6, approx 265hp
All hp estimates give or take a couple depending on emissions control decisions and exhaust tuning. HP up, emissions down, fuel consumption down, prices steady, win-win....
#7149 of 7297 Re: Just ordered... [decaf4me]
Jul 12, 2005 (5:54 am)
I wondered if someone has an opinion on a 2001 C320. A local dealer is offering it for $25K (in PA). It only has 10,000 miles but I'm concerned about some of the repair (esp electrical) costs that I've been reading about. The car is being offered by a Ford dealer who will give a 2 year warranty on the drivetrain. Obviously the car looks sweet in the pictures. I'm afraid if I drive it, I'll make a rash decision. Am I looking for trouble with this model year???
#7150 of 7297 Re: 2006 Changes [jrct9454]
Jul 12, 2005 (6:04 am)
Thanks for the information. Are the prices (especially on the C230) expected to stay about the same? And, on a different note, am I correct in thinking that I can't order a manual transmission with the 4matic (AWD) option?
#7151 of 7297 Re: 2006 Changes [kronogoose]
Jul 12, 2005 (10:37 am)
Prices will do their usual year-to-year increase, but I would look for no more than 1-1.5%.
To my knowledge, MB still does not plan to offer a manual transmission with AWD. In fact, for now, if you order AWD, you get the older 5-spd automatic, not the newer 7 spd.
#7152 of 7297 Re: Just ordered... [haases]
Jul 12, 2005 (10:41 am)
Not only is the price high, I would simply never buy any Mercedes from a Ford dealer. The drivetrain warranty is all but useless - it isn't the drivetrain that causes problems in these cars. The engine and transmission are, for the most part, pretty bullet-proof. The problems are all with the electronics - memory seats, keys, alarm systems, the fiber-optic bus the connects everything, fuel sending units, etc. None of this is going to be helped by a drivetrain warranty.
If you can find a dependable third-party warranty company to cover what matters in the car at a reasonable price [go online or start with the F&I mgr at a local MB store], then maybe....otherwise, I would pass....