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#7216 of 7297 C 230 - MP3 compatible / '06 reliability
Feb 06, 2006 (10:32 pm)
i am considering a few cars and the MB c 230 is top on my list. I won't lie like everyone else and say it's the greatest ride, acceleration, refinement etc., but will come out and say the truth: I want a Mercedes and this is the only one I can afford!!! (i am considering a G 35 coupe, and Lexus IS 250 as well).
Not including the iPod thing you can buy, the dealer says the stereo is mp3 compatible. Does this mean it can play a CD full of MP3s, or does it mean i can simply buy a package to be able to plug an iPod into it?
Also, i'm wondering how people have found the reliability on teh '05 models? I know from 2001 the reliability sucked, but have read recently since 2005 it's been great.
#7217 of 7297 Re: C 230 - MP3 compatible / '06 reliability [ab3]
Feb 07, 2006 (5:55 am)
I have 2006 C-350 Luxury, with 6600 miles on it so far - runs beautifully, and absolutely no issues. The ride is smoooth, and accels very well.
All CD slots can play mp3 cds. The car also has an audio input port in the glove. We did not get the ipod integration since it takes away the ability for rear seat passengers (kids) to play with the ipod, so i simply use the Audio IN and a long cable.
#7218 of 7297 Re: C 230 - MP3 compatible / '06 reliability [ab3]
Feb 07, 2006 (6:10 am)
We have an 05 C230 with about 19,000 miles that we bought in June 2004. It has been absolutely flawless. It did have to go back to the dealership about a month after we bought it because there was something wrong with the rear power sunshade but the dealership service was excellent and they gave us a nice E320 as a loaner. Overall there are no regrets about the car and we would definitely buy it again if we had to do it over.
#7219 of 7297 Re: Prospective C280 4Matic Purchase Questions [u2jrmw]
Feb 07, 2006 (6:12 am)
Am I missing anything?
How about the lighting package, sunroof/moonroof, rear air bags, power/memory passenger seats, chrome wheels, leather seats, DVD Nav ?
I have a very good experience with my C-350 - starting with the price...I used the costco deal ($750 over invoice). Performance and mpg has been superlative! So far 6.6 k miles, and I have not faced any issue about quality - and I am watching for it!
The HK 12-speaker system is not too impressive. But then I did not even like the Mark Levinson that Lexus offers.
Leather inserts are only the middle seat parts that are leather, the rest is something called MBTex. None of them have a premium soft leather feel which I would have liked.
iPOD integration (I opted out of it) takes away ability of the external glove box Audio INPUT port. My kids love to play the IPOD from rear seats, so I simply have to use a long cable and the Audio Input. I was not quoted $200 for installation.
Service - I was told that the annual service costs (at each 13k miles) would be about $300 per visit.
If you do not hav Rear split seats, the seat does NOT fold at all.. But it is a pretty low-cost upgrade.
#7220 of 7297 Re: C 230 - MP3 compatible / '06 reliability [ab3]
Feb 07, 2006 (8:34 am)
The current C-class (2001-2006) have been reliable from the start, with the exception of electrical annoyances in the early cars. Hard parts like engines and transmissions were reliable from the start.
My 2001 C240 has 74,000 miles on the clock and both looks and feels like a brand-new car. It likes to eat light bulbs (those electrical gremlins), but otherwise it is perfect.
For the current models they are not as sporty as the BMWs, but are more luxurious. I'd pick a new C-class were I buying today.
#7221 of 7297 Re: C 230 - MP3 compatible / '06 reliability [ab3]
Feb 08, 2006 (7:34 pm)
I have a 2002 c240 and it is not very reliable. The car has been back to the dealer over twenty times for various reasons. I only have 26000 miles on the car. Yes, I only took the car to MB service center. If you need to get a MB then please get the extended warranty for the car. It will save you a lot of problems in the long run. The choice should be yours to buy or not to buy. Please do as much research as you can then make your decision.
I don't know if the above helps you are not. It is a hard decision to make.
#7222 of 7297 And our '02 C240...
Feb 09, 2006 (5:40 am)
...has been the best of our 14 Mercedes since 1968. Only two unscheduled service visits since delivery, to replace a horn that was getting distinctly sheep-like, and to perform a TSB update on the wiring harness for the ESP/BAS system. We have about 24k miles on ours. It is the best long-distance touring car since our last S-Class, which was over 20 years ago. I only wish I'd bought a C wagon before they pulled them from our market - we never seem to have enough trunk for all the junk I like to carry on extended trips.
I do agree that this car, like ALL makes in this class [including Lexus], is one that needs an extended warranty to cover you for as long as possible - we have the MB warranty to 7/100. I'm covered until Sept of 2009 - by then I'll be ready for something new, anyway.
#7223 of 7297 Re: Prospective C280 4Matic Purchase Questions [u2jrmw]
Feb 09, 2006 (5:54 pm)
I've had the C280 4M for ~3 months (White/Ash). Opt's I chose were the Power Driver seat, bun warmers, the HK and the Sunroof pkg.
No Spoiler - Sorry.
The HK is better definitely than the std unit, although mine had a glitch and was replaced. No problems since.
Heated seats are an opt. on the C280 4Matic, but I believe they are std on the C350 4Matic. (Probably to justify the extra $)!
I don't see any adjustments on the front armrest for height. Coulkd that have been on the Sport model?
Without the split rear seatback the seat does not fold (although there is an integrated fold-down armrest with built-in cup holders).
I'm pretty happy with the car overall. Combined MPG is running ~23.5mpg. We took a trip on the interstate and keeping it below 85 got ~27.5mpg.
Hope that helps.
#7224 of 7297 Re: C 230 - MP3 compatible / '06 reliability [ab3]
Feb 09, 2006 (8:02 pm)
I forgot to mention that you should probably look under the following discussion title here on edmunds: Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Problems & Solutions
Just as another way to find out more information positive or negative. Maybe, you can find your answer there....
#7225 of 7297 The center armrest.....
Feb 10, 2006 (5:10 am)
....is hinged at the back, and can adjust upward from the front in 2 increments. The small cover lever, on your right, can be used not only to open the top shelf part of the console, but also move the whole lid upward about an inch. Hard to explain, but read the owner's manual for instructions.