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#7234 of 7297 Re: 05 c230 vs 06 c230 [dtran2149]
Apr 23, 2006 (8:25 pm)
Well, I had the same dilemma. The 2005 C230 has the supercharged 4 cylinder and I am sure it is a great engine but it sounds really cheap outside for a Mercedes. It was pretty noisy. It drove fine but had a rough idle and I drove more than 1. Again, from what I have heard it is supposed to be a great engine. My problem was that the difference between the 2005 and the 2006 just wasn't great enough to justify buying a car with 15-20,000 miles on it to save 3k off of sticker. I decided to look at new and just didn't think I could deal. I was surprised. It seems new cars overall aren't selling well. Every lot I went to from Audi, to Volkswagen to Mercedes were all empty as far as customers go each time I went. I went during the week and the weekend. So I thought it was a good sign. I was right. We drove the 2006 and looked at 2 dealers. Both wanted to sell me and they bid against each other. I really can't say I had a whole lot to do with it. I know it sounds weird but apparently these dealers don't get along and they both wanted to beat each other.
Anyway, back to the engine. I also decided I liked the smoother feel of the V6. More horsepower yes, but it doesn't seem as quick to me. Still fine as it is for my wife and the slower it is the better! I only have 750 miles on it and so far so good. I got a new 2006 for what they were trying to sell me a 2005 certified pre-owned.(same options) No brainer on this one to me. Good luck!
#7235 of 7297 2005 vsd 2005 c class
Apr 24, 2006 (3:06 am)
Interesting post. My 2005 c240 is a 4matic (the reason I bought it since my previous 1998 C230 handled so poorly in snow). It is a 6 cylinder engine, not 4, as was the 98 C230. While the 2005 was being repaired, the dealer gave me a 2006 loaner...the C320 (these number designations get to be very annoying/confusing... ).
Anyway, I really liked the 2006 which I think actually got a bit better mileage than the 2005. But, I had just bought the 2005 a few weeks earlier, and was not really interested in trading again. But, bottom line is that I agree the 2006 C320 4matic, may be a better car than its 2005 counterpart, the C240.
#7236 of 7297 Re: 2005 vsd 2005 c class [shermank]
Apr 24, 2006 (8:25 pm)
I just went the other way; bought the 2006 C280. Great car! Lots of praise on the C350/C280 board for the new engines to the C-class.
#7237 of 7297 Re: 05 c230 vs 06 c230 [soldaustin]
Apr 25, 2006 (9:46 pm)
"I also decided I liked the smoother feel of the V6. More horsepower yes, but it doesn't seem as quick to me. Still fine as it is for my wife and the slower it is the better!"
This was an interesting comment! I was hoping the extra hp would make it feel quicker but I guess the 05 is "peppier." I think both are 0-60 in ~8.5 in the auto.
We live in Dallas and the pricing seems less competitive than some of the other posts. Guess we will wait and see what happens over the next few months.
#7238 of 7297 Do I dare put a grille star on a 2005 C240???
Apr 28, 2006 (9:34 am)
Do I dare put a grill star on a 2005 C240? I love the look of the grille star (some call it a "center star") but the 2005 C240 was the perfect car for me. I don't want to sem like a poser so I hadn't even given it any thought. However, one of my friends who own a CLK said that he thinks I should do it. He said so long as you don't pull all the identifying marks off the back everyone will still know it is a C240. He claims that people viewing all this will just think that I like the grille star more than the hood star. I'm not so sure. Help. What should I do?
#7239 of 7297 Sure, change the Grill - no big deal
Apr 28, 2006 (1:49 pm)
This reminds me of the Simpsons episode where they steal the H off the Principals car and he cries out...."Oh without the H how will anyone know its a HONDA!"
#7241 of 7297 C230 Winter Driving
Oct 16, 2006 (8:40 am)
I was hoping the forum could shed some light on how the C230 handles in the snow. I live in the northeast and was looking to purchase a C230 or BMW 325i and was hoping someone could shed light on their driving experiences with either in the snow. Thank you!
#7242 of 7297 Re: C230 Winter Driving [roskogr]
Oct 16, 2006 (8:58 am)
We've got a 2002 C240. I got a set of snow tires for it and it does just fine in the snow here in Boston. Real snow tires are vastly better than all-season tires. It's not as good as my 4Runner (which I also put snow tires on), but it will get you where you need to go if it's not a blizzard and you drive with a modicum of care.
If you get a c-class with 4Matic, I'm sure it would be better in the snow than the RWD version. But that comes with extra cost and reduced mileage...
#7243 of 7297 Re: Prospective C280 4Matic Purchase Questions [pgsmith]
Oct 19, 2006 (11:10 am)
Like the 2007 C230 but will this car drive in the snow? I live outside Philly and we get a couple of storms a year.