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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Saab 9-3, Hatchback
Apr 11, 2003 (5:57 pm)
I'm thinking about getting the newly introduced c 230 komprssor sedan "thing" , but I'm not shirr... I like it cause its a benz and its relativly in my price range... also looking at the CTS... but its a bit more (more standard feats though)... but I like the looks of the C 230 so I wanted to know.... if any one has the sedan or coupe version of this car and what their likes and dislikes are.... thankx
#17 of 19 2002 C230K Likes and Dislikes
Apr 12, 2003 (7:47 pm)
cjs2002: We've had our C230 Coupe for 10 months and it is a blast to drive. Clearly the most fun car that my wife and I have ever owned. It has had some first year glitches which include factory and dealer reprogramming of ESP (Stability Control) and Brake Assist software, some brake shoe replacement, and a defective glove box, but otherwise the car has been great.
Likes: Outstanding acceleration and torque, excellent stereo (the Bose unit is a must), Comfortable interior, reputation for durability and Mercedes-Benz standing behind its product, and the fantastic panorama sunroof.
Dislikes: Rear visibility (this is not a problem with the sedan), first-year glitches on US models, information center readouts take some getting used to, small tachometer, cassette standard instead of a CD player ($400 option).
We considered the Saab, but we did not think that it would have the long-term durability or resale value that Mercedes is known for.
Good luck with your decision and let us know how it comes out.
#18 of 19 2002 C230K Likes and Dislikes
Apr 14, 2003 (4:26 am)
cjs2002: I've had my C230K for ~13 months and it has been performing as expected.
Likes: tight handling with very good distance cruising comfort (had another 500 mile R/T last week). Enough power, good fuel economy, no squeaks. Excellent dealer service department.
Dislikes: cassette standard instead of a CD player ($800 option on the '02; less for the '03). Can only carry a limited quantity of 8ft long 2x4's and still close the hatch (max ~4).
FWIW, I'm a former Saab owner. When it was but a year old, I would have also said I was satisfied with its mechanicals (its woes came later; click here for more). I suspect that it will be hard for the MB to be as mechanically unreliable as my Saab was...and I doubt that it will depreciate at the same rate: in the end, I was only able to sell the Saab for roughly half of what Blue Book and Edmunds claimed it should have been worth.
#19 of 19 2003 C230K Likes and Dislikes
Apr 14, 2003 (5:35 am)
Have had my 2003 C230K for 3 months and 2500 miles. My observations so far.
Great acceleration and power - even in the mountains
Excellent gas mileage - have gotten as much as 39.9 mpg on a 176 mile highway trip traveling at 71 mph, around town with mixed driving consistently get 31- 33 mpg.
Fun to drive, and given all the power, very quiet except for the panoramic sunroof (see below, dislikes).
Only one so far
When I took delivery of the car 3 months ago there was a rubber gasket squeak from the back edge of the panoramic sunroof that was almost constant as you drove down the road. Mercedes service addressed the problem indicating that they found something obvious and indicated that the repair should be permanent. Last weekend, the squeak reappeared and I will be taking it back in on Wednesday to have them look at it again. Any one else having this problem?