The C280 is one of the most
underrated sport sedans out there. In
straight-line acceleration the 194-hp
(199 lb-ft torque) inline-6 easily
surpasses the 3-series BMW and
Audi A4. At cruising freeway speeds
of 100mph+ it feels as stable as 65.
The build quality is bank-vault solid;
every thing else just feels flimsy after
you drive a Benz. I bought mine at
78k and at 136k the only major
repairs have been a mass airflow
- Overall reliability. At 135k miles it
still pulls strong with no rattles or
- Styling. The design is aging well
and aftermarket 16 or 17-inch
wheels aid the overall look.
- Fold down rear seats / huge trunk.
-Climate control sometimes has to
be dialed in very cold before kicking
-Handling. Too much body roll; the
rear of the car seems too heavy &
doesn't like the cut and thrust of a
-On long trips, the front seats get
-Gas mileage: 21mpg, mostly hwy.
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