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Great Car
By j_nickens on 03/14/13 08:45 AM (PDT)

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

This was my first car. Picked it up at a used car auction. I'm 19 and I was getting looks driving a Benz even though it was a 96. Handled well. Leg room was a issue in the back. Small trunk. Also my electronics went psycho when it was cold. My windshield wiper wouldnt work sometimes. Very scary.
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2000 Mercedes C280 Sport
By ealtieri on 02/27/13 16:08 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased the 2000 model because the Exterior design is exceptional plus always wanted a Mercedes. I purchased a one owner vehicle from Florida with over 100,000 miles, crazy right?! However the car looks no more than four years old and I have no concern that it is going to break down. If you do the standard A/B service and take care of the car you should have no trouble.
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Mercedes-Benz c280 Sport
By Travis Leffew on 11/14/09 11:09 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

Had little to no problems with this car. It has 136,000 miles on it and everything works as it should. The only thing is where the inside lights and the moonroof button is, there appears to be a speaker (perhaps for the phone) and it has a light "buzz" sound. Other than that this is an awesome car. I have a 97' Mustang and after driving the Mustang, after I had been driving the Benz .. Let's say I'll stick with the Benz. Only negative feedback is I've tried to get an aftermarkets sound system and rims, and it just seems more difficult and costly with this car. I prolly will never have another Benz (Mustang lover at heart) but def a great deal! And I get asked if it;s a 2000+ yr all the time!
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Not too shabby
By LaciMB on 05/14/08 20:38 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car when it was 11 years old and I can say I got a pretty good car for how old it was. It dirves like a dream, and has had no major engine trouble. It did fail to start one really cold day, but other than that has been really reliable. One problem I did encounter was the electrical sensor for the emergency break would not acknowledge that it was disengaged, and the dash alert would beep constantly. Anything with a motor worked very well--windows, seats, mirrors, etc. I had to do no major upkeep to it other than belts and oil changes. I loved the power too! For an 11 year old car, it could still smoke some tough guys at the green lights
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Good car! C280 sport
By JOHN MOORE on 03/09/06 03:36 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

Having owned this vehicle for a couple of years I am still impressed by the build quality and the smoothness of the drive. I am constantly told that the W202 series is of a superior build quality then the newer mercedes - my friend owns a newer Mercerdes and has been back to the dealer 5 times in 6 months so there might be some truth in this! I was worried about horror stories regarding the wiring loom cracking or the wiper motor failing (£800 for a wiper motor is extortionate!) but the only problem I have had was a wrongly diagnosed air flow sensor which transpired to be a loose wire on the spark plug coil! It drives like new dspite 125,000 miles. Only negative is rear legroom is limited.
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Decent Value
By Carguy on 12/30/05 10:08 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

112,000kms when I bought it. I've put 15,000kms on it and have replaced the air mass sensor, wiper regulator, brakes, rad flush. Every few months the engine light comes on for some reason. On the other hand this car is 10 yrs old and does give you great value for the vehicle. The inline 6 has to be one of the best engines ever made. Very roomy and all creature comforts. Many of these cars are 1 owner cars so you can find many that have been well looked after. Forget about a Camry or Accord you and have a Benz with more options, lower miles, and more class for about some price.
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Rock solid
By oakster on 02/14/05 23:01 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this car with 64K miles, now have 101K miles. Zero problems. The inline six is the only truly balanced engine made, and makes for smooth running at any speed. I prefer to buy American, but this 280 engine is great. Don't waste your time with the 220! And for a nine year old car, EVERYTHING works from power windows, seats, etc. Very impressed. My next car if not American would be the E320CDI (inline six, diesel-sweet!) Just wouldn't want to buy new, ouch.
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problems at 80k
By BarbaraC280 on 08/03/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

puchased car in 2000 with 54k . now 2004 with 82k and the problems have begun.. a/c has never worked, seems to have continual emmission problems.. check-engine light on evry month or so.. in the past 2 months 1300.00 in repair.. this is not a car that you will get 200k out of.. very expensive to repair.. would not purchase another mercedes.. parts expensive and don't last..
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Great Car for the Price!
By SAH on 03/24/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought my mercedes 2 years ago when my new job required more travel and taking customers out. I had a merceded deisel before and once own a mercedes there is never going back! This car has been very reliable on all my trips and looks great! All the years from 94-00 look the same so no one knows what year it is. Great car would defenitely reccomend it!
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One of the Family
By swd4647 on 03/05/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

Review

Our first near-luxury vehicle. Still gets looks after eight years. Great on the highway. Could not have made a better choice. Recommend highly.
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