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By j_nickens
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

Electronic Seats and climate control


Worst Features

More leg room and bigger trunk space


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2000 Mercedes C280 Sport
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By ealtieri
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

The Mercedes logo at the front of the hood! Leather seats are OK, certainly love the adjustments.


Worst Features

How about cup holders? I love a cup of coffee in the AM drive to work, could not believe it when I couldn't find it.


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Mercedes-Benz c280 Sport
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By Travis Leffew
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan


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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!


Best Features

Leather. Sport 'Carbon Fiber' rather than wood grain. 6CD disc changer. Big trunk. Moonroof. 30MPG high way (nevermind the epa estimates). And the best thing of all; I love being able to smoke some of my fellow Mustang enthusiasts!


Worst Features

The Buzz noise.


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Not too shabby
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By LaciMB
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan


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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


Best Features

How tight it turned! On a dime! Beautiful on the insdie. I loved the heated leather seats.


Worst Features

For being an 11 year old car there is nothing much to suggest other than, of course, making MB vehicles less exclusive to maintain.


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Good car! C280 sport
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By JOHN MOORE
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1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan


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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.


Worst Features

None this car is superb!


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