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1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan


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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.8 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 194 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Exceptional engineering, quick acceleration, and sumptuous interiors make the C-Class the benchmark in near-luxury sedans.

  • Cons

    It is priced higher than most of its competition.

  • What's New for 1997

    The C220 is replaced by a more powerful C230. All C-Class models have redesigned headlamps.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (31 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful


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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Bought to drive for awhile, however the car was in a roll over, I could not even think it was rolled over, by the looks of it after. It was hardly messed up, with just a small crack in the windscreen. A few dents here and there, but in all it looked good for just being rolled over and slamming into a tree. No one was hurt at all in fact all the doors opened just fine. This really is a safe car. One thing I did not like when I had this car was the fact it leaked fuel. When you would put fuel in, I have read in other places on the net this is a problem with this model. I think MB should do a recall. Other than that I was a great car. Had to replace the water pump. Did it myself with a new part.

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Love my car, hate the

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 4dr Sedan

First off, I love this car. My mom owned it for ~7 years then gave it to me and it looks good, feels great to drive, and has a very luxurious interior with tons of wood trim and ruffled leather. In addition the engine powers the car effortlessly with very little noise until you get to the upper end of the tachometer. I've never broken the wheels loose in a turn like front wheel drive cars do all the time. The gas mileage is reasonable BUT I have had to replace the head gasket ($1000), the antenna doesn't go up and down, I had the AC fixed a few months ago for $500 and it's broken again. Also the camshaft sensor broke and cost $800. Not impressed with the reliability.

Good news

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

I purchased the car with 163000 at a dealer in Dallas. The car had a small oil leak and transmission leak. I repaired both for under $300.00 and I have enjoyed every minute. It never fails to start and I am getting 24city 34highway. The leather and dash are in excellent condition. Mercedes really knows how to make a car that last. This is a sedan although, with the sunroof and short body with great steering capabilities it feels like a sports car. I would rate the reliability a 10. I would not think twice about driving this car out of state anytime. I is really inexpensive to maintain because it has a 4cyl gasoline engine. You just have to use premium gas, although, the mpg's make it up.

Gas Mileage


  • 18
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  • 24
  • highway
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Full 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

What's New for 1997

The C220 is replaced by a more powerful C230. All C-Class models have redesigned headlamps.

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i have a 1997 mercedes 280 sedan i hvae recently noticed today that my speed, fuel, heat and rev indicator does not work. i statred my car and after pulling off all of the above indicators just went ?...

Apparently, this is a growing problem in W203 engines and older C-Class models (1997-01) according to the mechanic, so W203 and earlier C-Class owners, beware. Repair costs are reasonable for this pr...

The 1994-1995 C-Class cars were pretty much the same. They had the "multiple button" ACC control panel....