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1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.3 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 148 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 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

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Great car

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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.

2000 mercedes c280 sport

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Economical car, but weak horsepower

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

This car has been very reliable and never had it towed to the shop as of yet now that it has 168,000 miles. This glossy black car looks very classy and luxurious at all levels. It drives well when the speedometer is over 60 MPH+ on the freeway, but from the get go it is slow because of the car is heavy and the engine is a sohc inline-4 with 148 horsepower. My cost of repairs on this car has been reasonable because the C220 had less features. Now the car is 14 years old and there are some wear and tear items that need to be addressed, but as long as it drivable and safe it should be no problems.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Not the best built mercedes

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Would i buy another c class merc the answer would be no i would not, for the simple reason that this car just seems to go on and on with never ending faults.As for the body work thats no better than a rusting ford escort from the 1980s. Its a shame because i still enjoy the look of this car and still for some mad reason still like driving it,even when things do keep costing me more money each month and each year. The problem with most of these merc c class models seems to be all the same,with very bad electrical problems like wiper arm gives up working hazard warning switch gives up headrest button stops working, blower fan stops working,along with warning lights flashing at high speeds.

Will not wear out

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

This car will not wear out, took 95,000 miles to wear out battery, over 100,000 on second set of brake pads. Original trans, exhaust system. Org leather seats. Still looks good, just buzzes along , about 28 mpg on the road.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

It saved my life

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

I got in a bad accident just a few days ago while in my 96 Mercedes c220. I was at a gas station waiting to turn left. While I was waiting to pull out a semi came by that had tractor rims. One came loose, because of an insecured load and also the driver didn't notice the suv in front of him get ready to turn right into the gas station. 7rims bolted together that weighed 1,000 lbs each struck the driverside of my car and caved it in. The rim weighed at least 7,000 lbs (not including the momentum added) that not only crushed my side of the car but also pushed it and lifted it a good 20 ft. I have no idea how I made it out of there but I thank god that I did. It saved me

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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Gas Mileage


  • 20
  • cty
  • 28
  • highway
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