There is no possible reason for anyone to buy a car like this. I have owned many cars in my life and this is probably the most unreliable vehicle I have ever experienced. Known problems are MAF sensor, suspension, electronics, brakes etc, etc. Cheap vinyl seats that are passed off as leather. Any Ford, Honda, Toyota etc. would be a better purchase. If you must have a Mercedes lease a new one and dump it before the problems start.
in four years had to tow this car twice
to the dealer. It represents high brand
name and poor quality and the service
this dealer provides to clients made me
regret dealing with them. I am not
proud of owning a Mercedes.
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sedan requires high test fuel yet has no power to speak of. Its gas milage stinks for such a small car. It is not very comfortable or roomy on the inside. This car would have been an OK choice for a single person. Its resale and trade-in values are terrible. If I would have done appropriate research beforehand and known all of these things I would have NEVER of purchased this car. It is surprisingly bad for one of the alledged higher end vehicles.
The C230 has minimal body roll.
Revamp the entire engine and transmission to get both better power and gas milage. Revamp the interior to give the car more room. Tall people cannot fit in this car unless they are in the front seat.
I've owned my C230 for 14 years now, and the only reason I still own it is I couldn't sell it in good conscience with its flaws. The transmission was showing problems since new, but there were so many other problems that were more pressing when it was new (many pages in one visit) that I didn't notice that they left that one off. Then when it started to slip big time at 90K Mercedes refused to repair it. A mechanic at the dealership told me confidentially that it is a known problem. I complained to everyone, including the CEO of the entire company, and at every level in between, to no avail. This is my second that I bought new. Never again. Luckily this was not my only vehicle.
The vehicle is marvel of design in many respects. If you didn't get a lemon, it would be a nice vehicle. It is capable of around 30 mpg on the highway. It has plenty of room inside for 2 adults and 3 kids, with a large trunk. I had a few of the early 190s, and this vehicle looked like a full-sized vehicle compared to those cars. The ABS system has to be the best there is. In the snow or ice, when you lock up the brakes, it stops straight. While I hate the Mercedes company with a passion for its belligerent customer service policies (not enough room here to discuss my experiences over my 25 years of ownership of various vehicles), Some aspects of its engineering are world class.
The transmission was always a problem. It was not designed to be used in this vehicle. And the cost of a new transmission, even a rebuilt one with a core charge, cost more than the car was worth at 90K miles. The check engine light has been going on for 135K miles since new, and they have refused to fix it from the start. Every car company will manufacture a bad car at some point. What the do to stand behind those cars is what sets them apart. Any time I have ever had to ask a Mercedes factory rep to fix a serious problem, all with cars I purchased new, they made me feel like I was asking for a favor to fix their mistakes.
Two of the origional tires developed
problems early on as the steel belts
went out of allignment and the tire
manufacturer refused to honor their
warranty forcing the purchase of a
complete set of new tires.
No need to focus on the problems while
the car was under warranty as Mercedes
handled those well. Afterwards the
electronics in the dash went haywire
and caused some problems under the
hood.Total cost to repair both was
almost $1100. When I marveled that the
dealership had these unusual parts in
stock, I was told that this problem has
become very common causing Mercedes to
stock their dealerships with these
parts for prompt repairs.
When the car is right it's very
pleasant to drive and gets 30 miles per
gallon or so on trips.
Don't tarnish the Mercedes name by
putting origional tires on the car that
are second rate. Extend the warranty.
Since I don't trade every few years, I
won't buy a Mercedes the next time
unless they extend their warranty.
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