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16 years later still a good car
By jurrell on 09/02/14 15:49 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

we have never had the car in the shop, for major problems, just o2 sensors replaced a few times and a few other maintenance parts, still drives well and has held up well 146k miles or so and you still take it on a 6 or 8 hour trip without worrying about anything bad happening to it
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The Car-1998 Mercedes Benz C230
By toros888 on 03/06/13 12:42 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought it in Nov 1997 brand new with 4 miles on it.Its now 16 years old in Nov 2013 and accumulated about 85,ooo miles.My verdict:this car is extremely reliable and economical to maintain,during the past 16 years it never turn me down,never brakes down on the road,in parking lot or at home,it starts on time,i follow the car maintenace program every 10,000 miles,the major expenses on this car is my battery last year and replace my 4 tires 3 time during the last 15-16 years and the rest are minor repair or maintenance,annual inspection for sticker thats why i never traded it to any type of car,my 98 Mercedes Benz C230 is my buddy for the last 15 years she is always with me all the time.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Mercedes is likely the worst car company to deal with for a bad vehicle
By marker513 on 01/23/13 16:29 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Still a nice car at 14 years old
By bobaquino on 09/02/12 05:54 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

This is my first Benz, I bought it not long ago from old lady that passed away so truly it was the "Little old lady that drove it on Sunday" car. It had less than 68 K on it which was extremely low mileage for a 14 year old car, but unfortunately she took very poor care of the car bordering on car abuse. I have been going through it repairing what I can and getting all the service caught up, mostly by doing the work myself. The trick to owning one of these old Benz's is that you don't want to constantly pay somebody else to do the work, (no dealer) you need to be able to fix it yourself. Fortunately, the car is actually quite service friendly, though parts can be expensive.
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
$0.10/mile car
By StateStreet on 10/29/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car with 50k miles on it and have driven it for the last 10 years and currently have 270k miles on it. I agree with most of the comments below and aside from replacing a transmission (that in all fairness, I beat on) and replacing wear items (breaks, belts, front end, tires, charcoal canister) the car has been outstanding. My goal is to put 1 million miles on it and the key is finding a good, independent mechanic that knows Mercedes and have him look it over once a year. It's good in the snow with 120 lbs of sand tubes in the trunk and good treads on the tires. I'm in New England and don't even use snow tires with the extra weight.
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40 of 159 people found this review helpful
1998 Mercedes C230
By Glo on 09/29/09 19:16 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

This car has had numerous problems that would not be expected from a car of this class from the time that I purchased it. The windshield wiper motor has gone out 3 times costing $900 to replace. The display screen for the temp control has been going in and out since I've had the car. It was replaced with another one that did the same thing. The dealership's repair shop could not find the problem. The steering wheel is not properly aligned with the car. Problem could not be found once again. There is in a water leak in the trunk that cannot be resolved after numerous trips back to the dealers' service dept. Overall this car has been a big disappointment for the money!
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The Best Of It's Kind......!
By Jeremy on 07/28/09 21:16 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car with 92,000 miles on it and the next day i drove it from Dallas, TX back home to Memphis, TN and i was amazed that i made the trip of about 460 miles on one tank of gas. The ride was smooth on comfortable all the way. I've had this car for a year now and not a single problem. This car has a sporty look and a luxury feel, what more could i want. When i give my friend a ride they tell my the ride is solid and smooth and i reply "Hey.... it's a Mercedes" My next car is defiantly a Mercedes.
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Best Car I have ever owned in 25 years
By John on 03/17/09 06:55 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

I love this car!!! It has been so reliable I actually can not believe it. I have owned it since new and have never been left at the side of the road. I had a few suspension parts fixed due to pot holes and new tires. Normally only a few hundred $'s every six months for service at MB. Service has been great, but my dealership in Canada is owned by MB. I still have the original exhaust system too, that is something for a salty wintery place. I have planned on replacing it a few times, but I figure why it is paid for and it runs like new. I have owned MB's since I was 16 and this has been the best by far.
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The luxury sedan that withholds.
By Dylan on 08/11/08 10:38 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

I've had the car for 10 years now and it still starts and runs strong everyday. Transmission seems to be going and needs to be looked at. Also I believe my AC compressor needs to be changed. Main vents have suddenly stopped working. I love this car. I've put my heart into it. Also many miles. At 150,000 the car is still perfect for round town and parkway driving. Handles high speeds well and is a great car for any person. Also being a Mercedes it is a classy comfortable luxurious car.
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Like it but...
By MB Driver on 07/16/08 20:53 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 4dr Sedan

Review

I purchased my '98 C230 Oct. 2006. It has 132,300 mi. It is a good running car. I had to have the transmission repaired at 52,000 mi. An electronic signal caused it to misfire, hence, major damage, $$$. No other significant failures. It doesn't have enough pickup initially, however, once it gets to running it is a smooth ride. AC is awesome in the summer and heater is 'right-on' in the winter. Will definitely purchase another MB when this one is retired.
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