I've had BMWs, Audis, an Alpha Romeo, and a Maserati. Each one's strenght was overshadowed by its' reliability weaknesses. My 230 is a joy to drive. It's very responsive yet gets great gas mileage. It has been a low maintenance, strong and reliable car. I'm afraid to get rid of it.
Responsive power, brakes and handling
The single windshield wiper seems to be overworking even in light rain.
From day 1, this car has been fun to drive, is great on long trips, and it's fuel efficiency is surprising. Ample back seat room and good traction continually remind me that purchasing this vehicle was a smart move!
Great acceleration, excellent ABS braking system, smooth ride, BOSE sound system is well done.
The factory radio/tape deck/telephone keypad is laughable. Replaced it almost immediately.
Sadly, this will be my last MB for a while. When compared to the new C class, the '99 has been rock solid and reliable. Can't say that for the post 2000 C class. Handles great, good fuel economy, a smart looking, buttoned-up German sport sedan.
Profile, performance, gas mileage, reliability
Current models need to go back to higher quality build -- Mercedes will have do lots to get customers back.
This is my families 1st and will likely be our last Mercedes. This car was a peach when purchased used, low miles and in great shape. However it has been nothing short of a complete disapointment. Far too many problems and a rapping when getting repairs. I've had my Toyota for 8 years and have already spent more on repair costs on the Mercedes in the 2 years I've had it. And I have had it with this car. If you have one, best of luck.
Looks good, pretty good performance, and good gas mileage.
Too many issues for an expensive car with low miles and the repair costs are ridiculous.