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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M) C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
Bought the 03 Mercedes c230k sport sedan from dealership used with just over 50,000 miles. Had problems after two weeks and never quit. Engine dying, chugging, losing power 4 different times in less than a year, all suspension replaced, two rims bent, rough ride severe right pulling, sunroof broke, rear defroster didn't work, multiple check engine lights, transmission stuck or thumped occasionally, many sensors replaced. And there's still more! Had the car less than a year and went from 50-60k miles and dozens of problems and thousands and thousands in repairs. Will never get a Mercedes again! If you are thinking of getting this car please don't do it! I now have a Toyota and couldn't be happier.
Nauseous, fear, want to cry, thousands in repairs, absolutely the worst mechanical reliability!
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M) C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
Ever since Mercedes and Chrysler merged, the quality of Mercedes has dropped. This car can hit 150MPH (track) without tossing and turning. Acceleration is excellent. Fuel economy is amazing, even when driving city very fast, I average 17mpg or even 19mpg. The downside is the interior - cheap nasty plastic(of American design). No more German luxury. You dont realize it because you are excited about your new 'Benz'. After a few days you start to realize that this is not a Benz. A bBenz is about luxury. If you can't enjoy your Benz and show off to your friends, then what good is it? Exterior design is beautiful. Interior is terrible. Parts are ridiculously expensive. And they wear so fast and break
Fuel economy is much better than even those slow hybrids that claim to save gas.
Interior - But this car only if it is offered to you for like $7K or less, so you can spend like $3K to upgrade the interior to something aftermarket and more comfortable and pleasing to the eye. The engine also gives too many alerts - windshield washer fluid, coolant level, etc.. It is a headache.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M) C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I bought this car because I thought "Wouldn't it be cool to own a Mercedes?" The answer is yes. The car takes care of everything and just lets you drive. Rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, speed sensitive radio volume, excellent handling, decent power; they thought of everything. I am tall at 6'2", and I actually don't put the seat all the way back! At $23k for a 16 month-old car it's a bargain. I've only had one problem; the automatic climate control stopped working one very hot (100+ degrees) day, and I had to switch to manual controls. It started working again the next day. This car had been more reliable than my Toyota Celica, and a hell of a lot more fun.
I love the leg room and excellent gas mileage (32 highway, 25 city). Why can't Americans make cars like this?
Perhaps my moonroof doesn't work right, but I have to hold down the close button or it stops halfway and goes back to full open. Also, this car is heavy at 4000 lbs, so 189 HP is not that much. The original tires (Michelin Pilot sports) had to be replaced at 25k miles.
Excellent automobile, only returned once during 50,000 mile warranty for replacement of automatic temperature control module. Very tight turning radius makes parking very easy. Manual transmission and supercharged 4 cylinder engine provides for excellent gas mileage. 28-30 mph in town and 32- 40 mph on the highway at 65-70 mph.
6-speed manual transmission, supercharged 4-cylinder engine, comfortable seats, outstanding gas mileage
Suggest interior door gasket on body be made of vinyl in lieu of fuzzy cloth. The vinyl would be easier to keep clean at the door threshold.
I absolutely loved my C230. It was a blast to drive, looked great on dates, and I could blow by most cars on the highway. Up until 2 weeks ago the only problem with car was tire replacement, $600 every 12-15K miles. But that was to be expected. Two weeks ago I was driving home from NC to PA I stopped for lunch and the car's electrical system failed. The SRS, ESP, BAS warning lights began flashing and stereo stopped working. End result $2000 in repairs including replacing the stereo and various other parts. These repairs are to be expected after years of ownership but not at 62,500 miles. I traded it in on a Volvo and the trade value was $16,000 without repairing it.
Great car while under warranty, fun to drive,excellent MPG, impressive speed and handling
Electric system, better quality. High repair and servicing costs.
Bought the C230 a year ago and even though it's my winter/work car still managed to put 15,000 trouble free miles on it. Rear wheel drive got along great in Wisconsin winter as long as there were Blizzacks on all four corners. Have had no problems, get 34mpg hyway, fun to downshift the automatic. Had a BMW 325i before but got tired of seeing myself around every corner so bought the c230. Steering seemed loose at first compaired to BMW but now am getting use to it. Overall OK car.
Looks and stance is great!
The gear selector indicator on the dash is way too small. If you wear bifocals you'll never find the indicator to know what gear you are in. Not a good feature for downshifting. Later models have improved this. Needs a little exhaust tone.
Car is fun to drive but corners somewhat soft. The looks are great IMHO and still has the classic MB styling. The 230 is a great little engine with all the power anyone will ever need.
Looks, gas mileage - (34 hiway)
Needs larger gear selector numbers as SLK does. Could be a little more sporty ride like 3 series BMW. Especially when cornering. I'm changing springs as soon as warrante is up. The radio adjustments should be on their own (on the sterring wheel) instead of having to scroll to find the controls.
Don't be put off by the C230's 189hp. It is more than enough. Bi-xenon headlights are a must because the standard headlights are not clear, check some pictures. The car handles well and gets pretty good fuel economy. The standard audio is decent and the front seats are terrific, the back seats are also nice, but don't offer a lot of leg room. The build quality was excellent, I never had any problems. The only thing to be aware of is that the sport tires have to be replaced every 15,000 miles (about $1,000). I recommend the tire rack if you are looking to save money. We just sold ours for a 2005 C230 (pewter).
Engine, trick cup holder, 17 inch rims, bi-xenon, and interior comfort.
Make aCD player and the bi-xenon headlamps standard.
Multiple little problems with this car. Sunroof losing it's settings, fuel door locking up etc. Fun to drive, great looking. If the minor mechanical issues go away, I would rate higher.
Performance for the dollar.
Larger cup holders.
It's $22000.00 car and not $34,000.00!! Very disapointed for what you get for the money, thinking about trading it for BMW.
They should not put 4 Cyl, needs serious work on the suspension and handling.
I drove the Acura TL, G35 and the Honda Accord V6. I really liked the 04 TL overall and the G35 for its performance but neither really turned me on. I was about to settle on the TL when I saw this almost new 230 sports sedan. I immediately fell in love with its looks, handling, fit and finish; everything. Even though my father owned and loved 2 I never considered a Mercedes. I guess I just thought they were out of my price range and no fun to boot. I was wrong, though I bought used, a new 04 or 05 was not priced badly. This car beats the 2 Saab Turbos I owned hands down. I love this car, its performance, the looks...everything!
Styling is stunning and agressive looking, yet the ride is refined. It looks and feels like a $40-50,000 car. Powerful little engine, great gas mileage.
A little more horsepower and a larger back seat. But I can live happily with it as is
High class fun. Very sporty. Zippy
Speed and looks.
As a single guy, I had a choice to either get married, or spend the money on a new Benz. I KNOW I made the correct decision. (No offense ladies) This car is everything I imagined and more. It is the most powerful 4 cylinder I have ever driven, and I get 35 MPG on the highway! Incredibly responsive, comfortable, and tight. I will never drive anything but a Mercedes anymore.
The classic look. Everyone I know thinks I spent $80,000 on ths car.
The 17" rims can give a rocky ride, decrease gas mileage, and the tires don't last very long. Therefore I went with the rims and tires from the C240 model and Im glad I did. The only bad reviews Ive ever seen from this car is the larger tires can compromise the comfortable ride.
great veh,after having a lexus is300 wich i thought it was great i got this mercedes and its soo much fun to drive and its fast too , love the kompressor engine its great.
The 2004 MBZ Sports Sedan is the best buy in the market. Base price under $30K! You get 17" alloys Z rated Michelins, powerful engine,smooth and quiet in power delivery excellent gas mileage. It is confident, handles extremely well at high speed cornering. 4 yrs. 50K mile warranty, Wrap around Air bags,Roadside assistance AM/FM Hi/Fi surround seven speakers with cassette. vital information on oil. Durability and the Engineering technology on safety of the Mercedes Benz name is superb. Made in Germany! It is well worth the money. No regrets! Just a pleasure to own and to enjoy every mile of driving.
Solid handling and ride comfort, Beautiful, proportional styling, perfect size, beautiful surround sound speakers, Dual control on AC and Heating, powerful engine, solid feel. CD and radio control in steering column, service reminder,
The two door coupe should have been the sedan without the extra rear doors. The coupe is like a Honda Civic. How sad! The tail lights should have the two red horizontal lines lighted for safety at night. Just the bottom one is not sufficient for night driving.
After driving in a HUGE Chevy Tahoe most of the time with my kids, it is so fun to get into the Mercedes C-Class and drive when it is just me. I love the car!! I feel great in it!!
I love the "tightness" of the car while driving it and steering it.
The only thing I would change in the car is the stereo system. The sound is not that great. You would think that a car like this would have a better sounding system. Many stations don't come in clear or don't come in all compared to my other car.
I "unfortunately" have the automatic transmission, and that has taken some getting used to. Overall though the car is awesome looking. I have never gotten so many complements from strangers on what a nice looking car it is. The color is "orion blue", and I recommend you look at it on any car on the lot. I know that SLK's come in the color, but have not seen it on anything else. The tire/wheel package on the sport model really sets apart the grandma 240 and the 230. Performance for me is adequate, these 189 do just fine, and at 30mpg highway doing 80... not bad either.
wheel/tire package for sure! I would recommend the upgraded stero package if you like your music.
transmission timings on automatic
Just took the 230SportSedan in for Service A this week (13,600miles). In that time, mileage has gone up from 28mpg on the highway to 34mpg on the highway! This car is very comfortable on long trips, and is quite fun to drive through twisty mountain passes. The amazing thing about this car is how effortlessly it does everything! The car never loses its composure, and never causes stress for the driver. Almost the perfect balance between sport and luxury! (maybe a coupla more ponies would be nice)
Chilled compartment between front seats keeps a drink cold on long trips, automatic wipers/headlights, power rear sunshade, remote trunk opening, FUN, FUN, FUN
Definitely needs a larger trunk. Two jumbo suitcases don't fit - one needs to be placed in the rear seat. Also, it would be nice to have a wood trim option.
Great Fun Ride, love the sound system and the feel behind the wheel. Could do better with suspension like BMW does, and the black paint can get spiderwebs which do not look good after awhile. You have to keep buffing.
I am so happy with my purchase. I got the 2004 model. This is my first mercedes and i think i will never purchase anything else from now on. I knew that i wanted something in the c- class, but wasn't sure what model. I tested the c240 and it wasn't what i was looking for. It was hard to drive. I step on the gas and it doesn't go, and i step on the brake and it doesn't stop. :( Then, i test drove the c230. What a differeance! It's very easy to control and drives like a japenese car. Not the usual stiff european car. I am very in love with my new baby, and am enjoying every minuete driving it.
Handling. Comfortable seats.
bigger rear passenger space. My friends are complaining about the lack of leg room at the back, and i don't take that much space at the front since i am a petite girl.
I have been a MB fan since I was 22 and bought a 1997 E320. I had alot of problems with that vehicle. So I finally got a C230K Sport fully loaded. This thing is a fire-cracker! The Kompressor is really the key to this car and it is SMOOTH! Move out of the way Audi, BMW, and Infinti.
Panther Headlight design. The car looks like a animal waiting to attack.
Darker the Blue tint a little more. Satellite Radio?!!? Exhaust tips would be nice.
Superior handling, very powerful for a 4-cylinder - great accelleration for a car this heavy, great selection of amenities, Classic styling, feels tight and quiet.
supercharged engine, tight suspension
greater variety of color combination choices
I just picked up my C230 Kompressor Sport Sedan 5 days ago and have only put about 200 miles on it, so I can't comment on too much. That being said, I have read in several places that many people feel that MB made a mistake by not putting an in-dash CD player in the car. Actually I think it works best the way it is now. Each member of my family has their own CD magazine, or two. It is much easier to swap magazines than mess with CDs and jewel cases, especially while driving. The fact that the changer is located in the glove box (left side, even better) makes it much easier than the in-dash player to swap music around while driving solo.
More UMPH (horsepower).
I just took delivery of an almost new C- 230 Sport Sedan (thanks dad!) and drove it from Wisconsin to California. Averaged 32 MPG driving 75+! Performance was excellent on the twisties in the mountains near home! The interior is a little tight for cross country touring, but the seats are outstanding. Acceleration from a stop is mediocre, but the 80-100 mph is quite good. Excellet brakes and steering, good ride. Mine is Brilliant Silver with Ash interior and the look with the blue tint windows is well, stunning.
Appearance, mid range thrust, seats, quietness, 5 speed auto transmisson, build quality.
Pad the door handle. 20 more horsepower?
We just got the car and so far, I am very impressed. For a 1.8, it has alot of power. We were given a loaner while we waited for the car, which I thought was very nice. My wifes Z-28 died on her and we were short a car. We tried a short list of the Maxima and the 325i and overwhelmingly picked the C230. I am alittle worried about reliability because the C240 loaners sensors kept telling me the ABS, BAS and the ESC were out. "VISIT WORKSHOP" Flashed all the time.
I just love the look. The ride is quiet and solid. The Xenon lights are super bright and the rims. NICE!! Even though I am happily married, the car gets alot of attention until they see the car seats. :-)
Chrome dual exaust tips like the Audi.
The c-230 has great interior features and is most comfortable. The front end has not been in alignment since the day I bought the vehicle. I have taken it in twice and the Mercedes dealer can not get the car to run straight.
We like the cup holder and the rear shade. That is what sold my spouse.
we had our c230 for over 2 months now, and we love driving it a lot, great gas milage especially for hwy driving,
ash blue interior, gas milage, driving experience, exterior looks and comfort
cd changer as std, higher grade streo system, darker interior liner to go with the great ash blue interior,
This car is the best bang for your buck on the market today. Great look, great fuel economy, great ride, and very fun to drive.
fuel economy, exterior styling, looks like a $60,000 car.
better sound system
I've had Lexus, BMW, Nissan, Lincoln, Corvettes, and wife currently drives a Jaguar X - Type. This C-230 Sport Sedan is the best car for the $$ spent of all. Fast, economical and fun to drive. Highly recommend it to others.
Looks, and sport package, especially the wheel/tire combo.
Need to offer the wheels in chrome. Dual exhausts.
Absolutly the best car i have owned to date, i have had 18 others so far, looked at a4,g35,325's,jetta,accord,altima and many more, this car has the most complete package, the best 4 year value and the shinny MB star
everything, looks, power, handling, the "STAR"...
a tipped exhust for better note for a "sporty" car, more 12volt plugs for dvd player and such, better interior trunk finish, the a4 is the best for that..
I ordered this car in April of 2003, and it came in just a week ago.I love it, i odred it fully loaded with C!,C2,C4, auto., heated seat,CD, Zenon lights. i had no problems so far. Thsicar rides so solid and smooth, and is built very well. It stands out compared to the other cars on the road. Also the dealership emlpoyees are extremly nice and caring.
xenon lights, exterior design(much more nicer the the BMW 3 series), 17 in. wheels, audio system, interior quality, quiet and powerful Kompressor engine
make wood optional in the sport package, make 4matic avalible for the Kompressor engine
We just bought this car for my wife to drive. We looked at the usual suspects in this class; G35, IS350, 3 series, A4, S60, LT-S, etc..., what a great group of cars all of them. This car just stands out from the rest. It's not the quickest, or the best sport handling, or most luxurious (that's the C320), but the sum of it's parts seem to make it feel greater to drive thna all the rest or what gives it the FTD experience. Our's is the Obsidian Black w/Charcoal interior (the fastest of the C230 Sport Sedan),plus it has the looks over all the other sport compact sedans. Remember we just bought this car, so we hope, we still feel this way as time goes on.:-)
Over all Fun To Drive Factor, Best Looking in Class, Great little engine, interior finish, Key memory for drivers seat, mirrors, steering wheel, The price we paid for all this.;-)
Throatier exaust note, the duel exaust look of the A4, a few more Ponies would be great. More accessaries for personalization.
I was looking for an entry level luxury sedan and compared this with the new Saab 9-3, entry level Jaguar, and the an Acura. Although each had its charm and nice features I settled on the C230 sedan for its overall style and performance. I really like the aluminum trim and the thickly bolstered seats in the car. The car is somewhat compact but has enough leg room and the trunk is nicely sized. I wanted the manual but the salesperson talked me into the automatic- it does suck some of the fun out this rear wheel drive car but will probably be more convenient in the long term.
Nice styling both inside and out, good handling and acceleration, cool automatic rear sunshade, abundant safety features
The stock radio could be better- it has average output (definitely get the Bose option if you are an audiophile), the seats should be completely power as a standard feature rather than just tilt and up/down
The 230k w/auto rocks. I get so many complements. I had both a bmw(which i sold within 2 months of having it b/c the reliability was awful) and an Infiniti G35 coupe (it looks nice on the outside, but the ride was awful, the interior was cheap, and it didn't even have a armrest). Finally, I decided to move to the MB family and it was the best decision.
Awesome design, 30+ gas mileage on the highway, user friendly, and the name itself.
Offer wood as an option for the interior.
In last 3 months im having the best fun driving,car is great to drive and im just wishing for some more sunshine in myc so i can open sunroof and cruse aroun.No problems at all.
Xenon lights make the car look nice at night.
Improvements i like to see are two : 1-Standard cd player 2-Like to see a AMG version
this car is a 10. great value. chicks dig it. rides like a limo, handles like F1 race car. great gas mileage
listerning to the kompressor whine at 125 mph
This car is very fun and pratical. Lot's of look's and comments. I've owned the car for 2 months and no problems so far. Looked at the Audi A- 4 and VW Passat, Infiniti G-35. This is a better car by far than the others.
6 speed, loaded, sunroof, all maint. taken car of for the 4 years/50,000 miles
In dash CD Player, Heated seats standard.
I have had this car for only two days, but I thoroughly enjoy it. Great handling and smooth ride (feels like driving on glass).
Handling; Ride; Acceleration; Look/Attention
Cheaper phone unit; Had passenger-side wiper fail due to loose bolts, took only 10 minutes at dealer to fix, but failed in heavy rain storm, thank goodness drivers side still operated.
I've had my C230WZ Sports Sedan for three weeks now, and it's been a really fun car to drive! This is my first Mercedes-Benz, and I do not think my last!! This car beat out Lexus, BMW, Audi, and Honda on my very short wish- list of new cars. One test drive at the dealer sold me on this car. It's frightfully fast for a 1.8 liter engine, and handles extremely well. I'm not getting the advertised gas mileage, but the engine is not yet broken in. The bottom line is; "This car rocks"!
C2 package (sunroof, dimming mirrors, rain sensing wipers), 5 speed automatic, leather seats, bose sound system, steering wheel controls, Z- Rated tires and sport rims
Get rid of the velour trim around the doors and windows! They scuff too easily!!
Great deal on a German engineered, rear wheel drive sport sedan. I drove the 325i, A4 3.0 & G35 and none had the complete package of the C230. The sport tuned suspension, 6 spd tranny, wheel/tire combo, & overall bodystyle made this an easy choice. The cornering/handling of this baby is precise and effortless. The car is a real head turner and stands out better than any car I test drove. . .and having that three pointed star on the hood never hurts!
Sport suspension, exterior styling (a lot more bold and agressive than standard 240s or 320s), Bose system, 6 speed manual tranny, all the gadgets, EVERYTHING!!!
Maybe a better cupholder and an in dash CD player (which I hear will be standard on the '04 models)
Great experience with this car. People stop and ask me about it all the time. Mines is Blk w/ Blk int. Hard to keep clean but worth the headache. Had an early problem with the SRS light coming on with in the first two months, but other than that worry free! I would recommend it to anyone looking to get into something sporty, good on gas and affordable. Oh yeah and A MERCEDES!!!
My favorite features are the sport shifter with the Kompressor that really makes the car take off. The auto lights come in handy also.
I'd like to see some of the same features that are in the new E-Class in dash 6 disc changer dvd based nav. Also premium bose radio should be standard. They should also make more premium options dealer installed.
Traded a Sport Ute for this Sport Sedan. Great upgrade, should have done this years ago. Fun, safe & stylish. The new for 2003 Mercedes-Benz "Sport" packages are wonderful. Sporty 17 inch wheels, powerful Supercharged & Intercooled engine, sport seats, its a great package. Looked at the Audi A4, the Cadillac CTS, the Jag X, and the BMW sedans. THe C230 Kompressor Sedan was the best package for the price.
Sport chassis, Price, looks/Mercedes wow factor, 8 air bags, traction control, electronic stability system, traction control, warranty, 1st 50K miles worth of service free - all standard.
Need more 12 volt outlets for electronic devices. Could use a throatier exhaust note.
The smallest of Benz sedans, the C230 RWD Sport Sedan is well worth the money. The C230 is very roomy with plenty of interior, front and rear, passenger room as well as plenty of trunk space. It's great on gas, I am averaging about 28 mpg highway driving. It's a blast to drive, although rear wheel drive isn't the best in the snow.
The C230 rides like the bigger and more expensive Mercedes models. It's a great family car for young couples with all of the advanced safety features. I love the 6-disc changer in the trunk and the cruise is very easy to use. I love everything about this car!
The only improvement I can suggest for Mercedes is offering the 4Matic option on the C230 sport sedan.