Been a very good car (close to 100K miles now). The only failures have been the hood struts, pano roof, and the multi function display. Both hood struts and MFD are easily fixed by anyone with the slightest mechanical skill. Pano roof is basically unfixable because of the significant cost (and lack of utility anyway). Handles very well had has adequate power. A bit slow off of the line though. Very practical as it is a hatchback and storage is generous. Rear seats fold down which gives even more cargo room. Simple to maintain yourself (both A & B service). Get one used with the leather interior and the Bose sound system (sound is excellent). Avoid the pano roof if possible. I give it an A-
Bose sound system Summer/Winter suspension modes V6 engine Leather seats very comfy Oil check system is great (no need to open hood)
A pano roof that is not prone to failure. Same for the multi function display.
If Mercedes Benz built a Mustang; this would be it. I have had my C320 coupe for almost 3 years and a little over 30K miles. It is one of the rare ones equipped with short throw a six speed manual. (Less than 50 C320s with manuals where imported from Germany). The car continues to make me smile everytime I drive it. The acceleration is impressive, the handling tight and the fuel economy, surprisingly good. There will never be a Mercedes quite like this one in the US again; too bad. I've heard that the C350 version in Europe (278HP) can do 0-60 in 5.4 sec.
SLK/Crossfire performance with room for four or very large packages.
Continued availablity. It would have been nice to be able to get the diesel version (45mpg)
I've owned my 2003 Mercedes-Benz C320
for almost two years and 7,000 miles without
any no problems. I love it, and my
wife has to tear the keys out my hands
every couple weeks to borrow it for the
day. It still feels new, looks new, and
drives like it cost twice the money. If
I could only find an AMG motor and
brakes to drop into it...
The handling, the room (I'm 6'4" and
fit great), the power. And can't
forget those breaks. Dynamic
exhilaration at it's best. My wife
loves the panorama roof, my son the
audio system. I love the 17" wheels and
leather... ah, the smell. Even after 23
Drink holder is flimsy, so we are
careful with it, but it works. I have
two small kids who love to ride in
back, but there is no drink holder for
them whatsoever. It needs one back there.
Before I purchased mine, I came to this
site.I got the car with the premium pk
(C5,C1-elect seats,plus the cd player).
It was really worth it to get these
extras. This car is sooooo easy to get
around in. Big on front seat comfort
but easy for parking. So far really
hugs the road-will see what winter
brings.My last car was the XJ8 Jaguar-
so I was used to luxury and speed plus
troubles with service. So far I really
like this car.
Driving ease. Get the power seats-plus
the installed cd player--great sun roof
power seats on all models- work on the
drink holder. include another holder
for the cd's--would make it easier to
load the player