Love this car, this is my 5th car and first Benz. Bought this car at 97k miles and now I have 110k. Yes I had engine oil leaks coming from the oil filter housing and valve cover and breather covers. I fixed all those myself and it wasn't too bad. I still have to replace the transmission oil pan gasket because of a leak. Had to replace both front outer tie rods but this car has never left me stranded, so much power. I seriously smile everytime I drive it with the foot down. Front doors had a bit of rust on the bottom because the car was from Minnesota but I am in the process of changing both doors right now.
Power, feel, composure, sleeper feel whenever i pull up anywhere.
Better oil gasket quality and hold up but the car is over 10 years old so it's kind of expected.
Where else can you get a car that will smoke a prior gen M3, get 4 doors and take the family out to dinner? Great engine, lots of torque and easy to modify.
Strong engine (355 HP), lots of torque once supercharger hits. Light mods will make this a sub 13 second car in qtr mile (high 12s are easy with pulley). Stealth look (looks like std w203 C class until you punch it).
Front end heavy understeering; costly to lower, tough to get traction on wet days; needs a Quaife to harness the tremendous power as ASR is nothing but electronic nanny; stereo is not up to par for $60 K sedan.
i've enjoyed the presence of this fine German Automobile for almost two years now and everytime I drive it I feel the same "excitement" as day one. Yes, Mercedes managed to make a very UNIQUE car not so unique by giving every entry level C-class the same aero-dynamic kit, but hey, it doesnt have the same AMG (brembo made brakes), hand built 3,2l supercharged V6 engine, suspension, wheels, etc... so to me its still very sepcial and with a few aesthetic upgrades can once again be "unique" as day one.
Decent car: AMG did well on engine;
My 1st automatic/"tiptronic
transmission - hate it!! Too boring.
Other: Tach way too small & should be
in center for this car. Indicator
light for speedo stays fixed - Dumb.
Gear selection indicator - way too
small - dumb. Self dimming rear view
mirrors - can't judge cars behind -
way too dangerous! & dumb. Elec
windows either go all the up or down;
have to take eyes off road to adjust -
Car should CENTER BETTER on any road.
I thought this would be a fun sedan;
just too sedate (except speed) and
boring in just about every category.
Little character for the money. Plan
to give up.
None really, except I like the fog
lights to come on without headlights
also being on (cool). My passengers
like the ride.
very fast at high speeds, accelerates
up to 170 mph without being hesitant,
is smooth and quiet in normal
conditions, not as direct and
explosive as M 3, pretty much usable
as a family car, great brakes, feels a
little bit detached from street
surface, all in all the best
compromise for a father of three, who
still likes to go very very fast
stability at high speed, roomy inside
and small outside, efficient package
more and bigger cupholders, better
acceleration from standstill, better