By RW on
2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Kompressor Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I traded up from a '98 SLK, which I loved but needed more room. The sedan is not as balanced, responsive or sporty as the convertible but overall a great ride. The supercharged 4 is a phenomenal engine, superb torque, and amazing pull available throughout the smooth shifting gears. Ride quality and quietness are acceptable but no one will mistake it for an S Class. Too much body roll on hard cornering. Seats are pretty firm and not enough lateral support. If you normally use cupholders, forget about it! Brakes are excellent. Overall fit and finish top- notch, ergonomics plain but well laid out. Still the best buy in the 35K+/- price group.
Looks, performance and quality. Without a doubt, my favorite feature is the way it makes you feel when you look out over the expansive hood and see the thre-pointed star standing tall on the car that you are lucky enough to be driving.
Tighter suspension in the sport mode. More cushy seats with better side bolsters. OEM Michelins were abysmal. Six, count 'em 6 tires in 15,000 miles. Two with sidewall failure. Pirelli Zero Neros solved that problem. Window sills and odd beltline catch water resulting in unsightly waterspotting.