Do not buy a 2002 C230 Kompressor, I bought it new in Mid-2001 and now have 155k. The following work are being done now and some work were done last year: Cost around $3000.00 Front Suspension shock absorbers Front Right sway Bar link Adjust wheel bearings Left and right torque struts left lower ball joint Sway Bar Front Brake Pads and Rotors Maintenance average $2000.00-$2500.00 in 2008-2009. Right lower ball joints/Arms. The engine lights problem was very expensive to fix. I spent $2500.00 for check engine light problems and the problem only went away for about 1 week. The dealer simply told me to pay more money to replace more parts. I finally gave up on the engine light.
Well, 1st let me say that I am 17 and this was my 1st car. We've had it since 2004, it has 56k miles on it, and we have never had a SINGLE problem(knocks on the beautiful wood inside the car). I like alot of the things about the car, but if your 6'1 it can be a little challenging getting in and out comfortably. It rides nice, it looks great with a couple minor upgrades(tinted windows, non-stock M-B rims) and it handles very well. The only thing I don't like about it is, of course, the engine and how it works. I've driven 6 other cars and this is the slowest in 1st/2nd gear, but it flies once you hit 3rd. It also doesn't help taking premium gas, while getting 16 MPG. Gotta love it. It's a MB.
I see a distinct divide in the reviews for the C240 - and I can tell you why. The 2002 C240s were made in both Germany and in Brazil. I was alarmed one day when a friend showed me the plate in the car stating it was manufactued in Brazil. He was having a lot of problems with the vehicle. I couldn't understand why, because I have the same car and he bought his on my recommendation. I checked my car and it indeed was manufactured in Germany. If you are considering this car, make sure you buy one made in Germany, not Brazil!!
I bought my 2002 Mercedes c320 4 door sedan in December 2011 with only 68,000 miles on it. I also bought a warrranty. I have had it in the shop a few times but only to get the scheduled maintanance done that the previous owner did not do. A lot of the things were actually covered under my warranty. I love the Tulsa, Okla Mercedes dealership, Jackie Cooper Imports. They are top of the line for the way they treat customers and do the car repairs, etc. I love my car! I am 57 years old and have never had a car that I have enjoyed more in my life.
expensive repairs. seat electronics cost $4000. remote key did not work, omni bar changed $1000. Spark plug wires defective recommeded fix $1500. Defective Lower front control arms fix $750. These are not routine maintenance issues but defective manufacturing which I do not expect on a $40,000 german car. Pls do not buy Mercedese if they are not able to guarantee defective products in their vehicles.
We got our best number on the second attempt with the traction control switched off while trying to use a torque-brake start. We could not get the transmission to stall because just above 2,100 rpm, the passenger side tire started to spin so that the tranmission never did stall. We decided to get the rpm up to 1,500 which was the point at which you could hear the supercharger come up on boost and then back off 100 rpm and try to soft-launch it. Even with a softer launch we were not able to get the times as well as when we spun the tires noticably coming off the line on the second run. The transmission shifted just above red line with solid, crisp shifts but did not allow manual shifting, as it would just shift for you ignoring your desires to shift at a higher rpm. Still with shifting this good, who needs a manual shifter? Our only disappointment was not matching Mercedes' published times.
Our shortest braking distance came on the fifth run, and it took until the sixth run for the number to increase, showing that not only was fade not an issue, but that the brakes worked better after repeated use. Under braking, you would get a very slight rumble noise from the ABS system accompanied by a slight vibration in the steering wheel and pedal, but nothing to cause concern. We experienced no noticable nose dive, which in turn contributed to the arrow-straight stablity, and excellent overall system feel.
We had nothing but praise for the C32 AMG on our handling course. Notes included statements like "excellent balance, no body roll, awesome tire stick and an excellent rack-and-pinion steering system." The steering showed the difference between the C32 and the SLK32, which proved that the SLK32 could really use the upgrade to this type of steering. The torque-enhanced supercharged engine was able to take full advantage of the wonderful chassis balance, which in turn allowed us to use a very controlled point-and-squeeze technique for driving the car through the cones. This car produced some of the fastest times through the cones we have ever generated. Who would have ever thought that a Mercedes-Benz could have equal or better balance than a BMW M3? It does! Neil G. Chirico