I bought my C320 wagon on Ebay and it is one of the best cars I've ever owned (and I've had about 30). No problems ever, gas mileage never goes below 20 and even on short trips goes over 25-26mpg. I put Michelin hi end tires on and it corners on rails even on wet pavement. Use premium gas, use Mobil 1, change oil every 5k miles and it will run forever. It was not a cream puff when I got it either.
Bought on ebay and got a good deal. Was not pristine but overall good. I upgraded tires to Michelin Hydroedge, changed plugs at 100,000 miles and use Mobil One. Car is still tight, fast, solid, fun. Looks good and gets up to 27 mpg highway. Wish I could buy a new one but they do not export C body wagon to USA any more. Big shame! Much rather have a solid used Benz than a new something less. Take care of them and they take care of you.
This car was bought from a Cadillac dealership - it had been traded for a Cadillac. That should have been our first clue. Though fun to drive, at times, the car is extremely unreliable, falling apart around us, very expensive to repair, and one of the most uncomfortable luxury or near luxury vehicles I have ever driven. The C class is the epitome of over engineering, poor quality build, and a manufacturer currently resting on a mythical reputation. This was our families second and last Mercedes. We just traded it (for a pittance) on a Lincoln MKZ. It might not be German and for that, we are truly grateful. Perhaps the only thing to miss is the sound the MB door makes when closing.
This is my 1st German car- what a difference. It is SO solid! And quiet, and powerful! I chose the MBZ over the Passat GLX wagon & BMW 325 wagon. The choice came down to quality and quietness. The BMW was cramped and really noisy (by design, I know), and the VW seemed "plasticky" although it too seemed nice. The MBZ has more feature than either of them, and I think the long term value will hold up far better than either of them. I definitely believe it is worth the extra money (hint: buy it over the internet to save $$!) I'm sure I'll be happy with it as long as it lives up to MBZ reputation for reliability.
2002 Mercedes Benz Sport Wagon a Nearly Perfect Ve
written on 10-20-2017
C320 4dr Sport Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
I've owned my 2002 C320 Sport Wagon for more than 6 years, and after owning over 125 cars in my 50+ years of driving, I can honestly say this has been one of my absolute favorite cars. It combines useful room inside (though the aerodynamic rear roof slope can intrude), excellent comfort, and absolutely outstanding fuel economy, and reliability, resulting is low cost of ownership in my case. The car just "fits" my typical stature (6 feet tall of average proportions), and is fatigue-free even after many hours of driving. If I have any gripe at all, it's the absence of Bluetooth for cellphone use (The car came with a factory supplied telephone that would now be unlawful to even use in motion.), and does not have aux inputs for audio devices, or a USB connection for digital media. It also lacks GPS navigation, though in honesty I prefer a stand-alone GPS because it can be updated at no cost. Fuel economy of 32mph highway and 26mpg suburban on regular fuel (Premium is recommended, but unless one lives in mountainous areas, or is a lead-foot, regular is just fine) is outstanding for the safety and comfort offered. In my 6+ years of ownership, the car cost me nothing in repairs (not a single parts failure), though I recently replaced a number of parts and did a transmission fluid change as a preventative measure figuring nearing 90,000 mi a new accessory belt, belt tensioner, water pump, and spark plugs, along with new coolant and transmission fluid were a sensible measure. The car still looks, feels, and handles like a new car, with no degradation as mileage has progressed.
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