This is a solid, quiet, fast, sporty,
comfy riding, economical, comfortable on
long trips, reasonably priced vehicle.
The automatic is slower shifting than
the manual but is versatile. Brakes are
strong & progressive. Lighting systems &
controls are sturdy/effective. Very
roomy with back seats down. A bit
awkward to back up due to lack of clear
rear view or side rear views. Tracks
well and feels secure and safe. Great car.
Engine, economy,solidity,good looks.
front bumpers are very low and scrape
easily on concrete parking lot stops.
Needs better side mirrors to deal with
blind spots at rear sides.
CAR IS REALLY WELL BUILT -- NO SQUEAKS,
NO RATTLES. THE SEATS ARE VERY
COMFORTABLE. WITH A BAD BACK I CAN
DRIVE 300+ MILES WITHOUT STOPPING AND
STRETCHING, THE INTERIOR DESIGN IS
EXCELLENT -- PARTICULARLY THE GRID
PATTERN METAL. THE PATTERN METAL LOOKS
MUCH MORE SPORTY THAN FAKE WOOD VENEER.
THE SHIFTING IS VERY EASY AND QUICK.
BOTTOM LINE -- A VERY WELL BUILT, SAFE,
AND AGGRESSIVE CAR TO DRIVE.
THE 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION. aLSO
THE GAS MILEAGE. I GET 37+ MPG IN 6TH
GEAR AT 70 MPH. NOT BAD FOR AN
AGGRESSIVE SUPERCHARGED 4-CYLINDER
ENGINE. THE SAFETY EQUIPMENT IS AN
EXCELLENT BENEFIT. REAR ENGINE DRIVE IS
ALSO SUPERB AFTER HAVING DRIVEN FRONT
ENGINE DRIVE CARS FOR YEARS.
THE DOOR SILL PROTECTION ON INTERIOR
SIDE OF DOOR OPENING SHOULD BE
STAINLESS STEEL AND NOT THE LIGHT
COLORED PLASTIC. THE LIGHT MATERIAL CAN
SCUFF TOO EASILY.
My girlfriend wanted this car based on
the pictures she had seen on the web.
I talked her into dropping by the local
dealership and test driving one. We
took it for a spin and fell in love.
It felt like we were driving on rails.
I am an agressive driver and it will
handle some pretty serious turning
without loosing traction and the
Supercharger helps keep us ahead of
traffic. I had an Integra GSR which
was almost 700lbs lighter and this
stock 230 definately out performs my
Acura even with several thousand
dollars worth of aftermarket
performance upgrades dropped into my
I would suggest that Mercedes put
standard power front seats, Interior
Power door locks. A standard In-dash cd
player option and my stereo Reception
could be better. Other than that is it
a perfect car.