2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: A Love/Hate Relationship

2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Consumer Review

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C320 4MATIC Sedan (3.2L V6 AWD 5-speed Automatic)

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A Love/Hate Relationship
By sportbiker1 on


2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


The 'Sway Bar Rods' go regularly. Fortunately, they go within a year so are covered under parts warranty.

Fender liner fell off, CV boots replaced, heater door motor broke, signal switch broke, rear speakers rattled, driver's seat belt squeaked, rear set belts lock up at -25C, passenger seat bottom loose, rear door lock knobs come loose and the rod drops inside, headlight bulbs are $180 each!. Nothing serious mechanically though. Bit it is starting to rust at the same place on all 4 of the doors.

Best Features

Bose stereo is fantastic! Power and handling are great! Lots of great accessories make it a good experience every day.

Worst Features

Constantly breaking 'sway bar rods' is terrible. Each door is starting to rust in exactly the same spot" bottom rear corner, about 1" in from edge. A car this age with 114,000 kms should have NO rust - especially the way I keep it meticulously clean. Mainly because of the rust, I have to replace it now while I can. So it's a Lexus GS300 AWD. No more problems, but I will sadly miss the performance and bling of the Benz.
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By frankiejbear
on 01/29/14 16:51 PM (PST)

Anyone reading this post should know that this sounds like a flood car. The rust and seat belts are telltale signs. Unfortunately if you are buying a used car there are many unscrupulous people selling re-titled vehicles. Some things to look for are seat belts that are hard to pull and gritty sounding, premature rust spots, unusual stains and musty odors and if there are stains that look to be in a straight line on interior panels RUN AWAY! There are more signs but one of the best ways to be sure is do your research. Carfax and have an independent inspection done. This will cost some money but it'll be worth it.

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