2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: Somewhat disappointing

2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Consumer Review

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C230 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Supercharger 6-speed Manual)

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Somewhat disappointing
By kala on


2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Rwd 2dr Sports Coupe (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)


I leased it 3 years ago and it was my first MB. Initially it was a fun car to drive. With the Kompressor engine I was zipping around and not spending a lot on gas. But as soon as it started to snow it was terrible. I've driven rear-wheel drives in the snow before, but the torque was too much and I was spinning all over the place. Also, the A/C and heat is so weak, thankfully I had the heated seats. I'm turning it in in 3 weeks and getting a C280 4Matic. Also, the dealer told me MB stopped making the C230 coupes...I wonder why...

Best Features

Tight turn radius, good handling, very zippy. Sunroof.

Worst Features

Heating and cooling weak. No good in the snow. Small interior and not comfortable on long rides.
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