2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Pros & Cons

  • State-of-the-art safety and luxury features, three body styles to choose from, pleasing power from V6 engine.
  • Can get pricey for its segment, ordinary interior presentation, tight squeeze for the sedan's backseat occupants.
List Price Estimate
$924 - $2,216

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Though hardly inexpensive, the C-Class is appealing due to its variety of configurations and prestigious name.

2003 Highlights

Changes are light this year. Mercedes' "4Matic" all-wheel-drive system is now available for sedan and wagon models (the C32 sport sedan being the lone exception) and the C230 Sport Coupe's supercharged engine has been revised for greater efficiency and lower emissions. A six-speed manual gearbox is available for the C320 models, and a supercharged C230 Sport Sedan is now available as well.

Consumer reviews

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An excellent car that holds up well...
guile,06/26/2010
C240 Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 6M)
My car has been with me since brand new, now going on 142,000 miles and counting. Issues have been catalytic converter (under warranty), front headlights, steering linkage break, serpentine belt replacement (at 130,000 miles), leather interior cracking, faux leather on shift knob coming off, CD changer jamming, blower fuse melting and compressor breaking, and small ghosting on console display. Performance is decent for a car with 168hp. Gas mileage could be better but I drive like a maniac with quick acceleration so no fault of the car. I'm pretty satisfied with the car and feel fortunate I don't have the issues so many others have. This car was manufactured in Brazil.
Geat Car For The Money
Mouse,07/25/2010
C320 Rwd 2dr Sports Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Been a very good car (close to 100K miles now). The only failures have been the hood struts, pano roof, and the multi function display. Both hood struts and MFD are easily fixed by anyone with the slightest mechanical skill. Pano roof is basically unfixable because of the significant cost (and lack of utility anyway). Handles very well had has adequate power. A bit slow off of the line though. Very practical as it is a hatchback and storage is generous. Rear seats fold down which gives even more cargo room. Simple to maintain yourself (both A & B service). Get one used with the leather interior and the Bose sound system (sound is excellent). Avoid the pano roof if possible. I give it an A-
C230 Bag for not much Buck
kompressorking,09/20/2011
C230 Rwd 2dr Sports Coupe (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
Recently bought my C230 Kompressor w/ manual 6 speed tranny. So far so good. It's just over 100,000 miles, 1 owner and care for... it shows. Also purchased and very extensive 5yr/100k extended warranty too. I've owned 72 cars (all different makes/models) and have been a BMW fan for ever. This is my 3rd Benz and its a pleasure to drive. 30+ mpg on the freeway @ 85+mph, shifts smooth and has decent power to climb freeway hills with ease, even in 6th gear. Traded in my Jaguar S-type for this and I have no regrets. I will say the Jaguar was a better looking car, but that's it. I'll update more as I add more miles...
Love every thing about it
e626,12/11/2010
C240 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 5A)
I originally wanted the m. B. E350 but my husband said that we would be spending a lot more money on gas. So he got me the c240 and I have to say that I love this car we bought it used with 98,000 miles on it. It has been very reliable drives great, and I look forward to taking long trips in it. I previously owned a 2002 BMW 330i and I thought that that was the best car ever, but I have to say I like this one just as much. It has that luxury and sports car look to it, the interior is excellent and very comfortable. I am definitely going to buy another m. B.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is offered in the following submodels: C-Class Sedan, C-Class C32 AMG, C-Class Hatchback, C-Class Wagon. Available styles include C240 Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 6M), C320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 6M), C230 Rwd 2dr Sports Coupe (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M), C230 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M), C240 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 5A), C320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), C320 Rwd 2dr Sports Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M), C240 Rwd 4dr Sport Wagon (2.6L 6cyl 6M), C320 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 6M), C32 AMG Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl S/C 5A), C240 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (2.6L 6cyl 5A), C320 Rwd 4dr Sport Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 6M), C320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sport Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 6M), and C320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sport Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A). Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are available with a 2.6 L-liter gas engine or a 3.2 L-liter gas engine or a 1.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 215 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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