2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

Pros & Cons

  • State-of-the-art safety and luxury features, three body styles to choose from, pleasing power from top V6 engine.
  • Can get pricey for its segment, small backseat, no standard CD player.
List Price Estimate
$1,231 - $2,813

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Edmunds' Expert Review

A variety of body styles and trims assure that you're bound to find one to your liking, but none can match the Audi A4 for interior style or the BMW 3 Series for athleticism.

2004 Highlights

Sport coupes get standard 17-inch wheels and tires, three-spoke sport steering wheel, leather-wrapped gearshift, aluminum pedals and large chrome exhaust outlet. Sport sedans get similar upgrades, as well as new front brakes featuring four-piston calipers and drilled rotors, sport shift manual transmission, lowered sport suspension, a free-flow exhaust and new five-spoke alloy wheels.

Consumer reviews

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Great Commuter
K RIchart,03/23/2016
C230 Kompressor Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
I purchased this car to be a daily commuter for a one hour one way daily commute. I paid about blue-book wholesale price then spent about $2000 to get all service updates. Almost 50K miles later this car has been fantastic. Comfortable, 30MPG and very quiet on the Interstate. It does like to eat tires and due to the front and rear wheel size difference it is expensive to rotate tires. I am really glad I decided to buy this car over a comparable Camry or Accord
MBZ C240 4 matic: Great Snow Car
Roger B,08/20/2016
C240 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 5A)
The car with 126K rides like new. Quiet, good sound system, capable performer. 5-speed helps with the modest HP of 170. 27-30 mpg on the highway on mid-grade. Has been a very good car. Only extra maintenance has been replacing a water pump.
Love It!
My parents bought this for me as my first car and I love everything about it. My best friend has an Audi A4 and she asked to drive my car and she said she enjoys it more than her car. The stereo is great. Leather is great. I just love this car! Makes my heart skip a beat (in a good way) when I accelerate onto the highway and passs people!
lemon of all lemons
Dustin F,01/18/2017
C230 Kompressor Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)
results may vary, 2nd owner of a 2004 c230k built in Bremen, Germany. Make sure you have a fat wallet if you plan on owning a used c230k. I have had nothing but problems with this car, with only 96k on it I have had to get the transmission serviced twice once at 50k and now at 96k due to it going into safe mode, bad sensors, leaking orings for transmission harness. Also have had an intermittent misfire in cylinder 1, had to replace fuel pump, coils, plugs, fuel lines, throttle body cleaning, still does it from time to time, rough idle randomly. Had it at an independent shop for 2 months and they were even stumped by it. Seriously if you are not making 65k+ a year or live at home with your parents forget the image of the Mercedes and go with the toyota or honda.

Features & Specs

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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
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

The Used 2004 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 C32 AMG 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl S/C 5A), C230 Kompressor Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M), C240 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 5A), C240 Rwd 4dr Sedan (2.6L 6cyl 5A), C320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), C320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), C230 Kompressor Rwd 2dr Sport Coupe (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M), C240 4MATIC AWD 4dr Wagon (2.6L 6cyl 5A), C240 Rwd 4dr Wagon (2.6L 6cyl 5A), C320 Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 6M), C320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A), C320 Rwd 2dr Sport Coupe (3.2L 6cyl 6M), and C320 Rwd 4dr Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A).

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Should I lease or buy a 2004 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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