2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Review: Best Value in Sport Sedan

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Best Value in Sport Sedan
By BlackWithSunroofPkg on


2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Kompressor Rwd 4dr Sport Sedan (1.8L 4cyl S/C 6M)


I drove the BMW 325i, Lexus IS300, Saab
9-3 Arc, & Acura TSX, before buying the
C230K. BMW was great at everything, but
adding 17" wheels and sport pkg made it
more than the MB, which came standard
with 17" wheels & sport susp. Also,
could get lthr-faced seats w/o high-
cost lthr pkg. Added sunroof pkg which
gets you the cool power rear sunshade
and rain-sensing wipers. Lexus had
smaller backseats and trunk, Saab had
low resale value & turbo lag & fr wh
drive. TSX is value leader, but fr wh
drive hurt handling & interior too much
like an Accord (which it is). C230 is
very quick, point-&-shoot handling,
AWESOME exterior styling w/AMG trim,
incredible stopping power, fabulous gas

Best Features

Rain sensing wipers, power sunshade, styling, turn signal falls right into your fingers w/o taking hand off wheel, wonderful handling, supercharger keeps boost pressure up all the time (no turbo lag), ash interior looks awesome-- especially through cool blue-tint windows. 13,000 mile service intrvls!

Worst Features

Renntech.com offers a performance upgrade that adds 20 HP (209) and 27 lb ft of torque (219) for $1,695. Wish MB would offer that on the car from factory. Center armrest not deep enough to fill with CDs. A bit more rear legroom would make it a total class- beater.
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