That Tears It! - 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport Long-Term Road Test

2008 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test

2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport: That Tears It!

January 07, 2008

My first quality time with our long-term 2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 proved quite enjoyable overall. The 3.0-liter V6 has plenty of power and mid-range torque -- enough, in fact, to make me question the extra cost of the C350 version. The seven-speed automatic is quite responsive in "Sport" mode, though its refusal to upshift at low speeds, and associated "dragging" effect might have you initially checking the emergency brake setting. That was easy to get used to, as was the car's standard-issue M-B "vault-ness" that makes this car feel more substantial than many entry-luxury competitors.

About my only concern is a small tear in the driver's door panel. It was there when I got in the car (I swear!) so I don't know what caused it, but this was disconcerting in a 4,800-mile, $40,000 Mercedes-Benz. Not sure if someone's wedding ring caught it or if the tear was there when we got the car. Regardless, it's a minor de-merit in an otherwise sound vehicle. The iPod integration cable was particularly appreciated, as it worked fluidly with my iPhone.

Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief, @ 4,820 miles

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