Wheel lacquer has failed in places with onset alloy wheel corrosion. Doors close with a reassuring thunk and have easily gripped outside handles for quick entry in public parking areas at night. The car drives like a bus. It's not a pleasant noise either - just a coarse, featureless thrash, although to be fair the engine has been faultless. Nobody can sit behind me when I'm driving. I got rid of some of the cracks and rattles was superglued the damn thing.
To prevent theft, there's no metal ignition key. Additionally, the paint is so pitifully thin that scratches are induced with ease. By far the best example of this is its entry-level sedan, the C230 Classic. Like military and intelligence, Mercedes-Benz and value are words that seldom find themselves together in serious prose. Door lock mechanism has corroded on 3 doors.
Yes Review Date: 22nd September, 2000. And those in back will wish for more room if they are 6-footers. General Comments: If this were a Ford or Vauxhall it would be acceptable. The gap between the driver's seat and the back seat is about 15 cm. When I look at it I wonder what the fuss is about Mercedes Benz.
While continuing his auto writings at the Sun-Times, he served as assistant financial editor of that newspaper from 1970 to 1973, when he began his automotive column. General Comments: The car is underpowered. The C230 Kompressor has an anvil-solid feel. Jedlicka remained auto editor at the Sun-Times until October, 2008, and continued writing for the newspaper's AutoTimes section, which he started in 1992, until February, 2009. My previous Rover 623 was just as well made, and had a more pleasant engine to boot.
It also provides quick merges into fast traffic and brisk 65-75 m. Other than the new engine and the addition of auto-dimming mirrors and a new audio system, the C230 Kompressor remains standard Mercedes fare. It has the only supercharged engine in its class. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media category and inducted into the Legends of Motorsports Guild at the Carquest World of wheels custom car show in Chicago in January, 2006. The result is a dramatic increase in acceleration. They have two children, James and Michele. The interior is cheap plastic.
Not up to 190E standard. The C230 Kompressor has a long-winded name, which simply means it's an entry-level C-Class model powered by a 2. The luxury car market has become so competitive that even Mercedes-Benz is giving models a lot more zip to stay one of the leaders in it. The traditional Mercedes gauges can be read at a glance, but the driver's seat doesn't move back far enough for tall drivers. Throttle response from the breathed-on 2. The Sport suspension sharpens the C Class up nicely, and the car can be quite good fun to hustle along, although the traction control intrudes early on to slap you on the wrist if you're being naughty. However, the rear fold-down armrest contains sturdy pull-out cupholders.
The single real disappointment is the quality. As with the old model, a fair amount of road noise enters the no-nonsense interior. The steering is lifeless with very little feedback. The sedan is fast off the line and hits 60 m. The glove box light would stay on even when it was closed. It goes well, is comfortable and quite well equipped.
This is a really good car which has a lot to like about it, but the bottom line is that it's not worthy of the image or the price that the Mercedes badge commands. The big trunk is easily loaded with its low opening and lid that pops up well out of the way. It reminded me of 1970s Mercedes sedans, with its conservatively styled boxy body, upright seating, firm seats and stiff-but-supple suspension. Jedlicka resides with his wife, Suzanne, in the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district of Oak Park. You don't expect things like failed electric windows, dash creaks and broken glovebox catches on a main dealer serviced prestige car which has done only 47,000 miles.
Year of manufacture 1999 First year of ownership 1999 Most recent year of ownership 2000 Engine and transmission 2. But the 16-valve, intercooled engine sounds like a diesel when started cold and often emits a coarse, gruff sound when warmed up. He was a member of the U. The bodyweight is very close to my previous car that was powered by a 1600 engine, but the C180 has a much bigger engine and is a lot slower. This Mercedes is billed as a five-seater, but only four adults fit comfortably.