"I've owned this car for almost 5 years and put almost 100K miles on it with no mechanical problems except for 2 minor things. These vehicles are designed and built very well. Much better than any American or Asian manufacturer. They were made to be driven very hard on the Autobahn, so puttering around at 75 MPH is nothing to them. The C230 Kompressors motor mounts are filled with silicone which may eventually leak at around 100k. If you feel any vibration this is probably the cause. It's an inexpensive fix that can be done by a DIY. I did mine. Note: Only use synthetic fluids. These are great inexpensive luxury cars that last forever."
"I have owned my 2000 C230 Kompressor for 3 years now and I still love to get in and drive it.
I have had no major issues with the car. I bought it with 52k miles and it now has 83k miles.
This is my 4th Mercedes and it is going to be with me for quite a long time.
I really can't say enough good things about this car... it has a bullet proof engine and transmission combo... the acceleration is insane for a 4cyl and it is soooo comfortable to drive long distances.
People cannot believe that the car is 8 years old... it is very well taken care of and the paint and interior are still flawless."
"I bought my 1996 C280 a little over a year ago and it had been the BEST car I have ever owned and I bought it not knowing anything about them. I always owned Ford/Mercury cars. Let me tell you... The comfort, reliability, gas milage, sound system, space, ect..... Was a 10 + *****'s
I had 1 major repair in the time I owned it and that was the ignition which had to be replaced and a new key made costing a whooping $800 bucks.
I just sold it with 199,000 miles and it still runs & looks 10 + ******'s . I am looking foward to my next Mercedes Benz purchase!"
"I love this car. If you maintain this car correctly, it will last you forever. It's durable, reliable and handles great. It's not bad on looks either!!! Before, you buy, remember that maintenance/repairs are expensive, even on older models!!!"
"We purchased this car with 60,000 miles and now have almost 125,000 on it. With the exception of a few minor mechanical problems, this has been one of the best cars I've ever owned. I love driving highways. I love curving backroads even more. Great handling. Great performance. And I get between 25 and 30 miles per gallon along with almost 200 horsepower. With the gearing, it performs more like the 268 HP 430 I used to have."
"I bought my '97 C-230 used in 2000 and have had no major (non wear) issues since. After driving Caddys and Jags I can attest that while it is more expensive to maintain than a Ford, it comes nowhere close to the Jag or Caddy! Even though the C-230 doesn't deliver the same zip and style as the aforementioned vehicles, it does deliver a great deal of class and security for the money. If you have the chance for a decent price, I'd say "buy it"."
"My 2000 C-230 Kompressor puts a smile on my face every time I start it up. A car that does that is something special. It feels solid and safe, and it exudes maturity and respectibility. And if you need to go fast, it does so eagerly (while sipping high-test gas -- at better than 30 mpg).
The one drawback is the cost of maintenance, for which I thought I was prepared, having owned several Volvos. I just brought it in to the dealership for its 50K servicing, and the bill will be $2,300 for B-service, filters, brakes, and some motor mounts that have apparently cracked with age (the car is seven years old). In addition, little things such as the cup holder, seem over-complex and a tad fragile. The controls for everything from the windows to the radio and door locks are often counter-intuitive and seem designed intentionally to remind you that you are not in some run-of-the-mill car from the States or Japan. This can be either charming or fussy, depending on your perspective.
However, if you can accept the maintanence costs, the car is a delight to drive, achieving a wonderful balance between comfort and performance."
"I purchased a 1999 C-230 in 2003. It had about 23,000 miles. This is the only car I have ever owned that has 1) gas mileage in the range of 25-30 mpg (it is a 4 cylinder engine), 2)acceleration like a V8 (Kompressor engine), and 3)built like a tank -- very safe.
Repairs generally will be 2 to 3 times as expensive as for , say, a Ford, but they have been few. Oil change every 10,000 miles is nice.
Would highly recommend this as long as you are prepared to pay a little more in maintenance -- but you get a great vehicle. The 4 cylinder Kompressor engine (which I believe is no longer made) is one of the great automotive engineering accomplishments."
"I bought this vehicle used with 30K miles. I now have 230K miles and the car is running strong. Maintenance costs are higher than most vehicles, but I have certainly gotten my money's worth. Engine and transmission are still solid. I have had to replace alternator, compressor, and water pump, but it is still cheaper than buying a new vehicle every 3-4 years."
"I have had this C230 Kompressor since new in August, 1999. It is truly an amazing car. In the city it is highly maneuverable and can make a U-turn in a single pass on a a side street. On the highway it is quiet, fast and gets about 32mpg. Around town, the mileage is half that. The maintenance cost is very high - around $350 for the A service and around $550 for the B service. I had to replace a lug bolt for one of the tires and MB charged me $7! I bought an extended warranty and I still have about a year left on it. Once it hits the out of warranty mark, I will sell it. Although it is a great car, I don't think I will ever buy another one due to the extremely high cost of ownership."
"I bought my 98 C230 with over 140,000 miles as a second car. I have driven it exculsively since I've owned it. After 162,000 miles the ride is still excellent and with the exception of a vacuum hose I've had no other problems. I hope that with proper maintenance the car will last me for at least two more years."
"This is the first Mercedes-Benz I have owned, and I can assure you, once you own one, you never want anything less! Comfortable, roomy, good MPG (I get about 30 overall), classy, and quality built. I only wish the genuine Mercedes parts were more affordable."
"However, I had to change the head gasket that I was charged quite a bit for, and I heard that they usually go quickly in those models. Considering the low mileage, I was really surprised the gasket went bad. The gasoline hose also had to be replaced because it had dried brittle that caused cracks that resulted in leaking gas. That wasn't expensive because I came across a decent mechanic that was kind enough to be fair. Price I paid for the car wasn't worth the head gasket I had to get fixed. Cost me over $2,000."
"GOT THE 1999 C230 WITH 79000 MILES LAST YEAR ....PLENTY OF LEAKS OVER THE YEAR. EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN. TRANSMISSION PROBLEM AT 95000 MILES $600 JUST TO LOOK AT IT AND THATS NOT AT A DEALER. ALSO LEAK AT FRONT SEAL OF MOTOR...ANOTHER $900. NOT WORTH FIXING ALTHOUGH ITS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION."
Pros: "great handling, nice interior, not 2 many options."
Cons: "not a car person? I'd stay away..."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"After months of research and driving 10+ e classes, I found this one owner (well, technically 2, dudes dad gave to him) Kompressor. It's the first MB where EVERYTHING works. It's got the leather insert interior which is flawless. The son updated the exhaust to a stainless magnaflow and installed 17" Carlsson wheels. He lowered it a bit too giving it a pretty burly stance. I've only owned the car for 5 days at this point, but after test driving 16 different Japanese and domestic cars, newer ones even, nothing compares to the stealthy, sleeper-like attitude of the 2.3 supercharged 4 banger. Not to mention the stack of receipts and original window sticker in a neatly wrapped folder. The way I see it, TOTAL SCORE. Cleanest w202 out there thus far..."
Cons: "needs more power, would like back up sensors"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I puchased my C-class new, and have kept it up since 1997.
Then it jst departed the Dbl OHC 24 valve for a Single OHC 18 valve engine. I think it was a great choice then, they since have gone back to the Dbl. I like the engine, but would like more puch and pwr from the 194HP. It is smooth and quiet. It also gets ok gas mileage. Not the best by tdays' stndards though. Plenty of room and very well appointed for it's time. The leather and real wood are of top quality. I've noticed newer S-class models w/w cheaper quality inside. I placed 17in tires/rims for sharper handling and performance. Wise choice. It is as many say quite expensive after all warrenties expire. Now I can't get much for the car so I drive it on weekends to spare mileage and repair costs. Sweet car, I defintely reccomend it!"
"I bought my 1995 C280 in 2005, when it was already 10 years old with 98,000 miles. I had just moved to Florida from NYC, where I didn't need a car, and decided to buy a used car because I wasn't sure if I would stay in Florida. I did, and what a great friend this car has been.
The car now has 148,000 miles on it and, and with regular oil changes and tune ups, it's performed beyond my expectations. The only thing that has gone is the suction-powered locks. I now have to open the car by unlocking the trunk. Since I live in a safe area, I just leave it unlocked these days. Friends were surprised when I recently mentioned I wanted to buy a new car and they were even more surprised to find out I'd been driving a 1995 model. They thought it was a much more recent model.
I always thought MBs needed premium gas but have found out some owners use regular gas. I used premium gas for a smoother ride but I did try the medium grade gas once but didn't care for the "pull" the car had, compared to how it smooth it drove with premium gas. Aside from paying higher gas prices, maintenance and minor repairs can be expensive simply because it's a MB. More than American or Japanese models, from what I understand.
All in all, I'd buy this car all over again. I hope the new owner will enjoy it as much as I have."
"I bought this car at 35,000 miles and drove it through 158,000 miles. I never had any problems with it. Nothing broke .. I serviced it when it was due. MBZ parts prices are steep but they last forever! The compact size is great for parking in tight corners. It's sturdy and reliable and drives very well.
I have an ML 320 MBZ as well and passed my C230 to my high school son because I trust it a lot."
"1995 Mercedes C280 6-cylinder. I bought this car used a year ago with 234,000 miles on it, but the engine still runs great. The comfort inside is great. The Bose sound system is outstanding, but the antenna does get stuck extended sometimes. This car is made for the German highways so its not quick at the starting line but picks up steadily later on at highway speeds. They are expensive to fix unless you can do it yourself. These models up to 1997 have bad factory wire harnesses that are very expensive to replace, look for these bad wires when buying one. The control arms are known to rust pretty bad, so get them inspected before your wheel gets damaged. If you can buy one for cheap because of the high miles, do it if the seller provides the service history also."