"My father owned this C220 before I bought it from him and the only thing he had to say was, "park it in a safe place." he treated this car better than his newer ones. Let me just jump into the specs. Everything up to 125k miles was original up to Jan. 1 of 2012. The only thing to go out in the car prior to this extensive repair was the air conditioning. This is a car that if taken car of will last 20 something years if you do not get tired of it. Form experience, the car get about 25 miles to the gallon city and 28-29 freeway. This is outstanding for a vehicle of its time. Overall between all the driving that I do, it comes in around 17 MPG. One downside to this mileage is the fact that it takes supreme gas, which isn't the cheapest out there."
"My family bought our C230 1999 in 2002 (used) and it's been great. Now at 203,000 it's only 'broken down' twice. We take very good care of it and as a result, it takes very good care of us. I get so many compliments on how well my 200,000 mile car rides. Along with the smoothness most riders think this is a fairly new car, and are shocked when I say it's a '99.
Maintenance and repairs are more expensive but it's 'luxury'. You spend a little more and in return get something that is very smooth and fun."
"I HAVE OWNED THIS CAR FOR OVER 7 YEARS! I BOUGHT IT WITH 76000 MILES ON IT. iT NOW HAS OVER 208,000 AND DRIVES AS GOOD AS THE DAY I BOUGHT IT..SOMETIMES I THINK EVEN BETTER...LIKE A FINE WINE....I AM A MERCEDES MAN FOR LIFE! if you don't own this car yo are missing out!!!!!"
"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."