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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 28/Comb 23 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: 4-Cyl, Supercharged Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 824 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.5/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

VERY HIGH REPAIR BILLS

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "very nice looking, sleek, comfortable,"

Cons: "breaks down all the time!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Purchased new. High repair bills started as soon as out of warranty. We are spending an average of $1.36/mile for every mile driven in repair bills only. That doesn't include insurance or gas. So for every mileage traveled expect to spend about $1.60 mile - that's DOUBLE the average for cars driven. If you want to WASTE a lot of money - buy a benz! Our car broke down twice this year while driving and had to be towed in both times."

This vehicle has style, comfort, and ease of opera

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Has excellent speed and maneuvering"

Cons: "Expensive maintenance."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I enjoy driving this car. I think it is the best small luxury vehicle available. This car is an investment not just another car."

A really great car for the momey.

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable seats and handles great in the snow."

Cons: "It doesn't have a heated steering wheel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We bought this car used when it was 6 years old and had 80000 miles on it. We have one child and the car has been terrific. Yeah, the repairs aren't cheap but we have a great mechanic whose hourly rate is half what the dealer charges. We are likely to drive this until the wheels fall off."

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Fun to drive, difficult to maintain

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Performance, fun to drive"

Cons: "Deterioration, maintenance costs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Bought this car used with 99000 Mi on the odometer. It is a blast to drive specially at really high speeds. Cornering is insane. The car is comfortable and very well equipped. Drawback is maintenance. I went through a set of tires in one year, brake pads in 2, I replaced most of the front suspension and all tie rods reestablishing the fun to drive factor. All parts are expensive, you need a computer to fix most items. The interior looks like a much older car, faded panels everywhere, headliner coming unglued, door handles beyond repair. I was disappointed with the resale, it dropped like any other car."

10 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Well Worth the $$$

By on Monday, June 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Rear wheel drive, luxurious, e85, mercedes glamour"

Cons: "Expensive service if you re not car-savvy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"The car is amazing as long as you can maintain it yourself. Transmission flushes cost a lot of $$$, and need to be done every 40k miles. There are two main problems with these cars: Balance shaft issues Transmission valve issues Check the cars for these issues to see if they have been fixed, or if they are out of the affected range. Other than that, they are reliable, comfortable, nice cars."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Adequate

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Comfortable, good trunk area capacity"

Cons: "Rust bucket"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The 1989 TD was an awesome car until it got too expensive to keep fixing; I'd just spent like $4,000 on repairs & front sway bar broke so had to stick in $2,000 more just to get rid of it for a $1,500 trade in to the dealer for the 240c class that had been my loaner. The C class had heated seats, cup holders & CD player, very comfortable, handled well except terrible on ice (got stuck at least 3 times) . Extensive rust on body; dealership repaired rust on all 4 doors a year or so after I bought it, and I've had regular maintenance & bodywork done since, but car is a rust bucket anyway."

18 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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