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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

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The C-Class offers young drivers a way to join the exclusive Mercedes-Benz family without spending an arm and a leg. Although priced slightly higher than similarly equipped models from Audi, Infiniti, Saab, Cadillac and Lexus, the C-Class can certainly match these vehicles in the areas of luxury, performance and value. The availability of a slick-shifting six-speed manual with the C230 and C350 Sport trims is a must for the driving enthusiast and is offered as a no-charge alternative to the seven-speed automatic. Those not concerned by such matters will find much to like in the C-Class, including a number of desirable features such as the 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a new Flex-Fuel V6 capable of running on E85 or gasoline.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the quality and prestige that comes from the Mercedes-Benz brand at a price comparable to some top-of-the-line family sedans, the C230, C280 and C350 are the way to get it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Prestige has its price. The C-Class is tight on rear-seat legroom and can cost thousands more than comparably equipped European, American and Japanese rivals.

What's Significant About This Car?

The C230 receives a new E85-compliant engine, while the C280 and C350 Luxury models gain power front seats and a power-adjustable steering column with memory settings for up to three drivers. C230 and C350 Sport models receive new 17-inch wheels, an AMG rear deck spoiler and dual AMG exhaust pipes.

Driving the C-Class

Driving Impressions The top-of-the-line C350 definitely feels tighter and more in touch with the road than most of its luxury counterparts. Yes, the ride is a bit firm and can even be...

rough over broken pavement and untended expansion joints, but it's a small price to pay for the benefits a taut suspension yields.

The C350's six-speed manual is a vast improvement over previous Mercedes-Benz manuals, with much tighter gates facilitating shorter shifts. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is an absolute dream. It responds willingly to the slightest throttle input, calling upon its ample low-end torque to shoot you across busy intersections or to overtake slower-moving traffic.

Panoramic Glass Sunroof
The C-Class's panoramic glass sunroof covers the entire interior and includes an electric sunshade for both the front and rear panels.

Quality Interior
The C230, C280 and C350 models offer a Mercedes-quality interior at a surprisingly affordable price.

2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Details
2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class photo Interior

Inside you'll find a comfortable set of sport bucket seats complete with fore and aft adjustable headrest and controls for the seat-bottom angle and seat height adjustment. From the driver's seat, you'll find a logically appointed instrument panel, devoid of overly complicated touch-screen menus and confusing switchgear. The instrument cluster features a digital trip computer neatly tucked between the speedometer and tachometer. Steering wheel-mounted controls regulate the audio and information screens.

Exterior
2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class photo

The C-Class is a Mercedes-Benz product through and through. With overtones of E- and S-Class clearly visible in the design, the C-Class fits right into the Mercedes family and should more than satisfy any entry-level buyer. The Sport models offer a more distinct look than their Luxury counterparts, with sporty six-spoke alloy wheels and numerous details borrowed from Mercedes-Benz's AMG performance division.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The C230 Sport features a six-speed manual transmission, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), front and rear fog lights, dual heated power mirrors with turn signals, AM/FM/CD stereo, front and rear side-impact and head-curtain airbags, stability control, cruise control, sport suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and heated windshield wipers. The C280 and C350 Luxury models add more powerful V6 engines, 16-inch wheels and more standard equipment plus the choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Optional Equipment

Popular C-Class options, which are typically grouped into packages, include a panoramic glass sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, in-dash six-disc CD changer, audio upgrades, COMAND navigation system, heated front seats and a power rear sunshade.

Under the Hood

The C230's new 2.5-liter powerplant is a definite improvement over the old supercharged four-cylinder and its Flex-Fuel versatility makes it ideal for areas that supply E85. The more powerful V6s found in the C280 and C350 suit this car's image, but buyers will pay a price, first at the dealership and then at the gas pump.

2.5-liter V6
201 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
181 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2700-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/18 (E85), 19/25 (Gasoline)

3.0-liter V6
228 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
221 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2700-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 (RWD), 19/26 (AWD),

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/28 (RWD manual), 20/29 (RWD automatic), 19/24 (AWD automatic)

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2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 829 Ratings for the 2001 - 2007 models.

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

The condition of my vehicle is very good!

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Price, fun to drive, good first time car."

Cons: "Have to maintain car, and can be costly!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The condition of my 2002 Mercedes Benz C240 is considerably good. It has some rust spots on the bottom of the driver and passenger doors. The driver side back window motor does not work, so motor needs to be replaced. The window won't let down because of it. The tape player inside the vehicle is very old, but does function. Now thats the bad stuff! On the bright side the vehicle has: power: locks, seats, windows, air condition, heat, sunroof, leather interior, radio works, and it drives very good. There are not leaks under the hood, and I have kept the vehicle maintenance up since i owned the vehicle. This would be a very good first time vehicle or just extra vehicle to have around. It is so fun to drive in the Spring and Summer time!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

car runs perfectly, very comfortable

By on Monday, October 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I'm the only owner of car,I bought it new. Always indoor parking, clean, no rust, never repair, no accidents, only new battery and 4 new tires. I'm a senior widow and only used car for church and food shopping, only 60,000 miles."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Sweet relief for me while I tootle around

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive, relaxing to use, runs very quiet"

Cons: "possible expensive fixes"

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

After I just bought it at the dealership, simply lovely car.

"Ok, so I work at a factory. Bust my butt for 8-12 hours. My back hurts from being on my feet all day, but then I step into my 06 c280. Instant relief and support on my back when I sit down, and the seat is insanely comfortable. The ride is so smooth, I can't even tell when I hit bumps or run over rocks - and there's a lot of those around where I live. I have gotten many compliments from friends and jealous looks from my family, always a plus because I hate half of them. The maintenance, when it needs to be done, can be quite pricy. It's worth it to look around where you live for a decent mechanic that does good work over going to the Mercedes dealership and have to spend $800 on an oil change. I had to replace the rear diff. oil because it was running low, but I went to Napa and got the kind I needed from an off brand for $20. That was a quick fix. I also visit a fast lube and they do a lot of small adjustments and quick fixes for no charge, which helps a lot. They like it when I visit because they like checking it. (I live in a small town you see, you don't see a lot of cars like mine around a place like this.) Aside from basic maintenance and some tiny little issues that were fixed in seconds or minutes, this car has been a dream to own. I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep it, but the insurance cost is a lot lower than I expected it to be, and I got it for about 10% what it was worth when it was brand new. Definitely worth the seemingly hefty price tag, because you're getting a well-built, sturdy car with decent mileage. Be sure you get as many service records as possible. Luckily for me, the previous owner kept a record of all the service he had on it and it runs perfectly. I think the only thing I would change about it is the radio, but that's because it's 2015 and I want to have GPS navigation and stream internet radio. Guess it's off to the car accessory place! (But seriously, the radio works just fine, and the sound quality is amazing and sounds just like a pair of brand new speakers.) Overall, easily the fanciest car I have ever owned, and is friendly on a broke college student's budget. Definitely worth it if you're okay with the cost of maintaining it. Remember though - it's not very often that you need to have it done."

18 people out of 22 found this review helpful

After I just bought it at the dealership, simply lovely car.

c320 4matic wagon 2004 - not a bad newish mercedes

By on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "inexpensive MB-class entry point"

Cons: "what you save in purchase, you pay in maintenance"

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

"I'd buy this car again, though maintenance (at a specialist independent mechanic) and the few things that break will probably set you back $1500-$3000 a year, depending on labor rate and luck. It drives quite well (if all your suspension and handling gear are fixed right), but it is not a BMW. It is just posh enough to feel satisfactorily different than our family's Japanese, US and even VW cars. Ours has been very reliable, even though it was a rebuilt title car when I got it. Don't buy a rebuilt car--ever; I just got lucky. Because it's rebuilt though, resale value is poor; that means you'd better plan to own it forever to get the value of all the pricey parts you'll be putting in over the years. One front axle cost me $1800 for the part alone - close to $2,500 installed I think. My wife drives it mostly, loves it and notices she's treated better by other drivers compared to when she drives our Japanese or US cars. The MB sign sticking up on the hood looks very nice. Irritants: Beware an inexpensive used MB! Keys are very expensive if you need new ones, but they are very pretty. You really should use a MB specialist with this car; MB have made it difficult for your average mechanic (or you) to do much on it well. The car is full of nice things that I won't even bother mentioning. EG: in 'C' transmission mode, you will not roll backwards when stopped pointing up hill. The mirrors don't fold in like every other decent european car--I was told by an MB official 'that's because you bought (only) a C-class car'....%$#^#!!!! The ABS when it does come on (on ice, snow etc) in my car is quite a nasty sound/feel, like clicking, grating things... The rear wiper assembly on the tailgate window isn't good at it's intended job Rear seat leg room is worse than my mom's Subaru Imprezza, though quieter and nicer. Rain sensing wiper mode was timed by someone who can see through raindrops better than I can! Oh for manually selectable 'intermittent wipers'. Oh and slow mode is to slow and fast mode is 'holy moley it's monsoon season' fast. You cannot tow anything. You cannot mount a rear bike rack. A car with a 3.2 liter should be able to tow 2000 or more. A wagon should be designed to be able to take a wagon-mounted bike rack."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

LOVE LOVE LOVE this car! Hate to see it get old.

By on Monday, September 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 107,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sportiness, most comfortable seats, dependable."

Cons: "costs a bit more in maintenance. Worth it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I still own this car. I drive a lot from N.Y to Canada and this car has been a dream in comfort, peppiness and dependability. I hate to see it get old. I would buy it all over again if there was an option. Unfortunately, I am not thrilled with the new Mercedes overcomplicated ugly touch screen design. Especially the gear shift location being in the steering wheel now."

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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."

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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