2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
There are 2 user reviews for the C230 Kompressor Sports Coupe trim shown below
- Driving, it's a quick car that handles well. Accelerates rapidly; Good Torque & high end.
- Back seat, although included, is good for kids. Not great for adults.
Purchased As Used
I bought the C230 Sport Kompressor without really knowing that much about it. I went looking for an Audi A6, but after driving the C230, realized it would be much easier for my environment (city). The C230 is the size of an Impreza, so it's easy to park just about anywhere.
I'm impressed by the smooth highway driving and responsive city driving, where it gets about 30 MPG Highway, and 24 City. Not great, but not bad. Inside, the car feels bigger than it is. Nice Bose stereo with auto audio adjust when outside sounds get louder, the volume goes up.
It has both a sunroof (full opens) for the front seat, and a moon roof for the rear. Basically, the whole inside roof of the car rolls back and light comes in from both the glass roofs.
It's fast, generating 180HP @5600 RPMS with 190ft/lbs of torque. Not a lot, I know, but the car doesn't weigh much, so it will run an 8 second quarter mile.
The C230 Kompressor (Air inducted turbocharger) is a bargain. Running from $10 to $15K used, it's better than a used Toyota.
I worried about the RWD aspect (I am in a major metro area where it snows 55+ inches per year), but the Mercedes Traction control works like a champ. The only time I ever got stuck was when a snow plow buried the car on all three sides.
I've never had a mechanical problem, and the car comes with some pretty cool features; Air pump in case of a flat, first aid kit, and a center console that cools drinks. My favorite "feature" of this car is that the front and rear tires are different sizes, giving the car a serious, competitive stance.
I'd buy another in a heart beat....read morehide
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- Great economy, hatchback is very handy, easy to park and manuver, quiet and comfortable, solid feel.
- Little hard to back (visibility) only four seatbelts, radio is complicated to use.
Purchased As Used
I have owned and operated this vehicle for six years and 73K and overall am very happy with it. A solid feeling, heavy small car. The hatchback is like a mini station wagon for hauling oversize items. Average reliability compared to Japanese cars but after owning two Honda Accords, neither has the solid feel and handling of this vehicle. Very tight and precise steering and braking. Parts and service may be higher than a Japanese car. Uses synthetic Mobile one oil so only change oil every 12-13K. Styling of this car grows on you. Panoramic sunroof is nice all year around gives you a sense of spaciousness. Radio and speakers only average for this "luxury small car". Typical finicky German electrical gremlins, i.e. have to change bulbs more often, etc. My current battery is seven years old and still going strong. On third set of tires, car is heavy so tires only last about 30K. Must use premium fuel. Will use about 2 qts oil between changes, this is normal for a supercharged engine setup. Overall has been a great vehicle for six years of use. The leather seats are nice, auto shifts great, side air bags for safety, quiet ride....read morehide
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