2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Ratings
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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Great all around vehicle
Cons: cheap radio, no ipod connectionLove the a hatchback, ease of parking, good acceleration, decent quality, handles well on twisty roads, narrow for the city, nice panaramic roof.
- Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
- How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 RWD Coupe
Cons: to many problems and i bought it brand new
Advice: buy extended warrantiesProblems with: * Cup holders * Power windows * gas gage * sunroof shade * chaeck engine light and more
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C32 AMG RWD Sedan
Pros: Acceleration after speeds over 60 MPH
Cons: Engine whine
Advice: Buy it if you like itOnly reason for not buying E55 or M5 was because new models for both were coming out next year. The crankshaft of 4th cylinder of the C32 broke after 5000 miles and took a month to fix. Engine sounds underpowered and whiney. Handling and quality are adequate. Surprises kids with mustangs and adults with corvettes alike with its potent acceleration while driving.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - Base C320 RWD Sedan
Advice: Take a ride in a Bonneville .... use the saved money to go to HawaiiI reciently had the opportunity to ride a Mercedes that my daughter had ... It had been a long time since I've riden in a car in this price range... the last time was about 25 years ago ... well my impression hasn't changed... I road many of the roads that I drive every day... and the car road no better than the Pontiac I drive... it was no quieter.. It didn't ride any smoother ... and the engine had a wimpy whiney sound.... the interior was no more impressive... I'm not saying it was a bad experience ... it is a nice car... but less comfortable than my Bonneville and the engine sounded worse ... the body is not galvanized and it cost twice as much. 90% percent of the money I spent on the Bonneville stayed in the US ..while 90% of the money spent on a Mercedes goes to Germany... which by the way ..does not allow the sale of the Pontiac Bonneville.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 RWD Sedan
Pros: a buzz to drive if you are a smooth driver
Cons: light coloured interior showed scuff-marks
Advice: do it!The C220CDI is a 2.2 litre turbo diesel. Power and responsiveness is excellent, far better to drive than a C220 petrol engined version. It is not an embarrasment in traffic at all, in fact it rushes away from the lights and leaves most ordinary cars behind. A pleasure to drive because it is stable on the road, and this leads to a smooth driving style. Plenty of room to stretch your legs on long journeys. I drove an Audi 4 and the cockpit was too crowded and narrow. The Mercedes sunroof can be open at highway speeds, the Audi sunroof caused a drumming sound which rendered it useless if the car was in motion. The C220 CDI gave us a fuel consumption of 4.4 litres per 100 km on a highway trip at 115km per hour. That is about 65 miles per gallon at 70 mph! Plenty of storage space in the cabin makes a long drive a pleasure. The front passengers seat lays completely flat so that the co-driver can get some serious sleep if you like to drive in relays. Great lights. The diesel engine is only evident at traffic lights when it goes tacka-tacka-tacka. This is not annoying, just a reminder that it's an oil-burner not a saki-burner. On the road, the car is quiet and effortless, with plenty of power where it counts. The diesel is something different, and a must to consider if you drive long distances. I commute three hours each day, so this is a pleasant way to travel. The cellphone feature is so much better than the Nokia 'add-on' kits.The intensity and placement of interior lights is excellent, great for map-reading if you have weak eyes. 1300 km on a 60 litre tank is possible on a highway drive, and it's fun to drive such a smooth surefooted car. If you are past the stage of assessing every car against a WRX, this car is worth a good long test drive. Be aware that you may not take it back.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C230 RWD Sedan
Pros: active monitoring of mpg, operation time, miles left with current fuel, miles to next service, etc. - also great audio system
Cons: partial power seat should be full power (once I'm used to it I probably won't be bothered by this)
Advice: spend bucks on some optionsGreat car, tight build, excellent handling, excellent power for a 4-cyl, amenities add to pleasant experience.
2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class - C320 RWD Wagon
Pros: Smooth Power, Ride. Keeping BMW far in RView MIRROR
Cons: Only needs service every 10K miles
Advice: Buy it used with Starmark 100K/7yr warranty..Skip C240sC320 Sportwagon is luxurious, fast, handles well and brakes hard with no dip. None of the harshness of BMW. Lack of maintenance is a plus. Couple of very minor problems were fixed promptly (and got an E-500 loaner to boot). Dealer treats customer's well. This small wagon has loads of power. Lots of airbags and safety features. The radio needs some work - little bass until its cranked up or have CDs with prominent bass. Would like to see AMG sportswagon variant. Best little car I've owned...approaches porsche in quality. Trumps audi(an overpriced VW) in every respect..Skip the c240. MB spends more on the C320 or above. Drove the C230Kompressor 4dr...was real fun to..