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Pros: The tighter suspension and 17' Inch tires & Rims. This car is sooooo tight!
Advice: Don't underestimate the quickness of the C230 Kompressor Supercharged Engine.I traded my 2002 C320 Sport Sedan for the 2005 C230 Kompressor Sport Sedan. The C230 has a smaller engine than my C320 did - but I can't tell! They have made so many improvements in this model from the wheels, new sport seats, tighter suspension, sport steering wheel, chrome brake and gas pedal, re-styled interior, new stylish gauges... shall I go on? I test drove and Audi A4 Ultra Sports Edition 1.8t Turbo and a BMW 3 Series and realistically they can't touch this car. True sports machine. Want to have fun driving? Buy this car!
Pros: Memory Seats/mirrors/steering wheel
Cons: Lack of 320 engine
Advice: Unless you like a slug, don't buy a C Series wagon until the 320 engine is addedMercedes made a big mistake. My wife and I were all set to buy the 2005 C320S Station Wagon, until we found out MBNA decided not to import the wagon with the 3.2L engine starting with MY2005. The C240 is underpowered in the wagon. So what is that going to mean for the future, same self defeating result. Nobody buys the wagon in the C Series because it's a slug, it quits being offered as part of the model line, MBZ wagon sales drop off because nobody can justify spending $14K more just to get a wagon with a little more space. I just don't understand why they didn't bring the 320 in for MY05 and drop the 2.6L. Everybody who bought a wagon loaded it to the teeth with options. But what did we do instead, bought a 2004 C320 and because we learned of Mercedes' intentions so late in the MY, had to buy one lacking a pile of options we would have added: no phone, no command, no full leather, no active seats, no Xenon's and no Tell Aide (count several thousand $$$ you didn't make in options sales MBZ) because they weren't all available in the car colors we wanted to buy.
Pros: Responsive power and handling
Cons: No lumbar seat adjustment
Advice: Buy this car!Far superior than the all-too-common Audi A4 and the boring BMW, go for the 2005 Mercedes C230 Kompressor Sport Sedan. Nice solid feel, exceptional responsiveness, and surprising power -- the sporty extras will draw stares...spend a little more and get a lot more car. I dig my new Mercedes.
Pros: Xenon lights , rain sensor wipers & bose radio
Cons: semi- auto instead of full power seats & lack of lumbar support
Advice: It's a great car at a competitive price & because of improved reliability should bring good resale value.After 4 months & no problems, I find my 230 sport sedan solid, smooth, quick & quiet w/ good gas mileage--22 mpg in city & 31 mpg hwy. The 4 cyl. feels & performs like a 6 cyl. & the safety features are outstanding. My one major complaint is the lack of speed sensitive steering-- much too heavy at low speeds. Check this car out if you want a fun,luxury sedan in the low to mid $ 30's.
Pros: Sporty looks
Cons: The open storage compartment on the dashboard.
Advice: Don't buy anything before test driving the C-230K.It was a blast to test drive this car. Great performance - it rides and handles very well. The interior appointments are second to none. Very comfortable, quiet, and comes with many gadgets that will spoil you. I loved the exterior sporty looks and those beautiful 17' wheels with low profile performance tires. Hard not to like this car.
Cons: I can't program the garage door opener.
Advice: Just do it.After retuning a 2003 C240 to the dealer I test drove the 2004 C230K Sport Sedan. I love this car. It's fast, responsive and sporty. My only problem is that my girlfriend doesn't like to walk so far after I park away from the other cars. So more often than not I am forced to drive my other car. But my MB sure does look pretty sitting in the garage. I'm glad that I bought this car. It's a real joy to drive.
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.