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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.
Advice: avoid Mercedes-Benz unless you want to be a slave of your carthis was my 2nd MB and the last one.Many mechanical and electrical problems.Dealer replaced the torque conv. 3times,the supercharger(the 3month of ownership),the radiator,difernet abnormal noises inside the car.In 2yrs of ownership the car its being 6months at the dealership.The worst experiance.
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.
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.