While our 1998 C230 has been incredibly reliable and trustworthy, our 1998 E300 was a terrible car and spent a great of deal of time being repaired.
This experience has completely turned my wife off any MB product in the future. She had talked about an SLK, but her E300 experience talked her out of it.
She's going to drive the ol 190E for a while and then shop for something new. Probably a Japanese product...
1998 C230 "Black Betty"