Why has the w202 been so much trouble? I assume this series refers to the mid-90s C-class, and there isn't much talk about them on this web page. I've often wondered whether they are good cars, especially since I see them for sale at very reasonable prices. In the U.S. they were sold in c230, c230 kompressor, and c280 models. I would like to hear your opinion of these models. A simple 4 cylinder Benz sounds like a good option to me (since I normally just putter along in city traffic), but if they are maintanence nightmares for some reason, I'd like to be warned.