Very good descriptoin of W202 model run, John.
I think the non-Kompressored C230's with the sorted-out 5-speed transmission might be the most robust and trouble-free cars Mercedes has ever built. To date.
I see them as the near perfect car.
For the last two years or so, I've been trying to convince my wife to let me sell her 1994 Infinit G20 and buy a '98 or '99 C230.
2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".