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Old 01-19-2007, 01:46 AM
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Is 1999 C230 Compressor Sport a good car to buy?

Hello All,

I am looking to buy car for the wife, and I am looking into
1999 C230 Compressor Sport with 138K miles. Any suggestions? Is it a good car?
I normally do not go for MB after 1995, but she wants something newer.

I do appreciate your help. I am looking for reliable MB car. Right now, she drives the 300E, and for no reason, the car sometimes shutsdown (fuel pump relay?)

Thanks in advance,

1988 300E 223k miles and counting..
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Old 01-19-2007, 01:13 PM
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Mine's a '97 C230

. . . not the Kompressor model. It's been solid and reliable, a one-owner car bought in '04 at age 8 with 58K miles, now at 84K.

The little gold beast starts every time, keeps me cool and warm when required, and returns about 24 mpg combined (mostly city driving). I've had to replace the A/C compressor -- the original, after 60K miles of use in hot, humid New Orleans -- and done brake rotors and pads once. Oil and filter changes are easy (though I think the '99 may require synthetic oil). I've had to lube my single-arm wiper twice, and have a rattle fixed in the moonroof. Otherwise, not much beyond regular maintenance has been necessary.

(ETA: I just looked at your post. A '99 w/ 138K miles??? That's over 17K a year for 8 years! Make sure you get the records to see how it was treated!)

From what I've read here, ball joints tend to wear on cars driven on rough roads, and the 5-speed auto transmission should have its fluid changed (at the dealer -- it has to be done at a specific temperature) about every 90K miles.

People here seem to think it's one of the best and simplest cars MB ever made. The supercharger and more complex electronics on the '99 may change some of that. But mine has been fun, solid, and sturdy, and every time I think about trading for something bigger or more powerful, I realize I don't really want to give up this car yet.

Someday the W202 will end up alongside the W115 and W123 in the MB Museum's section honoring cars which have proved reliable in daily service.
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-- Paul W. (The Benzadmiral)
('03 Buick Park Avenue, charcoal/cream)
'97 C230, smoke silver/parchment; '86 420SEL, anthracite/light grey; '84 280CE (W123), dark blue/palomino

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Old 01-19-2007, 03:31 PM
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Thanks alot for your feedback.
1988 300E 223k miles and counting..
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:03 PM
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That's not bad mileage for a 1999. I'd be glad it was driven. Too many garage queens rot away and become major headaches when a new owner begins to use them. Not sure about how much people in the US drive, but in Canada, your average Canuck puts about 24,000km a year on their car, or 15,000 miles. I don't think that 99 is out of line mileage wise.

With the possible exception of the Eaton supercharger, that car is very well made, and quite reliable. Even of the blower melts down, you can no buy rebuilt ones for a pretty reasonable cost.

John Shellenberg
1998 C230 "Black Betty" 240K
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