1999 Mercedes Benz C Class
1-10 of 12 reviews
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I do not regret this purchase at all!!

by from Washington, DC on November 11, 2013

If you are looking for a reliable, stylish, gas effective vehicle; this is the one for you. Disregard any stigma of Mercedes Benz being out of the "average Joes" affordability. It is easily maintained...
If you are looking for a reliable, stylish, gas effective vehicle; this is the one for you. Disregard any stigma of Mercedes Benz being out of the "average Joes" affordability. It is easily maintained and highly recommended. Very good on gas and excellent on the highway.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Great CAR!!!

by from Bellevue,wa on August 4, 2012

if you never own a M-B do not be afraid to get one,if you looking to buy one this time,you not going to regreted.Just do it and I will tell this,You will enjoy driving the C280. Great car!!!
if you never own a M-B do not be afraid to get one,if you looking to buy one this time,you not going to regreted.Just do it and I will tell this,You will enjoy driving the C280. Great car!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Stylishly unreliable

by from Buffalo, NY on November 26, 2011

Too many options can go wrong with expensive repair costs. Single windshield wiper likely to fail, with $1k cost to repair. Good service, great style, fast.
Too many options can go wrong with expensive repair costs. Single windshield wiper likely to fail, with $1k cost to repair. Good service, great style, fast.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Gets better after 150,000 miles

by from Troutman, NC on July 13, 2011

1999, C280: I bought this car privately from a school teacher in 2008. She drove it from school parking lot to her garage. Big mistake. The air passages in the right head plugged solid. It cost me $15...
1999, C280: I bought this car privately from a school teacher in 2008. She drove it from school parking lot to her garage. Big mistake. The air passages in the right head plugged solid. It cost me $1500 for the head job two months later. This car was meant to be accelerated and keep the sludge out of the top end. Since then in 2008, I have only had to replace the timing belt and tensioner pulley and bearing, Transmission seal at 145,000 miles $750.00, along with normal brakes, tires, battery, filters, etc.. I think that 1999 was an excellent year for MB C280. So is 2000. It has dropped drastically for 2001-2003. Here what I think made the difference for me, even though I changed the oil every 3000 miles with 5W30 and not the synthetic fluid every 7500 miles and used reg. 87 fuel rather than 93 after 146,000 miles on the car. I regularly change the transmission fluid, the brake fluid, the power steering fluid, and the coolant BASED ON THE TESTS EACH TIME I GET THE OIL CHANGED. It usually works out to every 25-30,000 miles. The car now has 168,000 miles on it. I park it in my garage each day. I believe PM maintenance is the key to keeeping the costs down on this beautiful car.
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Does recommend this car!!

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C43 Great small performance cars

by from Mass on April 26, 2011

I have had this car since new, 11 years. Pro's: - great performance - great handling - great styling (for its time) - very reliable - great on gas for an 8 cylinder performance car (I just did 200 mil...
I have had this car since new, 11 years. Pro's: - great performance - great handling - great styling (for its time) - very reliable - great on gas for an 8 cylinder performance car (I just did 200 miles of highway driving and got 25 mpg driving an avg 73 mph on 11 year old car with original spark plugs! I could not believe it....I never measured it before. Car has no turbo or supercharger like modern AMG's etc.) - large trunk for small car - styling is timeless - durable - 11 year old interior still looks like new Cons: - expensive to repair like all Mercedes are (avg visit to MB dealer for me is ~$500...maybe twice a year) - the car is small (if you are tall its tight) - its not to be used in winter (some of the reviews criticize it for rust .... it's not a great idea to drive a rear wheel drive high performance car with high torque and low profile tires in the winter! I store it all winter)
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Purchased a new car

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Does recommend this car!!

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The Best

by from Washington DC on August 17, 2010

This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best ca...
This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!! This is the best car I ever had!!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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Love It or Hate It C43 AMG

by from Chicagoland on February 25, 2009

It's a rear-wheel tornado of a car. You MUST have snow treads in Chicago -- means you have to minimally change out tires 2x a year although you get 2x the life. Here are the pluses: Incredible handlin...
It's a rear-wheel tornado of a car. You MUST have snow treads in Chicago -- means you have to minimally change out tires 2x a year although you get 2x the life. Here are the pluses: Incredible handling and overall performance, AMG bragging rights, solid feel so you don't know how fast you're actually going (danger!!!), very driver-friendly 6-way seat w/ air-pressure back, lumbar and seat depth controls, durable leather, side air bags in front, total feeling of safety, excellent visability, winter mode tranny (starts you in 2nd)...the trunk is huge and the seats fold down you almost have a wagon, overall build quality fit and finish. MINUSES: I bought the car w/ 50,001 miles on it (JUST out of warranty) and here's what I've replaced: exhaust line & muffler (had to be imported from Germany - took 2 weeks of apologizing for the noise to my neighbors), front end lower arm joints and bushings, harmonic equalizer, wiper motor, 1 piece of the burl wood door trim ($231 by itself), front passenger door latch and I've had some rust: front passenger door where side molding holes are, passenger rear wheel well, and trunk lid at push-button. There are some cheap plastic parts, and I just noticed that one of the rocker panels is dislodged. And occasionally the electrical is quirky (lights come on for no reason). But I accept the "flaws" because for a 10-year old car in Chicago, people who ride in it with me are as amazed as I am. It has every option available in 1999, and the only one that never worked after I bought it was the hands-free phone because it was analog and they didn't have a digital convertor kit until the 2000 year. Today I think if I got another Benz I would seriously look at the new GLK.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Rustaholic

by from Chicago, IL on October 13, 2008

I have owned this car in Chicago since 2003 and recently noticed rust appearing on the front and rear door panels due to the heavy salt usage during Chicago winters. I also noticed a few similar cars ...
I have owned this car in Chicago since 2003 and recently noticed rust appearing on the front and rear door panels due to the heavy salt usage during Chicago winters. I also noticed a few similar cars on the road with the same problem. I like the car very much, its handling, its performance, etc but will not recommend the car in heavy snow areas.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Solid, Safe and Straighforward

by from Naperville, IL on December 26, 2007

1999, C280: I purchased this car from a dealer where it was traded in by the proverbial 82 yr. old woman. Car was in perfect condition with 31K miles. So far, I have replaced the tires and the modulat...
1999, C280: I purchased this car from a dealer where it was traded in by the proverbial 82 yr. old woman. Car was in perfect condition with 31K miles. So far, I have replaced the tires and the modulator of the climate control. Car runs smooth and has plenty of power. Easy to drive with great visibility. Winter mode on the tranny helps in Chicago winters. Brakes are powerful and precise. I think it is a great used car value for anyone wanting a little style, safety and panache in their vehicle.
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Does recommend this car!!

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I miss my C280

by from San Jose, CA on May 22, 2007

These cars were a tremendous value for the mony. This particular year was the first for the V6 Poerplant. Bvased on the 430 V8, this small counterpart was every bit as smoot and quite. The power and h...
These cars were a tremendous value for the mony. This particular year was the first for the V6 Poerplant. Bvased on the 430 V8, this small counterpart was every bit as smoot and quite. The power and handling caracteristics were similar to the Big Benz, and extended the great value offered in the predecessor the 190e. Way to go M-B!! Can't wait for the 2008!!
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Does recommend this car!!

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