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2004 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Consumer Reviews

4.2
Average based on 25 reviews
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My mommy car

by from Biloxi MS on May 12, 2011

I didn't want a mini van- so this worked for me. I love the way it looked and the drive is very smooth. I even started a trend at the private school my children attend! lol. So here is the bad about t...
I didn't want a mini van- so this worked for me. I love the way it looked and the drive is very smooth. I even started a trend at the private school my children attend! lol. So here is the bad about the C320 wagon- my handles came off- ALL of them. The sunroof is a bit unpredictable. I had to replace the motor for the back windows-twice. I was shocked by the cheapness of some of the materials. This was my dream car...I will buy another benz- just not a the C-class
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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not a keeper

by from sunnyvale ca on September 17, 2010

I thought this car was going to be a great purchase. However, when it crossed 40K miles, it seemed a lot like the 1964 Plymouth I had. Every week or so something was going wrong. It seemed like the de...
I thought this car was going to be a great purchase. However, when it crossed 40K miles, it seemed a lot like the 1964 Plymouth I had. Every week or so something was going wrong. It seemed like the dealer's extortion was $400 for the first day (minimum) and then $125 for each additional day until I screamed uncle and took it back. The last day I had it, I took it to a car wash before I traded it. I almost drowned in it the sun roof was leaking so badly. I let it dry out and traded it for a car from Japan. While Mercedes may be in my personal rear view, it does not look like it is at all in my future.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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the luxury car I need right now

by from Montclair, NJ on November 15, 2011

This car isn't perfect, but it is very close. The comfort, the panache and the sturdiness of this car makes it amazing. My next one may be a Lexus, but then again, this might take 20 years or so....
This car isn't perfect, but it is very close. The comfort, the panache and the sturdiness of this car makes it amazing. My next one may be a Lexus, but then again, this might take 20 years or so....
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I love this car!!

by from Westlake, OH on November 24, 2011

Bought a new C320 4matic in 2004. It was (and maybe still is) a gorgeous looking vehicle. The performance is good and although it takes Premium fuel, the mpg is decent (around 22mpg). Maintenance was ...
Bought a new C320 4matic in 2004. It was (and maybe still is) a gorgeous looking vehicle. The performance is good and although it takes Premium fuel, the mpg is decent (around 22mpg). Maintenance was covered for 3yrs and I had no mechanical problems until 70K miles At 70K the passenger side door pull came off and the map tray on the same door came loose at 72K. The weatherstrip came loose on that same door at 74K. I took the car to a local body shop and they reattached everything for $150! Not bad. The left rear spring failed at 75K and was replaced at a local shop. The car now has 82K and still runs well. No leaks, knocks, bumps, or stalls. Still my daily commute car.
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Under Rated

by from LI, NY on February 7, 2012

I was skeptical buying this car, since many people complain about the reliability. I drive 2002 C320 about a year now (90K miles), and I can say this car's reliability is not as bad as everyone says. ...
I was skeptical buying this car, since many people complain about the reliability. I drive 2002 C320 about a year now (90K miles), and I can say this car's reliability is not as bad as everyone says. Many bad parts might has been already replaced by the previous owner. LOL. Reliability aside, I think this is really great car for money (current used price is ridiculously low, IMO). I do not like hyped look of Mercedes, BMW and Audi, but I like this rather quiet and clean design like Japanese car.
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Excellent 33MPG on freeway cruising 70MPH

by from Mountain House, CA on March 5, 2008

I love getting 33 MPG when cruising on freeways 70 MPH. Good economy car all while getting smooth ride with comfort of plush leather seats. C230 Kompressor has power with the I4 supercharger when you ...
I love getting 33 MPG when cruising on freeways 70 MPH. Good economy car all while getting smooth ride with comfort of plush leather seats. C230 Kompressor has power with the I4 supercharger when you lay your foot down. I would buy again.
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Super Value

by from NC on March 19, 2012

C230 Sport: Only C-Class worth owning. Best combination of performance, economy, dependability in the C Class.
C230 Sport: Only C-Class worth owning. Best combination of performance, economy, dependability in the C Class.
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Purchased a used car

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All-around impressive

by from Charlotte, NC on February 7, 2010

Have owned a C230 Kompressor for 6 years now. I order it from Germany because I wanted the stick shift. The manual transmission makes this car is much faster than the automatic. I love the way the ext...
Have owned a C230 Kompressor for 6 years now. I order it from Germany because I wanted the stick shift. The manual transmission makes this car is much faster than the automatic. I love the way the exterior looks, especially with the xenon headlights and the black-on-gray coloring. Many people mistake it for the much-larger S-Class. And valets are amazed when they see a rare manual Mercedes. The sports suspension and sports seats make for very tight handling. The steering is perfectly weighted. I was surprized by how much "sport" MB trhu in: suspension, seats, steering wheel, rubber studded pedals, sports wheels, low-profile ZR tires, drilled rotors, 6-speeds, etc. This car has the perfect blend of sport and luxury. Based on all the reviews I read prior to purchasing, I expected reliability to be mediocre, but have been very surprized. NOTHING has broken on this car in 6 years. My only trips to the dealership have been for normal maintenance and wear & tear items (tires, brakes, etc.). This car has been more reliable than my Toyota! On top of all this, the car was not overly priced when I bought it new. I easily saved $5,000 off of a comparable BMW 3-series. Impressive all around. What would I change? The dashboard is not the most modern in the world (even 6 years ago). You can get an option of a folding rear seat, but it seems like that's a fairly easy feature to make standard. I just upgraded to a new Porsche Cayman S, but I find I still like driving the Merc around--it feels more sophisticated and elegant.
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overpriced car

by from chicago,il on February 26, 2007

This car has broken down right from the day I got it. It has substantial amount of vibration, ticking noice and problem with battery. I never thought that after paying such a cost, all we get is a v...
This car has broken down right from the day I got it. It has substantial amount of vibration, ticking noice and problem with battery. I never thought that after paying such a cost, all we get is a very unrealiable car.
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Does not recommend this car

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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from New Jersey on May 11, 2009

Great looking car that handles and drives like a luxury sedan should. Very reliable AWD, would not own one without it.
Great looking car that handles and drives like a luxury sedan should. Very reliable AWD, would not own one without it.
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