• (4.7) 32 reviews
  • MSRP: $2,076–$10,736
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 19-27
  • Engine: 362-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

What We Don't Like

  • Price of C55 AMG
  • Fuel economy of C55 AMG

Notable Features

  • Redesigned for 2005
  • Four engine choices
  • 362-hp V-8 in C55 AMG
  • Sport coupes, plus sedans and wagons
  • Luxury and Sport models
  • Available AWD in sedans and wagons

2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

Vehicle Overview
For 2005, Luxury editions of Mercedes-Benz's compact C-Class get new styling that follows the lead of the 2004 C-Class sport sedan. In addition, the new season's sport sedans display AMG appearance touches that are adapted from the high-performance 2004 C32 AMG model. The automaker says the sport coupes have a more aggressive look, highlighted by a new perforated grille.

A 189-horsepower, supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder goes into the C230 Kompressor sport sedan and sport coupe. The C320 models hold a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6, while C240 sedans and wagons have a 2.6-liter V-6. Coupes and sport sedans are available with rear-wheel drive only, but other sedans and wagons may be equipped with all-wheel drive.

Updated interiors contain a new dashboard with a four-gauge cluster, a revised steering wheel and center console, and redesigned seats. Luxury models gain enriched wood trim and adjustable lumbar support for the front seats.

The C-Class is split into Luxury and Sport editions. The special suspension tuning and front brake system from the 2004 sport sedan are also used on the 2005 model. A six-speed-manual transmission with revised linkage is standard in C-Class coupes and non-AMG sport sedans.

Regular models went on sale in May 2004. A C55 AMG powered by a 362-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 replaces the C32 AMG.

For 2005, C-Class models have redesigned clear headlamps and revised taillamps. By using wider rear wheels and tires, the track width has increased. Luxury models get 16-inch wheels, while Sport sedans use 17-inch wheels. Bi-xenon headlamps are available on all models. A moonroof is available as part of an option group.

The performance-packed C55 AMG has a unique body structure that differentiates it from other C-Class models. The front section has been specially designed to accommodate the V-8 engine.

C-Class sedans and wagons seat five occupants. Switches have been redesigned in all of the interiors. Sport sedans and sport coupes feature aluminum trim in the cabin. Special AMG seats, gearshift buttons on the steering wheel and a new AMG instrument cluster are installed in the C55 AMG. Mercedes-Benz's Comand and Tele Aid systems are available in all models.

Under the Hood
Four distinct engines are available in C-Class models. The C230 Kompressor sport coupe and sport sedan use a 189-hp, supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder. A 3.2-liter flexible-fuel V-6 that develops 215 hp goes into C320 models. The C240 sedan and wagon hold a 168-hp, 2.6-liter V-6. Topping the performance spectrum, the C55 AMG gets a 5.5-liter V-8 that produces 362 hp. A standard six-speed-manual gearbox or an optional five-speed-automatic transmission with Touch Shift operation may be installed in coupes and non-AMG sport sedans, but other models have the automatic as standard equipment.

Antilock brakes, side-impact and side curtain-type airbags, and Mercedes-Benz's Electronic Stability Program are standard.

Consumer Reviews


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11 years with my Mercedes am drives like new

by Gilverado from Miami Fl on September 22, 2017

This Mercedes is an exceptional car, the power of the engine feels like new, and is the best in gas, the combination of 4 cylinder Compressor and 6 speed manual transmission gives the car the economy ... Read Full Review

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety Ratings

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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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