Mercedes-Benz C-Class

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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  • (4.5) 60 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,627$16,247
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 15-22
  • Engine: 451-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Our Take on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz redesigned its entry-level C-Class for 2008, offering new styling reminiscent of the automaker's latest S-Class flagship. Engine choices remain the same as last year: The C300 has a 228-horsepower V-6, while the C350 offers a larger, 268-hp V-6. All-wheel drive is available.The... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Firm front seats uncomfortable for long drives
  • Smallish rear seats
  • Too much power-steering assist

Notable Features

  • Choice of two V-6s or a rip-roaring V-8
  • Manual or automatic
  • RWD or AWD
  • Six airbags
  • Optional panoramic moonroof

2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews Expert Reviews

The instrument cluster defines the car. There is the tubular framing of fuel, speedometer and tachometer gauges -- traditional for Mercedes-Benz performance models. There are the letters, "AMG," shorthand for the names of the founders of Mercedes-Benz's performance engineering division and for the birthplace of one of them. The founders are Hans Werner Aufrecht (A) and Erhard Melcher (M). ... Read full review for the 2008 Mercedes Benz C Class

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Pleasantly Surprised

by Long Commuter from San Ramon, CA on April 4, 2013

It took me 3 weeks hunting for a car I would feel reasonably comfortable in with my long drives to and from work. I finally saw this car on at BMW San Francisco. I didn't think I could get a ... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 16 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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