2003 Mercedes C-Class - Fun on Western Road Trips
March 21, 2017
Mercedes makes well-engineered cars with a lot of features. The 2002-2007 C-Class (I've owned two, a 2002 and 2003) is a fun car to drive--particularly on a road trip. I've had it up to nearly 100 mph on Western Interstate highways. It's designed for that kind-of thing.
That said, it has average reliability. Parts can be expensive. You need to stay away from dealers and need to find a reliable parts house (I bought A LOT of parts from FCP Euro). Early models of this generation C-Class have corrosion problems.
Trunk space is limited when you take a road trip. Absolutely, two people max. But, I've never regretted owning these two vehicles (well, sometimes I have). When it's running well (most of the time), it's a great car. But it helps to have an independent, reliable mechanic or be a DIYer for the stuff you can do yourself. And it also helps if you can buy your own parts and have the mechanic install them.
If you want reliability, buy a Toyota. If you want reliability and comfort, buy a Lexus. If you want a road car, buy a Mercedes or BMW.
I recommend this car, with caveats.