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Good luxury mid-size sedan by Hodji from Seattle on 02/06/2004. Trim: 1994 Mercedes-Benz C280, Owned 1 year.
Pros: Smooth engine and transmission shifts. Very quiet running car. Nice Bose sound. Good handling via RWD configuration. Great interior ergonomics and styling (although I'm reading to chuck the cassette tape storage cubby).
Cons: Luxury transmission shift points; which means acceleration builds slowly and transmission kick down is slow. Feel good acceleration at higher RPMs (5000). Other car is Volvo 850 turbo and you can't beat that 40-75 mph acceleration (I guess 0-60 as well). Wish defrost had variable fan control rather than HI fan speed.
Overall review: Bought one owner trade-in with 150K on it for $8500. Engine will go on forever with minimal care. Great luxury ride and image for a ten year old car and it doesn't look dated. Try to tell people that I bought it for the deal and they never believe me. Debating on whether to keep car for long term and go for wheel and tire upgrades. European Car magazine running project car series on this model. Can't wait to see what the editor does to his car.
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