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I was happy to get rid of this car! by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/09/2012. Trim: 2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Coupe, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Nice sporty appearance, pleasure to drive, it comes well equipped by default
Cons: Expensive to maintain, unreliable sensors, terribly painted, bumpy ride
Overall review: I've bought this car used (8-year old) and owned for more than 2 years. The front suspension required the work from the beginning and it cost me a fortune to fix it. Condenser in A/C was replaced after 1 year ($600 in No-name garage. Otherwise, at the dealer, it would be $900 - $1200). 2 the same oxygen sensors were replaced within 2 years. Sensors in gas evaporation and in the A.I.R. systems were causing almost permanent headache. The paint is awful in this car: rusty spots almost everywhere. Reliable but but very economical engine (2.3L in my car), especially taking in account that it requires a premium gas. It was a mistake to buy this car. IMHO, don't buy low class used Mercedes (like B- or C-classes). Buy a brand new, or the higher class used one!
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