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    1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Review
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    205

    Late 90's Compact German Luxury — This was my first mercedes. This isn't a particularly fun car but it does handle very well for what it looks like. Most of this because its german and was designed for constant daily high speed and also accounting for the possibility of emergency maneuvers at its governed speed of 130mph. Acceleration is crap but once it gets up to highway speed the midrange is surprising (191hp). Gas mileage sucked, and it ran bad on anything but premium. the only problem it ever gave me was misfires because of badly worn/aged spark plugs. After new plugs it ran flawlessly at 100+mph with nearly 160k miles on it. The 4 wheel independent suspension in this thing coupled with RWD and traction control make this thing NUMB at 130mph. The steering feels like the car is at a dead stop and it glides from lane to lane even over bumps at those speed like its floating. The brakes are fantastic and will make the needle fall sharply with only a small tap of the foot. I miss this car and might someday buy another, hopefully a C36 or C43, somehow i love this older boxy body-style more than the one that came after it.

    Pros: Handling, Midrange, High speed stability, braking power

    Cons: 0-60, gas mileage, no anti-knock system (won't tolerate low octane), no steering feedback (good for some, bad for others)

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    1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 Review
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    85

    1996 Mercedes Benz C220 — The Mercededs C220 was the successor to the popular 190e and provided Mercedes Benz with an entry model to the brand. While providing many amenities, this particular lacked power. Ride quality is great (even now at 200,000+ miles), but handling is somewhat compromised at the limit. Arguably some would say that this type of vehicle is not used to such adventures. On the brighter side, fuel economy is great. The vehicle is 12 years old, and gets a decent 30-32 miles per gallon.

    Pros: Comfortable

    Cons: Lack of power

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    1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 Review
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    I'm A Bmw Man At Heart, But I Jumped The Fence For This Baby. — Lives up to the Mercedes reputation for excellent build quality and comfort. This car hardly sniffs the gas, but when you put your foot down you can tell why. Still, I'm no drag racer, and all the bells and whistles make up for it. It handles well in the dry and the wet, but you have to get used to a bit of understeer and some shaky response from the power steering. When pressed it stops on a dime with comparatively smooth ABS. Some things in the design of this car confuse me, like the button that makes the rear headrests collapse, or the one that fires the ashtray over your left shoulder (seriously), but for the most part it has been a pleasure to own and drive.

    Pros: Sexy, comfortable, great fuel economy, power everything, good sterio.

    Cons: Silver, automatic, not a BMW, 148hp, says "ELEGANCE" on the side. Ew.

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    1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Review
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    I Love It — Quietly tuned engine that is good on fuel. High Revolutions add that performance sound and feel that you would expect from a race car. roomy interior and comfortable seats. Fantastic BOSE sound system with BOSE subs. The cars over all appearance shows the great engineering feats made by Mercedes-Benz. The boxy look is classic and is sure to draw attention where ever you go.

    Pros: Good on gas, handles well,  comfortable, great trunk capacity, peppy engine, driver friendly, advanced premium sound system

    Cons: Takes high octane gasoline, expensive to maintain, only 2 power down windows :(

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    1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C220 Review
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    Old Benz Reliability With Neo-classic 90s Benz Style — all around excellent car and very affordable to maintain compared with other mercedes...important to find one with either very low miles (mine currently has 48 thousand as of feb '08--i bought it with 22 thousand) or a complete history of maintenance

    Pros: great looks, beautiful wood in interior, 10 way power seats that are firm but very comfortable for long trips, great brakes, 25-30mpg, tight handling, controllable oversteer at limit, bulletproof transmission, bulletproof engine, 40-80 acceleration

    Cons: 0-60 in the mid 8 second range

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    1996 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review
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    35

    Never Owned A Car I Didn't Like And This One Was Certainly No Where On The List Either. — 1996 MB C200 Esprit, 5-sp, sedan, bought this one when I thought I had grown up a bit, only to find it lacking in power, guess I wasn't quite finished with speed yet.

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

    A Weak, Confused, & Lower End Version Of The E-class By Luna

    This car is that one kid who is trying really hard at being one of the rich popular kids in High-school. It wears its logo's with a sense of pride that it simply cannot back up. Not only that, this ca... Read More

    2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

    Love My C-coupe By Bill

    I like the looks and handling, the seats and the mileage. No negatives for me. Build quality is excellent. It;s a Mercedes! I have been driving them for 35 years. Nothing else compares. Best is ... Read More

    My Benz Wowwwww By Tj

    I really like the mercedes benz 300c four matic it is a great family car with a touch of sports added. My wife love to drive it too witch makes it better for me because if she isnt happy nobody is. Read More

    2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

    Affordable Luxury And Performance By CTYankee

    So far, I like everything about this car other than the low-beam headlights. They have a sharp cutoff that doesn't light up the road as far out as I'd like and there are no driving lights to augment ... Read More

    High Performance Car By DavidJackson

    This V8 car has a lot of performance, great acceleration, but then the MPG on it very low, it usually gets about 11 miles per gallon. The different modes which are comfort, sport, sport+, manual and t... Read More

    2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

    Great Sport Sedan By enriver

    It is hard to dislike anything about the C-300, except the navigation system. It is cumbersome to use and very unfriendly.. Power and acceleration are more than adequate to get out of anybody's way.... Read More

    C300 Long Range Durability By Wolfesneck

    This car goes and stops as expected. I was nervous about maintenance costs but I am pleasantly surprised about how well this car does with the limited amount of maintenance required. It's fun to dri... Read More

    2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Reviews

    Fast With A Touch Of Class By AN1986

    Fell in love with the first drive....never looked back since. Incredible power, handling and drive.....full sports car to the max with the added luxury behind the classic brand of Mercedes. Overall a... Read More

    I Am A Happy Camper By Alya

    I like my C300 and I think this is an ideal car for me. I used to own two door cars all along and this is my first 4 door car, I am definitely happy with it and how it handles. Read More

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