1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $31,045
14 national listings
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Cassette · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: vinyl
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $31,045 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.3L 148 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
28MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$31,045
Invoice$26,490

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
20MPG city
28MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

2.3L 148 hp I4
Power 148 hp @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 162 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16 gal
Front Legroom41.5 in
Back Legroom32.8 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length177.4 in
Width67.7 in
Height56.1 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume12.9 cu ft
The near-luxury 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 had a slight body restyling, but although Benz's other C-Class cars got bigger engines, the C230's engine remained the same: a 2.3 liter giving 1... Read More
The near-luxury 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 had a slight body restyling, but although Benz's other C-Class cars got bigger engines, the C230's engine remained the same: a 2.3 liter giving 148 ponies, making passing an occasional challenge.
The '98 Benz C230 had a battery recall in 2001, and some drivers have complained of transmission problems, but the car still gets about 26 combined driving mpg, and most drivers are still quite happy driving their now multi-year-old cars, commenting on how happy they are that the paint has stood up so well.
The side-impact airbags, the panicky Brake Assist and the front passenger airbag that knows not to deploy if a child seat is in the front are some of the features drivers enjoy.
Some complain of the "quality," and those who do do not understand what older Mercedes are all about. The interiors are not as plush as a Lexus, but are made of bulletproof materials. This approach places function over form, and this philosophy has been a mainstay for the Germans forever. It's by coincidence that the cars are also beautiful to look at. As far as the rust issue goes near the trim, here's an idea: Wash the car more often. I have had many German cars of all makes. Simple care will help prevent rust. And for those who complain about the cost of repairs, get real. How many cars can go 150,000 miles without a major repair? It's a machine, and machines break from time to time - get over it. Try going over 100k miles in a Taurus without problems now and then.
Original MSRP: $35,995
13 national listings
Adds to C 230 Sedan:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Drivetrain Limited slip differential: rear
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: cloth
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Tires and Rims 15 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $35,995 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.8L 194 hp V6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
25MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$35,995
Invoice$30,800

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
18MPG city
25MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

2.8L 194 hp V6
Power 194 hp @ 5,800 RPM
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16 gal
Front Legroom41.5 in
Back Legroom32.8 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length177.4 in
Width67.7 in
Height56.1 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume12.9 cu ft
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C280 saw some changes this year, most notably in the engine upgrade. The '98 Benz C280 now sports a more fuel efficient 2.8 L V6, which still maintains all its f... Read More
The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C280 saw some changes this year, most notably in the engine upgrade. The '98 Benz C280 now sports a more fuel efficient 2.8 L V6, which still maintains all its former power.
And, this year, instead of the traditional Mercedes walnut panel interior, there are carbon-fiber-type panels, adding a bit to the perceived sportiness of the car. Changed as well are the front grille, an integrated rear spoiler. The headlights are still square, but the taillights are now covered with a smoky-type covering.
An option on the '98 C280 is what Benz calls the C6 Sport Package which provides leather seats (the seats are still considered by many to a be a bit too firm), 6-spoke alloy wheels, and, interestingly, ivory-colored instrument faces.
Drivers appreciate its power, reliability, and smooth rides, but some still also point to electrical problems in the C280 model.
Sedan
Original MSRP: $53,345
2 national listings
Adds to C 230 Sedan:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Drivetrain Limited slip differential: rear
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Roof Moonroof: power
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Suspension Sport Suspension
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $53,345 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 4.3L 302 hp V8
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
21MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$53,345
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
21MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofStandard
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

4.3L 302 hp V8
Power 302 hp @ 5,850 RPM
Torque 302 lb-ft @ 3,250 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume16 gal
Front Legroom41.5 in
Back Legroom32.8 in
Wheelbase105.9 in
Length177.4 in
Width67.7 in
Height56.1 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
Adds to C 230 Sedan:
No additional major features.