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2006 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Overview

Mercedes has slimmed the C-Class lineup considerably for 2006, discontinuing both the wagon and coupe body styles. Power plant options have also been reduced, and every 2006 C-Class style is V6-powered.

The entry-level C230 has swapped the 1.8 liter four for a new 201 horsepower, 2.5-liter V6. The also modest C240 becomes the C280, thanks to a new 228 horsepower, 3.0-liter V6. Finally, a new 268 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 transforms the C320 into the C350. Transmissions have also been upgraded for 2006: the 4Matic models receive a more refined five-speed automatic, while the rear-wheel-drive models get a new seven-speed automatic.

Mercedes has cut the number of C-Class trim levels in half for 2006, now offering just two AWD and four RWD sedans. The C230 is the entry point, and Mercedes has once again designated it as a sport sedan. There are two models wearing the 280 badge, both luxury sedans, available with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The same drive train options apply to the C350.

All C-Class sedans come standard with the luxury basics, including full power accessories, a tilt/telescope leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate controls, interior air filter, vinyl and leather upholstery, heated power mirrors, a CD player, alloy wheels and a trip computer. Key safety features include front side airbags, curtain side airbags, front-seat active head restraints, ABS, brake assist, an anti-skid system, and daytime running lights.

The C-Class has been lauded for the the typical Mercedes reasons: build quality, refinement, amenities, quietness, and styling. The availability of all-wheel drive and a few potent engine options also make this entry-level Benz a solid value in its class.

Reviewers have warned that the Sports Sedans may not be suited to all Benz shoppers. Test drivers reported a firm and involving ride, due to the sport-tuned suspension, and a slight lack of refinement in the manual transmission. Steering here is not as responsive as the M3 or Audi S4, but it is precise and balanced enough for most enthusiasts.


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Car Seems To B In Limp Mode But Revving Really High

Just put in a new fuel pump. Not sure if that's related..getting misfire codes but that's it. Maf sensors good..


2006 Mercedes Benz C230 Sport Really Hard To Put Gas At The Gas Station

every time when the car needs gas it will only let maybe 1 gallon or less on slow fill it shuts off the attendant states the fuel tank is not vent air through the filler tube it taks over 45 minutes...

Mercedes C280 (2006,w203) Tiptronic Doesn't Downshift

Good day. I own mercedes benz c280 (w203). I love drivin with tiptronic. I had numerous tiptronic cars including bmw ones and never had such issue. The issue is that when I hit brakes the Tiptronic...

Rear Door Lock Actuator Is Locked With Door Opened - Can Not Close Door

How To Top Up Engine Oil

c200 Mercedes needs top up engine oil . How do you do it and where is oil casket