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exam23
12-01-2003, 07:52 PM
My wife drives the 2003 C240. According to consumer reports, this car is pretty much a lemon. I was wondering what are some of you folks out there experiencing with this vehicle? We had it for a little over a year now and we put about 16,000 miles, and so far so good. Please sure your experience with us about your C-Class...

Thanks,

serge67
12-03-2003, 12:01 PM
Ive heard a lot of comments about this car including ones from CR. Actually, we were shopping for BMW 325 the car my wife had for 8 years before C240. After we tested the C we decided on Mercedes (Ive nothing against BMW, I drive X5 and I love my car). I have one word for this car it is sweet. It is a real Mercedes you feel it as soon as you start driving it and I love to borrow it when possible.
About CR CR is a strange magazine; they always rate low BMW and MB. One of the recent articles said that they rated BMW X5 low because it handles badly in emergency situations has some body roll, but looking at statistics it scores best in slalom. I think its kind of controversial.
Anyway, in my opinion C240 is a very good car, nothing fancy but stylish, solid and very pleasant to drive.

Exam23
12-03-2003, 01:24 PM
Have u had any problems with it yet? Minor things or major? I know, it does drive great for a low $30G car. Overall, I think the drive is pretty good. Even my wife still notice that the BMW drives a little better, but she likes the gadgets in the MB...

serge67
12-03-2003, 05:44 PM
nothing yet, car has only about 6000 miles. It is very different from BMW, I wouldn't say that one of the cars is better, I think it's all about driver's personality...

joel091147
12-05-2003, 10:01 AM
Where did you get that stupid report from this is a great car we have the c240 4-matic what a great ride!! This is our second C-class!! Had a bmw3 series before!! Thew ride in the c class is no comparision to the bimmer!!! Much Better!!!!!

r_liebo
12-05-2003, 10:26 AM
All W203 c-class models have more than average number of problems. However, most of the problems with these cars are not major. They are minor electrical issues, such as the power seats having a mind of their own, or are cosmetic, such as rattling speaker housings or cracked steering wheel buttons. These cars will not leave you stranded -- the major mechanicals are very sound.
So, it depends on what you call reliable. IF you want a car that nothing will go wrong with, buy a Toyota. IF you don't mind risking a few minor glitches that won't ever stop you from driving the car, you should be fine with the C-class.
Additionally, everyone has their own story such as "my car never breaks" or "my friends car was in the shop all the time." These individual cases from message board participants don't really tell you much. If you are concerned, go to JD Power and associates and check their rankings, or check consumer reports, but bear in mind that these statistics are based on number of problems, not type of problems.
Lastly, you can get a "lemon" with just about any make or model. Your risk of getting a lemon with a C-class is higher than with a Lexus, but it sounds like you didn't get one.

phnc
12-05-2003, 06:31 PM
I had a 2001 c-240. It was a worthles piece of garbage!!! It was in the shop endlessly (the list of problems was endless - but for example the lights (ALL OF THEM - interior and exterior - would go off at random times, usually when driving at night on unlighted country roads - and of course the "technicians" at Mercedes found nothing wrong and blamed me for the problem to boot) The dealer was a close friend of mine and confided in me he thought Mercedes should have issued a general recall or rebuy of this particular model, but they didn't. He bought the car back at maximum book value and sold me a 2002 c320 (which has been fine by the way) at his cost (with 100,000 mile factory extended warranty included at no cost to me). So I "lost" only about a $1000 on the deal. I have subsequently purchased a 2001 740il BMW (used with CPO) and have been thrilled with it. How BMW can make a car that weighs 1000 lbs more drive like a more sporty car still amazes me!! I gave the c320 to my son and he is happy with it.

mac
12-06-2003, 03:59 PM

alan
12-07-2003, 11:51 PM
Their car reports are not for those who are car enthusiasts. They are fine if you are only as excited about cars as you are about kitchen appliances. Consumer Reports faults cars for not being politically correct (read "green" and "safe") enough, and doesn't reward them for stirring the souls of enthusiasts.

Your experience is typical of most; the report you mention of CR just reinforces my delight that I didn't waste money subscribing to it.<br>
--Alan

mj50
12-08-2003, 08:54 PM
Have 5000+ miles on my C.
No major problems yet.
Minor elctrical problems for sunroof and power seats... fixed easily.
Gotta get rid of vinyl material... not right for 30k+ car...
Very comfortable car...
If u r looking for sporty car, then go w/ 3 series...<br>MJ50
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JMR
12-30-2003, 07:18 PM
Yep, I'd agree with assessment as a lemon (C240)! 28 items corrected/replaced or whatever under warranty. There are a few things that could be corrected but I'm tired of this thing! I just expected more from Mercedes Benz. The first two were used and really weren't that bad or expensive to drive, but I will not keep this one after the warranty which is bumper to bumper, thank Geez! The service rep advises me that maybe after the warranty, i won't be as picky about getting things fixed! Yep, he's right! We're looking for a replacement outside the MB camp. I can't understand why the dealer wants to say he's so concerned about service when, yeah, they can fix the car repeatedly, but why would one choose/not choose the brand in the first place? Quality! And it just isn't there. The only other car which we have had such a number of problems and lack of concern about them was a 1986 Oldsmobile 98 (And where is Oldsmobile now?)


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