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12-15-2003, 07:35 PM
I am contemplating the purchase of a 1997 C230 w/ 60,000 miles. The overall condition of the vehicle is good/excellent. I was wondering about the reliability of this model, expected engine life, any problem areas peculiar to this vehicle, etc. Just looking for some insight from people who own this vehicle.

Thanks in advance.


12-17-2003, 07:05 PM
Bought new and still running strong at 91,000 miles. I strongly feel that as long as you maintain the car right it will last you a very long time. I am looking forward to another 3 to 5 years out of it at between 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.

Just make sure that you get a pre purchase inspection done before buying it so that you can get an idea of the condition of the car.

Hope this help.


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03-05-2004, 07:19 AM
Faisel, Any thing in particular I should watch out for? Any problem areas? Thanks, Rick

03-05-2004, 11:36 AM
Checked out by any MB Dealer for any or all recalls have been taken care of. If possible get a Pre Purchase Inspection done (Usually $150).

Maint. Records are a big plus.

Some things you can check yourself:

1. Loose Oil Dipstick.

2. Oil Traces around the Gaskets of the top cover (Valve Cover).

3. Steering Vibrations between 45 to 65 MPH (Control Arm).

4. Brakes (Vibration / Fade / Feel).

5. Any Leaks especially the bottom of the radiator and Water Pump.

6. Covers for the headlamps (Round black cover behind the headlamp assembly).

Also if possible have someone check out the Wiring Harness, O2 Sersors, Cat Converters.

But I would highly recommend a PPI rather than checking it out yourself unless you are a good mechanic.


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