2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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2003 mercedes-benz c-class Reviews and News

0302 C230pl Mercedes Benz C320+Mercedes Benz C320+Full Rear View
We could spend this entire article disputing the merits of the so-called entry-luxury automobile, an automotive category that was effectively created by the Mercedes-Benz C-class and its predecessor, the 190-series, beginning nearly twenty years ago. We could practically write a doctoral dissertation on Mercedes-Benz's marketplace role over the past decade, how it has influenced and been influenced by Lexus and other competitors, for better and for worse; how it has traded prestige for profit; and, most important, how the ever-expanding, ever-more-accessible C-class family figures into the company's newfound role as Everyman's luxury-car maker. We could even ponder whether the C-class is an entry-luxury automobile, with an as-tested price of $41,000; there's nothing entry about forty large. But instead, we will tell you that we had a pretty good year with our 2001 C320. Not four scintillating seasons but a rewarding twelve months nonetheless.
When we turned our attention to the C320's interior, however, we found plenty to complain about, from the design of the primary gauges and HVAC controls to the seating comfort to the quality of the materials. The C320 might have the gravitas of a Mercedes, but it doesn't have the interior quality of a Volkswagen. As usual, Lorio minced no words: "The interior is not a thing of beauty. It seems to be assembled from too many pieces, and the sport package's metallic-look trim is probably not Mercedes-Benz's best idea." Seaman found that the HVAC and audio controls too closely resembled each other and wished that he had a dollar for every time his wife turned on the air conditioning when she meant to turn up the radio. The red and blue temperature control buttons looked nice, all flush with the dash in the modern style, but they inconveniently required very deliberate pushes, one for each degree change. Give us a dial to twist or a lever to shove, please.

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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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C230 Sport RWD 2-Dr Hatchback I4
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2003 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Specifications

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Engine
1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
Horsepower:
189 hp @ 5800rpm
Torque:
192 ft lb of torque @ 3500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • Cassette
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
50,000 miles / 48 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 999 months
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Tested
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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