Date registered: Feb 2009
Vehicle: 2003 C230 Coupe 1.8L Kompressor 6 spd
Location: North Carolina
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Though I am new owner of C230 Coupe (2003) with 1.8L Kompressor, I did test drive many different C230s, some with naturally aspirated 2.6L, some older with the 2.3L. My opinion is that the 1.8L is smoother running with wide torque range. I have 6 speed manual, so other than somewhat notchy feel to shifts, it has a very good feel when accelerating or decelerating, low vibration, and excellent fuel mileage -- 31 mpg normal commute, 38 highway 65-70 mph. You should have no reservations about the 1.8L if you are looking for excellent performance.