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Bought a 2000 C230 Kompressor Today...

First time Benz owner with questions:

1) Most compatible after-market iPod connector (no CD player)?
2) 95,000 miles, any warranties available?
3) Is it a W202 or a W203?
4) Is it redundant to say "Kompressor" when referring to the 2000 C230? Are 2000 C230's ALL super-charged?
5) If you've owned one, any tips for this year/model.

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I think all the C230 designations are supercharged, but Mercedes adds "Kompressor" to the model name, so.... It's a W202. Never owned one. My son had a W203 C230K. He seemed to like it, but the electronic gizmos (steering wheel functions and that sort of thing) were a pain and very expensive. Don't know if they were W203 stuff exclusively or not. You can get a warranty; the question is what you'll have to pay for it. If you go to the audio/telematics forum on this site, there is probably somebody there who can answer your iPod question for you.

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You have a w202. The m111 motor is a decent engine. It is noisy, but they have there fair share of problems at 9 years and 95k miles. Harness is brittle. Coils and wires, I recently did a head gasket a few weeks ago. Had coolant in cyl 1.
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The harness issue was resolved after 1996 so yours will not be affected. I have a 1999 c230 Kompressor which is virtually identical to your car. It is in fact a W202 chassis, the W203 has the amoeba-like headlamps. The W202 is generally considered more reliable than the W203 because of the electronics faults that followed the early W203's. I have not heard that these engines get problems at 95k miles, I'd say that's more personal experience as on the W202 forum on this site (which you should locate and post for more info there) many members have high mileage cars and have never had any major engine issues. All US market c230's for 1999 and 2000 are Kompressors, not always true with earlier cars or non-US spec vehicles.
You can either use the cassette adaptor-style link to your iPod, some folks have even installed it backwards so the wire runs down the back of the stereo unit so the cassette door closes fully and is less detectable. You can also do what I and others have done and just buy an Alpine head unit with iPod connector that goes into the glovebox or center console, wherever you have the shop run it (mine is in glove box to stay out of the way) and you can control the iPod from the stereo controls.


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