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Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230K Sport
Location: Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA
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Really Enjoying My First Benz - it's a '99 C230K!
I've loved and admired Mercedes for over 40 years. My Dad had a 1966 230S - a sweet fintail with a 4-speed floor shift. Next came a new, blue 250 in 1971. I was sold on the handling of that car.
Personally, I could never justify the entrance fee for the 3-pointed star, but I recently walked into a great deal on a very clean used 1999 C230 Kompressor with the Sport package. In appearance and performance, you would never guess that it has over 129,000 miles. I used to think that the W202 series was bland in appearance, but now, I am really enjoying he classic M-B looks and the upright seating position. The design is aging very gracefully - some say the W202 and the W140 S-Class models were the last (and best) of the "Engineer-Driven" rather than "Market-Driven" models, and I'm inclined to agree. It's a very well-engineered car other than 1st-gen lame cupholders and a mediocre stereo.
The Kompressor drives very nicely and I'm very pleased with the reserve power of the supercharger and the very tight and quick steering. My last car was a Lexus ES300 - a very different driving experience, more like a pilllow on wheels. The Benz has been way more entertaining as a driver's car.
At first, I didn't love the carbon fiber-look of the interior trim (I've always loved the M-B wood), but I'm warming to it - it's a great match to the silver exterior paint and gray leather interior. The Sport alloys are infinitely superior to the standard C230 or C280 rims, although the 4-wheel discs are throwing a lot of brake dust.
This is not a real luxury car, it's definitely more in the Sport sedan category, but it's very well built for a compact car - a little jewel. As soon as I replace the old school FM cassette stereo with a proper CD/iPod system, I'll be stylin'.
One last thing - my mother in law has a vintage 1968 250SE - it needs a new windshield and a host of mechanical repairs, but is basically a very sound survivor with low original miles.
Thanks for reading!
Last edited by Scott-C230K; 03-03-2010 at 10:21 PM.