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2000 W202 C230 Kompressor Special Edition USA with M111.975

After exactly one year of ownership of my third Mercedes-Benz car, I have decided to write on this forum about my experiences with my car and to help any others who may have questions.

I am not an expert, but like a lot of people I have tried many different companies and products and can share my experiences, both good and bad.

Thanks to all the experts who post here...because of you I can afford to drive a Mercedes-Benz in top shape! I still have a ton of questions!


1983 300TD Saloon - engine ruined by a quicklube shop who crimped the
o-ring for the oil filter canister. Engine oil shot out under pressure and ran out while driving across a bridge. Engine siezed and after only 3 months of ownership my first Benz was totalled.

There's a lesson here for anyone who is new to Mercedes-Benz ownership:
They do not have the right tools, training, attitude, fluids or filters for your car. Find a good mechanic who loves your car as much as you do and you will save money in the long run. The correct fluids and filters makes a difference in the way a Mercedes operates, so this is not an area to save a few bucks.

1982 300CD Turbo Coupe - a diesel coupe. This was silver on black leather and a real blast to drive. Drove it from Jackson, WY to Knoxville, TN and back three seperate times. Ran into a couch on the interstate. (Yup.) Then the transmission went and I was out of the Benz business again.

2000 C230 Kompressor. My current ride. I bought this from eBay. The auction didn't get the reserve amount so I contacted the seller. Turned out to be a used car dealer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I sent them a deposit, then flew down to pick up the car. Turned out the car was at an auto auction, they didn't even own it. Bought the car for $7000, with all taxes paid. Drove back to Knoxville, got lost, almost ended up in Miami. Found the right road, hit a snowstorm in south Georgia and found a hotel for the night.

Now, about that first trip...
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Welcome!! +1 on the quick-lube warning. The chimps that work at those places made a mess of the American cars that I used to own, so I never take any of the current rides anywhere near them.

Enjoy the 2000 C230 Kompressor - great ride.

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