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W203 C230 vs W210 E320, which better buy/most reliable?

I'll be buying a car next year, and I started a thread on the 2002 S430/S500 vs a 2002 E320/E430 to see which would be the better buy, with the 2002 E320 winning.

Now, I'm considering maybe buying a 2003 or 2004 C230 Kompressor sedan.

So, which would be the better buy in between a 2002 E320, and a 2003/04 C230 Kompressor?

Pros and cons? Any known issues?

Which would be better to own/more reliable? I'd probably keep it for 2-5 years.

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You are comparing different things. I could newer fit well into C class, while S class did not come to US with desirable diesel.
That settle it for me.

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I wouldn't say I'm really comparing apples to oranges (which isn't that extreme, they're both fruits...), I'm just comparing 2 different sedans. I'm just wondering which one I would have the least problems with.
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I have owned mercedes with the 3.2L engine and the 2.3L supercharged engines in the vehicles you are considering. If you need to haul the family around, I would go with the w210. If this is not an issue, I found the 2.3L engine very easy to work on and maintain.

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Luv my 2.3L supercharged SLK!

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Thanks. I don't have a a family, I've just always liked the way the E class looked. Other than the few odd client (I'm a Realtor) and my friends, it'll mostly just be me in the car. Thanks for the advice!
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