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two 19 year-old and a 18 years old kid ended up with minor injuries when this mercedes hit a concrete wall in Norway
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WOW how fast was the car traveling upon impact?

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it doesn't say how fast they were going, but I wouldn't be surprises if the reason they chrashed was high speed
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The 202 C-Classes is a tough car. If is was a 203 C-Class there will be more damage or even fatal the crash.

I've seen a 202 crash of a 95 C-Class Elegance. The whole front was gone with the engine. Better yet the driver walked away with some minor injuries.

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The 202 C-Classes is a tough car. If is was a 203 C-Class there will be more damage or even fatal the crash.

I've seen a 202 crash of a 95 C-Class Elegance. The whole front was gone with the engine. Better yet the driver walked away with some minor injuries.

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With all the reliability and build quality issues plaguing the Mercedes, these last 10 years or so, they still remain very safe cars, the marque still remains true to that commitment, which to me, makes them a good car to contemplate owning.

They do protect their occupants in situations that most other cars simply can't.
It's (still) especially true of the Asian, also French, English Italian and some US makes, that can't withstand collision damage
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I still believe the newer W203 C class is safer than the old 202
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WOW how fast was the car traveling upon impact?
Looks like they were doing 75-80 MPH. I hit a concrete barrier sideways back in 1995 (on icy rain), and my car had similar damage (except for the front end which was totally gone). Only panel without damage was the rear one on the right.
Tough car indeed. Do not try this with a Civic

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The W202 is a VERY sturdy car. It seems to embody the build and durability of the W124 models.... more so than the cheapened qualities of the W203.

I was hit by a deer in my C280 in the middle of the night during a massive heavy thunderstorm in Colorado a couple years back. The feel of the impact made me think that I was going to have some major damage. I kept on driving for a few hours till i got to the next filling station and got out and inspected the damage. A small dent the size of a baseball on the ds front fender and a smashed healight lense. Had I been in a non-mb or Volvo Im sure the damage would have been worse.

I have also been rear ended in it by a w201 in rush hour. My bumper cover was pushed in about a half inch, and there were a few minor scrapes. The w201 had a busted radiator, hood was crumpled in, and front doors were buckled... the driver had to exit the car via one of the rear doors.

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Just because it's more "sturdy" doesn't mean it's safer.

The W203 chasis is much safer than the W202 because of improved SRS and crumple zones. While a lower speed impact (35 mph +/- 10 mph) is more likely to ruin the W203 and you'll get more damage from a low speed impact (15 mph +/- 5 mph), they absorb more damage, protecting the passenger.
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Agreed. I guess I should have worded my post a little differently. The use of "sturdy" was used to mean just that... without any implications as to wether its "safer" than a w203 or any other car for that matter, no biggie!

However, I feel that while the W203 is more advanced from a technology and safety perspective, the W202 embodies a far more durable or "sturdy" build ethic (closer to that of the W124 than other models that followed after the W202).... MB cut alot of corners on the W203 when it came to fit and finish and build material quality which did not go unnoticed by the press and owners alike. This is why I mentioned the cheapened build of the w203. It may be more advanced from a safety perspective than a W202 but it does come at a price- loss of that every day feel good fit and finish; lets face it- fit and finish and material grades are a huge part of the draw to the MB marque... or at least they used to be.

To me the W202 is the perfect blend of old MB AND new MB.... its rigid, built with attention to detail, modern (while not being overstyled) and still a VERY SAFE car.
The accident referred to in this thread is a case in point.

Theres no argument that a w203 is designed to be a safer car than a w202 and that it may fare better in certain impacts, but there is no argument that a w202 is not already a very safe car and that it will fare well in similar situations, while embodying a quite "sturdy" build ethic that has been missing from the MB assembly forumula for quite some time. I can only hope that MB improves this once defining characteristic that distinguished its products from any other on the road.

Thats what I was referring to with the use of sturdy.

I LOVE my W202.

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