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Old 08-16-2004, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

C230 is a bit cheaper and has more HP but C240 gets a V-6. So, over all, which one should you choose? Which one is better in the long run? Anything else?
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Old 08-16-2004, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

C230, it's really fun to drive and sounds great too. i didn't test drive the 240 though. i'm young so i got the sportier one [:D]
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Old 08-16-2004, 11:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

I test drove a 4-matic c240 first, thought it was kind of wimpy in terms of power. I then drove the c230 SS kompressor, and immediately fell in love. So thats what I bought. Almost a month old now. If you have any doubts, drive the c240 and your mind will be made up.
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Old 08-16-2004, 12:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

I drove two modern C240 before when I cars were in service. The power was satisfactory to my suprise. I've never driven a C230 though.

With 14 HP's different (better), C230 probably responses better than C240. C240 costs over $3K more than C230 ... must be for a reason. And I want to find out that reason.

Say, 10 years older, which one will be better then?
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Old 08-17-2004, 12:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

Well I just test drove both about 3 weeks ago. Theres ups and downs on both of them. Mainly the the power for the C230K SS, its much more punchy because of the Kompressor engine and looks really great, it will appeal more to the ones who like it looking more sporty. The Positive thing for the C240 is that its more luxury, power everything including the passenger seat which is not available on the C23K.

So in conclusion, I like the C230K cause its much more punchy because of the power and looks sportier. BUT on the other hand The C240 is much more smoother to drive and more luxuirous. Have I confused you yet?

In the end I choose the C230K SS!! Although I bought a Mercedes for the comfort, the racer in me still loves the punch. My race days are over though. [:D]
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

Man seems like everybody would prefer C230 to C240 eh? ... hummmmmm ... honestly, I've seen more C240 on the streets than C230.
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Old 08-17-2004, 07:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

it all depends on individual taste.
i chose c240 over c230 because
- power didn't matter much because both are under 200hp
- wanted V6 cuz all my previous cars were 4 cylinder
- wanted luxury car over sporty car cuz i'm married
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Old 08-17-2004, 07:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

Have you considered a c320? Best of both worlds, although at a $7000. plus premium. I looked at the acura TL, BMW 325, Infiniti g35 and the C class cars. I chose the 2005 C230 for it's combination of styling, performance, comfort and fell. I hope this helps.
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

Keep in mind that the C230 is a sport sedan and therefore has many things the C240 doesn't like nice 17" staggered wheels with performance tires, blue tint windows, 1" lowered, sport suspension, AMG style brakes with drilled rotors, chrome exhuast tip, AMG body kit, metal trim inside instead of wood. The C240 has wood trim inside and the door handles have chrome accents. Also, the C230 published 0-60 times are 7.5 w/automatic and the C240 I belive is 9.1, a big difference. It really depends on your age, if you are younger than say 50 you may lean towards the C230, if you are older then the C240. If you have extra money and want a V6, get the C320, then you have a choice of Sport Sedan or regular.
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:08 AM   #10 (permalink)
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RE: C230 vs. C240 ... which one?

Purely from an engine standpoint, I'm not sure why having a V6 that has less power and is less fuel efficient than the supercharged 4, is preferable. Is it just because it is a V6?

In any case, the decision to get the 230 was a no brainer for me. It has more power than the 240, costs less, is sportier, and comes with a 6 speed.

I think that you would probably be best to drive both side by side so you can really see the difference.

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