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I also posted this over in the w202 section (and also on the rev), but I also wanted to hear the opinions from the w201 biased crowd, haha. I am just trying to gather as much information before I dish out the cash

I am considering buying a 202, more specifically a pre 97 c280 (I love me a straight 6, lol)

Dont get me wrong, I still love the 190's but I am kind of wanting something newer, and with the 202's having a little more power, being more efficient, and the extra rear seat room would be nice too (my daughters car seat just barely fits in the 190.

Anyone on here have some first hand experience with the 202's? Anything I should look out for? Any reason I shouldn't do this, lol? What do you guys think of the later V6? I only ask because there are actually a good number of them available locally.

This would be used as family hauler/daily driver. I would even consider a 220 or 230 for the MPG, especially since the factory power rating for the m111 is pretty close to the 2.6

I know that some of you guys on here have or had a 202, so your feedback would be greatly appreciated
 

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Well, my only experience (and the last one) with a w202 was the complete engine bay wiring (including the ones going to the ECM) turning in a crispy substance at the touch of a finger, something like dry dirt at the touch in some places, revealing the beautiful copper inside (and shortcircuiting everything). Not nice, i had to replace all the wiring, but the ECM survived dont know how. Otherwise the car was in excellent shape.
Just my 2 cents.
 

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yeah, the wiring harness issues were mainly from 94-96, I am looking to get a 97 to avoid that issue, however if I do end up getting an earlier one, I will not buy it unless the harness has been replaced already. I have had to deal with mercedes harness issues at the shop I work with.
 

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our moderator has a 202...it's great...if you get a 230 it's technically the same as a 2.3 16v.... just designed a little different
 

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the 202's are all automatics over here, unfortunately....
 

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It is a 2.3-16 after all... If you want a manual shift everything from an R170 manual will fit. You just need the longer 202 driveshaft.

I think I had to close the last thread that asked the 201 vs 202 question... It got ugly.
 

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I'm actually surprised it hasn't gotten ugly, I was expecting a lot of trash talk, haha
 

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I'm actually surprised it hasn't gotten ugly, I was expecting a lot of trash talk, haha
w201's are for people who appreciate the classic body lines and genuine last of an era Mercedes Build Quality.

W202's are for those guys who want to front.... but deep down, they know they're dealing with a POS MOPAR hybrid knockoff plastic POS.


:p
 

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w201's are for people who appreciate the classic body lines and genuine last of an era Mercedes Build Quality.

W202's are for those guys who want to front.... but deep down, they know they're dealing with a POS MOPAR hybrid knockoff plastic POS.


:p
That's the kind of rage that I am looking for! haha
 

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ive driven at least 10 c 280, c230 etcs...the only thing i like about w202s is

the newer interior
the underhood look
newer engine more power


what i dont like

all of them have a weird drivetrain feel that somehow lacks the luxurius mercedes feeling.. hard to describe really but its not smooth

i dont like the rear end

the engine doesnt look friendly to work on as a m103


personally i think a done up 190e looks better than a newer c280.

i would still drive a c36 amg though
 

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w201's are for people who appreciate the classic body lines and genuine last of an era Mercedes Build Quality.

W202's are for those guys who want to front.... but deep down, they know they're dealing with a POS MOPAR hybrid knockoff plastic POS.


:p
LOL, now if you said that about the W203 or W211 you'd be in tune...

Have a look at this, no DaimlerChrysler scar here.

 

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I love that even in 98, the 202's were still being built in Germany. That's deff a plus for me
 

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I love that even in 98, the 202's were still being built in Germany. That's deff a plus for me
If you are really opposed to the DaimlerChrysler sticker on your door jamb, according to CNN the merger was May 7, 1998 so purchase accordingly.

All US 202s come from Germany BTW as do 203s, 204s. It's in the press that the 205 C Class could be built in Alabama.
 

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My aunt owns a 1998 C280, I have driven it several times, and I admit it is a nice little car but to be honest, I think the steering and rear end feel weird and the interior bits are somewhat chintzy and cheap.

The engine is alright, but with with the more complicated computerized systems, it is not ideal to work on for a regular DIY mechanic.

I believe the 201 has a more rugged, reliable, dependable feel, while the 202 has more of a "please go easy on that" feel, if you know what I mean.

Bottom line, I would have a 201, it's only my opinion though, I am not trying to steer you away from getting what you want.
 
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