2014 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Sport

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To be honest, I heaved a sigh of relief the day I sold my 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport. I felt as if the compact executive sedan was becoming too ubiquitous for the upwardly mobile in my area, especially those wearing an Audi, BMW or Mercedes badge. To this day, I’m happy with the choice I made to buy a used 2006 MINI Cooper S, as it still puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. A few months back, while on a business trip to South Africa, my father called and informed me he traded in his W202 C280 for a 2014 C300 4Matic in Dolomite Brown Metallic, like the car we see here for sale in Texas. I didn’t give much thought to the W204 C-class when it replaced the W203 C-class shortly after I bought my C230 Sport. Given that the W205 C-class has a turbo four-cylinder engine, lack of start-stop override and a navigation screen that looks like an iPad slapped on the dash, it has me eyeing these late model W204 C300s with their 3.5 liter V6 a bit more closely.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2014 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Sport on Cars.com

Year: 2014
Model: C300 4Matic
Engine: 3.5 liter V6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 12,254 mi
Price: $28,915

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Seller’s Notes
PREMIUM 1 PACKAGE,Sun/Moon Roof,DOLOMITE BROWN METALLIC,BURL WALNUT WOOD TRIM,All Wheel Drive,ALMOND/BEIGE; MB-TEX UPHOLSTERY,SPORT SEDAN PACKAGE,WHEELS: 17″ TWIN 5-SPOKE DESIGN

This vehicle is Guaranteed to be RECALL FREE. This Mercedes-Benz includes: ALMOND/BEIGE, MB-TEX UPHOLSTERY Premium Synthetic Seats BURL WALNUT WOOD TRIM Woodgrain Interior Trim DOLOMITE BROWN METALLIC WHEELS: 17 TWIN 5-SPOKE DESIGN Aluminum Wheels PREMIUM 1 PACKAGE HD Radio Seat Memory Rear Bench Seat Heated Front Seat(s) Pass-Through Rear Seat Mirror Memory Adjustable Steering Wheel Satellite Radio Premium Sound System Driver Adjustable Lumbar SPORT SEDAN PACKAGE *Note – For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* This vehicle has met all the exacting standards to be classified Certified Pre-Owned. Take home this 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and enjoy the safety and added performance of AWD. You can tell this 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been pampered by the fact that it has less than 12,250 miles and appears with a showroom shine. More information about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class competes directly with BMW’s 3-series and Infiniti’s G-series. Mercedes-Benz brings a century of automotive innovation and a reputation for ultimate quality and performance to their entry-level model. The C-Class starts at $35,800 for the 1.8L-powered C250 sedan. The direct-injected engine makes over 200 horsepower but can also cruise at 31 mpg on the highway, while still allowing for spirited performance, excellent safety and Mercedes-Benz trademark cache. This model sets itself apart with available 4MATIC all wheel drive system, Affordable luxury, strong safety feature list, and a wide selection of performance engines

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After driving the C300 4Matic, I can say that Mercedes made strides with the 7-speed automatic. For some reason, the shift points seem better matched to the 3.5 liter V6’s powerband versus the 2.5 V6 that was in my car. I was never a fan of the 7-speed automatic in my C230 as it seemed to hunt around too much. I’m not completely certain, but my assumption is there must have been a modification in shift algorithms over time. The pictures in this ad do not do the color of this C300 justice, as the lighting seems to be off. Dolomite Brown is a handsome color that transforms the W204. It was enough to draw me in the first time I saw one at a dealership. It’s such a pleasant break from the usual silvers, blacks and whites that you see out there on the road and helps channel a little bit of individuality in an otherwise vanilla automotive world. Isn’t that what you want when you are spending good money on a car?

-Paul

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2 Comments

  1. Funny….. I was reading the post just above this car… The W126 560SEL. Reading that one put me in a good mood – remembering how Mercedes used to make cars I really liked and such (in fact – I had a same year 420SEL and put almost 200,000 miles on it before it was time to let it go).

    So, I finish looking at that story and auction and go on to the next car on GCFSB… This is next.

    My good mood is now gone. I find nothing in this car that is appealing to me. I guess I am just getting old – that and the Engineer inside of me values those more than the newer cars of (almost) any brand.
    Oh well. My good mood was nice while it lasted. 🙂 LOL

  2. I’m not totally sold. The w205 looks like a much more expensive car, years beyond the w205. The w205 is the first baby Benz ever that I might prefer over the comparable 3-series or A4. It excels beyond those two in style and interior, and the drive is pretty solid as well. You can get one for about 31k, which to me is a couple grand well worth it.

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