Of all the cars I’ve ever owned, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 was perhaps the most honest. It wasn’t overly flashy, was rather basic as compared to other US market Mercedes at the time and went about its business with 148 horsepower on tap in a steady but dignified manner. While there were hotter AMG versions on offer, Mercedes did offer a Sport package for the W202 throughout its life which gave the standard models a bit more zest. This 1997 C280 Sport for sale in Illinois has covered just over 60,000 miles and represents the last year the M104 inline-6 appeared under the hood of the W202, to be replaced by the M112 2.8 liter V6 in 1998. These Sport models had came equipped with a tighter suspension, 15″ AMG wheels, blacked out exterior trim, carbon fiber look trim inside and a smaller diameter steering wheel.
Click for details: 1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport on eBay
Model: C280 Sport
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 62,584 mi
Price: No reserve auction
I picked this beauty up from an estate auction because I had plans on giving it to my son but he says it’s to old for him…lol!! This car was and has been serviced at Mercedes-Benz/Motor works of Barrington Illinois and considering its age and Miles is a nice car with VERY minor and Very Repairable only surface rust! This car is A * 1-Owner Car With Only 62k miles * Brilliant Silver Exterior * Ebony Leather Interior (Spot less) * Newer Tires put on at 60k from Mercedes Benz * Bose Sound System * Heated Seats * Sun-Roof * 20 City/ 27 Highway * Sport Package ($790) * ASR Package (1875.00) * Sunroof Option ($1090.00) * Anti-Theft Alarm ($610) it originally listed for $40,960 back in 1997. Call 708-878-3015
The seller’s description amused me. I never tire of the old story of how the person is selling the vehicle because they bought it for their kid or their wife and they don’t like the car. I really can’t imagine how someone could turn their nose up at a perfectly good Mercedes like this in good condition. With exception of the AMG models, namely the C43 AMG, W202 prices are pretty rock bottom these days. If you really must have a Mercedes, they are a great entry into the marque, if you can find a clean, lower mileage one such as this C280. Considering the condition and mileage here, I’d suspect the bidding might wind up around $5,000, as we saw an even lower mileage C220 fetch $5,200 at the end of 2014. The rarity of the Sport package might push the value up just a bit more.