2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport 6-speed manual

Almost immediately after the C class was introduced for the 1994 model year, plans were being drawn up for its successor, the W203, which wouldn’t appear until the turn of the century. When it debuted, the styling was a bit of a departure from the old W202 C class, with headlamps adapted from the W210 E class style for this smaller package. The car was panned for it’s interior that seemed a bit low-rent in comparison to its predecessor and a level of quality that seemed out of sync with what the marque stood for. Nevertheless, this was a popular car for Mercedes-Benz, with over two million sold over the course of seven model years. In 2003, Mercedes dropped their 1.8 liter supercharged four cylinder into the C class sedan to form this car, the C230 Sport Sedan. This example for sale in Miami is one of the rare ones equipped with the 6-speed manual gearbox.

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10K Friday Performance Edition: M3 v. 944 Turbo v. CLK500 v. S4 v. GTi

Well, I hope this will stir some interest, as I think this is a bit of an interesting comparison. What level of performance can you buy for $10,000 (give or take) these days? Surprisingly, there are a lot of options – and those options vary pretty seriously in their execution and packages; there’s a wagon and a sports car, two sedan-based coupes and a hatchback. Engines range from a 2 liter turbo to a V8, with a bit of everything in between. Yet, what appears to be a very strange comparison linked only by price is revealed to be much closer when you look at performance figures:

E36 M3: 240 hp, 0-60 6.0 seconds, 3,200 lbs
944 Turbo: 220 hp, 0-60 5.9 seconds, 2,900 lbs
CLK500: 302 hp, 0-60 5.7 seconds, 3,800 lbs
S4 Avant: 250 hp, 0-60 5.6 seconds, 3,700 lbs
GTi: 200 hp, 0-60 6.6 seconds, 3,200 lbs

The range is much closer than you’d expect – especially when you consider that these figures could easily be equaled in margin of error, driver skill and reaction time. In the twisties, the lower powered cars like the GTi catch up to the higher power CLK and S4. All are, in one way or another, practical choices. Some are destined (or already) classics, while others will likely fade away. So what would be your choice? Let’s start with an M3 we’ve already seen:

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2004 Mercedes-Benz C320 Sportcoupe 6-speed manual

For some reason, certain cars just don’t catch on in the US. Every since trading my 2007 Mercedes-Benz C230 Sport (sans fold down rear seats) for an MINI Cooper S, I’m happy that once again I have a hatchback and a car with some useful cargo capacity. It baffles me then, why those in the US don’t take kindly to hatchbacks. Plenty of folks drive around SUVs with a rear hatch, so why not transfer this versatility onto something a smaller, more efficient and in most cases, more fun to drive? Also, a rear trunk doesn’t look that good on certain small cars. Yes, Mercedes-Benz CLA, I’m looking at you.

Mercedes tried its hand at the hatchback formula shortly after BMW exited with it’s E36 based 318ti Compact. The new C class Sportcoupe, as it was known, debuted for 2002 and was experimenting in uncharted territory for the brand. This was positioned as the most affordable vehicle in the lineup, available from the outset with a supercharged four cylinder engine mated to either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual. Later, a 3.2 liter V6, also available with automatic or manual gearboxes, arrived. This C320 is of the six cylinder variety and has covered just over 11,000 miles, originally ordered by an executive of the company.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG

It’s been two decades since Mercedes-Benz absorbed AMG as their in-house tuning firm. Each year, more and more fast Benzes have appeared with the infamous badge on their posteriors, tipping off that extra juice under the skin to the casual observer. One AMG model that I feel went a bit unloved was the C32 AMG. Sandwiched between two V8 AMG C class models in the US market (the W202 C43 and W203 C55), the C32 offered more punch via the way of a Kompressor, or supercharger, as was the case with a number of AMG and non-AMG models in the Mercedes lineup at the time. A lot of early W203 C classes, including the C32, have been run hard and put up wet, but this C32 for sale in New Jersey appears to have led a fairly pampered life by the looks of it.

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Wagon Week: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 Wagon

Wagon Week is back. If you’re a regular reader of GCFSB, you’ll know we appreciate five-doors in all forms, from Audi Quattros to the legend that is the Mercedes-Benz W123 estate. We’ll start the week by taking a look at a wagon that came and went rather quickly from the US automotive landscape, the Mercedes-Benz W203 wagon. While Mercedes produced a five-door variant of the first generation C class, it wouldn’t be until the second generation that we would see this car on these shores. This 2005 C240 for sale in Texas marks what would be the last year of this car in the US. The 2005 model was upgraded slightly with different wheels, headlamps and a revamped interior, something which the critics harped on when the W203 was introduced in 2001.

Year: 2005
Model: C240 Wagon
Engine: 2.6 liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 50,302 mi
Price: $14,780 Buy It Now

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2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 Wagon – Sunroof – Blk on Blk – Very Clean – Only 50K Miles!!

2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 4dr Wagon (2.6L 6Cyl) with Black Exterior, Black Interior. Loaded with 2.6L V6 SOHC 18V Engine, Leather Seats, Power Front Seats, Power Glass Moonroof, Leather Steering Wheel Trim, Cruise Control, AM/FM/CD Audio System, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Exterior Mirrors, Fog Lights, 16 Inch Alloy Wheels and more.

While I had my 1998 C class in for service, I was given a C240 Wagon for a loaner. I was surprised how similar this car drove to the sedan. If it wasn’t for the rear window being a bit more distant from the driver’s seat, I wouldn’t have known I wasn’t piloting a sedan. This is the kind of car that makes me wonder why certain folks choose an SUV over a practical car like this. Many of these were equipped with the 4matic all-wheel drive system, so with the added cargo capacity and similar driving dynamics to the sedan, you can have your automotive cake and eat it, too.

-Paul

V8 Week: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

It’s an age old formula. Big engine + small car = something greater than the sum of its parts. Pontiac realized this when they dropped a V8 into the pedestrian Tempest and created the GTO. Likewise, when Mercedes-Benz engineers shoehorned the 6.3 liter V8 from the 600 sedan into the 300SEL, they created a monster. Since then, Mercedes has been keen at fitting big engines in cars not normally designed for them. Witness the W124 500E/E500 and W202 C class with the 4.3 liter V8. When the W203 was introduced in 2002, the AMG variant first packed a supercharged 3.2 liter V6. This gave way to a 5.5 liter V8 in 2005, which is the car you see here for sale in Florida.

It wasn’t just that easy as slipping the eight cylinder powerplant under the hood. While it may look like an ordinary C class from the front, look a bit more closely and you’ll notice headlamps taken off of a CLK and lengthened front fenders, a result of the extra space needed for the longer block.

Year: 2005
Model: C55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 87,900 mi
Price: $14,750 Buy It Now

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2005 Mercedes AMG C55, excellent condition, all options, NAV, CD Changer, aux connector, heated seats, harmon kardon, rear sunshade, sunroof, memory seats, silver on blk, new back tires, 75% front tires, just did the mobil 1 European blend oil/filter change and air filters, new battery, non smoker, car is in excellent condition in and out. Family does not fit in the car anymore, bought an SUV. I will miss this car and it will not disappoint. Runs awesome at any speed. I have had no accidents with the car and it had a clean carfax when I bought it. 87,900 miles, call or text Mark at 305-753-1148.

This car performs unbelievable well, 0-60 4.7 sec, 1/4 mile 13.2 sec. Handles incredibly well yet the ride is smooth. Car is super quiet at any speed with absolutely no wind noise yet the exhaust roars when the need for speed kicks in. Auto tranny responds well and has shift buttons on the back of the steering wheel. I have had this car at 130 mph and is solid as a rock, hugs the road as a true autobahn car should.

This car is a sleeper, most people have no idea how fast it is. I did add the 5.5 AMG emblems to the front fenders and shift knob cap was replaced from the plain one to a brushed alum AMG one. I also put on the SL55 wheels, they are 1″ wider front and back, provide a stock look with better handling. Front tires are the stock size, rears are up sized to 255’s. Rims fit perfect, flush and no rubbing, should have been the way Mercedes sold it. All else is bone stock. Buyer will enjoy and I will be sad to see it go.

On Aug-27-13 at 10:43:02 PDT, seller added the following information:
Regarding maintenance, I am a car enthusiast and do all of the maintenance myself, I bought the car about 2 + years ago with a bit over 60k miles on it and performed the following: Oil/filter changes at regular intervals (7500 miles) with Mobil 1 European blend. Replaced front brake pads and rotors shortly after purchased. Replaced air filters. Replaced transmission fluid and filter with Mercedes fluid/filter at 65k miles (I have extra fluid that the buyer can have, its like $10/qt)Replaced engine mounts (common problem with Merc, they are fluid filled) at 80k miles. I do have a spare serpentine accessory drive belt, but I did not replace it yet (the one on the car is in good condition. Cleaned Mass air flow sensor. Replaced electric air pump (part of the emmission control system). New Bosch battery at 85k miles. Car runs great, everything works as it should, last 2k miles were put on driving to S Carolina, GA and Tenn with the family, car drove awesome.

If you always wanted a V8 C class, you are in luck because the depreciation gods shine once again. You would be hard pressed to find even the best W203 C55 breaking $20,000 these days, with most examples hovering around $12,000 to $15,000. Considering the mileage is a bit less than average on this car, the price is about in line for the current market. It may not have the later 6.3 liter V8 or the supercharger that some 5.5 lumps had, but there is still plenty to like about this car. Considering most people would mistake it for a cooking variety C class, you’ll have a lot of fun catching others by surprise with this C’s pace.

-Paul

2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 Estate

Much to my chagrin, Mercedes-Benz decided not to offer the estate variant of the current C class to the US market. Foiled by the SUV craze once again, then. Mercedes-Benz estates have always been known for their workhorse qualities, and the renowned W123 T models have subsequently seen a rise in values. You can still get W124 and later W210 E class estates for reasonable prices, but if you want a smaller five door with the Three Pointed Star on the hood, there’s only stateside option: the W203 C class. When the W203 first arrived on the scene, people derided it for its lower rent plastics and decrease in quality as compared to its predecessor, the W202 C class. Consequently, many high mileage W203 C classes exhibit more signs of aging and wear than you would expect from this brand. As time progressed, quality improved, but in 2005, Mercedes-Benz decided to pull the plug on the estate variant for the 2006 model year. It’s hard to find these with low mileage these days so this example for sale in New Jersey is quite a treat.

2004 Mercedes-Benz C240 Estate on eBay

For sale is a nice and clean 2004 Mercedes Benz C240 Wagon. This car is very clean and shows minimal normal wear. With only 2 owners this car still looks and feels like the day it was new. With 37,749 highway miles its runs flawlessly with no issues at all. It is well maintained so it feels solid and tight. This vehicles comes with NJ inspection through 11/2013. Clean, clear title with no liens, loans, stories.

This beautiful C240 Benz is in perfect mechanical condition, so no warning lights on. Exterior of the car is glossy and shiny. Paint looks deep and the only noticeable scratch is the lower part of the front bumper on the driver side (see pictures). Trunk of the car has a small chip marks and a small chip on the passenger side mirror. This car is in its original paint so this normal wear is acceptable. Wheels are in great shape and tires are around 90% left. The undercarriage of the car is clean, dry and shows no rust. Brakes are in great shape as well. This car has always been serviced by the Mercedes Benz Dealer; all service records are available.

The interior of the car is in excellent shape. Its clean and shows no signs of wear or abuse. It comes from a non-smoking owner so no unpleasant odors inside. All seats are in decent shape with no rips, stains. All carpeting is clean. All electronics is in good working order as well. Full set of books, 2 sets of keys and floor mats comes with the car. This car is in very great condition and its needs nothing but a new proud owner.

Having owned a W203 C class, I was provided a C240 estate once when I had my car in for service. The estate drives almost identical to the sedan, except for the fact that you have an extended greenhouse in your mirror. A lot of these estates were 4matic versions, so it is nice to see a regular rear-drive machine for a change. Since Mercedes-Benz isn’t bringing the current C class estate to the US market, here’s your chance to get a low mileage example at a reduced cost of entry.

-Paul

One of a kind 2006 Mercedes C55 AMG

This custom 18,000 mile C55 looks to only be brought out for show car duty.

The C55 followed AMG’s string of mid sized Benz models with potent powerplants. The 5.4, yes despite the 55 moniker the car’s engine was short a tenth of a liter, V8 gives 362 horsepower in stock trim and is enough to send the car to 60 in less than 5 seconds. The performance made the C55 the fastest factory C class up until the recent C63.

This particular car maintains stock engine components, but when your base car comes from AMG you don’t usually need to add more performance. The main work on this is the extensive cosmetic portions to set it out from the crowd. The car has had wide body flares put on and massive wheels to added to fill the holes, 19 x 12.5 at the rear.Inside the wheels sit massive Brembo brakes. The suspension has new KW3 coilovers that lower the car down on top of the huge wheels.

A custom cat back exhaust makes more nose outside the car. Noise inside the car is provided by a performance audio system.

The outside of the car is definitely done up to be noticed, not quite as stealthy as the wolf in sheep’s clothing model some AMG cars follow. The owner claims he has $100,000 in the car. The ask price is $40,000. With nice C55s selling in the low to mid $25,000 range I’m afraid I don’t see a $15,000 premium on the work, even with the low mileage. An ask $10k less might be more in range with what a sale on eBay will bring.

2006 Custom C55 on eBay

~Evan

2001 Mercedes Renntech C38 Scarce car and color

This interesting car falls into a strange place in the Mercedes line up.

It started life as a run of the mill 225 horsepower C320, albeit one with a not that common cobalt blue metallic paint. The cobalt blue color is a really nice subdued blue that looks elegant, but not as boring as black.The car was sent to Renntech where the 3.2 was boredout to 3.8 and some additional enhancements, such as exhaust, intake, and rims were added. All completed the car is running a significant bump in horsepower all lag free and normally aspirated. Specs aren’t given, but I beleive the 3.8 is rated at 291 bhp and 305 lb-ft of torque and the cost of that increase from Renntech was $19,000. That is a lot of cash for the same amount of horsepower to be had from a 50 shot of NOS. Total upgrades on the car according to the seller total $25,000.

What makes this a bit of an odd duck, is unlike other monster horsepower Renntech vehicles the horsepower isn’t huge, and the gains put it right into competition with the AMG C32 that also came out in 2001. The C32 pumps out 50 more horsepower from its supercharger making this Renntech model a bit superfluous.

The car is listed on eBay at $13,900. With 92,000 miles on it you can find a C32 with that kind of mileage for the same price. I noted that the same car is listed elsewhere on the net for $11,900. Not particularly flashy or powerful, but a unique ride that cost way too much to convert when  new.

2001 Mercedes Renntech C38 on ebay

~Evan

 

 

 

 

2005 Mercedes-Benz C55

Beginning in the mid 1990s, the AMG C classes from Mercedes-Benz have proved to be quite popular over the years, with a range of breathed on six-cylinder and V8 models appearing in the lineup. Here we have a clean, two owner, C55 for sale in Pennsylvania.

The seller states:

This auction is for a 2005 Mercedes Benz C55 Sport Sedan. I am the second owner of this vehicle. The vehicle is in immaculate condtion. It has been professionally maintained at a Mercedes Benz dealership since new. It has had all its regular maintence performed (Transmission service, coolant service, brake fluid service, oil changes, etc.). It has brand new rear tires with less than 200 miles on them. Front tires at 50%, front and rear brakes at 50%. The vehicle needs nothing. Runs excellent, looks great. Only reason I am selling is due to the fact I have too many vehicles and its time to get rid of a few. This car is very enjoyable to drive. I will definately miss it!

I sold my 2007 C230 Sport with 27k miles for $20,500 two months ago. Even though this is two years older, prices on the last of the W203 AMGs have finally reached somewhat attainable levels. Anything with 300 or more horsepower in a car this size is a riot to drive. I know this first hand, as I’ve driven several of these over the years. Even considering rising gas prices, a C55 in this kind of condition would be a smart investment in the coming years. I mean, where else were you going to put your money, the stock market?

-Paul