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Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class review: 2007-2013

EXPERT RATING
8
The C-Class was the entry to the prestige segment and still resonates as a solid choice. New The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was conceived to compete with the BMW 3 Series at the entry level of the prestige segment. When the W204 series C-Class arrived in 2007 it had the common Benz trait of coming in a bewildering range of
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The C-Class was the entry to the prestige segment and still resonates as a solid choice.

New

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was conceived to compete with the BMW 3 Series at the entry level of the prestige segment.

When the W204 series C-Class arrived in 2007 it had the common Benz trait of coming in a bewildering range of variants on a central theme, in this case a compact rear-wheel drive sedan and wagon.

In an attempt to breathe some excitement into the brand, Mercedes revamped its styling and the W204 arrived with clean, fresh and attractive lines. Compared to its predecessor, it was longer and wider, rolled on a wider track and had a stiffer body.

Its increased overall dimensions meant it was a little roomier inside, although that was mostly in the front. Rear occupants still found themselves cramped.

There was reasonable storage inside and the decent-sized boot accommodated a full-sized spare wheel.

The C-Class is still an affordable model promising the panache of bigger Benzes.

Engine choices were many, from a 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder to a 3.0-litre V6 on the petrol side and a 2.1-litre four to a 3.0-litre V6 in the diesel line-up. Outputs varied among engines of the same capacity.

The transmissions were automatic, a five-speed on some early models and subsequently a seven-speeder across the board.

Mercedes has never been renowned for driver involvement, unlike rival BMW. That’s not to say that the C-Class was below par on the road, it’s just that it progressed without the furious feedback expected of a BMW.

The C-Class displayed impressive levels of grip with little body roll as it was being pushed hard through corners. It was a joy to drive.

Now

There are now other models in the lower reaches of the Mercedes range but the C-Class is still an affordable model promising the panache of bigger Benzes.

The temptation to buy the prestige of the three-pointed star can be very strong, especially when a preloved example can be acquired for the price of a common-or-garden model. However, it’s important not to be blinded by the allure and to shop carefully.

If you believe the feedback from C-Class owners there is little to be concerned about with the “babyish” Benz. The reports we’ve had contain no cause for undue concern.

One complaint that often cropped up was the cost of dealer servicing, which is something to take into account when thinking about buying a used Benz.

It’s not something that’s exclusive to Mercedes and generally applies to all European brands. One remedy is to find an independent Benz specialist mechanic to look after your car. There are lots around, most of them are Mercedes trained and ex-dealer staff mechanics.

Parts are also expensive but a smart mechanic will know how to import cheaper replacements, most of which will be factory parts.

Servicing is recommended every 25,000km or every year, and having this carried out is vital. Assure yourself that the car you are considering buying has been regularly serviced by a mechanic who knows the brand.

Check for oil leaks around the engine and transmission. Check particularly for erratic or rough shifting in the automatic, as there is the odd report about it from the trade and it can be very expensive to replace.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2013 $16,000 $124,630
2012 $14,900 $113,850
2011 $13,200 $60,390
2010 $13,400 $57,640
2009 $12,300 $53,240
2008 $8,000 $44,770
2007 $7,500 $24,090

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$10,970
Based on 38 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
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$7,913
Highest Price
$16,490

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
C230 Evolution 2.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $11,200 – 16,390 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C230 Evolution Pricing and Specs
C230 Evolution AMG 2.5L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $12,200 – 17,600 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C230 Evolution AMG Pricing and Specs
C200 Kompressor 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $9,300 – 13,970 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C200 Kompressor Pricing and Specs
C200 Kompressor Evolution 1.8L, ULP, 5 SP AUTO $10,000 – 15,070 2007 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2007 C200 Kompressor Evolution Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
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Graham Smith
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$8,850

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