About Mercedes-Benz C230
As a model in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which provides an affordable path to Mercedes-Benz ownership without sacrificing the appeal of the brand's imagery and stylish appearance, Mercedes-Benz C230 was built by a German manufacturer of motor vehicles and internal combustion engine Daimler-Benz AG from 1996 to 1998 and the joint venture DaimlerChrysler from 1999 to 2007 as a compact executive car. Originally introduced as a model of the first-generation C-Class (W202), which is the replacements for the 190E, C230 was the smallest model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup to replace the C220. Competing against the Genesis G80, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Buick Cascada, C230 won Wheel Magazine's Car of the Year, Top Gear Magazine's Executive Car of the Year and so on. But after being manufactured for about two generations, the C230 was replaced by the model in third-generation C-Class (W204).
The first-generation Mercedes-Benz C230 (W202) was produced from 1996 to July 2000 and was introduced as a 1997 model. It was offered in two body styles, 4-door sedan and 4-door station wagon and came in two trim levels: base C230 and C230 Kompressor. During this generation, Mercedes-Benz C230 was powered by 2.3 L I4 rated at 148-190 hp and this engine sent power through 5-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. The more recent C230 (W203) was introduced in March 2000 but available in U.S. for the 2002 model year. It was added a new 2-door coupe and a sport package named as C230 Sport Coupe. Back then, C230 got power from the supercharged four-cylinder engine producing 190 hp. Available transmission remained the same as previous generation.
Mercedes-Benz C230 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Providing comfortable ride, high-quality build, precise handling and steering and quiet and powerful engine, no wonder Mercedes-Benz C230 has long been a favorite for car enthusiasts. But as time passes by, you should be aware of these common problems on C230:
First, according to the professional car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, engine failure ranks first among all other issues on Mercedes-Benz C230, which is not strange since the youngest C230 now is at least ten years old. The best advice of you is to solve it as soon as possible in case it causes worse consequences such as shortening vehicle's lifespan. Normally, this issue often starts with strange sounds from the engine including whining, squealing or rattling; then the engine performance will have an obvious decrease so that it may misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues; then the vehicle will also lose power while acceleration and have poor gas mileage. Once the Check Engine Light is activated, please inspect if the C230 spark plug, engine control module, engine mount, air filter, oil filter, rod bearing, throttle body and valve cover gasket are in good working conditions immediately.
Second, another horrible issue for Mercedes-Benz C230 would be the braking failure. I assume every driver knows the significance of a well-functioning braking system to safe ride even though some of them have no idea about working principles of automobiles. And these typical symptoms of braking failure provided by professional C230 repairmen should be learnt by you. It often starts with noisy sounds from brakes, brakes responding poorly, braking fluids leaking, rear brakes get locked up on wet surfaces, parking brake cable could not hold the vehicle properly and both Brake Warning Light and Parking Brake Light get on. All these symptoms should be attributed to the C230 brake pad set, brake disc, brake drum, brake caliper, brake line, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable.
However, apart from solving above common problems on your Mercedes-Benz C230, you need to perform routine maintenance on vulnerable auto parts on it to make sure a safe and comfortable ride as well. Some parts including C230 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, antenna, cabin air filter should be maintained routinely since they are important parts in creating safe and comfortable driving environment.
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