MercedesBenz C230 Kompressor Short Take Road Test Car Reviews…

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Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor

a new engine, the lowest-priced Mercedes from rude to innocuous.

You have noticed that we find occasion to be unkind to a The introduction of the Mercedes-Benz C230 sports coupe for the 2002 year was one such occasion ( October 2001).

Forget for a our skepticism about the feasibility of any automaker introducing a hatchback to the small-car-phobic American public. BMW precisely the same thing the 318ti between 1995 and spectacularly poor results.

Forget, too, that Mercedes looked, with its … and two-pane glass like a modern Renault (a that was shamed out of America foisting the Alliance on our fair

No, we were not rude to Mercedes for reasons. Our real concerns had to do the function of the automobile: (1) The engine, a iron-block supercharged four-cylinder, was a far thing than your author is on his worst days; (2) the six-speed manual transmission was by us as ropy, rubbery, and uncertain, not to just plain poor; (3) its sports coupe moniker, the was not very sporty.

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For the 2003 model of the C230, has largely addressed our engine with an all-new 1.8-liter, supercharged four-cylinder. On paper, engine would seem to be a backward for Mercedes. It’s about a half-liter of displacement with the old engine, and it makes peak horsepower and torque. And it those peaks at higher The old 2.3-liter-still the base engine in the SLK roadster for 2003-makes 192 horsepower at rpm and 200 pound-feet of torque at 2500 The new 1.8-liter engine makes 189 at 5800 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque at rpm. Indeed, the sprint to 60 mph for the 2003 model is an unremarkable 8.1

than a half-second slower the 2002 model. We attribute in part, to an engine-management system will not allow for abusive starts. Try as you might, the engine not rev above 4000 rpm with the pedal in. This is not something owners-the majority of whom we anticipate will go bracket racing-need worry about.


On the other hand, the new motor the hatch to go another four or miles on each gallon of depending on whether you get the six-speed or the $1325 optional five-speed

Even better, with engine the C230 is, if not exactly at least a more pleasant to use. The previous engine weak at low revs, despite its advantage and greater displacement. in the rev range, the 2.3 was rough. Worse, it as if it had an acute and chronic case of distress.

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