1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

  • 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 Sedan

    C230 Sedan

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      2.3L I4
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  • 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280 Sedan

    C280 Sedan

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      2.8L V6
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1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Review

A perfect entry into the luxury market.

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The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a rear-drive, four-door sedan that is solidly built on a reputation for delivering ample luxury, comfort, and a smooth driving experience. It remains one of the nicest looking cars on the market, turning heads wherever it goes. Drivers get the satisfaction of nice acceleration and easy handling, while passengers enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room. A host of convenience features, along with new, enhanced safety features adds even more appeal, making it tough to choose a Lexus or BMW over a Benz.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter six-cylinder, 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230, Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280, Mercedes-Benz C-Class C43

What's New

The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets the addition of side airbags, brake assist, an anti-theft ignition system, and BabySmart car seats. Also, minor revisions are made in styling. The C280 model now comes equipped with Mercedes’ V-type engine technology on its 2.8-liter unit. The C43, which boasts a larger engine, is introduced in this model year.


The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has approximately a 177-inch length, 68-inch width, 56-inch height, and 106-inch wheelbase. It has a first-class design, easily recognized as a Mercedes that places it in a level of its own. The C-Class models feature body-colored front and rear bumpers with a rubbing strip, chrome trim around the side windows, on the side of body, and on bumpers, power heated door mirrors, front and rear fog lights, halogen headlamps, and a rear spoiler. A power moon roof is optional. The C-Class models weigh approximately 3250 pounds and sit on 15-inch alloy wheels.


The interior of the 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, made up of burl walnut trim, is roomy enough to accommodate five passengers. In the front, there are two 10-way adjustable vinyl bucket seats with height-adjustable head restraints, divided by an armrest that includes enclosed storage. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The instrumentation in the dash is made up of logically-arranged gauges and a quartz clock. The controls for audio, heating and air-conditioning, and operating the vehicle are conveniently located for easy use. In the rear, there is a vinyl bench seat with a fold-down armrest in the center and two cup holders. The C-Class models feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power locks and windows, automatic climate control, a universal garage door opener, an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player and eight speakers, and pre-wiring for a cell phone and CD changer. Leather seating is optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 comes packed with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The C280 model has a 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 194 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the C43 model is a 4.3-liter V-8 engine that cranks out an impressive 302 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque.

The C-Class models are built with an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs. Handling is superb, giving drivers the ability to maneuver gracefully in traffic and take sharp corners with ease. Steering is responsive and predictable, allowing for precise control at all times.


The 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models are equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels. There are driver and front-passenger front-impact and front side-impact airbags installed. An anti-theft ignition system is included on all C-Class models to provide increased security.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C280: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C-Class C43: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built solid
  • Good handling
  • Nice looking
  • Very reliable

You Won't Like

  • Vinyl seats
  • Road noise on the highway
  • Costly to repair

Sum Up

A perfect entry into the luxury market.

If You Like This Vehicle

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  • Lexus ES 300
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  • BMW 3-Series
  • Acura TL

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