The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the cheapest sedans in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. Although it's cheaper than the rest, that doesn’t exactly mean a drop in quality or luxury; in fact, it's full of power and elegance.
However, the 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is an aging model, which is due for a bit of an update. Some of the features lag behind the competition; however, it's very well rounded, offering great power, substantial handling capabilities, and a slew of interior luxury features.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 2,8-liter V-6, 4.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz C230, Mercedes-Benz C280, Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class receives TeleAid, an emergency service system, as a standard feature. Touch Shift auto-manual transmission is also standard.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the oldest sedan in the Mercedes lineup, and it is beginning to show its age. The styling is old fashioned and upright with straight edges. While measuring 177 inches long, it's shortest in the lineup as well. Standard exterior features include 15-inch alloy wheels, power heated mirrors, a limited rear slip differential, and auto-dim exterior mirrors. Optional features include metallic paint, sport suspension, rain-sensing windshield wipers, headlight cleaners, and xenon high-intensity discharge headlights.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a lot of luxury, but not a lot of room. The worst part is the rear seat; legroom is cramped unless the front seats are slid all the way forward. Three people fit in the back but only with a tight squeeze. The unfortunate middle passenger also has to contend with the large driveshaft tunnel. Cargo space is modest at best, measuring 12.9 cubic feet. The sport package adds sport seating to the interior as well as a telescoping steering wheel.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C230's standard features include bucket seats, a center console, universal garage door opener, keyless entry, lighted entry, tachometer, leather seating, power driver’s seat, cruise control, power steering, telescoping steering wheel, leather shift knob, leather steering wheel trim, air-conditioning, power windows, power door locks, auto-dim rear view mirrors, and an AM/FM cassette player. Optional features include a CD player, heated front seats, power moonroof, power front passenger seat, rear ski bag, rear split bench seat, Bose audio, and a cellular phone.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes equipped with one of three engine choices. The C230 model comes equipped with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower. This is the same engine used in the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster. The C280 model comes equipped with a 2.8-liter, V-6 engine that produces 194 horsepower. The limited edition C43 AMG sports model has a 4.3-liter, V-8 engine that produces 302 horsepower. All three models come equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission that also include a Touch Shift manual control that allows drivers to change gears on the fly.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C230 and C280 models have rock-solid handling with exceptional braking. The C230 is a bit lighter than the C280, so even though the C280 has the larger engine, the C230 feels a bit more cat-like. The C230 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in eight seconds. In fact, its counterpart feels a bit overpriced when compared. The only complaint about the C230 is its ugly exhaust note. If consumers have the money to spend, they may want to splurge on the sport package models, which include larger tires, larger wheels, a firmer suspension, and special trim. All this aside, the drivetrains are aging and need an update.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, front side airbags, stability control, and traction control. The NHTSA gave three out of five stars for front-side impact, and four out of five stars for rear-side impact.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C280: 19/25 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG: 16/21 mpg city/highway
- Mercedes-Benz engineering
- Free maintenance
- Lots of luxury features
You Won't Like
- No manual tranny
- Old design
- Bad exhaust note on C230
Not our first choice, but still a great car.
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