W203 - c180 / 200 - MY05/06/07 buyers advice

1993-Present: C200 CDI, C220 CDI, C270 CDI, C180, C200 Kompressor, C230 Kompressor, C220, C230, C280, C300 C350, CGI & CDI BlueEfficiency variants
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stunkat
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W203 - c180 / 200 - MY05/06/07 buyers advice

Post by stunkat » Sat 01 Sep, 2018 6:43 pm

Evening All

First time poster to this section of OZBENZ and I'm looking to put my recently licensed daughter into the safest sedan / hatch I can under $8k and was drawn to the later w203's with 10 airbags, etc. The kompressor models seem to be value atm but that makes me a tad nervous....do they hold any specific gremlins, etc a buyer should be aware of ?

More broadly, any feedback / issues with the later w203 models is also very much appreciated.

Cheers,
Stunkat

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Re: W203 - c180 / 200 - MY05/06/07 buyers advice

Post by Ivanerrol » Sat 01 Sep, 2018 8:29 pm

Make sure you have the engine checked out.
The late W203's and early W204 M271's had issues with the balance shaft.

Read all about it here : http://australiancar.reviews/reviews.ph ... =603&pno=0

Read the whole review on the W203.

If you can stretch the budget post 2008 W204 are much better cars. There are hundreds for sale on the usual sites.
W211 - E240
W204 - C280
Departed
W202 - C200, C180, C180
W126 - 380SE , 380SE (Ex SA Import), 560SEL
W124 - 300e, 260e (ex Japan)
W111 220s (Indonesia) 4 speed manual column shift
W123 230
W116 450SEL
W140 420SEL
W210 E240, E240
W209 CLK 240
W201 190e 2.6 (ex U.K.)

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Re: W203 - c180 / 200 - MY05/06/07 buyers advice

Post by stunkat » Tue 04 Sep, 2018 5:15 pm

Thanks for the advice and the link to the review....much appreciated.

Don't think I can stretch it to a w204 but maybe one of the normally aspirated w203's with the 6....

Cheers,
Stu

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