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W203 2004 - 2007 Which to buy

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Richard Stephenson, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Richard Stephenson

    Richard Stephenson Member

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    Hi,

    I currently own a C200 Kompressor 2001 Classic and it is full of rust, considering buying a newer W203 from 2004 to 2007, I have always had a petrol car, which model would be best, I'm not sure what the different trim levels are, thanks.
     
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    Keep in mind the M271 engine (200-230 kompressor) is known to have issues with the timing chains/gears around 50-70k so keep in mind when looking for one.
     
  4. L John

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    Your end date is around the start of the W204, a much better choice in my opinion (I believe rust issues were addressed as well as other improvements) unless you prefer the look of the W203.
     
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    I agree. If you can stretch, go to a 204. It's a fantastic car all around and very very reliable in comparison to the other models around that time.
     
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    Agreed, w204 is more sound mechanically however I do feel it looks a little more angular and boring, w203 does have a bit more character, and is a lot cheaper (but for good reason). However, if he is set on a w203 for cost/preference reasons, what trim options are there? (Avantgarde etc.)


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  7. John Laidlaw

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    For me the 204 is a good move up and a great car....
     
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    I have a rare '03 E320 petrol with only 69k & full S/H & long mot with no advisories.
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    For sale at £2650!!
     
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    Post a link to your classifieds/advert. Pix?


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    Richard Stephenson

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    I prefer the shape of the W203 rather than the W204, I also have two sets of wheels for my current car, one set are AMG 18" wheels the others I think 15" with winter tyres, these could go on another W203.
     
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    Preferring the shape is a good reason to buy the older model and I can see the wheels being a Brucie (RIP) bonus.
    Good luck, hope you find one that meets your needs.
     
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    Very good point, I believe that there may be variations in the hub configuration meaning that the w204/w203 alloys are not compatible without spacers/modification. I am no expert in this.


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    I have had both the 203 and 204 models, and although the 204 is a better car in many respects, I much prefer the elegant lines of the 203.

    If it's a 203 you go for, post 2004 models are better built - plus being the facelift period, until production stopped in 2007.

    The 204 class (first made in 2007) handles more crisply and has a better ride than the 203's, plus a few higher quality internal touches.

    You pays your money ...
     
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    Personally I think the best 203's C55 aside, is the C320CDI. C class with a very torquey but efficient V6 diesel is just awesome, good mix of power and economy. The sport editions handle brilliantly as well.

    I have a late model W203 C320CDI sport edition estate with a fully loaded spec and its just great. Compared to the early model W204 I think its a much better vehicle. I have often looked at swapping it but I don't think an early W204 with the V6 is as good. The exception to that is the command system, that is much better.

    But if you want a later 203, the C320CDI would be my choice.
     
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    A bit poverty spec that, you can get them with comand, parktronic, heated seats etc. Usually has proper leather as well, not the usual plastic artico imitation.
     
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    Not many 320Cdi around, the petrol one I posted has it all
     
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