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kuyumciyan

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Hi,

Just registered to the forum as I am a proud owner of a MB C230 KOMPRESSOR SE Avantgarde Saloon (2004 - 25.000 miles - second owner). I have bought the car just this Tuesday and cant explain how much I enjoy driving it.

As I have never owned a MB before I am trying to figure bits and pieces here and there and reading the forum helps a lot. One thing that i couldn't figure tho is the facelif vs pre-facelift? What my car will be and what is the difference?

Thanks a lot guys!
 

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Hello and Welcome. You will enjoy your ownership and find all your answers on here
 

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Hi Welcome to the forum, I don’t suppose by any chance your car is black is it?
 
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Also,

Pictures will come once I polish it over the weekend - assuming weather permits.
 

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Previous lady owner? looked a nice car if it’s the one I think it is. The four cylinder 1.8 230k is 191 BHP 0-60 7.5 sec very quick car.
 
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Yes that is the one - Found it on autotrader. In deed it is nice and nearly full spec.
 

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Previous lady owner? looked a nice car if it’s the one I think it is. The four cylinder 1.8 230k is 191 BHP 0-60 7.5 sec very quick car.

1.8? I think its 2.3 litre
 

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Yes it looked a good one, hope you have many miles of happy motoring with it, I’m sure you will.
 

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They made some V6 ones and some 1.8 Kompressor models the one in question I am pretty sure was a 1.8
 

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then it would be C200 not 230 from my knowledge
 

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No its a C230 Kompressor ,they did make them ,and they are badged 230s even with the 1.8 engine. It has a more powerful kompressor and engine mods to boost BHP
 

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Bit explaining (write up from fleet news)


PREMIUM cars have evolved over the past few years to cater for the changing needs of the market. No longer can they be gas-guzzling barges, as a vast number of their drivers pay company car tax and look towards diesel or more fuel-efficient petrol motors.

Mercedes-Benz was initially slow to react on the petrol side of the business, but a few years ago made significant improvements in fuel consumption and emissions with their four-cylinder petrol engines.

Last summer, when the C-class was given its first major revision since it was launched in 2000, the company dropped the six-cylinder 2.6-litre C240 from the UK line-up.

The result is that all the four-cylinder petrol C-class models are now powered by the same 1.8-litre ‘twinpulse’ engine with supercharger attached, offering a choice of 143bhp, 163bhp and 192bhp power outputs.

The 192bhp model comes courtesy of the C230 Kompressor, until last summer only available in the Sport Coupe model, but now on sale in both saloon and estate.

This motor fills the gaping hole in the range following the departure of the 170bhp C240, and does it with obvious benefits to company car drivers.

Using four cylinders instead of six, the C230 Kompressor offers lower carbon dioxide emissions and better fuel consumption than the outgoing 2.6-litre V6. The compromise is that you don’t get the silky smooth engine note and syrupy response of a six-cylinder car. But the market would suggest that many drivers have gone for the lower cost option.

There was nothing ‘low-cost’ about the C230 Kompressor estate we had on test. The Avantgarde SE model, with five-speed automatic transmission, was priced at £27,990 on-the-road, about £2,000 more than the equivalent Audi A4 Avant. Mercedes-Benz has traditionally been a little more than its premium rivals but has normally made up lost ground through strong residual values. Changes to the C-class last summer have resulted in significant improvements in perceived quality and a more dynamic looking exterior
 

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They made some V6 ones and some 1.8 Kompressor models the one in question I am pretty sure was a 1.8

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2.3 isn't V6 its still 4 Cylinder

C240 was V6 i beleive
 
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Bit explaining (write up from fleet news)


PREMIUM cars have evolved over the past few years to cater for the changing needs of the market. No longer can they be gas-guzzling barges, as a vast number of their drivers pay company car tax and look towards diesel or more fuel-efficient petrol motors.

Mercedes-Benz was initially slow to react on the petrol side of the business, but a few years ago made significant improvements in fuel consumption and emissions with their four-cylinder petrol engines.

Last summer, when the C-class was given its first major revision since it was launched in 2000, the company dropped the six-cylinder 2.6-litre C240 from the UK line-up.

The result is that all the four-cylinder petrol C-class models are now powered by the same 1.8-litre ‘twinpulse’ engine with supercharger attached, offering a choice of 143bhp, 163bhp and 192bhp power outputs.

The 192bhp model comes courtesy of the C230 Kompressor, until last summer only available in the Sport Coupe model, but now on sale in both saloon and estate.

This motor fills the gaping hole in the range following the departure of the 170bhp C240, and does it with obvious benefits to company car drivers.

Using four cylinders instead of six, the C230 Kompressor offers lower carbon dioxide emissions and better fuel consumption than the outgoing 2.6-litre V6. The compromise is that you don’t get the silky smooth engine note and syrupy response of a six-cylinder car. But the market would suggest that many drivers have gone for the lower cost option.

There was nothing ‘low-cost’ about the C230 Kompressor estate we had on test. The Avantgarde SE model, with five-speed automatic transmission, was priced at £27,990 on-the-road, about £2,000 more than the equivalent Audi A4 Avant. Mercedes-Benz has traditionally been a little more than its premium rivals but has normally made up lost ground through strong residual values. Changes to the C-class last summer have resulted in significant improvements in perceived quality and a more dynamic looking exterior

Where is this information from?
 

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Part of Autocar road test for C230 V6

Mercedes C230 SE
Test date 15 October 2005 Price as tested £27,335


V6 lacks torque, but makes it up with refinement
What’s new?

Not the badge. The name stays the same but the old C230’s 1.8-litre supercharged four-cylinder is swapped for a naturally aspirated 2.5 V6.


Do the changes work?

Being a larger unit with more cylinders, it’s no surprise the new engine is much smoother, especially at high revs. But despite offering marginally more power (a 9bhp increase), without the supercharger’s help the torque drops slightly to 181lb ft, blunting outright performance: 0-62mph is nearly a second slower than the outgoing model’s time. With the optional 7G-Tronic auto gearbox (£1095) the take-off can be a little slovenly, and at times the kick-down too hesitant. But once above 5000rpm the engine spins eagerly and the up-changes are seamless. But only then does the powerplant feel like it has 201bhp
 
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Guys it is a 1.8 litre supercharged engine producing 192 bhp and this engine was available for 2 years also on saloon models.although new to MB I have done my homework prior to purchase. After all I was just about to buy an 05 reg M3 but couldn't get wifes approval :)
 

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I have a 2005 C230 V6 2.5L. I think the new V6 (M.272 engine) was introduced in 2005 to replace the 1.8 C230 Kompressor. It gets a bit confusing with the 230's as the wifes SLK230 is the 2.3L 4 Cyl Kompressor.

The new V6 engines are super smooth although it took numerous s/w updates to get the 7G gearbox to a point where it was on a par with the old 5 speed. The 2.5L puts out just over 200 bhp so not a lot more than the Kompressor variant it replaced. It's a heavier lump so unsurprisingly it's a bit slower. The wifes Kompressor engine is quite 'thrashy' in comparison.

I've had the opportunity to drive the latest facelift SLK350 on a couple of occasions. Again the same M.272 but 3.5L and 300+ bhp. It certainly puts a smile on your face and makes you wonder why you would need a 5.5L V8 in such a small car.

BTW - the 2.5L V6 returns 30mpg all round and 36-37 on a longish motorway run. It's also a single spark engine (6 plugs total) and they are really easy to get to unlike the previous V6.
 
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I think the 05 M3 might have been a tad more expensive too! Not that that would sway the other half!
 
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