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hi im new to the forum and new to benz, im looking to buy a 230K, i found the right one for me, 45K miles for 16800, i only have one doubt, i have no idea how the kompressor engine is suppose to sound but, its a lil noisey, can anybody with compressors tell me if that might be a problem of send me a sound clip of your engine, thanks for the help guys in advance :D
 

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The m111 motor in general is a racous, noisy beast. They do not sound like what the public perception of a MB motor is. Every single one of them is noisy, but they are a bulletproof piece of machinery. I would take a listen to another one and it will likely sound identical.
 

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thanks for the reply phaedrus, i have heard another one, but the other was a really messed up kompressor, the engine was louder than my v12. this one is not as loud but, im use to japanese cars so its a little on the loud side, i just dont want to buy a komp thats about to be deaded on, repair on benz' run high.
 

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Hi!

I drive a 2002 C230K (45,000km) and I can tell you that the motor is a bit noisy... not bad noisy, but healthy sounding. My C230K motor sounds the same after the two years that I've had it. Before I bought my car I actually test drove a couple others and they pretty much sounded the same. But I totally know what you mean... I had similar thoughts.

Good luck to you!
 

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Where did you find one for that cheap? Is it still under warranty? I just read another thread that said how horribly unreliable the car was and that the interiors fall apart easy. May want to check that out before buying
 

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Every car is different. I've even seen ML's that haven't had any problems (mind you this is a one in a million sort of find). I've also seen very problematic C's. Overall "reliability" is a question of perspective more than the sum total of the service visits. Does an interior that is prone to rattles make a car unreliable? I just had a new trans put in my G35 that i bought in December (noises, no drivability complaints, but I'm sure they were coming). Other than that it has been entirely hassle free. My main area of focus is on Porsches these days (still do some MB's but only a few days a month). They seem to leak from the rear main seal fairly often. Does that mean the car is unreliable. To some, maybe. The car is what you believe it to be. It will never be as easy to own and take care of as a Japanese car. Ever. People often expect more as they've tooled around in an Accord for 3 years that never even so much as hiccuped and then when they "step up" to a German car, they are upset by smaller complaints than what would have upset them in the Honda. Also, you are on an internet forum. poeple don't come online and say "hey, I don't have any problems whatsoever, just wanted to say what's up". You get complaints and problems but positive posts are nearly non-existent with any make or board. Yes, MB has had some pretty bad years lately. They are getting a lot better though. Will we ever see the days of the 126/124 cars that ran forever and required very little? Probably not. But not from any company. The nature of technology is just that right now. We stack gizmo after gizmo into cars, some you will never see or even know exist. Things break. At the end of the day it a machine assembled from a truckload of parts sourced from hundreds of different manufacturers from around the world. IBm saw these problems with computer systems and created integration specialists. Now Networks are getting better because although certain components play well together on paper, this is not always the case when they all start hanging out. That industry has realized this and now spends big money to make sure it happens. Maybe some day auto manufacturers will take a hint. Take a look at every luxury make out there and you will see a ton of stupid little problems that aggravte their owners to no end. I can't tell you the amount of times I hear "I paid X amount of dollars for this car I don't expect this to happen". Again, for those that missed it the first time: things break, it's a machine. Sorry to go off on a rant there, but I've got to do that every so often.

Why don't you tell us how you really feel?
 

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Noisy or not noisy C Class MBs

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I agree with P/242. Good perspective. Personally, I loved my 1986 300E which I owned for 12 years yet sold it with just 60K miles on it. Was it troublefree. NO!!!! Cost me the earth to replace a long list of parts which mostly failed from age/the weather or boredom that I kept it so long and treated it so nicely.
As for my 2003 C230 Coupe: as others will report, the 1.8 engine and supercharger combination is way quieter than the 2002 and earlier. I am still amazed at how quiet the car is under hard excelleration and just during cruising from 50 to 80 MPH(I am converting from Canadian Kms. I have had a squeaky Panorama roof, which, if lubed at services, has been fine. Had 4 tires(Pirellis) replaced at 20K miles for FREE and an odd noise from the "dust plate" which was squeaking when the weather changed. ok now.
2. At 35K miles--no complaints and a great, economical drive!!!
3. Oh yes: I average over 38 MPG on a Canadian gallon!
4. What will there be to buy after this car, for a reasonable price-- and not a MB B class for sure!!

regards to all

Al
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