Hey guys, as you know my car is in the shop right now, and as a loaner car, they gave me a 2006 C280 4 matic.
Its a nice car with the essential options, but nothing fancy (no comand, but sunroof heated seats. Dial A/c not digital, you know a loaner car.)
So i figured i would give you guys my 2 cents on the car.
First off, let me comment on how awesome our 7g auto is compared to the plain 5 speed. Since its a 4matic, the only transmission available is the 5spd. Its choppy. It seems to shift hard at times. In acceleration, the car doesnt use any of its torque. It just downshifts and revs, and usually when your not punching it, but leaving a light and pickin up small speed after first gear. But for everyday putzing around, it seems alright, although my hand is glued to the stick, making it shift my way. Other then that occasional problem of being stuck between gears (to often) its not all bad. Its amazing what those two extra gears can do to smoothen the ride.
the 3.0 liter 230 hp engine IS revy. it stays around 2500 to 3000 rpm for unless ur keeping speed under 50, or rolling. Any kind of acceleration puts u about or over 3k rpms. I know the SLK is a lot lighter, and hopefully my next problem isnt a problem with you guys. When pushing it, there is just nothing there it seems. I mean yes, for a 4 door, entry level it gets off the line alright. But doing 40 or 50 miles an hour, and hitting it hard to get to 70, the car seems flat. Hopefully its just the extra weight, AND the transmission being dull and just not using the engine. But hey, its not a sports car.
The ride is fantastic for it. Almost as smooth as the newer E class they gave me last time. But actually i preferred the C classes, light, but stable ride. While it had body roll, it really wasnt all that bad. And it could take some speedy turns. *Not like the slk tho, of course*. While the bumps in the road were barely felt, if at all, it was stiff enough to still feel the road, i feature i personally like, instead of floating on a magic carpet of the bigger smoother cars. U dont have any feel of the car that way in my opinion so it was a good mix.
I think the 4matic did play a good part in the cars handling. There are a few twists in turns on my highway that are practically 45 degrees to the left that i can take at about 65 70mph in the slk, but start to feel my rear come free a little. so i would never dare go past those speeds in the C class. BUT i did get up to about 60, and after coming over the fear of the body roll, the car was solid, with no sliding. This car being heavier, and with more weight shifting i thought i would of slid a little. *BTW I DID THIS WITH NO ONE AROUND, knowing the roads and limits of the car, do not try this at home etc etc etc etc would not recommend people be dumb like me*
Also on the way to my friends house, there is a road that is almost slalom like. And it was pretty glued to it. I put it up to the all time all wheel drive resisting huggin the road, even in areas where i would not tempt on the slk for whippin out the rear.
The 4Matic itself, being used for when you need it is cool! I dont know how many people have it here on there other MB's, but i think it works great. My driveway is about 1/5 mile long, and uphill. And its mostly plow, but still plenty enough to give me and my slk a run for its money everytime i go up it. It went up with no problem, even when i decided to punch it knowing i was on Ice. The ESP does go off when the all wheel drive was kickin in more, which i was a little surprised. Restricting the engine so much didnt seem quite like the answer. So i figured I would try it again with the esp, and realized, YES IT DOES restrict a lot. So i did what any other person bored with a 4matic and a bunch of ice and snow did. I went back down and turned the ESP off. When intentionally tryin to make it slip, i still couldnt, as the 4matic kept it solid, with minimal interference from the ESP that just doesnt go away in any MB. I had a smile on my face because getting up hasnt been as easy since I had my truck, which even with 4x4 still tended to slip.
The interior design of the car I thought was a little off though. The window lock, and window buttons are really low and forward. About halfway up my calf. Imagine if the window buttons where at the top of the bigger speaker on your slk door. Thats where they were. I thought it was quite a pain in the butt in case i wouldnt to open them. Also sitting in a comfortable position, there would be no way anyone over 5 feet tall could be comfortable in the back seat. I wold have to hug the sterring wheel, and the front passenger hug the dash. But it is a compact sedan, so its kind of expected. However, the trunk is HUGE, for the car, so was wondering why they wouldnt make the wheelbase a lil longer and set the seats about 3 to 6 inches back, and make the trunk a little smaller. or just set the seats a little higher and farther back to sit over the wheels. Thats just mho.
The exterior is a little blah, but has tremendous potential to make it look awesome. Unfortunately anyone interested buying one may be disappointed because of the awesome looks the new one will have. Unless you sign up for an elegance line.
My total opinion, For what the car is (a heavy 4 door compact, sport like sedan) its great. You can drive it year round with the 4matic. Handling is decent (doubt it had the sport suspension) and gas mileage is good. If you wanna push it, its more then ample. Its no sport car, but youll beat the pants off civics, up to acura's. Itll beat most 3 series, and some Acura's. A4's beware too, if you dont have the v6, your in trouble. Its a good car for what it is, a solid buy.
My last little bit of nit picking. I guess my third cent
. If you have a SLK, and were looking for another benz to drive as a daily, or more practical. Go for a used E class. It makes sense that if you want room, get a back seat that is more usable and practical and a little smoother ride (you already have a harsh slk ride! ....comparitively). That is of course, if your finaces can do it, and you can find one. Either way the v6's in both models are powerful and efficent.
Well thats what I thought, comments?