You have to go all the way back to 1984 when the first "Baby Benz" model was introduced. That sedan, which was also known as a compact executive car, opened the Mercedes brand to buyers who wanted a car that was smaller, but just as reliable as the bigger Mercedes models available at that time.
Affordable German Luxury – Although Mercedes now sells an even smaller A-Class model in some markets, but not in North America, the C-Class continues to offer German luxury at affordable prices, with its newest models selling in the low $30,000 range. That entry-level pricing puts the C-Class squarely in line with its chief competitors including the segment-leading BMW 3 Series as well as the competent Audi A4. The Mercedes repairs services are always ready for your help.
Available in either rear or all-wheel drive, the earliest Mercedes C-Class models were powered by a variety of gas or diesel four-cylinder engines with six-cylinder power optional. But for ultimate power buyers could choose an AMG series model which was powered by a 6.2L V8 engine, an impressive amount of force residing in a small body. Needless to say, those models were rare and quite expensive.
Check The Recalls – So what are some of the challenges facing Mercedes C-Class owners, especially drivers of those cars which have been on the road for a number of years and have long since used up their initial warranty? Well, some of the earlier models including the 1993-2000 Mercedes C-Class sedans, went through a recall to fix corner and bumper headlamps which the federal government said didn't meet regulatory requirements. The problem was minor in that the sedans didn't contain the required amber side reflectors and most cars were quickly fixed to comply with the recall.
The Mercedes C-Class continues to receive high marks from industry analysts as well as from consumer advocates. This is good news for owners who benefit from dependable transportation and high resale values which keep the "Baby Benz" at the top of many buyer's lists whether they're shopping new or used.