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Six Slick Facts About the Mercedes Benz C220

  • International soccer sensation Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most famous owners of the Mercedes Benz C220. This is worth mentioning because it bucks at the informal, unmentioned trend that rich superstars get only Ferraris, Porsches, Lamboghinis, Bugattis, and other fast and sleek sports cars. Granted, he does own all those other ones too-it's still nice to know that the Real Madrid socceroo goes for cars with class as well!

  • Mercedes Benz's naming conventions seem to always confuse a lot of people-they've run down close to the entire alphabet already. The "C" class is no exception to this. Many have guessed that it stands for "citizen" due to the size-the people's car, the Volkswagen, is small too. As romantic as that sounds, "C" actually stand for "compact." Since 1997, the "A" class has been the most compact of all Mercedes Benzes-a category it took from the "C" class.

  • Also known as the baby Benz, the C220 is certainly one of Mercedes Benz's smaller automobiles. Do not let that fool you however; it is still rather large when put side by side with other cars-like Japanese imports! Still, it's a welcome addition to the lineup as a lot of consumers had mentioned that the cars produced by the German manufacturing giant were far too big for their tastes!

  • In a head-to-head race with Mercedes Benz C220s from Europe, C220s from America are going to lose every time! That's because US tire-speed restriction forced Mercedes Benz to electronically limit the speed to 130 mph-that's a lot slower than those driving about mainland Europe. Other changes in the American version include a third stop light, side lights next to the turn signals up front, and no specific trim level choices.

  • How can you tell if your Mercedes Benz C220 is a souped-up model? Check the trunk lid. All cars from the German giant that have supercharged engine will have "Kompressor" in metallic, raised letters on the trunk lid opposite the car's designation.

  • The C220 is one of Mercedes Benz's truly "global" car-in terms of manufacturing, at least! It is manufactured in Germany, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and even a city called "6th of October" in Egypt. That's a circuit all around the world!

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  • Common Gripes with the Mercedes Benz C220

    Mercedes Benz is known for its classy cars. Even the compact C220 is no slouch when it comes to looks and performance. Although clearly meant to straddle the more "affordable" end of Mercedes Benz's product range, the fact that it carries the roundel proudly means it is still quite a luxury vehicle. Like all vehicles, however, it suffers its own particular set of hiccups that one needs to be aware of. The great thing about the C220 is that these problems and gripes are few and far between.

    Burn, baby, burn

    A terrifyingly common problem with the C220 has to do with the main wiring harness in the engine. The casing of the wires within the harness had a disturbing tendency to melt causing, at "best" simply cause troubles malfunctioning gauges, decreased performance, persistent "check engine" warnings, and poorer fuel economy. At absolute worst, it could cause the car to catch fire and burn down. This was most observed in the 1996 release of the C220.

    The only ways to remedy this potentially hazardous problem would be to take its manufacturer or to replace the warning harness with an American-made equivalent.

    Start, stopÂ… stop

    Another strange hiccup of an otherwise classy, luxury ride is its odd tendency to have start up difficulties near the 70,000 mile mark in its service life. Most commonly seen manifested in the 1995 release of the C220, it is also a pretty serious problem considering that starting up is the first essential thing that a vehicle needs to do to be driven. It's not as severe as, say, the car going up in smoke but it's pretty bad as it is.

    Owners have noted that the only solution is to take it back to the manufacturer who will then recalibrate or replace the control module on the C220's engine block. The silver lining here is that it isn't a fault of the engine, at least mechanically-that would cost far more to replace.

    As worrying as these difficulties and gripes are, they seem to be more a manifestation of the particular manufacturing sensibilities in Europe, and are far less expressed in American versions.