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!
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.
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.
FAQs—Mercedes Benz C220
My Mercedes Benz C220 comes with the carmaker's Maintenance System, so servicing my sedan has been way too easy since day 1. Lately, I think the system has accidentally reset. What should I do? Can I perform the resetting all by myself?
You shouldn't tinker the system by yourself. What you should do instead is to contact your dealer or the nearest authorized Mercedes Benz center and asked the experts to correct the problem. Resetting the system is only advisable if proper maintenance service has been done. If you make the mistake of resetting it without carrying out the necessary maintenance regimens, the engine or other vehicle components can get damaged, and if this happens, the damage will no longer be covered by the Mercedes Benz New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
I heard tire rotations can't be done in all vehicles. Is that true? Can I perform such trick in my Mercedes Benz C220?
Yes, tire rotations can't be performed in all vehicles—it can only be done on rides with the same front-and-rear tire dimensions; it isn't possible on vehicles with different front and rear tire sizes. If the dimensions of your C220's tires are the same, you can properly rotate the tires by observing the rotation pattern of the front and rear tires. Such pattern will maintain the intended tire rotation and direction. On unidirectional tires, there's an arrow on the sidewall indicating the tires' spinning direction. Check your manual for the recommended schedule and intervals of tire rotation, or do so as soon as the first sign of uneven tread wear is observed.
What are the recommended types of engine oil for my C220?
You can check your manual for the specific type and grade of oil required by your engine. If your C220 comes with the MB Maintenance System, you can't go for the conventional petroleum-based oils. You must never use oils and filters that aren't required by such system or else your warranty will be nullified. Using oil additives and changing of oil and filters longer than the system's recommended intervals are also not covered by the Mercedes-Benz New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
Can you give me some tips on how I can improve my sedan's fuel efficiency so I can spend less money on gas and without spending some for new parts and add-ons?
You can reduce your ride's fuel consumption by simply maintaining some of the factors and components that directly affect the vehicle's performance. Proper tire inflation, for one, gives a 3% increase in fuel efficiency; so make it a point to monitor your tire pressure regularly. It also pays to check your air filter regularly and replace it at the right interval as a dirty air filter hurts the vehicle's fuel economy big time. You should avoid driving on dusty roads so as not to shorten the service life of the air filter. Lightening your car's load also pays big time when it comes to fuel economy. Get rid of the heavy stuffs on the trunk especially if you don't use them often. Remember that any extra 100 pounds you put in your ride increases the fuel consumption by 1 to 2%. You can also save fuel by keeping your fuel tank quarter full. Running on low fuel just put a lot of stress on the fuel pump. Avoiding stop-and-go city driving can also helps you get better fuel mileage.
Mercedes Benz C220: The Baby Benz
Built to replace the smaller 190-Class sedan, the Mercedes Benz C220 is part of the C-Class family of sedans. Designed after the larger Mercedes Benz E-Class sedan, the C220 offered utmost luxury and comfort. Although the Mercedes Benz C220 is considered as an entry-level sport/luxury sedan, it’s a favorite amongst fans for its performance, solidity, and state-of-the-art safety features. The Mercedes Benz C220 will always stand tall in a very competitive automotive market.
1993 to 2000: Birth of the Baby Benz
Powered by a 2.2-liter OM611 diesel I4 engine, the Mercedes Benz C220 sported a smoother and rounder design, compared to its predecessors. Automatic transmission was standard for all C220 models but eventually, a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox was offered as an option. Since Mercedes Benz is known for its innovative safety features, all C-Class models, including the C220, were equipped with a standard driver airbag, anti-lock braking system, and integrated side-impact protection. Traction Control, Limited Slip Differential(ASD/ASR), and Brake Assist (BAS) were also included in the C220’s list of safety features.
2001 to 2005: The CDI Sports Coupe
Designed with a swooping fastback roofline, the C220 CDI Sports Coupe was the“inexpensive Mercedes Benz”. The new C220 was 178 millimeters shorter than the C220 sedan, and a panorama sunroof was offered as an option to give the rear passengers a less cramped feel. The Mercedes Benz C220 CDI sports coupe was fitted with a 2.2-liter 16-valve I4 Turbo-Diesel OM646 engine. Adding an automatic transmission and leather upholstery to the C220 sports coupe, made it a more stylist off-shoot of the C-Class sedan in North America. Unfortunately, due to its unpopularity to the younger buyers, the Mercedes Benz C220 CDI Sports Coupe was discontinued in the United States after the 2005 model year.
2007: The Mercedes Benz Vision C220 BLUETEC
With Mercedes Benz’s philosophy of seeing obstacles as opportunities, the automaker designed and built the Vision C220 BLUETEC concept sedan. The Vision C220’s inline 4-cylinder, variable nozzle, turbocharged engine, with a third-generation common-rail direct injection engine, consumes only 5.5-liters of low-sulfur diesel for every 100 kilometers. In compliance with the new U.S diesel standards, the BLUETEC engine is designed with the latest NOx and diesel-carbon reducing technology. Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, the Vision C220 can accelerate from 0-100 kilometers in just 8.5 seconds.
2009: The C220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY
Thanks to the Vision C220 BLUETEC concept sedan, Mercedes Benz built newer models that were fuel-efficient. The new C220 CDI sedan is equipped with a 2.2-liter 16-valve I4 twin turbo OM651 DE 22 LA engine, coupled with a new 6-speed manual transmission. A laminated glass windscreen, reduced body weight, streamlined exterior mirrors housing, aerodynamically tuned wheels, and a lightweight transmission were some of the new design features adopted for the new Mercedes Benz C220 BlueEFFICIENCY sedan.