Go Back  MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz Sedans > C Class (W205)
Anyone disappointed by their C300 4cyl? >

Anyone disappointed by their C300 4cyl?

Notices
C Class (W205) C 180 BlueTec,C 200 BlueTec,C 220 BlueTec,C 220 BlueTec BlueEfficiency,C 250 BlueTec,C 300 BlueTec Hybridplus,C 180,C 180 BlueEfficiency,C 200,C 250,C 300,C 400 Plug-in Hybrid,C 400

Anyone disappointed by their C300 4cyl?

 
Old 02-07-2019, 04:45 PM
  #1  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2010 Mercedes C300 4Matic
Anyone disappointed by their C300 4cyl?

Trying to determine if I will regret not buying a C450 with the biturbo V6. My budget will allow either a 2016 C450 or a 2018 C300. The biturbo V6 is a huge expense, so Iím wondering if it is worthwhile? It seems like a 2 year newer car with a quarter the mileage would be a better long term choice. Thank you.
Chad Zappa is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 05:08 PM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Mikey53's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 680
Liked 59 Times in 47 Posts
2016 C300 Sport 4matic
Nope, I’m not disappointed at all.
Mikey53 is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 05:32 PM
  #3  
Member
 
JAMADOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Spring, TX
Posts: 119
Liked 13 Times in 13 Posts
2015 C300 Sport
Nothing negative here. I came from an EcoBoost (2.7TT) F150, and the C300 has a similar pwr/weight.

I drove a couple '15 C400s & loved the drive and power. But my ins agent put a hold on that plan, the premiums were significantly higher than the C300 (nearly double).
JAMADOR is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 05:55 PM
  #4  
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 6
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2010 Mercedes C300 4Matic
Originally Posted by JAMADOR View Post
Nothing negative here. I came from an EcoBoost (2.7TT) F150, and the C300 has a similar pwr/weight.

I drove a couple '15 C400s & loved the drive and power. But my ins agent put a hold on that plan, the premiums were significantly higher than the C300 (nearly double).
Thanks. Iíve driven the C450 and an EcoBoost, but not the C300 with the 4cyl. Iím mostly afraid Iíd be dissapointed by difference. The mature and practical choice seems to be the newer car with two extra years of remaining warranty, but my wife and I both also really love that rumble the biturbo V6 makes, lol
Chad Zappa is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 09:59 PM
  #5  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 177
Liked 40 Times in 38 Posts
2017 E300, P2, 19" AMG wheels, piedmont green, nut brown leather
Even in the E class, the 4cyl is not a disappointment. Paired with the 9 speed auto, it is lively and quick around town. Only runs out of steam if you want to accelerate quickly at higher highway speeds. For nearly all of my driving, it is perfect - I do not think you will be disappointed.
Lanzz is offline  
Old 02-07-2019, 11:03 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
GreekUPS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Westchester County, NY
Posts: 384
Liked 43 Times in 41 Posts
Ď15 C300 4M Sport
Do a test drive. Also thereís plenty power upgrades for the C300.
GreekUPS is online now  
Old 02-07-2019, 11:27 PM
  #7  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
2014 GL450
Tune it!
soloz123 is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 12:17 AM
  #8  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 66
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
C400
You'll be happy with either! Compare all the available option packages on each, and see how that brings the price up or down accordingly...
DylanM is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 12:17 AM
  #9  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Kirkland, WA
Posts: 46
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
2016 C300 4Matic
I didn't buy this car for speed, so I am not disappointed at all. In fact, I think it has enough power to impress me for a non-performance compact sedan.

V6 would be definitely faster but not M3 fast. It's all about finding the right balance. For me, since I wasn't looking for a fast car to begin with, C300 was plenty powerful.
sunk318 is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 02:49 AM
  #10  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 48
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
BMW
If you're looking to buy a fast car the C300 isn't the right one.
vanondemand is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 11:14 AM
  #11  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 46
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
C400
Originally Posted by soloz123 View Post
Tune it!
What he said /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\ /\
j0hn galt is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 12:05 PM
  #12  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 66
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
2016 C 300 4matic Lunar blue
I had a 2015 GLA250, with what would appear to be the same 2 l. engine that is in my newish(to me) 2016 C300. The GLA250 seemed quite lively in S mode, with 208 HP. The C300 seems much more lively at 241 HP.
fbsdmd is online now  
Old 02-08-2019, 02:11 PM
  #13  
Member
 
JAMADOR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Spring, TX
Posts: 119
Liked 13 Times in 13 Posts
2015 C300 Sport
Yeah, the CLA/GLA get the detuned FWD version.
IMO, the DCT in the CLA/GLA is too jerky at parking lot speeds, and the C does much better with the 7G-tronic.
JAMADOR is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 02:41 PM
  #14  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 66
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
2016 C 300 4matic Lunar blue
Originally Posted by JAMADOR View Post
Yeah, the CLA/GLA get the detuned FWD version.
IMO, the DCT in the CLA/GLA is too jerky at parking lot speeds, and the C does much better with the 7G-tronic.
I lived with the GLA for 3 years. It was a handy little SUV, but had some serious problems. Very jerky at all speeds, not just parking lot speeds. Halogen headlights were awful. The most serious problem was the very limited visibility, especially on the driver's side. This was not a car you would want to own without the side sensors. Also, visibility out the back was quite limited. It did not feel like a heavy duty car; everything seemed to be designed light/almost flimsy. The C300 is so much more comfortable to drive, especially with the LED headlights at night. My GLA was a 2015, and there were a lot of improvements with the new models, but visibility was not improvable. It was really a good looking little SUV....
fbsdmd is online now  
Old 02-08-2019, 05:29 PM
  #15  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Bayarea, California
Posts: 535
Liked 23 Times in 23 Posts
2003 C320 coupe/c450 in Feb 2016
i have a 2016 C450.
just got a brand new 2019 C300 as loaner with 18 miles on it ! (c450 is getting windshield replacement at dealer).
when i start the c300 with sport+, it so quiet, it just like a regular start.
the C450 is more fun to drive
netboy is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 05:34 PM
  #16  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Bayarea, California
Posts: 535
Liked 23 Times in 23 Posts
2003 C320 coupe/c450 in Feb 2016
Originally Posted by JAMADOR View Post
Nothing negative here. I came from an EcoBoost (2.7TT) F150, and the C300 has a similar pwr/weight.

I drove a couple '15 C400s & loved the drive and power. But my ins agent put a hold on that plan, the premiums were significantly higher than the C300 (nearly double).
do you believe i pay 3300$ annually for insurance (AAA) on the 2016 C450 ?
maybe i drive alot, i drive 20,000 miles annually plus my coverage is $500,000 liability.
netboy is offline  
Old 02-08-2019, 07:13 PM
  #17  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 56
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
C400
I've driven both, and own the C400. I wouldn't necessarily be disappointed with the 300, but would tune it as others have said. I prefer the 6, as the 4 is punchy and quick, but it does not hold a candle to the v6 at full trot.
The v6 feels much more substantial, the nose is a little heavy in the twisties (I have some fun road on my way to work), but it is more car in all the right ways and still corners very, very well. The steering is just a little heavier and fast switchbacks are somewhat muted. Add a JB4 from BMS, and you're in some serious company as far as performance goes. I still want a v8, though. So, maybe the above differences are not that important to you. You'll know when you drive both and do the math.
So, if they're both a serious option, drive them both. Experience the difference, then decide.
GJC400 is offline  
Old 02-09-2019, 10:20 AM
  #18  
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 157
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
2018 C300
Originally Posted by netboy View Post
do you believe i pay 3300$ annually for insurance (AAA) on the 2016 C450 ?
maybe i drive alot, i drive 20,000 miles annually plus my coverage is $500,000 liability.
That's three times as much as I pay for my C300.
jlr82 is offline  
Old 02-09-2019, 11:37 AM
  #19  
Super Member
 
chassis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Indiana, USA
Posts: 624
Liked 66 Times in 64 Posts
2017 GLE350 4MATIC, 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i
Not disappointed. I have driven a C300 as a service loaner, and today my wife and I test drove a C300. Nice acceleration, considering it is the base powertrain option.
chassis is offline  
Old 02-09-2019, 02:11 PM
  #20  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,653
Liked 490 Times in 425 Posts
2016 C300
Originally Posted by Chad Zappa View Post


Thanks. Iíve driven the C450 and an EcoBoost, but not the C300 with the 4cyl. Iím mostly afraid Iíd be dissapointed by difference. The mature and practical choice seems to be the newer car with two extra years of remaining warranty, but my wife and I both also really love that rumble the biturbo V6 makes, lol
The ďtellĒ here is that last line... youíre really not looking for a sedate sedan... you guys want something way sexier and way more fun. Maturity and practicality are crappy reasons to deprive yourself. Itís your money of course and if you think youíll get in a 300 every morning and get excited about how practical it is, get the 300. If you think, as I do, that once the novelty of the new car has worn off youíll have a nagging regret, Iíd find a way to make a C450/C43 work.

Really, the one year only 2015 C400 with the TT V6 would probably check a lot of boxes for you and split the difference. It lacks the attitude of the C450, but itís smoother and more powerful than the C300.

Anyway, please post pics of your C450 when you get it.😉
Mike5215 is offline  
The following users liked this post: Mike5215
DylanM (02-10-2019)
Old 02-09-2019, 11:16 PM
  #21  
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
2008 CLK 350
I am disappointed with my 2015 C300. I traded out of a 2017 Porsche Macan S with 80,000 miles (I was the original owner) and greatly miss the quality of that vehicle. Light years difference between the Macam and the C300.

For me, the worst aspect of the C300 is the engine. The clattering sounds are below what I think of as Mercedes quality (Iíve previously owned a 2008 CLK350 and a 1986 190E), and the lack of torque at highway passing speeds is annoying. For a comparison (this isnít an exaggeration), in the CClass going full bore for 2-4 seconds starting at 75 mph! Iíll reach 90-95. In the S, I would be reaching 110+. I admit the engine note sounds better the harder you flog the car, but I donít want to drive the car at 7/10ths all the time.

Interiors-wise, the MB closes the gap, but is maybe 80% of the Porscheís quality. I wonít. Get into the differences in tech between the two vehicles as two yearsí difference is huge in this area.

For suspension/handling the Macan, despite its weight penalty, could run rings around the C300. On the same highway ramp the Macan is probably 3-5 mph quicker, Iím continually surprised at how soft the rear suspension is of the C class. I wish I could upgrade the sways as a starting point.

the one positive for the C300 is the mpg. Ií m getting about 31 on the highway. The Macan achieved 24. Thatís the primary reason I bought the C class, as I drive 150 miles daily. But I also bought the car as a means to divide the cost of a new Porsche into 2 cars, so I could purchase a used Cayman as the better car, and still have a beater that would be acceptable. As a beater the car is probably slightly above average in its class.

I consciously selected this car due to its price (no payments!) and interior, so this isnít sour grapes. But after driving it for 7,000 miles I need to remind myself during the long commute of the reasons I bought the car, and I donít look back at the car when I leave it.


Last edited by pkaia524; 02-09-2019 at 11:23 PM.
pkaia524 is offline  
Old 02-10-2019, 10:06 AM
  #22  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 66
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
C400
Originally Posted by Mike5215 View Post
Really, the one year only 2015 C400 with the TT V6 would probably check a lot of boxes for you and split the difference. It lacks the attitude of the C450, but it’s smoother and more powerful than the C300.


That's one of the reasons I picked my C400... It's quite the sleeper and can be tuned into a real beast (once enough courage can be plucked up)...

Last edited by DylanM; 02-10-2019 at 10:12 AM.
DylanM is offline  
Old 02-10-2019, 04:45 PM
  #23  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,653
Liked 490 Times in 425 Posts
2016 C300
Originally Posted by DylanM View Post
That's one of the reasons I picked my C400... It's quite the sleeper and can be tuned into a real beast (once enough courage can be plucked up)...
Yeah, itís a shame they discontinued it. Iíd have vastly preferred it to the C300, especially the C300 with the seven speed transmission. A 300 isnít quick or fun, which is okay since itís not a sport sedan, but its drive train is too choppy, raspy and unrefined for it to be a luxury sedan either.

My Ď16 C300 is fully optioned (aside from 4 Matic) and pretty enough but I was bored with it after a year. Never bonded with it like I did my previous Mercedes. I think the C400 would have held my interest longer.

I ended up giving the 300 to one of my kids to run out the lease and did a custom build Ď18 430i with a manual six speed. No problem bonding with that thing whatsoever.

The BMS JB4 is what youíre looking for in a piggyback tune in terms of safety and bang for the buck. I have one in the 430. Big difference.

http://www.burgertuning.com/mercedes...00_Stage1.html

They also make an intake for the 400 thatíll help optimize the tune and make more power but itís not required. The car will breathe better but youíll be able to hear the turboís waste gates.

Last edited by Mike5215; 02-10-2019 at 05:23 PM.
Mike5215 is offline  
The following users liked this post: Mike5215
DylanM (02-10-2019)
Old 02-11-2019, 08:55 PM
  #24  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: NJ
Posts: 64
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
C400
My C400 is currently in for warranty work and I currently have a 2019 C300 loaner. The C300 is fast enough, but its not really exhilarating. In terms of speed I cannot wait to get the C400 back. The engine rumble and acceleration is absolutely worth it for me. I found myself cruising at 73 or so in the C300 in Sport mode. The C400 loves 90mph way too much. One thing to consider is suspension. I have the sport suspension and it is really rough making long trips a pain in the back for me. I've unfortunately run into a lot of little BS with the C400. Tons of fit issues, electronic issues, and recalls. Kind of a bummer in the quality control department but it is a first generation model and I guess stuff like this happens. I doubt the C43 has as many issues. Front tires also wear out very fast.
Igotsoul4u is offline  
Old 02-12-2019, 12:05 AM
  #25  
MBWorld Fanatic!
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 7,653
Liked 490 Times in 425 Posts
2016 C300
Yeah, all the 205ís are unnecessarily stiff. I swapped the runflats for Michelin Pilot Supersports about 2 lbs under on psi. Every little bit helps.
Mike5215 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Quick Reply: Anyone disappointed by their C300 4cyl?


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: