Mercedes-Benz is commonly viewed as a luxurious and expensive car brand. The C-Class is the entry-level model for its sedan line and was introduced to the public in 1993 as a successor to the soon-to-be-phased-out 190 Class line. The 230 Kompressor is a type of engine available in C-Class line. This engine was introduced in 1999 and was used in the model line up until 2002. It was phased out starting the 2003 model year, when it was replaced by a smaller, though still supercharged, engine producing almost similar power outputs.
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Engine and Transmission
The 1999 C-Class 230 Kompressor and the 1998 C-Class 230 actually share the same four-cylinder inline engine. The difference is in the Kompressor, or supercharger. Where the naturally aspirated engine was pushing out 148 horsepower at 5500rpm and 162ft.-lb. of torque at 4000rpm, the supercharged version had an increase to 185 horsepower at 5500rpm and 207ft.-lb. of torque at 1800rpm. Over its years of use in the C-Class model line, there have been some minimal tweaks to the engine, making it produce more horsepower --- 192 --- and less torque --- 200 --- though by and large, the actual engine itself remained the same.
The 1999 C230 Kompressor only came with one type of transmission option: a five-speed automatic overdrive. Toward the end of the engine's use in the model line, it could be matched up with either the five-speed automatic overdrive transmission or an optional six-speed manual transmission. In the last year of its use, which was 2002, the 230 Kompressor engine was only used in the coupe trim of the C-Class model line.
The 1999 C230 Kompressor engine was rated with a fuel efficiency of 21mpg for city driving and 29mpg for highway driving. By 2002 those figures remained roughly the same, except the highway rating for the five-speed automatic overdrive transmission went down to 28mpg. The C230 Kompressor engine matched with the six-speed manual transmission was rated at 19mpg and 29mpg for city and highway driving, respectively.
Steering and Suspension
The 1999 C-Class had a recirculating ball-type steering system matched with front and rear independent coil-spring suspension. The 2002 model, due to the complete redesign of the line for the 2001 model year, changed to a rack-and-pinion steering system, though it maintained the front and rear independent coil-spring suspension system.
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