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Autotrader Find: 2004 Mercedes C230 With Race-Car Looks

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author photo by Doug DeMuro December 2016

When I was browsing the Autotrader listings looking for today's Autotrader Find, I got really excited when I saw this one. A touring car! A European touring car! A true race car! Right here on Autotrader! FOR ONLY $5,000! Then, I clicked the listing, and I instantly became disappointed. And then I discovered why: Florida.

Let me present this car from the outside in. On the outside, it truly looks like a Mercedes C-Class that would compete in some European touring car-race series. It has the crazy-low body kit, it has the racing bumpers, it has the yellow headlights, it has all the racing decals, and it has low-profile performance tires. This thing looks mean, fierce, ready for competition.

And then you get inside.

You know what modifications have been made to this car's interior? Some of the trim is red. And it looks like they've put little Mercedes-Benz covers over the seat belts. That's it. And although the ad only shows one image of the engine, it's clearly the same story under the hood: This isn't a touring car. This is just a 2004 Mercedes C230 sedan with 129,000 miles and some decals on it.

Offered by DK Auto Sales in Hollywood, Florida, this 2004 C230 admittedly looks really cool. It also has a clean, 2-owner Carfax report with a lot of services at Mercedes-Benz dealerships. But ultimately, it's not the touring car I was hoping for: It's just an automatic, 4-cylinder Mercedes sedan that probably gets people really excited at Cars and Coffee -- until they look inside and discover the truth.

It's $5,010, if you want it.

Mercedes-Benz C230 interior

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