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Would you like to share your views of the Mercedes 280? Let us know what you think and how any replacement parts performed when fitted to the vehicle. Write your review in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

Mercedes 280 Overview

The Mercedes 280 is classed as a compact executive car and is produced by the German automobile manufacturing company Mercedes-Benz. The 280 is part of the Mercedes C-Class range and has been in production since 1993 up to the present day. The C-Class replaced the 190 class and competes with the likes of the BMW 3-series. The C-Class is available in saloon and estate versions. These cars have the now familiar top of the range Mercedes safety features and amazingly good performance. They have a stylish design but are not as refined as you would expect. They are comfortable, spacious and luxurious inside. This is not as value for money as the BMW 3-series. Does this sound like your experience of the Mercedes 280?

Mercedes 280 History

The first generation (1993-2000) 280 had a 2.8L petrol engine and was the top end of the Mercedes C-class range. Although the styling of the first C-Class cars was carried over from the previous 190 range, it had some of its own styling, making it rounder. The second generation (2000-06) 280 had a 3.0L petrol engine and no longer meant that the name donated the engine size, i.e. 280 equalling 2.8L. This version was facelifted in 2004 with some exterior and interior refreshments. The third generation (2007-present) 280 has a 3.0L petrol engine and is built on a different platform, making it slightly larger than the previous versions, taking some inspiration from the S-Class. This is the current version on the market.

Model types

Classic Espirit Elegance Sport Elegance SE Classic SE Avantgarde SE SE

Fuel Economy

The Mercedes 280 has been available as 2.8 and 3.0L petrol engines, with the later versions being a 3.0L. The best fuel economy you will get out of the 280 engines is around 30mpg. Which engine do you have and how does it perform economically? The fuel type, engine size and age of vehicle are determining factors when considering fuel economy.


The Mercedes 280 has been available in 5 or 6 speed manual and 5, 6 or 7 speed automatic gearboxes depending on which version. Which gearbox do you have and how do you rate its performance? We have a section of our website dedicated to Mercedes gearbox parts where you can begin to search for your 280 gearbox parts.


If you are looking for Mercedes 280 parts then look no further. Here at Breakeryard we have a comprehensive network of UK Breakers with parts for all makes and models at amazingly low prices. Enter your vehicle details in our part finder or visit the 280 parts page to locate the exact part you need for your vehicle.