Kompressor or not?

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    This probably seems a really daft question but i see so many mercs with Kompressor written on the rear.

    How do you know if your car is a Kompressor?Does it have to have it written on the rear?

    And also,what exactly does it mean?
     
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    kompressor means supercharged in german i think
    180, 200 230k, e55 w211

    no 320. in fact too much to name
     
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    So should i asume that my c230 has a Kompressor engine?
     
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    not it if it has a 2.5 v6.
    if yours is an 06 i think you have a 1.8 kompressor engine or the 2.5 v6 without a compressor as the c230k only came with a 1.8 or a 2.3 kompressor
     
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    Cool.

    Just so i understand,what kind of an engine would need a Kompressor?

    How does it benefit?

    How come a 2.5 litre engine wouldn't have one?

    I am pretty new to Mercedes cars,so have many questions as each day passes.
     
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    It is a about marketing as well as emmisions. with a kompressor, you get the same amount of power from a smaller engine.
    if you can make a bigger cleaner engine you do not need to fit a kompressor for the same power,

    c230k

    1.8 k about 190hp came about 2004
    2.3k older engine, about 192hp been around since 1995
    2.5 v6 about 200hp newest of the lot
     
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    The supercharger gives you that extra boost when you put your foot down.:D

    I generates a lot more torque from the engine aswell.
     
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    It's not so much about what engines need a supercharger but how much power MB wants the engine to develop and how that will fit into the car's model range.
     
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    No problem., fire away.
    Loads of helpful people on here waiting to pass on information
     
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    So by not having the Kompressor,does it make your car have higher emmisions?

    The reason i ask this is my C230 06 is considered to have higher emmisions ,therefore from next year i will be paying £400pa for road tax.

    (The MB direct bloke forgot to mention this small factor when selling me the car!)

    I mean,even the BMW 330 is in the lower tax bracket which i find hard to believe.
     
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    A standard supercharger will make it less efficient, since the engine is having to give power to the pump. Some more advanced ones have a clutch on the supercharger to disengage when not in use. (VW have one, not sure about MB)

    Your car suffers from having a V6 engine, that will have more mechanical losses than a 4 cylinder.

    I'm not sure why the BMW 330 is in a lower band. Sometimes tyre choice will reduce CO2 by just enough to bring it into the next band down.
     
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    buy an older car, older mercs are pretty solid and if registered b4 march 2001 the road tax is £185
     
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    not having the kompressor will not give you higher emmisons, but having a V6 as opposed to a 1.8 kompressor will certainly give you higher emmissons as well as having an auto as opposed to a manual.
    Is yours a w203 or 204? i cannot recall them sticking a v6 in the w203 and calling it a c230. A c240 yes, or yours must be a rare one.
     
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    The strange thing is,by buying a newer car,you would think the opposite.
     
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    I believe it's a W203.Registered oct 06.

    W204 is the very latest shape,isn't it?
     
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    yes it is a w203. one of the latest engines put in it.
    I though your CO2 was 221. that engine in the W204 pays £300 in tax.
    what does the co2 figure say on your V5? and what body style / trim is yours
     
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    The manual says the emmisions are 222-229 g/km.The DVLA website changes the tax band at 226 g/km.

    The V5 says 229 g/km.

    The DVLA site says the c230 is 221 g/km.Do you think they go by there own figures?

    Mines the Avantgarde sports pack.
     
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    I saw one with 'PROFESSOR' on the back the other day. Tsk.
     
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    Is that avantgarde or sport? sport will have 6 spoke alloys and an AMG front air scoop and a rear lip spoiler. avantgarde will have 5 spoke alloys
    They go by the V5.
     
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