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post #31 of 78
A couple of other contenders for you: Acura TL SH-AWD and VW CC VR6 4motion. I owned both A4 quattro and 3-series and would buy either again. The current A4 is a little larger than the 3-series. I think imageWIS was unhappy with his A4 because he had the FWD model . FWIW, Car and Driver did a comparison between A4/328i/TL?G37 not that long ago.
post #32 of 78
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Finished at looking at cars this past weekend. Probably going to go with the C class. The A4 is beautiful on the outside, feels like an IS on the inside, and just didn't do it for us. The 3 series is a close call, but the Merc just has it beat on manners on the road.

Thanks everyone... Pics will follow when we actually buy it.
post #33 of 78
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Finished at looking at cars this past weekend. Probably going to go with the C class. The A4 is beautiful on the outside, feels like an IS on the inside, and just didn't do it for us. The 3 series is a close call, but the Merc just has it beat on manners on the road.

Thanks everyone... Pics will follow when we actually buy it.
Good choice, IMO. Look forward to the pics and a post-purchase review.
post #34 of 78
I had the C300 in SF for several weeks. I hated every second of it. Piss poor car compared to the 3 or the 4. If you choose a C300 over a 3 series you should check to make sure your testicles were not removed in your sleep. Nice looks but terrible to drive. Vague steering. Unnecessary harsh ride (even a Camry is more sporty so why does the Merc jar you over bumps?). Complete lack of sporting ability. Languid handling. Excessive body roll. Acceleration of a minivan. Completely muffled engine noise. Thirsty. The 2010 Altima I got from Hertz back on the East Coast was a better automobile in every way besides fit and finish and looks. But since it's your wife's runabout and those are probably the most important criteria, perhaps you will be happy despite the fact that the Audi blows the doors off the Merc in terms of style. In summary, I think you chose by far the worst car. I fail to see how anyone can justify the expense of the Merc considering how bland of a car it is to drive. If you drove, for example, a 2010 Camry 2.5 SE back to back with the Merc the Camry would emerge as the more exciting and involving car. With all of the major features of the Mercedes, good looks, both do 0-60 in the 7s range, more comfortable ride than the Merc with better steering feel, and much better fuel economy. At about half the cost..
post #35 of 78
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[quote=username79;3012913]I If you choose a C300 over a 3 series you should check to make sure your testicles were not removed in your sleep. QUOTE]

Way to make your point... Ignored the rest since I don't really care about proving myself to anyone.
post #36 of 78
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I If you choose a C300 over a 3 series you should check to make sure your testicles were not removed in your sleep. QUOTE]

Way to make your point... Ignored the rest since I don't really care about proving myself to anyone.

I had a C300 loaner for an extended period and loved it. The car was terrific. Enjoy yours.
post #37 of 78
Had a lot of seat time in the C300 and it's a POS. The 3-series is just THAT much better.
post #38 of 78
If you do any sporty driving at all, you'll wish you've gone with the 3 series......


All though it might ride rougher then the MB, due to having a sportier shock setup.
post #39 of 78
I think the BMW looks better, and drives better..... But its up to what you like for style, and how it drives. Good luck... MB C300 2009 HD video review BMW 3 series 2009 Review:
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post #40 of 78
Don't forget that Lexus now comes with a 'fiery death' option.
post #41 of 78
Why the 328xi specifically? Is it the awd that's so attractive? Is the E60 5 series too big? If you want something sporty..you'll be disappointed with a 328xi, imho.
post #42 of 78
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Why the 328xi specifically?

Is it the awd that's so attractive?

Is the E60 5 series too big? If you want something sporty..you'll be disappointed with a 328xi, imho.

5 series is way too big. I have zero interest in a car that size.

Basically the Merc is winning because it is on the luxury side of the sport spectrum without being too floaty like the IS or just unresponsive and disconnected like the G. The ride in the 3 is a bit harsh, the steering is definitely better, and the exterior styling is meh.

AWD is mostly because we want to go up to Tahoe in the winter and we desperately want to leave San Francisco, so we might end up back in New England...
post #43 of 78
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5 series is way too big. I have zero interest in a car that size.

Basically the Merc is winning because it is on the luxury side of the sport spectrum without being too floaty like the IS or just unresponsive and disconnected like the G. The ride in the 3 is a bit harsh, the steering is definitely better, and the exterior styling is meh.

AWD is mostly because we want to go up to Tahoe in the winter and we desperately want to leave San Francisco, so we might end up back in New England...

Please don't let the Bimmer fanboys here dissuade you. YOU took the test drive and YOU know what car you liked best.
post #44 of 78
[quote=akatsuki;3015067]
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I If you choose a C300 over a 3 series you should check to make sure your testicles were not removed in your sleep. QUOTE] Way to make your point... Ignored the rest since I don't really care about proving myself to anyone.
Then why are you spending $40K on a car no better than a Camry? You obviously have something to prove as the car has no benefits besides the badge over lesser marquees. I argue that a Nissan Altima has better road feel and manners. Also, the C300 has a harsher ride than the three series. The C300 is *the* car for poseurs. As the entry level Mercedes it has none of the benefits of the better models and all the drawbacks.
post #45 of 78
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Then why are you spending $40K on a car no better than a Camry? You obviously have something to prove as the car has no benefits besides the badge over lesser marquees. I argue that a Nissan Altima has better road feel and manners.

Also, the C300 has a harsher ride than the three series.

The C300 is *the* car for poseurs. As the entry level Mercedes it has none of the benefits of the better models and all the drawbacks.

Seriously dude, why so hostile? You really need to chill out a bit with the name calling. That or someone will probably tell your mom - I feel like I am on Xbox with a 10 year old.
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