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#3825 of 7297 new accord versus a used c220
Jun 29, 2001 (8:53 am)
I am looking at buying a car and would like some advice between a new accord ex (4 or 6 cyl) versus a 1996 C220 with 52000 miles. I have heard and don't know if this is true, that the Mercedes are more expensive to maintain and the body may not hold up as well. I am looking to hold onto this car for at least 5 years and could very easily put 100,000+ miles on it. Thoughts?
#3826 of 7297 new accord versus a used c220
Jun 29, 2001 (9:19 am)
Here is a thought. Go look at a C220 (or any modern Benz, for that matter) with 100k on the clock, then look at an Accord with 100k on the clock.
My hunch is that both will run fine, but the cheap materials of the Honda will start to show their age (uphostry, paint, thin sheetmetal, etc).
There are many Benz's in the world with multiple 100k miles on them. How many Hondas last that long? Benz's are built to last, Hondas (and most other cars for that matter) are disposables.
Do I sound opinionated? Good. I am.
Jun 29, 2001 (9:20 am)
Having owned both I would go with the Benz. No contest. Whoever told you the Benz "may not hold up as well" is wrong. Go drive one with 300K miles, and there are many around, and you will find it still solid. A V6 accord will be more peppy than a C220 but there is no comparison in the ride.
#3828 of 7297 Problems with Climate Control
Jun 29, 2001 (11:34 am)
Bought a C320 about two weeks ago and so far everything has been great. The only problem I have is figuring out the climate control, when it is not on auto. Whenever we turn it off, put it on EC or open the windows/sunroof, the middle of the front window fogs up. The manual states that that can happen when the auto function is off, but I figure there must be a way to use the sunroof without the fogging problems. Does anyone know how to get rid of this problem or is there something wrong with my climate control?
Thanks for the help.
#3829 of 7297 Benz vs. Honda
Jun 29, 2001 (11:50 am)
The best comparative testimonial I can recall is that of a German coachbuilder that converted Mercedes Coupés to convertibles. One customer asked for a Honda/Acura Legend Coupé to be converted in the same way as the Mercedes the shop was used to working on. When the workers began cutting, they noticed that all the Honda/Acura sheetmetal was thin. So thin, in fact, that they had to but new welding equipment to finish the Honda/Acura job, as the welding kit used on the Mercedes would burn holes clean through the Honda/Acura. The chassis needed more reinforcement too, to make up for the loss of the roof.
Enough said - this is not urban legend (no pun intended) - it was published in a US car magazine a few years ago.
#3830 of 7297 3625 of 3630 interesting post I found by mleskovar
Jun 29, 2001 (12:13 pm)
Mark -- thank you for the info contained in your post.
#3831 of 7297 Benz VS Accord
Jun 29, 2001 (1:29 pm)
Hi Guys, I had a 98 Accord very good car no doubt but I also have a 95C280....No comparision..I love the BENZ. I'd buy the BENZ again... I have 33000 miles on my C no problems not one... love the car but do plan to sell. I can't decide between the new C or the ML.
I used the C280 in snow felt pretty good and safe.. Guys help me decide between the ML and C PLEASE!! I love them both.
Jun 29, 2001 (1:34 pm)
I have the same fogging in a little spot right in the middle. It doesn't spread, so it's not a big deal, but I've tried lots of different settings and nothing seems to work.
#3833 of 7297 Teleaid
Jun 29, 2001 (3:14 pm)
I recently had an accident whereby my front airbag deployed. About 10 secs later, the Teleaid came on and asked if I needed help.
I'm now a firm believer in this great feature!!!
By the way, getting spare body parts is very difficult on the 2001 C320, took 12wks to have my car fixed. Half the parts had to be flown in from Germany.