Well, actually MB has one of the highest re-sale values. I still got the RSX-S though. The car is a blast to drive. It has just about the best stick shift that I've ever tried. I guess I am getting bored with my A/T Maxima; the RSX-S is very refreshing.
I took the MB Powertrip yesterday morning, and really liked what I saw. The C230 felt like a Benz to me, ie, solid and heavy. The handling was pretty good, though I'm sure that the RSX could run circles around it.
The biggest difference that I have found so far is the interior room. I'm 5' 10 1/2 " (what I weigh is a personal matter, and none of your damn business!), and having sat in both of them, I think that the C230 is much more comforable to spend time in. Especially in the rear, with the RSX's bump intruding on where your head is supposed to go. If you're comparing between the two, and will have 4 non-munchkins in it at once, I'd highly recommend trying to fit in the RSX. This was the deciding factor for me crossing it off my list. Now, only two contenders left: Mini vs. C230.
You want the best interior room in a compact car and you would even think to include the Mini on your list? I saw the Mini at this year's auto show. While BMW does manage to create a very large interior for a very small car, it is still a cramped car (I think it's even classified as a sub-compact vehicle). But I hear its engine is very sweet.
Unless you have, you don't really get an idea of how much passenger room there is in the car. I actually had more headroom in the Mini than either of the other two cars. Legroom wasn't all that great, but I could fit in the rear with the driver's seat placed where I like it (I position myself close to the wheel, so if you drive ghetto-style, with the seat all of the way back, your rearseat passengers will hate you).
Now, I'm not saying that there's alot of trunk room either, but the car could definitely handle 4 people better than the RSX.
Actually, the engine is what's gotten the worst reviews so far of all of the features. It's kind of harsh. That's been the story with the base Cooper engine; hopefully, the S engine will be a different story.
Test drove the Mercedes C230 Coupe at the 2001 Mercedes Powertrip held just recently. Its a pretty quick car and fun to drive.
I haven't driven the RSX, but given the amount of standard features in the C230, I think the C230 is a better value. I have the new RSX brochure from Acura and there are plenty of nice features in the car, but MB has all those features plus other stuff like curtain airbags.
There was a 3-day Mini event in n. NJ, culminating at BMW's NA hq. At the hq, they had two new Minis that were there. We were all allowed to go through them, and I took a lot of pics of various parts. I even got to see some idiots break some small interior bits.
If you keep watching the events section of miniusa.com, they will post info on future events. I think that several Minis will be making appearances at US dealers in October or so.
As far as standard features go, the rsx has leather and sunroof that the c230 doesn't. And, it seems as though you won't even be able to order leather in the c230 for a while anyway. True, the c230 has other stuff that the RSX doesn't, but I think that they pretty much wipe each other out as far as standard features go.
Interiors on both are pretty nice. I think the MB was a little nicer.
I saw the RSX first and thought the exterior looked a little funky at first. Dealer added $2500 in extras to it. Wing for $895, ground effects $1500 and door protectors for $185 which should cost $25. They were asking MSRP plus extras for around $26k and change.
I then went across the street to the MB dealer and saw the MB 230. The exterior looked kind of econobox. To me, the Acura looked nicer. As for the prestige of the MB, forget it. Anyone who know the car won't be impressed by the bottom of the line MB. They added the leather seats and the package with the panoramic moonroof. Sticker was about $31k and change (the 2 additional packages added $7k total total).
I'll have to find a time when the Acura dealer is open for a test drive. I might consider trading my Prelude SH if they give me a decent trade value.
#19 of 19 Hi Folks- Let's please continue this subject