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You are in the Sedans
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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#7918 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [louiswei]
Jan 22, 2007 (7:23 pm)
"how did you go from S420 to a Taurus?"
The Mercedes was a seizure. The Taurus, like 90% of our cars, was a GSA purchase. I don't work the street any more so no more cool seizures for me.
"you said what this teeny, tiny voice in me was saying"
You'll get good advice here, but most people think of a car as an appliance to get from point A to point B. For most people, an Accord or Camry is all the car they'll ever need, so choosing the Lexus or Acura is a no brainer. You, on the other hand, have expressed some feelings about what you want. For you, you deserve a car that makes you feel good.
FWIW, I had a 2001 Volvo V70 wagon (purchased CPO in 2003 with 23,000 miles on the odo). The car was totaled after my wife was struck head-on by a van going 40 MPH. We didn't give it a second thought - replaced it with a new 2004 V70. Luxury package, rear-facing 3rd row jump seats, and 16" alloys where the only add-ons. Smooth ride, quiet interior, luxurious appointments, high quality materials - best minivan I never owned. I'm a very satisfied Volvo owner.
#7919 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [goddess_1]
Jan 23, 2007 (4:05 am)
Heh, listening to one's own instincts is a lesson too hard earned, I completely understand! Let us know how it goes.
#7920 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [goddess_1]
Jan 23, 2007 (7:43 am)
so i take it you have driven both, right?
what you didn't share is what ELSE is important to you besides reliability.
The C280 and S60 are very different cars. The S60 is a bit bigger. If you get a T5, its definitely faster in a straight line. BUT, its fwd. The C280 will have better resale ... but in 8-10 years, that's not going to matter very much. Either car will only be worth a few grand, at best.
I'm surprised ... no, shocked ... they are the same price. Considering benzes are more new and have better resale ... are you sure you are looking at comparable vehicles and you KNOW the real price on them (not asking prices, as, in my experience, volvo dealers ask WAAAY more for their used cars than they are worth).
#7921 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [qbrozen]
by kyfdx HOST
Jan 23, 2007 (8:35 am)
Not to mention...(okay, I will)
FWD vs. RWD
If that is at all important to you..
(not the host here)
#7922 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [kyfdx]
Jan 23, 2007 (8:42 am)
i did mention that. :b
#7923 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [qbrozen]
by kyfdx HOST
Jan 23, 2007 (8:55 am)
I have a very short memory...
#7924 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [ivan_99]
Jan 23, 2007 (10:06 am)
Geat advice, a used car can save a bundle.
#7925 of 16087 Re: minivan sports car [fedlawman]
Jan 23, 2007 (10:34 am)
the 2004 V70 may be the best minivan you ever owned, but its handling is atrocious, and it is slow.
The BEST minivan (under $100,000) ever produced is the 2007 Corvette Z06. Now THAT is a nice handling, fast minivan!
#7926 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [qbrozen]
Jan 23, 2007 (12:21 pm)
If I told what else was important to me in a car, you'd roll your eyes! Since I feel like I nearly live in my car, I am looking for some serious creature comforts. Hey, I'm worth it. And, safety is a must -- I swear, it's like other drivers are AIMING for me!
HP, RPMs & torque are not my thing -- I expect to step on the gas and move along . . . not at a turtle's pace (my lead foot will take of that), but my ego isn't attached to my 0-60 time, either. If it was, I definitely would not be considering either of these vehicles! That's a major reason I won't go for a BMW -- it may be fast, but the ride is too rigid & uncomfortable for my tastes - I prefer to float along at the cost of some oomph & handling performance.
As for the pricing difference (or lack thereof) - I guess it comes down to the C280 being classed as MB's entry level vehicle, and the S60 as Volvo's mid-level class. In truth, the C280 is ~$2.5K-3.5K more, but I don't really consider that significant at this price range (hi $20s actual value, give or take.) Other people may view it differently. I'm finding both the C280 and S60 are offered at quite inflated prices (I live in a region that lives or dies by their vehicle class.) But, if I wanted inflated, I'd buy new.
#7927 of 16087 Re: MB C280 or Volvo S60? [goddess_1]
Jan 23, 2007 (1:31 pm)
well, that says a lot. If you do live in your car (ie, spend ALOT of time in it), I'd say go for the volvo. You won't find more comfortable seats.