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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Wagon
#7 of 12 Re: . [wale_bate1]
Apr 29, 2005 (3:49 am)
Would you go for one of those? A 6speed rwd C350 Sport wagon?
Stroudman is a C350 even coming to the U.S. or are they going to stick with the smaller V6, C240 -> C280?
Apr 29, 2005 (9:40 am)
I don't consider the manual tranny a prerequisite for me personally; I can thrash rubber big time with a 7A manumatic. To be a "sport" wagon in my book, though, the manual would have to be standard, and I would have the option.
More important would be that sport package including a staggered set-up, wider rubber, stiffer springs, sharper, more communicative steering, etc. as stroudman suggets. I would also like a sport interior package with perfed leather and more formed seats, or maybe even a leather/Alcantara gig a la Audi's S4 Recaros.
The only issue I would have, and it could easily be countered by superb driving experience, is the the C-class, along with the rest of what used to be the compact lux market, is getting fairly sizey! I like 'em close and snug and sporty, but still useful. If the default is to schlepping passengers in the rear-seat in real comfort, then for me it's getting too big. I know, I'm being difficult, but I know what I like!
That's why I thought a B-class (though not a FWD one) would be a hip gig.
But to answer the question: yeah, that might just work!
#9 of 12 Re: . [wale_bate1]
Apr 30, 2005 (2:23 pm)
merc, we won't get a C350 wagon in the states
A rep from MB training and Dev. stopped by to talk to our techs yesterday...in a B-CLASS!!! Silver with ash cloth/MB tex. It was so cool, and so roomy inside. It's a 3/4's M-class with a console shifter. He wouldn't let us drive it, and had no idea if or when we'd get one, but he's been driving it for weeks around the region and said it's fantastic. If only...
#10 of 12 B-Class
Apr 30, 2005 (3:40 pm)
The snob in me (wale_bate1) is still against a fwd under 30K Mercedes in the U.S., but from what I've read about it seems to be swiss army knife of a vehicle.
I'm just not sure if such a vehicle would make it here. I'm betting that MB and BMW will see how the new Audi A3 does before making any further decisions on their smallest cars.
#11 of 12 Re: B-Class [merc1]
May 02, 2005 (9:32 am)
Bloody patrician! [-P
I agree frankly, though of course, not for the same reasons!
While I think conditions are ripening for a wave of hatch offerings, I don't think we're quite there yet. With even Dodge entering the FWD compact hatch game, I think the inventory will be high enough until the genYer's are truly on their fully-vested feet. Once they establish serious affluence, since they carry none of the emotional hatch-aversion baggage of us'all boomers or boom-tails, they will embrace what Europe has enjoyed for many, many moons.
If it was RWD, I believe the situation would be different. Perhaps not much, but at least a certain enthusiast segment could be counted on for interest. I'd be looking real hard!
#12 of 12 Re: B-Class [merc1]
May 02, 2005 (2:18 pm)
It is VERY Euro, that is for sure. It would sell here for its value, (size and features vs. price) more so than for its looks. I like it, but I'll be the first to admit my tastes can run towards the eccentric at times. It would probably sell better, and be better for the brand, if it were badged a SMART product.