Last post on Nov 02, 2007 at 4:26 AM
You are in the BMW 5-Series
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BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class, Sedan
#1 of 18 BMW 530I V CLK 350
Dec 12, 2005 (10:57 am)
I need help deciding between the two. I'm looking for the best combination of luxury, drive and look.
Thanks for any help
#2 of 18 Re: BMW 530I V CLK 350 [sls1]
Dec 12, 2005 (12:52 pm)
Having owned both (prior-gen CLK and 2003 530), they appeal to distinct driving needs. The coupe vs. sedan discussion may be an important consideration if you need passenger access for business. While I loved my CLK, I am more enamored with my 2003 530SP.
More useful car while providing a wonderfully balanced driving experience. I do believe the CLK may be offered with fold-down rear seats for better storage utilization, as I had that option on mine, but the 4-door BMW is better for my needs.
New MB engine (3.5L) is really something and BMW's new 3.0L is also incredible, although it produces approx. 13 fewer HP. Moot point based upon power delivery from that incredible I-6 and its lower weight, but the new MB engine is amazing as well.
BMW may provide a better maintenance experience with everything covered for 4 years/50K miles. MB is gaining its quality rankings back slowly and still builds a beautifully engineered car, but does not offer a similar maintenance plan.
BMW is engineered to a different driving standard, with emphasis on a sporting driving experience vs. luxury experience. Both offer distinct interpretations of German engineering excellence with my nod going toward BMW at this time.
If you are tilting toward a coupe, BMW will be launching their new 3-Series coupe next year... something else to consider
#4 of 18 Re: BMW 530I V CLK 350 [lovemyclk]
Dec 14, 2005 (6:26 am)
Any thoughts on the leatherette interior BMW offers as a standard package?
#6 of 18 Re: BMW 530I V CLK 350 [sls1]
Dec 14, 2005 (12:20 pm)
My take... in this class of car, leather makes great sense. Kind of a left-brain/right-brain issue to some. Yes, the 'ette may wear well and appear to be practical, but you aren't buying a Camry or Accord, where practicality is an attribute their drivers wear on their sleeves
Which half of your brain is speaking to you?
#7 of 18 Leatherette
Dec 14, 2005 (1:08 pm)
I'm with you 100%. I can't believe leather is not standard in a 5 series.
#8 of 18 Re: Leatherette [sls1]
Dec 14, 2005 (1:32 pm)
European buyers are probably much more pragmatic about this and will even consider cloth seats in a 5-Series. Most likely why leather remains an option.
Jul 25, 2006 (1:39 pm)
i own 2006 mercedes benz 350 clk cont. with 7speed trans. have problem with shifting. has any bodyelse had a proble love cars
#10 of 18 Re: BMW 530I V CLK 350 [sls1]
Oct 26, 2007 (11:16 am)
You need help deciding? Are you kidding me. BMWs break down more often, they're considered the wannabe brand, and their have none of the progressive looks of a Mercedes. The answer, my friend, is CLK all the way. The public agrees. CLK and SLK are taaking big chunks out of the 7-Series' and the 5-Series' market shares.
See this: http://comparati.com/71