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BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Sedan
#10 of 19 Re: BMW 325 or MB C240? [speedoflight]
Jun 06, 2005 (2:13 pm)
My recommendation would be to expand your search to include the C230 sedan. When we bought our latest car, I test drove the 325, the C240 and the C230 (among other cars). The 325 is a very nice car and has excellent sporting feel. Personally, I found the interior somewhat bland and generic looking, despite quality materials. I also thought that the ride seemed overly hard/noisy for this type of car. Also, I manage to elicit a buzzing rattle from somewhere in the dash driving over a section of rough pavement. Rattles are a HUGE pet peeve of mine. The engine is sweet, though, with butter smooth power delivery and good low end response.
The C240 was nice - comfortable and stylish - but didn't satisfy me from a handling or power standpoint. Nice, but not for me.
The C230 "sport" sedan was the best compromise for me, with a smooth but solid ride, excellent handling characteristics, great looking & feeling interior, extremely solid construction (I've put 7,500 miles on it without a single squeak or rattle), a great sound system, etc.. The engine is a bit soft right off idle, but pulls willingly & strongly once underway and makes 90+ mph feel effortless on the highway.
Jun 30, 2005 (5:36 am)
I was stuck in the same position. It all came to me at the end. I bought the bmw! BMW handling is awesome* rearwheel drive~ makes driving just that much more fun. Personally, the MB C230 is over rated... its more of a old ladies car!
Like they say " BMW is the ultimate driving machine" =)
#12 of 19 I went with the C240
Dec 27, 2005 (10:40 pm)
These are very different cars, and the biggest question is where and how you will be driving it.
For sporting driving the BMW wins hands-down. I love to drive fast, but I looked at where I am FORCED to drive, and most of the time it is in Los Angeles traffic.
Sitting in traffic, slogging up and down city streets and clogged urban freeways is more comfortable with an automatic transmission, and once I made that leap, moving the rest of the way to smooth and quiet luxury was an easy step.
I do get to drive on twisty mountain roads on occasion, and the C240, while not as sporty as the BMW, is still a rear-wheel-drive compact car with decent suspension, large tires and powerful brakes. Its not as good here as the BMW, but better than the Lexus, Acura and Infiniti of the same age.
Depends really on whether you want a little luxury with your sport or a little sport wiht your luxury. I chose the latter.
#13 of 19 Re: I went with the C240 [lawman1967]
Mar 12, 2006 (5:25 am)
I'm new to the board and I'm having a terrible time deciding between these two cars. Both are 2003,both the BMW 325xi and Mercedes C240 4matic have 50,000 miles.
I'm wondering which one is more reliable and easier to maintain. Any and all opinions would be greatly appreciated!
#14 of 19 Same decision. Great cars. I bought the C240.
Apr 27, 2006 (5:19 pm)
I drove everything. Audi, Lexus, Acura, Jag, BMW and Benz. I chose the Benz. Three reasons. First, in the area I live every rich teenager and college kid drives a BMW. I'm 40 and wanted something a little less ubiquitous. Second, the new BMW (with the run flat tires) has a sporty but HARD ride. Every pebble, I felt it. I hate to say it but I liked the slightly mushy feel of the Benz. Third, I too drive in traffic and the Benz is quiet. The run flats are noisy. I liked the BMW but chose the Benz. I love it.
May 27, 2006 (2:32 pm)
I have a 2001 325Ci, it handles very well, ride is a bit loud and bouncy, not very luxurious. I've owned it for 7 months and 16,000 miles (now with 87000) I had two problems, outside temp failed, and camshaft position sensor failed, $300 to fix both together. I think for $17000 it was a great value, but the benz and japanese cars may be better if you want a smooth ride and a luxury car, this is a sports car with leather IMO.
Jun 30, 2006 (2:32 pm)
I drove an Acura TL, TSX, Camry V6, Lexus ES300, G35, BMW 325 and the MB C230 and C240. The TL was too stiff, TSX was boring, Lexus was nice but felt too big for me, Camry was nice and smooth but uninspiring, G35 drove awesome but felt a little cheap inside and I was not willing to sacrifice the mpg, BMW drove good but I felt every bump in the road. Thought I wanted a C230 but would up with the C240 and glad I did. Love the turning radius, brakes are INCREDIBLE! Although my car is only rated at 168 HP it has plenty of passing power (IMO as much as a 2006 c230 v6, rated at 201HP. I timed it 50-70 at 6.5 secs.). With the VSC (Vehicle Stability control, standard) it plows through water puddles like a rock. I have had had a few problems but fortunately they were covered under ext. warranty. I think the most important thing is to drive everything and get what YOU like. I am very happy with this car. I keep trying to like the Lexus because the reliability is better but I can't. By the way, at one time, I said I would never buy a MB and then I drove one.
#17 of 19 sos button
Sep 09, 2006 (6:35 pm)
Does anyone know how to turn off the sos button, besides calling the 1-800-number.
Thank you for any replies.