My friend was in the same position as you a few days ago until he decided to buy the 2003 w/ the options that he wants instead of chooing a 2002. He did say that the C 180 K does feel slower from 0mph. but after it moves it's quite the same.
I love that car... I hated the shape but it's a great car!
My friend got it with leather seats, panorama sunroof, Bose, sport package, etc... oh.. 6-speed standard shift!
He wanted the Bixenons but none had 'em.
hehee I got him into the MB world. He was previously considering Subarus, Corolla, Camry, Mazda, mini, etc....
will be pickin it up on Friday.
2008 BMW 335i Coupe