I had a '96 E300 diesel. It was the worst nightmare of a car I ever owned. I was actually very near to pursuing a new car under the lemon law.
After all that, I'm enough of a fool to buy another new Benz. I will get my new manual transmission C Class this week. I love a manual transmission Benz enough, that I will take a chance. MBUSA turned their back on us manual transmission fans for so long, that I can't overcome my pent up desire for a new manual transmission Benz.
I've ridden in several of these cars in Europe with a manual transmission. They are very common taxis. What a neat car to have a manual in.
Have a great day,
'01 C Class, Six Speed
'84 Euro 240D, 523K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
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