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Old 09-12-2002, 03:10 PM
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Question Which one gives more thrill

I'm always debating which one will deliver more...Just spotted for sale, '92 500E 18" AMG with new SO2, first gear start, Renntech airbox and chip, w/low low mile, $27,000 or
'98 C43 stock mods, xenon etc... $29,000. Which one you guys would choose??

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Old 09-12-2002, 03:41 PM
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Old 09-12-2002, 04:48 PM
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Firstly, I've driven neither so not exactly an expert.

I would buy a 500E 2 times over rather than a C43. Nice solid W124 build, C43 is often said to have a harsh ride, not the 500E, plus a nicer interior to the 500E.

But again
If you do simply mean 'thrills', the smaller, lighter, newer AMG'd C-class is probably the car to go for.

Anyone ever had a race between them?

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Old 09-12-2002, 06:00 PM
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Actually I like both cars. The 500E seated 4 comfortablely, but is heavier (but more solid)and style a bit out of date. The C43 is certainly lighter, quicker and more up to date both interior and exterior (unique AMG look). But back seat very cramp if seated 3. So, always a plus and minus every way you look at!

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Old 09-12-2002, 07:04 PM
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I chose my '94 E500 w/56k miles over a pristine '99 C43 w/9k miles. Never looked back. However, this really is a win-win situation. I think I would've been just as happy had I gone w/the C43.
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Old 09-13-2002, 01:41 AM
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I have had the pleasure of driving both vehicles, and they are pretty different beasts, yet both offer all kinds of fun. The c43 is more along the lines of an m3, its power to weight is good, and its raw acceleration is amazing. Since it is a smaller 4 door, its a lot easier to throw around in the turns. I would classify it has a hard edge weekend racer. The E500 (I actually drove a 500E) is a bigger sedan (obviously) Its power delivery is smooth as silk, but I wouldn't call it a rocket, more like a train that gains velocity at unsafe speed. It is a grand tourer in the highest fashion. The car feels like a luxury vehicle, and tightens up pretty nicely around the turns. I prefer the 500s staid interior to the newer button and plastic happy jobs on the c classes (which is odd, considering I love gadgets) But, as far as thrill goes, the c43 wins for 2 reason. A.) it is a slightly more capable sports car (acceleration and handling are key in my decision) and b.) People actually recognize a c43, nobody knows what a E500 is, and I guess its part of the thrill to have every teen in town try to race you.... (It might get old after a while, but hey, im 17, and its still all fun and games...)
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Old 09-13-2002, 09:28 AM
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Depends on what gives you a thrill

If you like effortless, easy speed, then the 500E is the one; if you like a more nimble, tossable ride then go with the C. But be aware that although a 500E feels slower than a C43, it isn't at all. I think it's just a bit more refined, so doesn't give the same visceral feel of speed. But if you look at the speedo, it's there

As a highway car, the 500E is unparalleled; but if you like to autocross, the C43 should spank a 500.

Both are fabulous cars; hope this helps!
"If everything seems under control, you're simply not going fast enough" --Mario Andretti

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Old 09-13-2002, 09:51 AM
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You should see less depreciation from the 500E.
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Old 09-13-2002, 12:09 PM
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Thank you for all your valuable inputs, I think I'm getting both, (no just kidding!)
If the mileage right, price ok and everything is good as what its ad said, then I'll seriously consider. Since I already own a E420, I don't think can sacrific anything smaller! (Before that, I need to get rid of my M5 or the E). Which one has higher main. cost??

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Old 09-16-2002, 06:56 PM
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Wink 500E

Hey guys,
I'm back, I've requested the dealer send me more photos, check it
out! and, it has 65K on the clock, what you guys think?? Thanks

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Old 09-17-2002, 02:49 AM
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>what you guys think??

Depends. How about:

Service records and receipts?

Prepurchase inspection by a Benz independent mech who knows the 500E?

A well cared for 500E that has had the handful of weak points fixed ought to be a fast reliable ride for a long time. A beaten-up, not well serviced one could get expensive quickly.

Before I bought mine, I called a local independent mechanic and asked about longevity, including engine longevity.

He said, "We see three 500Es here in the shop from regular customers. All of them are now over 250K on the clock. No rebuilds in the bunch. But you gotta stay up on maintenance!"

Some known problem areas (search the archives here):

(a) Wiring harness

(b) Radiator

(c) AC evaporator

Of the three, the rad is the cheapest problem -if- you catch it before the bloody thing breaks and causes overheating. If not, it can be the most expensive.


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Old 10-02-2002, 08:18 PM
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no question

500E or BUST
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