Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum > Technical Information and Support > Tech Help

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-10-2003, 05:54 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Carmel, CA
Posts: 301
C320 or 330i

wasn't sure where to post this.....sorry
*****************************************

Need some unbiased (is that possible in here) opinions from the guys in here. Iím going to purchase either a 2003 MB C320 or a 2003 BMW 330i.

They seem to be pretty similar in many ways.

So, what would YOU as the reader of this buy and why?

Thanks,

Allan
__________________
1973 280 - Sold
1980 300SD - Sold
1982 240D - Stolen
1988 300E - Sold
1989 260E - Sold
1989 560SEL
1994 E420 - Sold
1997 E420
2005 CL500
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-10-2003, 06:23 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Carmel, CA
Posts: 301
Thanks for the input.....anyone else???

And yes, I have driven both!
__________________
1973 280 - Sold
1980 300SD - Sold
1982 240D - Stolen
1988 300E - Sold
1989 260E - Sold
1989 560SEL
1994 E420 - Sold
1997 E420
2005 CL500
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-10-2003, 06:47 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Tucker, Ga USA
Posts: 12,153
In terms of power & quality the BMW is far ahead of the MB. Also the BMW includes ALL maintence items & repairs under warranty. Except for TIRES.
__________________
MERCEDES Benz Master Guild Technician (6 TIMES)
ASE Master Technician
Mercedes Benz Star Technician (2 times)
44 years foreign automotive repair
27 Years M.B. Shop foreman (dealer)
MB technical information Specialist (15 years)
190E 2.3 16V ITS SCCA race car (sold)
1986 190E 2.3 16V 2.5 (sold)
Retired Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-10-2003, 08:02 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: east coast
Posts: 1,255
I own a `98 c230 and a `03 c240, both times I tested the equivalent 3 series before buying the Mercedes. BMW's are fine cars no doubt, when purchasing the `98 c230 the latest version of the three series was a few months away from being released, so I went with the Benz which had a few more years with it's 202 body style..
When looking at the `02's I felt the Mercedes C was a more modern car than the 3 series. The Mercedes interior fit's my 5'10" frame perfectly, the Benz interior is more modern and airy in my opinion that the 3-series.
The nice things about the Benz, rides very quiet, very little wind noise at legal cruising speed -Conti tires. The slap shift method of forward gear change in the automatic is a nice feature. The car steering is excellent at high speed driving on the highway, brakes are very strong at repeated high speed braking, and at the highest speeds hard usage of the brakes doesn't lift the rear very much. In the rain when going through bends the steering loads up very nicely and when it suddenly goes lite as traction fades things are never scary. There are many more positve aspects to the C, trunk space, dash display multi-function from steering wheel is nice.
The bad points of the C: door trim plastic and buttons must be better, radio is no Marl Levinson, engines are a step down from the smooth inline BMW six - but the Benz is a nice cruiser engine, just not the best instrument for going up and down through the rpm's as if being on a closed road course.


The C-class is getting a minor make over in 2004 - I think that is what I read.

Note: there was a recall on some `02- `03 M3's, new crank bearings and oil pump, on a $55K plus new car is a bummer.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-10-2003, 11:38 PM
blackmercedes's Avatar
Just a guy
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,492
The E46 BMW 3-series drives great, looks great, handles better than some sports cars and has power to spare. However, the E46 is the least reliable 3-series to roll off the line in some time.

If you're considering an autobox, go with the Mercedes. BMW and ZF still don't seem to have figured this part of a car out. Every E46 automatic owner I know has had a tranny replaced at some point.

Electrical gremlins haunt the E46. CE lights abound and ACC problems seem pretty common. For some reason they also have glitches with the cooling system, and I've heard of more than a few overheating.

You might consider instead (if BMW is your thang) one of the last E39 5-series. (Had a 1997 528i) I hear lots of good things about those cars. Keep in mind though that BMW service, especially on a 5-series, is pricey. Talking to 540 owners, the purchase price is just the beginning of the wallet opening experience...
__________________
John Shellenberg
1998 C230 "Black Betty" 240K

http://img31.exs.cx/img31/4050/tophat6.gif
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-11-2003, 08:27 AM
LarryBible
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I've been very happy with my C240 six speed. If I were considering a BMW it would be for its road manners. If I were looking for those type road manners, I would buy a C class Sport.

My $0.02,

PS This thread belongs in Featured Cars or Open Discussion Forum, there is no technical question. LB
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2011 Pelican Parts - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page