Date registered: Dec 2005
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RE: Why did you buy a Mercedes Benz?
I just bought my first Benz (a 2002 C32) and I've never been a Benz fan.
My prior two cars (owned nearly 15 years) were Audis. Most recent being a 2000 A6 2.7T and before that, a 1991 90Q. I was ready to jump into another Audi (either a 2002 S6 - a 340HP wagon; or a new A3), but my wife got me thinking about doing something different.
I never seriously considered MB. To me, it was an heirloom car, but too "mainstream" and nothing to get excited about. They exude class, and with a few exceptions, are ageless designs.
But I like to be slightly outside the mainstream; and to me the optimum car is the one that looks great, drives great, but is not necessarily the best known brand. Kind of an oxymoron, because if a car is so great, it will be well known and popular! Owning Audi for the past 15 years, I saw it transition from a fringe brand (like Saab is now) to a more popular brand.
To appease the wife, I started looking at local dealerships' used inventory. It put me to sleep. Competent silver sedan after competent silver sedan. Yawn. Then I came across the C32. At first my 8 year old cried, "Not another old man's car!!!" But I knew that there was more to this car than met the eye. That's what appealed to me. At least under the skin, it was unique and non-mainstream.
I can't say that owning the C32 has changed my view toward MB. I could see myself in the C350 with the 6 speed manual. Aside from that, the current MB lineup is not an enthusiast's brand as much as it is a brand for people who appreciate good stuff. If you drive a Benz, you are successful and a smart car buyer. If you drive a C32 AMG, you are those things, plus a bit of a car afficionado.