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Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: BMW 325i Convertible
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BMW owner Converting =D
Let me preface this by saying I am going on a 4 year BMW owner. I absolutely love my "Ultimate Driving Machines" but I am SERIOUSLY considering converting over to the wonderful world of MBZ.
I am predominantly an 80's car enthusiast. I love the vehicles of the 80's, they had amazing technology for the day, and I think it just takes an enthusiast to own one.
I've owned a 79 450SLC, 86 BMW 325e, and my current car, an 87 325I convertible (all 5spd except the MBZ)
My old roommate owned an ABSOUTLEY mint 85 190d 2.2 5spd. I have never, EVER seen such a nice car that had 80k on it, and was 20 years old.
So after Benz's have left their impressions on me, I think for my new car that I will purchase either this coming spring, or next fall will be a nice C230K.
If I understand it right, the C230K and 240 is the only benzo you can buy in a manual? (gotta have my clutch!)
Chrysler seems to of always had a superior build quality, and that too is seeming to beam thru as Mercedes has for many years. I have read a lot of reviews, and the BMW/MBZ race is never over. Someone will take over, someone else will take over.....classic German competitors
Do many of yall have experience behind the wheel of the later 3 series 5/6spd models? I am looking for how the C230K will stack up against a 325i as far as drivability, retention of value, maintenance etc.
The main thing I am looking for to get rid of the BMW over is the maintenance. Granted, if I didn't own an older car, it wouldn't be an issue. The C230K has ALWAYS caught my eye, and I am in a tossup over my next car between BMW and Mercedes, I just dunno where to go any more.