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i had my w202 for a few years and in the next few years i am gonna be lookin for a new one but im gonna keep my 202 so i want another benz thats going to give me a different experiance i have my heart set on a 430 engine either a E W210, CLK W208 or a ML thinkin either the ml or the clk..because if i have a 4 door benz im thinkin that a E is not going to be leaps and bounds in change and i want to get a different experiance im also tempted to get a c43 but its a 202 i know il have heaps more power (and bigger bills to run/maintain) but at the end of the day sittin in traffic its still gonna be that 202 that i have already had 3 years of... what you guys think...thanks

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Hi, Tony.

I have a co-worker with a 202, I own a 210 (V6) and another co-worker with a 211 (E63). Plus some acquaintances with a 208. I would say, having driven and or ridden in all of these, that they all have very distinctive personalities; that is, counting doors is not a good standard in the house of MB. Personally I picked the E class because for me it's the perfect blend of luxury features, space to carry passengers, excellent road manners, small enough to toss around a bit, etc. There are times I regret not going for the V8, but I rarely feel a need for more power and the additional fuel economy is a nice bonus. (Steady 75-80 cruising on level terrain yields a range of 500-550 miles, still with a good reserve.) I did look at some 140s, but felt they were just too large and didn't reflect the "sportier" feel of the E.

All that to say, go drive some examples and try to leave your presumptions behind (they'll be hard pressed to keep up when you lay into the V8, anyway. )

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IMO and based on the car of your choice I'll go with the E430.


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