Date registered: Jun 2009
Vehicle: 96 Saab 900S Conv., 99 BMW R1100RT, 01 BMW 330i, 05 MB C230, 07 Chevy Tahoe LTZ, 07 Silverado Z71
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W202 or W203? Which one to get?
Of course I could have asked this question in the model specific forums, but might have gotten a bit biased responses, so I'll post here.
I'm considering getting my 17-year old daughter either a 99-00 W202 or 02-02 W203. I taught her to drive mostly in a 97 C230 and after getting her license, she was driving a 97 E420 until the tranny went south. Now she is temporarily driving a 93 BMW Touring until I get her either a W202 or W203.
So, even though she handled the E420 very nicely, since it is for a teenager, horsepower/performance etc. figures are not important. I'm looking more for reliability stuff. Safety is a given, of course, but she says she will not want to drive a W126 and, at least for now, I don't think I will get her a W210.
Hence, the choices I've come up with are W202 and W203. No other models. These are the ones I'm planning to choose from.
In the budget I'm working (5-8K), the W203 would probably have to be a bit higher mileage (maybe 120-130ish), but I could easily get a sub-100K mile W202 for that price.
As I have had the 97 C230 already, I know a bit about W202s, but I'm not too familiar with the W203. What would be the pros and cons when comparing these two?
Thanks in advance for any and all comments and suggestions.