Originally Posted by 2000 C280 Sport
Manual Transmission? Thats like using a typewriter.
Mercedes does not need a manual in a AMG. It does not fit or work correctly. BMW is the sporty luxury car. Even thou M Cars and AMG compete with each other they are still 2 very different cars.
Whether competent or not, reviews in the U.S. have indicated that the secret of a great manual transmission has either eluded Mercedes engineers, or it is not a priority.
Prior to my current 350 CLK convertible, I never owned an automatic; felt it would not give me the level of control over the engine I desired. But I have to say, my automatic Mercedes is not bad at all. Are manuals now obsolete?
I have found myself debating that recently, due to a drive in a C250, which is what I'm seriously considering buying. From my current car, I'd say no.
I judge people by their car all the time
I think it does
tell me something about a person if they are driving something that says "I don't care". If your car is a total POS it generally says you are either a) very bad with money, b) didn't do any research or c) know absolutely nothing about cars. If someone makes a very large purchase and gets a 3-5 year loan without doing any research or putting any thought into it whatsoever it makes me question their wisdom. Not to say that everybody has to drive a Mercedes car or that anyone who drives a Camry is an idiot, but someone who drives a Sunfire might be.
I try not to use the word judge in this situation, but deal in probabilities. It's most likely that if I see a Toyota in front of me, I should be looking for the way around him, especially if that Toyota is a Camry or Avalon, this in a situation where most people drive slowly in the left lane, which is one of my pet peeves. However, I would agree that some choices speak volumes about the owner. For example, someone driving a Dodge Caliber as a personally owned vehicle is someone seemingly not paying attention, and should be dealt with accordingly. My one drive in one of those revealed Prius like acceleration, without Prius like gas mileage, or, for that matter, good looks.
You buy a M B for two reasons, because you want to and you can, the first one does not mean s*** if the second one is not true.
In short order, one will be able to say,"The base commander and the Staff Sergeant met at the gate, and both were driving new
Mercedes-Benzes". It takes only so much to get a new one, with the lease deals being what they are here. Just considering payments and gas, I'd save money over my current car, to the tune of a hundred dollars a month. That's one reason why I'm considering a C250. It is a having your cake, and eating it in one bite sort of move. The main one, really, is the point, usually true of any German car, but more so in a Mercedes, when you feel you've been driving it for years for how instinctive and satisfying it is to drive. It's been true of the S Class cars I've been lucky enough to take for a spin, and it was true of this C Class. Admittedly, I'm also looking not to mistake my car for anyone else's in the parking lot at work, and this will be very effective in that purpose.
Also, buying a older Mercedes, and at one time I could have bought a early '70s 450 SEL for $1200 can be displaying the proper instincts and disguising a lack of means.
No doubt, though, that one buys a BMW because it is sportier, or is perceived to be such. I drove a new BMW 3 series just after trying the C250, and have found that in this case, that may no longer be true, and the Mercedes was a more direct, if not more sporting choice.