Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 1989 W201.029/M103 3.0
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I worked in a lot of dealerships and panel shops, plus mates have owned both so I've driven many of each, fewer late models since I changed work industries. But up until a few years ago, and especially among 80s-90s-00s models I found surprisingly I much preferred the way MB drives over BMW, although post-2000 Beemers improved a fair bit.
I preferred the way beemers looked, and they looked like they should handle better, but I can throw a bigger Merc that looks heavier around quicker, with more control and confidence than a Beemer, I don't know if it's chassis balancing or suspension tuning or what, but I find a W124 handles better on the throttle than a similar vintage 3-series Beemer in my hands, the W201 I've got you can toss around or park like a hatch.
I also just feel like when I floor a Beemer around and treat it rough a whole bunch of things from the cabin to under the hood are going to break, when I do the same thing in a Merc it feels bulletproof. I'm not even confident I won't break the BMW shifter, the Merc one I use manually with no fear of breaking, I don't like such distractions since I'm concentrating on engine speeds and driving conditions. But if something weirds me out I'm going to think about it despite myself and Beemers weird me out to drive.
I just find the Merc more of an engineers car, the Beemer more of something for the kids.
driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.
Last edited by vanir; 11-04-2012 at 01:17 AM.