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C43 vs E320 convertible

Hi guys, thinking of getting a "classic" MB for a daily driver. only 14 miles per day.

thinking of a 1994/5 E320 convertible or a 1999/2000 C43 sedan. both are in the same price range 7 to 9 thousand.

thoughts? vert versus sedan question? BOTH? i wish i could afford it.

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Get a beater. No good car should be abused in that fashion.

7 miles one way is not enough to get the oil fully heated up or the moisture evaporated from the exhaust system.

If you can bring yourself to extend one of those drives a few days a week, your car would be much happier.

The two cars you mention are worlds apart, though they are both relatively rare. Where you live, I'd pick the convertible, at least if you're not a person that leaves things visible through the windows. A cut-up top is depressing as h-e-double hockey sticks.

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Hi Check Codes, i would definitely take whichever car i pick on nice drives along PCH whenever I could.

car will be in secure parking at home and at work, so no worries on anyone cutting open the top.

the convertible would be a better choice for SoCal ...

how about in terms of holding long term value? since the E320 vert is the last of the full size cabrios, it might retain its value better? if maintained properly?

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Either of them will hold their value better than a "normal" car. While you're right about the cab, you may not know that the C43 is very rare, only about 1,200 were made.

The W202 is the newer generation cars, so more things to go wrong. It's also an AMG, so it's a hot rod. Both cars are just different animals.

If you want "cache" from other MB owners, snag the AMG. If you want it from other drivers, period, get the cab. I'd definitely get the latter unless I was dying for the AMG.

The other aspect is that there are -- generally speaking -- two kinds of used AMGs. There are the garage queens that weren't driven very often and have been driven more gently and cared for meticulously. The other group have been driven hard -- it's a hot rod.

Seriously, take a long route home from work a couple of days a week (or leave early and drive longer to work). The PCH run is always good, but it's not going to be often enough to make any difference.

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I did not know that the C43 was that rare ... interesting.

I have always wanted a convertible though. I have lived in SoCal for almost 8 years and have not bought a convertible. living so close to the beach also makes the cabrio more of a choice. hey, why not live the SoCal stereotype???

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I was thinking about convertible in Bay Area for years, but high cost of top replacement slowed me down, than few friends who did own one said, that there is not much use for them, because in hot area your scalp will get sunburn, in cold area you need a sweater.
C43 is AMG model, what is another class of drivetrain.
Still at some point you want to fulfill your dreams even if only to find them not working very well.
I did it with Porsche, that I was always dreaming about owning in Europe, only to find that such car in California is nuisance on bumpy roads, while you are not allowed to use its performance.
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hi Kajtek1,

you hit the nail right on the head. My biggest worry about getting the convertible is that I will not use it often enough. I did rent an eclipse convertible when I went to Palm Springs and it did get pretty hot. needed to put lots of sunscreen.

I always wanted an AMG and I always wanted a convertible.

I have to decide by the 3rd week of May ..... decisions

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OP, I can't help with your E320 or C43 decision, but I have to chime in to not count out owning a convertible at some point in your life, especially since you seem to have the inkling for one... I've owned a vert on a nearly continuous basis since 2002, and I must say, especially living in Southern California, nothing will help reset your head or help satisfy some mid-life crisis thing, than a drive along the coast, into the mountains, or through some beautiful valley we have here in this State, with the top down and perhaps a favorite tune playing.

The two caveats I would add however, are:
1) I'd only own a hard-top convertible given the choice. You get many of the benefits of a hard top coupe while being able to put the top down when you want to, without the drawbacks a soft-top has with noise, theft-concern-wise, knowing it will need replacement every few years -- and you can put the top up if you're crossing the scorching Southerwestern deserts. The challenge is, you won't find many truly usable 4-seater hard-top convertibles from any manufacturer if that's what you need, and if you go the hard-top convertible route, you have to be OK knowing your trunk space will suffer because of all the mechanism that has to be back there to control the roof.

2) A convertible also, isn't the most practical of rides. I keep an SUV (or probably a scaled-down CUV a few years from now) for everyday purposes to haul the family/multiple friends, my golden retriever, when I need to haul stuff to take care of things around the house, or put the hitch on the back to carry my bike. My convertible is what I'd turn to first if I still had a commute with just me in the driver's seat -- because it's just flat-out more fun to be in. It's what I always turn to when I need a head reset fix, even though my SUV is extremely reliable and luxurious to the hilt. When I sometimes had a bad day at work, being able to come home with the top down just made things better. My SUV does not do the same thing.
...in fact, my new SLK250 is on a ship coming up the coast of Guatamala/Mexico right now and will dock in Long Beach early Thursday morning. It's spring here in SoCal, and I can't wait to put my top down once again in a couple of weeks.

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They are convertible models I would love to try, but they are out of my reach. There is a member handle corkscrew, who owns one of those in China. The 2-seater pulls the hardtop into the trunk. Not much of trunk space, but having that kind of money, you can buy new underwear on each trip, so no need to carry too much.
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BertL,

you and I are on exactly on the same page, i do have an SUV for the dirty work.

I likewise would prefer a hardtop but as you have astutely guessed, I need 4 useable seats, which is why the E320 is the only vert I am looking at for the meantime.

and yes, i am approaching my mid life crisis point


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