Visit the W203 and/or the AMG forum for more specific info, but once you're approaching 200K, either car would be a fairly serious gamble. I'd invest into a very thorough PPI and go from there. With regards to specifically the supercharger, they don't fail much, as they are a much simpler device than turbos. That being said, replacements are available and are (relatively) inexpensive.
I will check out both of those sections and do some more research. Im actually a BMW technician so I will most likely conduct the PPI myself.
Good to know. I will have to do some more research on both. Ill pop in those forums. And maybe post my findings here for you guys to correct.
The C240 is a pretty basic sedan with limited options (and limited items to go wrong) but to correct your findings, it should be a dual spark motor too. The C32 is a great car, but I would HIGHLY suggest getting an 03-05 model as the early ones were all way to quirky (i.e. seat control modules) and also had valeo radiator issues complicating the transmission. I own a C240 for my girlfriend and it is very reliable, not to mention mine is a 4matic for my climate. The C32 will definitely be much more expensive and problematic. 170hp vs. 350hp. MB hardly has anything for aftermarket, not considering any off the shelf match up items at an autoparts store. Contrary to belief, OEM items are the only way to go and can source them from second hand suppliers or the dealer for less than you expect.
I see. The C240 is a more economical approach to a daily driver. I like driving stick and thats the big attraction. I never see stick benz;s from the factory that aren't 190e's.
Again I have a few other cars for sporting activitys. So im not looking to spend a ton of money on a daily, however im not on a honda civic budget either. I just want something decently reliable that has personality. Other options are BMW E53 X5, E39 540i, E38 740i
Audi B5 S4
I just said I don't see them and living in area where about 30% of cars are MB gives me good feel what is popular on US market.
Brings me to a good point. How many of you drive a RWD C-class in the snow? How do you fair?
But what you are asking isn't that easy a question.
One is a comfortable, practical sedan with good fuel economy.
The other is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
The AMG variants tend to get driven lots harder, so accumulated miles don't tell the whole story.
Basically if the AMGs are reasonable on the maintenance front by design I would probably go that route. If I can make a 240 fun, then I might jump down that road. This is for a daily. It comes down to the mechanicals for me.
My favorite benz is a 190e, the cosworth evo II or III. The one with the big wing that looks like a DTM car. But I cant afford it. I would spend more on it than one would spend on a brand new 911 GT3, including two sets of pads and rotors, 4 sets of tires and gas to get you that far.
Welcome to the forum.
Don't expect too many answers as we do have only few Europeans members here and I don't recall seeing any of the above models in USA.
Generally the cars will share the body and stuff like differentials and transmissions.
AMG are tuned cars. Any AMG part is going cost much more than standard MB part.
Than AMG models look better and put bigger smile on you face.
Good luck with your choice.
These are actually US models. I wasn't aware of them either until I came across a few ads.
If the increase is expense is manageable I would swing it. My biggest scare is the need for special tools and programming.