I test drove one a few months back, I found it to be very lacking in the balls department. Now I realize benz's aren't performance cars, but this had no balls whatsover. On the test drive the dealer kept telling me to floor it, little did he know, I was. It is a solid car, very well made, and the look grows on you, but imho not worth the dough if you value performance.
For you people telling him to look at a 3 series, he said his limit was 30g's. I don't know where you're looking but you will not get a decently equipped 3 series that cheap.
I test drove a WRX too a few months back too and wasn't really a fan. When the turbo kicked in, the thing hauled ass, it was great. But before the turbo kicked in, it had no power whatsover. Also, it just felt really cheap and chinsy, no panache whatsover. But if performance is you're only concern, then it's not a bad deal for the price.
2 other cars you should take a look at, imho, are the Acura CL, or TL if you want 4 doors, it's a well made, solid car, with plenty of balls. Also maybe a 1.8t A4, it should also fall in the very high 20s as long as you dont go crazy with the options, and you might be able to get a good deal since the 02s should be out relatively soon.
<< Actually, it's based very heavily off of the Ford Modeno in Europe. The mystique and contour were both based off of the modeno platforms. The X type uses a Jaguar tuned ford 2.5L duratec engines found in the discontined Con/tique platform and the 3.0 Duratec found in recent tauruses. >>
See my post in this thread, the X-Type is related to the Contour through the Mondeo, but it's kind of a second-cousin type thing.
Road & Track just had a review of this car a couple months ago, and they were impressed with it. While my personal bias lies in the direction of a certain company in Munich, there should be a lot to like about the Mercedes. Bottome line, it is a very well put together automobile and I have no doubt that if you buy it you will be satisfied. However, I would also encourage you to look at a BMW 3-Series because the 3-Series is more sporting than the Mercedes without giving up anything in terms of quality.
I drove the c230 back to back with the lexus is300 and the audi a4 and bmw 325 at a powertrip event this summer. Assuming you like the styling, its not a bad car. Power was okay, not a push you back sort of kind, but it is using a supercharger, so boost can be changed very easily. Its not a car I would turn someone away from, just not what Im looking for. For the money, the audi a4 1.8t is by far the best deal. drives wonderfully, and can also be bumped to 225 vis boost upgrade chip pretty easy. BMW's handle very nice, but not much bang for the buck. The Lexus totally underwhelmed me. If you're looking for a performance car rather that a luzury car I cant recccomend the WRX enough. People are making them 12-13s cars (1/4) with very little mods.
OK - I'm a pizza guy who drives a 1991 Pontiac Sunbird with the usual bottom door rust..... I have laughed at the low-end Mercedes for years. It's underpowered, like all the entry-level Benzs. No, I haven't driven one, but I can outmanuver most cars . Chicks will dig the Acura and it has class to spare. The Suburu is more of a testosterone machine; I actually wouldn't mind test-driving one. Grab the Acura for chick/curb appeal and resale value. Not to mention those fabulous Honda engines.
I personally got a modified BMW 750IL/M7 which does a quarter of a mile in 11.9 secs.
The other day i went to "runs" our "racing" track, and beat up an SL-500.. so if you already gonna buy a sports car, buy a bimmer, them better...
As for the C230 - well all i can say that they are not the best, BUT they are great value, and i guess if u modify it a bit, u can make it a nice set of wheels.
Looks of it - it girly true, but add a huge rear spoiler, and u make it a "bad" girlie look @_@