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Old 11-05-2007, 06:57 AM
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Default Mercedes clk 350 v. BMW 335i (convertibles

Any thoughts? For wife but I will drive it a lot as well.

The hard top on the BMW impressed me and while neither are exactly masculine I think the BMW would look better on a man than the MB. No other choices are to be considered. Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:03 AM
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both are nice cars and will do you well..BMW includes free scheduled mainteneace for 4 years - benz will charge you....
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:22 AM
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BMW..

To me they are more sporty than a Benz (a benz is more "luxury" to me though). Besides it is so much fun driving a turbo charged car.
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:51 AM
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I have to imagine the BMW will serve you better as far as fun.

The twin turbo 300hp engine in the BMW will be much more aggressive and enjoyable than the MB's 268hp. The torque peak is about 1000 rpm lower in the BMW, and there's more of it...

I'd go BMW...

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:06 AM
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As a thoroughly disappointed BMW owner, do your homework. Yes, the service is free, but a tire rotation and alignment is $240.00. There isn't a dipstick for the oil, and the oil level sensor never moves, so I guess you run 'em til they rattle, and add some oil 'til it stops. Avoid all the electronic enhancements like the plague.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:17 AM
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Another vote for the BMW. We have 2 of them and are very pleased and yes, the free service is that big of a deal.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:19 AM
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I am a BMW fanatic, and owned a 02 M3. That being said, I would never own a BMW, too many reliability issues. If you do decide on the BMW, I would recommend leasing if you do not drive too much. You do not have to pay for maintenance, only tires and fuel...and you could get rid of the car after 3 years and get a new one. They are not cheap to fix or maintain after warranty/free maintenance.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:23 AM
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I own an 06 E55. Get the BMW. MB has the worst service I have ever experienced. Customer service, is not within their vernacular. Very bad, I'd would never purchase another MB product as a result of their lack of service.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:23 AM
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Thanks to all. I plan to lease either as I can't see keeping the car for years and I want to avoid repairs out of warranty. Sounds like the concensus is for the 335 which was my choice.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:30 AM
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As a thoroughly disappointed BMW owner, do your homework. Yes, the service is free, but a tire rotation and alignment is $240.00. There isn't a dipstick for the oil, and the oil level sensor never moves, so I guess you run 'em til they rattle, and add some oil 'til it stops. Avoid all the electronic enhancements like the plague.
I used to always see your posts on the BMW related threads, and I'd really question your predictably negativity. However one of your long time points, about BMW losing the feel for the driver, and too much electronic gadgetry making the connection between the car and driver more and more distant, is right on.

Our 2007 X5 is a nightmare of electronic gremlins. Lemon laws don't apply, as there are so many unique little "systems" going wrong, that it is impossible to hit the lemon law thresholds (which pretty much require the same system to go wrong 3 times within a certain period). The not being able to check the oil with a dipstick drives me crazy. The dealer will pay for service at 15,000 miles or later, which makes me uncomfortable (also if the cars computer deems that you are "easy on the car", they will change the oil and service it on their dime at 17k or 18k miles; I found this out firsthand). I cant wait to trade mine in. Wanna buy it? Looks pretty
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Sounds like the Germans each have their problems. Get A Vette or Mustang.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:36 AM
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The CLK350 would be more comparable performance wise to the 328i.
I have a new 335i coupe and it is an amazing car. Peformance is on par with outgoing M3 and it just does everything well. The 300HP is definitely understated as rumored and it is difficult to tell it is a turbo. It pulls and pulls in just about all rpm ranges. It is probably one of the best bangs for the buck there is. I can't imagine a better car for the price. It also gets great mileage which was one reason I bought it.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:50 AM
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My wife has a BMW Convertible (3 series).


Pros:

It's fast and fun to drive.
The maintenance is free at first.
Service is usually very good.
I don't feel that girly driving it.

Cons:

It's small and I'm tall so after about two hours it sucks to drive or ride in. (6'2")

Once the maintenance contract runs out it's very expensive to repair.

The tires last about 20,000 miles and cost about $800 to replace.

The convertible top is going to leak. I promise it will leak!! The soft top runs about $800 to re-seal and re-align.


Conclusion:

It's been a pretty reliable car and I think we will buy another one when it's time. We will probably get the 5 series and
we certainly won't get a convertible. As fun as it is to have one, it's just one more thing to maintain in the long run.






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Old 11-05-2007, 08:56 AM
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I have a 335xi. It is unbelievable to drive. I lease for 2 yrs 50k so all service is covered. I have never paid for a thing. In the last two leases (330xi, 530xi) I have had one non-rountine service (wheel bearing) over 4 years 100k+. Service interval ends up being 18k miles too which is a plus......

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Old 11-05-2007, 10:25 AM
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Good info. Thanks
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To be fair. Love my 3 series. But the new 5 series and the X5, the models that have the center electronic modules (electronic parking brake, etc) are a mess.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:03 PM
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I just saw today a BMW with the lisence plate "BMW"

Isn't that redundant - is there no limit to vanity???.....Like having the plate JD*ESQ (that one is around here also).

As far as the electronic gadgetry goes all I can say is all the computer guys at work had BMWs. I think BMW knows their customer base very well.

Enjoy the ride...................
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:48 PM
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I think it's fair to say every manufacturer is putting gobs and gobs of electronics into their new cars and SUV with the intent on making driving safer and more pleasurable but one has to wonder what happens when the airbag sensors, nav systems, tire pressure monitors, rain sensors, stability control module, electronic braking controls, climate sensors, hill decent control, park distance control, rear view cameras, wet pavement sensors, front passenger sensor, on star, Satellite radio, or hybrid selector systems fail?

What will it cost to repair these items when the vehicle is out of warranty? And my guess is your local shade tree mechanic doesn't have a clue to how to fix any of these sophisticated systems.
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:19 PM
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Go with the beemer, i had a 330 coupe, a z4 and currently a 550.All car were amazing.As company /service BMW is one of the best out there.I always lease, so maintenance is always free, even wiper blades.I got a flat once with a run flat tire, and they replace the $280.00 FREE.
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My wife drives a ml350, what a piece of s$%* car, never again.
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:41 PM
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Thanks for the Parkerseal. I've owned lotsa performance cars, including a 300sel6.3 Mercedes. I've driven the Nurburgring. I've wrenched, and raced, Formula Vees, a VW based road racing car for decades. I've had great drives thru the Alps in a '80's BMW 5 series.

I agree the problem is not unique to BMW. It's kinda like the "dumbing down" that is happening in our society. Driving skills are getting worse, so manufacturers are catering to the "average" driver. Well, I'm NOT the average driver, and I sure as Hell don't want my car telling Me what it is gonna do. It's obvious that there is a really great car hiding somewhere in my 325, I just can't find it and release it from its bonds.
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