Yes, for an auto, the MB is a very nice luxurious classy choice. Besides the manual tranny, the only think I disliked was it's outdated design, especially compared to the newly styled 3. They're redesigning the C-class in 2007, so buying now might not be so great if you want what's new and hot.
Originally Posted by www.edmunds.com
What We Know: Mercedes plans on redesigning the entire C-Class lineup for the 2008 model year with new sedans, coupes, wagons all coming out within a year or so of each other. Underneath the surface of these redoubtable middlemen in the company's lineup, we will see a lot more component-sharing with other upcoming Mercedes' models, namely, the redesigned E- and S-Class, as well as the new X-Class small SUV. Take a good look at the S-Class when it debuts at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show in order to get a good idea of where Mercedes is heading with the C-Class design. The sedan versions of the C-Class should make their way to the U.S. first, starting in the second half of 2007. Versions of the car will be available with a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive, along with a variety of four- and six-cylinder engines. Mercedes might even sell a diesel version of the car in the U.S., and a V8-equipped AMG model can surely be expected.