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      07-20-2007, 04:07 PM   #1
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Added!: Test drove the new C300 today

Edited: You can see my Test Drive review down the page.


So today I went and saw the new C300 sport at my local dealership. I must say that it is one stunning looking car in person and blows the previous c class away in looks. The pictures online do not do it justice. To me it looks much better than the e90s hands down.

I didn't test drive the car because @ 4:30pm on a friday in D.C. traffic is pointless.

The car was sliver with black leather interior, harman, navi, fully loaded coming in in the high $39,XXX. I will say though that its side view mirrors are unusally big. Like SUV big. Other than that, not bad at all.


And since I have to wait until late October for a e92.......I might just have to take this car instead because I need something right away.

Go check them out........I believe they became available for test drives today. Just not the c350

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      07-20-2007, 04:14 PM   #3
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So today I went and saw the new C300 sport at my local dealership. I must say that it is one stunning looking car in person and blows the previous c class away in looks. The pictures online do not do it justice. To me it looks much better than the e90s hands down.

I didn't test drive the car because @ 4:30pm on a friday in D.C. traffic is pointless.

The car was sliver with black leather interior, harman, navi, fully loaded coming in in the high $39,XXX. I will say though that its side view mirrors are unusally big. Like SUV big. Other than that, not bad at all.


And since I have to wait until late October for a e92.......I might just have to take this car instead because I need something right away.

Go check them out........I believe they became available for test drives today. Just not the c350
I would expect it to look (inside) better than the e90...
Next time, when you drive it, post the update...
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hey! i like the luxury...i hate the big ass star in the grille, the ornament is so much classier...
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those interiors are perfect, Mercedes always has done a great job at luxury interiors.... but the car wont drive better than a 335i, but once again that interior will have you feeling good so you wont care much
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And since I have to wait until late October for a e92.......I might just have to take this car instead because I need something right away.

Go check them out........I believe they became available for test drives today. Just not the c350
You may want to join us at the MB C-class drive event in DC in September. I'm looking forward to it myself. Usually, at these events, you can beat the crap out of the cars and see how they perform: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72859
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maybe this car (plus A5 plus G37) knock some sense into bmw so they make the e92 more available and cheaper
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Well later last night I went back to give it a test drive once traffic died down.

Impressions:

This car really stands out, especially with the upgraded 18 inch amg 5 double spoke wheels. This car just screams AMG by looking at it. Unfortunately the engine says otherwise. The interior is really nice, nicer than the 3er in the simple fact that it has a lil more elegance and thought to it. From the buttons to the accents, to the feel of the interior.

Suprisingly the car had Mercedes version of leatherette called MB-Tex. Wow! almost had me fooled! It looks and really feels like leather. Where as in the BMW's I could tell in an instant if it was fake.

The pop-up navigation system really didn't bother me to much. I actually kind of like it more. Its less intrusive and easy to get rid of and bring back with a push of a button. However I really didn't like the turn knob like in the BMW. Its way to close to the armrest and had me bending my wrist as if I where doing the "gay hand gesture." Very uncomfortable and I am only 5'8". I would suspect that taller people with longer arms would have a lot of trouble with this.

The car feels somewhat cramped inside than one would expect in a sedan. From the outside it looks good, but inside feels tight. I felt like there was more open space in the e92 than in the C. I have heard compliants on how the previous C classes where small inside and supposedly they have improved it by half an inch or so. Ehhh thats all I have to say about that. They need to keep the interior panels from protruding out so much.

Now to the drive:

The car is really smooth and quite on the roads. No problems there as that is what I would expect from a Mercedes. Car felt strong, solid, and confident. No sqeaks, rattles, or odd noises.

However this is where BMW has the car beat hands down:
Power and handling.

The engine in the C300 is pathetic and weak. Having to hit the "pedal to the metal" to get some real power is required and unpredictable. Unpredictable in a sense that you don't know how much power your going to receive from the car. I noticed this 3 or 4 times when stepping on the gas. I mainly blame this on the transmission that really isn't reponsive when you want it to be. Im sure the C350 will do much better with the added boost in power, however I think the transmission may cause the same effect in throttle response.

Handling wasn't that great either, but not bad by any means. Its got a little more body roll than I would have expected but steering is solid and responsive. Just not has responsive as in a BMW.

I'd rated this car a 7 out of 10 overall, 6 out of 10 performance wise, and 8 out of 10 on the interior. I just felt like something was missing. I just needed more power.

I gave the 328i coupe 8.5 out of 10.

But dont take my word for it, give it a drive.

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So whate the price for it? Fully loaded, with real leather?
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i just sat in a C300 Sport today as well...

The exterior looks good, but the interior looks like MB got together with Rubbermaid designers...

I'm a MB-man and I hate to say, the new interiors on MBs lower models sucks !
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Amen to that! Same sticky situation i have when my car is at the workshop. Its like Heaven and Earth kinda comparison.
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well every E90/E92 owner is gay here .
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My dads CL500 is aight.

The navigation sucks though. Its got like 30 buttons.
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