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      03-28-2013, 10:19 AM   #23
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First year Merc/almost an AMG- umm, pass. Might as get the Audi S4 instead. Or for far cheaper the new Subaru WRX for AWD turbo fun- I think the picture should be out today from the New York auto show.
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      12-31-2013, 04:50 PM   #24
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Just keep the M3 and buy the CLA 45. That is what I did.
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      12-31-2013, 06:15 PM   #25
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      12-31-2013, 06:23 PM   #26
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I can't put my finger on it...but I feel the CLA looks weird in the wheel department. Almost as if the styling of the wheel wells don't accent the wheels properly. Maybe the body is too big for the wheels?
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      12-31-2013, 09:55 PM   #27
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I can't put my finger on it...but I feel the CLA looks weird in the wheel department. Almost as if the styling of the wheel wells don't accent the wheels properly. Maybe the body is too big for the wheels?
Just saw one for the first time yesterday and... no, it does'nt look good in real!!
I don't like that car, they should've brought the A45 instead!!
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      12-31-2013, 10:35 PM   #28
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Just buy it and keep your M3.

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      01-01-2014, 01:42 AM   #29
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I have both a ///M3 and the Benz is a AWD with the AMG package ... I like the Benz in the winter months, however, nothing to compare to the ///M3 handling or performance wise.
AMG package is not AMG.
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      01-01-2014, 06:13 PM   #30
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CLA is a complete fail. I drove one and I just couldn't see the appeal in any way. Maybe I'm too tall for it.
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      01-01-2014, 07:08 PM   #31
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So from a V8 you want to go to 4 inline? And from RWD you want to go to a FWD platform that from time to time will send some power to the rears? And pay a lot of money for that?


And it looks like shit. Corolla with a body kit is right.
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      01-01-2014, 07:41 PM   #32
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Appreciate the responses all have valid points and are pragmatic. My buddy here has an S4 and is thinking of moving to the new S3 at some point. Here's a little comparo:
Despite the power deficit I would take the S3 over the CLA any day. S3 looks better to me and the interior looks better laid out.
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      01-01-2014, 09:05 PM   #33
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its got a 4 banger...... nuff said
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      01-02-2014, 03:06 AM   #34
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I test drove an A45 AMG, which is the hatch version of the CLA45, basically the same car.

The car is very fast, handles extremely well and lighter than M3. Interior is so and so.

The car is more to the 'boy-racer' type, cracks and bangs from the exhaust at every gear change, and the suspension is extremely stiff. All these put me-off, together with the 4 cylinder.

The M3 is much more refined in comparison.
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      01-02-2014, 08:27 AM   #35
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The AMG CLA and/or the Audi S3 would be a good daily driver to go along with the M3, but as a substitute for the M3.....No way.
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      01-02-2014, 10:31 AM   #36
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      01-02-2014, 02:02 PM   #37
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Like Chris said on the new episode of Ignition, the CLA looks like a mini CLS with a promising drive. Maybe not coming from a benchmark car though...
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      01-02-2014, 02:04 PM   #38
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      01-09-2014, 12:12 PM   #39
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Drove the CLA AMG the other day. Definitely a fun drive!! I would throw it in the garage for the wife but never could replace the M3!! IMO.
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      01-09-2014, 12:42 PM   #40
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Drove the CLA AMG the other day. Definitely a fun drive!! I would throw it in the garage for the wife but never could replace the M3!! IMO.
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