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Info on AMG C class and my opinion(very important) (archive)

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Posted by :-) Jonathan V. on June 18, 2000 at 19:11:17:

In Reply to: thinkin about gettin a mercedes C43. opinions? posted by bob on June 18, 2000 at 18:08:21:

I was actually considering a C43 last year when I bought my M3. I was turned off because of the price(~55k) It was defnitely a nice car with ALOT of "punch" when you mash the throttle. But then again 302 lb/ft of torque will do that even if a manual M3 IS quicker off the line. The C43 will be faster than the M3 at higher speeds due to more HP(302hp) I read some magazine that said it perfect "Mercedes re-discovered the American Muscle car and refined it" The car dosent handle NEARLY as well as the M3 nor does it communicate with the driver like the M3 does. I thought the car was very elegant looking but too plain IMO. In the end, its a great car--Just not the one for me.

I was in the dealership the other day looking for one with my friend since he is in the market for a new car soon. We found out the C43 was discontinued this year so it will not see the new C-Class body form. The dealer revealed to me that AMG is making a new "C34" that might be supercharged but (in his exact words)"will put put even more HP than the previous C43. Itll be designed to beat the M3." Whether or not he was talking about the e36 M3 or the upcoming e46 M3; Im not sure. But I highly doubt it will be the e46 since the CLK55 will be its most feared competitor. Hope this helps.

Final verdict: I used to be un-biased but my mind was made when I drove them both- Get an M3

Jonathan V.
"im always right" :-)

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