In Reply to: Yes...but, MB and BMW types not alike. posted by RL Strad on October 26, 2000 at 06:56:23:
Are these considered "competitor" cars in the US?
At least in the US, BMW enthusiasts seem to be more focused on driving...and view BMWs as having an optimum mix of dynamics, quality, and utility. On the other hand, Benz types appear seem to be more driven by brand consciousness (and the given attributes of MB, quality and great engineering) versus an overall desire to drive. But, Z3 is a bit of a boutique car to some...and the SLK is perceived in much the same light.
When I was looking for a new car the choices were my 98 Z3 1.9L, a 98 Porsche Boxster and a 99 SLK. Taking everything into consideration the Z3 to me was the the best choice for me and the best bang for the buck, I saved $12K plus. the Z3 is by far the best roadster I have owned and perhaps the best sports car I have owned, as far as quality and good looks.