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my best friend has a C240 6sp... (archive)

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Posted by dp on July 31, 2001 at 20:53:30:

In Reply to: Saw one in Newport Beach yesterday...(m) posted by Scott on July 31, 2001 at 20:30:19:

not the coupe, but it's basically the same chassis and drivetrain. a LOT of features for $30K (satellite emergency service, homelink, steering wheel controls for stereo, full auto dual climate with separate rear vents, etc.). awesome luxury vehicle and good value. dynamically - eeeehhhhh. the engine sounds very mundane. handling is OK but nothing to write home about. the gearing is really tall, made for relaxed cruising (i think top 2 gears are both overdrive). in comparison my '01 325i is a stripper features-wise, but despite only having a 5-speed it's a far more engaging drive. bimmers are still 'young man's cars', and mercs are for 'mature gentlemen'. it's totally reflected in their feel. hence the fact that AMG only makes automatics...

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