I bought this car just over a month
ago and have had nothing but a great
driving experience ever since. The
handling, horsepower and features are
wonderful. The MBZ experience itself
is great since you get the opportunity
to get the same wonderful customer
service that the more luxurious car
owner's receive! it is also not
something you see coming and going all
the time, and the few I have seen here
in the land of MBZ (Newport Beach)
reveal a smirk from the other driver--
like, "wow, isn't this car great?" I
recommend it highly!
Handling, horsepower, shifting up and
down with the tiptronic, comfort
features, front end and that wonderful
sunroof! oh, and the hatchback/fold
down seat thing is great...you can
haul all kinds of stuff and still
drive a sporty ride!
rear end design is a little strange at
first, but you learn to enjoy it!
So far great! Love the high tech performance of a world class engine, that is way ahead of its time. This type engine technology is currently being copied by US automakers. This is a real race car engine. British F3 series open wheel cars, which equates too 160mph. They are destroying the other cars that run Hondas. Adaptive performance in a hatchback, is a car that is a phnomenal value in my book.
I have had my 2003 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG for a little over six months. I love the engine, it seems to be put together rather well (I haven't had any problems in 4,000 miles), but the interior is awful. The ac/heater/wiper/c.control/pwr seat controls are worse than in the 1990 Nissan that I had. The cup holder is only symbolic, the lack of navigation and an in dash multi disk CD player is absurd at these price levels. If I could have taken my 2001 Saab's interior and put it into this car it would be perfect. Fortunately as soon as you put your foot down the thing takes off!
The engine, taut steering, build quality (so far), very good transmission, and engine sound.
Completely redesign the interior (copy Audi or Saab if needed) and make the rear seats a bit bigger. Get the seat controls off the door, make navigation and variable speed wipers standard. The seats need lumbar support! Again my 1990 Nissan Pathfinder had a better / more useful interior.
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