Keep in mind that my C230 - 2008 has only 62,000 Kms, is driven lightly and garage kept. Yet...time to move away from Benz once and for all. To date: both electric side mirrors replaced ($700 each), both gas tank pumps replaced a couple of times (fuel gauge still goes out once in a while), side mirror full of water (looks like fish tank), tire blown sidewall, amongst others and just today car would not start leaving all scratching heads..$$$$ Not to mention Benz's outrageous cost of ongoing service...$500-$800 each annual visit.
Bought with 26,000 miles, rear drive car was a bargain in Minnesota because demand is higher for all wheel drive. But this car with traction control had no issues with ice or snow. Trouble free for 6 years of pleasant driving. I'd recommend getting MB Tex upholstery instead of leather if you plant to keep the car for a long time. Leather shows wear at about 75,000 moles despite great care. Be careful front end is close to ground and can scratch high curbs.
I was cross-shopping BMW 335i and Audi S4. When I drove the C350, I knew this was the car for me. Sure, it's not as fast as either the 335 or S4 but overall it is perfect. Mine has the P2 package, Multimedia package, Panarama sunroof, 18" rims and iPod adapter. There are more audio storage options than I could probably ever fill. The stereo is great and the build quality is fantastic. I love driving this car and everything about it. I have no regrets and do not miss having a BMW. I will keep this car for a long time. Drive it, you won't be disappointed.
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
451 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
443 @ 5,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.38; II = 2.86; III = 1.92; IV = 1.37; V = 1.00; VI = 0.82; VII = 0.73; R = 3.42; Diff = 2.85
With traction control on, the C63 initially stumbles off the line, then rockets down the strip. Engaging ESP Sport allows just enough useful wheelspin to subtract 0.6 second to 60 mph. Auto upshifts are very fast right at redline.
ABS pulsing was evident as the system hunted for traction. Pedal effort is moderately firm and dive was near zero. Feel is a little vague and changes with each stop. Hard to judge fade resistance here, but we did experience some while lapping at the racetrack.
Skid pad: Moderate understeer at the limit gets worse if pushed further. Steering is reasonably communicative but not benchmark-good. Slalom: Until the slalom was dusted off and "groomed," the C63 felt "pushy-loose." It would understeer at one cone then oversteer at the next. Also, unless the road surface is billiard-table smooth, the C63 never feels composed. A slight dip at cone #3 sends the C63 wide for the next gate. There might be more in it, not here, not today. Steering feel is marginally good, but quite precise. Seats are purpose-built for slalom testing.