I'm unable to find a competitive review of a C230 vs 325Ci on the web, other then the end user review on there respective sites.
I've got a 2003 C230 Coupe to pick up in a week, Can someone tell me why I would want to buy the BMW 325Ci instead.
Let's see. A comparably equipped 325Ci is several thousand dollars more. The 325 is larger on the outside but has less passenger room. Many people associate "hatchback" with cheapness and poor quality, and want a trunk. But others, see the utility of the hatchback. IMO, the cup holders in the 325 are ugly, but others think the folding cup holder in the C230 is silly and fragile. BMW wheels appear to be very hard to clean with all those nooks and crannies. 325's are a lot more common than C230 coupes.
Personal emotions and desires have to be considered when purchasing any new car. However, I will give you my evaluation. I have personally settled on the MB over the BMW, Audi, and Lexus. Now do I want a Blk C230WZ or C320C.
I have recently test driven a lot of cars in this catagory, including an A4 1.8, 325s, IS300, and C230c. From a performance stand point. They are comparable cars.
The car mags say the BMW handles the best, but it is subjective and you have to put the roads you drive in into the equation. The BMW clearly corners flatter, but the MB can be fixed with MB parts for about $200. IMO, the A4 with the sport package is clearly the best handling, but stiffest car.
I've driven the MB 2.3 and 1.8, BMW 2.5, and Audi 1.8. The MB 2.3 may be a little qicker than the 1.8, but the 1.8 is clearly much smoother and more refined IMO. the 1.8 doesn't even vibrate on cold startup. In my test drive, I thought it to be as smooth as the BMW 2.5. The Audi engine is much rougher and is much slower. According to the spec sheets, the 325 automatic is slower than the MB 1.8 (8.1 v.s. 7.5). The transmision of choice, manuals, are probable about equal. The fastest of this group is the IS300, but not by much.
The MB has more back seat room and is more versital with the seats folded. If you realy don't want a hatch, the C230 sedan is now available and if you want more SPEED, the C320 coup is available.
I've owned 2 BMW's. I bought both BMW certified used. Niether were a 3 series. First I had a '89 750, then a '91 850. I had poor experiences with both vehicles regarding mechanical issues($$$$). I'd consider a new one to be a better idea. Just keep this in mind: The ratio of C230K Coupes to BMW 3 series on the road is like 1:120. I didn't see one other C230K Coupe on the road today! But there were a few I saw on the dealers lot... :wink:
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