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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Canberra, Australia
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yeh, dude, i know how you feel. i was in a situation not long ago. I am half way through uni, and my parents came around, to buying me a car for my 21st.
so i test drove all the cars that took me fancy. i trest drove the Holden Monaro (i am from down under by the way), i think its being exported to the US as a Pontiac GTO, and in the UK as a Vauxhall. Also a Suburu Liberty GT, Mercedes E-320, and CLK-320, and a BMW 330Ci and a 325Ci.
I was reluctant to end up buying a BMW, due to the replacement of the 3-series next yr.
All cars performed well and handled remarkebly, the exceptio of the Suburu, which had heeps fo low-down grunt, but didnt inspire or give confidence to chuck it around corners. I disliked it very much. Both Mercedes were beautiful, i soo wanted a mercedes in the first place, esspecially the E-class, because the styling just oozes class and also its still in the early stages of its life cycle. However, the
E-320 is meant to be replaced enxt year by a newer engine, E350, and i didn't want to wait a whole year or more for delivery, so it was a no no.
The Monaro (GTO), perhaps had the most power, and was fun. It was also the cheapest of the lot by FAR! and offered the best value for money. a nice drive with great traffic light drags. But relaibility issues and that 6-speed gearbox was a shocker. Also a bit impracticle..as its a strictly 4-seater car. whereas i was looking for a 2-door but has the ability to sit 5 (though maybe slightly cramped), but also, handling and performace and luxury were on the agenda as well, wen i was looking as to what i wanted.
Then Came the BMW's. I swore so hard, when i finished my test-drive witht eh 325Ci. I was scared of falling in love with it. but the damn thing handles like like no other. you seriously must test-drive one to understand. It just works with you. it was a joy. the Only bummer was the engine. though smooth and capable of everyday driving, but i wanted the OOMPH! the 330Ci fixed that.
There is just something the way the 3-series handles, it is in another league.
I sooo, didn't want it because its going to be replaced sometime next year, with vlavletronic engines, thus more power supposedly, thus it will be 'old'.
The next best overall was the Mercedes E-class. So i sed, why settle for second or even third best?, why go soo low?...when the best is attainable, though you don't want to admit it. so, I am waitng for my 330Ci now.