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#1 (permalink) Old 03-05-2005, 12:38 AM
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I've been meaning to join the forum for a long time, but I waited until I had a question that wasn't already asked somewhere along the way!

I just wanted to know what the opinion(s) of my fellow BMW drivers is in regards to the Mercedes CLK.

I have a 2002 330ci right now, that I love. I've never loved driving a car so much. Before this, I had a 2000 323i, that I thought couldn't be topped. For as long as I knew that there was a difference in between makes of cars, I've loved BMW.

The only problem is that I fell in love with the CLK the first time I saw it. I always thought of it as a "step up" from the BMW 3 Series and expected that one day, when I was making enough money, I would trade in my Bimmer for the Benz. I'm in a position now to buy as much as a CLK 430, but something is keeping me with BMW. I just want to know that if you all had the choice, would you stay with your 3 series or would you jump to the CLK?

I'm still in the process of making the deal and I'm trying to sell my car outright, for a change! It's allowing me way too much time to think about this. Plus, some idiot that just started working in my office, went out one afternoon and bought a CLK 320. She's been bashing BMW every chance she gets, now. Probably just trying to justify breaking herself to out-do me in some way, plus the salesman probably filled her head with lots of nonsense in order to sell it for MSRP!!

I usually don't listen to people who know nothing about horsepower, liters, torque, curb weight, etc...but I guess that her remarks offended me and it's making me question if I would be missing out if I stick with the tried and true.

Please reassure me that sticking with another BMW is the best thing! I shouldn't need anyone's opinion, but I'm failing to approach this objectively right now!
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The CLK 430 is a older model right? I dont think it looks good at all. But the new ones, WOW! Even the new clk 320 looks stuning If your going for the newer look, objectivly i think its better, but that all depends on personal prefrence. These german cars all drive great though. older look=NO
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The CLK 430 is a older model right? I dont think it looks good at all. But the new ones, WOW! Even the new clk 320 looks stuning If your going for the newer look, objectivly i think its better, but that all depends on personal prefrence. These german cars all drive great though. older look=NO
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OOPS!! I RETRACT MY STATEMENT! I should be identifying the CLK 500!
You're right, I definately wouldn't want the old body style! Although, it was the one that originally caught my eye, I wouldn't buy an old model.

Now, based on that correction, what's the call?

Sorry about that, I am so burned out
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both cars are great but it depends on what you are looking for. the bmw is good for spirited driving and ripping around whereas the benz is best suited for just mobbing around. another thing to consider is whether you want to drive auto or stick. the clk is only auto and i happen to prefer driving stick any day so i would personally go for the 05 330 with the performance package. that would be just as tight as a new clk.

having driven lots of merecedes because my dad loves them and driving bmws i have to say i like the bmw best because it is more of a drivers car.

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just my opinion:

bmw= drivers car
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The CLK 500 is definitely the better choice, but what your missing in the very significant price difference that you should also be considering. If your just comparing everything else, clk takes it. If you want to look at it more objectively compare it to the new 5 series.

05 330ci - 37,300 225hp
05 530i - 45,400 225hp
05 545i - 55,800 325hp <---
05 clk 500- 53,750 302hp

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The CLK 500 is definitely the better choice, but what your missing in the very significant price difference that you should also be considering. If your just comparing everything else, clk takes it. If you want to look at it more objectively compare it to the new 5 series.

05 330ci - 37,300 225hp
05 530i - 45,400 225hp
05 545i - 55,800 325hp <---
05 clk 500- 53,750 302hp

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The CLK may be more bang for your buck, if that's a base price on the BMW and a loaded CLK price. MSRP (which I'd never actually pay!) for the 330ci Performance Package (235hp w/my preferences) is right at $45,895. By the same token, the CLK could end up being 16K higher, when all is said and done.

I'm asking a biased crowd here, but is a MB really worth that much money? Is it truly worth that much more than a BMW? And I'll tell you that I'm asking that from a performance standpoint. We all know the quality of interior and technology is competitive.

WHITE 330CI summed it up and I do love to drive and I don't take passengers often. I only wish that someone would've presented that concept to me a week ago!

Thanks for all of your input on this!
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Originally posted by Pitt66+Mar 5 2005, 02:09 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Pitt66 @ Mar 5 2005, 02:09 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-sardar@Mar 4 2005, 11:09 PM
The CLK 500 is definitely the better choice, but what your missing in the very significant price difference that you should also be considering. If your just comparing everything else, clk takes it. If you want to look at it more objectively compare it to the new 5 series.

05 330ci - 37,300* * * * ** 225hp
05 530i - 45,400* * * * * * 225hp
05 545i - 55,800* * * * * * 325hp <---
05 clk 500- 53,750* * * ** 302hp

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The CLK may be more bang for your buck, if that's a base price on the BMW and a loaded CLK price. MSRP (which I'd never actually pay!) for the 330ci Performance Package (235hp w/my preferences) is right at $45,895. By the same token, the CLK could end up being 16K higher, when all is said and done.


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Ok, the e60 5-Series are nice, but the CLK 500 is a sports car, and the 5ers are a sedan. Umm yeah, just thought I'd point that out.

I don't know where you got your information, but the 05 CLK 500 Coupe in the USA starts off at $55,320. The 05 CLK 500 Cabriolet is $69,920....so yeah.

AND I know from person experience that an 05 330Ci Convertible...White on grey with the Performance package but an automatic....only $53,000.
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"the CLK 500 is a sports car"


That statement alone precludes you from ever discussing automobiles or the automotive industry again.
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I live in canada, i just looked up the prices on the autotrader research page for us$

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"the CLK 500 is a sports car"


That statement alone precludes you from ever discussing automobiles or the automotive industry again.
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Yeah yeah, what I meant was that the "The Mercedes-Benz CLK offers sporty performance"....it looks more of a sports car than the e60 545i (coupe vs sedan), but the CLK isn't as fast as the 545i ....so eh' whatever.

05 CLK 500- 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds
04 545i- 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds
1/4 mile in 13.7 @ 102.1
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I don't know about in the US, but here in the UK the CLK does have a feminine image. It is a fantastic car to drive as I do have a place in my heart for Meredes, but BMWs do handle much better. The 6 cylinder BMW engine makes you smile everytime the pedal is pressed. The CLK is a cruising car. Mercedes have also had bad press over the past few years with regards to build quality. BMW's build quality seems to go from strength to strength.
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im hearing the same things howie about the benz build quality nowadays but still common guys were not talking about american junkers its still a benz. Personally it go with the clk or mybe an audi a6 or a 6 series??

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if you are concerned with build quality do not buy an audi they are pieces of shit!

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I believe that I may be able to offer some insight. I currently drive a 328 but my wife drives a CLK430 convertable.
Comparing the two I would say that, as previously stated the BMW is much more of a drivers car. The BM feels a LOT smaller and tighter, it feels a lot more nimble and willing in a "Point and Squirt" type of way. Whereas the MB "feels" a lot heavier and a lot happier driving gently. When provoked by a heavy right foot, the MB will respond. The V8 has a lot of power, but the 4 speed auto box has very tall gears so it feels like you have to wind it up to really get it going. This makes keeping it on the boil harder.
Overall I would the say BMW is a sporty car with Luxury, Whereas the MB is a luxury car with a bit of sportiness. If sporty driving is your main criteria, I would stick with the BM, if you are willing to sacrifice this for more of a luxury car, then the MB is the choice.
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