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Unread 10-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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Default BMW 320i vs Mercedes-Benz C200 Kompressor

Which is better in terms of reliability and maintenance costs. And why?

I'm typically looking at 2007 to 2008 automatic models. (please don't suggest from a manual point of view because I don't drive manuals).

I don't see many people driving MB C200 Kompressors around as compared to the BMW 320i. Why is this?

Is Mercedes-Benz for older people (typically over 35)?

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I'd be more likely to get the BMW. Honestly though it's up to what you want in the car. Also, don't concern yourself with what others think about it.
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I'd be more likely to get the BMW. Honestly though it's up to what you want in the car. Also, don't concern yourself with what others think about it.
Which one is more reliable though? And which one would be cheaper to maintain/service?

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If you want cheap to maintain and service buy Japanese or buy Detroit. German cars are famously expensive to service. Both will be roundabouts the same: Alot.


On how often they'll need service, in that year range it boils down to how well the car's been treated. Both were about equal in 2007 as far as build quality. Merc was coming out of a bit of a slump in the mid 90s pretty well and BMW stayed rock solid the whole time.
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I've never been a Merc fan (i just think they're ugly) but I'd probably take the beemer.

Either destroy your bank account should anything go haywire. They are german, it's what they do best.
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