Hello! This is actually my first real post here ! Although I have been browsing through this forum for a while.
I have been working real hard for a new car for a while, now that my parents' car I may borrow broke down, I plan to buy a new (used) one when the weather returns to normal. (No snow, frozen ground, etc.)
I have been wanting a r171 since a few monthes. It's looks, uniqueness and hardtop roof combined is simply amazing! And the more I think about it, the more I want it. I also realise that this age (no offense to older members here) is ideal to drive this kind of car. (Sporty, no need for practical
, unique, fun and so on)
Although lately, the BMW 3 series (praised by many many many) started to catch my attention. I really like the looks of E90/E92 (BMW Angel eye's are so stunning). I do think E90 can look stunning with right setups. They also offer 2-3 more seats which I very rarely may find handy, for 'just in case' situations.
Because Im on the younger side, I'm limited to entry-level engine choices. SLK200 Kompressor, which I see many find underpowered here vs 320d (or 318d) E90/E92. To sum up a little bit:
+ Although BMWs generally look great, r171 is just mindblowing, even after 8 years.
+ Convertible experience. Tho some say it'll get old real fast, it will still be an unique experience in one's life.
+ Headturning. This is where my younger side kicks in, it's always nice to be noticed
- Higher costs on insurance, maintance, fuel. Although I think it can't be that bad if I don't floor it often
+ Still looking great, although not as SLK.
+ Smarter with money in general. Insurance, maintance, fuel
. But I realise that you have to pay for pleasure in life.
+ More seats for 'just in case'
- No convertible, less headturning, bmws everywhere.
I have been told that many members here have owned BMWs before, in fact I appreciate members here are able to praise BMWs enormously while keeping their pride and love for the SLK class. In fact I realise I'm asking this in SLK forum, but any experience that can compare those 2 will be really helpful. How they drive and feel, convertible experience and so on.
Anyways, thanks a lot for making it through the entire post, I know it was on the lengthy side. If anyone can share their opinions and thoughts on those cars I'd really appreciate this.
Greetings and thanks again.
Side question: Do many of you guys get xenon option on SLK for looks, or for safety?