I drove a 350 before and changed to the 55 earlier this year. 350 and 55 were the only choice in 2004 back then, so I went with the 350, 280 only became available a year later as 2006 model (I think). Nevertheless, I did sit in a 280 from my friend (also a member of this forum - B4TM4N), but it was during a track event
with R-compound tire setup, so that didn't count, plus he drove like there was no tomorrow.
The price difference between a used 280 to 350 will likely be less than new cars with slightly higher mileage, so I will keen on the 350 more because of a more powerful engine, bigger brake...mostly performance related.
Don't get me wrong that a 280 not as nice as 350, it is just as nice as a 350 from the look and ride quality stand point. If you are mostly going for the look of the car, not so much about performance, 280 will be a better choice.
As for winter driving, both car will require
snow tires if you intend to drive it during winter time. I live in Toronto and I had snow tire for both 350 and 55 and I use them as my daily ride. The other factor is that 280 will fit on 16" snow tire, but you will need 17" for the 350, more $$.
Hope this helps and welcome to the forum
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