A decade

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cinek, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. cinek

    cinek Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    1,152
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2013
    Location:
    Herts
    Car:
    MB W204 , BMW F10, GSXR LZ3
    Just came back from the job, where in town I parked up to another C class estate, give and take 10 years older.

    Similar colour and general set up and then it hit me how little difference there is between them.

    First visible difference was the shape of headlight clusters, then the grill size and then the bottom, front skirt , then....well, apart from some minor, subtle differences that was it.

    Looking at the first picture, I actually prefer the way mirrors fold on the older model, as they are flash folded to the body.


    [​IMG]


    Again, not much difference in the side layout, the window line, the doors, all very much alike. I dont want to mention alloy difference, as this was purely down to the trim/spec level.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    And then there is the rear, and again, major difference is to do with light clusters and bumper, and that is it.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    What got me thinking, is seen on this picture however. Look at the size of the brake disks on the other car.

    [​IMG]

    Considering it had AMG badge on the back, I thought it might be C32 or C43 which would explain the size of the disk brakes. After checking the number plate against ASKmid, it turned out it was C180.
    Were those disks standard on these cars back then? Considering the size and that they were drilled I am thinking somebody went through a lot of trouble in making it look like an AMG, or I am wrong and all those models were set up in that way?

    Anyway, I was always a great fan of C class shape and I suppose the main reason why the overall line of the car hasnt really changed in the car, is because there is simply no need for it :)
     
  2. whitenemesis

    whitenemesis MB Club Veteran

    Messages:
    13,591
    Joined:
    May 7, 2007
    Car:
    Lexus RC300h F-Sport 2016
    Looks like that C class has the Sports Pack option
     
  3. Palfrem

    Palfrem Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    2,933
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2005
    Location:
    Solihull, near Birmingham
    Car:
    W124 E36 AMG, G 300 GEL his, SLK 200 hers
    The older car has aged very gracefully I think. It still looks good.
     
    2 people like this.
  4. chrisjfinlay

    chrisjfinlay Active Member

    Messages:
    77
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Car:
    s320 cdi (W221)
    Mercedes hasn't really undergone the huge design language overhaul that rivals BMW did - so it seems a lot of their designs have taken the Porsche route of evolution, not revolution. I kinda like it. I do prefer just about everything on the new car but the old one certainly ages well.
     
  5. DSM10000

    DSM10000 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    4,008
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2011
    Location:
    Near Salisbury
    Car:
    E32O CDi Sport, MX5 1.8 Sport, RR 4.2 SC
    I do prefer the older model, for me the proportions of the car are more elegant :)
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. IanA2

    IanA2 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

    Messages:
    4,533
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Location:
    East Mids
    Car:
    SL60 AMG, GES300, Lexus GS 430
    And they were built better :eek::D
     
Tags:

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.