Test Drove a C280 today!

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  1. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Oooh nice.....

    Saw a C280 Estate advertised locally over the weekend so I went to have a look this morning on the way to work.

    I wasn't too keen on the car itself, it was silver, cloth trim no alloys and an Elegance with wood trim.:crazy: However I very much liked the way it drove. Performance was very, very exhilerating!! nice tone from the engine and it seemed to pull and pull and pull.:D

    Have to say it felt a little unstable/wallowy when cornering at speed and the ASR light was flashing with nearly every touch of the right pedal.:cool:

    It was a private sale and the asking price was £9995 on an S-plate;) , I was tempted to take it further purely for the performance but I had to tell myself that the next Smerc I get will be a Sport or Avantgard with leather and not silver. The bloke selling it reckons it will be sold by tonight anyway and I can't find that sort of money that quickly!:mad:

    Nice car though.:D
     
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    Hmm , someone must have nicked the alloys off it.


    Yup jimmy , this time of the year , youve got to be careful with the old right foot or that dang old ASR light flashes like a fruit machine.

    Go for it , treat yourself :)
     
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    I can certainly vouch for the C280s performance, and in my Sport version don't have much of a problem with the corners!!:D

    I also don't tend to get the ASR light on too often - only with a seriously heavy right foot on a very slippery surface. Most rainy days it will take full power on a wet corner without thinking about it - maybe it's the wider Sport tyres (I tend to keep fairly fresh Michelins on it though!!)

    If you're still after a C280, my Azurite Blue Sport saloon with grey leather will be up for grabs within the next month or so.....:bannana: :bannana: :bannana:
     
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    What's wrong with Silver? :confused:



    2000, C200 Sport, Tiptronic (in Silver!)
     
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    Silver is the most common new car colour, 46% of all new cars are silver. Why go for the same colour as everyone else, I know MBs look nice in silver but why not choose one of the other much prettier colours instead? MB have some beautiful colours to choose from and I would take any of the other metallics over silver, it's just too plain and boring. Sorry, but it is :)
     
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    I see your point Shude, but when buying a used car, for me personally, the colour isn't as much of a priority as much as mileage, SH and spec. The only colour I wouldn't touch is white.
     
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    White is the best colour , It never looks dirty :)

    I got azurite blue just now , it will be the last dark coloured car i buy . My C30 amg estate will be in white , gold or silver.:D
     
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    I'll avoid white if I can, heh, after my white 190E, that thing never looked clean even after a hand wash. Just a few minutes on the road and it was back to square one.

    Jimmy, stick to the Vivianite club!! :cool: :rock:

    S.
     
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    Oh dear oh dear what have I started?

    I agree with Shude on the colour thing, whilst a silver MB looks great there are just too many silver cars on the road now, MB do some lovely colours apart from Silver and Azurite blue.

    After much thought I will be staying in the Vivianite Green club for the forseeable future...................there was a C240 estate in last weeks Autotrader, and that was Vivianite too:devil:
     
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    You going to get it? :bannana:

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    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    No, I am quite happy with my car most of the time, just occasionally I wish it had a bit more oomph, but most of my driving is local town driving so a 1.8 makes sense really for now.

    I am going to stick to my original plan and save up for a newer model with a bigger engine, perhaps in a years time.:D
     
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    get a turbo jimmy :D
     
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    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I would consider something like that up to about £500 or so, any more and I might aswell change the car.:confused:

    Tried having a Superchip fitted but they couldn't do mine as I have the wrong chip.:mad:
     
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    get a upsolute fitted ;)
     
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    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Tell me more!!!!

    I reckon another 10-15hp would be just about what I need.

    You've got me excited now!:bannana:
     
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    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Cheers K,

    I was onto them quicker than a chipped & blown C180:D:D

    I Have got to get the numbers off my ECU and will hopefully have it done by the weekend.;)

    Who needs a C280 anyway?:p
     
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    It looks like the Upsolute gives good results for what it costs.

    I'll be very interested to see how you get on Jimmy.
     
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    nope, but I'm going to have a 'Chip' soon that holds a map for my 5th injector!!!
     
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    That's the start of the slippery slope, i remember thinking just that, i ended up trading in an economical 250D, for a gas guzzling 300te........... but i'm happy:bannana: :bannana:
     
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