-840quadra840quadra said:...they seem to think everyone in the US needs an Automatic transmission as opposed to a Manual! Let the buyer decide what they want!
Well, that's not entirely fair. The Germans feel they have moved on from manual shift. In fact they feel we US'ers are a bit silly holding on to it.
Remember, they're Germans - efficiency is very important to the culture. And let's face it, a manual shift compared to an SMG (Sequential Manual Gearbox) is not a fast shift, or efficient for fast acceleration.
Agree on every point...the only Merc I would have over a BMW is the McLaren SLR...and thats not even a real Merc so....BMWMacsRgr8 said:BMW!!
I have always found Beamers more fun than Mercs.
Probably because of the introduction of the M5. BMW was the first to create a racer and put a normal 5-series body around it. BMW puts so much effort in delivering the best driving experience in all of their cars.
The "lesser" Mercs somehow feel like Japanese cars with the Mercedes badge.
A BMW 1-series still feels like a BMW. Always excellent steering, great handling etc. Maybe not always the fasterst cars on the planet (especially the smaller petrol engines), but always very good to drive.
My top 3 brands:
1) Aston Martin. The best looking cars ever. Especially the DB-9
2) BMW. Best cars ever. M5 is IMHO the best car on sale.
3) Porsche. I love the way the 911 stays alive! Engine in the back!
Neither.bobscliff said:Which do you prefer? Personally i think the higher end benzes are better looking (s-class) but i drive a bmw and i know that they are verrry good to drive. bmw also has nicer suvs and the 6 series is gorgeous.