I'm looking to get into the entry luxury market for the first time and am
leaning toward the 2003 C230K pretty heavily. (The other two on my short
list are the 2003 Infiniti G35 and the 2004 Acura TSX.)
I took an extended drive in the 230 today and was very impressed. The
instrumentation was intuitive -- by the end of the hour drive I had all the
buttons, the stereo, the climate and moonroof figured out. Smooth ride for
Chicago roads, good acceleration, very comfortable and looks great!
There are a couple of things that I would like some commentary on this where
you all can provided it.
- There's definitely the feel of turbo lag in the acceleration of the one I
test-drove. My 1998 Accord is a weak four-banger but it does have more
initial giddy-up than the 230. Once the 230 kicks in, of course, no
contest, but is this lag common?
- I see the 240 which has the AWD option. Living in Chicago and having my
garage dump into a one-way-out-only alley, I worry about getting stuck in
deep snow that's not plowed in a rear-wheel drive, so AWD is a potentially
attractive option. Does anyone have snow experience in a RWD 230? Can you
- Any other distinctions that can be drawn between the 230 and 240?
- How does the 230K hold its value over time?
Thanks for the insight, folks.