The simple answer is that I would not choose either of those cars. The
level of performance offered by those tiny 4-cylinder engines is
unacceptable in a car that costs $50,000 - $55,000.
The Lexus IS200 is the same price yet offers 6 cylinder performance, and of
course top Japanese build quality.
Alternatively look at a 2nd hand Merc. Unfortunately you can't get a V6
W203 C-Class for that price, but you can definitely have your pick of the
litter of E240s, or maybe even a slightly older (96-97) E280/E320.
Which kind of $ you are referring to? A Mercedes C180k in standard
configuration costs less than 30,000 Euro including VAT in Germany, which
is about 36.000 US-Dollar. I agree with you that this is awfully much for
a 4-Banger, but 55,000 Dollar will buy you a nice smart convertible in
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Thats not a tax, its a registration fee. And thats only in South Australia.
Here in Victoria there are no such fees for extra cylinders. In any case,
an $82 savings per year is hardly much of an advantage and would certainly
not persuade someone to buy a 4-cyl over a V6.
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