Because I’ve been looking at C300s recently. Specifically 2013 to 2014 white C300s with tan interiors, precisely like this one.
To make matters worse, not only is it a Mercedes, obviously, not a BMW, it also has this in it:
That’s right, it’s got an automatic transmission. So yes, the person who owns two manual BMWs is looking at an automatic Mercedes. Why? Well, up until a few hours ago, a CEL had been glaring at me every time I drove my 328i. This was right after spending a bunch of money to rectify oil leaks and bad coils, so I was about done with it.
While it might not be as trilling and engaging as my 328i is to drive, it might actually make a better commuter. I wouldn’t dread sitting in traffic riding the clutch, not that there is much traffic on my commute now. It would also be interesting to experience something different for a little. I’ve bought three cars in my life, all of them BMWs. The only time I owned a non-BMW was when I had my Explorer, because that was bequeathed to me. The Mercedes would also probably connect to my phone and play music. While my 328i does have both a USB and an AUX port, they’re broken. It also has bluetooth, but bluetooth for music was not a thing in 2009 BMW world.
Additionally, while the sport trim didn’t come with a hood ornament, apparently the grills are interchangeable so I could have a hood ornament. While that may seem like an immaterial reason to have one, I would enjoy it every time I drove the car.
So yeah, I want a C300; however, as of this afternoon my 328i seems to be CEL free. That will probably quell my desire to get a Mercedes for a little.