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Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by Germgh0st, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Germgh0st

    Germgh0st New Member

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    Hey all. I'm Sean, 47 from South Shields. For the past five years I've had a Mk3 Focus ST (three of them in fact) and I love them, in my opinion the best bang for buck car in it's sector.

    Just over a year ago my dad passed away and left me able to pay off my debts, including car finance, buy my house outright from my landlord and move up a car class.

    My bucket list car has always been an Audi RS3. However with the emission regulations they have not been available since October, and there's a good chance that they won't come back for various reasons. My second option was the new A45, which isn't available yet. So I thought I'd have a look at at some more 'grown up' options and maybe move from hooning around in a hatchback to something a little more luxurious whilst still having enough under my right foot to put a smile on my face.

    The Jaguar XE 300 Sport was first and, whilst I didn't get to test drive that actual model, it was very nice. Too nice. Uninvolving. Boring.

    On Saturday I test drove a C43. Unlike the Jag it felt big and will take me a while to get used to. However the cabin was a very nice place to sit in and I loved the car. Especially the sound when I floored it, and especially in Sport+ mode, and especially considering it had the standard exhaust and not the AMG version that I would opt for. With my foot on the floor it felt like it just wanted to keep going and going and going and didn't want me to stop. The thing I liked the most - no torque steer while I did this!

    The C43 ticks a lot, if not all, of the boxes for me. It has the matrix style headlights of the RS3 which I lust after (yeah sad I know!), I can have it with a pano roof, it has similar power figures and is just a little slower then the RS3 to 60 - although if the RS3 does come back it'll no doubt have a PPF and be slightly down on power. It has AWD, but better than quattro it's rear biased so I get the 'feel' of a rear wheel drive sports car but the safety and stability of AWD. It even has the digital dash and whilst this isn't as good as Audi's virtual cockpit it is a proper dash, not a flat 'stuck on' screen like in the A and E class. The other screen still looks stuck on, and I wish Mercedes would do the whole 'disappears into the dashboard' thing that Audi do on the 3 series, and I wish it was angled slightly towards the driver to make it a little easier to catch with the corner of the eye. But that was my only gripe, that and the way the gearbox changes down as you slow down which seemed more jerky than it needed to be. But that's what you get with a torque converter gearbox I suppose.

    So now the C43 is a serious contender I thought I'd join a Mercedes forum, and this seemed like the most popular, to see people's opinions and experiences with the C43 to help make my decision :)
     
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    SmartAmg Senior Member

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    LostKiwi Senior Member

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    Blobcat Moderator

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    Hello and welcome
     
  5. Wighty

    Wighty Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum buddy
     
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    AJD Senior Member

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    Hi Sean, welcome to the forum. You are talking to a biased audience here so we would all support your decision if you were to go for the C43.
     
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    carlls Senior Member

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    hi and welcome to the forum
     
  8. Wighty

    Wighty Senior Member

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    Only if he provides pictures though !
     
  9. dry run

    dry run Senior Member

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    Welcome - hope it pans out for you.
     
  10. John Laidlaw

    John Laidlaw Senior Member

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    Welcome Sean, the AMG experience is very compelling.
    I hear what you say on the dash, a colleague has the new A8 and the dash is stunning, much better than the Mercedes and BMW current offering. I think that’s relatively minor - after a year someone else will do yet another version which will be better so unless you’re changing cars annually then it’s just a nature of todays ‘connected’ society.
    Are you looking at HUD on the C43? My i8 is the first car I’ve had with it, and I just love it, I concentrate on that now more than much of the dash....
     
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    Germgh0st

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    I am indeed looking at the HUD. Pretty much every option in fact apart from the 19" wheels as I don't care for black.
     
  12. Srdl

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    Hi Sean and welcome to the forum. Sounds like you are growing up moving to Mercedes from your Focus ST (it happens to us all one day!).

    I can’t speak for the C43 but I love my new GLC43.
     
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    Welcome, I think you have convinced your self to buy a C43.
     
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