I took delivery of my 300C CRD in early 2006 on a 55 plate. I had fallen in love with the looks of the car about 18 months previously. The only extras I ordered were the obligatory "Bentley" grill and the full satnav system. The satnav in reality is fairly poor and over priced. The suspension is acceptable on reasonable roads and can even change direction quickly with little drama. However,hit a pothole halfway through a bend and it upsets the handling badly. Sleeping policemen, unless you hit them at snails pace, will have you bouncing up and down for a few yards. Best example of the suspension frailties was when i took the car on the train to France and could not sit in it during the trip due to the roll and bounce. The engine delivers its enormous torque in what seems to be a never ending stream of UUUMPH. The thing that never ceases to amaze me is the ease with which the car can be parked and moved in tight spaces,it just shouldnt be able too. Anyway, I still love the car to bits even though most people I know call it the pimpmobile.However, if anybody knows a solution to the suspension problem please let me know. If this item is read by the propriator of a suspension specialist company who want to prove how clever they are, they can borrow my car for free !
I am one of the few in the UK who run the 5.7 Hemi V8 engined 300C and simply adore how the car does it's busines. The engine is refined smooth and as economical as the pair of BMW 7 series owned previously. I find some of the interior trimming a little poor and ill designed but on a simple value for money especially in the Diesel models, this is not so much dissapointing and a factor of cost £ for £ as this car is in size and image an equal to the S class and 7 easily. Running costs and economy are par for the course and if you are worried about this before you buy? simply, don't! but if you want a truly impressive eye catching smooth refined car and not the "shrinking violet" type then the 300C range may be for you. I recently converted a friend insistant on buying an XF to go with the 300C CRD and he is delighted especially as the 300C on a back to back test got much more in admiring looks, comments and feel. If you do choose a 300C I am sure you will love it as much as increasing band of devoted owners already do. They are soulful and highly addictive
I have owned my 300C since October 2007 and it is without doubt the best car I have ever owned. Fantastic looks, fantastic performance and fantastic economy. No need to worry about residual values for the diesel version as they can go for as much 2nd hand as they are new. Mine has all the Startech toys including the Alcantara interior upgrade which completely changes the inside. You can't get a better class of car for the money! A Rare sight on the road so exclusivity is assured and at 35-40 MPG you can't go wrong!
After three months of I can say it’s a great motor. The 3 litre diesel engine is smooth, quite and it can respond when you want it. The auto box as good as the engine Plenty of room inside and in the boot. Doesn’t like corners too much but it’s not that sort of car. If you want to do two wheels round every bend then get something else. A car to be enjoyed, with a comfortable suspension! Comments about the plasticy inside? Well maybe but its not much different to me than a lot of cars these days and far as I’m concerned no problem. There is a lot of spec for your cash and that’s what drew me, leather seats, heated seats, etc. IThe colours offered are limited but as a man speaking plenty of choice for me and I choose the silver. For me the car has its own different look, a look I like and that’s another plus. (Too many cars these days look similar) The price is as good as you can get for this beauty, I paid £24,600 at a dealership. Good deal shame about the dealership. There were a few problems and they dealt with them like amateurs! This experience at this dealership did put me off the car at first, but that aside the car is still good. Fuel consumption, well I have been doing about 60% motorway and the rest round town and it’s coming out at about 31 MPG as I closely monitored it out of interest After I purchased the car, I wasn’t sure if the car was too big. Well after 3 months it’s not too big for me, you get used to it.
John Greenfield, Sheffield
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