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    Next car, CLA45 or BMW M235

    I have a 2014 cla 250. I was thinking about trading in for a cla45 or M235i . In most reviews I read the M235 wins, however it is not a true M car and is two doors only car. So my question for current owners is, would you still buy/recommend the CLA45? Personally I like the look of the CLA45 better, being 4 doors, that it is slightly quicker 0-60 and it is a true AMG car. Another question is, I would want to keep the CLA45 for about 5 years as a daily driver, is this a bad idea? being a high performance car should I limit the miles I put on it? and is maintenance and repairs much higher than a regular cla? thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvn22 View Post
    I have a 2014 cla 250. I was thinking about trading in for a cla45 or M235i . In most reviews I read the M235 wins, however it is not a true M car and is two doors only car. So my question for current owners is, would you still buy/recommend the CLA45? Personally I like the look of the CLA45 better, being 4 doors, that it is slightly quicker 0-60 and it is a true AMG car. Another question is, I would want to keep the CLA45 for about 5 years as a daily driver, is this a bad idea? being a high performance car should I limit the miles I put on it? and is maintenance and repairs much higher than a regular cla? thanks
    Ok. I am very biased from bmw to Mercedes lol. The only bmw I would ever consider is the m3/m4 or a 6 series. Other than that, I dislike bmw lol.

    But, on that note, I would go for a cla45.
    Why? It's a 4 cylinder so the mpg is "supposedly" better.
    It's faster like you said,
    And I like the cla's style more.

    Bmw.
    It is a v6 I believe so the car would sound louder, especially if you wanted to do some exhaust work.
    But at the same time, it's only a 2 door and it's not a true M car.
    In the end, it is up to you, but if I was in your position, I would get a cla45.

    I recommend test driving both and seeing which one feels the best.
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    Are you crazy?


    Why would you even *think* about an m235i when the M2 is about to come out?


    If its between an AMG or a 235i..

    the AMG all the way..


    The m2 however, has me second guessing my loyalty to AMG in light of their recent stance changes and adding non hand-built models into the line up etc.

    BMW M2 Reviews - BMW M2 Price, Photos, and Specs - Car and Driver


    Car and driver says...

    1) BMW M2
    2) Audi S3
    3) AMG CLA45

    I would say... its a neck and neck tie for the M2 and CLA45 personally, and it all boils down to whether you want 4 door AWD or 2 door RWD.



    Daily driver protocol is your own protocol.

    If its under warranty, its under warranty, if you drive the mileage outside of the warranty, then it could become an issue.

    Standard warranty is 4 years, 50,000 miles I believe, so... once you hit that mark, I'd say get a new daily driver or buy the extended warranty up front.

    While its under warranty, daily drive it all you want, drive it as hard as you want...
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    M2 or CLA45. Given u already driven the CLA, I go for M2.....
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    M2 still has the synthetic engine noise through the stereos... sigh
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    if you remove price from being a factor here is how i would rank the cars discussed

    M2
    CLA45 AMG
    BMW M235
    Audi S3

    Just not a fan of Audi



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clallan View Post
    M2 still has the synthetic engine noise through the stereos... sigh
    is this true..?

    anyways OP you should test drive them and see how they respond to how you drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clallan View Post
    M2 still has the synthetic engine noise through the stereos... sigh
    What? No off switch for that??????!!
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    Driving them both and seeing how you feel behind the wheel for each one will help you decide. Personally, I'd still pick the cla45 over M235i or M2. When I was in the market, the M3 is what almost swayed me away. The M235i never once hit my radar, primarily because I needed a 4 doors, it's the better daily driver of the two and being an AMG means it is track ready out the box.
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    You need to drive both of them first - cla250 has no similarities to 45amg even though they seems to be almost same cars.

    M235 i ugly, from driver perspective it seems to be tighter inside. 3.0l motor is great, at transimssion is great but car doesn't deliver exitment. Probably because BMW knew that there is m2 on a way.

    My next car will be rs3 or m2 - they are more expensive. I would suggest you to go with cla 45 and after it m2

    I'm using cla45 as a daily drive, it works perfect.

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