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You are in the Volvo XC90
What is this discussion about?
Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX, Lexus RX 330, BMW X5, Cadillac SRX, Toyota Highlander, Volvo XC90, SUV
#644 of 1084 smwls8 - Benz vs. MDX
Jun 08, 2003 (6:31 am)
Good morning. Like you I had a Benz C-Class (1994 C280), it was a great little car. Since that time I have gone back and forth between Benzes and BMW's and my wife has driven a couple of Grand Cherokees. I currently drive a 2003 MB E500 and a 2001 BMW 330Ci convertible for the rare sunny days. 6 months ago we wanted to replace our 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee because we were tired of ongoing nagging quality problems (it did perform well when it worked).
My wife really wanted a BMW X5 but after test driving the car with both engines we just didn't really like it. The decision then was down to the ML500 and the MDX, we chose the MDX and it has been a great vehicle. The typical Honda/Acura quality is present and it is relatively fun to drive as it has a great engine and it handles well. The bonus is the third row seat as it is handy as well as the fact that the MDX is wider inside than most other vehicles in this class.
Good luck with your decision, If you choose an MDX I'm sure that you'll like it.
Jun 08, 2003 (1:42 pm)
Well, the cutest factor is definately one of the reasons women flock to cars like the 3-series, RX300 as well as other cars like the Integra, Celica, Golf's, Jetta's.
But back to the RX300, the reason it is soo popular among women is because it was the first entry luxury cross-over designed with women in mind. The unibody construction and Camry platform gave it a low step in height(it doesn't need running boards at all), it's easy to see out of, with it's big windshield and sloping hood, it has a interior designed for women(big center consoles & a place for a purse between the front seats), and from the start it had bulletproof lexus quality/reliability. The RX300's only real other competitor at the time, the ML320 kinda flopped on all of the above counts and definately screwed up on the quality.
Jun 08, 2003 (1:43 pm)
NO Soul in the MDX? What gives a Mercedes a soul....the 3-pointed star?
#647 of 1084 clembo
Jun 08, 2003 (4:43 pm)
first, let me state right up front that I believe clembo is a real person
but don't you ever read a post loike his and wonder if the poster is actually that person, of if he/she works in marketing at Acura?
I know that would violate the rules for posting on this site, but....
Jun 08, 2003 (4:45 pm)
has there really been no buzz about the SRX? Should we be expecting any yet, given the car's expected release date?
Jun 08, 2003 (4:51 pm)
It's a Cadillac, the older folks luxury vehicle, you want "buzz" out of that crowd, find a shovel, or better yet a backhoe.
Jun 08, 2003 (5:45 pm)
I have never thought of the RX300 as a SUV designed for women, but I must admit you did make some good points. I can see why reliability is more important to female because I know how much my wife hates bringing the car in for preventative maintenance.
Perhaps the new ML320 can compete with the RX in the female buyer market. It would have to be more reliable that its predecessor and oh yea, and it would have to have a big center consoles and a place for a purse.
Jun 08, 2003 (6:51 pm)
Do Acura dealers usually drive BMW's? The member you are wondering about has posted here (occasionally) since '01 - I think we would've caught on by now if soliciting was involved.
Not everyone who has kind words to say about Honda (or Volvo) is a dealer or marketing maven
Jun 11, 2003 (3:42 pm)
You as the host are correct, I'm a very frequent reader of the Edmunds boards but I'm only an occasional writer. This SUV board was helpful for me when I was going through the decision making process that ultimately lead to an MDX for my wife. I would much rather read and write about my other cars, both of which are more fun to drive than any SUV but much less practical.
Keep up the good work as the board host, this is an interesting place to visit mainly due to the quality of the board members/posters.
Jun 16, 2003 (6:23 pm)
Hey, Steve - I said I didn't doubt whether Clembo is a real person
I was just casting doubt on the whole message board posting phenomenon.