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You are in the Sedans
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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Acura TL, Lexus IS 350, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S60, Audi A4, Acura TSX, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#10732 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [sjaieve]
Mar 12, 2008 (12:52 pm)
I think that you are entirely too caught up in straight line acceleration, and if that's your only yardstick, go buy a WRX and be done with it. There are plenty of people who would consider the x28i over the x35i, and for many reason, me included. When I leased my 2002 530i I made the conscious decision NOT to get a 540i (or an M5 for that matter). Why? Because the 530i was plenty fast enough for my needs, wants and desires. I don't constantly need to prove my manhood by blowing every slammed Honda away at every light, I buy the car for me. Period, full stop, the end.
Some time in the next year I'll be buying a new car, and the top five contenders are as follows:
1) Audi 2.0T 6-Speed S-Line (via European Delivery)
2) 2001-2003 BMW 530i Sedan 5-Speed Sport Package
3) BMW 328i Coupe 6-Speed Sport Package (via European Delivery)
4) BMW 328i Sedan 6-Speed Sport Package (via European Delivery)
2) 2001-2002 BMW 540i Sedan 6-Speed Sport Package
Notice that every one of those cars can be had with a bigger/badder/faster (and thirstier) engine. FWIW, the only reason why the 540i is on the list is that I really like E39s with a stick shift and lots of other goodies, goodies that are often hard to find in the 530i but yet seem to be on virtually every 540i from that vintage.
#10733 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [shipo]
Mar 12, 2008 (1:33 pm)
I was not only looking at straight line acceleration, if you read my posts I also considered options available on these 2 cars and the Lex comes on top. WRX is not my piece of cake, in fact I was in a friends 400+ hp Pontiac GTO and that car is certainly not my piece of cake either, although its way faster than a 335i. Given a choice btwn the GTO and the 335i, I would take the 335i even if its more expensive.
I agree speed is not everyone's concern, like I said, I want everything I can get for my money, that includes power, toys, luxury. I only consider cars within the ELLPS though, thats what I drive
#10734 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [shipo]
Mar 12, 2008 (4:31 pm)
I have been driving a C6 for 3 years and I hear you about speed. This car is wicked fast and I almost get tired of having to constantly monitor my speed. I tend to find cars that I can follow at a respectful distance just so I will keep the speed down. With the traffic flows where I live there are very few chances to really feel the speed and I have done the club racing game already. I am currently looking at moving to a wagon, possibly a 328i. It sucks getting old and becoming more rational.
#10735 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [jmess]
Mar 12, 2008 (6:06 pm)
Let us know how you like it. The 328it fascinates me because of its more utilitarian shape while still offering RWD and a manual.
#10736 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [sjaieve]
Mar 12, 2008 (6:49 pm)
Well, sjaieve settled the discussion. He's looking at cars and he prefers the straighline acceleration and plethora of gadgets in the Lexus compared to the "base model" 528i. You're in your late 20's and want a GS? My late 20's weren't THAT long ago (I'll be 32 in April) and I didn't want anything as big, heavy, quiet, and burdened by a slushbox car like the GS. To each his own. Good luck!
#10737 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [nyccarguy]
Mar 12, 2008 (7:08 pm)
In my 20's, I had an Alfa Spider, a Sentra SE-R, and a Miata. Why on earth would a 20-something want to own a 4000 lb slush box land-barge like the GS?!?!
Oh well, whatever floats your boat grandpa.
#10738 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [nyccarguy]
Mar 12, 2008 (7:37 pm)
I really want to end this but just felt I had to respond to this. If you read all my posts I said I cannot afford a GS350 so I have never looked at buying one but someone posed the question if I would consider a base 5 series, and I said never. There are better cars e.g. the GS350 cos it gives more bang for the buck and I dont buy base models anymore etc etc etc. I drive a car in the ELLPS segment, my money follows where my mouth/posts is/are. We can repeat he arguments all over again but lets move on. I cant convince you in as much as you cant convince me.
Now how about the A3 or IS250 comparison. I still insist its a tough choice
#10739 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [blueguydotcom]
Mar 12, 2008 (8:21 pm)
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
I've owned two straight sixes in my life, and both were wonderful. One was in my 240Z and the other was my Cummins 350. I owned them both at the same time, and the switch between them was interesting, but pleasant.
I wanted the third to be a BMW, but I've bored many with my rants on RFTs and the dipstick thing (how far away is the sealed hood -- only the dealer can open it?). So, not for now.
Maybe later. We'll see.
#10740 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [cdnpinhead]
Mar 12, 2008 (10:37 pm)
Just replaced my RFTs on my cooper - did the same with my e90 - and wow. Nice difference. As for what happens with a flat: the American Express Business card comes with free roadside assistance.
#10741 of 16087 Re: Audi A3 or IS 250? [sjaieve]
Mar 13, 2008 (7:33 am)
Pontiac GTO and that car is certainly not my piece of cake either, although its way faster than a 335i
Or not. Well that not entirely true it's .2 seconds faster for having 100 more hp.