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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
#11319 of 16985 Went to the dealer
Aug 09, 2010 (6:01 pm)
to check out the C300 Sport w/ 6 speed stick tonight. They had it advertised in the paper for $309 per month for 36 months. Now this is for 10K miles per year, paying the taxes up front, with a $1999 cap cost reduction.
They did actually have 2 C300 w/ 6 Speed sticks on the lot. The car is really nice. Very handsome & aggressive looking. I really like the headlight cluster and the big 3 pointed star in the middle of the grille. Roomier inside than an E90 3 series. The trunk was quite large for a car of this class & size. Interior materials were very high quality. The MB Text seats were traditional "Benz Rock Hard."
The salesman promptly offered me a test drive, which I declined until we ran the numbers. So once he taylored the lease figures to meet my needs: 15K per year for 3 years, $0 Cap Cost Reduction, MB Maintenance (residualized in the lease), sales tax, the payment became $460 per month. Which actually isn't bad for a $35K Mercedes, but nowhere near the screaming deal I'd have to bring home to the Board of Directors (she gets 2 votes, I get 1). I thanked him for his time & wished him luck.
#11320 of 16985 Re: Went to the dealer [nyccarguy]
Aug 09, 2010 (10:14 pm)
Still, your best deal is to get a certified 2-3 year old model for $20K and actually own it at the end. Doubly so with a manual, as they are extremely sought after in the used market and easy to sell.
Buy one with *only* the leather seats - or get them upgraded to real leather at a local shop for about the same price. Every other option will break and/or cost a fortune to fix.
A manual base model C class with only leather as an option is on my top 10 list along with cars like a G37 and a CTS. You'll never regret owning it if you get one like this.
#11321 of 16985 Re: Went to the dealer [plekto]
Aug 10, 2010 (3:36 am)
Like I said, I'm going to hold off for now. I've never owned a used car (except the E30 BMW 325i I bought a few years ago, then used it as a cash 4 clunkers trade). The CPO cars can be a good deal if you pay "cash" for them. I don't like the idea of financing a 3 year old car.
I just turned in an '07 X3 that was offered to me at a fantastic price, but I don't have the cash and didn't want to finance a BMW with 45K miles.
Aug 10, 2010 (3:48 am)
Will someone PLEASE update the Infiniti on the right-hand side? I believe it's now called a G37 and IIRC it's 2010.
#11323 of 16985 Re: will the real SLim Shady please stand up [sweendogy]
Aug 10, 2010 (5:35 am)
You can post all the negative post about about the TL, I love my TL to death do us part. I will take it over a G35/37 any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Even if the G35/37 is ten seconds faster than the TL, I dont want it- too cramp, too loud, too much gas guzzling, too many on the streets (I think Infinit is selling them at a lost), too many on the the rental car lots, too feminine looking, too many gears-cant make up its mind which one to go into, the list of "too" goes on.
#11324 of 16985 Re: Just a thought... [mz6greyghost]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 10, 2010 (6:03 am)
You can send in a note to the help desk using the link at the top... we don't have control over that.
#11325 of 16985 Re: will the real SLim Shady please stand up [billyperks2]
Aug 10, 2010 (6:11 am)
I don't even put the G37 in the same category as the TL SH-AWD. I traded in a 2001 Lexus LS430 (purchased used in 2005) for a new 2010 TL SH-AWD. The TL is actually an inch wider and only a few inches shorter than the LS. The TL is a full size car. If I wanted a mid size car, I would have strongly considered a G37 or an Audi A4. I consider the TL a full size luxury performance sedan. In the same class as a 5 Series, or A6.
#11326 of 16985 Re: will the real SLim Shady please stand up [billyperks2]
Aug 10, 2010 (7:40 am)
You can post all the negative post[sic] about about the TL, I love my TL to death do us part. I will take it over a G35/37 any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Even if the G35/37 is ten seconds faster than the TL, I dont[sic] want it- too cramp[sic], too loud, too much gas guzzling, too many on the streets (I think Infinit[sic] is selling them at a lost[sic]), too many on the the rental car lots, too feminine looking, too many gears-cant[sic] make up its mind which one to go into, the list of "too" goes on.
#11327 of 16985 Re: will the real SLim Shady please stand up [billyperks2]
Aug 10, 2010 (7:54 am)
I'm in your corner with the TL over G.
I wouldn't buy one for other reasons...But i'm one of the few that actually like the way it looks. In print (web) it looks odd...but in person I was impressed.
Kinda cool looks...bunch of buttons on the dash (tastefully done); exterior looks like a spaceship. It looks different...which is good; i get bored with the same ol (i like the X6 )
Got the SH-AWD to over-steer (a bit) -- that was with the gas...not pulling the parking brake or anything like that -- I wouldn't rate this drive train layout any less than the others.
A little nose heavy; but not too bad...kinda like an Audi (haven't driven the latest A4...)
It's a bit too big for me (guess TSX V6...); but of course my IS350 feels big (probably because it's overweight).
#11328 of 16985 Re: will the real SLim Shady please stand up [roadburner]
Aug 10, 2010 (10:21 am)
That is, until you get one with a manual transmission. Then your jaw drops.
Of course, the same thing happens with Mercedes, BMW, and Cadillac. Putting an automatic in the mix just destroys the soul and character of the vehicle.