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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
#11946 of 16984 Re: Need help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux sedan [thewolf49]
Aug 22, 2011 (8:28 am)
2008 Acura TL
2009 Nissan Maxima
2012 V6 Mustang
2009 Honda Accord Coupe (AT)
2008 Infiniti G35
2010 Nissan Altima 3.5 SR
TL - I have an '05 and it has been bulletproof for 111K miles. Not a fabulous handler, it wallows a bit in turns. Lots of power but some torque steer (automatic tranny).
Maxima - no experience. They're kind of rare around here.
Mustang - less refined, which can be good or bad. Not so sure about long term reliability.
Accord - probably very reliable
Infiniti - sporty, narrower interior, powerful but growlier engine. Should be reliable.
Altima - no experience, probably a good car, but maybe cheaper interior?
#11947 of 16984 Re: Need help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux sedan [thewolf49]
Aug 22, 2011 (9:25 am)
You can't go wrong with any of them. Get the one that you like best.
#11948 of 16984 Re: Need help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux sedan [fedlawman]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 22, 2011 (9:33 am)
I tend to agree - the RWD options are going to offer a different driving experience, so you'd have to test drive a few to see if it's for you. In fact, they're all quite different, but there's not a "bad" choice on the list.
#11949 of 16984 Re: Need help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux sedan [kirstie_h]
Aug 22, 2011 (3:39 pm)
I currently drive a 04 Infiniti G35 AWD and my wife drives an 07 G 35 AWD. Both are great cars. They handle very well on dry, wet and snow pavements.
My daughter owns a 09 Accord and I would also rate that highly. My other daughter drives 2010 Altima, 4 cylinder. Both are very reliable and handle well for front drive vehicles. Neither handle as well as the G35s.
I've owned a TL and an MDX in the past and had transmission problems with both. Acura still has many transmission issues. They are front wheel drive and while not as bad as some FWDs, they handle a bit jittery. You can't beat rear wheel drive cars like the G35s. The Gs only revert to all wheel drive when it detects slippage.
The Maxima is a nice car but is front wheel and also is a bit jittery in the handling dept. Very reliable.
I would rate the cars you listed in this order: the G 35, the Altima, the Accord, the Maxima and the Acura TL dead last.
#11950 of 16984 Re: Need help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux sedan [thewolf49]
Aug 22, 2011 (4:05 pm)
I'd add another one to the short list - a Holden Commodore (Pontiac G8).
Great car. Basically a working man's CTS without the bling and silly styling. Since GM ditched Pontiac (since the car is still made in Australia, repairs aren't an actual problem).
I'd say a used CTS as well, but there's no point in getting a used CTS when the Pontiac is almost the same thing.
#11951 of 16984 Re: Need help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux sedan 
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Aug 22, 2011 (5:07 pm)
I had the RWD-only version of the G35. While I rate it among the best vehicles I've ever owned ($0 in repairs, only regular maintenance til it was totaled at 108K miles), the RWD version was about the worst vehicle I've ever owned for anything but a dry day. I'd only recommend it for heavy snow areas if the owner were driving mostly on major roads, and/or had a great set of snow tires.
#11952 of 16984 G8 v CTS Re: help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux .. [plekto]
Aug 23, 2011 (2:53 am)
As a G8 GT driver [ 2009 - over 40,000 miles, so far ] and having driven a number of CTS sedans [ including a couple of CTS-v sedans ] I see the G8 as lacking much of the ‘luxury’ aspect I think most people expect in this class. The CTS has a more luxurious interior than any G8. And more luxury-oriented options [ in-dash navigation, for example ] are available on the CTS.
Comparing the G8 GT’s power and acceleration and handling - the ‘performance’ aspect of this class, the G8 GT is far superior to any [non ‘v’ ] CTS that I have driven.
Seduced by power and torque, once again . . .
#11953 of 16984 Re: G8 v CTS Re: help deciding on a used '08-'09 entry level lux .. [rayainsw]
Aug 23, 2011 (4:22 am)
The original poster did have the Mustang and the Accord v6 in his list, though, so I think the car is fair to add to the list. And it's certainly a very good vehicle. I drove a G37 and this just a day apart and the G8 was simply a better vehicle all-around. Much better though out and just more solid.
Comparing the G8 to the Mustang, as much as I love the new Mustang, the G8 is far superior.
#11954 of 16984 2012 TL vs 2012 C Class vs G37
Aug 24, 2011 (7:14 pm)
Considering and comparing 2012 TL, C300 and G37X. Based on performance and reliability what are the general impressions and thoughts. Should we be considering another vehicle as well? This would probably be a lease.
#11955 of 16984 Re: 2012 TL vs 2012 C Class vs G37 [pr2az]
Aug 25, 2011 (7:07 am)
How 'bout the 3-Series BMW?