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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
#11999 of 16984 Re: In the market... [flightnurse]
Sep 03, 2011 (5:58 am)
Price-wise the 328 you bought and the c350 are comparable. If you can't drive a 2011 off the lot for under $40k right now you need to go to another dealer. But yeah, some MB dealers don't deal much. They just don't need to. But the engine while nice wasn't what sold me. It's for my wife so it is not much about the engine.
We like everything else. I sort of understand the Bimmer, it's kind of glued to the ground but it just felt heavier where the MB felt spry, light on it's feet, but very direct-able and responsive. The Bimmer didn't fell any faster and I drove it fast on traffic circles, etc.
The BMW interior was just not good at all. The dash alone took it right off our list. What are they thinking with respect to competition? So dated. I will give the A4 this - its interior was better than the BMW's but the driving feel and interior did not flow.
I recall the Audi's interiors easily being industry leading from the early 90s until the early 2000s. Don't know what happened but the interior now reminds me of mid-90s VW which was pretty nice but Audi's are not what they used to be. There's no art to them.
BTW, the sport package on the MB includes a lowered suspension and a stiffer suspension. Not much else except as you note styling. But the styling is youthful. Nearly all the sell are the sport version. The salesman said they don't even order the C in the luxury version. Same with the E-class.
Glad to hear your happy with your Bimmer. They're are many BMWs in my neighborhood, lot of men and women have them. Only a couple of MBs. I think the crowd in their 30s like the image BMW portrays. Certainly more younger that MB. Styling is good on many models. No problem with that. I like German car handling and design intent. I say buy whatever turns your crank!
Sep 04, 2011 (5:43 pm)
Sounds like you and your wife are more impressed with bells and whistles than the driving experience. Nothing wrong with that, but the new Kia Optima blows the luxury class away with cabin toys.
BMWs appeal to a sportier driving populace that cares less about handbag hooks than they do about performance on a twisty road.
#12001 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [m6user]
Sep 05, 2011 (5:49 am)
Agreed, cars like the TSX, G25, etc all belong in this discussion because they are entry level luxury sedans. They have four doors, and come from luxury divisions and hence why the auto industry classifies them as such. Just because someone else doesn't think so does not make it so. Let them keep telling themselves that.
#12002 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [smarty666]
Sep 05, 2011 (7:35 pm)
I suppose that makes some sense.
It's a grey area with me.
When I see "Entry level Luxury Performance Sedan" I don't automatically think of the lowest model that a manufacturer offers.
So I'd say No to the TSX, IS250, G25, etc...the TL would be the representative for Acura's 'entry level', the IS350 would represent Lexus, G37 etc...
I don't recall...is there a price cap? Otherwise would the Panamera be the 'entry level'...
#12003 of 16984 Re: In the market... [nyccarguy]
Sep 05, 2011 (8:44 pm)
No the car was on the lot, reason why I got the deal was, people who get 328's want an Auto, this car had been sitting on the lot for a while. Infact you can't order 2011's only 2012s.
#12004 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [nyccarguy]
Sep 05, 2011 (9:02 pm)
There is more to the free maintenance then what you are writing! It also comes with a bumperto bumper warranty too. So everything is covered except gas, tires and insurnace My 2005 BMW 330i with the ZPH package was used hard and the clutch was replaced without a problem from BMW, as well as brakes. Its nice to be able to drive in, and drive out with a loaner BMW and have your car worked on for nothing. BMW has done it right, its keeps the cars uptodate on its services so the value of the car keep says high.
Next year we are ordering a 535i and doing the European Delivery so we can enjoy the car in the motherland.
#12005 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [billyperksii]
Sep 05, 2011 (9:23 pm)
Well according to auto industry the TSX is an entry level luxury car. The TL is not an extry level car, period. If the Lexus IS an entry level car? Look at the price of the IS250 and TSX, very similar...
#12006 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [m6user]
Sep 05, 2011 (10:14 pm)
BMw has made Leather standard for the 2011 MY, go to their web site and build a 3 series. BMW took away the standard moonroof but added leather, its part of the "value" package that is standard.
#12007 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [flightnurse]
Sep 06, 2011 (6:50 am)
Good catch. I haven't stayed on top of the absolute latest BMW info since I'm not all that interested in them so I won't be digitally building one. That's the way it was for years and I just hadn't read anything about the change. I stand corrected on that.
#12008 of 16984 Re: BMW free maintenance [flightnurse]
Sep 06, 2011 (10:11 am)
Do you think leather is better than leatherette? I would say yes, but recently reconsidered. Leather, especially not top-of-the-line premium leather degrades after four or five years (depending on conditions of course). Leatherette can be cleaned with 409.