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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
#13451 of 16984 Re: Upgrading from a Mazda3 [ivan_99]
Mar 15, 2012 (1:52 pm)
I had -- my wife had -- a couple of those slightly smaller A4's back in the late 90's, with the, at the time V6 and stick shift (and with the $500 sport package), these were very nice cars; and actually very reliable as I recall.
But, those were the days when we were in and out of a car in about 45,000 miles, so even for a German car it was pretty easy to be reliable for that long.
These days, I look for durability, performance and reliability -- but not exactly in that order.
I had a 2005 A6 fully loaded, went to a 2009 A4 Prestige+sport and then into a 2012 SH-AWD TL Advance -- I think the TL, the more I drive it, actually is pretty close "in feel" to the A6, except the TL has 305HP where the A6 had 265 -- both had 6 speed autos and the seats in the Audi were the upgraded version.
In any case, I did lease the TL for 45K miles thinking, MAYBE (but unlikely), this is a car with sufficient durability that it could be kept for a longer period.
Now I think I will look at another Acura in 26 months, but will also look at Infiniti (my wife's is great) and the Germans, too.
In any case that new A3 for 2014 is sure purty -- and if it were the size of the old A4 we used to have, well it's just my wife, Sammy the dog and me, so I wouldn't really miss rear seat leg room much. Be way cool, too, if it had an 8 speed tip and the current 2.0T 211 HP 258 lb ft engine.
In that car, that engine would feel "industrial strength."
#13452 of 16984 Re: Upgrading from a Mazda3 [flightnurse]
Mar 15, 2012 (5:54 pm)
Your right captain. Guess I just assumed. Thanks for monitoring the situation.
As flight pointed out a used Ellps can be had. As well as any other used makes- prob can get a E55 for that price as well.
#13453 of 16984 Re: Sweendogy [sweendogy]
Mar 15, 2012 (5:57 pm)
Last Saturday on my way to work, I got nailed on 95 doing 81 in a 55. The Merritt is tons of fun. Gotta watch out for the deer & the left lane campers on the Merritt more than the State Troopers.
I usually take 95 to work because there is a DDDT on my way to it.
#13454 of 16984 Re: Sweendogy [nyccarguy]
Mar 15, 2012 (6:01 pm)
What is DDDT?
Dunkin donuts ?
Merritt is a blast - stay to the left - pass the slow poke on the right- couple of decent straights (that bridge) and lets not forget the 35mph turns.
#13455 of 16984 Re: Upgrading from a Mazda3 [fedlawman]
Mar 15, 2012 (6:07 pm)
Thanks, fedlawman. I may also look at a used M37 or 2 year-old A6.
#13456 of 16984 Re: Sweendogy [sweendogy]
Mar 15, 2012 (6:16 pm)
Dunkin' Donuts Drive Thru
#13457 of 16984 Re: Sweendogy [nyccarguy]
Mar 15, 2012 (6:47 pm)
I guessed right on that one.
But, no more doing that with the Bimmer. not with those crappy cup holders!
#13458 of 16984 Re: Sweendogy [stickguy]
Mar 15, 2012 (11:05 pm)
Who drinks and drives? When I'm driving my BMW's I keep both hands on the wheel. Now have to say, with all the rentals I drive, it is nice to have a cup coffee to wake one up in the morning.
#13459 of 16984 Re: Sweendogy [stickguy]
Mar 16, 2012 (5:15 am)
The cupholders in my 1'er are just fine. I think they finally improved them with the E92/82 series. If you get iDrive, you get crappy ones again.
Mar 16, 2012 (6:33 am)
usa today.. james r healey "Its tough to point to a couple of attributes and say, 'yeah, that's justifies a $50k real-world price for a compact sedan.' Rather, the new 3 series is a car that gets under your skin. A car that, having driven it awhile, leaves you quite dissatisfied with a lot of other cars."
wish i could find the link but its in todays paper.