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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
Apr 16, 2012 (7:27 am)
So last Tuesdays I received a phone call from my boss at 1130 am. The conversation went like this.
Boss: Hey how are things going at X hospital.
FN: Great, training is going well, we have 3 of 12 modules built, and we are ahead of schedule.
Boss: Good news, how does Miami sound?
FN: Humid (pause), why (I was afraid to ask, as I knew the answer)
Boss; your favorite Physician has an emergency; he crashed his EMR (Electronic Medical Record program) about an hour ago.
FN: (cringe) gawd, not again. I wish he would stop playing with the EMR. (This guy makes more money than god, and he is a tech junkie. He tries and “enhances” his EMR and most of the time he crash’s it.)
Boss: Well you know the drill, when will you be able to get down there?
FN: Give me an hour to book my flights and everything, and pack up here.
Arrive in Miami to a nice 83 degree day with 55% humidity. Now being someone who has lived in a very low humidity environment, anything over 20% is horrible. Phoenix is usually between 3-5% 90% of the year, it’s a dry heat. However, when in Miami one must drive a convertible. So when I arrive at the car rental, I asked the Emerald Isle agent, so what do you have as far as convertibles? Agent rattles off BMW 650i, MB E class, Porsche Boxster, Infiniti G. Stop right there, I’ll take the Infiniti G, have to say it was breathtaking, Color Vibrant Red (think Jessica Rabbit red) with Wheat Leather Interior, it was a 2012 MY, the car was fully loaded.
After 9 hrs of working on this Physicians EMR, I was done by 3pm Wed afternoon. So with no work for the rest of the week, what was I to do. I called my partner to see if he can get away from work, which he could, burned of FF miles on him, he arrived in Miami Thursdays afternoon, and off to Key West for a mini vacation. So with the drive down and back, it gave me a good idea on how well the G convertible drove. Have to say, I was impressed with it, the seats were comfortable, ride was well controlled, the 7 spd transmission was perfectly suited for the car. Not much wind was buffed in the cabin with the top down; the top went down fairly quickly, same with the top going up.
So over all I liked the car, the color combo was smashing, very elegant, oh MPG, we averaged 25 on the whole trip.
Now regarding Key West, what a place… A great get away…
Now back to our regular tiff about how overpriced BMWs are and how everybody should be driving Infiniti G’s and how the TSX should not be included in the ELLP…
#13752 of 16984 Re: My Primary Beef. . . [andres3]
Apr 16, 2012 (7:54 am)
Andres the key really is to have an extra set of rims and tires. I grew up in San Diego and did the auto cross a lot at Jack Murphy stadium (sorry I can't call it Qualcomm) I campaigned a 1970 Datsun 510 4dr, always had a great time.. If you have a change get to Willow Spring, the street track is OK, but the racetrack is were the run really is.. Haven't been to Pahrump yet.. ButtonWillow is too far.
Apr 16, 2012 (8:17 am)
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#13754 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [flightnurse]
Apr 16, 2012 (9:53 am)
I agree that the G37 Convertible is a sharp car!
Sweendogy - Any particular reason you're looking for a 335 xi w/ sport or M Sport pkg? Only reason I ask is because BMW's Sport Pkg & M Sport PKG on AWD cars differs from the corresponding RWD cars. You still get the bigger (very cool btw) 18" wheels, the rear diffuser (M Sport), the black trim around the windows, the awesome sport seats, but you DO NOT get the upgraded sport suspension. I have to say that Im very happy with the more than capable base suspension set up of my 328xi.
#13755 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [nyccarguy]
Apr 16, 2012 (10:08 am)
I think the front end- rear end and sport seats are the big draw along with the available 6 speed- I figure if I'm going to go to the dark side - it should be equipped the way I like- the whole sports suspension thing- at this point in my life is a non-event.
#13756 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [sweendogy]
Apr 16, 2012 (10:22 am)
I completely understand. Just curious. Me too. The Sport Seats are awesome. My car has the standard seats.
You'll like the dark side:)
#13757 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [flightnurse]
Apr 16, 2012 (5:05 pm)
What convinced me to go with the G as my next ride was a week rental in Az. After 1500 miles I knew it was the car I would like to drive next. On another trip to the desert state, I was debating between the Genesis and CTS. I choose the CTS. While it was nice, it didn't make me feel it had anything over the G.
#13758 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [nyccarguy]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:04 pm)
The added items, front and read dams, M sport seats, and bigger wheels are well worth the added price, however, I wouldn't want a BMW with Sport Suspension if I lived in the NorthEast, the roads are not kept up as well and the pot holes will wish you did't get the sport package...
#13759 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [kdshapiro]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:06 pm)
This rental didn't give me the , OMG I have to have this car vibe. Even though the color combo and Options were what we liked, I'm not sold. Now as Sweeny pointed out James Healy reviewed the Passt TDI, so we went and test drove two of them today.
#13760 of 16984 Re: Oh no he di'int !! [flightnurse]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:11 pm)
Granting you permission to go off topic & let the group know what you thought about the Passat TDI.
*Note, I don't wish the Passat to be added here, just curious as to what FN thought of it