Last post on Dec 06, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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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
#15974 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [ilexusbuyer]
Apr 15, 2013 (5:32 pm)
I'm kind of in the same boat as you. I've got 3 kids. For family hauling duties we've got a 2011 Honda Pilot. My DD is a 2011 328xi which is actually smaller than the current generation 328xi that you drove. 90% of the time it is just me in the car. If I need to take 2 kids with me, I can put their car seats (high back booster seats) in the back of my BMW. They actually prefer the back if my 2001 Honda Prelude. My point is that I don't need 2 cars that'll fit all 5 of us.
Like dino001 said, so many times we say we need cars for that "what if" that comes along once or twice a year.
#15975 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [ilexusbuyer]
Apr 15, 2013 (5:52 pm)
Howa about 328 wagon? it is just about to be released. Same driving experience as sedan (I know, I have one previous gen, there is no difference from sedan), same legroom, but better access to back seat and more back headroom than sedan. Since your passengers are kids, not adults, legroom is not as critical, but improved access maj just do the trick. And you get extra cargo space for kids' stuff. If you wait another six months, there will be 328/335 GT, more legroom in the back, better access.
Think about it - if the car is really for you and only sometimes for the kids, 328 wagon could really be for you.
#15976 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [dino001]
Apr 15, 2013 (6:09 pm)
the one thing that the wagon won't have happens to be the key issue. Back seat width.
#15977 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [nyccarguy]
Apr 15, 2013 (6:28 pm)
I understand what you are saying, but my "what if" happens everyday. I prefer to use the van on long drives or when there is lot of cargo to hold. On regular basis I would like to use the sedan.
#15978 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [ilexusbuyer]
Apr 15, 2013 (6:47 pm)
someone over on the Accord thread just posted about how much they love their new Accord V6, and compared it to an ES. Pretty much all the features, and 12K less. and a big back seat.
#15979 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [ilexusbuyer]
Apr 15, 2013 (6:51 pm)
#15980 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [dino001]
Apr 15, 2013 (6:53 pm)
I don't know if I told you or not Dino, but they had an F3X 328i wagon at the ny auto show in (I think) deep sea blue, & it was drop dead gorgeous. By far my favorite looker of the F30 line.
#15981 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [ilexusbuyer]
Apr 15, 2013 (8:02 pm)
ilexus....thanks for sharing your impressions.
first time BMW drivers usually have the same impression as you.
Do yourself a favor and test drive an Audi A4 and an Acura TL, too.
#15982 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [dino001]
Apr 15, 2013 (8:19 pm)
Since your passengers are kids, not adults, legroom is not as critical
I find the opposite...when kids are sitting in a forward facing seat (booster, etc) their little feet stick straight out...marking up the previously beautiful seat backs. Maybe not legroom...but seat depth would help...or really really short seats so their legs could bend
#15983 of 16984 Re: My $.02 [nyccarguy]
Apr 16, 2013 (4:02 am)
Yeah, it does look nice on pictures. Deep sea blue is also color of my E91 (BTW, the new one has letter code F31). Funny it was my third choice (crimson red was first, le mans blue was second, but neither was available, as they discountinued red for that last year and le mans blue required M-package, well over 1 grand extra, which I did not order). Yet, when I saw it on the platform in Munich and ever since, I thought it can't be better. The only true downside of it, it is a dust magnet, especially in the back. Just like black, if not more. My previous red STI and blue WRX did not require as much cosmetic attention, as this one.