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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
#3239 of 16985 Re: Need help with baby car seats! [vanhalenabe]
Mar 04, 2005 (3:18 am)
1st, I agree with Wisngamecock that the TL & Nissan Maxima would probably do better with car seats than the G35 or VW Passat b/c of size. The Maxima is bigger than the TL, but you lose some handling.
More importantly, though, I'm concerned about your comment as follows:
"The TL has a latch position in the center, so you can place a rear-facing car seat in the middle and still have room for 2 adults on the outside positions."
I have an '04 TL and use a car seat, as I did with my prior 2001.5 Passat, and I don't think there is a center latch set in the Acura. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE count the number of latches. I believe you'll find 4, and even though it is possible to attach the seat in the middle, you'll be doing so using the inside passenger-side latch and the inside driver-side latch. Latches are not tested this way. They are intended to have pressure applied to the same set of latches. So please, make sure you find a car with 6 latches in the back if you want to latch in the center.
#3240 of 16985 Re: Need help with baby car seats! [ljwalters1]
Mar 04, 2005 (11:18 am)
ljwalters1 -- Thanks for the comment about the number of latches. I was looking at the 05 TL and I am pretty sure there are 3 pairs of latches in the back. But I will reach in the back seat and count again. I should find a total of 6 latch connections. If not, then there goes the idea of placing the car seat in the middle.
#3241 of 16985 g35 v. 330i
Mar 04, 2005 (2:23 pm)
I was fortunate enough to drive a 2005 g35 6mt for a few days and it was so interesting to me how I walked away from it. I was very strongly considering buying the car as a replacement to my 2003 330i as it is bigger and a little more family friendly. Here is my opinion.
1. I know the g35 is faster on paper but it sure does not feel faster. I guess it has to do with the overall size of the car. But the BMW simply felt like it had more pop.
2. I do admit the G has the bimmer beat in some areas. Back seat, stereo, and you can even argue it has a more modern look.
3. But I am here to tell you that everything people say about BMW's is absolutely correct. The biggest difference for me was behind the wheel and the connection you have with your surroundings and the road. It is truly amazing to me.
So in conclusion I decided to stay in my 2003 330i and wait to see the 06 3-series.
The funniest thing to me was I walked away thinking that it is either a BMW or it is not. And I will look again in time at the g35 and the new lexus IS but in the end I believe that if I do not get a BMW I am going to load up a Honda Accord and be Mr. family guy.
Really whats the difference, because if you want the best, get it. Sports sedan-BMW, family sedan - Honda... eom
#3242 of 16985 Re: g35 v. 330i [djocks]
Mar 05, 2005 (12:45 am)
"I know the g35 is faster on paper but it sure does not feel faster. I guess it has to do with the overall size of the car. But the BMW simply felt like it had more pop."
When I drove the two cars back to back (auto), the G definitely felt faster. And that was with the 260hp 2003 G35. The 280hp 2005 G35 should be even faster.
The G is simply a bigger sedan than the 3. That alone works against it in terms of handling.
#3243 of 16985 AWD G35X or RWD G35?
Mar 05, 2005 (7:03 am)
I am on the fence. I live in Chicago (weather and all) and am considering the RWD G35. Could someone tell me how it truly performs on wet/snowy climates, it would be appreciated. The dealer told me it's great in snow, but I don't believe him. I would consider the G35X, but the mileage issue and that it's just another thing to go wrong w/ the car has me concerned.
The Acura TL is my other option, but I am totally infatuated w/ the look and feel of the G35. Thanks.
#3244 of 16985 Re: AWD G35X or RWD G35? [sullyone]
Mar 05, 2005 (8:19 am)
I have the same dilemma but have even more snow than you (we got 12" Tues/Wed in South Bend when Chicago got maybe 1"). I've read opinions here varying from ok to lousy (don't even think about summer tires in the winter). Seems to me that RWD with TCS shouldn't be any worse than FWD w/o TCS.
Which dealer are you working with?
#3245 of 16985 Re: AWD G35X or RWD G35? [lmacmil]
Mar 05, 2005 (8:31 am)
An Infiniti dealership in Libertyville, IL. My insurance agent has one and she said it's very "light" in the back and recommended snow tires. Just not sure I want to spend that kind of money and deal w/ the hassle every year. Thanks for your comments.
#3246 of 16985 Re: AWD G35X or RWD G35? [sullyone]
Mar 05, 2005 (10:23 am)
Otoh, 20 years ago we were all driving RWD cars and seemed to manage, even without traction control.
#3247 of 16985 Re: AWD G35X or RWD G35? [lmacmil]
Mar 05, 2005 (1:20 pm)
There was no such a thing as summer performance tires for the average sedan either. If you live in the snow belt and buy a car with performance tires, do yourself a favor, buy a set of winter tires.
#3248 of 16985 Re: Need help with baby car seats! [vanhalenabe]
Mar 05, 2005 (7:39 pm)
If you can still find one and if you're willing to give up a sporty driving experience, you could try the Infiniti I35. I drive one and it seems more family friendly (and cheaper) than the G35. Sure, its a little dated and it's essentially a Maxima with a different badge, but most dealers will be trying to unload their leftover 2004 inventory. The I35 also seems to have the most space in the entire Entry Level Luxury class, and I feel that its a pretty good value.
WARNING: You may have problems finding one equipped the way you liked. I wanted the Navigation System, and the nearest dealer that had one was in Atlanta and I wasn't willing to travel that far. I compromised and bought a base model.