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#2180 of 3073 VERY interesting article in SPEED (R&T) Magazine!
May 03, 2005 (9:17 pm)
They compared the M, GS430, CTS-V, A6 V8, 545i, and SRT-8 300.
The M came in LAST, Rock-bottom!! But they had a hard time coming up with real problems. Even with 5.3 0-60 times, they said they never really connected with the car and the driving experience. They weren't in love with it's looks either (ditto!). But it was a strong performer.
The Audi came in fifth, the Lexus next in fourth.
Again, not well written as to any real flaws with the car. They mentioned the highest price in the test (with EVERY option available, over $63k), a disadvantage with the M came with less than $1k in options (why mention price if you get VERY differntly eqipped vehicles?), but LOVED the car's grace under fire. It didn't struggle holding it's own as the LEAST powerful vehicle! 0-60 in 5.7. Numbers more or less similar to the 1998 GS430, which was the hot-rod stud back in da day!
The Bimmer came in 3rd (stickshift, 5.5 0-60).
CTS-V 2nd (they HATED the interior, calling it simply "Cheap"). I prefer "cheezy"
And the $40k SRT-8 Chrysler 300 won rather easily.
The ten categories they voted on: styling, fun-to-drive, comfort, handling, actual test number (5 tests) and something I'm forgetting (NOT price).
The article itself was not well written as to what each car did well, and what each could improve on. Reminded me of Automobile Mag with how they drone on without much of a point when comparing the cars.
Tell me what hits, what misses, what type of driver likes each car, and what is the best value for my doh! And back up your thoughts with test results. C&D does this well. R&T is still learning.
I thought it interesting the 545 with a stick BARELY beats the GS with 6-speed auto.
The SRT-8 is a great value. I didn't know it too had a 6-speed auto.
Too many 300's on the road now. No exclusivity.
#2181 of 3073 Re: VERY interesting article in SPEED (R&T) Magazine! [callmedrfill]
May 04, 2005 (5:12 am)
Interestingly, in the June R&T comparo, the M45 came in first, 545i second, GS430 third. Go figure.
#2182 of 3073 Re: VERY interesting article in SPEED (R&T) Magazine! [jrock65]
May 04, 2005 (9:15 am)
I believe anyone in the market for a luxury performance sedan owes it to himself to make the effort to go down to Infiniti, BMW and Lexus and test drive all 3. The mag. test results are really too close.
Sit in 'em and drive 'em. I drove all 3. I was most satisfied with the 545 but I found the GS 430 surprisingly exhilarating-definitely the best steering a Lexus ever had. The suspension on the M45 was a little too firm for me but I did enjoy that throaty, race car roar when flooring it. What a gas! (no pun intended).
Heck of a tough choice!
#2183 of 3073 GS 430 compu screen glitch?
May 04, 2005 (5:10 pm)
Twice now the screen in my car stayed on and lite-up even after the car was turned off---I only noticed when going back out and getting in the car---
Anyone heard of this? Is there a glitch?
May 04, 2005 (5:55 pm)
Every time I've tried to go to the lexus.letstalk site it never pulls up? I have a Motorola v600 w/bluetooth and am trying to learn of its compatability---
Thanks for the recommendations
#2185 of 3073 All I no is the more I see the Lexus, the better it looks
May 04, 2005 (10:01 pm)
And the Infiniti is not a looker!
The Bimmer is the best looking of the 3! I'm interested in confirmation of a 275HP 535i? And the 225 530i being the base model in the mid-gen refresh?
The Infiniti interior is heavy-handed too.
I like the previous GS interior better.
I'd get the Bimmer 'cus they have sticks!
Strangely enough, I'm starting look at Jeep Liberty with affection, as it is one of the dying breed of SUV with V6/MT combos! For $20k well-equipped (2WD), a Liberty Sport is a nice ride.
#2186 of 3073 Re: GS 430 compu screen glitch? [florida1]
May 05, 2005 (6:42 am)
Hasn't happened to me, but I drive with the screen off to avoid burn-in.
#2187 of 3073 Re: All I no is the more I see the Lexus, the better it looks [callmedrfill]
May 05, 2005 (9:49 am)
I've never seen a Liberty V6/MT in real life. I believe it is a mythical vehicle that exists on paper. I sure as heck would prefer the far superior XTerra with its much stronger V6/6MT combination, anyway.
Sorry for the digression, but it does relate- Toyota often creates vehicles on paper that are very difficult or impossible to find on dealer lots.
#2188 of 3073 Re: GS 430 compu screen glitch? [dmcmahon]
May 05, 2005 (3:54 pm)
burn in? Is it a plasma screen? I thought LCD's didn't burn-in...
#2189 of 3073 Re: GS 300 Bluetooth with Sprint??? [jo2]
May 05, 2005 (10:21 pm)
I have a treo 650 with Sprint and a GS 300 AWD. The phone works like a charm. You have to download an update to the phone from palmone.com. It takes a while to run the update but it fixes many treo issues including the memory loss for small files. I gained an extra 7 MB after the update. One thing I have learned with bluetooth, you have to press the phone button on the Treo (make the screen light up) for the car to recognize the phone each time you get in. It will connect when you have an incoming call by itself, however if you want to make a call from the phone buttons on the steering wheel it might not connect right away. Once the connections between the car and the phone is made, it will hold until you get out of the car again. There is an option you can set in the bluetooth settings on the phone to allow wakeup but it drains your phone battery faster. I also have a Jamba bluetooth headset I use with the phone when I get out of the car. The fix from Palmone also improved the volume to my bluetooth headset. Great technology. BTW. we are really enjoying the GS300 AWD. Great car.