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Lexus GS 430, Acura RL, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S80, Audi A6, Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac STS, Sedan
#780 of 10338 Re: Impressions Infiniti M-35x v. Acura RL v. Audi A6 3.2 [ckelly14]
Feb 15, 2005 (5:23 pm)
The Acura dealership in Central Savannah is very good per my sister. She has bought 2 vehicles there: a 1995 Legend and a 2001 RL. She'll be getting one of the new RL's later this year. She says that beside buying a bulletproof car that lasts forever, the people at the dealership are a delight to deal with. When she takes her car in they will give her a loaner or drop her off any where in Savannah she desires plus it's washed and cleaned inside when she picks it up.
She put 175,000 on the Legend which was then passed to her daughter and is now around 225,000 and still looking and running great. The RL only has about 75,000 and of course, has been problem free.
Good luck in Savannah!
Feb 15, 2005 (6:23 pm)
Oo but they dont come to the house and GET the car, now do they
#782 of 10338 Re: footie [lexusguy]
Feb 15, 2005 (8:30 pm)
Who needs them to come get me...I'm a big boy and can drive myself the whole ~1 mile to the dealership!!!
#783 of 10338 Re: footie [lexusguy]
Feb 15, 2005 (9:29 pm)
"Oo but they dont come to the house and GET the car, now do they "
I remember you get this convenient sevice from your dealer. You have to have total trust in his honesty Lexusguy. And if you do that's great!
#784 of 10338 Re: footie [lexusguy]
Feb 16, 2005 (7:45 am)
I don't know but it's only about 3 blocks away.
But the next time I chat with her I'll ask.
Feb 16, 2005 (9:16 am)
I live about 10 minutes from a BMW dealer, so if I bought one from there I wouldnt really care about having to drop off the car. However, to get to my Lexus dealer is an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic round trip. THAT is more of an issue.
#786 of 10338 Re: sjohnson11 [lexusguy]
Feb 16, 2005 (9:45 am)
I guess that would be an issue, and a nice service from your dealer. Lucky for me my Acura/Porsche/Jag/MB dealer are under one roof, with the Lexus dealer in the next lot (they are the same dealership) - and across the street from them is the Infiniti/VW dealer. My area BMW dealer is about 4 miles from my house - I guess I'm lucky as it is easy for test drive/comparisons.
Feb 16, 2005 (11:49 am)
Yeah Id say thats lucky. Jag, Lexus, and Mercedes are all 45 minutes away, and then another 10 minutes apart from each other. Acura is 15 minutes from them. To even get to an Infiniti dealership I either have to go into Harrisburg or Philadelphia.
#788 of 10338 Leuxs GS300
Feb 16, 2005 (6:12 pm)
Posted this on the Lexus GS discussion today. I guess I'm still looking forward to my M35 drive tomorrow.
"Drove the GS 300 today. My impressions:
Exterior: "In the flesh" this car looks alot different from the photos posted on the web site. Much crisper and sportier. I am not seeing much of the Maxima that I did in the initial photos. However, the car looks small and perhaps less substantial than the 2005. Exterior looks are completely subjective so I'll stop there.
Interior: Excellent fit and finish, however my demo had a dark wood that looked like black plastic- almost impossible to tell there was wood grain there. It took no time to adjust the seat to a very comfortable driving position. Much more of a "cockpit" feel than the Acura RL or the Cadillac STS, which I think is good. However, some might feel it was cramped. Headroom was marginal. The DVD/info screen seemed blurry with low resolution.
Driving: In summary, one of the best highway cruisers I have ever driven. Quiet, comfortable and plenty of acceleration. Not quite as "Lexus-quiet" as I would have imagined- some road noise does intrude. Steering was right-on at highway speed. However, you won't be seeking out winding, narrow back roads with this car. The brake is mushy, underpowered with a long throw. I found this out, as the car is so quiet, when I came apon traffic going 60 when I thought I was going 25. The steering is overly assisted and light under 60 mph. Suspension is somewhat isolating, with mild, but noticible, body roll. In general, I was not confident driving this car around a corner.
In summary, the new GS seems sportier in all aspects, exterior look, interior fit and acceleration, EXCEPT for the steering and suspension. Steering and suspension aren't that important, are they?
All kidding aside, this is a nice piece of machinery. However, after driving a Toyota Avalon today , I don't know if I would spend the additonal 15K on the GS. Honestly, if you lean toward a luxury vs. a sporty ride, the Avalon was very, very impressive. Obviously, most people (including my wife), wouldn't get past the image factor (Grampa!), but I was pleasantly surprised."
#789 of 10338 Re: Leuxs GS300 [ckelly14]
Feb 16, 2005 (8:35 pm)
The Toyota Avalon doesn't have all wheel drive; so, if important to you, you must go with the Lexus GS-300! (Its important to me!!)