Last post on Feb 08, 2012 at 8:57 AM
You are in the Sedans
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BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Volvo S60 R, Subaru Legacy, Audi S4, Mazda MAZDASPEED MAZDA6, Sedan
#751 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [roadburner]
Sep 01, 2008 (1:23 pm)
Living just west of Boston, and in spite of the lack of lowered suspension, as they say, IMHO, I still think you can't do better than the attached photos. We love our twins! Mine's the Sparkling Graphite, the black/black "Batmobile", as she calls it, is my wife's.
By the way, we sadly traded in the '95 318ti with just shy of 140,000 miles. Mostly California-driven and meticulously cared for by Black Forest BMW in Newport Beach from '98 to '03 and Autobahn Automotive in Natick since 2003. Roadburner, you'd have loved this one. Although it needed some mechanical work (passenger window, remote mirrors, wiper motor and some new floor mats), the engine, drive train and interior were in great shape.
Someone is going to get a great car at auction, but it didn't take long to make it a fading memory once my wife got behind the wheel of her new ride.
To me, there's nothing like 2 turbochargers for zoooooom!! And as you can see, BMWs crush Bugs!
I have a suspicion that the photos won't attach. What is the exact syntax to attach a photo? Assume that the location of my photos are on a flash drive J:\img_0210.jpg. Every variation I try doesn't work.
#752 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [xeye]
Sep 01, 2008 (2:01 pm)
I replied to your email - the easiest thing to do is post them on your CarSpace page and go from there. Try the link in the upper left part of the page.
#753 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [djdj]
Sep 05, 2008 (3:45 pm)
So far I have decided to look closely at the Infiniti G35 AWD and the BMW 328 AWD sedans as well as the 2009 A4 Quattro. You are probably right about the Acura TSX being another option (is it AWD?). However, last time I dealt with our local Acura dealer it left a bad taste; I would prefer to deal with a more distant dealer. I looked at the Lexus IS250, but it is too small; my head touched the roof in both the front and back seats, and I am not a big guy. Monday I will be turning over the keys to my MazdaSpeed6 to a buyer. It has been a great car at a bargain price, but my wife prefers a more pampering interior and an automatic transmission.
#754 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [waygrabow]
Sep 08, 2008 (7:54 am)
TSX no, but now there's a TL with SH-AWD.
#755 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [waygrabow]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 08, 2008 (9:05 am)
Stopped by to check out the new A4 on Saturday....
It is really nice...
#756 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [kyfdx]
Sep 08, 2008 (9:13 am)
Did you get to drive it?
I did, at the Audi Driving Experience, which was a really cool event.
They did a nice job with the update. It feels more balanced, though it's not as small or as light as it used to be. And the Dynamic vs. Comfort settings really make a difference.
#757 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [ateixeira]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 08, 2008 (10:57 am)
A greenpea hit me up.... he offered, but I declined.. This is in a real busy shopping area.. on a Saturday...
It is really nice looking... In the same way that the new TT looks better than the old TT... I think the adaptive settings are only available on the S-line model, which they didn't have yet...
Longer wheelbase, 40/60 F/R torque split.. It's bound to be more balanced than the last model..
They had one that was pretty well base (which is the Premium model... go figure).. I think it was around $35K.. but, no heated seats!! Must have been an oversight, sending that unit to Cincinnati... A relative bargain, at that price.. compared to the 328Xi...
#758 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [kyfdx]
Sep 08, 2008 (11:17 am)
Well, go back and drive it and let us know! I have been intrigued by the pics I've seen.
#759 of 855 Re: What else should we look at? [pat]
by kyfdx HOST
Sep 08, 2008 (11:37 am)
Yeah... my wife saw the commercials... says she could do that for her next car.. Her lease is up in November..
Maybe, next time I'll drive it.. I just happened to be in the neighborhood with time to kill..
Sep 09, 2008 (7:59 am)
Last Saturday my wife and I drove the new A4, the G35x and the BMW 328xi. All are great cars. We eliminated the G35 because the rear seat does not fold down. It also has the feel of a heavy car in the way it reacts. Many standard features. Price-wise, it would be the least expensive. My wife preferred the A4; she just liked everything about it. They were asking MSRP plus which means 35K+. I kinda preferred the 328xi because the non-turbo power delivery was more linear and the suspension, perhaps firmer, felt more closely connected the road. For both German cars options quickly boost the price.
I was in a bad mood; thinking how the MazdaSpeed6, at about 2/3 of the cost of one of these cars, had about 80-90% of the features and performance they had. Also, these cars have great performance potential, but if I actually drove in a manner to utilize the potential, I would end up with bad gas mileage and a speeding ticket. (Recently got a ticket for 65 in a 55 zone which cost me $162. The police here have nothing better to do than set up speed traps. It is a lucrative business.) So I am thinking that buying one of these great handling cars would be like buying a yacht to put in a neighborhood pond. Why pay for performance you can't use? If it is there, I am tempted to use it.
The MazdaSpeed 6 is gone; I am driving our old Audi A4 and still trying to decide what to do next