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You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
Lexus IS, Lexus IS 250, Lexus IS 350, BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#1307 of 1527 Re: OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS [primetime79]
May 31, 2006 (11:48 am)
ummmm... did you bother looking at any of those posts? At a glance, looking over the last few pages, I'm seeing one or two related to new BMW's. I'm also seeing that the majority of posts are for M.Y. 1993-2002. And for every post raising a problem, there appear to be many responses.
I doubt many people would argue with the fact that Lexus is a more reliable brand, but I find it "astounding" that you're trying to make your argument using that particular data.
#1308 of 1527 Re: OVER THE LAST TWO MONTHS [primetime79]
Jun 01, 2006 (11:37 pm)
Why do you think that way?
Maybe Lexus owners not as much internet friendly as BMW owners?
#1310 of 1527 2007 IS pricing?
Jul 26, 2006 (8:25 pm)
Just wondering if anyone has heard anything about the '07 pricing for the IS. BMW will be coming out with 328 and 335 sedans for 2007 with increased prices.
Thanks in advance.
#1311 of 1527 Re: Lexus IS350 [redsoxgirl]
Jul 27, 2006 (6:56 am)
I am right there with you. I've got a budget around 40K ready, but I really want a car that's perfect to me before I spend the money (otherwise I'll keep driving my Mazda6 which is cheap and fine). The IS350 was so close, but the lack of a manual transmission killed the deal for me. I did some searching and one explanation I found somewhere (forgot where) was that the IS350 has too much power or torque and a manual trans would be really difficult to drive.
I was actually thinking of just getting a 250 since I might be cool with getting a couple extra mpg since I rarely go over 4000 rpms anyway. But then, in California you can't get the navigation on the 250! One possible reason for this strategy is they make the cars initially lacking on purpose, then later fix those issues and tempt current owners to trade up.
It seems really difficult to find a nice looking car that's fun to drive around 30-40K.
Here are my issues:
* IS250 - no navi in Cal.
* IS350 - no manual trans.
* 325i/330i - ugly rear end. basic interior.
* G35 - ugly headlamps.
* MB - not my style
* Audi - scared of Audi/VWs. ugly lights & grille.
But if I were forced to make a decision on what's available now, I'd probably get the 3 series (manual, navi, sports pkg). I don't really care about long-term reliability b/c I'm not going to drive it to 200K anyways.
#1312 of 1527 Re: Lexus IS350 [polyester1970]
Jul 27, 2006 (7:28 am)
For what it's worth, the interior of the 3 series is more functional than the Lexus. I don't call it basic by any means, it's one of the best BMW interiors to date in the 3 series.
Given that though, I would have to say I ride in the car, not outside of the car, so a so-called "ugly butt" wouldn't bother me in the least.
#1313 of 1527 Re: Lexus IS350 [polyester1970]
Jul 27, 2006 (8:49 am)
How about I purchase an brand-new IS250 with navi,manual trans somewhere(not in CA) and ship it to you for 40K exact?
#1314 of 1527 Re: Lexus IS350 [from_fl]
Jul 27, 2006 (8:53 am)
Shipping fee extra.
#1315 of 1527 Re: Lexus IS350 [kdshapiro]
Jul 28, 2006 (4:39 am)
"One of the best BMW interior to date in the 3 series" does not make it a nice interior, especially comparing to the IS'. Plain cheap-looking dash is always a problem with BMW. Had the 330 have a more luxury interior, I would have bought one instead of the IS 350. Even the Camry has a less boring dash and a better feel in the materials! Although we ride inside the car, its exterior looks do matter. That's why the IS is a head-turner.
#1316 of 1527 Re: Lexus BMW [maxidrive]
Jul 28, 2006 (7:37 am)
nice interior, especially comparing to the IS'
The Lexus interiors are not my thing. Good materials do make it a great interior. I want to drive my car, not sit in a busy living room in the front seat. What one calls boring I call not visually distracting - like most other interiors including Toyota/Lexus. For those who like to drive, the BMW dashboard uses high-quality materials with a great layout. That is what makes it a great interior. Stunning exteriors, high quality functional interiors and top-notch handling and performance. That's why BMWs are head turners.