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You are in the BMW 3-Series
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Lexus IS, Lexus IS 250, Lexus IS 350, BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#1480 of 1527 Re: IF ONLY THE IS350 COULD [circlew]
May 04, 2007 (12:50 pm)
My crystal ball is broken, so it's hard for me to say today what will move me 2 years from now. Given that the 3-series has been the top dog in the handling department for what seems like forever, it's reasonable to assume that not much will happen during the next 2 years to change that.
But the E90's styling does not move me at all. It's certainly not a bad looking car, but in my eyes it's a step backward from the E46. The first time that I saw that generation, back in 1999, I was filled with lust. I had to own that car. And looking at my 2001 330i still gives me great pleasure. I still look over my shoulder as I walk away from it. By contrast, when I see an E90, I think, "Well, that's nice". It manages not to give offense, but that's about it.
Because my BMW is a weekend fair weather pleasure ride, the miles are low. And that means that 2 years from now, I may well decide that all I need is a new set of tires to keep me happy for another 2 years.
#1481 of 1527 Re: IF ONLY THE IS350 COULD [jimbres]
May 04, 2007 (1:59 pm)
Jimbres, good stuff. I get your drift. The styling is great but I don't thik that will chnge in 2 years for the E90. I liked your car better as well.
Here's hoping you stay happy and have fun in the hunt!
#1482 of 1527 Re: IF ONLY THE IS350 COULD [circlew]
May 05, 2007 (10:17 am)
Thanks for the kind words. Hope you're enjoying the same perfect spring weather that we're getting today in the NY metro area. There's a fine stretch of winding 2-lane road not far from here, & I'm off for a drive.
#1483 of 1527 Re: IF ONLY THE IS350 COULD [jimbres]
May 05, 2007 (7:09 pm)
Yes, outstanding weather and was up and down the GSP today with the family.
Tomorrow I wash the 330.
#1484 of 1527 IS350 handling
May 06, 2007 (3:33 pm)
My wife and I drove the Blue ridge parkway, in our is350, a little more than a month ago from Fancy Gap, VA to its Southern end in NC. I have to say that the paddle shifters were absolutely great (made it a breeze to change gears). The car handled exceedingly well and we drove the parkway with minimal braking.
I also hear how the 3 series BMW blows the IS 350 away in the handling area. The drivers of all the BMWs we encountered on the parkway were always braking hard at turns and on inclines.
... so much for the BMW's great handling capabilities.
#1485 of 1527 Re: IS350 handling [fl_xy001]
May 06, 2007 (4:13 pm)
Maybe your IS350 is superior to "all the BMW's," but I doubt it. More likely, your wife is the most talented driver south of the Mason-Dixon Line...
#1486 of 1527 Re: IS350 handling [fl_xy001]
May 07, 2007 (3:35 am)
"... so much for the BMW's great handling capabilities."
Then again, I blew away an IS350 on a double wide freeway ramp this weekend, and I was driving my wife's minivan.
...so much for the vaunted handling capabilities of the Lexus IS twins.
#1487 of 1527 Re: IS350 handling [shipo]
May 07, 2007 (4:40 am)
Shipo, maybe the one that you blew away is an IS250, which ain't hard to do.
#1488 of 1527 Re: IS350 handling [louiswei]
May 07, 2007 (5:10 am)
"Shipo, maybe the one that you blew away is an IS250, which ain't hard to do."
True I'm turning 50 next week and haven't started wearing corrective lenses yet, but my eyesight ain't that bad (I'm one of those types that needs longer arms to read the paper but have no problems reading road signs a mile away).
As you probably surmised, my point was that a 1966 VW Beetle (the most diabolical handling car I've ever driven) will blow away a Ferrari in a turn given enough difference in the drivers.
#1489 of 1527 Re: IS350 handling [shipo]
May 07, 2007 (5:56 am)
A 1966 VW Beetle could also blow away a Lambo if that Lambo driver was just out for a nice Sunday cruise.