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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
#16 of 1527 Re: Reliability [tyorder1]
Oct 21, 2005 (7:59 am)
Hmmm... let's see. Every car company has some cars sitting on the side of the road Lexus included. It's not just a European and American car issue. All Japanese cars are not flawless and I refuse to believe such. As for BMW's reliability overall I won't go as far to say they have a better overall track record as Lexus but I KNOW it's not as bad as you all are claiming. If it were how would they still be in business? Case in point I have a 1998 Chevy Malibu as one of my cars that has 140,000 miles on it with never a problem outside of routine maintenance, 1 alternator change earlier this year, 2 belt changes as precaution and 1 battery replacement everything else is original equipment. If I were to believe what people believe because of joke magazine's like Consumer Reports then none of this would have been possible.
So like why I'm going to have to believe that every manufacturer has the ability to make a great trouble-free car the same way they can make a dud. Oh and as far as Mercedes reliability my mom and my sister both have them. neither one of them never have a problem with theirs. All they do is routine maintenance. There goes your theory there too. That's just the honest truth though when all is said and done.
Oct 21, 2005 (8:00 am)
The BMW 3 won't leave you stranded. It's more like weird niggling things will go wrong with the car.
#18 of 1527 Re: Easy comparo [zcar3]
Oct 21, 2005 (8:07 am)
Despite what the Lexus engineers claim, The Lexus IS AT is nowhere near as fast as a Ferrari F1. The fact that anyone could possibly believe this is a clear indication that someone is drinking too much Lexus juice. As AT go it is one of the better ones overall that I have tried, but it is not even in the same league with a sequential manual transmission when it comes to shift speeds. You should go out this weekend and try an A3 or M3 to see the difference before making those transmission claims. If you decide to go though make sure you drive the car really fast so you can see and appreciate the difference.
#19 of 1527 Re: Easy comparo [texasmerq]
Oct 21, 2005 (8:25 am)
hi texasmerg - i completely agree with you (the italicized quote was what i was reponding to - someone else's statement that the IS auto as being the fastest). I drove the A3 with DSG and it was a blast. As someone that would never seiously consider an auto tranny, I have to admit that one made me think about it. It was fun! Too bad Audi won't sell the 2.0T A3 w/ quattro. That engine just overpowers the FWD...
On the other hand, I didn't experience that level of fun excitement driving the IS 250 (AWD auto). It downshifted slowly and wasn't nearly as light feeling. Audi needs the 2.0T Quattro model...
#21 of 1527 Re: Easy comparo [zcar3]
Oct 21, 2005 (8:38 am)
Yes I know. I had inadvertantly replied to your post instead of the other one. Sorry for the confusion. I believe that Audi has the Quattro coming to the A3 2.0T and DSG will also be offered exclusively on the A3 3.2 Quattro IIRC. I also agree with you that the 2.0T pulls a lot and the car feels a little unbalance without Quattro.
OTOH I didn't experience that level of fun with the IS250 RWD, but the IS350 was at least a lot more entertaining than the IS250.
#22 of 1527 Re: Easy comparo [blueguydotcom]
Oct 21, 2005 (9:00 am)
For this novice, could you please inform what is BMW CCA and how do you join/cost to get the stated discount, which sounds too good to be true. Many thanks.
#23 of 1527 Re: Reliability [texasmerq]
Oct 21, 2005 (10:24 am)
Its not a theory son, its the experience; your Mom's MB experience is good. I have 9k in warranty work done this year alone, and mines an '03! MB puts out garbage compared to years past. As for BMW, it has zero appeal to me, especially with their latest design attempts. Of course no manufacturer puts out a trouble-free car. But it seems Lexus attempts to put out the LEAST trouble-free.
#24 of 1527 Re: Reliability [g17]
Oct 21, 2005 (11:35 am)
Wow, that's your personal experience. Oh BTW my sister's MB is an '04 and she doesn't have any problems either so I don't know what you are talking about. Oh yeah, and please don't refer to me as "son" that's a very derogarotory term. Besides I am very much a man in every sense of the word.
#25 of 1527 Re: Easy comparo [thomaspeterdub]
Oct 21, 2005 (11:38 am)
BMW CCA = BMW Car Club of America... I would assume anyway.