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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
#762 of 1527 Re: Well [brightness04]
Mar 01, 2006 (5:30 am)
Check your own calendar . . . some people are now marvelling at the 306hp output from the 3L turbo that BMW is releasing this month . . . the ancient Supra 3L turbo made 320hp over a decade ago.
Yes, the $50k+ 1996 Supra TT had 320 horsepower. And, other than in a straight line at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a $33k 240 hp 2006 Honda S2000 will outperform it on any track or on any set of real roads that aren't lined with stoplights. The behemoth Supra, perhaps good for it's day, had all of the finesse and balance of a sledgehammer. The S2000 was a surgeon's scalpel by comparison. My opinion/experience from having owned both.
In case you did not realize, the sports car / coupe market has been dead in the last few years, thanks to the desire for safety and panache . . . Any carmaker that went whole hog for sports car / coupe market faces eminent extinction.
No, I guess as I stood in line to write a check for a 997 I hadn't noticed that. And, I guess you didn't notice that in spite of near invoice pricing on the Cayenne, Porsche is still selling enough 911's and Boxsters at close to full MSRP to be the most profitable car company on the planet. Extinction?
The bottom line for me is that Toyoyta/Lexus' resume for building a competitive "sport" anything - sedan, coupe or sports car - is weathered, old, and tarnished. And if they still have any engineers left with a real passion for designing such a car, they must have been out to lunch when the slushbox transmission decision was made.
Mar 01, 2006 (7:08 am)
After shopping both the 330i and IS350, my goddaughter ended up getting a pristine 2005 M3 w/ 4,000 miles. It was being traded in on a new M5. They threw in a 7 year, 100K mile extended warranty on top of the BMW free maintenance plan.
However, I have to chuckle at this automatic vs. manual debate. I have a 2003 M5, one of my business partners has a 2002 E55. Our discussions are a lot more civil than the ones in this forum, but after talking about how powerful the E55 engine is and how great AMG automatics are, it only takes a beer or two to get him to confess he wishes his wife could/would learn to drive a stick.
And it was U.S. BMW enthusiasts, not content with a 7-speed SMG matched to the new M5's 504 hp V10 that forced BMW to offer a manual 6-speed alternative. It's almost sure to be a tick slower than the 4.3 second 0-60 "launch assisted" SMG, but winning drag races has never been been what BMW was about.
My guess is that Lexus will intorduce a 6-speed version of the IS350 within a year and make it into a media event. No one can deny that they are experts at marketing, if not performance engineering.
#764 of 1527 Re: Newbie - I dig this thread. [pg48477]
Mar 01, 2006 (7:44 am)
I'm going to disagree, but not from an engineering standpoint. I have witnessed that ALL Lexuses (Lexi?) have a stability nanny that can't be fully defeated, even the 230 horsepower ES 330. Do you think 230 horsepower is too much for the Camry chassis? I doubt it; its solid as a rock.
I'm not saying I agree with the fact that VDIM shouldn't have a shutoff, but it's not an I-S - only problem.
If Lexus wants to keep it on at ALL times, at least give it a track/competition mode that won't intervene until SERIOUS loss of control.
#765 of 1527 Need a part for my BMW
Mar 01, 2006 (8:01 am)
Does anyone know where I can get a laser engraved plate for my BMW... I want to have it crystallized by the guys at AutoIcing.com
#766 of 1527 Re: Need a part for my BMW [tdaniel2000]
Mar 01, 2006 (8:05 am)
This is the wrong forum for that type of question; this is not a BMW parts forum.
I am sure with a little digging you can find a BMW parts forum.
#767 of 1527 Re: Need a part for my BMW [tdaniel2000]
Mar 01, 2006 (8:41 am)
What model BMW do you have?
You can find dedicated BMW discussions on any model by using the make/model search on the left. It would be better to ask in one of those than in a discussion whose specific purpose is as a comparo.
Drop me an email if you need more help finding the best place for your questions - pat AT edmunds.com.
#768 of 1527 Re: A copy and paste from my earlier post directed to dewey's post, 657 [binny]
Mar 01, 2006 (10:50 am)
No, binny, I am not. That could however have been my cousin.
There aren't many Gillers out there, but we both share the same name.
He now lives in Boston.
What is the OCA? Ontario Chiropractic Association?
#770 of 1527 Re: Can a 3 do this? [digital_b]
Mar 01, 2006 (1:16 pm)
The Highlander and the RX series ARE both Camry-based cars, aren't they? They are both so similar in size and share engines, transmissions, and hybrid powertrains, so I guess I assumed that all along.
#771 of 1527 Re: Can a 3 do this? [thegraduate]
Mar 01, 2006 (1:28 pm)
you are correct but dont ever say that to a lexus service advisor as I once did. they REALLY dont like that.