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#1 of 25 325i/xi vs Infiniti G35/x
Oct 28, 2005 (8:05 am)
I am considering the BMW 325 in an i or xi package and am also considering an Infiniti G35. First on the BMW, I live in MN and on a hill, do I really need the xi or can I get by with a good set of winter tires? I've heard differing opinions on this, but would like to save the $ and performance of the i if I can. Second, I drove the G35 and was impressed in its relatively much stronger engine and overall value proposition. I would be interested in hearing opinions from those of you out there who are more in the know.
#2 of 25 direct comparison of 2005 BMW 325i vs 2005 Infiniti G35 frm couple w/each
Nov 29, 2005 (7:24 pm)
Do not buy this car. I have had this car for 5 months and it already has 2 recalls. How can you have 2 recalls on a brand new model in 5 months of purchase of car! Also, the passenger air bag deactivates here and there. In addition, the 100% maintenance is only covered at the dealership where the vehicle was purchased, so if you move or purchase the car at another dealership, you will not get the same lever of service and will have to pay out of pocket for some things (or get a smoked up Saturn Ion as your loaner!). I have never dealt with ruder service departments in my life and will never buy a BMW again. The car is also lacking and things start to fall off after 4 months....do not buy!!
My husband has the infiniti and loves it. He bought it in September 2005. He got a great deal on it and both sales and service have been on point. THe infiniti also drives better than the 325. less money for more car!
#3 of 25 Re: 325i/xi vs Infiniti G35/x [kschoenrock]
Nov 30, 2005 (4:32 am)
There is a long discussion on the merits of winter tires with rwd Versus AWD with all seasons in the Entry level Luxury Sedan forum.
I ended up with the G35x because I liked the larger size and the cost versus the 325xi. I did not compare leasing because I purchased the car and plan to keep it for more than 4 years. Since I am keeping the car, I decided to go with a Japanese manufacturer instead of German this time! I am going with the assumption, that the Infiniti will be more reliable than the BMW. The Infiniti awd system has been in use for quite a few years and is well proven. I don't know much about the xi awd design.
I too live on a hill in MN The awd has already been put to use climbing my driveway Good luck on your search.
#4 of 25 Re: 325i/xi vs Infiniti G35/x [kschoenrock]
Nov 30, 2005 (8:42 am)
what do you u use on the hill now - suv, fwd, rwd, awd?
my feeling awd is at its best climbing icy hills and i have a couple of bears around me. to be honest, i have never tried rwd w/snows on those hills. i used fwd with all seasons and couldn't make it on occasion.
i have driven the g35x quite a bit. not as much seat time in the xi. look, the 325xi is not a lot of car for the money. you will get out the door with more in the g35. there is a premium for the xi with not as much kick. the question u have to ask yourself, when you lay out the extra $$ for bimmer, are you gonna love it that much more in a couple of years?
g35x downside, it sucks petro, but can run on regular I belive. getting 20mpg will be tough. you can get high 20s in th bimmer. my down on the G35x is that there is almost too much power. that thing wants to go. do you really need 300HP.
on reliability for bmw, some of the problems are new model based and will iron out. my friends own bmws and routinely put 200K on them without engine/drivetrain problems. they complain a little about fit and finish problems for the gadgets in the car, but none of them have been stranded. they also seem to hold their value pretty well for resale. people want the badge for the used stuff too.
#5 of 25 Re: direct comparison of 2005 BMW 325i vs 2005 Infiniti G35 frm couple w/each [gitak]
Nov 30, 2005 (2:51 pm)
Nonsense to the comment regarding not receiving the "free" service at a dealership other than the one where the car was purchased Bought my Mom a 2004 325i at my dealer in Atlanta and drove it down to her for Mother's day 2004. The local BMW dealer in Winter Park FL not only handles all of her maintenance needs, they wash her car every Saturday at no charge and answer all of her questions - of course, she asks them to treat her as they would treat their own Mothers!
When I drove my 2003 e39 down one recent trip, they replaced a cupholder bracket and washed my car at no charge! Rude Service departments unfortunately are spread across all mfgrs. BTW, my ownership experience has been flawless, so what to make of that? Shall I generalize?
Dec 02, 2005 (12:14 pm)
I wish GM made the CTS AWD. It would be preferable to the BMW or the G35. I can't stomach driving an STS - just more car than I want.
I bet the MPG in the Caddilac is better than the G35.
What's the price diff. b/t a V6 STS AWD and the G#% AWD and BMW AWD? I like the idea of a RWD car that uses AWD when needed.
#7 of 25 Re: STS? CTS? [calidave]
Dec 02, 2005 (6:16 pm)
I would look at the CTS also if they made it, but the STS is more money than I want to spend and too big.
I priced an STS and it's up there high 40's I think without all the options. loaded it goes into the 50's, unless i was looking at the wrong car.
I got a price on the G with premium, a/t, sat radio and splash guards for 35.8 plus TTL. The xi with the premimum package and cold weather/ a/t maybe between 37 and 38.
#8 of 25 Re: 325i/xi vs Infiniti G35/x [kschoenrock]
Dec 03, 2005 (8:44 am)
I have my 03 G35 premium/aero for sale with 30,000 km (18,000 miles), becuase I just purchased an 05 X premium. I live in Calgary, Alberta, which is very hilly & in the winter, snow. I have winters on my 03 and it is fine & have only had a couple of problems getting up hills after I had to come to a stop in snowy, icy conditions.
That being said the x is amazing. No issues what so ever & if you have to you can put it into "SNOW" which is full time 4 x 4 (AWD). Have not had it in rain yet but read on forums they are good. Also I like all the upgrades in the 05-06 over the 03-04's.
Having a G35 & wanting an AWD I looked into them all. Like all the other comments for the money there was no choice even thou I thought I would maybe try something different. As far as the 325 goes, bottom line no HP! I could not stand getting smoked by a Sunfire, even thou the car is solid & the handling is tight, no power = no good! HP is what people pay for in every vehicle.
Good luck with your decision
#9 of 25 Re: 325i/xi vs Infiniti G35/x [calgarydrive]
Dec 03, 2005 (8:59 am)
No issues what so ever & if you have to you can put it into "SNOW" which is full time 4 x 4 (AWD).
It is a 50/50 torque split up to 19mph. Then it reverts back to 75/25% split and automatic transfer of torque when slip is detected. You also get reduced throttle response with snow mode turned on.
I have one too, and just took a spin to the post office in a fresh 4" of powder The X is an awesome winter driver
#10 of 25 Re: STS? CTS? [calidave]
Dec 13, 2005 (5:09 am)
The Infiniti is the only one that is 100% rwd bias most of the time. Not sure about the sts, but that car is way out of the price range of the G anyway.
That alone makes the awd G the only choice for me between these cars.