Last post on Aug 15, 2007 at 12:38 PM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
Acura TL, Infiniti G35, BMW 3 Series, Sedan
#203 of 247 first impression G35
May 23, 2006 (7:22 pm)
just test-driven G35. Impression: definetly better than Lexus in accessory quality and refinement and was very convenient to me. Very nice seats. Sport-tuned suspension is still comfortable. I tested manual and had problems with shifter - clutch setup (like BMWs much more). Not a smooth engine - lot's of vibration.
You need to try G35 if you are shopping around.
Can't compare with Acura because I've never driven it.
#204 of 247 Re: why hp? [kdshapiro]
May 24, 2006 (12:45 pm)
I think you are wasting your breath on factfinder. I submit two pieces of evidence:
Item #1, his statement: "Torque is really what gives the driving experience."
Item #2: He drives a slush box.
The G35 is a decent car, but I think the above two items of evidence should tell you that his definition of "driving experience" and yours (or mine) is worlds apart. I would submit that anyone that voluntarily drives an automatic "sport" sedan (oxymoron aside) isn't likely to appreciate the finer points of handling, steering, braking, and obviously, the control and enjoyment of a precise short throw manual. To each their own, I guess.
#205 of 247 Re: why hp? [kdshapiro]
May 24, 2006 (4:06 pm)
the buttery smooth handling of a BMW is more important than winning the stop light race
But there are so many more stop lights than there are tight ess turns to weave in and out of. So the buttery thing leaves your hands greasy more often than not.
And most of us can't fit comfortably in a 3er.
#206 of 247 Re: why hp? [leadfoot6]
May 24, 2006 (4:58 pm)
"And most of us can't fit comfortably in a 3er"
Most of us don't drive *your* car.
Of course if winning a stop-light race is your thing, you should go for it.
#207 of 247 Re: 06 Acura TL vs InfinitiG35 vs BMW 330xi [sidpaul]
May 26, 2006 (10:49 am)
I purchased my G35 coupe about 6 months ago and love love love it. I researched against the TL, and the rear wheel of the G made it the obvious choice for me. The TL has far superior interior detailining including a much better NAV.
I didnt look at the BMW ( didnt want German).
The only negative is that i am only getting only about 15 miles per gallon...
#209 of 247 Re: why hp? [leadfoot6]
May 31, 2006 (9:36 am)
Agreed. I use to date a gal who had a 2002 3 series and for the life of me, I don't understand what handling advantage these bimmer lovers think the 3 has over the G. It's a little smoother, but that is it. The car sits on the ground.
The G is an overall stronger package--power, handling & looks. Infiniti melted these 3 attributes together quite well.
#210 of 247 Re: why hp? [kdshapiro]
May 31, 2006 (9:39 am)
If gas prices are a concern, get a hybrid. People who buy these cars should be able to afford the gas without crying about it.
#211 of 247 Re: why hp? [factfinder]
Jun 01, 2006 (1:53 am)
"I don't understand what handling advantage these bimmer lovers think the 3 has over the G. It's a little smoother, but that is it. The car sits on the ground."
"If gas prices are a concern, get a hybrid. People who buy these cars should be able to afford the gas without crying about it."
I'm glad you like the G and also glad you like paying the price at the pump. In the application of the G I'm not sure where the hp advantage really translates into an advantage of the car overall against the BMW. In the class the G is in hp isn't the end all and it's a thirsty car.
As you say the BMW is a little smoother and the G has a little more horsepower, but that's it.
#212 of 247 G35 and 330xi [kdshapiro]
Jun 14, 2006 (3:33 am)
I lease the E90 330xi and test drove the G35 coupe. Not apples to apples but handling in the G was excellent but wind ni\oise was noticable. The difference between the 2 come down to choise of style and driving feel which for me is edged by the Bimmer. In the power distribution, coupe felt faster low end, bimmer more controlled at speed.
I also test drove a 300 SRT8 which is 425/420 hp/Tq and has the Bembro brakes. My take was this was a fast, well performing car but way less refined than the foreign competition. We won't get into gas mileage because as you say, you should know what you are getting into up front. I think some folks might expect too much from 1 vehicle which are designed for ever more specific modes of getting around.