Last post on Apr 22, 2007 at 8:49 AM
You are in the Infiniti G35
What is this discussion about?
Infiniti G35, BMW 3 Series, Coupe, Sedan
#34 of 53 Re: My reason of not buying BMW. [py777]
Jan 15, 2007 (3:42 am)
I drove 335i sedan auto & manual on Sat (Mt View dealer) then on Sun G35s sedan & manual.
I really liked both. I wanted to get a good feel first, so I drove them normally. They are fantastic cars to drive, so much better than my current car, I cannot really go wrong with either car.
I found both cars have higher clutch engage position than I am comfortable with. I guess I just have to get used to it.
I will drive Acura TL-S next weekend. Hopefully I can find a 6MT.
I was not too impressed with 2006 model last year, but TL-S is promising.
I have to start crunching the numbers on options to see which car I can get a best deal. As it was pointed out there is no point in comparing the prices directly among these cars.
#35 of 53 Re: My reason of not buying BMW. [yukit]
Jan 15, 2007 (10:29 am)
the problem your going to have is, for example, around here, they are giving away bmw's and tl's...as opposed to infiniti, which fought me tooth and nail over a vpp plan purchase (my wife still works for nmac). they won't discount those at all right now in dfw area. so you will definitely get "a better deal" in terms of money off sticker on the other cars. choose wisely...
#36 of 53 Re: reliability [py777]
Jan 18, 2007 (1:26 pm)
I agree a stick shift gives you more control of the car. I'd love to drive a manual on an empty two lane twisty all day, but unfortunately I also have practical consideration like the city traffic and a spouse that only drives automatic. That's why I had to buy auto in both cars.
I disagree that, just because I bought an automatic, I am not qualified to comment on a car's performance. To me, performance is not just about drifting through corners or screaming to redline in every gear. Even in my mundane daily cruising, I can still feel and appreciate things like powerful brakes, linear steering, and a balanced chasis, regardless of what the transmission is. These are just some of the areas that I feel my 06 G is lagging behind the 330.
Of course, as another poster pointed out, it's not a true apple-to-apple comparison between the G35 sedan with the standard suspension and the 330Ci with the sports pkg. I was just verbalizing my opinions after owning both cars. Though I know they are not in the same category, I can't help comparing the two when I get behind the wheel of the G (and drooling at every 335i that I see). Maybe I just need to readjust my expectations.
#39 of 53 Re: Road & Track on Crack [nissantech]
Jan 20, 2007 (9:46 am)
Good article. And you're right, most people can't let go of their preference. After all, you spend $35-$40k on your vehicle, of course its easy to want to promote it and justify why you bought it. I myself have the G35 Sport 07 but would have purchased the 335i had it been a comparable cost. So I'd like those here in this forum their opinion (hopefully, those who answer have test driven both cars, or own one or the other): If the 335i were say only a few grand higher than the G35 Sport with comparable features, would it then take the G35 out of contention completely in deciding which to buy? Is it a no-brainer that with both cars at close to same cost, the BMW then becomes by far the only choice. And if you still opted for the G35S, with cost not being an issue, why?
#40 of 53 Re: Road & Track on Crack [irvsteroni]
Jan 20, 2007 (12:49 pm)
I think you answered your own question. Other think the level of difference between the 2 is worth going a different way.
#41 of 53 Re: Road & Track on Crack [irvsteroni]
Jan 20, 2007 (2:11 pm)
Luckily, I was able to test drive both cars in both auto & manual last weekend. This was the first time I have driven a recent model of either cars, so I just wanted to get a good feel for a regular driving experience. I will probably go back for a 2nd test drive.
I really liked both cars. I figure I cannot go wrong with either choice. Is the price difference worth it to choose the 335i? I admit the snob-appeal of the BMW badge is pretty strong. Leasing (or even ED) does make the deal closer, but I would have to be prepared & comfortable to be able to walk away at the end of the leasing period (effectively renting the car).
I also have to evaluate these cars (among other ELLPS) for practical everyday driving. I want good navigation (really like Acura) & sound system (ipod integration is a bonus). I care about trunk space (can I fit a bicycle) & cupholders (large stainless bottle). If I have to compromise too much, then these cars are not for me.
So these cars are still on my short list, but I have yet to check out TL-S & IS250 6MT. It turns out that more challenging to find these cars in manual to test drive.
#42 of 53 Re: Road & Track on Crack [irvsteroni]
Jan 21, 2007 (11:00 am)
Actually no. Reliability is very important. I would consider the pricier IS350 over the Bimmer.
#43 of 53 Re: Road & Track on Crack [factfinder]
Jan 21, 2007 (1:56 pm)
IMO, that is why the oriental cars get the business. Actual and then perceived reliability over many years of proving this to get customer loyalty.
That is why Toyota/Lexus beats everyone hands down when it comes to this part of the value proposition. Honda next, Infinity (not Nissan yet), Subaru and now Kia.