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Lexus GS 350, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#1 of 22 BMW 528xi vs. Audi A6 Q vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD
Jun 04, 2007 (4:52 am)
My A4 lease is to end soon. Thinking about these three choices of buying or leasing. Any thoughts and experiences about likes, or dislikes in these areas:
Thanks in advance.
#2 of 22 Re: BMW 528xi vs. Audi A6 Q vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD [caoyijian]
Jun 06, 2007 (9:45 pm)
#3 of 22 Re: BMW 528xi vs. Audi A6 Q vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD [uglybear]
Jun 12, 2007 (12:55 pm)
Too expensive- I priced it out with the Sports Package, Nav and a fewer other goodies and it came out to 60k.A similarly equipped GS 350 is 12K cheaper not to mention a RL.I just cant justify that steep premium.
#4 of 22 Re: BMW 528xi vs. Audi A6 Q vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD [caoyijian]
Jun 15, 2007 (3:32 pm)
1. Handling wise, I will think the 528xi and A6 Q are pretty close.
2. Comfort wise, I will probably say all three are the same.
3. I think the GS350 is power luxurious.
4. I will consider the BMW to be the safest, followed by the Audi.
5. Although Lexus prides itself with the reliability thing, factoring the free maintenance from BMW, I will go with the BMW.
6. I can't speak for Audi or Lexus, but my BMW dealer is very good.
Now if you factor in cost into the equation, I will definitely look at the GS350, besides it has the most potent engine of the three.
#5 of 22 Re: BMW 528xi vs. Audi A6 Q vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD [caoyijian]
Jun 22, 2007 (1:31 pm)
I currently have an 06 525 with the lease coming up soon and have looked at the three cars you mentioned (not the AWD though) as well as the Infinity M. Buying is one thing but if you are going to lease, the residuals on the BMW are much better. After reading customer reviews on the Lexus I find they all love the car but many of those owners often end their review with "but it is not a BMW". I have not done much homework on the Audi yet. Driving each will be the test.
#6 of 22 Re: BMW 528xi vs. Audi A6 Q vs. Lexus GS 350 AWD [macdad]
Aug 20, 2007 (7:48 am)
There is a recent report from some car safety board that ranks the BMW 5 series at the bottom of the list for safety due to poor side airbags.
#7 of 22 Reposted from the 5-Series discussion..
Aug 20, 2007 (8:50 am)
You know..., I've been hearing where various BMWs have performed less than satisfactorily on many IIHS crashes for at least a decade, and yet, insurance company actuarial data suggests that BMWs are just about the safest cars one can drive these days. Geez, my brand new 2002 530i with an MSRP of nearly $49,000 was as inexpensive to insure as our (then) four year old Dodge Grand Caravan. I asked my agent why it was so inexpensive to insure and she said, "They're hard to steal and they're safe to be in when in an accident."
So, why the disconnect? The best explanation that I've heard is that BMW engineers engineer their cars to be safe in many, many scenarios, IIHS tests be damned. Sometimes the IIHS tests coincide with their analysis of what is safe, and the car gets a good score on that test, some times the tests don't.
I liken this situation in a weird way to the whole Hybrid debacle, Hybrids it seems were developed to exploit the flawed EPA mileage testing, and as such these cars were released to the market with obscenely exaggerated mileage numbers, numbers that the cars cannot hope to achieve in real world driving. Meanwhile, cars like the BMWs that I have driven have had absolutely no problem exceeding their EPA ratings, even at extra legal speeds.
Long story short, I'll gladly take my chances in a BMW, even in a side impact collision.
#8 of 22 Re: Reposted from the 5-Series discussion.. [shipo]
Aug 20, 2007 (3:39 pm)
my brand new 2002 530i with an MSRP of nearly $49,000 was as inexpensive to insure as our (then) four year old Dodge Grand Caravan.
When I bought my GS, I was contemplating BMW 5/3 as well. However, insurance quotes were 15-20% more for the Bimmers.
#9 of 22 Re: Reposted from the 5-Series discussion.. [2001gs430]
Aug 20, 2007 (8:03 pm)
I hope this doesn't come across offending, but am I the only guy just care less about what what the insurance cost.
Really, if I like the Lexus GS cause it's safe, reliable and rather fun to drive; which is the most important to me but it cost $400 a year more to insure than an Audi, so I went with an Audi?
I just hope my wife would pinch real hard for thinking like that. Even if 20% translate to more that $800 a year, where is the threshold of pain? You are spending money on $50K or more already.
#10 of 22 Re: Reposted from the 5-Series discussion.. [hpia4v2]
Aug 21, 2007 (6:45 am)
You read too much into the posting. I just merely discuss the insurance aspect of chosing a car.