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BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37, Car Comparisons, Coupe, Sedan
#171 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [circlew]
Apr 05, 2008 (2:05 pm)
I owned a 2003 G35 coupe and loved it. I purchased it for about 41k. To me the difference in price from a 330i was significant at around 10k. I eagerly awaited the release of the G37 and intended to make that my next car, especially after seeing the concept model. When the G37 was released, I was under impressed by it's exterior styling (of course this is entirely subjective). Also a fully equipped G37 now runs around 45k. The price difference between a 2008 G37 and 335i now (similarly equipped) is around 6k. I can afford the extra 6k and I love the looks of the 335i. I ended up buying the BMW. What I am really impressed is the performance and refinement of the 335i and I do not regret my purchase. That being said, go with your gut... people like their cars for their own reasons. You can't go wrong with either.
#172 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [bruman]
Apr 05, 2008 (3:30 pm)
Best of luck with your 335i and many enjoyable drives may you have. I agree both are great choices.
#173 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [bruman]
Apr 21, 2008 (12:19 pm)
Price differential is heavily dependent upon (at least) 3 factors:
1) how heavily equipped you want your car
2) how you define "comparably equipped"
3) how deep a discount is achievable at the local dealers for each car
For me, I could not get the "comparably equipped" price difference below $10k. For a 6mt sport with premium package (I could care less about nav or tech) I was able to get the price below $38k + TTL. There is no way I was going to get a Dallas dealer to give me a 335i coupe with Sport + Premium + Comfort Access + heated seats + satellite radio + iPod connector + 19" wheels (pretty much as close to comparably equipped as I can get) for $43.5k + TTL. If I could have done that, I would have (and I gave them a clear chance to do so), but none would even go down to $47k at the time. I'm glad you like the 335i (it is fantastic), but you should consider yourself very lucky if you only paid a $6k premium comparably equipped.
#174 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [bruman]
Jan 21, 2009 (12:51 pm)
Now that you have had the 335I for nine months what has your reliability experience been? Any fuel, injector engine problems.
I have a 2006 330I and want to go to a 2009 335I however I have heard horror stories about the 335 engine fuel system problems and six week waits for parts and fixes. And engine stopping on freeways.
I am going to look at the G35 however I see its now called a G37 so I have some reading and test driving to do. When your going to spend around $50K on a machine it should have quality and reliability to say the least.
Anyone with comments, suggestions or advise please respond
#175 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [owner6]
Jan 21, 2009 (3:39 pm)
I own a 2008 335i sedan, manual with sports package. It's been about 4 months now. Here's my advice.
The G37 isn't as refined nor engaging compared to the 335i. If you want
more (performance, handling, experience than the 335i, I'd suggest looking into a 370Z providing you don't mind less utillity..but the 370Z will probably give both..more performance and "perhaps" better reliability compared to the 335i. Don't forget however, BMW offers free maintainance for 4 years 50k. That's a big deal people may overlook.
The 335i, for me, is the best of possible sports sedans currently made. Sure, I'd say your chances of needing to replace a fuel pump are well above 50%..but it'll be on BMW's dime..and mine only took 3 days to replace. The 335i is a beauty to drive..especially with a manual transmission. Sure, I wish it had even more torque and was even lighter..but there is no other car out there (other than the hidious 135i) that will beat its package for the money. The 335i may not have as many fancy gadgets, bells and whisles as the G37..but those things are distractions from what is most important..the driving experience. In my view, it is easy to take the 335i's performance for granted...meaning..it does its job so well, and thoroughly, it becomes expected. Stepping into any other car in its class immediately reviels the truth however. The 335i sets the benchmark.
As for buying one..I'd highly recommend looking at the used market right now as it is is flooded with good deals. the 2008 model is identicle to the 2009 in every important respect and costs thousands less.
Good luck finding which car is best for you..
#176 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [jmaroun]
Jan 23, 2009 (12:31 pm)
I respectfully disagree.
Maybe its the runflats, or maybe I'm more comfortable with the 4-wheel steering than others, but I found the G37S to be much more engaging than the 335i.
Call it steering feel, feedback, connectivity, whathaveyou, I felt the G had more of it.
I also maintain that everyone's opinion differs based on experience. So I recommend anyone interested to do their own homework thoroughly.
#177 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [bigmclargehuge]
Jan 23, 2009 (12:52 pm)
I guess I should add:
this could also be the LSD that comes standard on the G37, and isn't offered on the 3-series. I'm used to being able to come out of a corner under a fair amount of power. And the G37S did this surprisingly well.
It could also be the chassis stiffness. Thats where most of the handling improvements of the new 370Z and G37 come from. Nissan won't hesitate to add a couple pounds if it means no body roll.
I just felt the G to be more compliant, thus urging me to push it harder.
#178 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [bigmclargehuge]
Jan 23, 2009 (4:38 pm)
I need to test drive the G37. I drove a G35 6MT when it first came out and was unimpressed with the heavy-feeling chassis, abrupt clutch, and touchy throttle tip-in.
From what I've read, the G37 is much improved. If so, I would be inclined to choose it over the 335i just for the durability of a non-turbo, japanese reliability, and of course, it has normal tires and a dip stick!
The 370Z, while ugly, looks to be the sports car to beat for 2009. Following in it's ancestors footsteps, it performs like a Porsche Cayman for 1/2 the price - on paper anyways.
#179 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [fedlawman]
Jan 23, 2009 (5:14 pm)
. . .it has normal tires and a dip stick!
Yeah, plus the LSD, which is a high-dollar aftermarket add-on everywhere else.
If Nissan can figure out how to get the kind of fuel economy that the BMW mills can deliver when they're being gently driven, then they'll have the whole package.
Having the power available is great (damn the MPGs at that point), but it's also necessary these days to be able to sip fuel on the highway as well.
#180 of 361 Re: 335i v G37...and the winner is... [cdnpinhead]
Jan 24, 2009 (7:45 am)
Yup, forgot the LSD - big plus...