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Infiniti G35, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Car Comparisons, Sedan
Jul 01, 2008 (1:51 am)
Fewer and fewer people in the US drive stick nowadays. I kinda agree with speedbike, when it comes to pure sports sedan manual is just the way to go. I do however understand the preference for autos, as its the best way to commute particularly in urban areas. I love sticks, but now since I commute downtown everyday I'd have to settle for auto.
That said, as much as a stick fan I am I'd never buy a manual G, the tranny is just too rubbery and somewhat balky.
Btw what do you think of the upcoming A4? It's already available in asia and the looks really turn heads. I believe this will heat up the BMW vs Audi competition. True the bmw will have the handling edge, but audi will trump bmw in material quality, and fit-finish. Mercedes c-class, will trail both at best...
Jul 01, 2008 (11:55 am)
That is a good question - just how good a car is the new C-class from Mercedes??? It certainly is pricey with AWD and reasonable options.
#69 of 88 Re: Well... [m4d_cow]
Jul 01, 2008 (9:44 pm)
"That said, as much as a stick fan I am I'd never buy a manual G, the tranny is just too rubbery and somewhat balky. "
You should try the stick shift in RX8 or Miata. It is so sweet. I miss it.....
Jul 02, 2008 (2:53 am)
I tested a G35 2 weeks ago....I could live with the $9K savings vs. 335.
#71 of 88 Re: G35 [circlew]
Jul 02, 2008 (12:52 pm)
Are you getting the 09, there is a rumor its a 330hp engine plus all the future improvements that come with a refreshed model. All the best
#72 of 88 MB c-class
Jul 02, 2008 (10:40 pm)
yes the C is pricy, but if I consider the C I'd go all the way to C350. When you count them up with options the C350 will cost around $2000 over the C300 (rwd). MB has the poorest quality among the 3 germans, so personally buying C300 awd is a bad idea imo.
What you might not notice is the C is now cheaper than both A4 and 3series. A dealer offered me a loaded C350 for $39k, far cheaper than 335's $42k.
Of course, the notion "you get what you pay for" really works here. The new C's interior feels noticeably cheaper than the bmw's (touch the upper dash and you'll know what I mean), engine not so refined, and fit-finish is poor at these prices.
With Audi rising in popularity (and rising standards in quality) I cant help but wonder if the C will sink even lower in this contest, as a bmw salesman complained that their sales has lowered while Audi's rise significantly. Oddly, the numbers so far dont seem to agree. Audi's sales has been by far lower than MB and BMWs....I wonder which one is right?
Mercedes Benz: 19,576
#73 of 88 Re: G35 [sjaieve]
Jul 03, 2008 (2:25 am)
Yes...it will be the '09...hope there is new tech for improved fuel mileage.
#74 of 88 Re: MB c-class [m4d_cow]
Jul 03, 2008 (6:06 am)
bear in mind that each of those car manufacturers have different models under one roof. Mercedes has the most, then BMW, the Audi, then lexus, then Acura then lastly Infiniti. Mercedes makes nice cars like the sl series, for which it does not compete with any of the brands above, but when we are talking of the c class, the story changes.
#75 of 88 Re: G35 [circlew]
Jul 03, 2008 (6:10 am)
Nice. I think you can't go wrong with that one. I have a 2 year lease on an '08 can't wait to get into the '10 which will be the same as the '09. Nothing else on the market now and projected for next year excites me but the G.
Cant wait for your posts on your experience on the new car
#76 of 88 Re: MB c-class [m4d_cow]
Jul 03, 2008 (8:14 am)
Audi's new 2009 A4 will be extremely competitve when it gets here in a few months.
Growing a huge 6 inches in the wheelbase, it'll be the largest car in it's class.
The new 2.0T will be the best motor on the market. 211 hp / and almost 260lb ft of torque and 10/15 % better fuel economy. It's better than BMW's and MB base 6 cyl motors.
As premium gas approached $5 gallon, Audi will do incredible business on the new 2.0T.