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Ready for new wheels. I'm going purely on price, my usage and looks. I know next to nothing about any of these cars but just got cold called by the BMW salesman and I may be pulling the trigger:
1) BMW 328 coupe
2) BMW 5 series sedan
3) Mercedes E350
4) Lexus IS 250
This post was edited by goterpss 16 months ago
Going by price I don't think #1 is a fair comparison. You can't buy two 328s for the same money as one of any of the others.
typo. 328 coupe
If you buy the Lexus I will never think of you the same way again
im gonna go look at BMW 3 series pre owneds this week. unless suque recommends something better for the price that is comparable
NYCTerp is now OCTerp
328 = too common nowadays. every college grad buys one. also you'll get nickle and dimed on maintenance in the long run
5 series = decent, also a way diff price range than the 3 series
e350 = are you a gray haired man who plays golf?
is250 = see 328
for a 2010, the 5 series sedans are about 5K more than a 328.
agree that the 328 is probably an entry level luxury car
I have a lot of grey hair
Get an Audi A7 if u want to look sexy
I think it's hilarious that G$ doles out all this financial advice, then buys a new car when he gets solicited by a salesman*.
And I'm not judging, I'm totally fiscally irresponsible - it's just funny. Next time he tells somebody their 401(k) is a sucky investment option, they can point to this thread. ;)
And I wish I could buy a new BMW on a whim...
This post was edited by UMTerp 16 months ago
don't buy a 328 or a is250. at least bump up to a 335 or an is350. the 335 coupes are extremely sexy and fast. you don't seem to be a mercedes guy to me. if you are sold on only those models then i would go with the 5 series.
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
Can someone tell me the hook to BMWs? I understand pure car nuts know nuances that most donks like us can't discern and are wasted sitting in traffic but in general, how are they different than any other lesser luxury brand? Are the soccer moms in X3s just driving them because of the status?
All I here is they are not overly reliable and a shit ton in maintenance.
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
I recommend one of the 3 series. I had a 740 years ago and had a lot of problems. Finally, the service guy said the 3 series were the most reliable.
I had 3 Beamers and really never had any big problems, but I always traded up before the warranty expired.
Check out the Infinities, I'm seeing alot of those show up in my office buiding
Around us in Fairfax County, yes.
Also have you considered an Acura TL? You can probably get a new 2012 for the same price as a used BMW/Mercedes/etc. I've only heard good things about their SH-AWD, and the reliability is probably among the best since it's Honda.
the engines are extremely well-made and are meant to be driven hard. you get a great balance of sport and luxury all in one- performance, comfort, features, handling, and looks (debatable, obviously) are all fantastic. i don't think any other luxury make comes close to building a better overall car for the price range. there are specific years and models that have their known mechanical issues (mostly electrical systems and cooling system issues). I definitely wouldn't say they are unreliable but they are going to cost more than a honda and toyota to maintain. typically you can find an independent shop (anywhere but a BMW dealer) to do the maintenance for a lot less.
I don't know much about the X3's. i don't find them overly attractive and I'm not sure i'd buy a BMW SUV anyway.
Not nearly enough swagger for G$
Thanks. How much of those plusses really come into play for the majority of us bozos who spend the majority of our time sitting in stop and go traffic on the beltway? Clearly, most people don't spend their days driving around hairpin mountain roads.
The reason I'm asking is I've driven my Acura for 3 years and love it. I opted for the TSX when they did their overhaul because I thought the TL back end was ugly as shit. My car obviously never breaks down, is comfortable and has all the luxury features I feel I need. I am a relatively simple person and don't need to impress anyone. Still I'm wondering if I'm really missing anything by not going legit-ass. Am I?
I remember seeing that generation TL from the side, being genuinely interested in getting one, then seeing the front end in my rear view and being appalled. And the back end looks like a sad face. They did the Tsx front end much better. Same theme but understated.
That's why I said 2012. The 2009-2011 TL's front ends were fugly. They toned it done for the 12 and it looks way better.
i don't think you have to drive on hairpin mountain roads to appreciate the handling of a BMW. an entry level 328 will definitely be a different drive (more power and much better handling) than your tsx and i bet you would notice it right away. that being said, it doesn't sound like you're missing anything if you're happy with your acura.
I would drive the shit out of the TL. But this past year I went middle America and got an Optima, which I really like.
The answer to the original question if you have to go German is 335.
1) I'm buying a used car not new
2) I'm paying cash (may take the 0.9% financing but don't know).
3) My car is 6 years old and I think it will depreciate faster years 7+ so better to trade in now.
4) It's not a good investment or sound financial decision but really not material to me, if you make enough sound financial decisions they can outweigh the bad ones in the end. The reason you make good financial decisions is so you can afford to make the bad ones:)
What are you trading? I have to imagine you take real good care of your cars.
Yup, the year I was buying was '09 and I couldn't bring myself to buy the TL. The 2012's do look much nicer.
Is he still driving that mini van type thing? If he is, I doubt he's to worried about swagger.
Having no experience with any of the above cars and going on looks alone I'd go with the 328 coupe.
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