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Old 01-25-2007, 08:34 AM
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I guess it's that time of the year, the wife wants a new car. (lease)

Choices are Volvo S80, Audi A6 or a BMW 5 series, I know, I wouldn't take any of the either but she's got her mind set up on these and I promised not to say much. What do you guys think.

I've heard lots of bad things about Audis in general, same thing with Volvos, Beamers I haven't heard much about.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:26 AM
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BMW,period. You will love it yourself,they are fun to drive. Audi would be second,forget Volvo.Try not to get a "starter or base" model as they tend to be a tad underpowered.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:28 AM
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Of those 3,

BMW 5.................."M" of course ! $$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:36 AM
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Do yourself a favor and go drive the Audi A6 4.2. You will enjoy it.....
IMO, the 5-series BMW's are overrated and overpriced.
Volvo has nothing that can compare to either the Audi and BMW.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:56 AM
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Volvo does have an all new S80 coming out that should be pretty nice, but I would be leaning towards the BMW. The handling on the BMW is a step above the Audi and they have a new 535 coming out with the 300hp turbo engine that has been raved about in the new 3 series. I believe the service included with the BMW is a little better then the Audi as well. In the end though they are all good cars and much of it will come down to personal preference. Good luck with the search.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:59 AM
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Did test drive the A6, nice car to drive in every aspect, loaded with nice stuff, it's just the stories you hear from people who own one, some absolutely love theirs and some hate them with a passion, but I guess that's the same with all the cars nowadays.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:08 AM
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Don't forget to check out the Infinity line. I just bought a G35X for the wife very nice and fun to drive and theres' not 10 gazzilion of them on the road like the Volvos and Beamers
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Grumpy Finn - 1/25/2007 10:59 AM ............. some hate them with a passion, but I guess that's the same with all the cars nowadays.
I disagree.... certainly not with the all part, in fact I think there are very few models out there that are so bad the owners hate them.

Oh, and of your choices, the BMW would be my choice.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:24 AM
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My wife recently got a new Volvo and loves it. However, whatever car you get, you should try the Costco Buyers Club. My wife and I had priced the model Volvo she wanted (S-60 T5) at two South Florida dealerships, so we knew what the car was going to cost. She then decided to run the purchase through Costco - and I could not believe the savings. The one catch is that have designated dealers you have to go - I had to go to Naples, but for what we saved, the trip was well worth it. I don't know how they do it.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:48 AM
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Lexus GS or Infiniti M
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:05 PM
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My last car purchase I test drove a 5 series BMW, and wasn't impressed. I mentioned to the salesman sitting next to me that I thought it should perform better - he stated if you want performance, buy a Corvette. I also mentioned that the ride was a little harsh - he said if you want ride, buy a Cadillac! Then he says - There's only one way to drive a BMW, like I'm supposed to neal at the feet of the BMW god. Too bad for him - I liked the styling of the car...
Anyway, I'm enjoying my new Acura TL....hauls ass, handles on rails, inexpensive maintenance, from the best engine builder in the world.
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:31 PM
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I have a 2000 A6 twin-turbo. I like it a lot, and it has been a good car. Mainly the quattro is what keeps me from buying a BMW 5 (but now they offer that there too.) Since you'r in FL, no need for quattro.

I haven't driven the new models, but I can tell you that the BMW outhandles mine by a margin. My car rolls a little more than I'd like in turns. The BMWs track flat and feel more attached to the road.

You're not going to find a better interior for the money than an Audi. But I would check out the Infiniti G35. 306hp, $15k less. A sweet look. My next car may be that.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:22 PM
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Grumpy Finn -

I am the local BMW factory rep for BMW here in florida - can't guarantee you any type of "deal" but can put you with people that will treat you well and give you great sertvice - email me and I'll call ahead for you...and give you to one of our straght shooters...

one caveat - curently we are sold out of 5 series across the country for about 2 months - great lease programs in december that depleted stock....we are currently waiting for the 08 new look 5 coming in april with the new higher HP engines...here's a pic - more info on bmwusa.com--->future vehicles:
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:47 PM
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I'm tremendously disappointed in our new BMW...too many stoopid gadgets that simply don't help the driving experience. There's a superb car hiding deep under all that superfluous garbage. Way too complicated for the average driver. I will never develop an emotional attachment to it, and that is what the pleasure of driving is all about. Unfortunately, my wife likes it, but then she doesn't know trail braking from trailer. Buy carefully.
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Old 01-25-2007, 02:53 PM
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I doubt that most of the people buying cars know what trailing brake is ..nor care...

Bill - every time someone asks about BMW you bring out this stupid thing that you wish our cars had less gimmicks and were more like the old stuff..what are you trying to accomplish here? WE GET YOUR FEELINGS...I suggest you get over it...our cars have no more "gimmicks" than anyone else...sorry we still don't make the 2002 for you...it's honestly like you post just to spoil the party.....I don't care if this guy buys a car..I'll just get him good service..what is wrong with that? What exactly should he be "careful" of????
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My 04 A6 is an excellent car and I will buy another...

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Old 01-25-2007, 03:20 PM
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Glen E - 1/25/2007 2:53 PM

sorry we still don't make the 2002 for you...?
That was a great car though, I had two of them in the old country.

Plenty of good advice here, thanks.

Glen E I'll be contacting you propably this weekend if my wife hasn't changed her mind (again) about what she wants to get.

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Old 01-25-2007, 03:27 PM
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I have two new BMW's: 328XI and the all new X5 (for my wife). I have owned Explorers. Honda Pilot. Honda Civic. Jeep Wranglers. Jeep Commander. No one can convince me a car is a just a car anymore. My wife's X5 is so easy to use, and has all the gadgetry. Mine is less complicated because I am a cheapskate. Your wife will love a 5 series. You will love riding shotgun. The seats are amazing in the 5 series as well.

The best reason of all to own one of these cars is, as I posted when I bought mine, is the safety factor. My nephew went over a guardrail in his 2006 325xi. Fell 70 feet. Rolled numerous times. Walked away from the totaled vehicle with not a scratch, and the cars passenger cage was completely unintruded upon. You can read about crash tests, but when one of your own loved ones experiences such a misfortune, and has such a positive outcome, it means more than any hypothetical test out there. The cars are built thick and strong, and with the 50/50 weight distribution and handling, can maneuver better than nearly all autos out there. Enough of my infomercial; BMW's are all that and the bomb.

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Old 01-25-2007, 04:27 PM
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Aren't you being a little defensive, Glen? Not to worry...we all know who signs your paycheck.....
One man's meat is another man's poison, so they say...
At least he is giving his educated opinion. If I bought a car that I had owned and did not like, I'd let someone know why if they asked my opinion.
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Old 01-25-2007, 04:33 PM
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Wolakrab - 1/25/2007 5:27 PM

Aren't you being a little defensive, Glen? Not to worry...we all know who signs your paycheck.....
What don't you understand that I posted? absolutely , I put it right out there who signs my paycheck...but I can't solve his problem - what I was trying to point out is he can't buy ANY CAR that does not have bells and whistles..and I think it's wrong to jump a BMW thread everytime.....which he does...do a search on his previous posts....I wish sometimes I could go back to the "good ole days" but I can't...
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