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Old 06-27-2008, 12:39 PM
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Looking for a new whip for the wife, looking to keep it simple and good on gas, no need for a tow vehicle being that i have my truck. No kids yet so a compact is in the running. i have narrowed it down to

1) Audi A4 4door or 2 door
2) Infinity G35 4door or 2 door
3) BMW 328c

Im thinking the price on the Infinity is the best looking, but still open to any ideas of what to look at. anybody have any experence with any of these vheicles or any advice as to a similar vehicle that i might have not looked at?
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Check out the '09 Maxima suposed to be really nice and sporty as well.
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A friend had the hot rod A4 and loved it, but it spent a lot of time in the shop. My wife drives an '08 G35S and loves it. Looked at BMWs and an IS350. The IS had no back seat and the new 3 series is a little ugly, but it's still a BMW. If you go G35, get the automatic. We bought the six speed but the low torque of the engine makes it a little weak from a standing start.
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I had a '07 G35 sedan. Great car....great engine.....not so great gas mileage. If unleaded premium was a dollar a gallon less than it is now, I'd still have it.
Audi is nice....but for the money, the Infiniti has it and the BMW beat.
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From your list I looked at G35 and liked it allot. They still turn my head when I see them. Didn't care for the fuel mileage.
Had my share of 3 series BMW problems.
The A4's are OK but passed on looking close at them. I've bought an A4 and A6 for the bosses daughter. Don't care for the gas pedal. A friend's gf has a newer A4. they haven't changed much.

Just bought my wife a 08 TL Acura earlier this month, we both love it.
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Ditto the '09 Maxima


or same some money and get an Accord
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I bought a loaded EX L V6 accord 2 weeks ago. 27 mpg average on the first two tanks. Can have every option and 100k warrenty for under $30k.
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Check out the Acura TL. My wife has an auto trans that's peppy
but my friend has one with 6 speed manual that's a rocket!
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Check out the Cadillac CTS
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check out the BMW X 6
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Save yourself some money. Accord or if you want RWD try the Pontiac G8, very well built car.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I believe he wants opinions on three possible choices. Oh well, check out the 08 M6. Seriously though, nothing beats a BMW.
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Bought a new 325i in 2006. Being a gearhead, I've always admired the silky smoothness of BMW's inline 6. Mechanically, the car was great, but it had a transient electronic glitch that rendered it almost undriveable. I gotta tell ya, BMW customer service REALLY stepped up to the plate!! Let's just say we've now gotta identical 2008 vehicle that exhibits none of the gremlins of the previous model, even though they are essentially identical mechanically.

In the pecking order of German cars, Audis are below BMW's. Being old school, I simply like rear wheel drive. BMW hold its' value well...does Audi?
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Buy G35, put gas in drive it.

The Audi is a POS. I have one that is a nightmare.
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I have been working on cars for over 30 yrs. There will never ever be a europeon car in my yard. they are all overengineered, overpriced problems that require more maintainance and lots more money to repair. Plus you get to deal with shops that act like they are doing you a favor to service or repair them. Most newer german cars require a trip to a dealer just to change a headlamp bulb.
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All true, but it's FREE! BMW requires surprisingly little routine maintenance. I'm skeptical myself, but it appears that this is the trend. What was once a right of passage, sticking your head under the hood, is now rewarded with a view of..nothing, except a noise shroud and a sealed engine. I'm a "bond with your vehicle" kinda guy..I take care of my truck, it makes me money. I know where everything is and how it works. The new stuff from EVERYONE is too dam complicated and encourage dangerous vehicle operation by removing the driver from the driving environment. I mean really, hands off telephone? If you wanna talk on the phone, PARK the friggin' car! There's a reason Porsche doesn't have "cup holders".

Service. In my case, I gotta drive 40 miles to the middle of Hell to go to the dealer, a royal PITA. But I gotta admit, my racing buddies and I are absolutely blown away by BMW's resolution to our problems. Way beyond fair, but they recreated a repeat customer.
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I have a 2007 INFINITI G35 and it's a great car and I previously had a 2003 G35 that was stone cold reliable. I've also previously owned several BMW 3 series and Porsches and I appreciate a car with good handling/performance. The only issues I have with the 2007 G35 are the fuel mileage (I drive it like I stole it!) and the on/off (non linear) nature of the electronic throttle control. I have heard that Infiniti has a 'fix' for the electronic throttle issue, but I haven't bothered to take mine it for the update.

I loved my BMW 3 series cars, but I didn't love the one and only BMW dealer in town.
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Nothing like the feel of a BMW $800 tune up. Really gets the blood flowin.

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