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Which car would you lease for 3 years?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by sportin_life, Feb 8, 2012.

Which car would you lease for 3 years as a short term option before upgrading?

  1. BMW 3 series

    18 vote(s)
    25.4%
  2. BMW 5 series

    10 vote(s)
    14.1%
  3. Audi A5

    23 vote(s)
    32.4%
  4. Mercedes C-class coupe

    6 vote(s)
    8.5%
  5. Mercedes E-class coupe

    3 vote(s)
    4.2%
  6. Other

    11 vote(s)
    15.5%
  1. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    I'd go E-class coupe. Just a nice car in a lot of ways.

    But then again, I don't pretend I am about handling in the curves when most of my driving is in the city. I had a Boxster for a while, and then rode motorcycles, which was a hell of a lot more fun than a 3 series could ever be.
     
  2. Berzerk91

    Berzerk91 Well-Known Member

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    Were you driving the Benz in S mode? I find that Mercedes is one of the few companies where their Economy mode is so much different from their Sport mode. Make sure you put the Benzes you test drive in sport mode. Try the shifter paddles and stuff too, pull off from 1st gear, etc..

    Regardless, I agree that they cannot beat BMWs in terms of responsiveness and handling. I love the heavy steering of BMWs, you won't find that elsewhere and I definitely like the responsive "heavy" steering in my dads BMW more than my Mercedes'. My next lease will either be an MB or some BMW I'm sure (M5? :slayer:) .

    For what it's worth you could probably get a loaded 335xi with the M-Sport package at a better deal that any other brand mentioned thus far. If you're willing to pay more taxes upfront and up your price range in terms of lease payment and insurance you could probably get the M3 convertible on a good deal too. Last I checked (a while ago -May 2011?) the lease rates and incentives on the convertible were great.

    No one's mentioned the Porsche Cayman, it's probably $100-$200 more a month though. Probably a little harder to lease and whatnot, but tons more fun.
     
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  3. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Depends on where you live. If you have 4 seasons and / or lots of rain, go with the Audi. I drive one, the all wheel drive system is brilliant.

    Re performance, for what? To drive in traffic? Those are all well tuned, well designed, well fitted cars. People talk about performance as if you can do something with it. Unless you are using the car for track days dont worry about it. They are all in the same ball park.
     
  4. shibbel

    shibbel Senior member

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    OP, you might want to consider Infiniti if you're looking for lots of bang for your buck.. They also have a kick ass MSD program that allows you to buy down the money factor a substantial amount with 10 deposits. BMW has a MSD program although not nearly as good.
     
  5. apz06

    apz06 Well-Known Member

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    ok so you said your after a small mid size car with decent performance right? Forget about the 5 series and e class then.A5 has less then impressive performance (the s5 aint bad), so that leaves the 3 series. If you go 335i the newer ones have a better seat of the pants feel due to a nice flat tq curve from the switch to a single turbo from twins in i believe 08. BUT the turbo 3 series are still plagued with fuel system gremlins. With that said for the best of all worlds get an m3. great reliability,great acceleration and handling, killer looks with the wider fenders, & shit gas milage lol. . . . .Just my 2 cents test drive em all & get what rocks your socks . . Hell i drive a supercharged z06 every day
     
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  6. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    Thanks for all the input guys! I guess I'll go test drive a 3 series, c350, A5, and a G35.

    Couple more things if anyone has thoughts on these:

    1. 335 vs. c350 in terms of performance?

    2. c350 vs. e350? Looking at the specs, they have the same engine and same options? It seems like the only difference is the larger body of the e-class?

    3. The current 2012 335 coupe is still the last series and not the F30 series right? Anyone know when the F30 coupes will come out, random internet blogs speculate mid-2012?
     
  7. apz06

    apz06 Well-Known Member

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    #1 335. also 335 is sooo much more capable with only a tune you can add around 80hp and 100tq
    #2 c350 . e350 heavier with i believe same drive train
    #3 same series. new one probably coming out in late 12 for 13 but really idk for sure

    not a fan of the new audi a4/s4 b8s?
     
  8. Berzerk91

    Berzerk91 Well-Known Member

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    1. 335 easily.
    2. c350 for performance. e350 is only larger/better looking (imo, of course :embar:)
    3. same series, don't think you'll be able to get F30 til much later in the year/2013.

    Since you're leasing it's worth noting the 61% or so residual/.00195 MF on the BMW vs the 54%/.0014 or so residual/MF on the A5. (C350 2dr is 64%/.00225)
     
  9. Dashaansafin

    Dashaansafin Senior member

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    This isnt your first "real" job is it?
     
  10. sportin_life

    sportin_life Senior member

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    It is my first "real" job since I've basically been in training the entire time (although making decent income doing it).

    Thanks for all the input. I'll check out all the above mentioned cars: C350, A5, Infiniti IPL coupe, and BMW 328 (decided against 335 after reading a bunch of random online reviews stating the 335 has engine issues).
     
  11. okay.w0w

    okay.w0w Senior member

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    the IPL is beautiful in person. if i didnt need AWD it definitely would have been a contender.
     
  12. MisterAndre

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    As a current 335i coupe owner, I say...just wait for the replacement to hit the market. It will be here in less than a year and it would suck to have a last-gen model when tons of people are driving around in the new version.
     
  13. dopeitsjosh

    dopeitsjosh Well-Known Member

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    I'd go for the Audi S5, but since it wasn't an option I just said the A5
     
  14. xpress

    xpress Senior member

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    Just bought an A5.
    I bought a certified pre-owned, as the 3.2 was/is the more pleasant engine to drive.

    Coming from a 545i, the 335i was my first choice, but I couldn't live with the interior.

    The A5 with the Sline package is one of the best looking non-exotics on the road.
     
  15. Vaio

    Vaio Senior member

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    i drove a 3 coupe when i had to take a car into the dealer for maintenance. twas fantastic
     
  16. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    bimmer if you like driving.

    merc if you like status.

    audi if you like style.
     
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  17. Piobaire

    Piobaire Senior member

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    Every BMW but one (a black M5) on my way to work acts like they're afraid to come within 10 miles of the speed limit. The black M5 is afraid of his car but he does hit the gas enough to blow my doors off at stop lights. He then quickly brakes and I end up passing him.
     
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  18. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Senior member

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    i mean, my post is a generalization, but for the most part, the large majority of owners of any luxury car buy it just for that: luxury.

    i bet 80% of bmw drivers aren't even cognizant of their cars' driving dynamics.
     
  19. Pennglock

    Pennglock Senior member

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    It's probably wrong to presume anyone in a 3series BMW is an unsufferable shithead making 70k a year, because it's a nice little car, but there it is. Among a certain set in New Jersey, leasing one of these cars appears to be a key part of some elaborate mating ritual. That right there is enough to keep my far away from the dealship.
     
  20. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Luckily, I don't live anywhere near that set in NJ, so I'm a little less perturbed by the BMW. OTOH, my mother once drove an X5 for a few years and couldn't wait to get rid of it. Too flashy for her taste, and too close to the country-club aesthetic in her town.

    My own steed is still an '04 Saab 9-5, which suits me just fine. There are a few things I'd like to improve on it, but nothing I'd pay a lot to get rid of. If I were to get a replacement, though, the new BMW 328 sedan is looking interesting. Bigger than the last one, it actually has a back seat that humans can use. (I have a nearly-adolescent son, so I have to think about legroom there.) And it's not so big that I couldn't drive it in and out of a Boston parking garage. I gather the ActiveHybrid coming out soon will be interesting for a number of reasons. Or the xi. [ I wonder why carmakers won't offer diesel or hybrid AND AWD on the same vehicle? A lot of New Englanders like both fuel economy and winter performance with their luxury.]

    Other than that-- dunno. The Audi A6 is certainly aimed at a family my size that has to deal with winter weather and road trips. Perhaps too big for commuting. And as boring as the Lexus ES is, it has a certain buy-and-forget-about-it value. Also the quiet ride would make the stereo worth paying attention to.

    On the other hand, when I look at all these cars, I can't help thinking that for the cost of one of those I could get 2 or 3 really fine antique French violin bows. So the Saab stays in the rotation.
     
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