36k-40k is too much for my current situation. I like the price range of the IS300. If I get the IS300 in Solar Yellow, then it will look just like a BMW 3 Series.Originally posted by 330ciBoy:
i concur... how did you come up with your conclusion though... the only reason i ask is cause a lot of posers on this board write cramp and can't substantiate it
Thanks, but I will continue to shoot for the BMW or Mercedes. The overall picture will be much clearer this Spring.Originally posted by 330ciBoy:
VBGod, at least you're an honest man. you sure you can't scronch up some more dough for a 330ci? but good luck with the 300, it's not that bad but still not a bimmer.
Originally posted by cakennedy:
I ordered my 330ci two weeks ago after test-driving both. There's a saying in the BMW community, whenever anyone is undecided between the two brands: Drive them both. If you can't tell the difference, buy the Lexus.
I first drove the IS300 at the Lexus Performance Tour at Golden Gate Fields, and was somewhat impressed, but when I drove the BMW I was blown away. Better handling, steering, shifter (5 speed manual!), brakes, and of course much better accelleration. The price difference between my 330ci and a fully loaded IS300 is about $3500, and worth every penny.
That's not to say the IS300 is a bad car in any way, I just think it's more appropriate to compare it to a 325i, last year's 323i, or even an E36 3-series sedan.
If so, then I must get the Yellow paint job. Would it be considered Rice if I popped off the Lexus logo and put a BWM logo instead? Just kidding!Originally posted by MaxOwner:
why not just get the IS.. feel like your driving or beemer and go in style?
Originally posted by VBGOD:
If so, then I must get the Yellow paint job. Would it be considered Rice if I popped off the Lexus logo and put a BWM logo instead? Just kidding!
Yes it does! Free tip to all potential IS/3-series buyers: Don't get an Acura TL! I've had nothing but problems with mine. After 14 months and 11 times in the shop, it's getting traded for my 330ci.Originally posted by chazzy:
Cakennedy -- does this mean you'll be leaving the H-A camp?
Comparing a manual to an automatic, that makes sense.Acceleration: the 330ci does low 6 secs 0 - 60 .. the IS low 7 secs
Every review I've read has stated that the IS has mild understeer. Don't know where you're getting the oversteer from.Handling: the IS has great oversteer and doesn't seem stable at 100 mph speeds.. the 330 .. c'mon nothing beats a beemer's 50/50 weight ratio
Never on the way to work, but occasionally on the back roads (racing in traffic is _bad_, but racing on semi-deserted mountain roads is another thing) and twice a month at the track.Originally posted by PMD911:
I bought an IS over BMW 330 because way too many people drive BMW's. Where I live, every other car's a BMW- be different for once it's not like you're gonna be racing people on the way to work.