G35 coupe - rediculous power but about 5k more than I wanted to spend
3 series - 3.25 was too slow and 3.30 was too expensive
A4 - AWD w/ decent power but poor reliability
Jetta VR6 - a bit too small
Mazda6 - Very inexpensive. The engine doesn't wake up until 3500+ rpms. I probably would have gotten the 6 if they offered the hatchback earlier this spring instead of next spring.
TSX - Torqueless rattlebox
Saab 9-3 - loved the exterior...hated the interior...overpriced
The IS is in the middle of this price range and in the top half of performance among these cars. It had the best interior of all of these cars and the 3 best exterior looks (behind the G35 coupe and A4). Just my opinions.
G35 sedan-- fast, fun to drive in stick, didn't handle as well as I wanted, NASTY interior
Acura TSX-- nice 6-sp gearbox, gutless and soulless
WRX wagon-- fun, more powerful than i thought, lses $$$, cheap build quality
Altima- cheezy interior, FWD
Saab 9-3-- does anyone know what all those buttons inside do?, FWD
Prius hybrid-- just for shits and giggles, though i think the new one has some cool features that i'd like to see in other Toyotas/Lexii
G35 sedan and coupe: sedan=UGLY rear; coupe=selling over MSRP-not worth it.
RX-8: couldn't even find an automatic to test drive. had to put down a deposit on the car before i even saw the car. NOT worth it the hassle factor. iffy maintenance record for rotary engines. selling at MSRP or higher at the time.
A4: good value, looks good, but i wanted japanese handling and braking, not german, when it came down it. and there was nothing "special" about the car...also, 1.8T engine=not fast enough. 3.0 quattro wasn't really worth the money.
used M3 automatic: only made for a couple years in the late 90's. couldn't find a decent used one for a good price. also iffy maintanance.
toyed with the idea of a used mustang GT convertible...i've always wanted a convertible, and it seemed like the mustang GT would be fun for 2-3 years. then i woke up & realized i didn't want to drive that car for that long! if the urge for a convertible ever hits me, i can always go rent one! :lol:
oh, i almost forgot about the used CLKs i was looking at...those are SWEET cars. but the one i wanted was in texas, and i didn't want to buy it based on pics alone. and i didn't think a trip to texas just to check out the car was worth it...
and i've always liked the IS, ever since it came out...so it was a pretty easy decision to make. the only hard thing was deciding WHEN to get it...e.g. waiting for the new body style in 2005 or getting the SD this year...
I had a 2000 Honda Civic Si....tired of no torque, and afraid to park that car anywhere because it was theft magnet. I wanted more Luxury. And wanted to leave the "kid ricer" crowd.
BMW 328 - too pricey, and too many of them out there. A 330xi was what I was looking at but waaaay to pricey. Cost of repairs later in life. You've seen one, you've seen them all. M3 Coupe.....I'll keep dreaming.
TL Type S - Good value, but it was going to be replaced soon. It's just a bigger, more pricey Accord. I hate my local Acura Dealer ( Prestige Acura of Santa Rosa, CA is terrible). Didn't want FWD
G35 Sedan - Nice motor, but not very smooth sounding to me. Interior was dreadful. Retail value of a SAAB. No one seems to be impressed by anyone driving an Infiniti (usually will recieve a blank stare) Why can't Nissan/Infiniti make a rear end of car look half-way decent?!
MB C-class - pricey. nice interior. C240 was the only one in my price range. The C320 was too costly.
Volvo S60 - it's a damn Volvo. The S60R wasn't available at the time.
had one, and totalled it...was going to get another with insurance money, but parents didn't want me driving around in a 260-hp car anymore. definitely missed the power on that car...but the IS is much funner to drive...
however, with the new TL offering 6MT and 270-hp...its hard to say which one i'd prefer...
everyone and their moms have one...also didnt like the fact that in order to get option A, you need to get option B, but in order to get option B you need to get option C, BUT if you want option C, you must also add option D...so in the end, the car is $5000 more than you expect it to be.