We've got a E46 325i and a Subaru WRX wagon. The BMW is better quality
materials, but mechanically the Subaru is very well done. And the AWD is
wonderful on the few times we get snow - the BMW can't even get up the driveway,
the Subaru just goes. I'm thinking of trading the WRX wagon in on the new 2005
Legacy GT wagon which will have the 2.5l turbo engine with a bit more torque and
power as well as another 12 inches of car which will mostly matter in the back
seat. The 2005 Legay just won the Japanese car of the year award by a large
margin, it's going to be much closer to the BMW in terms of quality interior,
and still priced at around $28,000 which is a great deal.
Seems there must be something more luxurious, upscale, and relatively reliable
than a Subaru. I doubt the typical buyer of Subaru was a pervious owner of a
later model S-class. But hey, I went from an S500, to a Range Rover HSE 4.6,
to a Suburban 4x4 Turbo Diesel, but I need something to pull a 26' SeaRay, and
I have other vehicles, but even so, I prefer the Suburban on a daily basis.
The S Class does spoil one regarding interior room and fittings. I just
got back from looking at an Audi 2.7 T A6.
I like it a lot for what it appears it will do, but I thought it gave up a
lot on interior fit and finish. The A8 is much closer, if not better than
the S Class, but new they are just as expensive as a new S-Class, which
makes it more expensive than I was looking for. I think I'll just look at
all of the recommendations, test drive a few, and see where I'm headed. I
still have plenty of time left on the Explorer lease, and I own the S-Class.
I also understand from the Audi sales person (Victor) that a new Audi A-6 is
coming out next year. Don't know the changes yet.
There is more wood and more leather in the S Class, and I prefer a wood
surround to the automatic stick shift over a shiny aluminum piece.
However, I was very pleasantly surprised at the room in the rear of the
Audi 2.7T A6, which I think may be greater than the leg space in the E Class
Also, the engine gets the car from 0 - 60 faster than in the V-8, and is
livlier according to reports.
Yes, that is a possibility. But I actually think that the A6 seems like
the livelier car. Lighter, a bit shorter without losing enough leg room for
rear seat passengers, and a bit more of an aggressive stance.
I'm going to drive one. However, similarly equipped A 2.7T all wheel
Audi, and E-500 (to even up the 0-60 times) Mercedes are over $ 15,000
apart on price.
I could actually be pretty happy in any of these cars. They are all very,
My suggestion, for what that's worth, is to get off the computer and go
drive around in all these cars. Keep them overnight and drive your wife
around in them if you can arrange it. When I bought my E430 I speculated and
reasoned for weeks. Then I drove the Acura TL and RL, the Jaguar XJ and
X-Type, the Lexus LS and ES, the Lincoln LS, the BMW 5 and 7 series, and the
Benz E and S-Class. The decision was very clear in my mind after driving
them all. They all had their good points, but only the V8 E-Class had
everything I was after. You will find that many of them can be eliminated by
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