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Entry Level Luxury Performance Sedans

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  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    Graphic there are some people who would call you a wimp as well as saying that your car does not belong in the performance category just because it does not have a manual. However, since you and I and some others know better than this.. Enjoy..

    regarding the RS4, the owner hasn't placed it officially on sale, he was my seatmate on my flight home on friday.
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,669
    Good deal. Good dealership. Good experience. Great car!

    Exactly! The whole car is as good as it gets but I love that flat bottom steering wheel!

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,096
    edited June 2012
    kyfdx.....our waitress said there are 3 restaurants owned by the same people who own Rosebuds. Really good food. BTW, after dinner, we all went window shopping at a dealership about a block away from the restaurant that had Bentley, Lambos, Ferraris, Rolls in the showroom.

    Flightnurse....I have no issues with driving an auto....especially some of the dual clutch autos out there. No way I can shift as quickly as the better autos out there. Plus, they have become so good, they don't linger in any given gear just because the manufacturer wants to maximize MPG.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,623
    edited December 2011
    Yeah... Rosebud was about a block from our hotel... We ate at Rosebud on Rush..

    A friend of mine recommended the place... I thought it was great Italian food!

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  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    Graphic I hear what you are saying, I could not agree more.. I'm hoping that BMW get's there DCT working like others...
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,395
    We've picked up 2 Audi Fans/Drivers here on the board. Impressive for a weekend!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,669
    We've picked up 2 Audi Fans/Drivers here on the board. Impressive for a weekend!

    That reminds me. My wife loves European cars much more than any others...I prefer them, but I could get used to a Cadillac or a Mustang.

    The Audi salesman said something that my wife was very impressed with. He said BMW and Mercedes have their biggest markets in the U.S. so their cars are being made to appeal to that market the most. Audi's biggest market is Europe and then China. He said Audi for him, is holding onto it's European roots.

    I really think what he said is true. When we tested the new 335 it is getting more American in ride quality and in the jazzy interior layout. The Audi has more of a basic Euro driving feel, and the interior is tastefully less jazzed up.

    In our case, we like the Audi better, and it was $11000 less than a 328, and $15000 less than a 335 (if you consider $4000 more for the trade in)which we would have to have bought because her current car is a 335 and it would be difficult to go for the smaller engine after having a 335.

    2012 535ix 2013 Audi A4 2013 Passat

  • fedlawmanfedlawman Posts: 3,118
    Great story Graphic. Way to stick to your guns and get what you want. Kudos to the dealer too for being on the up and up and treating you with respect.

    Congrats!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,395
    That was definitely a dealer who wanted to do business & make a sale rather than dicker around. He knew you were a serious buyer and were willing to turn around if he offered you one red cent below what he'd agreed to on your trade. Bravo! Well done as always!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • sweendogysweendogy Posts: 1,106
    I am one who thinks if you are buying a true drivers car you should turn your own gears if given the opportunity - I will not knock a guy who's getting a great car for his "GF" and has a interesting story behind it- which includes a nice dinner story- also interested in your rs4 story as well - but the automatic ruins the fact you are considering a world class car and would even consider an auto -

    And I stand by the fact that it you are Into Ellps (this is on topic) and roll a 328 it should be manual, if you infact are looking for the ps in such car. - because it may turn tight and have a great feel- it still rolls to 60 as fast as a wrangler - :surprise:
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit now is it?

    The RS4 I looked at, is not an auto, in fact all RS4 came with a 6 spd manual, this was stated in my posting. Now too sure who you are talking about in regards to a 328, all my BMW's are manuals.

    Now talking about ELLPS, I have decided to place my 328 up for sale, so far 5 calls on it. I'll be happy if I sell it this weekend.

    FN
  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,496
    'I have decided to place my 328 up for sale'
    Decided on the replacement?
    - Ray
    Just curious...
  • sweendogysweendogy Posts: 1,106
    edited June 2012
    Personal attacks not needed- good luck on the sale of your car - please keep us updated
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,096
    FN...you're getting serious about that RS4 aren't you? I can tell it. That would be nice....very nice.
  • flightnurseflightnurse 35K feetPosts: 1,590
    Ray, I travel for work, I'm on the road between 2 to 14 days at at time, having two cars one doesn't get driven very much, the 2011 only has 4500 miles and I purchased it in Oct 2011. Besides I haven't warmed up to it like I have my 330i, my partner doesn't want it, the back seat is on the small size for clients.

    I test drove a 2008 Audi RS4 w/6 Spd manual the past weekend. Have to say, WOW, handled like it was on rails, the power was incredible, everything worked in harmony the clutch feel, shifting, steering wheel, seats, I was very impressed. So once I sell my 328, I'll decided on what I want to do, I truly love my 330i, but that RS4 is something else, I can sell both my BMW's, pay cash for the RS4 and have money left over.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,395
    Goood luck with the sale of your E90 328i. Please keep us up on all of the gory details when it comes to the selling process (tire kickers, strokes, low ballers & then of course the actual sales story). 4500 miles since October 2011? I took delivery at the end of March 2012 and have over 4600 miles!

    We also want details on the RS4 if that's what you go with!

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,395
    This looks like the beginning of the end of our beloved manual transmission.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • sweendogysweendogy Posts: 1,106
    congrats fellas you did it.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,096
    FN...I 2nd NYC's desire to hear the gory details on the RS4. Of course, pics are required, too.

    NYC....I saw some review a couple of evenings ago on youtube touting BMW's new and improved DSG. The reviewer said it was a huge step up for them. Wish I could remember who did the review. It was a professional review, however.

    It's clear where all the money is going for transmission development...auto-manuals, dual clutch, more gears (Audi's manual is a 6 speed, S-Tronic is a 7 speed). As we've experienced, these transmissions are quite good. They're even becoming more fuel efficient than manuals, too.

    With steering wheel paddle shifting, I can't even see a reason to have a manual on a track car.
  • sweendogysweendogy Posts: 1,106
    "With steering wheel paddle shifting, I can't even see a reason to have a manual on a track car."

    what ever happened to testing a drivers skill, concentration and endurance?

    next is a car that drives itself around the track- guy with the most expensive car wins.. great plan..
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