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Old 04 Apr 2004, 03:19 pm
Phil Kallis
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Default Acura TL 3.2 vs S60 vs G35

Fellow listers,

Some advice please:

In the universe of choices for a medium sized luxury sedan, our decision
has become more complex, after looking at and test driving a G35 sedan
yesterday. It's a pretty tempting car, snazzy on the styling and
interior appointments, fast as hell (over 90 mph on the test drive),
good handling and roomy.

However, the other two cars, the S60 and the Acura TL are equally
tempting. So far, the advantages of the S60 are proven reliability and
longevity (my '96 850 has over 274,000 miles on it with NO major
problems - essentially the same engine as the S60 non-turbo), good
handling, utility, nice dash and interior layout and size, good resale
value, classical and pleasing styling and safety features.

The Acura does everything right, but does not have the Volvo's or the
Infiniti's dash layout, has unknown (to me) reliability, but just about
everything else is just fine.

The Infiniti sure has some panache to it - so much snazz that you almost
feel guilty about it.

Price is a consideration, but it's still a tough choice and I don't want
emotion to leak into this decision.

Given your collective experiences, what are your views?

Thanks....


PS. We do NOT want to use premium grade fuel.


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Old 04 Apr 2004, 03:59 pm
Robert Henry
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Default Re: Acura TL 3.2 vs S60 vs G35

Some quick thoughts:

Volvo no longer manufactures the Volvo, if you know what I mean. I also
know a relative who had a 93 850, and it did not make 6 years or 150K miles.
The front end and water pump needed major attention, iirc.

The dash on the TL is excellent - not sure what you found lacking there.

I think you would be wise to use premium fuel in anyone of these vehicles.
Go to fueleconomy.gov to find and compare the listed MPGs... you might be
surprised what the G35 lists for fuel economy using regular. IMHO, the
Volvo numbers are rather bad considering displacement and one less cylinder
to support.

I didn't compare the G to the TL - I thought the I35 was more comparable for
my requirements. You might consider that there are no options on the TL,
whereas I think these can make the G pricey in a hurry.

"Phil Kallis" <pkallis@ameritech.net> wrote in message
news:40705FD2.3D9D115F@ameritech.net...
> Fellow listers,
>
> Some advice please:
>
> In the universe of choices for a medium sized luxury sedan, our decision
> has become more complex, after looking at and test driving a G35 sedan
> yesterday. It's a pretty tempting car, snazzy on the styling and
> interior appointments, fast as hell (over 90 mph on the test drive),
> good handling and roomy.
>
> However, the other two cars, the S60 and the Acura TL are equally
> tempting. So far, the advantages of the S60 are proven reliability and
> longevity (my '96 850 has over 274,000 miles on it with NO major
> problems - essentially the same engine as the S60 non-turbo), good
> handling, utility, nice dash and interior layout and size, good resale
> value, classical and pleasing styling and safety features.
>
> The Acura does everything right, but does not have the Volvo's or the
> Infiniti's dash layout, has unknown (to me) reliability, but just about
> everything else is just fine.
>
> The Infiniti sure has some panache to it - so much snazz that you almost
> feel guilty about it.
>
> Price is a consideration, but it's still a tough choice and I don't want
> emotion to leak into this decision.
>
> Given your collective experiences, what are your views?
>
> Thanks....
>
>
> PS. We do NOT want to use premium grade fuel.
>
>



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