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post #26 of 107
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Originally Posted by kubie View Post
i guess you may change yur mind when you see R8.
Audis are over-rated.
post #27 of 107
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Originally Posted by ross View Post
Audis are over-rated.
overpriced vw's.
post #28 of 107
I don't think they're overrated at all. But what James says is true. But if you got the money, who gives a fuck?
post #29 of 107
I like what Audi is doing, there's just something missing. They have high-output motors all the way up and down their model range, and there's often more than one such engine available per model (see GTi, Eos, A4, A6, etc)...but they just don't drive the way they should.

They also have hands-down the best exterior and interior design/styling, so you have to give that to them.

I used to despise VW/Audi cars but I have grown to respect them. Still, though, in nearly every automotive category I'd choose a Honda/Acura or a BMW over a VAG product, unless it was one of those categories they occupy alone (upcoming TT shooting brake, for example).
post #30 of 107
nobody with good sense would buy a luxury car that was originally built by a non-luxury manufacturer. its about buying prestige, and there is nothing prestigious about a glorified vw with slightly nicer interior plastic. same goes for lexus/toyota, infinity/nissan, acura/honda and the rest. if i i want luxury and prestige, i buy bmw, mercedes, etc. cars that were built to drive and feel like luxury cars from the ground up.
post #31 of 107
Were you not contemplating the purchase of an Infiniti FX50 here, James?
post #32 of 107
yeah. didn't do it.
post #33 of 107
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Originally Posted by jskidder View Post
nobody with good sense would buy a luxury car that was originally built by a non-luxury manufacturer. its about buying prestige, and there is nothing prestigious about a glorified vw with slightly nicer interior plastic. same goes for lexus/toyota, infinity/nissan, acura/honda and the rest. if i i want luxury and prestige, i buy bmw, mercedes, etc. cars that were built to drive and feel like luxury cars from the ground up.
Wow, I just typed such a long reply to this and my browser froze. I'm so steamed...

I agree with most of your argument here, and that's the main justification I use for not buying VW/AG stuff. But "prestige" isn't what it used to be, with all the corporate ownership that is commonplace now. BMW is still independent, but everything else is either a global conglomerate or owned by one. Also, the build quality and reliability of BMW and M-B's cars is in the tank now, compared to what it used to be. They've discarded that for flash and options lists, and that's where other manufacturers (even Koreans, FFS) can now match them.

Also, a lot of "prestige" is earned on the track. BMW, Porsche, M-B, Ferrari won a lot of their iconic status in competition, in days when a marque's racing efforts were indicative of, and crucial to the quality of its road cars. And by that measure, "lesser" marques such as Ford, Honda/Acura, Subaru, and Audi - with its Le Mans sucess and the Quattro revolution - have earned some of that sporting cachet as well.

I would say that "prestige" is the sum total of the commitment a marque makes - and has made over time - to its customers and to its product. So to me, M-B's conscious decision to keep a steady stream of OEM parts available to some very old cars gets my admiration.

Likewise, Honda's dedication to building the perfectly balanced car ups that brand's prestige, as does its brutal dominance of F1 in the 90's and having Ayrton Senna develop the NSX, which revolutionized engine technology from the top of Honda's model lineup to the very bottom (not the other way 'round, as VW does it).

Jag, Bentley, Rolls, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and more are all owned by huge companies that make some very cheap stuff.

Also, I think that Lexus' LS has a lot of prestige. In 1989, Toyota spent $1 billion USD on the development of a car to challenge the S-Class with. An LS of any model year is dead reliable, and will run for hundreds of thousands of miles, like one of the old German sleds would. Having driven both I can tell you that the LS is very close to the S-Class in some areas and is superior in others. That is prestige IMO
post #34 of 107
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Originally Posted by ross View Post
I'm so steamed...
that's hottt
post #35 of 107
i like driving a Lexus LS 430 more than any Mercedes. its sooo smooth.

but i will not be able to drive my brothers GS 400 again as i ran over a rock and scratched it.

on my lust list:

diamond encrusted double plated name plate.
post #36 of 107
ey but if I was rollin' in that A5 I would look like a BAMF dough
post #37 of 107
Speaking of Audis, I saw a red R8 (first one I've ever seen) drive by me on the way out from class today. In Iowa City no less, wtf!

Iowa City is weird though... I've seen several of the more expensive cars driving around in these parts over the past couple years that I would definitely never expect to see here (BMW M6, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Audi R8.).
post #38 of 107
R8 looks cool, but I have heard the same thing about it that is leveled at all Audis - that there's just something missing. Which is, essentially, what James and I are saying: that engineering a luxury car out of economy-car DNA doesn't yield stellar results. Which is a shame, because on paper, Audi's cars look better than anyone else's.
post #39 of 107
My lexus was my favorite car EVER until I crashed it a few months back. I believe it even saved my life!

Very smooth ride and beautiful inside and out!
post #40 of 107
I love my lexus IS350 but the new Audis look great.
post #41 of 107
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Originally Posted by ross View Post
Which is a shame, because on paper, Audi's cars look better than anyone else's.
I agree. Huge difference between what's on paper and actual perfomance of Audi's. + Audi's reliability and upkeep is even worse than that of BMW and MB.
post #42 of 107
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Originally Posted by mustaine View Post
I agree. Huge difference between what's on paper and actual perfomance of Audi's. + Audi's reliability and upkeep is even worse than that of BMW and MB.
I have never owned any German cars, so I can't speak from first-hand experience.

Do you mean they just break down more than the others? Or that their parts etc are more expensive? I'd imagine it's more the former, less the latter.

Audi is doing one thing that I like, though - they are dropping the V8 from the S4, and going back to a six (supercharged, this time around). I do believe there is such a thing as too much, and 'compact' luxury sedans with 400hp V8s is too much to me. The new M3 is an admirable machine indeed, but the ultimate M3 (IMO) was the E36.

For my part, I lust after a 3.2L NSX-T with a 6-speed. So does my girlfriend...so I'm in good shape.
post #43 of 107
^would she even fit in an nsx?
post #44 of 107
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Originally Posted by ross View Post
I have never owned any German cars, so I can't speak from first-hand experience.

Do you mean they just break down more than the others? Or that their parts etc are more expensive? I'd imagine it's more the former, less the latter.

Audi is doing one thing that I like, though - they are dropping the V8 from the S4, and going back to a six (supercharged, this time around). I do believe there is such a thing as too much, and 'compact' luxury sedans with 400hp V8s is too much to me. The new M3 is an admirable machine indeed, but the ultimate M3 (IMO) was the E36.

For my part, I lust after a 3.2L NSX-T with a 6-speed. So does my girlfriend...so I'm in good shape.

Well, I’m on my 4th BMW and I won’t keep none of them without a warranty. No, they don’t break down more than other cars. It’s just the minor issues that piss one off. For e.g. this sensor or that sensor, software issues, etc.

Parts aren’t expensive it’s the labor that kills you ($150/hr, $560/tire etc). E90 M3 is a phenomenal car but my favorite would be an E46 M3 but I found any 3 series/M3 to be quite uncomfortable for my taste (ride quality).

I agree with M’s being too much of car for regular use.

I think there’s this new trend to do away NA High revving motors for smaller TC or SC engines for emissions and fuel economy.
post #45 of 107
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Originally Posted by jskidder View Post
^would she even fit in an nsx?
No way bro! I was only 275lbs and I had to sell mine because I didn't fit.
post #46 of 107
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Originally Posted by jskidder View Post
overpriced vw's.
It's an American misperception that Audis are "beneath" Mercedes or BMW in the luxury brand sweepstakes. There's major differences between Audi/VW and their Japanese-badge rivals which I'd love to discuss in exhaustive detail but this isn't a car forum and nobody would really give a shit.
post #47 of 107
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Originally Posted by jskidder View Post
^would she even fit in an nsx?
Yes. Can you see over the steering wheel of your PenisFinder?

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Originally Posted by Grondie
It's an American misperception that Audis are "beneath" Mercedes or BMW in the luxury brand sweepstakes. There's major differences between Audi/VW and their Japanese-badge rivals which I'd love to discuss in exhaustive detail but this isn't a car forum and nobody would really give a shit.
Well...the entire last page of the thread has been about cars. So feel free.

It's not exactly an American misperception as far as Audis go. Their cars are mostly FWD, modified with AWD to behave somewhat more like a RWD vehicle.

Example: the A5. Looks like a pretty baller car. But it's based on the A4, which is a mechanical cousin of the front-wheel-drive Passat. By comparison, even BMW's tiny 1-series is RWD. They're by far the nicest on the inside, and they have a lot of tuning potential, but they are a bit more pedestrian than their German peers.
post #48 of 107
driving is for peasants
ballers have chaffeurs
post #49 of 107
^ You're mistaken Ross - the outgoing B7-generation A4 shared the Passat chassis, but the new B8 generation does not. The A5 was the first vehicle to use Audi's MLP platform.

Anyways, within the German motor press, BMW, Audi and Mercedes all test within neck-and-neck of each other on a pretty consistent basis and typically leapfrog the competition whenever a new-generation product is introduced. The merits of FWD/RWD/AWD - Quattro vs X-Drive vs 4Matic - but as brands they're all generally on the level - from a purely qualitative point of view.
post #50 of 107
I dunno. Having driven the A5 and also the 335, the A5 feels like an economy car with AWD. The BMW really did feel like a much more sporting machine from the ground up.

One VW I do like is the EOS, but that's because it brings such a unique configuration to the market that no one else is doing right now.
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