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Handling of a BMW and reliablity of a Toyota

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Looking for a replacement to my 2007 BMW 550i. Looking for a car with decent horespower and fuel economy. Should have decent reliablity. Do not mind working on car as long as it is not too complex and well tohoughout design.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 35000
Maximum age: 3 years

Maximum price: US $ 35000

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Response from mkaresh

11:19 am April 19, 2015

I'm assuming you want a sedan, not a coupe. Let me know if you intended to select "coupe."

People seeking this combination in a medsize sedan usually end up with an Infiniti M, or maybe a Lexus GS. We don't have much data on the latter. What we do have suggests it's not as reliable as some other Lexus models, but still more reliable than an aging 5-Series.


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Infiniti M
Lexus GS

Response from willied

1:23 pm April 19, 2015

The GS came up in my mind as well. The guys at The Smoking Tire certainly seem to think it's quite good, and that's saying something. Definitely give one of those a test drive.

This might be kind of odd, but maybe the Chevy SS? It's quick, handles well, has a good interior, and should be decently reliable and relatively cheap to fix. Fuel economy won't be great, but you're probably used to that. It may not be a badge you want to have, but it's a thought.


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Chevrolet SS

Response from mkaresh

4:33 pm April 19, 2015

I wish I'd thought to suggest the SS, willied. For someone seeking the feel of a previous generation 5-Series, it's probably the best fit of currently available cars. It might be possible to find a slightly used 2014 for $35,000. For 2015 they've added adaptive dampers and the option of a manual transmission.

Another car I should have thought to suggest earlier is the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. Not nearly as sporty as the SS (which is tuned like an M5, not the regular 5), but impressive ride and handling, very reliable so far in our survey, and I hear dealers are practically giving them away. A tremendous value for the typical transaction price. The downside is the same as for the Chevrolet: the badge.


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Hyundai Genesis
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