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I bought a scion tc new in December 2004 when I was 18 for cash. The car has lasted me without any real problems for ~10 years through college and am finishing up with grad school in another year. One thing that has driven me crazy about my car since I bought it was the interior noise rattles and now that I am going to be 30 soon, I would like a more grown up car. My tc has the trd lowering kit, sway bars, and stut bars as well as upgraded brakes, wheels and tires and I like how my car handles.

I would like to be a slightly used car so that I dont have to bear the whole burdon of depreciation and would like to look at cars up to 4 years old and up to 60,000 miles. For my next car, I would like to have a car which is reliable like the one I have now, black interior, is awd, has a navigation system, leather or leatherette seats, and has a minimum of around 250hp/tq. I would like to pay no more than 20k-25k OTD. I have looked at the A4, C300 4matic, 328/330 xi, and is350. I know the lexus is going to by the most reliable but ones that meet my specifications are hard to come by in my proce range. How do the other 3 brands stack up against in the lexus in terms of reliability. I plan on buying through a carmax with extended warranty.

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Coupe

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Off-roader

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 60000
Maximum age: 4 years

Maximum price: US $ 24000

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Response from mwcten

11:57 am February 11, 2015

What about an Infiniti G37? They're pretty reliable and a little easier to come by than the Lexus. The Audi is probably the more reliable of the Europeans, but per the data on this site it's still significantly worse than for the Infiniti/Lexus. Your price/age is kind of a dangerous point at which to get a european car - you have 24k into it, so you have to fix whatever goes wrong, but you're out of factory warranty on a vehicle with very expensive parts; some of which can only be replaced by a dealer. Even just maintenance schedule items can add up.

I personally would skip the warranty - especially if you go Japanese. They're typically kind of a scam to get you to come back to the warranty provider for service, where they'll nickel and dime you for non-warranty work. Also, if you really want one of the European cars, you may find that Purchase price + cost of the warranty makes it a better deal to just lease a new one.


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Response from mkaresh

3:38 pm February 13, 2015

I was also going to recommend the G35 as a more affordable alternative to the IS350. With the Germans a warranty is much more necessary, as they too often take a turn for the worse around age 4 to 6. For specifics check the info on the site.


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