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Interested In Concerns
Audi S5 2012 Carbon build up tranny, over all reliability, cost of ownership
Jaquar XKR 2010/11 My favorite, but concerned about reliability with jaqs past reputation, cost of ownership
BMW M3 2011 Failure of double clutch auto tranny over 50k miles, Over all reliability and cost of ownership
BMW 650ci 2011/2012 Probably can't offort the 2012 w/new twin turbo, over all reliabiliy and cost of ownership
2012-2013 Lexus is350 Not concerned about reliability, but concerned that performance and styling not to par with above list

Convertible only on all, so S5 would be the supercharged V6, not the 4.2 V8

P.S. if I did not need a back seat for my 4 yr old son the choice would be pretty easy 4 or 5 yr old AMG SL 550

Priorities: Powertrain performance / Reliability & durability / Handling / Materials & workmanship / Exterior styling

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Convertible

Car Needs: Fun toy

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 35000
Maximum age: 5 years

Maximum price: US $ 45000

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Response from mkaresh

12:36 pm February 26, 2015

We don't have reliability data for the Jaguar and BMW 6-Series. Newer is definitely better with these brands, though. Both feel considerably larger and heavier than the other listed cars.

With the Audi, we have just a few reports of carbon build-up across all model years, so it doesn't seem common. Carbon build-up was much more common with VW/Audi engines in earlier model years.

With the BMW, I found just one report of a complete DCT failure, but we probably don't have more than 20 of them in the survey. We have more reports of relatively minor issues with the pan or shifter. The M3 is another level of performance from the other cars you have mentioned, but unless you have a road that requires the car's full potential there's little special about driving it. Might the 335i (which is actually stronger at low rpm) also work?

One you haven't listed is the Infiniti G37. It's more attractive and performance-oriented than the Lexus, and should be nearly as reliable.


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