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BMW, I like how they drive, quiet and comfort. I didn't like the high cost and reliability issues in the 2008 3 series wagonI owned. I I liked my 2001 VW Jetta TDI, great handling, fuel economy, best leather car seats and audio. Unfortunately it destroyed 2 automatic transmissions at 24K/Warranty and 89K/$4000 and had more warranty and factory recalls than any other car I owned I owned a 2009 Honda Civic-automatic EX-L, noisy, poor ride/handling, crappy audio, reliable. I sold it after 2 years and replaced with Mini Hardtop, non-turbo, manual 6 spd. Fun to drive for short trips, good seats and stereo, good fuel economy, noisy and the ride wears you out after a hundred miles
I'm looking at low mileage 5 series with turbo 4 or 2015 GTI auto/wife doesnt like driving a stick anymore I have reliability reservations on both. I'm considering an 1)Accord Touring or V6 or2)Altima 3.5 good performance /economy questionable handling as a balance between sporty and comfort for long trips and reliable I'm still looking

Priorities: Quietness / Reliability & durability / Handling / Ride smoothness / Fuel economy

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Errands about town / Long trips / Fun toy

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 10000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 35000

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Response from mkaresh

11:02 am July 20, 2014

The Altima isn't fun to drive, and its reliability is questionable. I'd forget about that one.

Among BMWs, the 3-Series looks considerably more reliable than the 5-Series in our stats, and has about as much space inside as the GTI. It's also more fun to drive than the 5. The 2013 on have been reliable so far. 2012 has become iffy. Overall German cars have become acceptable or better within the warranty period, then worse afterwards.

You seem to be focusing on V6s. But even with a four the Mazda6 is pretty quick. For a combination of driving enjoyment and reliability, it's probably your best bet among midsize sedans. If you don't need a large rear seat, the new Mazda3 is even more fun to drive.

I haven't yet driven the new GTI, and it's of course far too new to know how reliable it will be. In our stats, recent GTIs have tended to be good for the first two years, then worsen to so-so afterwards. Absolute horror stories are mostly a thing of the past, though there are probably still a few with the latest cars.

Finally, returning to Nissan, the Infiniti G37 might provide what you're looking for. They're not quite as involving as a 3-Series, but have a much better record of reliability, and tend to be quite affordable as used cars.


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Response from Snowblaster99

6:17 pm July 20, 2014

The BMW 3-Series, is the best of the bunch of the BMW series as far as reliability goes, but not as reliable at all as a Honda or Nissan, you can expect some down time at the BMW dealership and high(ish) repair costs... I suppose it all depends on how money and inconvenience its' worth to you to look cool ;) The Honda Accord has an awesome track record for reliability, but looks a bit pedestrian, the Nissan Altima looks a bit more cool but has a few problems here and there. If you need to have a "status car", I think that you might want to think about an Infinnity or Acura, I just keep hearing about dependability and cost of repairs with BMWs' (including the 3-Series, evan though they are "sweet" when they are running properly)


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