E90Post
 


 
BMW 3-Series (E90 E92) Forum > BMW E90/E92/E93 3-series General Forums > General E90 Sedan / E91 Wagon / E92 Coupe / E93 Cabrio > Need a New Car for the Wife



Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-09-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
Joshboody
Lieutenant Colonel
25
Rep
1,708
Posts

 
Drives: pickemuptruck
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ

iTrader: (7)

Need a New Car for the Wife

The community had some great pointers each time I'm in the market for a car... although didn't go the suggested rout last time. Well that car was hit (FX35), so back to finding something. I liked the FX, especially the tech package. Below is a pic of it now.

We need something that will fit a kid and dog separately but fun to drive. Really wanted a X5 before, but really didn't like it... you have to get the v8 to enjoy in my opinion and the upgraded interior (seats mainly).

So used around 09 give or take
FX35... maybe again, but the back is really too small
Q5: no idea, haven't driven yet
x3: I like a lot, but would prefer the new 2011 interior
GLK: looks kinda goofy, but fits our needs... driving position could be a little high
A4 or 328 wagons: I like them a lot, but hard to find.
Forester??: probably shouldn't consider
x5: may try it again

What else... driving fun is really important for long trips. need to be around 30Kish... could probably spring for a little more if I loved the car.

probably not the right section for this really... opps
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
ihc95
Major
ihc95's Avatar
12
Rep
1,167
Posts

 
Drives: TiAg E92 335i
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NJ

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Acura MDX? Reliable, tons of space, fast, good on gas. Nothing really wrong with that SUV. Looks pretty good too IMO.
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
Joshboody
Lieutenant Colonel
25
Rep
1,708
Posts

 
Drives: pickemuptruck
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ

iTrader: (7)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ihc95
Acura MDX? Reliable, tons of space, fast, good on gas. Nothing really wrong with that SUV. Looks pretty good too IMO.
Oh yeah, meant to include the MDX. Maybe even RDX
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
Thrakos
Audaces fortuna juvat
Thrakos's Avatar
Canada
5
Rep
543
Posts

 
Drives: Black E90 328xi
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Canada, eh

iTrader: (1)

I had an '08 MDX Tech - fantastic rig 'cept for the gas mileage... if I were in the market for an SUV, I'd look at:
MDX
Q5 (great ratings)
X6 (love the looks, good ratings)
and the Lexus RX 3xx
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:15 PM   #5
Stupenal
Second Lieutenant
5
Rep
258
Posts

 
Drives: Mmm
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Socal

iTrader: (9)

X1
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:37 PM   #6
J02 335i
Lieutenant Colonel
J02 335i's Avatar
Canada
17
Rep
1,538
Posts

 
Drives: E90 335i
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ontario

iTrader: (0)

I'm in the same position as you (minus the accident) trying to find something for my wife and kids. Sold our 09 Ford Flex AWD Limited, to big, slow, useless transmission and now looking for something smaller. After days of looking and driving vehicles she has almost made her mind up on an Impreza if you can believe it. Manual of course, we realized we didn't need a huge SUV and the Impreza has some decent room inside, so we may give it a shot. Good luck.
__________________

Sport pack, JB3, Dci, factory oil cooler, 18" M3 reps, Michelin PSS, painted trim, black grills, smoked side markers, LED plate lights, H&R coils, Borla catback
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:42 PM   #7
KwlAznKid
Colonel
KwlAznKid's Avatar
43
Rep
2,422
Posts

 
Drives: BMW/MERCEDES/PORSCHE
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: LA/Irvine/Fremont, CA/ University of California San Diego Alum

iTrader: (4)

x3? the new x3s look pertty nice!
__________________
BMW E92 328I /BMW E46 M3 /Mercedes Benz W209 CLK500 /BMW E92 335I(sold)/Porsche 996 911 C2(sold)/BMW E46 325CI(totaled)
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:44 PM   #8
VMRWheels
BimmerPost Supporting Vendor
VMRWheels's Avatar
267
Rep
16,178
Posts


 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA

iTrader: (4)

Garage List
2014 BMW F22  [0.00]
2013 BMW F06  [0.00]
2013 BMW F30  [0.00]
I love the look of the GLK though no one likes it (not sure why). Decently sized.
__________________

VMR | Wheels - Mitch A. | p. 714-442-7916 extension 107 | e. Mitch@velocitymotoring.com | ** VMR Holiday Special! **
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 07:49 PM   #9
blingman
First Lieutenant
5
Rep
311
Posts

 
Drives: 3er
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston

iTrader: (1)

I just purchase a 2012 mdx with tech package few months ago and it's a great car. The third row is nice when needed but even the middle row is spacy. I prefer the advance package, liked how the suspension firmness can be turned on and off with a switch but couldn't justify the difference in price. Only this is mpg sucks averaging 16 city and 20 hwy but I knew that when purchasing. It rides good and don't feel too big from inside.
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 08:12 PM   #10
mlifxs
Diamond Geezer
mlifxs's Avatar
24
Rep
1,791
Posts

 
Drives: Jet Black 2007 328i Saloon
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Florida

iTrader: (3)

Garage List
has to be a SUV? How about a 4-door hot hatch such as:
Focus ST
VW GTI
VW Golf R?

on the SUV front, my wife has an '07 RDX. Firm ride, nice pickup, nice interior, split rear seats fold pretty nice. I don't mind driving it
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 08:12 PM   #11
mccannable
First Lieutenant
17
Rep
314
Posts

 
Drives: 06 330i mt
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: central fl

iTrader: (2)

I was in. Similar situation but couldn't find an SUV for under 30k so we got the is250 And love it for a comfortable car. Vented seats in fl are great. I am very picky on 328s(rare around here with sports/prem at a fair price ) and won't buy her a faster car than me.
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 08:13 PM   #12
Rhodes7586
Private First Class
1
Rep
117
Posts

 
Drives: 2006 330XI
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Altoona, Pa

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by VMRWheels View Post
I love the look of the GLK though no one likes it (not sure why). Decently sized.
I know, I love the looks of that SUV for some reason. Probably my favorite SUV right now.
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 09:01 PM   #13
ken1137
Brigadier General
ken1137's Avatar
United_States
41
Rep
3,697
Posts

 
Drives: a slow 2009 e90 335i
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (7)

Garage List
2009 e90 335i  [3.20]
I've been trying to get my wife out of her '05 MDX (105K mi). She loves it She doesn't like the new MDX model b/c you cant see out of the back. The Q5 has terrible reliability ratings. I offered the X1 but my wife thought it was too small. So, we'll probably get an X3 (although she doesn't know yet) and yes a 2011 or newer is a must. GL.

BTW...the GLK looks good to me and the driver sits high which is a plus for vertically challenged people like my wife. She just doesn't was an MB.
The Acura RDX sucks...I bought one for my mother and it is as bouncy and rough as the TSX. Acura states the new model has an improved suspension, but still bouncy as hell. Nice engine (i4 + turbos) though prior to the 2013 V6.

Just read a review of older models "09-'10...the Q5 wins hands down as far as handling and steering, at least within the group in this comparison by MT. So, the only concern would be the Q5's reliability. I'm not too familiar with Audi but if their reliability is downgraded for similar things as the 335i I may have to look at it for my wife, at least a comparison v the X3.

http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...0/viewall.html

This is interesting; http://www.truedelta.com/car-reliabi...bd=Audi&mc=874
__________________

BMWCCA member

Last edited by ken1137; 11-09-2012 at 11:12 PM. Reason: adding comments
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #14
Ricer X
noted crusty old man
Ricer X's Avatar
United_States
83
Rep
7,859
Posts

 
Drives: like a man late for work
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: of what?

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2007 335i  [3.38]
I'm very much in the same boat with only mileage being a concern. Obviously in this arena one cannot expect great mileage on a standard gas engine and diesels usually do not net gains worthy of the added price tag at this size vehicle.

Considering all the same you are including the MDX/RDX minus the GLK. In addition looking at the Volvo XC series and the VW SUV's.

The leaders right now are the Q5 with one of the subies not too far behind. I just need to get her to sit in and drive both to confirm. Q5 seems to be a great car for the $, subie obviously a less expensive car, pretty bullet proof but may not be appointed to the level she wants.
__________________
Ihsanshaik - X/Vasillalov - X/Nood1es - X/Countless more I can't recall - X
Nobama 2012
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 09:06 PM   #15
bumere90
Grozniy
United_States
52
Rep
2,601
Posts

 
Drives: Carless
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: FL

iTrader: (12)

X5555555
__________________
-fatman
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 09:29 PM   #16
avocet
Lieutenant
6
Rep
565
Posts

 
Drives: 2007 328i
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Vancouver bc

iTrader: (0)

E90 328i wagon. Nothing else listed will come close to driver experience. Not even close. For that matter, nothing will come close in this segment.

Find one with sports package(deal breaker for me), 6 speed manual and xenons. Enjoy.

If it is a 2009 or later make sure it has logic 7 stereo if audio is important to you. Pre 09 it was standard equipment.

And I hate idrive.
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #17
MattMD
E9X > F3X
MattMD's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
729
Posts

 
Drives: E90 328i
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Maryland

iTrader: (0)

CTS-V Wagon. 6 speed manual.

You could try an X5 with the turbo I6. I assume they're really easy to tune like a 335i.

Used Porsche Cayenne S.
__________________
2009 E90 328i - Space Grey Metallic on Black // iDrive // Premium Package // Xenons

Mods - Stock for now

Dream Car - Mineral White E92 M3 DCT, Ferrari 458 (someday )
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 10:59 PM   #18
Joshboody
Lieutenant Colonel
25
Rep
1,708
Posts

 
Drives: pickemuptruck
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Phoenix, AZ

iTrader: (7)

328 sport would be awesome, but very rare. Porsche, I may have to drive... But not so impressed with the pics of interior. And cuts-v, found only 1 2012... Out of $ range.

We'll check out the q5 and glk tomorrow.
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #19
cuiter23
Major
cuiter23's Avatar
20
Rep
1,076
Posts

 
Drives: E90 328i ZSP
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Vancouver

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2007 BMW 328i  [3.00]
I would go with the X3, the new models look fantastic in and out although a 2011+ model would be quite expensive (40k)
__________________
2007 E90 328i - Titanium Metallic l 19" VMR V710 l H&R Trak+ Spacers l M-Sport Rear Bumper l Mtech Rear Lip Spoiler l Hamann Front Lip l Eibach Sportline l AA N52 Signature Exhaust l OEM Blacklines l MTEC V3 AE l 6000K HID l Nokya 7000K Fogs l MTEC License Plate LED l Interior LED l 15% Tint l BlackVue DR380G-HD + PMP
Appreciate 0
      11-09-2012, 11:21 PM   #20
335i Pal
Second Lieutenant
335i Pal's Avatar
United_States
2
Rep
284
Posts

 
Drives: 335i Sedan
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Ohio

iTrader: (1)

My wife and I are looking here soon as well and we are between the:

Acura MDX - bad gas mileage but awesome looks
Infiniti JX - not the fastest but a lot of bang for your buck
Ford Explorer - Sport has 360ish HP!!! and tons of tech. w/sync!
__________________
335i E90 | BMS DCI | Black Matte Grill | JB4 | Logic 7 | Sport | Premium | Cold |
Appreciate 0
      11-10-2012, 12:40 AM   #21
Philz BMW
Slow rollin
Philz BMW's Avatar
United_States
4
Rep
406
Posts

 
Drives: 328i koop
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Honda Civic. Stick shift with no A/C.

Who cares? All she has to do is be good at grocery shopping and sandwich making.
__________________

Business: BMW 328i Coupe
Pleasure: Ducati 1098S
Appreciate 0
      11-10-2012, 02:21 AM   #22
catherineanh
Captain
Canada
12
Rep
884
Posts

 
Drives: 2014 435xi M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Montreal

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joshboody View Post
The community had some great pointers each time I'm in the market for a car... although didn't go the suggested rout last time. Well that car was hit (FX35), so back to finding something. I liked the FX, especially the tech package. Below is a pic of it now.

We need something that will fit a kid and dog separately but fun to drive. Really wanted a X5 before, but really didn't like it... you have to get the v8 to enjoy in my opinion and the upgraded interior (seats mainly).

So used around 09 give or take
FX35... maybe again, but the back is really too small
Q5: no idea, haven't driven yet
x3: I like a lot, but would prefer the new 2011 interior
GLK: looks kinda goofy, but fits our needs... driving position could be a little high
A4 or 328 wagons: I like them a lot, but hard to find.
Forester??: probably shouldn't consider
x5: may try it again

What else... driving fun is really important for long trips. need to be around 30Kish... could probably spring for a little more if I loved the car.

probably not the right section for this really... opps
you should look into crossovers! x6 is nice!
Appreciate 0
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
lol @ fanbois

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:17 AM.




e90post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST