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Old 02-07-2009, 06:40 AM
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We're looking for a decent late model used car for my wife - it's time to get rid of her minivan. A sporty luxury sedan like a Lexus or Mercedes. We want to keep the price at $25K or less. These are the cars we're looking at (online) so far:

Lexus IS 250 or 350
Mercedes E Class
Infiniti G35 Sedan
Jaguar X-Type

What do you guys think? Any positive or negative comments about any of these? Are there any other comparable cars? Comparable American cars? I haven't heard anything good about the Jaguar, so its at the bottom of my list. I haven't been able to find a decent one of these cars within 100 miles of our podunk town, so I don't want to waste my time going to look at a car we won't like. Thanks in advance.

( I'm still pushing for the Mustang GT convertible, but she ain't going for it. )
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Old 02-07-2009, 07:14 AM
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We're looking for a decent late model used car for my wife - it's time to get rid of her minivan. A sporty luxury sedan like a Lexus or Mercedes. We want to keep the price at $25K or less. These are the cars we're looking at (online) so far:

Lexus IS 250 or 350
Mercedes E Class
Infiniti G35 Sedan
Jaguar X-Type

What do you guys think? Any positive or negative comments about any of these? Are there any other comparable cars? Comparable American cars? I haven't heard anything good about the Jaguar, so its at the bottom of my list. I haven't been able to find a decent one of these cars within 100 miles of our podunk town, so I don't want to waste my time going to look at a car we won't like. Thanks in advance.

( I'm still pushing for the Mustang GT convertible, but she ain't going for it. )
Can't go wrong with a Lexus.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:22 AM
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I would stay away from the Jaguar. From what I've heard they breakdown a lot and are expensive to repair.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:15 AM
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Can't go wrong with a Lexus.
From the cars you listed, our family only has experience with the Lexus. My mom bought a 94 LS400 in 96 with 19K miles on it and it still runs like a top and doesn't look nearly as dated as most cars its age.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:53 AM
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I'd say Lexus as well. Jag and Mercedes would be very expensive repairs for what ever would be needed. And after my issues I had in the past with Nissan I wouldn't recommend anything Nissan related at all due to their crappy Consumer Affairs department and upper management not giving a rats a$$ about their customers.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:05 AM
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I think I would steer clear of the Jag for sure. Lexus is a good car the models you mentioned, but they are small though. Make sure they give you the interior room you need. I have exp. with Mercedes, I currently own 2 and have had 6 in my driving years. Mercedes don't love the heat, so depending on how the weather is where you are? Also, you don't drive a Benz like you do cars like a Lexus. People just don't get this. Mercedes are not the type of cars to "Jack Rabbit" start and stop. I see these young kids hammering them to start and stop and they are begging for issues with a Mercedes. They can also be expensive to fix as others have stated.
From your list my input-Lexus or Infinity. Go Certified pre-owned (these cars really have been gone through and looked at closely). Good Luck. Acura a few years old might be something to look at also.
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Old 02-07-2009, 12:54 PM
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Go with the Infinity. Going to give you by far the most sporting bang for the buck. I know quite a few people with the G30 and 35 and all of them are extremely happy. If you go with the Lexus IS stay away from the 250 as it is quite a dog. The 350 is a much better performing car but still nowhere close to the infinity. I would stay far away from the Jag and Benz had QC issues for quite a while which are just now starting to sort themselves out.
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( I'm still pushing for the Mustang GT convertible, but she ain't going for it. )
What no Dodge Challenger???
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:03 PM
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I'll second Brian's comments. I love my G35. I prefer them over the IS for space and integral feel (manual trans compared),although I was behind a white IS F that I'd trade for in a second. You can pick up the 07+ G35 on ebay for 22k and 12kmi. The E class is a whole other ball game - bigger and cushy - and is a great car if you buy certified. If you can handle the styling take a look at the Caddy CTS.

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Old 02-07-2009, 08:07 PM
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What no Dodge Challenger???
Challenger was out of our price range.
I got to choose the truck. So she gets to choose the car.
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