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Old    alan plotz (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       07-30-2010, 8:37 PM Reply   
looking at these 3 cars for the lady. all kind of different we know. any experiences with any of these cars? looking to buy used and spend about 30k.
Old    Nick Heckerson (kstateskier)      Join Date: May 2002       08-02-2010, 9:32 AM Reply   
Alan, I don't have much experience but did test drive some IS cars and the 370z. I'd go with the 370z for the money. I just didn't like spending 30k+ and having the "entry level" Lexus. I personally didn't like the interior much either. Guess I'm getting too old. Seemed to be a nice car though and I don't think you can go wrong with the Lexus. It was third in my search behind the G35 and the TL.
Old    alan plotz (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       08-02-2010, 9:44 PM Reply   
i drove a 370z today. seemed like alot of hp. maybe more than i would need. didnt care for lack of leg room and i didnt care for the blind spots. also would have liked if the seats reclined a bit further. i offered them 29.5k they wouldnt move off of 30k so i walked away. i think even at 29.5k i am over paying a little. also test drove the c300. i liked it but i wish it had a bit more hp hahaha. i think the IS is out of the question. not into the wood paneling/trim.
Old    Darren Yearsley (ralph)      Join Date: Apr 2002       08-02-2010, 10:13 PM Reply   
I had a IS250 Sport manual and I loved it. Bit of a sewing machine engine but a super nice car. Mine didn't have the wood trim (barf)
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-03-2010, 6:05 AM Reply   
not into the wood paneling/trim.
Lexus dashes just look fake and cheapy... A place by me just had a 370z taken in as a theft recovery.... only had 600 miles and they sold it for 23k - may want to look into something like that to save some $$$$
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-03-2010, 6:06 AM Reply   
They actually have another one now.....
little more $$$$ - maybe more options
Old    Dallas Cowboys #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-03-2010, 6:25 AM Reply   
alan i'll be going by the lexus dealer on friday. i can check on the is250 . but most lexus are very reliable just get them serviced at a toyota dealer cost much less to do is not real high in reliability if thats important to you. honda/acura are on the top. c300 i'm assuming is a mercedes i know parts and labor are high on those. i can only speak from reliability and service side as i have only owned ford trucks and honda / acura cars both very reliable.i'll get back to you on friday with lexus/ mercedes info.
Old    Andrew (bullydog)      Join Date: Sep 2008       08-03-2010, 1:56 PM Reply   
Have you looked at the C300 srt8? Ive seen some of them on craigslist for in the 24-28,000 range. They would have quite a bit of power. Just a thought, I perfer to have the extra room though.
Old    alan plotz (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       08-03-2010, 1:57 PM Reply   
thanks robert. also you wanna ride friday afternoon/evening on the private side behind my boat?

nick that car has a salvage title.
Old    Andy Nintzel-NautiCurl Wake Shaper (andy_nintzel)      Join Date: Sep 2004       08-03-2010, 2:00 PM Reply   
I would get an Acura TSX V6 Tech! SICK CAR!!!
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       08-03-2010, 10:16 PM Reply   
Them salvage is a "theft salvage" no damage.... just that it was stolen at one point.... for me I wouldn't care, but I know some people don't want that on there.... but usually after the sale and the title transfers it goes away - a carfax would show it.... but a theft and safe return is nothing.... especially if you can get one w/ 200 miles for 8k less than a dealer -- before the low ball
Old    CJ Meert (Meert)      Join Date: Mar 2010       08-05-2010, 9:42 AM Reply   
My wife bought her is250 almost 2 years ago and it has been a great car to own. We drove it from Tampa to Reno a few months ago.
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Old    alan plotz (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       08-05-2010, 12:28 PM Reply   
bought the 370z today. 09 with 3k miles. practically new. that damn thing is fast
Old    Dallas Cowboys #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       08-05-2010, 12:41 PM Reply   
CONGRADULATIONS ALAN. DON'T GET A TICKET. THEY [tickets] are easy to get. i'm a expert. i've had 20 or so . LOL


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