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I know this is the political discussion board, but.........newridr
Oct 7, 2003 5:55 PM
I am looking for some thoughts on new cars. So here goes, what's the most fun sports sedan/coupe in the $25-$30K range. I currently drive a '96 Jetta GLX (VR6). I was thinking about the Infiniti G35 coupe (although it's about $3-$4K more - worth it?).


Either Car and Driver or Road & Track just did a test...Cory
Oct 7, 2003 7:02 PM
...on cars in that range. I just glanced at it in the store, but it was the October issue, so it should still be on the stands.
I haven't driven all of them, but I'd have to look hard to find something I like more than the G35, too.
mazda 6s nmrufus
Oct 7, 2003 7:36 PM
I rented a 6 for a 2000-mile trip in June. Pretty niceCory
Oct 8, 2003 8:27 AM
It was the Hertz version, of course--auto trans and lots of squishy stuff--but overall a decent car, good enough to qualify as a "sports sedan" for most drivers (I'm an old racer, and I'll pick sharp handling over a comfortable ride every time). I like Mazdas anyway and have had good experiences with them going back to the RX-2 and the Cosmo, which NOBODY remembers. Only reason I didn't mention it in my previous post was that I think (haven't checked lately) it's a little below the price range. I like it better than either the Accord or the Camry, though.
use the savings to get a new bike! nmrufus
Oct 8, 2003 2:40 PM
Considered C-class Mercedes?? (BMW 325i)128
Oct 8, 2003 5:42 AM
Don't know if it fits your criteria. And I'm pushing your price point, I know. They say it starts at 30K but I don't know if you'd get all you want. And expensive on the upkeep.

BMW Z4? 3 Series. Audi A4. Lexus TL.

My first thought was Jetta, but sounds like you want to move out of the VW. Golf GTI? ("dorky" she said)
The Mazda6 is smallish.
The Altima has power but cheap interior materials
I drive an '03 Accord love it but lacks 'passion' (owned Golf and Jetta prior- great cars but finicky under the hood)

Although I would try to stick with the Japanese models for practical pricing concerns, and German cars being the best but overpriced, under the FunSportSedan at that price point I will go with:

BMW 325i
Considered C-class Mercedes? please don'tDougSloan
Oct 8, 2003 6:23 AM
We had a 2001 C320. It had so many gizmos that you couldn't figure out how to turn on the air conditioning. Nothing was intuitive. It was very quick up to 140 mph. However, it was a total piece of crap. Something with the computer or an electrical thingy would go out at least once a month. It was always in the shop. Mercedes can do motors, but they suck at computers. Also, it was a bit outside your stated price range.

And god forbid you ever have a repair bill.OldEdScott
Oct 8, 2003 11:16 AM
Over-engineered piece of garbage in my view.
yup; I'd never have one out of warranty (it was my wife's) nmDougSloan
Oct 8, 2003 1:18 PM
My wife's too. Out of warranty, it almostOldEdScott
Oct 8, 2003 3:21 PM
broke me. As bad as a damn royal wedding, that car was.
re: I know this is the political discussion board, but.........jtolleson
Oct 8, 2003 6:41 AM
I know two folks who have bought Subaru WRX cars and those things are ROCKETS. Yet sporty enough to look good with a bike rack. And without the baggage (or repair expense) surrounding buying European.
My wife loves her Acura RSX type S.Turtleherder
Oct 8, 2003 7:40 AM
The car with all the goodies, leather interior, moon roof, big stereo, etc., was around $24,000.00. I wanted her to look at the G35 sport coupe but comparably equiped it was $10,000.00 more and she just couldn't go for that big a price difference.
BMW 325ic or Audi A4zman994
Oct 8, 2003 11:55 AM
I've owned both and in my opinion the BMW is more 'fun' to drive. Just personal preference. Both are great cars.

I don't think the engineering of the Japanese cars compare. I had an Acura 3.0CL and it had no personality. It was kind of fast but not fun.