Wanted to give you some background info, and am looking for flat out advice from people who have owned, or do own this car without the sales tactics I get at the dealership.
I'm in the price range of ~20k car. Give or take a few grand here or there. Anyway, I spent the entire day today test driving cars. After test driving the Cadillac STS, the Lexus LS430, and the Acura RL, I immediately crossed them off the list. I didn't like various things about the cars, including size, lack of trunk space, comfort, etc.
I REALLY REALLY liked the Infiniti M35/45, and am considering that, and I was shocked, despite the recall and current freeze on the car, how much I absolutely loved the Toyota Avalon.
But, the best car I tested today was the 745Li...it has pretty much everything im looking for, ridiculous comfort, ridiculous power, BEAUTIFUL exterior (WAY better looking than the Avalon or the M), and a trusted name.
However, here's the thing. While I can afford 20k for the car, what I can't afford is to pay 20k for a car, and have to pay like im maintaining a 75k car...if that makes any sense? Yes, i know this is an expensive car, and expensive cars cost more to maintain, but from the reviews and such that I have read, BMW's are very expensive to maintain, AND are constantly in the shop. Is this true? what are you guys spending, on average, to maintain this car? I'm looking at about 70,000 miles, give or take. The thing is, while I could afford this car, I most definitely can't afford to be spending 5-6 grand a year on maintenence, and that's the number i've been reading all over the inter-tubes.
any thoughts on the M35/45 or the Avalon? I like the Avalon in that it is big, has most of the features i'm looking for, gets great gas mileage, doesnt have to use supreme gas, and, is much cheaper than the bimmer, meaning I could probably get a newer one, with fewer miles for the same price...
The thing that scares me the most though, is this... http://www.forbes.com/2005/07/01/cx_...thisSpeed=6000