Originally Posted by ///M Power
Hey, the TL is a fine piece of engineering. It looks good and has great power for it's class. And even if it is a "over glorified Honda," there's nothign wrong with that. Honda's are greta cars too, I just find BMW's are much more exciting to drive. They feel rigid, controllable and at the same time delicate and sensitive.
I second everything ///M Power says. I recommend that you go out a test drive the vehicles.
One thing that propels the 3 over the TL in my book is the real-wheel drive.
RWD allows BMW to achieve almost perfectly 50/50 front/back weight distribution, which is ideal (although many are of teh opinion that a little extra in the rear is better, to help during braking action).
I think you will notice the greatest difference durgin cornering and turns. RWD 'pushes' the car through the curve, and you usually find yourself stepping on the gas pedal a little bit more on turnw, because RWD allows you to 'hug' the turn.
I would hate to pay around $35k for a car with torque steer. Absolutely abhor it. Although Acura is one of the best at what they do, the reality is that one of the wheels is farther away from the engine's crank. When starting from a dead stop, one wheel (the one closest) will start spinning faster that the other, forcing the steering in the opposite direction.
It is your car. Your money. Don't do as we say, but go and take a few drives and decide which one you like better, all things considered.
Regardless of your pick, welcome to bimmerwerkz, and we hope to see you around these parts again (regardless of your choice).