Originally Posted by peachfuzz
I'm in the process of purchasing a new car (coupe or sedan). Currently I have a list of makers and styles that I'm interested in. If anyone on this board know anything about the quality, safety, etc. of these vehicles based on ownership or otherwise, it would be helpful. I have looked through car websites and magazines already, but would like some feedback from personal experiences. Thank you! Also if you have any recommendations on cars (I'm mainly looking for one that is stylish yet safe and reliable)
Here are the cars i'm interested in:
BMW 3 series
Toyota Matrix (maybe RAV4)
Well, the Passat, 3-series and ES 300 are wedged inside the 'premium' category - though, the Passat's more of a 'over-priced' POS
. Since you mentioned the 'Matrix', I'm guessing you're in North America, so I would have no clue as to what their prices are.
3-series is the best compact-sport-luxury sedan you can buy.
A whisper-quiet V6 engine, outstanding build-quality and excellent reliability are the pros for the ES300.
A Passat's a Passat
I don't like the styling of the Matrix. I really can't tell, by looking at the pictures, whether it's a shrunken MPV or an extended hatch. Plus, I think it was co-developed with GM (they've got a similar car, with a different badge of course), so IMO besides the legendary Toyota build quality and reliability, I don't know much positive things about this car.
The Rav 4 looks good. It's not too big (Landcruiser) and not too small. From what I've read, the Rav 4 is definately not
for off-road driving - it's like the RX330; a car that happens to look like an off-roader. It works well on the road. Just don't expect too much of it once it goes off the tarmac...otherwise, it's a great car
The Jetta's (Bora) just a Golf with a boot. It looks dated, plus like other VW cars, it's overpriced.
I don't know about the rest of the cars you listed. The US Maxima is different to the Japan/Australian version. We don't get the Altime, plus I'm clueless when it comes to most European cars (except that they're overpriced).
Good luck anyway!