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Old 03-16-2013, 10:54 PM
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Help me decide on next car!

So if any of you remember, I was planning on exiting both of my leases below for a while. i finally exited the M3 and got a 2013 3AH with M Sport, fully loaded and just advertised by 7 on leasetrader.com. Looking to cut cost on the replacement and am considering:

1. 2013 Lexus GS-F sport (lease)
2. 2013 Audi S4 (lease)
3. 535 M sport (lease)
3. 2012 SRT8 with 16k miles (purchase, 40K)

The monthly payment for the Lexus, BMW and Audi are pretty much the same.

I am a bit less excited about the 535 as it share the same engine with the 3AH (minus the electric motor).

I am open to other suggestions. Thoughts?
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:26 PM
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Out of your choices, gs sport if you like the styling.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:55 AM
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Have you driven a 535? I had the N54 in my 740 and it was more than adequate, the N55 in the 535 has got to be better as its lighter. I would take a 535 M Sport over a much faster SRT. Don't get me wrong the SRTs are a blast but they're not as refined, the interiors are really good for domestics but not up to par with Europeans you've mentioned. After having my first bimmer I'm not sure if I could go back to domestics.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:36 AM
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Have you driven a 535? I had the N54 in my 740 and it was more than adequate, the N55 in the 535 has got to be better as its lighter. I would take a 535 M Sport over a much faster SRT. Don't get me wrong the SRTs are a blast but they're not as refined, the interiors are really good for domestics but not up to par with Europeans you've mentioned. After having my first bimmer I'm not sure if I could go back to domestics.
Thanks for the feedback on the srt8, I will scratch it off the list. Have you driven the S4 or the lexus?
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Thanks for the feedback on the srt8, I will scratch it off the list. Have you driven the S4 or the lexus?
I'm not a Japanese car person, but if I were I'd look into the GS F Sport, it seems they've come very very close to making a 5 series after all this time. I've read on online auto mags that it can actually handle well too. And it's a bit cheaper than a 5er.

The thing is I don't know if Lexus lease as well as a BMW. Typically people finance a Lexus, where BMWs are typically leased.

Can't comment on Audi, never owned one, they're too conservative styling-wise for me. I did test drive a S5 back before I got my 2008 Charger SRT8, it had a gorgeous interior but it felt quite a bit slower than the rowdy Charger, I was 22 so I wanted something mean and fast, not yet at that refined stage yet :-P

Good luck whatever you choose!
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GS f sport can be leased for 670 in LA area.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:37 AM
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I'm biased towards BMW, so would go with the 535 given the great I-6 engine and the fact that it's so much different ride/dynamics, etc from the 3 series. Also, remember that the BMW has free service for the entire lease term whereas the others do not.
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I've driven many cars in the past 10 years, mostly Japanese.
GS-F has a nice interior, but I'm not digging the exterior at all. Looks blah to me.
The drive is nice and very responsive, but not enough for me to say...I want it.
Check out the Mercedes CLS 550. I think you'll be surprise with the balance between luxury and sport.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:57 PM
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OP...
I've driven many cars in the past 10 years, mostly Japanese.
GS-F has a nice interior, but I'm not digging the exterior at all. Looks blah to me.
The drive is nice and very responsive, but not enough for me to say...I want it.
Check out the Mercedes CLS 550. I think you'll be surprise with the balance between luxury and sport.
Thanks, didn't think of the 550. Had an e63 and the reliability was horrid but maybe things improved.
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GS f sport can be leased for 670 in LA area.
Thanks for the info… FYI i was offered a much more aggressive deal on the GS-F locally.
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