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Old 11-25-2013, 08:58 PM
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What's my next car??

Hey everyone! This is my first post but im not new to the forums... Im writing hoping to get some feedback from some of you.

Here's my story: im 26 yrs old, and i currently drive a 2011 328i convertible-i leased the car bc i really wanted a z4, but since im usually driving w my gf + one or two friends i couldnt get a car so small. While i understand theyre completely different cars, what i wanted was a bmw convertible so i went for it. Prior to this car I had a 2007 328i sedan.

I love how the bmws drive and how you can literally feel the tires gripping the road-ive been a bmw fan since as long as i can remember so when i finally was able to own one i was thrilled.

Fast forward 5 years and, and its time for me to get a new car. Quite frankly i had never owned a 2door car and while i think it looks 1000x better than the sedan (i think the long doors look pretty slick) it's been a tad uncomfortable getting people in and out of the car and carrying things around. Also... (here's the hard part) i might be bored *gasp* of bmws? Not that theyre boring, but it feels like ive been driving the same cars for year. I know, i know...the convertible doesnt drive like the sedan, etc etc, but from the point of view of the driver's seat, aesthetically, not much changed after the refresh and even w the F30 it still sort of feel more of the same.

I know right now im focusing solely on looks, but could i just be tired of bmw's design aesthetic? I still have 4 more months until my lease is up, and im really wondering what to get. Perhaps if i go w a completely different car like the x5 ill get that sense of newness again. My other alternative would be a 5 series (which still feels sort of similar and i might be too young for it) or a C class to really change things up.

The part that would kill me ab getting a c class is that i wouldnt want to leave bmw, but i feel theyre not giving me anything exciting to work with. I do love the new 4series, but a coupe or convertible are out of the question.

I guess that what im really looking for are car suggestions, and someone to tell me that im no demented for thinking things have turned a tad stale w the current four door lineup. I know a lot of will prob accuse me not being a real bmw fan, or not really caring ab the way the cars drive, etc etc but i guess im the type of person that likes change and theres nothing wrong with that. When i upgraded from the sedan to the convertible i went ahead and got the convertible w navigation just so the interior would feel a tad different.

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Old 11-25-2013, 11:44 PM
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:31 AM
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:11 AM
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Thank you all for your comments...i actually stopped by a couple of dealers this wknd to check out a couple of different cars...i didnt go to bmw bc i have to go there anyway so i stopped by lexus, mb and audi...

My thoughts:
IS-interior is really bad...looks outdated.

GS-way too big

C class-this one actually felt alright, i dont mind it...my only hesitation is that the new one is coming out soon so im not sure if id want to wait for it or just get a good deal on the older model

CLA-not happening. Its wayyy more cramped than my current convertible, and my head nearly touched the roof. Exterior looks great though.

A4-im not sure if im wrong, but at least from the driver's seat it felt a little more tight that my convertible as well

A6-this one was great! A little big though, but great interior, and i think it looks more aggressive than the a4. I particularly liked the panorama sunroof bc it helps with that openness feeling i like

Ive driven the new 5 series, so i know that one feels great as well. Perhaps if i get it in a sporty color (have to play w the builder) i might come up w something that doesnt feel like something a +50 yr old is driving (no offense to anyone...dnt mean this negatively at all...im just not 50 yet).

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