Originally posted by Jorgerunfast:
First off, I drive a Fiat 500, so I'll have to disagree with some of the sentiment in this thread. I've thoroughly enjoyed it. If I were to do it again, I'd opt for the Turbo (wasn't available when I purchased mine) or even the Abarth (wasn't available yet, either) just to give it a bit more pep. Otherwise, it's a fun little car, and I think it's better-styled than the MINI.
Secondly, I'm looking into the MINI Countryman because I need something bigger, and I find the 4-door Fiat pretty disagreeable.
Thirdly, I'm thinking of splurging and am looking at the Audi S4 or BMW 335i. Coming from a 101hp Fiat, these 300hp+ cars are outright wild for me.
Test drove a 428i GC this weekend, and thought it was nice, but overpriced (I really want a 435i GC, but it's just way too new, so dealers are impossible)
Also took the Lexus GS350 for a spin, which drove incredibly smoothly and quietly. Talk about a pure luxury, cruising, sedan.
I'll follow up next week, but the Audi S4 seems to be in the lead right now.
I love my 335i. Only complaint was the performance run flat tires which were $1500 to $2000 a set and lasted less than 15K miles. Bridgestone just came out with touring drive flat tires (model is DriveGuard) that come with 50K mile guarantee under $1000/set. They arent nearly as responsive and it changed the ride a lot but saving $3500 over 3 years of driving is worth it to me.
My best friend just got rid of his 328 and got the GS350. He loves it so far