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    Active Member Two Rings
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    Where to go from here? (new car; post-A5)

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    My apologies in advance: this is a related/unrelated Audi question...

    Currently in a 2010 Audi A5. I've had zero complaints, great ride (first Audi). I have the opportunity to move on from this car (make some decent money back) and I'm considering it for various reasons.

    Right now I'm looking at the IS 350 (FSport, of course) and some other rides such as the 535i, and perhaps the S4. Essentially, looking for a sedan (life happens) at this point. Performance still matters.

    I don't necessarily worry about the "cost of owning" an Audi or BMW, but I feel as though an IS would offer a little more peace of mind (this is probably the more subjective/controversial approach to take).

    Appreciate any advice or experience/stories anyone can share.

    Cheers.

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    Do not look at an IS350 if you still want performance they are heavy as hell and def not worth the price, but I would go with the S4 so you have the best of performance and interior.
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    Active Member Three Rings q5 dave's Avatar
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    Don't bother with lexus.... Where are you on the east coast? North or south? if you have to deal with snow like us in the northeast I guess that narrows your search down to another quattro


    Idk man what's your style? S4/S6/S7? The SQ5 and tuned Q5 3.0T are also great options
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    Obvious comment. Test drive and pick the one YOU like best.

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    I have look at an RCF when I was considering my RS5. I wasn't really happy with how the interior felt and the cheapness of the exterrior


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    How big of a sedan are you needing?

    The IS and S4 are smaller than the 5 series. The GS and A/S6 would be in the same class as the 5 series. I'd first narrow down how much space you need in the sedan, and go from there. Don't forget about the MB C or E class.

    I am a big fan of Lexus and have owned almost the entire Lexus line up in the past 17 years. Nothing but routine maintenance on all of the Lexus in the past 17 years. Great customer service and top notch reliability! Now the recent styling of the Lexus's aren't everyone's cup of tea, so that could be a decision maker for you.

    That said, the German cars will be better in the performance aspect. Hard to beat the "fun" factor of daily driving a German car!



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    Established Member Two Rings Michaelangelo's Avatar
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    Skip the IS350, either S4 or 335i would be more comparable. 5 series is mid size and competition would be S6, E-class MB, etc.

    Any CPO vehicle or buy extended warranty separately would give peace of mind, just go for which model you like best after test drive and researching reviews. Being on an Audi forum, we'll recommend Audi. But BMW xi and MB 4-Matic are strong considerations if you leave Audi. Still, if you're happy with the brand, stay and look at S4, S6 or any "S" sedan in your price range. Even the B7 RS4 would be an option, still looks and performs great!
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    agreed on all points - plus the IS350 beeps at you if you ever want to take it around a corner fast. literally. it will beep at you inecessantly until you stop doing it. even with the traction off. major major major major skip.
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    I've moved back and forth from Audi to Lexus for many years. My last car was a '13 GS F Sport. It handles well, has decent power and has a great interior. If you are looking for a sedan, and that is within your price range, I would take it over an IS350 or 5 Series any day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H8H8 RS 5 View Post
    How big of a sedan are you needing?

    The IS and S4 are smaller than the 5 series. The GS and A/S6 would be in the same class as the 5 series. I'd first narrow down how much space you need in the sedan, and go from there. Don't forget about the MB C or E class.

    I am a big fan of Lexus and have owned almost the entire Lexus line up in the past 17 years. Nothing but routine maintenance on all of the Lexus in the past 17 years. Great customer service and top notch reliability! Now the recent styling of the Lexus's aren't everyone's cup of tea, so that could be a decision maker for you.

    That said, the German cars will be better in the performance aspect. Hard to beat the "fun" factor of daily driving a German car!



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    Very good to know - few family members are currently in 250's/350's - haven't done enough cruising around myself or perhaps enough research at this point, but they all seem to share your sentiments for the brand itself.

    As far as size, again, coming from a A5, anything with 4 doors is an "upgrade" in the that sense. I'd certainly consider the S4, given that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michaelangelo View Post
    Skip the IS350, either S4 or 335i would be more comparable. 5 series is mid size and competition would be S6, E-class MB, etc.

    Any CPO vehicle or buy extended warranty separately would give peace of mind, just go for which model you like best after test drive and researching reviews. Being on an Audi forum, we'll recommend Audi. But BMW xi and MB 4-Matic are strong considerations if you leave Audi. Still, if you're happy with the brand, stay and look at S4, S6 or any "S" sedan in your price range. Even the B7 RS4 would be an option, still looks and performs great!
    This is great - thank you again.

    Thank you all for the replies thus far.

    I suppose I "misplaced" the 5 Series altogether. It certainly appeals, however, at a different price-point. Curious if anyone has come from BMW, or a 535 specifically, and has any thoughts, comments, or concerns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dseag2 View Post
    I've moved back and forth from Audi to Lexus for many years. My last car was a '13 GS F Sport. It handles well, has decent power and has a great interior. If you are looking for a sedan, and that is within your price range, I would take it over an IS350 or 5 Series any day.
    I also used to own a 2013 Lexus GS 350. I think it was a fine vehicle.

    Quote Originally Posted by kevinnijjar23 View Post
    Do not look at an IS350 if you still want performance they are heavy as hell and def not worth the price, but I would go with the S4 so you have the best of performance and interior.
    Audi S4: 3,869 lbs.

    BMW 335i RWD: 3,595 lbs.
    BMW 335i AWD: 3,720 lbs.

    Lexus IS 350 RWD: 3,593 lbs.
    Lexus IS 350 AWD: 3,737 lbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by greenturbo View Post
    agreed on all points - plus the IS350 beeps at you if you ever want to take it around a corner fast. literally. it will beep at you inecessantly until you stop doing it. even with the traction off. major major major major skip.
    My GS 350 never beeped at me while cornering.

    Quote Originally Posted by namvar View Post
    Obvious comment. Test drive and pick the one YOU like best.
    I agree, this class is rife with good choices. I think it really comes down to minute personal preferences.

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