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Dilemma among 2006 Acura TL, BMW325XI and Audi A4 3.2 Quattro, comments are welcomed!

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Dilton wrote: You don't know what you're talking about. Can you describe why you think Quattro is better than xDrive or are you just pulling facts out of your behind?

Xdrive will transfer torque from front/back or left/right in a split second while Audi will wait till it slips until it does it, and even then it can't transfer 100% of the power to one wheel as xDrive can. Look at this comparisson:

Audi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDdB6scffPM&NR

BMW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7-qxXB4y30&NR

XDrive is better than Audi's quattro, mercedes's 4matic, VW's 4motion, Acura's SHAWD, whatever subaru calls its system, GM's versatrack, and every other system out there. Xdrive is simply the best.

You're discrediting one of our veteran posters based on two Youtube videos showing some crossover SUVs getting off a speed bump?
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CSR wrote: Weight/Points: 3-----2-----1
5 Acura BMW Audi
4 Audi BMW Acura
3 BMW Audi Acura
2 Audi BMW Acura
1 BMW Audi Acura

Score Matrix:
15 10 5
12 8 4
9 6 3
6 4 2
3 2 1

(Max Score: 44 or weighted average 8.8)

Weighted Average:
1) BMW = 10+8+9+4+3= 34/5= 6.8
2) Audi = 5+12+6+6+2= 31/5 = 6.2
3) Acura = 15+4+3+2+1 = 25/5 = 5

the score Matrix is wrong: for example, the maintenance expense should weight less when it cost more and the cost of the car should weight less as well when its price is higher,

the correct one:
Weight/Points: 3-----2-----1
5 Acura BMW Audi
4 Audi BMW Acura
3 BMW Audi Acura
2 Acura BMW Audi
1 Acura Audi BMW

Score Matrix:
15 10 5
12 8 4
9 6 3
6 4 2
3 2 1

(Max Score: 44 or weighted average 8.8)

Weighted Average:
1) BMW = 10+8+9+4+1= 32/5= 6.4
2) Audi = 5+12+6+2+2= 27/5 = 5.4
3) Acura = 15+4+3+6+3 = 31/5 = 6.2
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Stay away from Audi, many bad experiences from friends. The BMW is very nice.
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carmaster wrote: Stay away from Audi, many bad experiences from friends. The BMW is very nice.

In other words... not even your own anecdotal evidence?
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xDrive is unreal. Personally I'd still get a 330i over a 325i, the 325i is too gutless. But definitely the Bimmer is the best choice of the three. The TL is brutal to drive after a while, so tame and boring and FWD !
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tcharged wrote: xDrive is unreal. Personally I'd still get a 330i over a 325i, the 325i is too gutless. But definitely the Bimmer is the best choice of the three. The TL is brutal to drive after a while, so tame and boring and FWD !

I've had my TL for 1.5 years now.. still fun as hell to drive. What do you mean "brutal"? Just a little torque steer, handles very well for a fwd car, and is quite stylish. 1 problems is interior rattles.
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smallsix wrote: Hi, automobile professionals and GURU, I am in a dilemma of choosing following three cars and hope you can shed me some light!

Target cars: Acura TL/BMW 325XI/Audi Quattro 3.2
Year: 2006
Budget: $20K-$25K
Milage: 70-90K

After doing some research, I have following perspectives above these three cars so please provide your comments with different views:

Ranking three cars from high to low
1) Reliability: TL/325XI/A4 3.2
2) Winter snow driving performance: Quattro/XI/TL(only front wheel drive,
but do not know how bad comparing with Quattro and XI)
3) Brand name: BMW/AUDI/ACURA
4) Maintenance expense(high to low): AUDI/BMW/TL
5) Price(high to low):BMW/AUDI/TL

The features priority rank as above order with most important "reliability" to least "price".

Your comments with your personal experience are highly appreciated, thanks for your inputs and have a nice day!
If used w/ 70,000-90,000 km and out of warranty, the Acura TL by far, I wouldn't like to deal w/ the hassle of maintaining an Audi 3.2 or a BMW.

Try to get an Acura TL-Type S!
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Rainne wrote: If used w/ 70,000-90,000 km and out of warranty, the Acura TL by far, I wouldn't like to deal w/ the hassle of maintaining an Audi 3.2 or a BMW.

Try to get an Acura TL-Type S!

A 325xi is not going to be that much more pricey than a TL or that worse reliability wise. Seriously.
CdTriX wrote: I've had my TL for 1.5 years now.. still fun as hell to drive. What do you mean "brutal"? Just a little torque steer, handles very well for a fwd car, and is quite stylish. 1 problems is interior rattles.

Maybe brutal was a little harsh. They are good cars and I like them but FWD kills it for me and I don't enjoy that engine all that much. The Audi is the worst of the three though.
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mreza wrote: have you sat inside a 3 series? It is SMALL, smaller than a corolla! even the front passenger doesn't get much room.
I'm not a big guy but I didn't like the amount of leg/knee room I had.
TL is a completely different class car.

Yeah the TL actually has passenger room in the back.
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mreza wrote: have you sat inside a 3 series? It is SMALL, smaller than a corolla! even the front passenger doesn't get much room.
I'm not a big guy but I didn't like the amount of leg/knee room I had.
TL is a completely different class car.

I'm 6'2 and I found the 330i fit me fine. It's not overly comfy though, but again for me, RWD > FWD over comfort with FWD

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