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View Poll Results: BMW 3 series or Acura TL
BMW 3 Series 15 65.22%
Acura TL 8 34.78%
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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and there is the quandry! aren't beemers notoriously unreliable and expensive to fix?

thanks so far everyone!
I think Consumer Reports pegs TL reliability below 3 reliability, actually.

If you have the current issue of CR, its the auto review. The 3 series actually has above average reliability as a whole, compared to only average for the TL.

As a brand, Acura may be more reliable, but the specific models give the nod to BMW.
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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this isn't for me so i confess i'm not completely educated on these models, but don't the tsx's have a road noise issue?
That, and they are glorified fwd Hondas. Not really luxury cars imo - just same the money and get a Honda.
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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and there is the quandry! aren't beemers notoriously unreliable and expensive to fix?

thanks so far everyone!

No, they are very reliable.

But they are expensive to fix.
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I think Consumer Reports pegs TL reliability below 3 reliability, actually.
If you have the current issue of CR, its the auto review. The 3 series actually has above average reliability as a whole, compared to only average for the TL.

As a brand, Acura may be more reliable, but the specific models give the nod to BMW.
wow, really. I do have a subscription to CR, and just got the April edition, I'll take a look, thanks. is this true from a used or new perspective?

i had an acura many moons ago and absolutely loved it so if i had any influence over this decision, that's what i'd go with, but alas, I don't. i like to see what other people say though!
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Old 03-04-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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That, and they are glorified fwd Hondas. Not really luxury cars imo - just same the money and get a Honda.
i'm not sure there's a comparable honda to the TL? i wouldn't think an accord.......
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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i'm not sure there's a comparable honda to the TL? i wouldn't think an accord.......

No, that's correct. The TL is based off the Accord.

It's a nice car, but nothing like a BMW. There is a reason the 3-series consistently wins comparison tests.

They are exceptionally well-balanced, the handling is superb, and they are incredible to drive. The TL can't even come close.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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OP, what about a CTS (V) or MKS? Have they considered either of those?
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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OP, what about a CTS (V) or MKS? Have they considered either of those?

None of those can touch a BMW.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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None of those can touch a BMW.
Interesting...

2008 BMW M5 vs. 2009 Cadillac CTS-V vs. 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Comparison Test
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Old 03-04-2010, 05:18 PM
 
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First off, the OP is asking about older cars, not current generation.

Secondly, the M5 and CTS-V run basically the same, performance-wise (even though the CTS carries an additional 56 HP and another 168 ft. pounds of torque, so it's a little embarrassing that it doesn't soundly beat the M5), with every review of them dogging the CTS for its sub-par interior and fit and finish.

Also, the M5 is a 3-year-old car, the CTS-V is brand-new. Given that, the CTS should be spanking the M5, not scratching by.
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