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Old 08-28-2013, 02:51 AM   #1
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First Car / Daily Driver Infiniti G35 vs. Cadillac CTS vs BMW 325i

Hey guys, I realize 2 of the cars in the discussion arent really related to this forum... But I figured Id ask here anyways since this is the only car forum I really know.

Its going to be my first car/ daily driver, spending 5k-7k and Looking for a Sporty Luxury Sedan. Ive narrowed it down to Infiniti G35, Cadillac CTS and BMW 323/325i, Year of the car would most likely be between 2003-2005.

I personally prefer the Exterior looks of the Caddy greatly, while interior looks go to BMW. As for Performance, the G35 seems to take that. Now I seem to have a basic idea on most of these things through basic research, but my real focus is RELIABILITY and Cost of ownership. I really don't want a headache car, but I realize there will be some little maintenance bumps here and there.

Does anyone here have experience with any of these cars? (Other then the 325i )

Let me know what you think

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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No experience directly, but from friends this is what I can say:

A good friend of mine has a 3.6 CTS (slightly newer than the age range you are looking at), and he's had a great experience with it thus far. No major issues or problems over the last 2 years he has owned it. It's at about 140k right now and still seems to drive fine.

As for the G35, the two guys I know have had mixed experiences. Once has had nothing but a great experience with the car (purchased new). The other one has had a costly problems. But both love their cars.

I've never owned or driven a E46 325i (driven the cars above) so I really can't give you any more input as far as that.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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I cannot add any value to the CTS or G35 but I am not clear why you would compare these 2 to a 325i. Dont get me wrong [I own a 325i and love it] but this car is underpowered in comparison with the G35 and CTS [rightfully so because of the engine size]. If you were to consider a 330i [instead of a 325i] you comparison is more meaningful. Otherwise just drop the 325i and only consider CTS or G35.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
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G35, lots of headaches.

out of 6 ppl that purchased new, only 2 did not have any problem. Rest of them had costly problems like tranny, electric etcetc.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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Family member had the CTS 3.6, I believe it was a 2005 and bought it new (leased).

Under warranty it was tolerable.. had engine and transmission (auto) replaced at separate instances. Something would always be intermittently working (1 headlight was usually out, only rear speakers working, interior lights wouldn't shut off and drain the battery.. small things that weren't deal breakers but annoying). At end of lease (3 years, about 55k), the engine was burning quite a bit of oil and puff smoke when it was cold out like a diesel car (burning about 2-3 L per 1000 km).

Could be just an isolated incident... but a few times I drove him to pick up the car from the dealer and the service bay was full of CTS' with motors/transmissions out. I wish I took a picture of it.

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:16 AM   #6
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My friend used to work for GM dealership.STAY AWAY from early CTS's.
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Old 08-28-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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out of that list the bmw by far. and not just saying that because were on a bmw forum.

itll be the most reliable, best mpg etc. (slowest of that list sure but who cares) still quick enough for a first car.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:15 PM   #8
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I had a 2004 325i for a year and outgrew it, it was under powered for sure and there always seemed to be something that needed repair. Try finding a 330i for sure.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:38 AM   #9
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We have had a 2006 CTS for 2 years now and have been very happy with it. It's only at 98,000km, and had no issues with motor or transmisson, or anything else on the car. Car is a very comfortable ride, great on gas, and the 5spd tiptronic will not shift up on you at the redline. It has been a great daily driver and would recommend the car as an on par with same year bmw's.

We are selling it only because the better half would like a mid sized SUV now that our son is here, and that's the only reason we have to sell it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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If you want reliability, its going to be a well maintained 325. The 330 is more prone to vanos issues, engine harmonic issues, and oil burning. Not to mention parts like brakes and some sensors will be more expensive. Stay away from 323/328s unless you want to deal with a torn subframe down the road.

The G35 is quick, it looks great as a coupe (not so much as a sedan), but the interior dashboard is horrid. It is not a reliable car, sensors and modules fail all the time. I did get the impression however, that the automatic transmission is more reliable on this car than most. Most are abused or neglected, shop wisely for this car in your price range.

I have no experience with a CTS other than the horror stories I've heard about reliability. A buddy had to drop the entire engine on his to fix an oil leak (RMS?)

A stick shift 325 is a fun car to drive, easy to work on, and will take care of you if you take care of it.
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