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Old 07-03-2012, 05:18 AM   #1
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The Germans rule the luxury/performance market segment. Lexus can't shake its Toyota roots (and continuing to sell a re-badged Camry doesn't help) and Caddy is a one show pony (the CTS).
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The Germans rule the luxury/performance market segment. Lexus can't shake its Toyota roots (and continuing to sell a re-badged Camry doesn't help) and Caddy is a one show pony (the CTS).
I don't think Toyota roots are actually a negative in this case. It's not uncommon to hear Toyotas regularly going past 200k without any problems. The Cayenne can almost be described as a re-badged Touareg by some. However, both are neither my style or taste.
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I don't think Toyota roots are actually a negative in this case. It's not uncommon to hear Toyotas regularly going past 200k without any problems. The Cayenne can almost be described as a re-badged Touareg by some. However, both are neither my style or taste.
Agree, toyota root is a good thing for lexus. My dd is a toyota and no parts need to be replaced from new (78k miles to date). My boxster really a pos in term of reliability (rms leak, ims bearing was loose when removed, water pump lost 1/3 of its blade, wheel bearing noise, spark plug tube leak, aos, headlamp sprayer broke, engine mount rubber cracked and all happened under 50k miles), my only reason keeping this car is only because it is fun to drive. No way I will ever buy German car for my daily commute.
BMW handling is not that great anymore, drove the F10 and E60 back to back and you know that BMW has lost its way (with next 1 series going fwd, I really lost all my respect to them).
MB is not any better. Their V6 engines are a shares architecture with chrysler pentastar engine (they used to call it phoenix engine program). No way I will pay 20k more for a car that shares engine with chrysler 200...
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The Germans rule the luxury/performance market segment. Lexus can't shake its Toyota roots (and continuing to sell a re-badged Camry doesn't help) and Caddy is a one show pony (the CTS).
I have a 2010 CTS4 with the 3.6. My 2006 Passat FourMotion was a much better car.

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