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Current driver is a 2003 BMW 530i. Based on Consumer Reports, it's their highest rated car ever until the first year Tesla came along (and then Tesla ratings crashed). The BMW is 100% dealer maintained with only 118K which is really low and they're known for 250K+ miles.

Man, I love driving this BMW but thinking about getting something newer.

I had my eye on a 2015 Lexus GS-350, F-Sport, Crafted line with under 7K miles. They only made 875 of them and they're gorgeous. Dealer and I were within $500 but "poof", it disappeared off their site.

We have a pile of cars and my son comes up next for getting one of them. No way in hell he's getting my BMW. Too much car for a kid and I'd cry if he wrecked it.

So, looking for a new sports sedan. Thoughts? Budget doesn't matter much as long as it's around $32K or less.
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Prolly get a great deal on this toasted Tesla X. Some idiot drove in out onto the ice on Lake Champlain to go ice fishing, hit something and it burst into flames. Idiot.

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I agree, the BMW is way to much for any teenager.
So are you wanting one that you can let him drive on occasion?
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Are you selling the bimmer?

Can't get my head around a Lexus. Reliable and safe, yes. Soul, I don't think so. Not too much excited me these days other than M cars, AMG, or exotics.

Or maybe a rat rod with a Zephyr engine. Haven't thought to much about it....
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Seems to me you already have the best sports sedan out there, so it might not be a step up but here are some you might consider.
Infinity Q50
Audi A4
Cadillac CTS
Mercedes E class
last on this list but sure not least is a newer version of what you already have:
BMW 5 series.

I never never even ridden in any of these models but pics and write up sure make them sound nice. If it didn't have to be a sedan I'd suggest a 69 Chevelle SS. I have driven this old muscle car and dream of owning one again someday.
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A Lexus ES I'd agree is kind of boring but the GS is a lot more sporty and fun to drive.
My wife has a Lexus RX350 and although a SUV, it does have nice giddy-up.

Doc - I think the Infiniti, Audi A4 are a bit smaller than I want. Not sure about the caddy. I haven't heard good things about the newer 5 series BMW's. They seem to have a lot of problems in the past few years.



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Just me, but I would not even call the Lexus ES or GS boring. But I guess I'm easily pleased and it's all relative to what you are used to driving. I had an 04 Toyota Solara for 12 years. Loved that car. Nary a problem. While I had the Solara I bought the 97 BMW Z3 and loved that car for the most part. Extra fun to drive but could entice me into trouble pushing it further than I should. But that's just me. The car was small, two seater convertible, mainly just for fun. I ran out of garage space so I sold it after a little over a year of fun.

So now I have a Toyota Avalon, and a Toyota 4Runner. Both serve their purpose. And even after the BMW, I do enjoy driving the Avalon. It's fun. Has more power than the 4Runner mainly because it's a good bit lighter. They both have the same V6 Toyota power. I do have the touring edition which has a few sport add ons, wheels an stuff I can't remember now. I like the trouble free miles I get out of the Toyotas. Boring to some but still fun to me. Cornering and acceleration suit me fine.
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My wife is currently driving an Avalon. It's the car my son will get. I will say that it has been problem free. To me, the ride is sort of like a Cadillac. It absorbs everything. Not crisp in handling or suspension but comfortable.
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