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I just test drove a S60AWD and S80AWD yesterday. Volvo is offering "Free AWD" with a value of $1700; for the Edmunds true value pricing this would drop the car price to about 32k with the Premium package, upgraded HU-850 radio, climate package and convenience package. Did not test drive the BMW 325xi yet but most dealers are out of the 2005's and would have to wait until May for 2006.

How do the two compare, the S60AWD vs the BMW? How is the price of 32k?

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BMW all the way. I have not driven it but it has to be better than the S60 AWD. My wife has a 2003 MB C240 4 matic and it is a great car. We love it.

Here is my review of my 2004 S60 AWD after 1 year of use.

Well at first I was very disapointed in this car but you all suggested I give it some time. so here I am after 1 year and I like this car even less.

My fault for not taking a test drive though!!!!

I am being honest and not treolling the forum so please take this as a very honest review.

I have about 18,000 km on it.

It is by far the worst designed car in this price range. I am so upset I bought this car. I never test drove it so I deserve what I got.

Just a few of my issues

1) The worst turning radius of any car I have ever driven

2) Zero rear seat legroom. I mean zero!!!!!

3) If you are going to make a key the size of a cell phone, have it insert into the dash or the console. My knee keeps hitting it where it now is.

4) More wind whistles and squeeks that a entry level Kia

5) The door locks are beyond stupid. There is a single button that does not rock back and forth. Lets say you use your key fob to open the driver door to get in. It opens just the driver door. 2 hits open all doors but normally I just open the driver door. Now lets say I stop to give someone a lift. Because of the design of the locks I must first press the button to lock all the doors then hit it again to unlock them. WTF!!!

6) NO POWER TRUNK RELEASE!!!!!!

7) No light in the engine compartment.

8) Now they design this thing with fold down rear seats. Means they believe folks will be carring things in the back. Well the fools forgot to have any place to hook a tie down or bungie cord in the trunk lid????

9) They offer a 17" wheel option which I took. Problem is, they don't fit. When cornering even slightly aggressive the front wheels rub. Even my dealer laughed about the number of complaints they get on this one.

10) The heated seats just barely get warm

11) The paint on the leather of the drivers seat has already worn through in 18,000 km

12) This car does not like the wind at all. Very unstable.

13) Useless cup holders.

14) You need an engineering degree to figure out the HVAC

15) They have this stupid feature where the doors lock themselves after a certain time. Wish I had known befor I threw my keys, wallet and cell phone on the front seat while chatting with a friend I met in the parking lot.

I should have purchasd another MB 4matic C240. My wife has one and thought it would look dumb to both be driving the same car.

On the good side it has the bast damn seats I have ever sat in an the fuel economy is excellent.

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Test drove the 325i yuck what a pos. Slow uncomfortable and the interior is far inferior to that of the s60. Much less rear leg room than the s60 as well. In fact the only advantage the bmw has over the 60 is handling.

Go w/s40 t5awd save yourself some money over the 325 and s60. Handles just as nice as 325 and has a nicer interior as well.
 

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dpinto1: all this car talk had me out car looking with my son yesterday. Looked at Jag X type, not bad, very nice interior and good rear seat legroom.

BMW 3 series AWD. You are right the interior being kind of cheap. Leather was almost a 2,000.00 option. The new style 3 series would be worth waiting for.

The one error in your write up is about the rear seat legroom. The BMW 3 series has vastly more room. On the Volvo S60 in my normal front seating position it is IMPOSSIBLE for me to sit in the back. I'm just a little over 6 feet. Knees jam into the seat and there is no where to put your feet.

The BMW 3 series gave me almost 2 inches of legroom and lots of foot room.

The Jag had the 2nd most room with the Infiniti G35 having as much room as some full sized cars. Did not get a chance to check out the Lexus.

The MB C240 has lots of room too.

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