Volvo or lexus?

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Hi, I'm looking to purchase a used car and turn in my 2002 Saturn SC2. Right now I'm thinking about either a 2002-2006 lexus IS 300 or a Volvo s60 or S80. I drive 30-40K/year and mostly on the highway. I want a vehicle that won't beat me to death and will be fun to drive and more quiet and relaxing than the Saturn. What is going to be the most reliable? I like the thought of the Volvo turbo's but they scare me a bit. Any help would be great. Thanks,
 

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We've got one like this: At work. It has been a pretty good company car for the guy that drives it. No problems with it as far as I am aware. And it drives very well! And is nice and quiet inside.
 
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Originally Posted By: snydely
Hi, Right now I'm thinking about either a 2002-2006 lexus IS 300 or a Volvo s60 or S80.
The IS is pretty small/tight/cozy inside. Not sure how big you are, but the S60 is larger, and the S80 even more so. The IS will probably be more fun to drive though.
 

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Ive always liked the Lexus IS, but it isnt a car Id see myself driving 40k miles a year in. It is a really nice car, but it is pretty tight inside. A most basic model S60 would be what Id be after. Preferably MT, which Ill bet is very rare. If I was buying a lexus that isnt the LS or IS, Id just buy a camry or avalon.
 
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I quite like the Avalon, although I know you said Lexus or Volvo. Id choose Lexus anyday over Volvo. Just not a fan of Volvo`s.
 
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Originally Posted By: snydely
I drive 30-40K/year and mostly on the highway.
Run some spreadsheet comparisons. I'd look into a Prius, or VW tdi, etc... Or for 40mpg + fun to drive - mazda3 skyactiv. You're looking at a HUGE annual gas bill. But, that's just what I'd do/recommend.
 
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Originally Posted By: OtisBlkR1
Audi..... ?
I love Audis, but when someone asks for "most reliable," and doing 40K miles/year, I'm not so sure. smile
 
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Originally Posted By: OtisBlkR1
Audi..... ?
I love Audis, but when someone asks for "most reliable," and doing 40K miles/year, I'm not so sure. smile
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Originally Posted By: LT4 Vette
You can't beat Japanese engineering...
Unless of course you are German. Then you can't beat the Japanese copying your engineering whistle
 
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I kinda' like the way the IS300 looks. It has a pretty good looking gauge cluster. You almost expect it to have a Tag Heuer logo on the speedometer instead of the Lexus logo. Whole interior is pretty nice. It promises a lot in performance, inline 6, RWD...etc... but it really never delivers. A 330i feels better across the board. Acceleration, handling, braking, ride...etc... A fwd Altima 3.5SE pulls much harder in any gear. If you don't mind a slushbox, the V6 IS350 performs much more like the IS300 promises.
 
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You drive a boatload of miles/year so I would personally prefer the Volvo S80 over the Lexus IS300. My preference for the Volvo would be safety. Nobody builds a safer safety cage/frame than a Volvo. Comfort would also be a premium for me and the Volvo S80 will ride smoother/plusher than the firmer/sportier-tuned Lexus IS.
 
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