When I decided to trade my Lexus SX430 I thought I was going to end up with a new BMW 5 series but once I looked at one up close I was very disappointed with the interior of the BMW, especially the nav system which is very cumbersome. The saleslady had so much trouble trying to show me how it worked I decided right then and there that it just wasn't for me. I ended up test driving the M35 and fell in love with the voice activated nav! I am in real estate and this nav makes my life so much easier. The car has outrageous power and comfort - love the way it drives and for a gadget lover like me this car is a dream come true. I have every single option available and I love it. So much fun!
The voice activated navigation, Bluetooth phone and the BOSE sound system
Gas mileage could be better. Visibility is impaired by the large columns and head rests.
After driving my 2006 M35 Sport for a month I am really happy. The ride is very smooth and much quieter than the reviews make out. The seats are extremely comfortable and the engine has more than enough power for my needs. For being a 4 year old car, there is only one minor rattle coming from somewhere near the glove box and that is intermittent. On the downside, the center stack controls do take some getting used to and the gas mileage is not great. I'm averaging about 21 mpg. Overall this really is a great car, fun to drive, and with distinctive looks.
Seats, styling, power, solid build quality.
Less complicated center console controls. Improved gas mileage.
This car has had a lot of electrical system problems. It's been in and out of the shop numerous times. It doesn't drive that well; brakes grab and it steers hard left. Interior looks nice but isn't that comfortable on long trips. Take a pass on this model and buy a BMW or Mercedes.
The best improvement you can make is not buying or leasing this vehicle.
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