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Thanks for your advice. I am looking for a trade up vehicle from a Maxima SE Anniversary Edition. I want a car that drives and handles well but also has a very quiet, smooth ride with a luxurious interior. Styling should be attractive.<BR>I am considering an S80 and an S60.<BR>Would you recommend either car? other cars? Thanks
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LAMax:<BR><B>Thanks for your advice. I am looking for a trade up vehicle from a Maxima SE Anniversary Edition. I want a car that drives and handles well but also has a very quiet, smooth ride with a luxurious interior. Styling should be attractive.<BR>I am considering an S80 and an S60.<BR>Would you recommend either car? other cars? Thanks </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>LAMax,<P>Both are actually very nice vehicles that can easily be recommended. The S60 will be more "sporty" while the S80 is luxury. However the S60 is not a "hard core" sporty so if you want 10/10ths sport you may not want an S60. If you want 8/10ths sport and excellent luxury, safety, reliability, comfort, durability and really nice looking then this would be your car. Several engines and trannys to choose from to find your favorite.<P>The S80 has the straight 6 and is very smooth. Also has a larger interior, more standard features and a higher price tag. If you just want lots of power the T6 here may be your pick. Twin turbos can really cook in this baby. Less back road burner and more cruiser it is still a very nice car to drive.<P>Your pick on styling, either you like it or you don't. Personally I like both of them and hope to own both sometime in the future (dream time for an S70 driver!). I find the Volvo interiors so much more luxurious than the Maximas.<P>Eric<BR>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Big E:<BR><B> if you want 10/10ths sport you may not want an S60. If you want 8/10ths sport</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>How the heck did you figure it out, so accurately? I have been in the business for more than 8 years and I still can't get the math straight!<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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What are your criteria? Are you buying new? Do you need a larger back seat? Would you prefer a car with more aftermarket upgrades? A few things to consider.<P>The S60 has more bolt ons, and comes with a manual tranny. The S80 is more luxurious and you can get the Executive with a few more bells and whistles.<P>If you're buying used, the S80 has been out longer, so you're likely to find more used ones on the market.
 

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I'd recommend the S60 T5 with the 5-speed, just because I prefer to tell the car what to do, I don't like some computer deciding what gear I'm going to be in at any given time.<P>Also might want to check out the BMW 330, Audi A4, maybe even the Lexus IS300 or Infiniti G35.<P>Also, the Mercury Marauder is out now, and I'm hearing good things about the Cadillac CTS <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif"><P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:<BR><B> <BR>How the heck did you figure it out, so accurately? I have been in the business for more than 8 years and I still can't get the math straight!<P>Yannis<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yannis,<P>I never let lack of experience or facts impede the formation of my opinions! It's much more fun to just make it up!<P>Eric<P>[This message has been edited by Big E (edited 07-15-2002).]<p>[This message has been edited by Big E (edited 07-15-2002).]
 

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Do you carry kids (more than 1) in the back seat, or adults? The S60 <I>can</I> be tight if you're shuttling around more than, say, one or two small kids in the back. It has a far more sporty feel, though!<P>I don't know what types of interior dimensions and horsepower requirements you've got in mind, but if your wallet will allow either the S60 <I>or</I> the S80, here's my two cents. <P>I own an S60, but I've had 3 S80 "experiences" in the last 2 months that I'll use for comparison. I had a loaner S80 for a (very long) day, so I got to compare the 80 vs. 60 as a driver on many different road types and in various around-town driving scenarios. The other two S80 "encounters" were just passenger experiences, front passenger seat both times -- one with the rear full (2 kids in car seats and a Grandma back there!), and one with nobody else in the back (so no load other than the two people up front).<P>After driving the S80 2.9 automatic, I felt that compared to my S60 2.4 automatic (normally aspirated, regular non-geartronic trans) I felt much less "connected" to the road in the S80. The steering seemed to be nowhere near as tight as on my S60. The S80 (in all 3 experiences) had a ride like I expected -- plush and smooth, and the longer wheelbase was noticeable when driving over "intersection whoop-de-doohs". Me, well, I like my "tactile" steering feel in the S60. <P>Interior quality was exactly the same, IMHO. Dash, seats, door panels, you name it...I felt like I got a good bang for the buck after hopping out of each of those 3 S80s, because their interiors, with the exception of some chromed door handle pulls and possibly nicer carpet, were exactly the same as mine, but their price tags were much higher. <P>Exteriors, well...same/same, you know. They are both handsome, yet they look enough alike that I can't imagine somebody liking one that much more than the other, except for...that "coupe-y, swoopy" C-pillar on the S60. It's much more raked than the S80s, and I like it more, although I'm probably biased in that respect!<BR> <BR>If you need rear room, you'd have to go with the S80, possibly even the executive (with a longer wheelbase, although I don't know by how much) if you plan to have adults back there frequently. The S60 is definitely not a people-hauler...but it suits me and my small family just fine, as does the trunk space. If you're taller than average, or have older kids, the S60 may be tight.<P>You ought to take both out for a drive and see what you think. If you've got kids, stick 'em in back and see if they're cramped. If not, just go for whichever one you like best. And as the guys above have mentioned, there are transmissions and powertrains aplenty, so you're bound to find something out there that meets your needs! Happy hunting...<p>[This message has been edited by Lisa62 (edited 07-15-2002).]
 

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Although I have not driven the S80, I have driven different versions of the S60 and I can tell you that I would opt for more power and lower profile tires. The suspension is soft enough that the ride will not be rough with lower profile tires, however it does come to life as your speed increases and will keep you on the road. Therefore I would go with the 2.4T or the T5 (also depends on whether you want an auto or a manual).<P>I have also driven the A4 and 3-Series recently and while they do not have as much room, they do perform better.<P>But as people are asking, first determine your criteria, then your budget then I recommend test driving.<P>Also, have you seen the new Saab 9-3?<P>
 
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