Currently in the last month of a BMW 328d lease (currently paying $430/mo with $0 down, MSDs, original MSRP was $49K which I think was a pretty good lease deal at the time for a diesel). Looking for my next car. I haven’t decided whether I want another sedan or an SUV (CX5, RDX size).
Some models I’m considering, in no particular order:
Alfa Romeo Giulia
Genesis G70 (but don’t think it will hit dealers in the next month)
Accord (hybrid maybe?)
Acura TLX (A-spec would be nice)
Volt or Bolt maybe but not sure I’m ready for electric
Another BMW 3-series (pretty low on the list, I kinda want something different)
anything else to add to the list?
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Hyundai SantaFe Sport
Acura RDX (outgoing 2018 model, 2019 won’t be here in time)
anything else to add to the list?
Which of these brands and models in particular are worth leasing? I’m not looking to buy a car, just another 36mo/30Kmiles lease. Something around $400 all in, $0 down. Not looking for fancy features on them, in fact I do not want things like GPS (used it 1-2 times in my BMW in 3 yrs, my phone is way better) if I can help not pay for them.
Yes, I know I’m all over the place, just started looking. It helps filtering out things that are out of reach so I don’t waste time driving them.
Just started looking today, and funny I just drove the Giulia and Stelvio! Coming from a 3-series, they are pretty nice to drive and dealer seems to be motivated to move the Stelvios (they are swimming in them, I posted another topic asking a question about a lease special on them). A bit worried about reliability with Alfa though, read some stories about Giulia problems … Now I’m not marrying the car, just 3 yrs and done but again I don’t want to be at the dealer every week for the next 3 yrs.
@Bruce_Smith Yep, I like the 328d very much. Can’t beat 45mpg. Also the diesel low end torque. When I got mine there was a deal where BMW took off the $1500 diesel engine premium, but there’s no such thing currently. For a lease, it’s not worth paying the premium, you don’t save enough in gas over 3 yrs.
I also have the option to buy my 328d and the dealer quickly dropped $8K off the ridiculously high RV, but I do not want to marry a BMW right when the high expenses start (I owned 2 before and it’s ugly when you need to fix something and you do for sure, pretty often – contrast that with an Acura TL I’ve had for the past 10 years and just spent money on consumables, though from what I read Acura/Honda is no longer what it used to be either).
@nyclife and @cheapdad00 - I’m afraid that I will end up with another BMW, but I so want to switch it up a bit, I’ve owned enough BMWs, I think. But not sure there are good deals on X2 which seems like a different enough model to be interesting. Best leases seem to be on the 3 series, highest RV, but don’t want exactly the same car for another 3 years.
The advantage of another BMW would be MSDs, no $350 lease end fee and easy lease return on my current car, the dealer basically said don’t worry about tires or anything, just bring it back and there are no charges (otherwise the car needs tires – crappy expensive run-flats). But then again, if I can get a much better deal on a different car, it may be worth dealing with the lease return hassle.
@cheapdad00 thanks for the QX60 tip. Anything from Nisan worth looking at, like the Rogue? I’m not a brand snob, even though I’ve had BMWs, I’ve also owned Honda and Ford, don’t really care about the badge if I’m happy with the car itself.
Talk to me please about the insane maintenance cost. I know the Stelvio needs spark plugs at 30Kmiles, but that would not be an issue on a 3yr/30K lease if I don’t go over. Any other costs I’m not aware of?
$250 oil changes. Perhaps you are used to expensive service, since you had BMWs, but for me it was a show stopper. If you want reliable and don’t mind low end infotainment system, then Q50 should also fit the bill.
You obviously want one of the Alfas. They look good and drive great. I drove a base model Giulia at the beginning of last year, it was a whoot, but at that time they were leasing terribly. Now there are some deals to be had on 24 month leases. They fit in your budget and they are not “another BMW.” I hear the electric gremlins that plagued the first year models are less pronounced in 2018 models. The best Alfa leases are for 24 months. They are basically saying, “com’on it’s only 2 years, give us a try…”
@tommylotto, @wheelz and I are facing a similar problem. I agree that the Alfa is a worthwhile consideration. However, on their site, they indicate that the lease would be $568 (assuming no downpayment). Obviously, that’s before any negotiation but seems massively over-priced for what it is. Any thoughts? $568 is the worst case scenario, so not sure what a reasonable cost for one would me.