A friend of mine who is thinking of buying a car has been looking around at different manufacturers. He's mainly looking at German cars. They, overall, take the crown but their position, in terms of quality, has been falling for over the past few years. Japanese cars, which certainly beat American cars, should be number one soon.
I liked the 1990s 7-series from BMW. The current design of the 7-series isn't that appealing. The most beautiful car, for me, would be the BMW Z8, a Bond car, which is out of production and out of reach of my wallet (US$135,000). I still have a soft spot for Lexus since they're exceptionally quiet. A GS over the LS because the LS has a bully look.
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