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G37X vs Q50 3.0T AWD

Old 06-13-2019, 05:35 PM
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Just wanted to share this.

I've been shopping for a car recently and cross-shopped G37X vs Q50 AWD 3.7/3.0T. I found a G37X with 25k miles on it which I couldn't pass on.

However, recently I managed to snag a Q50 3.0T for a few weeks which led me to this post.

I have to admit that Q50 3.0T AWD is just an overpriced f)*)*ing camry. I thought I would regret buying my G37X every moment I drove Q50. Not the case. I don't want to drive it again and can't wait to dump it at the car rental and get back to my G37X asap.

It's a piece of junk. A boat. G37X is an enjoyable sports car. Yes. it's not Camaro SS or Corvette. Yet, it's definitely not a camry. Q50 IS a camry. When you try to turn hard in this car (Something i can easily do with G37X and don't even notice) it leans like an SUV. And that 3.0T sound? It sound like a mosquito while V6 3.7 sounds like a son of V8.

Don't want to start a holy war but I would like to share the thoughts for those who are cross shopping these vehicles.

As a summary.

if you are looking for a sports sedan and can only afford V6 - get G37X. (i would strongly recommend V8 though).

if you are looking for camry - get camry. No need to pay extra $10 000 for Q50. Both cars are junk so you'd rather save some $$$.
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:51 PM
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Wow! Thatís a passionate post!! Iíve only ridden in a Q50 so I really canít say much about how it feels to drive one. Thanks for the feedback on the side by side. I got my 2013 G37x for $18k with 23k miles on it (hard miles tho by previous crap owner). I plan to drive it a long time.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:34 AM
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I drove the Q50, it's a nice looking car, with a nice interior, but I just hate the steering feel, you can not feel anything which bugs me.
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Old 06-14-2019, 08:02 AM
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I drove the Q50, it's a nice looking car, with a nice interior, but I just hate the steering feel, you can not feel anything which bugs me.
Sounds like you drove one with direct adaptive steering? I've been thinking about getting a Q60 RS400 and that's one option I do not want based on the reviews I've seen. I wonder how much better the handling is in the RS400 version of the Q50? I had a quick test drive of the Q60 RS400 and it seemed fine but I didn't push it either.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:26 AM
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I have to admit that Q50 3.0T AWD is just an overpriced f)*)*ing camry.
And here I thought I was the only one who hated the Camry so damn much. This electric steering crap is for the birds, but, as people get lazier and want driverless cars.... this is the next nail in the coffin for drivers who like to, well, drive. Oh well...

Thx for the review, OP.
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Old 06-14-2019, 10:38 AM
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I had Q50 base 3.0T AWD. I believe there i no WAS (or whatever it's called). Steering sucked. as well as the rest of the car. Q50 is definitely a looker and has a nice interior (except of that it squeaks and rattles with 10 000 miles on it and those two screens which are just slow).

Funny thing, I know two people who moved over from G37. Here are a few notes:

1. Bought 328i. Said was worst decision.
2. Bought 335i. Said BMW is quicker but loved G37 more.
3. Then me. I don't know a single V6 car which would be better than G. and I am a car rental executive status who has access to really nice vehicles.

Reality is G37x is a great car even in 2019 and I hope I have $80 000 - 100 000 in my pocket when I it's time to upgrade because I will need to be in RS6/RS7/Z06 etc. territory to justify the name "upgrade". I am so glad I had a chance to test drive Q50 for two weeks because I i would've bought it after my G my buyers remorse would be unbearable.

I dumped Q50 at the rental lot and hopefully will never hear about it again. Last time when I drove Camaro SS my feeling were on the opposite, I still can't forget that baby as if she was my first love.
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:00 AM
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I wouldn't go so far as comparing the Q50 to a Camry unless you intend to keep it 100% stock...but if thts the case many many cars are kinda boring straight from the factory...I would agree that I prefer the VQ's sound (Which you can actually get in an 20142015 Q50)...but the Q50 has a far better upgrade potential..Z1 makes what looks like a fantastic rear end upgrade for relativly cheap, the 3.0TT of the Non red sports is immensely tunable for massive power gains for very little money...and the newer version of the DAS is not nearly as bad as the old version ( probably still not as good as the G's steering) and you can get the Q without the DAS anyways...electronically adjustable dampers and akebonos from the factory are great... add swifts to drop it an inch (as many G owners do) and you have an immensely better car than a Camry even with a ton of upgrades...on the used market the Q50s are actually shaping up to be great bargains...
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Reality is G37x is a great car even in 2019 and I hope I have $80 000 - 100 000 in my pocket when I it's time to upgrade because I will need to be in RS6/RS7/Z06 etc. territory to justify the name "upgrade". I am so glad I had a chance to test drive Q50 for two weeks because I i would've bought it after my G my buyers remorse would be unbearable.
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I do agree with you on this though, my G is from 2007 and I really love it still and don;t want to "upgrade" unless I have to....I have been shopping for used Panamera's/BMW 650 this year and can't find ones with options as good as my G has or even with an aftermarket upgrade path top get me there...the biggest problem with my G is that for the amount of driving I do it get the gas milage of a modern V8 so it gets harder to justify keeping
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:14 PM
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Finally back to my G37X. Not sure why but I enjoy it 10 times more than Q50. It handles so good, i love the sound of the engine, I see that 3.0T has more torque (and I can feel it when it spins up), but it looks like even when you compare 3.0T vs 3.7 no replacement for displacement makes sense. Engine just feels better when you need to rev it just a bit. 3.0T is a bit faster when you floor it, but when you just play with the pedal a bit 3.7 is just more responsive.

G37X also handles much better (and I don't even have an S). Glad to have my G back. And never going back to Q50. I am glad rental companies in US are capable of providing such great cars for such a low rates so you can broaden your expertise.

I think so far the best engine I have experienced was chevy 6.2 455hp in a Camaro SS. I enjoyed it more than GT-R because that's just another V6. P100D is a beast too, but I can live with V8 for now.

Turbo is just a marketing gimmick to follow government regulations. I feel sorry for people who have to drive accords with 1.5T.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:13 AM
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Perhaps take a ride in the Q50S Hybrid... they were only made in 14' & 15' but they have the best of both worlds. It has the 3.5 VQ coupled with electric motors to boost the hp to a combined 360hp and an impressive amount of instant torque. Mine has DAS which took a lot of getting used to, I actually don't mind it anymore, I certainly can see the allure, and realistically if I want to get lazy on the highway I can turn on all the nannies (lane departure, intelligent cruise, blind spot) and it will essentially drive itself short of really hard turns. I absolutely prefer the steering in my G37, and I've done enough upgrades over the last few years I don't even remember what it drives like stock. If I could take the hybrid system and put it in my G, that would be a ton of fun....
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Old 06-17-2019, 10:47 PM
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seems like my next car is either camaro SS or Tesla.
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