I am not sure if it is a good idea to want "...a lot of electronics" if what you want is a reliable car. [?] I thought it was just one or two problems with your SL600 and they were fixed weren't they?LovinSL600 - 2/26/2005 10:47 AM
So, I am now stuck with what to buy. Price is not a factor, I just want something with a lot of electronics, plush interior and can be used as a daily driver. [!]
Mercedes itself has admitted a BIG part of their reliability headaches came from the stupid electronics. IMO, you want a car that has LESS electronics and has systems that have been well-tested in the field.
I tested a couple of Jaguar XK8 convertibles and they actually drove better than the SL and the seats were very comfortable. I wasn't keen on the ragtop because we have major snow in Ontario, Canada and I wanted a 4-season car. But you live in CA so a ragtop should be less of an issue. They also have the supercharged XKR version which is 390 HP and looks very nice and aggressive [8D]. The dealer only had one and it was the owner's car. The Jags drove very nicely and that model has been out for some years. It also has a classic shape in keeping with its clientele and I think this is the car you want to take your woman out in. The only question in my mind is how committed Ford is to sustaining this marque.
There is also the Aston Martin Vanquish S mentioned earlier. I walked up to one downtown and saw the owner drive it around. It is incredibly beautiful - blows the Continental GT away without any doubt. The GT is actually quite ugly in a Rolls way. But not the Vanquish, it has perfect proportions and form. And it's a V12 with 520 HP and normally-aspirated. I understand it is like $50,000 more than the DB9 but it should not cause a problem for you. The DB9 pales a lot when put next to the Vanquish. I have no idea about reliability though. Of course, it's not a roadster. Here's a link to it in case you haven't already looked:
My impression of the Bentley is that it is really a rebadged VW W12 Phaeton in 2-door format. That's not necessarily bad but I think The Jaguar and Aston Martin designs are clearly more original and unique. I mean, do you want to pay that much for VW technology? VW does not have a good reliability and durability reputation. I had a new VW Scirocco when I first started out working. By recent industry accounts, I would never buy another VW again. They simply do not build cars to last - BMW emphatically does. And the GT is a new, untested designed.