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Hey OP I recommend Citroen C5

But you should get top version which comes with laminated glass and it's so quiet!! Unbelievable!

Also it has a suspension system called Hydractive which is not air but oil
I asked the local garage owner about the C5 which was on the ramps.
He said it was a fantastic car to cruise in until the suspension breaks, then it's chf1500 a corner to fix.
That said a friend has a C6 and has not had any issues at over 150k/km
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I asked the local garage owner about the C5 which was on the ramps.
He said it was a fantastic car to cruise in until the suspension breaks, then it's chf1500 a corner to fix.
That said a friend has a C6 and has not had any issues at over 150k/km
Yes most people don't take care of suspensions.

You have to change the oil regularly.

I don't know the interval but it's not like every 10K either.

I guess more like every 50K or 60K.

Very reliable system.

I saw some with 300K with no problem only proper maintenance
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Re: Highway Cruiser Ideas Please [comfortable, quiet, reliable]

When preparing for the apocalypse most people opt for an armoured, underground bunker - but what if your apocalyptic bunker had a 400-litre diesel engine stuck on the front?

Daily Mail journalism at it's best.
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Re: Highway Cruiser Ideas Please [comfortable, quiet, reliable]

what about an Infiniti G37?
www.autoscout24.ch/3166041

or very unusual: the Hyundai Grandeur
www.autoscout24.ch/4074923
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what about an Infiniti G37?
www.autoscout24.ch/3166041

or very unusual: the Hyundai Grandeur
www.autoscout24.ch/4074923
If you're going for Infiniti, then you might as well go for the M30 IMO.

http://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/infin...p%3d10%26r%3d5

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What model-year is OPs E-class, BTW?
Our E350 is MY2011, loaded with (nearly) all options. Indeed, not an easy one to beat but EF has eaten much tougher challenges for breakfast...

At present, I'm head over heals into the GT theme; in all honesty and, in complete contrast with how often "GT" is used, I am only now discovering the class of vehicles.

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Our E350 is MY2011, loaded with (nearly) all options. Indeed, not an easy one to beat but EF has eaten much tougher challenges for breakfast...

At present, I'm head over heals into the GT theme; in all honesty and, in complete contrast with how often "GT" is used, I am only now discovering the class of vehicles.
Great choice. I recommend the 250 GTO pictured in the article you linked.

Someone picked one up at auction last year for USD 38.1 million*. Go easy on the commuting miles (maybe work from home one day a week?) and you shouldn't suffer much depreciation.



*Note, to make a fortune, it appears you need to buy a Ferrrari and hold it for 50 years. Preferably having a famous racing driver or actor drive it at some point. 9 of the 10 most expensive cars sold at auction are Ferraris.

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*Note, to make a fortune, it appears you need to buy a Ferrrari and hold it for 50 years. Preferably having a famous racing driver or actor drive it at some point. 9 of the 10 most expensive cars sold at auction are Ferraris.
Mind you - some of their drivers are complete cocks - overtaken by a black ZH-plated FF last night - when I say overtaken - he went past on the brakes (his tyres squealing) into a hairpin. I'm surprised he struggled to pass my diesel X3 - especially as I was doing a 5l/100km economy cruise home.
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Mind you - some of their drivers are complete cocks - overtaken by a black ZH-plated FF last night - when I say overtaken - he went past on the brakes (his tyres squealing) into a hairpin. I'm surprised he struggled to pass my diesel X3 - especially as I was doing a 5l/100km economy cruise home.
I'm guessing that particular example won't survive to be auctioned in 50 years' time. The more of those drivers, the merrier -- scarcity works wonders for auction values.
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I'm guessing that particular example won't survive to be auctioned in 50 years' time. The more of those drivers, the merrier -- scarcity works wonders for auction values.
I concur - but following that he narrowly missed a head on with another car. I'm not worried about the scarcity but the human cost as the driver writes off one of them.

(And you're talking to the wrong man on limited run cars )
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Re: Highway Cruiser Ideas Please [comfortable, quiet, reliable]

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Our E350 is MY2011, loaded with (nearly) all options.
If your E-class already has Adaptive Cruise Control (or Distronic Plus in Mercedes-lingo), you know your next car needs this invaluable feature as well for the long commute (it really makes motorway driving much more relaxing). This requirement quickly rules out the "obvious" choices such as Nissan Qashqai or other similar luxury-barges!

Personally I would go for an S-class or a CL-class if you want a more GT-experience.

For something different... the Skoda Superb or Citroen C6 are also very good cruisers, and cheaper...
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Mechanically they are great - the same is true of the non-hybrid Mercs - and if you are looking to buy fairly leggy - and add a lot of KMs - I'd skip hybrids anyway.

The Achilles heal of any of these cars is going to be electronics. iDrive units aren't cheap if they fail - nor is a screen if you just damage that. Park sensors can fail etc etc. And of course you have BMW water pumps which can go south.

Set your budget - and buy to that level. If I was spunking 30k - I'd be going for as new as possible - and around 70k km. That way you'll get it freshly serviced - and should then squeeze in another before the 100k free servicing is up. That gives you 50k of relatively cheap and comfortable motoring.

One final point do a search on Volvos near you - you should be able to find a 150k km warranty one within budget


Catching on from DK, I would suggest:

Since most of your commute is highway, no matter what car you end up with it's easy to go to a reasonable fuel consumption. My LS430 with what today would be considered ancient engine tech managed low 8s at ZRH-GVA cruises and my current unsuitable and "unnecessarily" powered car did 7.6 on Sunday coming back from GVA with lots of traffic and the occasional tunnel burps.

So no reason to confine yourself with a diesel or a hybrid.

Lastly, either go fairly recent and at the budget, or older but way under budget. That's why I suggested the LS. The older ones are absolute cruising beasts: ridiculous sound-proofing, very soft all around, buttery V8 with a bit of poke. They're so cheap it's laughable, and they NEVER go wrong. The only downside is that the 01-03 is quite ugly, but the upside is that you'll be sitting in it so you wouldn't care
In a world where people are putting themselves in Panameras (you know who you are ) there is no shame in a minger luxo-barge.

S's and 7ers are amazing, and mechanically not bad. But if you hate small problems and you want everything working in a car, they're nightmares. Always something brakes, and I would NOT want to get a swiss invoice for fixing them up. Warranty or (again) older and super cheap to have some money left for the occasional massaged seat malfunction



PS Since other stupid recommendations have been thrown around, I'll offer mine as well. A previous gen S8, preferrably 2008-2009 model. Just make sure you give it the occasional "italian tune-up" to keep the manifold and valvles clean of carbon.
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Just make sure you give it the occasional "italian tune-up" to keep the manifold and valvles clean of carbon.
It may seem a daft question but what is the italian tune-up?

I read somewhere that the luxury car market is moving to the SUVs. People seem to prefer the Range Rover over a 7 series. Why is nobody mentioning cars like Range Rover, GLE, etc?
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It may seem a daft question but what is the italian tune-up?
Fill the tank with premium fuel, add a bottle of fuel system/injector cleaner, then go out and drive it like you stole it.
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I read somewhere that the luxury car market is moving to the SUVs. People seem to prefer the Range Rover over a 7 series. Why is nobody mentioning cars like Range Rover, GLE, etc?
Budget: 25-30k
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It may seem a daft question but what is the italian tune-up?

I read somewhere that the luxury car market is moving to the SUVs. People seem to prefer the Range Rover over a 7 series. Why is nobody mentioning cars like Range Rover, GLE, etc?
Because a Rangie at that budget will eat transmissions whenever it feels like it.
Also people are WRONG.
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I found it, it was in CAR magazine. The journalists opinion (not People)
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Because a Rangie at that budget will eat transmissions whenever it feels like it.
Also people are WRONG.
The OP specified fuel consumption as an issue. Also, high-riding SUVs and 4x4s are not that comfortable. Luxury cruising barges they are not.
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The OP specified fuel consumption as an issue. Also, high-riding SUVs and 4x4s are not that comfortable. Luxury cruising barges they are not.
Yes and no. Disco 3 and 4s are epic on the motorway - they just like a drink, aren't that quick and are noisier than a luxury saloon.

They're certainly better than a Qashqai but not as good as an E-class.
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