The local "zipcar" car "sharing" (rental) company has these around for rentals. I rented one for the 2nd time yesterday on a little road trip. Very nice cars, i found the build quality of the paneling and interior to be quite nice, and i think it's got slick styling inside and out. The only model they have, though, is the non-turbo, automatic, FWD 2.4i. The handling wasnt too great with the gimp little tires, but the ride quality was awesome. Despite the seemingly meager 168hp in an automatic, the acceleration was better than I expected. Or at least the torque was. One thing i noticed was when I'd be at under 10mph and kindof slowly brake to a stop, the car (and the one i rented before as well) makes STRANGE noises. Like as if the brake pads were on their last legs, and it had some kind of strange motorized or slushy type of sound as it came to a stop. Only noticeable with windows up, music off. This car only had 5k miles on it, so i doubt the brakes were in bad shape. Any idea on the reliability of these? I'm thinking of getting a "near-luxury" sedan like this in about a year, and it is about $3-5k less than a similarly equipped 325i. A fully loaded 218hp T5 AWD costs less than the BASE 330i. It's certainly no BMW, but well, nothing is really. But the styling is better than pretty much everything else in it's class. I'm still thorougly disturbed by the tail lights on the new 3 series. C-class is nice looking, but it's far from an enthusiasts car. And pretty much every 30k japanese sports sedan is PLAYED OUT like CRAZY..... Any thoughts?