I read 9-3X ads in both CAR and EVO, UK magazines. Very nicely
I would steer clear of the VAG FSI/TFSI engines unless you plan
a short-term lease. The problem is carbon buildup from the humble
Golf all they way up to the V8 and V10 in the R8 cars. The remedial
process involves walnut kernel blasting that can take days, that is per
VAG. Many owners went the independent shop Dremel tool route which
will shorten cylinder life considerably.
Recently read an article on Holden engines, tested on the dirtiest Aussie
roads in the world, they are very durable. If GM allows, the partnership
could be benficial. Volvo also does well with the I5/I6 engines.
I would agree about GM engines. We can talk trash about GM all day but the fact remains they make some very durable engines, and some are high tech, like the Ecotec, the 3.6vvti. Others are old school OHV designs but they last forever.
I think were people always thought GM failed over the past 30 years was interior quality and choices of material. Most tend to agree their engines are some of the best in the world.