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post #46 of 73
How about a 2005-2007 or so Subaru Legacy GT? I'm looking at one myself to hold the bike racks / kayaks and what not. Decent mileage, turbocharged, awd, decent sized interior, etc. Not luxury by any means if you want reliability usually that means luxury is out. Lexus is the one exception. Infiniti has been known to be reliable but you'd have to get the older body style G35 to get into that price range.
post #47 of 73
Some fucked up Porsche is a cool first car..
post #48 of 73
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Not luxury by any means if you want reliability usually that means luxury is out. Lexus is the one exception.
Eh? Acura? Not that any of this is especially sensible when you have 15k and want something reliable and reasonably fast.
post #49 of 73
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Eh? Acura? Not that any of this is especially sensible when you have 15k and want something reliable and reasonably fast.

Eh, BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Porsche?

We are not talking exotics here. I don't know how you guys define reliability - but the BMWs I've owned have been in for service twice in their lifetimes, both for scheduled maintenance. More reliable than the Hondas I owned.
post #50 of 73
Wow, a lot of teenage angst here. Can't you boys give recommendations without calling each other dicks and idiots, "burn in a fire", wtf, ? To the OP, You mentioned you were looking to get a sporty sedan or a coupe, does that mean fun-to-drive is the most important criteria? If that is the case G35 coupe may be up your alley. You may be able to find 2006 325CI or maybe even 330Ci close to 15K as well. If you don't normally make use of the back seat (while driving ) a two-door car usually looks better than the four door if both versions are available.
post #51 of 73
If you buy a used car, they are selling it used for a reason. Therefore, don't get a jag. It'll crap out before you know it. Your dad's jag was not a lemon, but it is likely they are selling that jag because it was a pain in the ass. Insert other car brands in for jag that aren't toyota, honda, etc.
post #52 of 73
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I think I can sell it for $10-11K+

Good luck with that.
post #53 of 73
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Good luck with that.
Find me a stock '99 SI with under 50K ACTUAL miles in 9/10 condition+ listed for under $12.5K any where in the country. I've already turned down 10K offers (rather keep it)
post #54 of 73
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If you buy a used car, they are selling it used for a reason. Therefore, don't get a jag. It'll crap out before you know it. Your dad's jag was not a lemon, but it is likely they are selling that jag because it was a pain in the ass.

Newer Jags are highly reliable. I don't know why anyone would want a Jaguar produced from 1980-2005 or so. Ugly pieces of unreliable shit.
post #55 of 73
OP, with your budget, you could probably get a nice 2004 Nissan 350z with under 75k miles. I want a 350z to be my first car, but I have a lower budget for one and would be looking are more than 75k miles and a bit older model.

tl;dr
post #56 of 73
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You are a mongoloid idiot! Do you even have a license? What is better than the 3 series in its price point?

C300 = Horrible turd.

3 series = Some of the best balanced, performing, and handling cars on the road. Textbook examples of good engineering and the benchmark for combining driving involvement with comfort and usability. Recognized by drivers and the automotive press and the standard to judge all other cars including those at double its price point (example 335i). What the fuck, exactly, are you talking about?

to clear things up i really meant buying a new mercedes c300 was a waste of money. But a BMW 3 seriesIn the hands of someone who aprreciates a them, yeah they are great cars. but kids in high school whose parents buy them 5-6 year old used ones so they can have a bimmer is stupid. a new civic for the price would be a much more reasonable purchase for a teenager.


And in the interest of full disclosure, I am a 17 year old new driver who owns a 2004 Honda Civic(110K and still going strong):


Its not a bmw, but its good fun to drive an can be had at for 8k.

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Update: I checked out a 06 Civic Si listed locally. It had about 70k miles on it for 13k. Seems a bit rice-rockety- and expensive for a civic.

well an 06 civic si is expensive for a civic, because its a tremendous upgrade over a base civic. it makes 197hp(on a dyno it comes out to be ~185 whp), its got a nicer interior, and a lot more fun to drive.


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Thank you for your input. May I ask where you got the idea that a 3 is a waste of money? It's safe to say you've never been behind the wheel of one, inside one or in the market for one.
addressed above - i didn't mean to say a bmw 3 series is a waste, i was trying to say mercedes c300s were a waste and the word 'series' slipped in to the sentance lol
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Kids where I come from rolled up in new 3s, Boxsters, 'Vettes, G35s, etc to school everyday, I drove an Accord. Now these kids are driving to Community College in them. Yes I am part of the upper-middle class/spoiled/trust-fund baby/over privileged/over indulgent/lazy/pathetically high sense of entitlement - scum whose Italian brethren brought you Staten Island/New Jersey.

ha i go to catholic high school in NJ. kids have new c300s, BMW 3 series, 350zs(some have 370s!), STis, jags, G35s, etc. Every one of them has more car than they know what to do with. The worst part is, the kids in the c300s watch 'Fast and Furious' and all the sudden want to race me because i have an Si and they think they can 'walk' me because they can put thier automatics into 'sport' mode.
post #57 of 73
To the OP, buy what you want to buy but keep in mind: 1) get the car checked by a reputable mechanic prior to purchasing 2) remember the maintenance cost 3) remember the operating cost ( gas, insurance, possibly new tires or winter tires ) If you do get a manual tranny and never driven one before, take some lessons/practice first with another person's car. Cheers
post #58 of 73
I've noticed two makes/models of vehicle in particular that are grossly overrepresented in the ranks of douchy/obnoxious drivers:

1.) 3-series BMWs (any year)

2.) Ford Mustangs (particulary '80s LXs/5.0s and mid-'90s models)
post #59 of 73
I agree with staying away from 3 series. There are better cars at that price point (without the BMW "prestige"), and there's no point buying the cheapest BMW. It's like people who buy LV and get a tiny wallet, and show it off to everyone.
post #60 of 73
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I agree with staying away from 3 series. There are better cars at that price point (without the BMW "prestige"), and there's no point buying the cheapest BMW. It's like people who buy LV and get a tiny wallet, and show it off to everyone.
It's nothing like that. If you were talking about a piece of shit used Mercedes C280 Kompressor or something I would agree but 3 series are really awesome cars. Test drive one, they are fantastic. How can you compare a giant 5 or 7 to a 3 anyways? They aren't any where near the same type of car. What do you consider a better car at that price point? Truthfully, I would probably not buy another 3 but I sure would consider leasing one when I get a "real job"
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