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post #14491 of 15736
cbrown85 - $15k buys a lot of used car. If you want another sedan, I think you should be able to get a 3 or 4 year old Mazda 6 or Accord both of which are fun to drive and would get you years of low-maintenance trouble free driving. Assuming you were relatively happy with your accord up until the tunnel-cide, I would imagine you would love the newer version. I drive a friend's 2003 Mazda 6 from time to time and would happily take it as a daily driver.

I would caution you on german cars - you'll feel like you're getting into a relatively nice one for the price until you start dealing with consumables and maintenance, including a lot of parts that really shouldn't break. My friend just got a used mercedes that was leaking oil from the transmission to the engine - $10k problem (covered under warranty, just barely). I would include mini in the list of cars with historically poor reliability.

Of course there are outliers and plenty of people have had trouble-free rides, but do you want to roll the dice that you'll get one and that it'll stay that way under your stewardship? Shoot, I still have a 15 year old American SUV that has been trouble free and very easy to maintain. Other than fuel and oil, I've probably spent less than $3k in time I've had it (purchased new). I just replaced the front brakes last year for the first time and the car still has its original rear pads! Never had any engine trouble apart from a busted TPS which I bought on amazon and replaced myself. This doesn't mean I'd recommend anyone buy a 15 year old american SUV and by all accounts mine should have had many more problems.
post #14492 of 15736
This is good advice- I drove a 1974 MGB in high school and the beginning of university. I rebuilt that car at least twice because it was so easy to work with. I switched to a 93 Civic which I thought would be more reliable and better in the winter. I was gifted the Accord because my Civic was a pretty basic CX model (read: no side-view mirror) which didn't really bother me. The Accord was maintenance-free, save the occasional oil and brake job, which I did myself. So really, my only experience is either with overpowered go-carts or with Hondas.

My brother bought an old GTI for his post-college years which got him across Canada (literally, the entire length) so I had faith in German engineering. There seems to be a lot of Jettas zipping about, and they're not an un-attractive car, but the reviews of the 2011 and newer 2.0L engine are lacklustre, as if beggars can be choosers. I'd prefer not to slip back into a Civic sedan if I can avoid it. I have no experience with anything else, so I'll probably be doing a lot of test driving this weekend. I don't need a vehicle for a while so I can afford to walk on a deal if I need to.

Thanks for all the advice folks. Consensus seems to be to grab a Mazda or Honda and to avoid German. If I was 22 again I'd be grabbing the fastest and coolest car I could afford, damned the maintenance and kilometres on it, but at 28 and wearing a suit to work I feel like I'd need to act "responsibly".
post #14493 of 15736
Is it bad that I'm, like, used to getting 8 mpg now? There's no sense of damn, I'm filling up quite often. Or, damn, this car gets terrible gas mileage!

I guess it's good that I'm used to it because any car I get next surely will be a monumental step forward in fuel economy.
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Drove the wife's 981 Boxster S to Asheville last weekend. Was surprised to see it got almost 25 mpg!

Driving around the mountain roads, not so much, but it sure was fun.
post #14495 of 15736
Nice. I'd love to get into a Cayman S.
post #14496 of 15736
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Dude, you so should have posted "FAKE". LOLLLL Thanks, B.

On a lighter note. Today was one of those 2-3 days a year I was very glad to have a truck in the garage (note the tire tracks through the yard). Glad the Rover finally got to see some offroad action!

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Great move TC
post #14497 of 15736
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Speaking of the i8, just this on a local developer's site for their new presale condo:



http://vancouverhouse.ca/reasons/bmw-fleet
Kinda like a high end zip car?
post #14498 of 15736
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Originally Posted by bawlin View Post

Speaking of the i8, just this on a local developer's site for their new presale condo:



http://vancouverhouse.ca/reasons/bmw-fleet
Kinda like a high end zip car?
post #14499 of 15736
Hopefully the condos don't sit empty like the majority of Coal Harbour.
post #14500 of 15736
They will. Guaranteed.

That said, I would love to live in an empty building. I hate my fucking neighbours.
post #14501 of 15736
Your property market is fucked, letting the majority of housing being left vacant, is just plain old bad for the city.
post #14502 of 15736
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

Your property market is fucked, letting the majority of housing being left vacant, is just plain old bad for the city.

Developers only care about what's good or bad for their pocketbooks therefore only care about the city in regards to how it impacts them.

Sounds like Vancouver needs a land value tax.
post #14503 of 15736
It'll get paid. Vancouver is an offshore bank account with bridges.
post #14504 of 15736
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Developers only care about what's good or bad for their pocketbooks therefore only care about the city in regards to how it impacts them.

Sounds like Vancouver needs a land value tax.

We have requirements for developments, where upwards of 90% of all housing need to be primary residence or rented to someone who uses it as a primary residence.
post #14505 of 15736
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Nice. I'd love to get into a Cayman S.

I have an '07. Very fun car. Drives like a fast go-cart.
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