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Lexus rx
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Test drive a Honda fit. I drive over 200 miles a day and drive my BMW on weekends. The Fit looks small but is Hella big and versatile
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Took a 'roadtrip' to Boston for a Halloween party and the car rides like a dream. It's like it drives on rails. Super firm, tight, and grippy. I forgot what it feels like to drive a nice, fun car.

I've also realized just how ridiculous my old m5 was. It just had too much power that I could never realistically use in everyday driving situations. Not to mention, it drove like a boat with how big and heavy it was. The e46 has just the right amount of power and it pulls very hard on the highway. The aftermarket headers give the car some drone on the highway, which isn't ideal, but it's bearable.

Now on to the not-so-good: the car has this strange rattling / buzzing sound at 80 MPH and only when I'm giving the car gas. It sounds like a loose plastic piece coming from the center console, but I just can't pinpoint where it's coming from. It's absolutely maddening.

It sounds very close to what this e92 m3 driver is experiencing:

I'm not too concerned because I think it's just a loose trim piece somewhere and I feel pretty confident that it can be fixed, but I guess this is what comes with the territory of owning a 13-year-old, 80k mile car smile.gif

@SirReveller, do you also have the signature "M-Clunk" (what the forumites affectionately call it) sound when shifting gears?
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Yeah, collision really doesn't make sense at that level because you're not going to actually file an insurance claim to fix up your beater and then suffer the increased premiums. I still have comprehensive on my old car because it's only like $80 per year but even that is likely throwing good money after bad since the car is worth less than $5k.

Went and looked at cars today with the family. We may need two new cars and want to replace the X1 with something that's a bit larger. The X1 is our primary family car but is mostly driven by the nanny, so I was thinking of upsizing into a cheaper car because the nanny doesn't need a nice car. Unfortunately, and ultimately not surprisingly I guess, my X1 has depreciated a lot in 2 years. Although the blue book value is quite good, no one has offered anywhere close to that. I might just keep it because it's not a bad car for us and does drive better than anything else we are looking at, albeit at the expense of having very little room for car seats. Spending money to get a less nice car because I don't think the nanny needs a BMW is fooolish.

Second car would be for my wife's part-time commute and we want something that won't make us cringe when it gets dinged since it will be street parked. That role is currently filled by my old SUV but my wife refuses to drive it because her work garages give her a hard time about parking a full size SUV. The thought would be to get something small that would fit a car seat or two but that wouldn't be it's primary role.
Subaru Outback or Forester?
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@SirReveller, do you also have the signature "M-Clunk" (what the forumites affectionately call it) sound when shifting gears?

Absolutely. Just jam the gas on the upshift and it's less noticeable.

That engine is so fun tho I never minded none irregardless.
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Test drive a Honda fit. I drive over 200 miles a day and drive my BMW on weekends. The Fit looks small but is Hella big and versatile

Yes. fit is on our short list and probably the front-runner for our street car. Chevy Volt is in play although probably not going to go in that direction. Possibly VW Golf if the price is right. Went to the Honda dealership today on the way to something else we were doing and unfortunately the dealer didn't have any on the lot and it would have taken 10-15 minutes to go to their storage lot to find one. We just wanted to get a quick sanity check on the size of the back seat for car seat purposes. We couldn't delay our other event any more so we took off unfortunately. I forgot how maddening going to car dealerships is but thankfully this will be an abbreviated search because we're pretty decisive. We're open to doing a lease too - this is sort of a gap filling car and we really don't know if we'll still be in this house in 3 years or in the burbs with plenty of parking. We still have a deposit down on a Model X which my wife refuses to let me give up because she likes the option value.
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Subaru Outback or Forester?

Definitely Outback.
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

Yeah, collision really doesn't make sense at that level because you're not going to actually file an insurance claim to fix up your beater and then suffer the increased premiums. I still have comprehensive on my old car because it's only like $80 per year but even that is likely throwing good money after bad since the car is worth less than $5k.

Went and looked at cars today with the family. We may need two new cars and want to replace the X1 with something that's a bit larger. The X1 is our primary family car but is mostly driven by the nanny, so I was thinking of upsizing into a cheaper car because the nanny doesn't need a nice car. Unfortunately, and ultimately not surprisingly I guess, my X1 has depreciated a lot in 2 years. Although the blue book value is quite good, no one has offered anywhere close to that. I might just keep it because it's not a bad car for us and does drive better than anything else we are looking at, albeit at the expense of having very little room for car seats. Spending money to get a less nice car because I don't think the nanny needs a BMW is fooolish.

Second car would be for my wife's part-time commute and we want something that won't make us cringe when it gets dinged since it will be street parked. That role is currently filled by my old SUV but my wife refuses to drive it because her work garages give her a hard time about parking a full size SUV. The thought would be to get something small that would fit a car seat or two but that wouldn't be it's primary role.

 

Are you looking new or used for both?  Saying you want something you don't want to worry about on the street, to me implies used.  I wasn't impressed the Fit - it was loud and not very comfortable.

post #19013 of 26360

Mazda 3 hatch would be a good option in that size range as well.

post #19014 of 26360
Haven't experienced the current Mazda 3, but I think it might be a good bet.

Otherwise, if you are looking at the Fit, I'd check the Nissan Versa. I've gotten them as rental cars a bunch of times and always been impressed with available space.

edit: nevermind, looks like they have fucked with the current generation of the Versa. The hatchback is no longer the same platform as the sedan, but rather a much smaller car...
post #19015 of 26360

FML insurance is expensive.  getting quotes for ~$950 per 6 months.

(No tickets, only 1 fender bender in past 3 years, no other accidents)

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Nice to be able to bounce stuff off people, thanks guyz. I like Mazda's a lot. When we got the X1 we only really looked at CX-5's and X1s and unfortunately it was no contest. CX-5 would probably give us the room we need right now but couldn't compete with that prior-generation BMW hydraulic steering. Our small car "list" basically is Mazda 3, Fit and Golf. I thought about going used or new prius because they're everywhere, hold their value and bulletproof.

To brokencycle's point, used car makes the most sense but I don't know if I have the time/energy to go that route. For certain cars in the bay area there is almost no discount for used. I've seen several year old fits with asking prices on par with new - basically you are just saving the sales tax.

After driving the X1 a fair bit this weekend and thinking about the outback, we might just kill two birds with one stone and get a gen 3 outback (which I think were the best looking ones) and can be had relatively cheaply. It's not particularly easy to street park, but dings won't bother me (as much) on a $12k car. Question is whether I can find one reasonably quickly and without having to spend hours on forums determining weak points to check. Also, dealing with pre-purchase inspections, carfax reports, etc. Buying a new car is annoying but ultimately quite easy because once you make your decision the only variable is price.
post #19017 of 26360
And if the Golf is on your list, I love the Golf.

Especially if you can get the plaid seats (or is that GTI only?)
post #19018 of 26360
I had a Mazda 323 back in the day and it literally fell apart after 100k miles. It was great up until then. The engine and tranny had all types of issues. I don't think they've changed much. Do your research on Edmunds and the consumer reviews don't lie. I liked Golf's until the recent scandal. I am staying away until the dust settles. My Fit has over 150k miles and there is a story on the Internet about a courier with 500k miles on hers and it's still going strong with oil changes. I have no problems whatsoever and I've only changed oil on my 2007. Btw I love Subaru also. Check the reviews on engine and tranny for certain models.my $.02
post #19019 of 26360

I hate Mazdas. I had a mx6 as a backup car once.  Piece of  shit

post #19020 of 26360
Backup car? What are you, an armored truck robber??
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