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post #19021 of 26274
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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

Why? Unless you are buying a diesel, why waste a chance to badger the seller into a lower price over VW's current reputation problems that have absolutely nothing to do with the gasoline models? Dealers are probably sweating, and private sellers have probably seen a drop in demand too.
post #19022 of 26274
That was exactly my thought OTC. VW seems like somewhat of an arbitrage opportunity, particularly if I go risk free on the back end and lease. I love the plaid seats as well but don't think they've available on the base models. I like that VW offers carplay across the model line. Just about every other option (except the Volt) is at least one year away from integrating carplay. If we can get ourselves into a Golf for $200 a month for 3 years, it may be the right match for us.

There really are a lot of different outcomes which would be fine for us. We're in a bit of a weird situation in that we don't commute that regularly but will probably end up with 3 cars. If we lived in a suburb we could get a really fun car for my wife's occasional commute, but that's not the situation we are in. In a couple of years we could be in the same house, in a house with a bigger garage in the same area, or in a burb where parking isn't so limited and I'm mainly trying to maintain our flexibility. Keeping the X1 and getting a used or depreciation-minimal second car (like a fit or prius) is probably the least wasteful decision. Now that I don't drive to work, I derive minimal value from our cars so even though I love cars and would prefer a fun one, the reality is that no car is going to wow me into driving more.

Speaking of which, I drove side by side with a 458 yesterday for about 10 miles. The guy was strangely pacing me and I had to gun it to get ahead of him to exit the freeway. It was super bizarre. His engine didn't sound as nicely as other ferraris I've been around at that speed and I could hear him firing off gearshifts but not changing speeds so I'm wondering if he was having some sort of mechanical problem.
post #19023 of 26274
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Originally Posted by UnFacconable View Post

That was exactly my thought OTC. VW seems like somewhat of an arbitrage opportunity, particularly if I go risk free on the back end and lease. I love the plaid seats as well but don't think they've available on the base models. I like that VW offers carplay across the model line. Just about every other option (except the Volt) is at least one year away from integrating carplay. If we can get ourselves into a Golf for $200 a month for 3 years, it may be the right match for us.

There really are a lot of different outcomes which would be fine for us. We're in a bit of a weird situation in that we don't commute that regularly but will probably end up with 3 cars. If we lived in a suburb we could get a really fun car for my wife's occasional commute, but that's not the situation we are in. In a couple of years we could be in the same house, in a house with a bigger garage in the same area, or in a burb where parking isn't so limited and I'm mainly trying to maintain our flexibility. Keeping the X1 and getting a used or depreciation-minimal second car (like a fit or prius) is probably the least wasteful decision. Now that I don't drive to work, I derive minimal value from our cars so even though I love cars and would prefer a fun one, the reality is that no car is going to wow me into driving more.

Speaking of which, I drove side by side with a 458 yesterday for about 10 miles. The guy was strangely pacing me and I had to gun it to get ahead of him to exit the freeway. It was super bizarre. His engine didn't sound as nicely as other ferraris I've been around at that speed and I could hear him firing off gearshifts but not changing speeds so I'm wondering if he was having some sort of mechanical problem.

 

Golfs tend to lease a bit higher than everything else VW sells, but they were desperate to give away cars to me when I was looking a few months ago.  <$200/mo with nothing down on a Passat LE. 

 

Consumer reports rates the Golf's as pretty reliable, but my friend who works for VW has told me to only lease a VW based on the repair costs - I had no problems after the first six months on my Passat though.

post #19024 of 26274
@otc. I personally have a problem with car companies that cover up issues and roll the dice on being caught. I still have issues with Ford and the Pinto gas tank issue. However I like the way Toyota handled it's recall. It's an integrity issue with me reflective of the whole brand. It's just my thing. I am not looking for followers.
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Backup car? What are you, an armored truck robber??

 

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BTW. Since we're talking cars, I'm considering buying a used G Wagen. It will be my weekend car but I don't want a money pit. Which years, model and mileage should I consider?
post #19027 of 26274
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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.


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post #19028 of 26274
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Originally Posted by pravda View Post

BTW. Since we're talking cars, I'm considering buying a used G Wagen. It will be my weekend car but I don't want a money pit. Which years, model and mileage should I consider?

My mechanic swears by these things. He is a reputable guy. Says they never come into the shop with anything more than routine maintenance. The platform is almost unchanged for 20+ years. Most of the things that you will potentially have issues with are based on changes to interior / electronics / etc. This is all via him, btw.

I have been looking at them for awhile now. Haven't read anything about any major issues plaguing any of the models btwn 2003 - present.
post #19029 of 26274
@deepitm

Thanks so much for the info. Hard to find one with less than 100k miles without paying a fortune. I'll be patient. It'll come soon enough. Be Blessed.

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post #19030 of 26274
Parked next to dis brah 🙌🏼

post #19031 of 26274
Did you guys make out
post #19032 of 26274
This wasn't affectionately nicknamed the BMW blowjob thread for no reason, you know
post #19033 of 26274
PDK thoughts?

Having a good year. Itching to get back in a 911. Thinking about a 997.2 GTS w/ PDK. I know that I should "just test drive one" but not always easy to come across what you're looking for locally in the used market.

I drive quite a bit in the city, which is why I am kinda iffy on getting a stick shift again.
post #19034 of 26274
Best transmission on the market if you don't want to drive manual. The only thing I don't like about it is that it creeps the car forward at a stop. I like the BMW DCT's setup where you can take your foot off the brake at a stop light
post #19035 of 26274
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Parked next to dis brah 🙌🏼


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Originally Posted by deepitm View Post

PDK thoughts?

Having a good year. Itching to get back in a 911. Thinking about a 997.2 GTS w/ PDK. I know that I should "just test drive one" but not always easy to come across what you're looking for locally in the used market.

I drive quite a bit in the city, which is why I am kinda iffy on getting a stick shift again.

The PDK is wonderful. I really hate the arbitrary dismissal of SMGs/DCTs. I'd assume driving any 997.2 with a PDK would give you a rough idea.

The city thing is key IMO. When I got my first decent car, I debated a manual, but living in the middle of a fairly large city, went with the DCT. Not only did it turn it out to be a great daily driver, but with the current versions and things like gear pre-selection, it's the way to go on the track as well.
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