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I had a Phaeton and the obvious choice from what you have listed is the A8 but it is an anonymous lump. I chose a 7 series BMW.

Interesting . . . How did the Phaeton perform re: reliability, repair costs, maintenance?

The Phaeton was very reliable but in the UK it is still available, I understand all the USA ones are getting very old now. It was a great car and had they not still been selling the car designed in 2000 in 2011 I would have bought another. I hope to buy the new version when it comes out in 2015/6. Repair and maintenance cost was high for VW but low for Bentley (Continental) which is what it was under the skin.
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The Phaeton was very reliable but in the UK it is still available, I understand all the USA ones are getting very old now. It was a great car and had they not still been selling the car designed in 2000 in 2011 I would have bought another. I hope to buy the new version when it comes out in 2015/6. Repair and maintenance cost was high for VW but low for Bentley (Continental) which is what it was under the skin.

I was in the market for a V12 when it arrived to the States in 2004, and it seemed perfect for me although it didn't have all of the bells and whistles that BMW and MB had at the time. A positive though was that its price was about 30k less than its V12 competitors. I came close to buying one but was concerned about buying the first model year and VW service. With it exiting the US market so quickly, I was very happy that I didn't get it. Great car though.
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I'm looking to trade in sell my current truck and get a car. What do you guys recommend for more less 25k?

The only car that comes to mind is the Audi tts 2008+ . Apart from that I dont really know what else to look for....
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Miata! My stepfather VW CC is pretty cool.

~Kurt
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Coupe preferably ?
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Used 350z or V6 Mustang with 6 Speed is pretty nice and economical (I find it more exciting then a Civic). Alfa Romeo GTV6 with enough left over for a back up something. Even a Low mileage Corvette C5 Zo6 is in your range.

~Kurt
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Coupe preferably ?

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The phaeton was a great car, it is too bad it left the US market, but it wasn't really made for it either I feel - it did well in countries like China and Korea, et al, where executive-class cars are a necessity for some (to be driven in) mainly for their size and workhorse ability, and flashiness and prestige aren't the factors in selection, something big and of a certain standard, but not full-on luxury priced. In those markets it was often bought as the 3.2 VR6 or as the diesel as well, rather than the W12; it was purposely trying to be something that Americans might not understand. In America you have the Lincolns and Cadillacs for the purpose of being 'nice but not overly nice' and within a certain price range, and in Japan there is the Toyota Century - the Phaeton was for the rest of the countries that needed something like that, something that wasn't an S-class or a 7-series. It actually made a ton of sense. THe recent facelift looks good too.
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Gotta say, been a few days since I had to give back the 650i cab, I am pining for one now as much as I couldn't see out the back. It's to the point where I might try to get an M6 cab in individual Malachite Green over ivory to drive on days where I can put the top down. If the top is down, visibility and sizing is fine.

Figured out a driver's license fix in Japan and I found an E39 Alpina B10 V8 4.6L I might be able to get for about $8K with 30K miles on the clock as my 'beater' practice car when I go back to Japan, it's like a punched out 540iA that I won't be tempted to do shit to. It's not the V8 4.8L so that is why it's going cheaper than normal. I'd probably keep it for awhile if I bought it though, and add the nicer car and let my wife drive it. If the head on the Alpina 4.6 is roughly the same as the regular 540i (and I think it is it's just the block that is punched out) I could put an S/C on there.. devil.gif
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Finally swapped my winter tires out for summers on my 535i. My car is fun to drive again!
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Finally swapped my winter tires out for summers on my 535i. My car is fun to drive again!
I find the tire swapping to be a pain. Last year I never got around to switching from winter to summer tires.
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Finally swapped my winter tires out for summers on my 535i. My car is fun to drive again!
I find the tire swapping to be a pain. Last year I never got around to switching from winter to summer tires.

Are you running Nokian WR?

I switched out Blizzaks for Michelin super sport. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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I have 18's with summer tires and 17's with blizzaks. $25 for a local tire shop to swap them for me.

Winter tires wear down a lot faster on pavement in warm weather (warmer than 45 degrees F) so it's pretty important to not drive on them too long after winter weather is over. That said, it was in the low 40's today and I noticed how much harder my summer tires felt than when it was in the 60's the previous day.
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I find the tire swapping to be a pain. Last year I never got around to switching from winter to summer tires.

That's why you get complete sets including wheels and TPMS. Swap them in a parking lot with a Sears torque wrench in 45 minutes.
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dude has like a CL600 and a 997TT or something like that though - I think he can spend the $25 to get somebody to do them. redface.gif Do dealerships offer storage for winter tires if you buy them off them? (yeah i realize what I am saying...) - they do it in Asia for prestige marques since most of them are RWD, and storage space for even 4 tires is genuinely expensive....
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