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post #6421 of 14786
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Agree, but we're talking about slightly thick, corn-fed girls here. The G8 has some extra stuff on it that I don't like like the breather hood, I am not sure how easy it is to fix these mishaps. I agree that a 6spd 540i would still be a great choice in 2012. They're not cheap for a 10 year old car, but it's still a ton of car for the money in 2012 if you get a clean one - forged M-parallel spoke wheels, all of the interior bits, a livable amount of power, and a fun to drive manual. Would have one if I lived in the US right now, preferably that dark grey with the M kit, and I'd buy it at <$15K.

Sterling Grau (my favorite color as well) and easily found for ~$12-14k in great condition. Maintenance might cost more, but you have saved enough scratch to help cover for that. Driving dynamics will be MILES ahead of the American hogs too.

Agreed that the hood of the G8 is a bit much, but overall I feel it has a more aggressive stance compared to the sorta plain jane CTS-V.
post #6422 of 14786
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Originally Posted by deepitm View Post

Something about Chevys makes them always feel like rental cars. Also, Camaros will not get you girls unless you are in high school in Ohio. Girls are not important to me as I am married, but it sounds like you're single, so take it into consideration.
Haha well stated, the fleet vehicles of the US of A.
post #6423 of 14786
This may be one of my favorite threads on the interwebz, and because of that, I'm going to throw out the following situation to see what some of you guys think:

In Dec. 2009, during the economic sht storm, I got a great deal on a 2010 BMW 328xi, basically fully loaded (no sport package, however), with Monaco Blue and Saddle Brown interior. She was pretty, and loved the way the car drove. Once in a while would get annoyed at the stiff steering and suspension when tooling around pot-holed towns, but otherwise, the drive was really great. For the most part, it was a great car.

In November 2011, I decided to sell said BMW to a family friend in an effort to cut costs - I wanted to halve my monthly payments amid being unemployed, and I really wasn't driving around much. Sale was a success, and I jumped into a leased Acura TSX w/ Tech package which again, I got a great deal on. Despite not being Germanic at all, I actually like driving around in it and appreciate the updated tech vs. what I had in my 2010 model year BMW. The Acura is pretty great and suited my needs, except...

I just started a new job that requires a boatload of travel. I a) will blow through my lease miles (I have done 10,000 alone since May) and b) sorely miss the BMW driving dynamics when it comes to 3hr+ trips in the northeast. The Acura just doesn't have any "feel" at all, whereas with the BMW I always felt like I was one with the car. It may seem like I am being picky or dramatic, but there's nothing worse than a 3hr drive in a car that is kind of a snoozer.

So, I am thinking of jumping out of the Acura. I know my lease is underwater, but I'm prepared to take a small hit. Given my situation, I think a CPO type car would be ideal given how many miles I may put on it (so would rather have someone else take the depreciation hit upfront, etc). Ideally, would like to find a dealer who has a sister Acura dealership that could take my car and then CPO it, so I would get more money up front, hopefully.

So at the moment, I'm thinking CPO'd BMW 328xi coupes or Audi A4/A5. I know what to expect with BMW, but does anyone have any experience with Audi service, particularly on a preowned purchase? I know Audi hasn't historically had the greatest reputation maintenance-wise, but wondering if times have changed somewhat. I am aiming for something sub $35k on an outright purchase. Any other thoughts on possibilities or way to get out of the lease more intelligently? I thought about finding a Cayman in that range, but I think it could be too impractical.

Any tidbits would be sweet.

Sob story in cliffs:
Had Beemer, sold Beemer, leased Acura, want out of Acura, thinking CPO'd 328xi coupe, A5 or A4 while minimizing hit on lease exit. Probably driving 30k miles a year min. Thoughts or suggestions on vehicle (looking sub $35k) or lease exit are uber welcome!
post #6424 of 14786
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Camaros are $60K now? What in the fuck is happening in America? I have been gone for too long, I guess.

580 horsepower for less than 60K in a car that can supposedly handle it and actually has a trunk and four seats (after a fashion) is pretty cool.

Thanks all for the thoughts - I'm going to dig in a little more later when I have a minute or ten.
post #6425 of 14786
From the sounds of it, that guy is either a very cheap rich guy, or someone massively in over his head.

The former; I have an ex-uncle, guy has a 16 year old son (one of my few cousins) who just got his driver's license, guy probably won't buy his kid a car though. He just got married for the third time to some fresh grad school student and he's been spending money taking her Mexico and the Caribbean, putting in a pool to complement his clay tennis court and massive garage where he stores his air-cooled 911 collection. Can't buy his kid a car or ever pay his child support for the past 10 years because his portfolio has been losing money and his dad's estate sale in Boca didn't pull down the kind of money they thought it was going to. His brother lives in Santa Fe and is some sort of 944/968 guru in North America, the two brothers are really living the hard life. lol.
post #6426 of 14786
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

the two brothers are really living the hard life. lol.

i want it...teh hard life. nod[1].gif
post #6427 of 14786
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Originally Posted by Ty_Webb View Post

580 horsepower for less than 60K in a car that can supposedly handle it and actually has a trunk and four seats (after a fashion) is pretty cool.
Thanks all for the thoughts - I'm going to dig in a little more later when I have a minute or ten.

I still can't fathom a Camaro being near $60K, even $50K. Are blue-collar jobs that high paying now?
post #6428 of 14786
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

I still can't fathom a Camaro being near $60K, even $50K. Are blue-collar jobs that high paying now?

the 60K camaro isnt the regular camero...i think thats around 25K (which is still far too much) the 60K camaro is supposed to be a beast. Im not a huge fan, and theres no way in shit id pay 60K for a chevy....but its a special edition supercharged blah blah.

worth 60? to some walmart exec it is. not to this skinny bastard though.
post #6429 of 14786
I kind of gathered that they were trying to downgrade the Camaro to reasonable efficiency - by trying to convince Joe Dirt he only needs the once girl's-only V6 Camaro - but had no idea that getting an SS would be so close to 911 pricing. It's no wonder there's assholes out there financing Audis on $38K a year, then.
post #6430 of 14786
this thread is dangerous. im already wanting to upgrade. frown.gif
post #6431 of 14786
Get a Maserati Coupe or Spyder from like 2004. Most underrated sports car value out there right now, would be a good upgrade from an XK8.
post #6432 of 14786
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

I kind of gathered that they were trying to downgrade the Camaro to reasonable efficiency - by trying to convince Joe Dirt he only needs the once girl's-only V6 Camaro - but had no idea that getting an SS would be so close to 911 pricing. It's no wonder there's assholes out there financing Audis on $38K a year, then.

Not the SS. The SS is about 35k I think. The ZL1 is a different animal.
post #6433 of 14786
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Get a Maserati Coupe or Spyder from like 2004. Most underrated sports car value out there right now, would be a good upgrade from an XK8.

I looked at a maserati the week before i got my XK....i say looked as in i walked by it on the lot and got a stiffy and cried because i couldnt afford it. Actually, i REALLY want to trade up to an aston. A guy i know traded his XK for a gorgeous greenish aston...that V12 sounds soooo sexy.
post #6434 of 14786
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Originally Posted by DerekS View Post

this thread is dangerous. im already wanting to upgrade. frown.gif

Ever since my car got hit I've been looking at upgrading too, seeing a damaged car does that to you. Been looking at an R8 and Vantage but will likely settle for the new Cayman. The Boxster just looks too nice and I could only imagine how great the new Cayman will look.

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post #6435 of 14786
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Ever since my car got hit I've been looking at upgrading too, seeing a damaged car does that to you. Been looking at an R8 and Vantage but will likely settle for the new Cayman. The Boxster just looks too nice and I could only imagine how great the new Cayman will look.
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I got over my porsche boner really quick. still love em, but i much prefer british cars i think. Im biased, but a Vantage would be my first pic out of those. i love the R8, but the vantage is far sexier. (to me)
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