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post #7366 of 15736
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

why don't you just look for something like a lightly used Camry or other mid-sized entry sedan? granted, it won't have AWD, but it'll fit the bill and all you walking cactus' will fit inside just fine.

I think he wants something more luxurious.

How about a 525i?
post #7367 of 15736
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

why don't you just look for something like a lightly used Camry or other mid-sized entry sedan? granted, it won't have AWD, but it'll fit the bill and all you walking cactus' will fit inside just fine.

Did not like driving the last few gen Camry's frown.gif

I'm placing a little bit of a premium on slightly nicer cars that actually have some driving dynamics worthwhile.

My parents like the idea of a "nicer" car as well. We shall see, for all I know we may end up getting a Nissan Altima...
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have you looked at the CC or passat 3.6 4motion? maybe only a year or two of the normal passat had the AWD version but i think its available on all years of the CCs, A downgrade in trim from the a6, and not as fun as a BMW but a great ride nonetheless. Haldex system so FWD until the wheels start slipping. 

post #7369 of 15736
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Originally Posted by Kai View Post

We have a couple of Subarus.
My wife drives an STI with 110k miles on it. I have an old Loyale wagon with 250k miles on it. Amazingly durable cars. Other than a hole in the radiator on the STI and a broken timing belt on the Loyale, we haven't had to take either car in for repairs ever. Both are still going strong.

The Loyale was the most unassuming little tank-like car ever. My family had picked one up when we lived in America for just a short few months more than two decades ago, it was such a quality piece. Shame that Japan doesn't make them like that anymore.
post #7370 of 15736
saw a bmw z1 today; only the second I've ever seen
post #7371 of 15736
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

The Loyale was the most unassuming little tank-like car ever. My family had picked one up when we lived in America for just a short few months more than two decades ago, it was such a quality piece. Shame that Japan doesn't make them like that anymore.

"Tank-like" is very true. I've been rear ended three times in the Loyale (all three while stopped at a stop light) once hard enough that the driver's seat actually broke from the force. Two of the cars that hit me were totaled. Replaced the bumper each time and got the car an alignment, but that's all that needed to be done. The car is still fine. Hardly any rattles. I doubt there are any new model station wagons currently on the market that are close to this tough. (Probably has something to do with the fully boxed frame on the Loyale and the fact that newer cars are built with crumple zones.)
post #7372 of 15736
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

i've owned a 330ci for almost 12 years now. they're phenomenal cars and much faster/more pleasurable to drive than the 325. the 325 is just a bit underpowered, especially against even entry level cars of today.
btw for around $15k you can get a decent 2001-2002 M3 if you're patient and an ok negotiator.

The M3's of that era around that price range, have all been raped . I'd stay away.
An unmolested, average mileage 40-60k E46 M3 should cost you 20-30k. For that pricing, i'd rather add a little more and get the E90/E93 M3.
post #7373 of 15736
Finally jumping another hurdle and will see a massive bump in salary this year. However, don't really want to go overboard so want to keep how much I spend on a car limited until I buy a house.

What car would you get in the 50-60kish range? Maybe up to 70kish but don't want to go much over...

I've been looking at the Jaguar XF, BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-class coupe, and Porsche Boxster S as possibilities. Which would you recommend? Any others? I prefer smaller cars which is what makes me hesitant about the XF, 5-series and E-class, but also don't really need the power of something like a M3 considering I spend most of my time in gridlock traffic. Maybe wait for the Jaguar F-type but I'm also not a huge fan of convertibles and it's up in the air whether they will make a hardtop F-type?
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Originally Posted by sportin_life View Post

Finally jumping another hurdle and will see a massive bump in salary this year. However, don't really want to go overboard so want to keep how much I spend on a car limited until I buy a house.
What car would you get in the 50-60kish range? Maybe up to 70kish but don't want to go much over...
I've been looking at the Jaguar XF, BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-class coupe, and Porsche Boxster S as possibilities. Which would you recommend? Any others? I prefer smaller cars which is what makes me hesitant about the XF, 5-series and E-class, but also don't really need the power of something like a M3 considering I spend most of my time in gridlock traffic. Maybe wait for the Jaguar F-type but I'm also not a huge fan of convertibles and it's up in the air whether they will make a hardtop F-type?

I'd get a Maserati Quattroporte but I don't know how much those cost, probably more nowadays. Just the base model.
post #7375 of 15736
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

I'd get a Maserati Quattroporte but I don't know how much those cost, probably more nowadays. Just the base model.

They start around $125k.
post #7376 of 15736
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Originally Posted by sportin_life View Post

Finally jumping another hurdle and will see a massive bump in salary this year. However, don't really want to go overboard so want to keep how much I spend on a car limited until I buy a house.

What car would you get in the 50-60kish range? Maybe up to 70kish but don't want to go much over...

I've been looking at the Jaguar XF, BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-class coupe, and Porsche Boxster S as possibilities. Which would you recommend? Any others? I prefer smaller cars which is what makes me hesitant about the XF, 5-series and E-class, but also don't really need the power of something like a M3 considering I spend most of my time in gridlock traffic. Maybe wait for the Jaguar F-type but I'm also not a huge fan of convertibles and it's up in the air whether they will make a hardtop F-type?

If you spend most of your time in gridlock, whatever you do, buy an automatic. I used to hate bumper to bumper traffic when I drove a stick.

I would personally go MB over BMW but that's just a personal choice. I think the BMW 5 series has nice line but I think the MB have superior interiors...and that's where one spends most of his car time at.
post #7377 of 15736
holy shit, haha. I didn't know they cost that much new. Still, wouldn't mind picking one up CPO and it'd probably be in his price range.
post #7378 of 15736
Get a used B7 RS4.
post #7379 of 15736
The Jaguar XF 3.0 looks rather tempting. At mid-50k it looks like a bargain too.

The one thing about the E-class that I can't get over is that I always thought they looked like Accords.
post #7380 of 15736
someone parked a Ferrari California right by my driveway. i'm trying to figure out who it belongs to. it's much better looking close up.
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Originally Posted by sportin_life View Post

Finally jumping another hurdle and will see a massive bump in salary this year. However, don't really want to go overboard so want to keep how much I spend on a car limited until I buy a house.
What car would you get in the 50-60kish range? Maybe up to 70kish but don't want to go much over...
I've been looking at the Jaguar XF, BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-class coupe, and Porsche Boxster S as possibilities. Which would you recommend? Any others? I prefer smaller cars which is what makes me hesitant about the XF, 5-series and E-class, but also don't really need the power of something like a M3 considering I spend most of my time in gridlock traffic. Maybe wait for the Jaguar F-type but I'm also not a huge fan of convertibles and it's up in the air whether they will make a hardtop F-type?
you're kind of all over the map in terms of what you're considering. big saloons, convertibles, 2-seat sports cars...it's pretty much impossible to compare those. it sounds like you're looking for something from one of the luxury marques, and have a price in mind, but what else are you looking for?

personally i think the best car for around $70k is the BMW M3 4dr, but that's why i own one...YMMV.
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