There are a TON of other cars I'd rather get in the $31k range before thinking about the GTI...jeez. I'm throwing in pre-owned cars too.
Edited by whiteslashasian - 4/2/13 at 1:02pm
Thanks for all the suggestions! I hadn't really thought about the Altima, as some family members of mine had bought one a few years back and I wasn't impressed. Did a little digging and it turns out they redesigned it last year, and it's getting rave reviews, and it would fit in the budget. I'm not a huge fan of VW's. I guess I just don't get what the big deal is. I had a Jetta as a rental a couple years back and it reminded me of a Ford Taurus. Just...bleh. Maybe they've redesigned them too?
I never understood that "ruining the brand" comment. Mercedes makes a variety of vehicles from big azz haulers, buses, dump trucks taxis, and even lorries but y'all are alleging that a $30,000 (and that is a stripper car) car somehow ruins the brand? That is akin to saying a 3 series "ruins" BMW's reputation or an A4 is not a real Audi. Last time I checked the C class price overlap with the E class was about the same as the 3 series and 5 series overlap: significant. (sidenote: I also think MB fucked up by not offering the W204 C350 in a stick shift like they did with the W203 C350)
Smaller cars are becoming more and more popular in metropolitan areas in the US. This is a phenomenon that I never would have predicted.