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post #16 of 161
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
What an hideous and odious combination of words: upwardly mobile young professional.

That phrase has been around since the 80's. Its like DINKY's or CityBoys. Its not classy but its fairly accurate.
post #17 of 161
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I am looking to buy a car to last me the next 5-8 years. I am just beginning my career and I need a car that will last me until I can comfortably buy a newer/next-level car, if that makes sense. I will need to drive a lot and have a car I can rely on. I'm working and living in the North West, for what it's worth.

My price range is ~$20,000 with an absolute limit of $25,000.

Any suggestions?

Might I suggest a slightly used (or perhaps Certified Pre-Owned) Infiniti G35? A 2007 G35 can be had in the low 20s with ~40k miles. It is certainly sporty (important for a young man) yet well appointed (important should you ever find yourself driving the boss or a client to a business lunch). It is as reliable as any Nissan/Infiniti, which is to say, very reliable indeed.





There is an all-wheel-drive variant as well, the G35x.
post #18 of 161
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Originally Posted by intent View Post
With all the interior plastic styling in this car, it'll look old in 2-3 years.

C&D seems to like the car and said the interior materials are "quite nice", for whatever that is worth.



I think it looks loads better than the overworked Cruze interior. The Elantra is quicker and gets better MPG as well.

Cruze:


Do we know what kind of mileage the OP will be putting on this thing? That will help determine if getting new or used is the better option.
post #19 of 161
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
What an hideous and odious combination of words: upwardly mobile young professional.

I really should have added 'white' in there somewhere.
post #20 of 161
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Originally Posted by ektaylor View Post
I really should have added 'white' in there somewhere.

Nah, it's implied in "upwardly moile young professional". Only white people would ever say such a thing
post #21 of 161
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I really should have added 'white' in there somewhere.

The only way to make that concept more heinous would be to have an "Asian-American" subject. I can simply envision some holocaust of a Chinese-American who is an upwardly mobile young professional.
post #22 of 161
Get the Elantra, or get an Accord. Ignore everyone who's trying to tell you to get a certified pre-owned car; buy the Hyundai new and you will not regret it. Ignore the StyleForum insistence that you must buy a luxury car with perfect design.
post #23 of 161
I'm surprised nobody's recommended the Volkswagon CC. Its a sweet ride.
post #24 of 161
I recommend a new Hyundai Sonata. They look good, have good reliability, low maintenance costs, and a good warranty. A nicely equipped one can be bought for around $20,000. A used BMW, MB, Porsche, and the like will over time drain your wallet in maintenance costs and repairs.
post #25 of 161
Be like me and get a Civic. I'm the man, so it's a pretty obvious choice. Seriously, though, it's a solid car for the money, gas mileage is awesome, looks nice (I think), and runs forever. H0nda prid3 4 lyf3, too.
post #26 of 161
^^^Smart move.
post #27 of 161
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Originally Posted by Fraiche View Post
+1

And don't get it new. Get recertified cars.

+100. My current car (Infiniti G35 coupe) is the last one I will buy new. After almost 8 years, it is still great and should serve me well for another 8. Nonetheless, my next one will be a used/certified.
post #28 of 161
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
What an hideous and odious combination of words: upwardly mobile young professional.


+1
post #29 of 161
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Originally Posted by brown eyes View Post
buy a 370Z and finance the difference

-100. There's nothing better than no car payments. Financing a depreciable asset is not advisable. Don't start off your professional life by being owned by the bank. Its a hard habit to break.
post #30 of 161
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Originally Posted by mkarim View Post
-100. There's nothing better than no car payments. Financing a depreciable asset is not advisable. Don't start off your professional life by being owned by the bank. Its a hard habit to break.

It's not terribly advisable to drop 30k on a 2 seater sports car with a stiff suspension either. It's not a great daily driver or utility car (wtf are you going to fit in there? a briefcase?) or something he's likely going to want to be driving for 5+ years.

Great for a 2nd "weekend car".
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