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post #31 of 53
I do too, seen a few 993 Turbos in the Japanese classifieds for what I think are reasonable prices. I just don't know if I'm worthy. (I'm not, really)
post #32 of 53
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Originally Posted by P-K-L View Post

Do not buy a MINI - it looks like you are trying to be HIP - it is so BERLINish...

30 yr old graphic designers from Berlin wearing thick black rimmed glasses on their emo faces drive mini.....

this is total stereotypical bullshit.

1. I'm 36, not 30
2. my glasses are horn, not black
3. I'm from Dallas not Berlin.
post #33 of 53
How do you feel about buying used? Because for the price of a new Mini you could get a used E46 M3, which is the best used performance car bargain out there, in my opinion.

Btw, not sure if this is true everywhere, but you would be shocked at how much 993 Turbos still go for in the States
post #34 of 53
yeah I kind of have an idea what 993TTs cost in the US, are they still like 75K for a nice one? they're not that much in Japan, kinda on par with what a 3-4 year old base 997 C2 costs. All are low mileage, like 30K km's. Saw a nice black 993TT that has gotten my attention. I'd probably try to keep it forever, ship to my house in the US if I can't keep it rego'd in Japan (strict registration laws) or to my place in Korea.

I don't think OP needs an M3 though. He can't even drive a stick. He either needs a Merc SL like he said in the OP (those are nice to buy used, they tank in value and it's tons of car if you buy one a few years old) or something funky, a Mini isn't bad I guess. I still might be tempted to buy a tiptronic Boxster if I were him and wanted a car in the Mini's price range, it'd still be fun for someone who wants to squirt around town in a little sporty car.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

yeah I kind of have an idea what 993TTs cost in the US, are they still like 75K for a nice one? they're not that much in Japan, kinda on par with what a 3-4 year old base 997 C2 costs. All are low mileage, like 30K km's. Saw a nice black 993TT that has gotten my attention. I'd probably try to keep it forever, ship to my house in the US if I can't keep it rego'd in Japan (strict registration laws) or to my place in Korea.

I don't think OP needs an M3 though. He can't even drive a stick. He either needs a Merc SL like he said in the OP (those are nice to buy used, they tank in value and it's tons of car if you buy one a few years old) or something funky, a Mini isn't bad I guess. I still might be tempted to buy a tiptronic Boxster if I were him and wanted a car in the Mini's price range, it'd still be fun for someone who wants to squirt around town in a little sporty car.
Yeah, pretty much. Far more expensive than the much newer and current 996. And the price of the 993 TTS is pretty much in the collector car stratosphere...and for good reason

I guess I'm not clear on what OP wants - is it a fun car to drive (in which case M3 would rule), or something with funky styling? In that price range, it's pretty much the Mini, Fiat 500, or the latest Beetle?
post #36 of 53
SField, it sounds like you're wanting to settle for something you won't be comfortable with for any period of time, of course I may be totally off base. Get a used SL because my guess is that you'll wish you had in the first place. I'm speaking from experience.
post #37 of 53
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Problem is solved.. getting dad's old SLK AMG from a few years back. It should be here by late next week.
post #38 of 53
MiniCooperInterior.jpg


202-GTI-interior.jpg


a world of difference, if you ask me
post #39 of 53
Yeah that GTI interior is nicer than a Mini's, but not by much, and Audi/VW interiors and controls make me want to shoot myself in the face, either because they're boring as hell and I start to believe I'm a patient, or just not intuitive like a BMW-made product.
post #40 of 53
I love how this went from "I just need something simple and fun to get around the city, payed in cash, and I'm not a car guy" to "get some financing and buy something twice as expensive!"
post #41 of 53
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

I love how this went from "I just need something simple and fun to get around the city, payed in cash, and I'm not a car guy" to "get some financing and buy something twice as expensive!"

This is what we do on SF. laugh.gif
post #42 of 53
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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

Yeah that GTI interior is nicer than a Mini's, but not by much, and Audi/VW interiors and controls make me want to shoot myself in the face, either because they're boring as hell and I start to believe I'm a patient, or just not intuitive like a BMW-made product.

Yea, that is pretty typical. Luckily my dad had another car he'd gotten sick of, and gave it to me, which is how I got my last car. That frees up about 30k in cash for me, some of which I'll probably need for repairs... the thing is an AMG so the fucking cupholders would probably be 1000 to replace if they break. So far he's had no problems with it, although he only put 8k miles on it in a few years. Being shipped on Saturday should get here sometime next week.
post #43 of 53
^^^Good outcome. Enjoy it!
post #44 of 53
GTI is awesome, but the pedal position is awkward for heel-toeing.

Dunno bout the mini..
post #45 of 53
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