Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. JunyaYamamoto

    JunyaYamamoto Senior member

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    this was the driving force behind me getting a japanese car. there's no doubt bmw rules the roost in driving dynamics but it's $10k+ more when you factor in add-ons. plus as soon as the bmw warranty runs out, you better sell the car, return the lease, or have a mini fortune stored away just in case b/c repairs are very expensive.



    oh good to know. i'll have to read up on the reviews from europe to see the general consensus. the mini is the obvious choice for a small urban car but it's a little too common around here.
     
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    The new 2013 500 Turbo is definitely worth a look. Here's what Autoblog had to say about it when announced this week:

     


  3. Find Finn

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    The Cooper S has a lot of problems from what I've heard.

    If I was in the market for something that size with high HP, I would get an Abarth or BMW M135, the Abarth sounds amazing for such a little car.
     


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    RFX45 Senior member

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    M135? The Abarth starts at $22k while the 135 M starts at $39k not to mention it is pretty rare these days. Even the 128i starts at $31k. I know pricing is different where you are at but even there the price difference must still be pretty huge between the two.
     
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  5. Find Finn

    Find Finn Senior member

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    The F20 came out a couple months ago and with it came the M135, the one series has a golf sized boot, the only small hot hatch that comes close to it is the A1, but the rear space is terrible, so the size and the fact it's 3.0 V6 bi turbo ads a bit to the price.


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    The old one is pretty far down in price and you can get a lightly used 135 coupe for the same as a brand new Abarth
     
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  6. JunyaYamamoto

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    i didnt know that about the cooper S. i just knew that it was a driver's car and it cornered well. the M135 is a different beast, and it's better than what i currently drive. i just wanted a beat-up car as a 2nd vehicle that had a little pep.
     
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    A friend of mine bought a brand new cooper s last year 5k km later, it was oil less and on the back of a truck, Mini didn't know what had happened.
     
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  8. JunyaYamamoto

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    there must be lemon laws for that. that's horrible!
     


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    Yah, that isn't available in the US.
     


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    Yeah he was pissed, I think it ended up getting a new engine, to make it worse it's a 100k$ car.



    Okay
     


  11. JunyaYamamoto

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    if that had happened in the US, the manufacturer would have to take it back. I wouldn't want my new car to go through an engine transplant. that's just inexcusable.
     


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  13. Find Finn

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    Yup, a 100k for a Cooper S with leather and navi.
     


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    for men tight (6' 180 is a good sized guy)
    for a 5'7" 120 lb woman should be fine for 1 hour trips into the city for dinner/show
    long trips are usually just my wife and myself
     


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    we get the face lifted one (which I like)
    we also can get the titanium option: body colored front lip, black grill/window trim/rear diffuser, body colored mirrors, black exh tips, graphite wheels
    this package also includes the sport exh, a bit deeper/louder
    looks much better than the silver on certain colors, especially red
    the std silver looks good on silver or grey cars imo

    I want the ceramic brakes (don't need them) but 6k is steep

    I have 1 year warranty (CPO) on my RS4, I'll look for an RS5, CPO'ed, <8-10k miles in a year or so
    figure can get the car for 50-60k, and possibly with the ceramics (options depreciate brutally)

    although the S6 muddies the water
     


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