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Cars We Drive!

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

  1. ramuman

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    Depends on your budget and air-cooled vs. water-cooled.
     
  2. GreenFrog

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    Saw an i8 today. Looked really good. The exhaust sounds pretty damn good for a three banger.
     
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    I was thinking mid 2000s, so water cooled. I don't want to pay more than $30k.
     
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    At that price, you'd have to buy a 996.


    Don't buy a 996.
     
  5. GreenFrog

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    What condition e46 M3 will a budget of $25K get me?
     
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    $30k does not bring you a whole lot, but you night find an ok 80's SC or Carrera Targas or shabbier coupes for that price point or a 964 Targa or a 996 (Right now, the least popular 911 iteration for obvious reasons). 911 prices have increased quite dramatically in that past 5 years. The holy grail are all pre-73 cars as they are the purest form. Price point there is $60k for shabby 911Ts - $1M plus for Carrera RSs ...

    Maintenance on all of them is straight forward and 911s are very reliable. Read up on all specific model iterations as each had a few typical issues - that, by now should have been mostly addressed. Full maintenance records is what you want to look for and always do a PPI. Budget ~$2k - 4k for maintenance annually for one that is nicely set up already. If not, worst case is an engine rebuilt that runs in the $20k + neighborhood ...

    EDIT: This one at my friend's Paul Kramer's place looked like real good value: The SCs are steeply increasing in value these days. This one only has what appears a few cosmetic needs but seems like tons of fun with good maintenance history.
     
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    04-06s with less than 50k miles with either tranny. Convertibles too. The world of E46's is your pearl...wait a minute. Did you get a job?
     
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    In a way, I kinda want an E46 with more than 60K miles that's gone through Inspection II already. Only want a coupe w/ six speed tranny.

    Don't have a job just yet, but I do have a final round interview coming up that I'm very confident I'll ace and get an offer from. Will have to move to a new city and commute to the office via car :D
     
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    They only make coupes so you're ok and there are plenty of 3 pedal cars out there. Over 60k and you're only going to spend about $20k max. Buddy of mine has been itching for a E46 M3 convertible so I kinda know the numbers offhand.

    Congrats. Another move? What city this time?
     
  10. ramuman

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    A pretty decent post LCI one. Make sure the sub-frame has been reinforced and VANOS is fine.
     
  11. GreenFrog

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    Yup, but I'm vehemently against convertibles.

    Too early for congrats lol. But if I do get an offer and accept, I'd be moving to Providence. I'm kinda iffy on the city TBH, but the role is exactly what I've wanted for a long time. Holding out for another position I applied to that's still based in Boston.



    Wait, like actually reinforced as aftermarket work?
     
  12. ramuman

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    Well a reliable aftermarket fix that is documented, or actually fixed/re-inforced BMW themselves (that's not the same as BMW just having "inspected it". You don't want to deal with an issue with the subframe out of pocket.
     
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    Providence is allegedly a great place to live. If you're 60. (Yes, I'm too young to live there also.)
     
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    I'd probably only stay there for a year tops to get the experience and then switch jobs and cities again.. though, at that point, I'd be wary of being seen as a job hopper with commitment issues.

    Dammit, I really need to set up roots in one city!
     
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    A year is kinda short. If you have a solid story for your next employer, you should be fine though. I actually want to get back in the workforce and need to explain my yearlong absence from it - obviously startups and family issues used up that time.
     
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    Damn. I thought that was only an E36 issue. I knew that similar to the E36, the E46 also had the rear shock tower issues
     
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    Just got back from Sunday errands. Saw a really nice Cayman GTS being driven so slow by a geezer that he was getting tailgated by a Honda CRV.
     
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    I'm doing the same thing. Planning on an air cooled, normally aspirated RWD whale tailed late 80s bug eye'd 911. Something like this would be perfect.

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    They shared a lot of the same same issues (VANOS, rear subframe, etc.), because many components of the E46 were based largely on the E36. The S54 engine was an evolution of the S50, the rear subframe assembly was largely the same, BMW's choice to make the Getrag manual into an SMG themselves, etc.
     
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    I think Targa and Turbo look don't mix well. The whale tail looks like a stupid 80s accessory on most 911s and especially on a Targa and those altered, wider fenders scream cheap boy racer. Unless you posted this as a joke, simply say no to this car.
     

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