New car for an upwardly mobile young professional

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  1. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    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.
     


  2. FunLovinStyle

    FunLovinStyle Senior member

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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.

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    There is an all-wheel-drive variant as well, the G35x.
     


  3. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    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.

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

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    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.
     


  4. ektaylor

    ektaylor Senior member

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    What an hideous and odious combination of words: upwardly mobile young professional.

    I really should have added 'white' in there somewhere.
     


  5. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    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 [​IMG]
     


  6. LabelKing

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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.
     


  7. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    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.
     


  8. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    I'm surprised nobody's recommended the Volkswagon CC. Its a sweet ride.
     


  9. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    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.
     


  10. BC2012

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    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.
     


  11. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    ^^^Smart move.
     


  12. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    +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.
     


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    What an hideous and odious combination of words: upwardly mobile young professional.
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  14. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    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.
     


  15. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    -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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