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Recommend a car for me.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by The Wayfarer, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    Honda Element
    Volkswagen Golf
    Lexus IS300

    I would stay away from any BMW, Audi or Benz for $10k... it's going to be pretty rough or pretty old.

    Not true. I've had several sub-$10k BMWs that were not rough at all. While they were all at least 6 years old, they drove very well and were excellent values for the price. You are likely to get quite a lot more car for your money when buying an older one. You must have a greater aptitude or tolerance for maintenance and repairs.
     
  2. dah328

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    If you want really stylish, get a BMW E30 325i or 318i (3-series before 1991) for less than $5K, and save the rest of the money for car maintenance.
    These are solid cars and fun to drive, but probably not exactly to the OP's liking. I'm selling my E30 325is in a month or two and lamenting the fact that I will not likely match its fun/cost ratio in any future car purchase.
     
  3. aXis888x

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    i would suggest you buy my car, see my thread i just posted in this section. its a 2006 Civic Si, black on black really stylish but good on gas and stuff. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Used Yaris. I love Toyota. Yaris save gas and it's very lovely looking.
     
  5. masayako

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    Can the Smart car get on freeway?
     
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    My answer to every automotive question is the Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT.
     
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    Pre loved VW Golf, Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Toyota Corrolla (boring as hell but tougher than a cockroach)
     
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    And I get decent (not great) mileage on it, 26-29 mpg.

    That's decent? There are large SUV's with better fuel economy. I also don't understand Prius, since there are many non-hybrid cars with similar mileage. Isn't diesel available in the US or what's the deal?
     
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    That's decent? There are large SUV's with better fuel economy.
    Not in America.
    I also don't understand Prius, since there are many non-hybrid cars with similar mileage.
    Prius is the only hybrid car with a unique body style, so it way outsells other hybrids because of the halo effect (you're a better person, saving the planet, etc). You can't make a statement driving a Honda hybrid with the same body style as a normal car.
    Isn't diesel available in the US or what's the deal?
    Barely. VW used to make a diesel Jetta, MB sells E-class diesel.
     
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    That's decent? There are large SUV's with better fuel economy. I also don't understand Prius, since there are many non-hybrid cars with similar mileage. Isn't diesel available in the US or what's the deal?

    That sounds quite high to me. I get about 17.
     
  11. The Wayfarer

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    Okay, I lied, it's probably more like $20k.

    New budget in consideration, suggestions?

    I've been browsing AutoTrader and found some rad BMW 3 series between $12-18k and only a few years old.
     
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    You should get a bike
    You can ride it if you like
     
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    +1 on the Honda Fit. But make sure to get the standard.
     
  14. Big A

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    Forget small a fuel efficient, get one of these (this is America, damn it!)

    [​IMG]

    In all seriousness have you thought about the Scion tC? I know they have a fan-boy racer image, but my assistant has one and I like it a lot. The fit & finish is nice, it looks slick, and it gets great gas mileage. Just don't try to put any creature larger than a beagle in the back seat.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Okay, I lied, it's probably more like $20k.

    New budget in consideration, suggestions?

    I've been browsing AutoTrader and found some rad BMW 3 series between $12-18k and only a few years old.


    I don't think the 3-series is super fuel efficient, but the older ones are nice (I think the E30 was the pinnacle personally, and you can get one for $5K).

    At 20k, you could get a new Mazda 3 which is a nice compact. I always buy used cause it makes no sense to buy new anymore. Mini Coopers are nice, but heavy and lack grunt. A used Honda S2000 or a newer Miata would be nice if you don't need more than 2 seats. The new Nissan Cube looks pretty functional. Used Volvos have a lot of hipster cred.

    It really depends on your needs, your personality, etc.
     
  17. wt888

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    I don't think the 3-series is super fuel efficient, but the older ones are nice (I think the E30 was the pinnacle personally, and you can get one for $5K).

    At 20k, you could get a new Mazda 3 which is a nice compact. I always buy used cause it makes no sense to buy new anymore. Mini Coopers are nice, but heavy and lack grunt. A used Honda S2000 or a newer Miata would be nice if you don't need more than 2 seats. The new Nissan Cube looks pretty functional. Used Volvos have a lot of hipster cred.

    It really depends on your needs, your personality, etc.


    For $25-30k you can get a Ferrari 308 GTS. Zero depreciation and you might even make a few $$ when you sell.
     
  18. LabelKing

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    For $30,000 you can get a Mercedes Pagoda.
     
  19. wt888

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    For $30,000 you can get a Mercedes Pagoda.

    Yes but they are not exactly fun to drive. Automatic and underpowered.
     
  20. LabelKing

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    Yes but they are not exactly fun to drive. Automatic and underpowered.
    They are not Ferraris, but driven at high speeds, they can be rather fun with that swing axle suspension and large amounts of chrome; some did have manual transmissions.
     

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