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renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 19th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Criteria

Coooool, thank you for the research. Very interesting!

A bug!! I hadn't even thought about that! You're right, they seriously are rennie-cars. They even have a little flower vase! That would be a fun car to own.

Although I'm not sure that it would accomodate my skis well. hrm. There is also the Jetta, I've heard good things, though I don't know much/anything about it.

I'm not sure if it makes more sense right now to buy a new car or used. I keep going back and forth. If I want used, then much more than 10K seems silly, because I can get a NEW car for not much more... of course, once I start adding on options it looks like it would be over 15K.

I have 8.5K insurance settlement. So I could do a "lateral" move, essentially buy a 4-year-old car similar to the one I just lost, and I'd be in much the same position I was before. That's where the 8-10 range comes from.

Or I could go with a new car. More money, and money I hadn't planned on spending right now, but there are certainly advantages to a new car... warranty, more trustworthy, and generally spiffier too. I could afford it, but do I want to?

New cars, I have access to a discount through GM and Ford. So those would probably be the way to go, financially. (Sadly that means that fun cars like Beetles and Minis are less of a good idea then, unless they are good enough to beat a discount.) Saturn ION Quad Coup and Ford Focus ZX5 are my current contenders I think.

If I go used, I can pick from unlimited make/models, even foreign ones! (gasp!) Except I wouldn't want to spend toooo much.... I test-drove a yellow beetle monday, which was a nifty car. But he wants 11.5, not sure if that's worth it or not. There are other VW cars to look at. I could also get an earlier model Focus or ION. Or look at... well other stuff... I don't even know. (:

I think just strolling around a used car lot would be good for me; I started to do that today during my lunch hour but it was cold out. And the Saturn guy took a long time -- but I did managed to test drive a new ION, and I found that I quite liked it. Not much different from my Cavelier as far as comfort and driving goes, but it's got the cool doors and it was silver.
pstscrpt From: pstscrpt Date: January 19th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Criteria

Are there any Ford or GM models that might be acceptable that are in their last model year, or close to it? That's how I got my pretty well equipped new SunFire for $12,600 when Mel worked at GM.

Also, if you can develop a taste for stickshifts (which seems likely, considering you enjoy motorcycles), they make 4-cylinder subcompacts much more responsive and they cut the price of your options drastically. On the other hand, it makes it hard to get cruise control, you don't automatically get traction control with ABS (if the model was like that, otherwise), and if you want remote start, you have to sign a waiver that you won't try to use it when you've left the car in gear. And traffic jams can get uncomfortable.

My parents just got a Saturn ION Quad Coup with a stickshift a couple months ago and they seem pretty happy with it.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 19th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Criteria

I'm going to add another car to the list, just because I love it so much:
I came within inches of buying one of these when I lived in Austin. Meaning, if the interior space around the driver had been a few inches larger, I would have bought it. I'm guessing that your space requirements are significantly lower than mine, and therefore the 318ti might work for you.

The gnifty standard features include:
  • Fog Lights
  • Power Heated Mirrors
  • Lighted Entry System
  • Sport Suspension
  • Tinted Glass
  • 16 Inch Wheels
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Traction Control
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Front Side Airbags
In Austin, I spoke with a mechanic that specialized in BMWs, and he said there where no known issues with the 318tis.

Which brings up the question of repair. Repairing a BMW is going to be more expensive than most other cars. However, on the up side, there are mechanics that specialize in BMWs.

This can be a very good thing. A mechanic that repairs all cars may be competent, but he's not going to be an expert in a given car. He won't know the little details. Like, when I was in Austin, I found a mechanic that specialized in Jeeps. He told me that platinum-tipped spark plugs were a bad idea, since they actually decrease performance in the Jeep 4.0-HO engines, and didn't last as long as advertised. No run-of-the-mill mechanic would know a detail like that.

A quick search shows a '96 318ti with 63,000 miles for sale in the Detroit area for $6,500. (link)


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