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Old 07-18-2012, 02:09 PM   #21
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I imagine given that the company gave him a list of approved cars that they pay for a lease or give a monthly stipent for the car. That is how it usually works. The district manager's for my old company had a car that was leased by the company for them.
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If they make you buy a new car every four years, I hope they pay enough in mileage that it covers the depreciation! I wouldn't stay at a job like that if it didn't.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:38 PM   #23
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Fair enough. For some reason my first thought was some kind of low-level travelling sales job where they made you buy your own car and drive it a million miles a year or something.
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Well you could get the Kia Optima with the turbo engine. 275hp and and automatic
they look ok, but have never driven one. I think they are about 24-25K
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I think the most logical thing to do given your criteria is to get an IS-F.

Touched 150mph again a few times last night. I woke up this morning and thought holy shiit i need to slow down.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #27
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Well you could get the Kia Optima with the turbo engine. 275hp and and automatic
they look ok, but have never driven one. I think they are about 24-25K
I don't know that Chip (can I call you Chip for short since I like to pronounce usernames phonetically?) would be as happy with an Optima. It's a great appliance car for the money for my wife and has lots of bells and whistles like air-conditioned front seats, but it has a zero "fun to drive quotient." We did test drive the turbo and the non-turbo and decided she could use the sat nav system more than the extra HP and TQ of the turbo engine (either upgrade was about $2.0 - 2.5k as I recall).

We did not test drive the sport package (SE?) version but those were creeping up on $30k with options.
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I don't know that Chip (can I call you Chip for short since I like to pronounce usernames phonetically?) would be as happy with an Optima. It's a great appliance car for the money for my wife and has lots of bells and whistles like air-conditioned front seats, but it has a zero "fun to drive quotient." We did test drive the turbo and the non-turbo and decided she could use the sat nav system more than the extra HP and TQ of the turbo engine (either upgrade was about $2.0 - 2.5k as I recall).

We did not test drive the sport package (SE?) version but those were creeping up on $30k with options.
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I need to go test drive the Optima. It is another option, though I love hatches and wagons.
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Go convince yourself - look at the value of 2-year old Hyundais.
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Sav is right: they drop in value like a rock. Why not a CPO known reliable car with low mileage? You'd save a ton
I almost missed these comments earlier. This was one area we struggled with before choosing the Optima for the missus. How can you compare 4-year (or 2-year ) rates of depreciation on a car that was introduced in 2011?

I am not sure how instructive it is to compare a 2011+ Sonata to a 2009 Sonata because they are such massive redesigns. It may hold relevant, but I wasn't so sure.
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I need to go test drive the Optima. It is another option, though I love hatches and wagons.
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Dude this thread is sucking.

For $25K you could buy so much awesome spiffy shiit.

My vote is C5 with hptuners and set that shiz up for happy highway 35mpg.
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I like those cars.
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My vote is C5 with hptuners and set that shiz up for happy highway 35mpg.
Had that. Did 34mpg actually. 33 with the built engine and camshaft on a nice lean tune. Not modding, and can't be old. If I wanted older, we'd just keep the GS and I'd fix it.

If I were buying sport again, it'd be the LS swapped M3 in the pictures thread or a swapped FD.
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The last new car we bought was 12 years ago which this car will be replacing. This cars replacement will be bought in 10 years. I like new so I know exactly where it came from. If it were to be sold in 2-3 years, CPO would be the route I'd take.
Then go buy a brand new C30, or at the very least test drive one.

I have a friend who was shopping for a car from this category - he drove a Focus, a GTI, a C30, and a few other things, and he said the C30 was head and shoulders above everything else.
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I honestly think the c30 has one of the best looking front ends out there right now. If I decide I don't want a 4-dr for a DD, that will be high on my list.


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I don't understand your guys' obsession with volvo on this forum.

No really, I don't think any other non-volvo site I frequent has so many volvo lovers.

Whats so cool about them? (srs question)
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it looks cool and is well built?

I only care about the v70r, s60r, and s40r.


that's like saying I like the supra TT and old *** AWD turbo celicas, and then you saying I'm obsessed with toyotas.


I absolutely hate vovlo interiors. they are comfortable as hell, but too "modern design" for my personal tastes. I hate the stupid extension radio panel thing...waste of space.
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I have no idea how and why some of you want to daily drive a small car. Get at least a mid-size; some place to stretch out and allow the possibility of fitting more than 2 people into it comfortably.

Myself personally, I can't stand my 3. Small, uncomfortable, noisy. The only reason I got it was because it was cheap. Next couple of months i'm getting myself into a full size.
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I can never see myself getting a full size.

I DD a 2000 altima and I've maybe used the rear seats for passengers maybe 2-3 times in the last 7 years? One of those times included Hustler.

I'd prefer a smaller 2-dr car, but my wife already drives a prelude and we'll probably replace it with a g37x coupe or accord v6 coupe or geneis coupe or alike. So I don't want another small car in the stable. I grew up driving vans and station wagons and love a hatch and know how pracitcal they can be, so I'm looking at the MS3, WRX, and Focus ST. I'm pretty sure I'll end up with a Focus ST very shortly.
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I can never see myself getting a full size.

I DD a 2000 altima and I've maybe used the rear seats for passengers maybe 2-3 times in the last 7 years? One of those times included Hustler.

I'd prefer a smaller 2-dr car, but my wife already drives a prelude and we'll probably replace it with a g37x coupe or accord v6 coupe or geneis coupe or alike. So I don't want another small car in the stable. I grew up driving vans and station wagons and love a hatch and know how pracitcal they can be, so I'm looking at the MS3, WRX, and Focus ST. I'm pretty sure I'll end up with a Focus ST very shortly.
All the cars mentioned in your post are basically small cars.

I don't consider myself a taxi cab either but the ride, space and refinement of a full size is undeniable. Ill lug around an extra 10 inches of wheel base, extra 2 seats and worse gas mileage for that.
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I know. I still want a somewhat practical car that's small and fun to drive.

otherwise I'd rock a tarus sho or 540i or something.
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