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Old 10-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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There's back story here. I had a CTS-V briefly but I ended up trading it with my buddy's 2006 750i:

https://www.miataturbo.net/insert-bs...-gm-car-74484/

Ohmygod it's got luxe like a rap star's hotel suite and if feels so right, but it's probably a ticking time bomb that'll blow my budget to smithereens.

So... my ideal replacement has:

- luxury
- a nice responsive auto, DSG if possible
- 3-series sized, or between a 3 and a 5
- isn't a money pit like recent BMWs
- a wagon would be a plus
- drives awesome
- >= 300 hp if possible, after a chip OK
- $20k budget MAX, prefer $15k

Does it even exist??!

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Old 10-07-2013, 02:39 PM   #2
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FD RX-7 w/ LSx and plushy carpet.

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I am told that these are nice.

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I've been toying with the idea of an a3 tdi.
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Hmm how good are 2007-ish modded 2.0T A3's wrt my above criteria?
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I've been toying with the idea of an a3 tdi.
I have had weird borring daily driving car dreams also. I might have Low T, it's not my fault.

I've actualy been thinking of a cheap TSX or 4-door civic Si as a daily.

Something DTI would be nice also, I'm just not sure if I want to deal with VW quality.
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Uh oh Truedelta.com stats don't bode well. It's worse than the 750.

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AutoTrader.com[MB[500E[]][]]&listingId=351888306&listingIndex=1&Log=0

Damn Autotrader links.

Buy this.
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AutoTrader.com[MB[500E[]][]]&listingId=351888306&listingIndex=1&Log=0

Damn Autotrader links.

Buy this.
20k...srs?
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I have had weird borring daily driving car dreams also. I might have Low T, it's not my fault.
I drive 50 miles a day, and spend about 2 hours in my car each.

I LOVE the seats in my wrx. First car I've ever driven that didn't hurt my lower back after a short or extended period behind the wheel.

I'm just thinking something a little more plush, much better mpgs, and a inversed torque curve might make a better commuter car.

plus you can still get them in the vw r32 type awd.
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I drive 50 miles a day, and spend about 2 hours in my car each.

I LOVE the seats in my wrx. First car I've ever driven that didn't hurt my lower back after a short or extended period behind the wheel.

I'm just thinking something a little more plush, much better mpgs, and a inversed torque curve might make a better commuter car.

plus you can still get them in the vw r32 type awd.
What year WRX?

Yeah the WRX's have been out for be because of mpg, heck even my wifes bimma gets 27mpg average and that's with a tune.

Reason I am thinking Honda or something is cause of MPG AND reliability, VW seems to have issues with the reliability part. I have enough cars to work on, just want a DD that doesn't need my attention.
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2009. I'm getting an average of 23mpg.

It's also loud: trans whines, the gears/diff chatter, and it rattles a bit inside. When you get to spend lots of quality time with the car, those quirks arent as cute.
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2009. I'm getting an average of 23mpg.

It's also loud: trans whines, the gears/diff chatter, and it rattles a bit inside. When you get to spend lots of quality time with the car, those quirks arent as cute.
I know exactly what you are talking about. A think I have growns up enough now that I am ok with having a more plush, easy to drive car.

My wife would divorce me if I buy an Auto though.
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i'm thinking of something like this, with a turbo LS swap. MS3 + OBD1 for the win?

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haha "OMG". I'm sure this does not exist in the States.
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Infiniti G37, has 300hp+ these days, AWD option, decent size, luxury.
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we are looking at the G37 for the wifey actually. That and maybe in is250 or the c230.
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From the original thread:

I had a G35 and it was pretty close to the BMW (3-series) combination of "sporty lux." One thing I definitely noticed, in a good way, was the weight distribution being pretty even as are most BMW cars.

I don't think you are getting a dual-clutch gearbox in any of the cars listed above. The G35 had a 5AT and I think the G37 has an option for a 6AT
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OK so some new candidates:

- 270 hp Mazda6
- G35 or G37 4-door
- IS350

Can anyone tell me the FLAWS of any of the above cars?
For example, an early G35 I drove had very annoyingly sensitive brakes.
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My sister is looking for a new car and we went and drove an Audi A4 (2013) and G37Sx(2011 I think). The G was spacious inside and I'm sure it drives good but I thought the seats were waaay to firm.

I'm also trying to get her to go drive the new Mazda 6's.
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