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    Thread: I'm throwing in the towel on my current car. Mighty TCL, Help me pick something.

    1. 11-12-2011 01:05 AM #1
      Well, I never thought I would become "that guy", but I just can't stand to own my current car anymore. I have a 2001 B5 S4 Avant, 6 speed, Nogaro blue, 500+HP, etc. People constantly tell me that it's awesome and cool, but I hate it. Something goes wrong with it every god damn month. It has cost me over $5000 in the first year of ownership, and the absolute certainty that it will keep breaking keeps me from enjoying it.

      So, I ask you, name something that will fit the bill. I'll name the criteria, and start spitting.

      ~$15,000 we can go up a little
      Reasonably fun to drive
      RELIABLE - No joke, I'm F'ing done wrenching on cars in my free time
      AWD is a plus but not a must (It's winter 6 months here)
      I'm a bit of a dash stroker, so a decent interior is preferable.

      Hit me with what you've got. I'm all over the place from a 2009 Civic Si to a Blob eye WRX, to a new Fiesta. I have no idea right now. All I know, is the Audi has to go.

    2. 11-12-2011 01:20 AM #2


      What's a prev gen TL go for around you? Aside from the AWD that meets everything you've got there.

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      11-12-2011 01:23 AM #3
      Get a used Lexus or Acura, avoid anything with a turbo/supercharger.

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      11-12-2011 01:51 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by ColinAndrews View Post
      Well, I never thought I would become "that guy", but I just can't stand to own my current car anymore. I have a 2001 B5 S4 Avant, 6 speed, Nogaro blue, 500+HP, etc. People constantly tell me that it's awesome and cool, but I hate it. Something goes wrong with it every god damn month. It has cost me over $5000 in the first year of ownership, and the absolute certainty that it will keep breaking keeps me from enjoying it.
      And yet, every "find me a car TCL for ten stacks" thread posted gets 10 replies per page of B5 S4, "they are sikkkk."

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      11-12-2011 02:43 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by ColinAndrews View Post
      Well, I never thought I would become "that guy", but I just can't stand to own my current car anymore. I have a 2001 B5 S4 Avant, 6 speed, Nogaro blue, 500+HP, etc. People constantly tell me that it's awesome and cool, but I hate it. Something goes wrong with it every god damn month. It has cost me over $5000 in the first year of ownership, and the absolute certainty that it will keep breaking keeps me from enjoying it.

      So, I ask you, name something that will fit the bill. I'll name the criteria, and start spitting.

      ~$15,000 we can go up a little
      Reasonably fun to drive
      RELIABLE - No joke, I'm F'ing done wrenching on cars in my free time
      AWD is a plus but not a must (It's winter 6 months here)
      I'm a bit of a dash stroker, so a decent interior is preferable.

      Hit me with what you've got. I'm all over the place from a 2009 Civic Si to a bug eye WRX, to a new Fiesta. I have no idea right now. All I know, is the Audi has to go.
      ???


      Subies (bug eye) are NOT fast, so its going to be a giant difference from what you have currently.

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      11-12-2011 03:02 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr Miyagi View Post
      ???


      Subies (bug eye) are NOT fast, so its going to be a giant difference from what you have currently.
      Where is that whole post do you see that he wants fast? A blob eye may not be blisteringly fast, reasonably fun to drive...yes.

      BTW, this is a blob eye (2004+)

      Last edited by patrikman; 11-12-2011 at 03:08 AM.

    8. 11-12-2011 03:15 AM #8
      You could get a clean E36 M3 for that price range + a set of winter tires.

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      11-12-2011 07:22 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      And yet, every "find me a car TCL for ten stacks" thread posted gets 10 replies per page of B5 S4, "they are sikkkk."
      Buy a neglected car with 2x the factory power (or neglect it yourself) and what do you expect?

      That's a car where you absolutely don't want to buy the cheapest example.

      OP - how many miles on the car and what went wrong?

      *edit* oh, I know who you are, I've driven your car before you owned it.

      Can I buy it from you then sue you because it's a POS? Let's do a PPI at Autospeed.

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      11-12-2011 07:51 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by RussWheeler View Post


      What's a prev gen TL go for around you? Aside from the AWD that meets everything you've got there.
      Yeah...that's not going to happen.

      You'd be lucky if you find a base 2.5 for $15k with less than 80k miles
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      11-12-2011 07:56 AM #11
      You're describing the cleanest Subaru you can find for the money, I think. Though honestly, I think you're screwing yourself by setting the budget so low with that list of requirements. AWD, reliable, and sort of nice is a mix of attributes that do not come cheap. I'd up the budget a bit so you get a clean and well-maintained version of whatever you get.
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      11-12-2011 08:14 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbio! View Post
      You're describing the cleanest Subaru you can find for the money, I think. Though honestly, I think you're screwing yourself by setting the budget so low with that list of requirements. AWD, reliable, and sort of nice is a mix of attributes that do not come cheap. I'd up the budget a bit so you get a clean and well-maintained version of whatever you get.
      True. Hit the 20k barrier and your list of eligible, quality choices is orders of magnitude more than the 15k range.
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    14. 11-12-2011 08:55 AM #14
      The New VW R.

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      11-12-2011 08:58 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by dinodman View Post
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      What did you think he meant when he said "~$15,000 we can go up a little" ?
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      11-12-2011 09:11 AM #16
      Haha at complaining in regards to reliability about a car that is obviously very heavily modified. What did you expect honestly?



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      11-12-2011 09:19 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      Haha at complaining in regards to reliability about a car that is obviously very heavily modified. What did you expect honestly?



      Jetta Sport Wagon? Subaru Outback? Saab 9-5 Wagon?
      There's a lot more to the story.

      He bought this car sight unseen...

      and got butthurt that it wasn't as nice as he expected.

      http://www.audizine.com/forum/showth...nt.?highlight=

      Make sure to look at Autospeed's response.

      Colin then slandered and wanted to sue everyone at that point.

      Hey Colin, I'll give you $5k for your car, not a penny more. It has a "CRUSHED" floorpan.

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      11-12-2011 09:22 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by morecarsthanbrains View Post
      Haha at complaining in regards to reliability about a car that is obviously very heavily modified. What did you expect honestly?
      I drove a 500hp R33 GT-R for five years. Never had a problem with it, only needed regular oil changes.

      Exception to the rule? I was probably on the reliable end, but then, most RB26's are. Can't say that for the 2.7tt however.

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      11-12-2011 09:47 AM #19
      05-06 Infiniti G35x.

      Easily within your price range, and uber-reliable.

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      11-12-2011 10:31 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Shomegrown View Post
      There's a lot more to the story.

      He bought this car sight unseen...

      and got butthurt that it wasn't as nice as he expected.

      http://www.audizine.com/forum/showth...nt.?highlight=

      Make sure to look at Autospeed's response.

      Colin then slandered and wanted to sue everyone at that point.

      Hey Colin, I'll give you $5k for your car, not a penny more. It has a "CRUSHED" floorpan.

      From that thread...sounds like Autospeed is a terrible shop.....

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      11-12-2011 10:38 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      BTW, this is a blob eye (2004+)

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      11-12-2011 11:10 AM #22
      Pics of S4 Avant??


      I had a WRX and loved it. Not a VAG in the interior quality department, but better than some.

      I think you'd miss the AWD if you went to FWD. I know I do.

    23. 11-12-2011 11:36 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Kapoosh1 View Post
      From that thread...sounds like Autospeed is a terrible shop.....

      What I was thinking.

    24. 11-12-2011 12:50 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Shomegrown View Post
      There's a lot more to the story.

      He bought this car sight unseen...

      and got butthurt that it wasn't as nice as he expected.

      http://www.audizine.com/forum/showth...nt.?highlight=

      Make sure to look at Autospeed's response.

      Colin then slandered and wanted to sue everyone at that point.

      Hey Colin, I'll give you $5k for your car, not a penny more. It has a "CRUSHED" floorpan.
      Does this have anything to do with making recommendations for another vehicle? I know that you love the B5 S4, and apparently think highly of Autospeed, but this kind of contribution doesn't help anything.

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