There's a lot of options out there... what are your priorities?
So I just recently sold by 2000 Audi S4 after 6 yrs of ownership. Very fun (quirky) car, but at times fairly expensive to maintain. I'm now stuck with my beater ('90 Civic wagon), and need to find a replacement "new" car ASAP.
Looking for any suggestions for a below $20k vehicle. Will be averaging about 10-12k miles/year. Have been eyeing B6 S4's, as I'm already familiar with the inherent maintenance costs...but open to anything.
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he has a reliable beater civic and he's coming from an S4 to get a Jetta lol
OP, get an E46 M3... will be more reliable than your S4 and probably more fun and engaging as it's more of a sports car.
Point being at 10Kish miles... a car making even 10mpg less than a comparable isn't going to stack up to that much difference. So a 20mpg big power car vs. a 30mpg car.. quick math:
10K miles @ 20mpg @ $4/gal. = $2,000
10K miles @ 30mpg @ $4/gal. = $1,333
The difference annually is less than $700... round that out to roughly $50/month variance. As a second FUN car, ~$50 a month wouldn't keep me from buying a 300+ horsepower M3 or CTS-V if that was what I really wanted to drive. More smiles per gallon.
Now in my shoes... going from a 45mpg TDI to a 20mpg V8 doing 35K/year is a deal breaker... as I currently budget ~$3100/year for fuel, and that would jump to $7,000! I can think of a lot of things I'd rather spend that additional $4K on. In your boat, you can drive something at 20mpg and STILL spend over $1,000 LESS than I spend on fuel in any given year.
Last edited by grounded87; 06-20-2012 at 01:04 PM.
If its a second car and you drive as little as you, screw fuel economy. Go for whatever puts a **** eating grin on your face when you drive it.
Coolest cars under $18,000
According to Kelley Blue Book, these ten cars go easy on your wallet and are a heck of a lot of fun to drive.