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.
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According to Kelley Blue Book, these ten cars go easy on your wallet and are a heck of a lot of fun to drive.
love my passat, but if I had $20k to drop on a toy for the weekends, then I'd be hunting for a low mileage evo.
Thanks for all suggestions thusfar. I should clarify though, that this will be my primary vehicle. 1990 Civic Wagon (with 65k original miles) is my beater/around town car.
With that said, the parameters are as follows:
2005 or newer
65k miles or less
No coupes (4 door or SUV's only)
Coming from owning a B5 S4 for 6+ yrs, I have no issues with maintenance...just prefer something a bit more reliable/less expensive to fix than it.
You could also look at B7 A4 2.0T for that money and have the same comfort, just a bit cheaper, easier on the maintenance/gas too.
Maybe S60R's? They're going to be cheaper, but not sure on the maintenance req'd.
It can be. and with the mileage your hoping to find, it should still be. Once you hit the higher mileage mark, about 80k for any Audi engine it seems, the little stuff starts to deteriorate/break, fail, die, wear out, etc.
B6 S4s are pretty sweet. I had one for a while, it was simply an awesome DD. I'd get a manual though as mine was tiptronic and I missed rowing my own gears. Had it been a handshaker it would've been best.
AC compressors and water pumps are known to fail, though. Both are a PITA to replace, as in you need to drop the motor for an AC compressor. WP is shaft-driven and can break often too. Timing chain guides don't fail THAT often, but when they do you do need to drop the motor as well.
Other than a bad AC compressor, mine was perfect with no issues. I got around 14mpg mixed, averaged in the mid 20s on the highway but my commute was mainly city and I loved to beat on that car. Expect ~240 miles on a tank if you drive enthusiastically every day. It was so comfortable and practical though, tons of trunk space, lots of space in the front of the cabin (I'm 6'3 so i need decent room) smallish backseat but big enough, quattro made nasty snow easy to deal with on all-seasons.
It is nose-heavy and doesn't handle the best though, although since you had a B5 you're already familiar with that. I imagine some coilovers and a corner balance would do it wonders.