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    Thread: Need car buying suggestions; $20k to spend on used vehicle...what to get?

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      06-20-2012 07:45 PM #26
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      What about a B6 S4?
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      Have you considered a B6 S4?
      Quote Originally Posted by Holographic77 View Post
      Any thoughts on the B6 S4? 05'-06'

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      06-20-2012 08:03 PM #27
      Im not a fan of b6's.. they just feel cheap. Its like the car audi cut the budget on. The b5's feel much more solid imo

    3. 06-20-2012 08:11 PM #28
      e39 M5 or e90 335i

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    5. 06-20-2012 09:06 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by grounded87 View Post
      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.
      Now that I think about it, i'm actually closer to 35k miles a year and that's why I went from a 20mpg WRX 5-spd to a 31mpg Civic Auto. Do I miss the power and fun factor of the WRX? Hell yes, but the extra cash lets me travel a lot more which is way more fun.

      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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    8. 06-20-2012 11:23 PM #33
      If you look hard enough, B7 S4's with higher mileage can be found for around 20k.

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    10. 06-20-2012 11:35 PM #35
      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.

      http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/...html?hpt=hp_c2

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      06-20-2012 11:50 PM #36
      If expensive to maintain is one of your issues, a newer S4 is not going to be any better. An older ctsv would get my vote.

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      06-21-2012 03:01 AM #37
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      06-21-2012 07:45 AM #39
      While I think the bimmers suggested, (06 330i, e46 M3, 05 330i ZHP) would be awesome cars, there's no way he's going to find any of those with under 65k miles for under $20,000. If its a fun second car, why not something like an S2000?

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      06-21-2012 09:29 AM #40
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      06-21-2012 09:45 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by CASH CURES A.D.D View Post
      i would never spend 20 grand on a used car... buy a brand new jetta with that money
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      06-21-2012 09:50 AM #42
      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.

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      06-21-2012 10:21 AM #43
      Since you said it must be a 4dr.... Lancer Evolution 8 / 9.

      If it could be 2dr... Corvette C5 Z06.

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      06-21-2012 10:51 AM #44
      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)
      Under/around $20k.

      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.

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      06-21-2012 11:05 AM #45
      '06 300 srt-8 might have to hunt a bit, but n/a hemi shouldn't give you a lot of trouble.
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      06-21-2012 11:19 AM #46
      What about an 05-06' Toureag?

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      06-21-2012 11:33 AM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Holographic77 View Post
      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)
      Under/around $20k.

      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.
      B6 S4's will fall into that category, but your last sentence could be ironic... You had a B5 S4, so maintenance would be about equal. They are torque monsters, and the sound is to die for. Very comfortable everyday car for sure.

      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.

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      06-21-2012 12:14 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by vdubjettaman View Post
      B6 S4's will fall into that category, but your last sentence could be ironic... You had a B5 S4, so maintenance would be about equal. They are torque monsters, and the sound is to die for. Very comfortable everyday car for sure.

      Is maintenance really identical? Aside from Timing Chains/guides (pulling the motor), isn't that V8 pretty solid?
      The 2.7T was such a finicky engine for me.

      I'm strongly considering a B6 S4, as gas mpg etc isn't a huge factor at this point.

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      06-21-2012 12:21 PM #49
      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.

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      06-21-2012 01:02 PM #50
      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.

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