Username or Email Address
Do you already have an account?
Forgot your password?
  • Log in or Sign up

    VWVortex


    The Car Lounge
    Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
    Results 36 to 63 of 63

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

    1. Member
      Join Date
      May 25th, 2006
      Location
      Doylestown PA
      Posts
      1,820
      06-21-2012 12:50 AM #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.

    2. Banned roadtripper's Avatar
      Join Date
      Oct 22nd, 2003
      Posts
      4,014
      06-21-2012 04:01 AM #37
      boxster
      new passat
      pristine e36 m3, keep the change
      mkvi gti
      almost new lacrosse
      phaeton
      low mile RL

    3. Member johnny_p's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 7th, 2007
      Location
      Philly
      Posts
      1,114
      Vehicles
      2010 GTI
      06-21-2012 08:36 AM #38
      E46 M3
      1st gen CTS-V
      Mazda RX-8
      C55 AMG
      '12 Trek X-caliber // '11 Cervélo R3 // '90 Havnoonian custom
      2010 VW GTI

    4. Member
      Join Date
      Nov 19th, 2006
      Location
      Raleigh, NC
      Posts
      1,521
      Vehicles
      2008 Yamaha R6, 2012 Toyota Tacoma V6 4x4
      06-21-2012 08:45 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?

    5. Member
      Join Date
      Feb 21st, 2002
      Location
      Grayson, GA
      Posts
      1,935
      Vehicles
      88 Golf VRT, 04 E500 Wagon, 04 E55, 95 E320 Cabriolet
      06-21-2012 10:29 AM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by johnny_p View Post
      C55 AMG
      x2 , super reliable too.

    6. Geriatric Member ByronLLN's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 29th, 2004
      Location
      Annapolis, MD
      Posts
      37,301
      Vehicles
      '13 Focus, '08.5 MS3, '97 Wrangler, '90 Miata
      06-21-2012 10:45 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
      I can name a few things cash obviously doesn't cure...
      www.leftlanenews.com
      @SSLByron, @leftlanenews

    7. Member koidragon1980's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 8th, 2011
      Location
      Astoria, NY
      Posts
      729
      Vehicles
      2001.5 VW Passat V6 FWD (RIP), 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T 6spd manual
      06-21-2012 10:50 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.

      http://www.cars.com/for-sale/used/mi...ce&sf2Dir=DESC
      God bless the homicidal maniacs... they make life worthwhile. - George Carlin

    8. Member wisky's Avatar
      Join Date
      Aug 23rd, 2008
      Location
      Bergen County NJ
      Posts
      237
      Vehicles
      06 F430 F1 / 01 W210 E55 / 03 Express Van
      06-21-2012 11:21 AM #43
      Since you said it must be a 4dr.... Lancer Evolution 8 / 9.

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

    9. Member Holographic77's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 25th, 2001
      Posts
      1,877
      Vehicles
      1997 GTi VR6, 2000 Audi S4
      06-21-2012 11:51 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.

    10. Member BluMagic's Avatar
      Join Date
      Apr 9th, 2008
      Location
      snohomish, WA
      Posts
      5,092
      Vehicles
      2011 CT200h
      06-21-2012 12:05 PM #45
      '06 300 srt-8 might have to hunt a bit, but n/a hemi shouldn't give you a lot of trouble.
      XBL B0B_MARLEY_MAR - The "0" in Bob is a zero

    11. Member Holographic77's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 25th, 2001
      Posts
      1,877
      Vehicles
      1997 GTi VR6, 2000 Audi S4
      06-21-2012 12:19 PM #46
      What about an 05-06' Toureag?

    12. Member vdubjettaman's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 31st, 2004
      Location
      PA
      Posts
      4,045
      Vehicles
      12 Beetle Turbo
      06-21-2012 12:33 PM #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.
      http://www.4everkustoms.com/
      Polishing | Powder Coating | Plating | BALLER STATUS

    13. Member Holographic77's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 25th, 2001
      Posts
      1,877
      Vehicles
      1997 GTi VR6, 2000 Audi S4
      06-21-2012 01:14 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.

    14. Member vdubjettaman's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 31st, 2004
      Location
      PA
      Posts
      4,045
      Vehicles
      12 Beetle Turbo
      06-21-2012 01:21 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.
      http://www.4everkustoms.com/
      Polishing | Powder Coating | Plating | BALLER STATUS

    15. Member Shmi's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 25th, 2009
      Location
      Fairfax, VA
      Posts
      4,064
      Vehicles
      2014 Fiesta ST, 1999 A4 2.8
      06-21-2012 02:02 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.

    16. Member VW1.8Tsunami's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 7th, 2007
      Location
      Atlanta, GA
      Posts
      8,951
      Vehicles
      2011 Ram 1500, 2003 Stratus SXT
      06-21-2012 02:38 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by Holographic77 View Post
      Prefer to stay away from the Golf/GTi...had a Mk3 GTi VR6 in the past.
      strong logic.
      Previously Owned: 2010 Kia Forte, 2010 JK Wrangler, 2007 Passat, 2003 Jetta, 2002 Jetta, 1992 Sentra, 1998 Dakota, 1990 Ford Ranger

    17. Member 1.8tizzle's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 22nd, 2003
      Location
      North Carolina
      Posts
      7,183
      Vehicles
      BMW X5 4.8 Sport
      06-21-2012 02:42 PM #52
      WRX
      S4
      A4
      e36 m3 sedan
      Touareg
      Lexus is250 or 350

      just off the top of my head.

    18. Member Holographic77's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 25th, 2001
      Posts
      1,877
      Vehicles
      1997 GTi VR6, 2000 Audi S4
      06-21-2012 02:45 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by VW1.8Tsunami View Post
      strong logic.
      Not much logic to it, other than already been there/done that. Just want to get away from hatch's, that's all.

    19. Member Holographic77's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 25th, 2001
      Posts
      1,877
      Vehicles
      1997 GTi VR6, 2000 Audi S4
      06-21-2012 02:46 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by 1.8tizzle View Post
      WRX
      S4
      A4
      e36 m3 sedan
      Touareg
      Lexus is250 or 350

      just off the top of my head.

      What's the consensus on Touaregs?

    20. 06-21-2012 02:48 PM #55
      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.



      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

    21. Member VW1.8Tsunami's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 7th, 2007
      Location
      Atlanta, GA
      Posts
      8,951
      Vehicles
      2011 Ram 1500, 2003 Stratus SXT
      06-21-2012 02:56 PM #56
      Quote Originally Posted by Holographic77 View Post
      Not much logic to it, other than already been there/done that. Just want to get away from hatch's, that's all.
      Oh ok, didn't realize 'open to anything' meant 'open to anything except hatches'.
      Previously Owned: 2010 Kia Forte, 2010 JK Wrangler, 2007 Passat, 2003 Jetta, 2002 Jetta, 1992 Sentra, 1998 Dakota, 1990 Ford Ranger

    22. Member
      Join Date
      Sep 13th, 2006
      Posts
      467
      Vehicles
      2013 Camaro 1SS/1LE, 2014 Corvette 2LT/Z51 and 2014 Camaro Z/28
      06-21-2012 03:21 PM #57
      Didnt see if anyone posted it, but you can find E90 335I Sedans with the mileage you want in the price you want everywhere.

    23. Member Holographic77's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 25th, 2001
      Posts
      1,877
      Vehicles
      1997 GTi VR6, 2000 Audi S4
      06-21-2012 03:24 PM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by VW1.8Tsunami View Post
      Oh ok, didn't realize 'open to anything' meant 'open to anything except hatches'.
      Didn't realize that you had such a strong love for hatches. Sorry to have offended. Lesson learned.

    24. Member
      Join Date
      May 10th, 2006
      Location
      Vancouver/Melbourne
      Posts
      1,241
      Vehicles
      2011 Tiguan Highline, 2012 Mazda CX5 2.0i, 2008 Audi S3 3Dr Manual
      06-21-2012 03:48 PM #59
      Quote Originally Posted by Oliver@triplezoom View Post
      '06 330i would be a good choice with that criteria.
      I'd go for a '08 328i 6spd with the Sport package. You're only a sports exhaust+intake away from the same PAH, but without all of the first MY headaches (and there were plenty for the 06 models)

    25. Moderator Oliver@triplezoom's Avatar
      Join Date
      Nov 30th, 1999
      Location
      Fredericton NB Canada
      Posts
      44,648
      Vehicles
      2015 VW GTI Autobahn, 2007 Mini Cooper S
      06-21-2012 03:48 PM #60
      Quote Originally Posted by too_slow View Post
      I'd go for a '08 328i 6spd with the Sport package. You're only a sports exhaust+intake away from the same PAH, but without all of the first MY headaches (and there were plenty for the 06 models)
      Good point.

    26. Member VW1.8Tsunami's Avatar
      Join Date
      Mar 7th, 2007
      Location
      Atlanta, GA
      Posts
      8,951
      Vehicles
      2011 Ram 1500, 2003 Stratus SXT
      06-21-2012 03:49 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by Holographic77 View Post
      Didn't realize that you had such a strong love for hatches. Sorry to have offended. Lesson learned.
      Never owned one, maybe if I did I would understand your disdain for them??? Idk.

      FWIW, I would get a Focus Sedan, not the hatch...
      Previously Owned: 2010 Kia Forte, 2010 JK Wrangler, 2007 Passat, 2003 Jetta, 2002 Jetta, 1992 Sentra, 1998 Dakota, 1990 Ford Ranger

    27. Member koidragon1980's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 8th, 2011
      Location
      Astoria, NY
      Posts
      729
      Vehicles
      2001.5 VW Passat V6 FWD (RIP), 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T 6spd manual
      06-25-2012 11:35 AM #62
      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.
      2006+ Audi A3 3.2 S-Line... i've never been crazy about wagons or hatchbacks, but this car is an exception for me. the vw/audi n/a v6 engines are usually pretty solid. i have no complaints about my 2.8 v6 passat.
      God bless the homicidal maniacs... they make life worthwhile. - George Carlin

    28. Member _a2coupe2a_'s Avatar
      Join Date
      May 14th, 2007
      Location
      Tacoma WA
      Posts
      13,394
      Vehicles
      e46 Touring
      06-25-2012 11:45 AM #63
      Pretty sure you can find these around 20.. amazing vehicles. The balance is amazing, incredibly smooth power, very nice interior and reliable. Pictures really dont do them justice.


      Last edited by _a2coupe2a_; 06-25-2012 at 11:49 AM.

    Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •