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    Thread: 25K Luxury sedan, what are the options?

    1. Member Spray`'s Avatar
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      09-24-2012 11:18 PM #1
      I got an incredible offer on my FJ Cruiser and I want to move it for a luxury car.

      My demands are:
      20+ Mpg (preferably 25)
      Has to have at LEAST fold down seats.
      Very fun to drive
      prefer a lot of tech
      has to be good in snow

      What are my options here?
      I was thinking 535I, G37 etc

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      09-24-2012 11:33 PM #2
      Someone crunched my mom's E46 M3 and she got a 2006 A8L for around $25k. The thing is pretty damn sweet and loaded to the gills with tech. It's not exactly fun to drive in the traditional sense but it's got great grip and the thing is buttery smooth. I'd imagine piloting a cruise liner is somewhat similar.

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      09-24-2012 11:39 PM #3
      5 Series wagon??

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      09-24-2012 11:45 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Spray` View Post
      I got an incredible offer on my FJ Cruiser and I want to move it for a luxury car.

      My demands are:
      20+ Mpg (preferably 25)
      Has to have at LEAST fold down seats.
      Very fun to drive
      prefer a lot of tech
      has to be good in snow

      What are my options here?
      I was thinking 535I, G37 etc
      You didn't say anything about your maintenance preferences. If reliability is a big deal to you, its hard to go wrong with a G37x, although the mixed fuel economy will be borderline.
      Quote Originally Posted by DamienR8 View Post
      in 2038 you will have the ability to think of a car, then your body will actually turn into a car, then you will die in an accident.

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      09-24-2012 11:47 PM #5
      Not a huge deal, was also looking at the Jaguar XF.

      A bmw 535XI wagon is tempting too, but the fuel mileage will suck.

      Quote Originally Posted by TangoRed View Post
      You didn't say anything about your maintenance preferences. If reliability is a big deal to you, its hard to go wrong with a G37x, although the mixed fuel economy will be borderline.

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      09-24-2012 11:53 PM #6

      buy a winter beater and blizzaks.
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      09-24-2012 11:59 PM #7
      Love the cadillac V.

      I already have a corvette though, so no room for a winter beater. My DD Has to be able to be good in the snow.

      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post

      buy a winter beater and blizzaks.

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      09-25-2012 12:05 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Spray` View Post
      Not a huge deal, was also looking at the Jaguar XF.

      A bmw 535XI wagon is tempting too, but the fuel mileage will suck.
      Wouldn't look at a Jag if "good in the snow" is one of your requirements. The AWD models are just now getting introduced. I like my E60 but would be weary of a non-CPO Euro anything.
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      in 2038 you will have the ability to think of a car, then your body will actually turn into a car, then you will die in an accident.

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      09-25-2012 12:32 AM #9
      Yeah I don't know how bad 535xi's are reliability wise.



      Quote Originally Posted by TangoRed View Post
      Wouldn't look at a Jag if "good in the snow" is one of your requirements. The AWD models are just now getting introduced. I like my E60 but would be weary of a non-CPO Euro anything.

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      09-25-2012 12:41 AM #10
      again not quite "fun to drive" but a solid driver: 06-09 acura RL. they have iffy resale but decent reliability and a lot of tech.

      random example:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2008-...t_12175wt_1162

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      09-25-2012 01:05 AM #11
      CPO Audi A4 with convenience package?

    12. 09-25-2012 01:56 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by GiacGtiAgain View Post
      again not quite "fun to drive" but a solid driver: 06-09 acura RL. they have iffy resale but decent reliability and a lot of tech.

      random example:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2008-...t_12175wt_1162

      This. Though I don't like the front of the 09 model. The poor resale value is actually a really good thing for you as the original owner already took the largest hit.

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      09-25-2012 08:28 AM #14
      http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Acura/RL/...howcpo=ShowCPO

      Looks pretty clean. I do like the look of the newer TL's as well.

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      09-25-2012 01:57 PM #15
      how are 335xi coupes on reliability?

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      09-25-2012 02:12 PM #16
      The 335s are fairly reliable these days. Obviously there was the whole fuel pump fiasco back a few years ago, but parts revisions have really helped these cars out a lot. VANOS issues aren't nearly as common anymore, nor are injector problems. The common failure points are also very inexpensive by BMW standards now. Injectors are under $100 each which is nearly the price of a regular injector, much less a precision/exotic piezo element DI injector. Fuel pumps are cheap, but covered under a 100k warranty. Turbos are reliable, but now covered under an 80k/8 year warranty. Service costs if you are basic DIY type aren't bad at all. The power with a piggie back and a splash of E85 is most impressive. It'll give your Z a serious run for it's money. Add a few more bolt-ons and the Z will need mods to keep up/win.
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      09-25-2012 03:25 PM #18
      Was waiting for this.

      A 9-3 wagon with XWD in manual is a great car, just not sure i can get over how horrendous the interior is.

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      09-25-2012 08:47 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Spray` View Post
      Not a huge deal, was also looking at the Jaguar XF.
      I've yet to see an XF for 25kus
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      09-25-2012 08:57 PM #21
      Best option ditch the gas pigs, buy a shiny, new, Prius C/Golf TDI and use all the left over $$$$$$ for gas, insurance and what little maintenance it needs. And have a good time laughing at everybody when gas hits $5. Actually you can come here to Chicago and laugh now about our gas prices, and don't forget the Cubs too

    21. 09-25-2012 09:00 PM #22
      my friend just bought a cpo 09 335xi coupe with 25k miles sports, premium package for 30k

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      09-25-2012 09:02 PM #23
      The BMW 330d (E90) is also great on fuel, and pretty quick. I bet with the right winter tires it would be great in snow too.

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      09-25-2012 09:04 PM #24
      You can probably step in an entry level 2013 acura civ.. err ilx.
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      09-25-2012 09:07 PM #25
      VW CC? 3.6L AWD gets around 25mpg can pick them up in the low 20's CPO


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      09-25-2012 09:09 PM #26
      You can get a brand new 2012 Accord EX-L V6 for 25k, which is normally like 30k new, but since the '13's are out they're liquidating them. Not a whole lot of tech in those cars though...

    26. 09-25-2012 09:30 PM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stack View Post
      Makes me proud to be an American in some perverse way. **** your terrorist, I've a honey boo boo outside.

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      09-25-2012 09:35 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Nourdmrolnmt View Post
      Wow, that's a pretty slick car for that kind of money. Looks like they respond nicely to mods from what I can see also
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    28. 09-25-2012 09:37 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Toaster29 View Post
      Wow, that's a pretty slick car for that kind of money. Looks like they respond nicely to mods from what I can see also
      it's the least expensive GS on cars.com from what I saw and within 35 miles of where I am.
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stack View Post
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    29. 09-25-2012 10:09 PM #30
      I'm going to toss this out there - 2009+ Acura TSX. It get's 30+mpg, is very sporty, comfortable and has more 'tech' than anything I've rode in. I'm 6'2" and I have pleanty of room in the car. The back seats have a center armrest. Seats fold, stereo sounds fantastic. Bluetooth linked to my cell phone so I can stream pandora and get caller ID on the dash. It remembers who I am (by using the driver key) and automatically adjusts the seats for me (it might do the mirrors too, I don't remember). Did I mention Xenon headlights?

      I bought mine for 25k and I absolutely love it. Navigation leaves a little to be desired but it's got me where I needed to be.



      Good luck with what ever you decide

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      09-25-2012 10:26 PM #31
      Subaru Legacy, loaded 2.5 or base 3.6 at $25K, or you can have a loaded 3.6 for about $28K. Maybe you can get a slightly lower price on a leftover '12, since the '13 has had some cosmetic/suspension changes.


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      The Mazda dealer will practically give this away to you for less than $25K. The 2013 model has other goodies like side-marker turn signals, etc.
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      09-25-2012 10:31 PM #33
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    33. 09-25-2012 10:39 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      ITT: OP said he wants something very fun to drive & is looking at 535i & G37. People are offering FWD family sedans.


      E39 M5 is your best bet OP. Put aside the leftover 7 g's for maintenance. If AWD is a must, then C6 S6.
      itqp: a moron resides

      has to be good in snow is not always = rwd.

      i suggested a VERY fun to drive luxury sedan that has a third pedal AND fwd for snow AND a very tunable engine.
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      Makes me proud to be an American in some perverse way. **** your terrorist, I've a honey boo boo outside.

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      Regal GS's are nowhere near that cheap in Canada

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