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    Thread: TCL advice: 20k for a used car...

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      10-12-2012 12:45 AM #1
      Needs to be still under some kind of warranty, on the smaller side, and manual.

      Sister asked me what I'd recommend given those factors and as I'm oblivious to anything not built in the 80s or 90s. So I thought I'd ask TCL what they thought my sister should get.

      She's already driven and liked the '10 GTI but I don't know the reliability of the dubs these days


      Any advice is appreciated.

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      10-12-2012 12:53 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by 2925 View Post
      Needs to be still under some kind of warranty, on the smaller side, and manual.

      Sister asked me what I'd recommend given those factors and as I'm oblivious to anything not built in the 80s or 90s. So I thought I'd ask TCL what they thought my sister should get.

      She's already driven and liked the '10 GTI but I don't know the reliability of the dubs these days


      Any advice is appreciated.
      TONS of options:
      Not sure how much of an enthusiast your sister is, but she has pretty much the entire compact class at her disposal to begin with:
      8G Civic
      2G Mazda3
      Mini Cooper
      Subaru Impreza


      If you're worried about the reliability, that's what the warranty's for, right?
      Is she looking to buy private or CPO?
      Any other requirements/preferences?

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      10-12-2012 01:09 AM #3
      She'd have to be purchasing it from a stealership and she's definetly a little bit more into speed and performance than she'd like to admit.

      She already ruled out the civic and says honda and toyota have nothing that interests her.

      I'll have to suggest the Cooper and Mazda though, not sure how she'll react to Subaru.

      The warranty is for the next couple years thought right? It's not going to be covering it in 5 years unless she extends it, not sure if she plans to do that though.

      I think she is almost set on the GTI, our whole family owns a Dub. She is going to be trading in her 2001 Cabrio once it's repaired, it currently needs a new transmission and clutch. It's the 3rd time the transmission has gone out so she's looking for some long term reliability.

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      10-12-2012 01:14 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by 2925 View Post

      I'll have to suggest the Cooper and Mazda though, not sure how she'll react to Subaru.
      Well this just in- "Subaru is ugly or too expensive. Mazda is too expensive and Mini Cooper..." and Cooper reminds her of my slutty Ex.

      Sounds like she is setting herself up to go for the GTI.. Ah well.

    5. 10-12-2012 01:16 AM #5
      Golf TDI and chip it.

      Good performance and 40+mpg

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      10-12-2012 01:35 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by mx07gt View Post
      Golf TDI and chip it.

      Good performance and 40+mpg
      This^
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      10-12-2012 02:57 AM #7
      $20,000 can probably buy some decent new cars:

      Focus SE
      Mazda 3i with SkyActiv
      Elantra


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      10-12-2012 11:19 AM #9
      I love my GTI, Yeah some nitpicky things here and there but thats what the warrenty is for. Nothing serious has ever come up on it, just stuff that was probably in all honesty caused by me.

      Speaker amp blown - caused by my friends dumb ass trying to jump my car
      Coil Packs
      Couple of busted sensors/fuses that would make my heated seats, backup lights and A/C not work

      All in all nothing serious

      With a simple intake and TBE with stage 2 tune (2k more), i pull close to 33-34 mpgs on long distance highway and run close to 300 WHP

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      10-12-2012 11:21 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by 2925 View Post

      Sounds like she is setting herself up to go for the GTI.. Ah well.
      What a bad brother you are

      Oh....pics of sister?
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    10. 10-12-2012 11:23 AM #11
      I was also thinking new....the four fun hatches:

      Ford Focus
      VW Golf 2.5
      Mazda 3i SkyActiv
      Subaru Impreza 2.5i

      Bonus - all are good on gas, 87 octane to boot.

      I got a quote for a SkyActiv i touring for $17 something though it included a loyalty rebate. She can get one out the door for well under $20k so no way they're too expensive.

    11. 10-12-2012 03:16 PM #12
      This thread would be much better if you were to post pictures of your slutty ex.
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      10-12-2012 03:48 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by tjl View Post
      $20,000 can probably buy some decent new cars:

      Focus SE
      Mazda 3i with SkyActiv
      Elantra
      $20k can probably get you some of those new, out the door, depending on equipment, 2012 model year (if 13's are out), etc.

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      10-12-2012 05:01 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      Oh....pics of sister?
      TCL is slacking, cant beleive that wasnt in the first post!

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      10-12-2012 06:02 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by seroki View Post

      With a simple intake and TBE with stage 2 tune (2k more), i pull close to 33-34 mpgs on long distance highway and run close to 300 WHP
      I would love to see that dyno
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      10-12-2012 06:16 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by 2925 View Post

      I think she is almost set on the GTI, our whole family owns a Dub..
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