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    1. Member reelknead1's Avatar
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      03-19-2017 08:57 PM #1
      Based on the following information, what would you recommend?

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      - 2016 GTI 6 speed - Purchased

      The GLI lease was a replacement for a 2013 328i M-Sport 6 speed. Due to commuting needs I sold the BMW and picked up a GLI lease. Having the GTI for a fun car I'm looking for something a bit more comfortable for commuting, road trips, and the local home improvement store (I'm 6'4"). Everything below is my personal opinion, if you believe they are unfounded feel free to defend your stance.

      New or CPO (2015+)
      $50K Max, $40K would be better
      Most likely a purchase, lease would have to be 15k per year
      4 door sedan or Midsize+ SUV
      Must have lane keep and radar cruise.
      I would like air conditioned seats but the lack of wouldn't stop me from purchasing a vehicle.

      My thoughts
      - New Q5: new platform, not sure on pricing or options
      - CPO A6 3.0T - leading contender currently although i haven't sat or driven one.
      - New A4 - Not sold on the interior, for some reason the steering wheel bothers me... pity i know.
      - New or Used GLC300 - sport models look nice, interior is same as C class which is a plus.
      - C300 - nice interior but i think i like the GLC more
      - Volvo XC60 - not much info on this yet
      - CPO 340i - pretty much the same as my old 328i
      - ATS - too small inside
      - New Tiguan - looks okay on paper curious to see how it builds out
      - CPO Macan or Macan S - might be a bit pricey
      - Infiniti Q50 - steering with driver assist isn't great.
      - Passat - built just like the Jetta
      - X3 - gives off a girly vibe
      - X1 - small
      - X5 - large and expensive
      - Tahoe/Yukon - too large
      - Mazda 3/6 - meh
      - Accord Hybrid - not bad but gives off an appliance vibe
      - Golf R - not sure why if i already have a GTI
      - Explorer - sport is nice but seems a bit pricey
      - IS300 - too small
      - GS350 - my boss has one, seems like they lease well but not sold on it.

      What am I missing? I usually know exactly what I want next but nothing is calling my name.

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      03-19-2017 09:10 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      - CPO 340i - pretty much the same as my old 328i
      Loads faster I would say!

      Since you have a GTI already...

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    3. Member reelknead1's Avatar
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      03-19-2017 09:17 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by 1Point8TDan View Post
      Loads faster I would say!

      Since you have a GTI already...

      SUV: X5 / GLE diesel
      CUV: SQ5 / X3 with M package
      Sedan: 550i / S4
      You are correct, the car would be a lot faster but the package itself is the same.

      SUV: I think both of those are too large for my liking
      CUV: SQ5 used is the old body style, new is out of my budget
      Sedan: 550i - amazing package but battery and general maintenance cost can't be ignored. S4 has the same issue as the SQ5.

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      03-19-2017 09:20 PM #4
      i think the passat is generally regarded as substantially better built than the jetta

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      03-19-2017 09:25 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by puma1552 View Post
      i think the passat is generally regarded as substantially better built than the jetta
      hmm... thats good to hear. That might be a cheaper option if the build quality is better. The plastic in my Jetta drives me nuts. It doesn't rattle but it just looks cheap and unwelcoming. How difficult is it to put soft touch on the door sills?

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      03-19-2017 10:06 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      hmm... thats good to hear. That might be a cheaper option if the build quality is better. The plastic in my Jetta drives me nuts. It doesn't rattle but it just looks cheap and unwelcoming. How difficult is it to put soft touch on the door sills?
      yea i drove a new passat in october, it seemed much better than the jetta sel i had previously, so i know where youre coming from

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      03-19-2017 10:22 PM #7
      Dump both cars and get a Golf R.
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      Quote Originally Posted by jamerican1
      Dude, you know you're like the opposite of a purist, right?

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      03-19-2017 10:55 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      I'm looking for something a bit more comfortable for commuting, road trips, and the local home improvement store (I'm 6'4"). .
      New Ridgeline.

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      03-19-2017 11:00 PM #9
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      03-19-2017 11:22 PM #10
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      You guys are missing the point with manuals...not only does not one want to drive a manual, many active safety systems do not work with manual transmissions. Soon manual trans cars are going to be the most dangerous cars on the road. If they dont die a natural death, they will be outlawed.

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      03-19-2017 11:32 PM #12
      A demo or post lease Q7 if you want something big and offensive.
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      03-19-2017 11:38 PM #13
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      03-19-2017 11:39 PM #14
      I think you would really enjoy the A6, it is a fantastic sedan. Drives smaller than it is, plenty spacious, hauls serious ass, comfortable and good looking. Go drive one.
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      03-19-2017 11:40 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      I think you would really enjoy the A6, it is a fantastic sedan. Drives smaller than it is, plenty spacious, hauls serious ass, comfortable and good looking. Go drive one.
      I'd go for an Avant if I could afford it.
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      03-19-2017 11:52 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by ENV² View Post
      SQ5

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    17. 03-19-2017 11:52 PM #17
      Find a Ford Flex with the turbo V6 and AWD -- -- I'm 6'4" and the wife and kids are all over 6', we fit without having to move the front seats up -- greatest road trip car out there and exceptional performance and with the second and third seats down (we've only had the third seat up 3 times in 6 years) it will make the occasion trip to the home improvement/Christmas tree run.

      We've bought our 2011 brand new and other than a kinked drain line from the sun roof , it has been trouble free. We just got back from the Colorado River 500 miles round trip, towing 2 sea doos (tows my race car on occasion too), and it kicked over 89,000 miles.

      Have been thinking about trading it in for something newer recently, but the wife loves the damn thing so much that she keeps nixing all the deals I propose

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      03-19-2017 11:55 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      A demo or post lease Q7 if you want something big and offensive.


      That's what I got. Love It!

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      03-20-2017 12:07 AM #19
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      03-20-2017 12:23 AM #20
      Step into my 750 thread. Hard to get more car for the 40-50k range.

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      03-20-2017 12:30 AM #21
      A5/S5 sportback or a 430i/435i/440i gran coupe...best of both worlds

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      03-20-2017 07:15 AM #22
      Buy the ctsv wagon sitting at greenwich Cadillac. Friend of mine just returned off lease. It's mint.

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      03-20-2017 08:41 AM #23
      Rav-4 hybrid or its Lexus cousin. If mpg is a value to you. Then use money saved in a nice vacation.

      Have you test drove those on your list or ruled on them based on interwebz reviews?
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      03-20-2017 09:06 AM #24
      I'm in the same boat as you pretty much. Right now my top picks:

      New Volvo XC60 - Love it inside and out based on early reviews. Success of the XC90 gives me confidence too.
      Q5 / SQ5 - Either a deal on the outgoing or the newest one coming up
      Alfa Romeo Stelvio - Just worried about reliability... but everything else looks good.
      GLC - I'm a fan of the MB interiors and MB in general, I just shy away from pricing in the past so we will see.

      Value:
      New CX-5 - Looks good, nice size, supposedly the new one is much quieter. Can get it loaded for much less than the others
      Lincoln MKX - Really well reviewed from what I've seen, has a nice engine option in the ecoboost with a ton of torque, looks to lease well
      Acura RDX - Love the size, everything you need, looks good but a bit bland.

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      03-20-2017 09:09 AM #25
      I think the new car decision is so difficult nowadays because there are just so many good options now. Everything has just come such a long way from even just a few years ago. It used to be so easy to just have a couple on your radar because most others were awful...now, it's switched. MANY great cars, very few awful ones.
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