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    1. Member chucchinchilla's Avatar
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      03-20-2017 09:10 AM #26
      I was in the same boat a few months ago and went A6. Extremely glad I did.
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      03-20-2017 09:16 AM #27
      A4 allroad FTW?


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      03-20-2017 10:10 AM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      - New Q5: new platform, not sure on pricing or options
      I have the pricing/option guide for the 2018 Q5 if you want it. Ordered one two weeks ago. PM me w/ an email address.
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      03-20-2017 11:16 AM #29
      If price is a consideration, you should look at a Buick Enclave. This size SUV seems about right for what you are looking for, and they are trying to push them out the door right now. There is an incentive program (in most areas) in which you get 16% off MSRP, which is a considerable savings. (About $8000 or more off for one loaded with options). The vehicle rides nice, and fits into the "near-luxury" category. It also gets decent mileage for the size of vehicle, and the powertrain is fairly reliable.


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      03-20-2017 11:24 AM #30
      Go drive the volvo, i think youll be pleasently suprised. I know I was!


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      03-20-2017 11:42 AM #31
      You can buy a lot of 4Runner for under $40K.



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      03-20-2017 12:13 PM #32
      The Arteon looks like it could tick your boxes if your GLI lease is up close to the end of the year.

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      03-20-2017 12:40 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by slowhatch View Post
      Step into my 750 thread. Hard to get more car for the 40-50k range.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...content-inside

      That is a beautiful car but that motor and electronics out of warranty would scare me.

      Like you said though sometime you just gotta yell YOLO.

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      03-20-2017 12:48 PM #34
      Someone mentioned the A4 Allroad, I'll add the VW All Track, in the top trim level it's a very nice place to be.

      Volvo is a rising star these days, I would check out the XC60, I'm unsure if it'll fit your pricing needs.

      A couple other suggestions:

      - GMC Acadia (I love the new looks, the size is right for me)
      - CTS V-sport (get one CPO'd, a hell of a car for the money)
      - Lincolns - all of them. Look with an open mind, you might be impressed.
      - Chevy SS - has all your requirements (including ventilated seats) for under $50k, maybe under $40k if they run the 20% sale again.
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    10. 03-20-2017 01:41 PM #35
      I would avoid anything with the VW 2.0 turbo motor, that includes Q5 and Macan.. I have yet to meet ONE single person that has that motor and it's been reliable. They've all been endless problems since they rolled out the showroom floor.


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      03-20-2017 02:18 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by I_like_waffles View Post
      I would avoid anything with the VW 2.0 turbo motor, that includes Q5 and Macan.. I have yet to meet ONE single person that has that motor and it's been reliable. They've all been endless problems since they rolled out the showroom floor.


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      61k on my wife's 2.0T Q5, not a single day in the shop outside of scheduled maintenance.

      My buddy put 90k on his 2.0T A5 (with 75% of it chipped), then sold it to his brother who's put another 15k on it. All with no engine problems, other than one bad coil pack.
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      03-20-2017 02:32 PM #37
      for the germans, CPO 340i or A6 3.0T, depending on your size preferences there.

      For the reliable drivers japanese midsize CUV there's really only the MDX, get the base shawd if you want to save a bit, 41k street or 45k street with the tech pkg. I never thought the german equivalents were worth the money at 20-25k more. The Q7 maybe, if youre careful with the options, but still solidly mid 60k.
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      03-20-2017 06:57 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Tommietank View Post
      New Ridgeline.
      I'm not much of a truck guy but the Ridgeline does look pretty good.

      Quote Originally Posted by bob570 View Post
      SS.
      I've discussed this option with the wife but if I'm going to sacrifice MPGs i'd like to increase storage capacity.

      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      A demo or post lease Q7 if you want something big and offensive.
      I've also thought about this although I think they're to large for my liking. Something about buying the old body style in this case has me hesitant.

      Quote Originally Posted by GolfTango View Post
      White Golf R
      Thought about it but the having a GTI and R seems silly. If the GTI is traded in then the wife won't have a car.

      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 hope to find a good example to drive locally soon. Finding a prestige/premium plus 3.0t around Charlotte seems a bit difficult.

      Quote Originally Posted by J-Tim View Post
      I'd go for an Avant if I could afford it.
      I'll have to think about this one. Hadn't crossed my mind to consider the A6 avant or All-Track.

      Quote Originally Posted by bora-brazil View Post
      A5/S5 sportback or a 430i/435i/440i gran coupe...best of both worlds
      I'm going to check out the A5 sportback but a lot of times you give up headroom in the four door coupes.

      Quote Originally Posted by ENV² View Post
      Buy the ctsv wagon sitting at greenwich Cadillac. Friend of mine just returned off lease. It's mint.
      Now that sounds like a sweet ride but I think i'm going to pass on the CTS-V.

      Quote Originally Posted by Tdi13golf View Post
      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?
      Thought about the Rav-4 as well as the Prius Prime as I have free charging at work. For some reason there are no primes in Charlotte for me to go look at.

      Quote Originally Posted by Dash27 View Post
      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.
      I'm interested in seeing the new XC60 and Q5 in person. I think the new SQ5 will be a bit to expensive. I think the CX-5 is a bit small but I could be wrong? The wife won't let me get an Acura (long story) and I'm not sure I can get over the Lincoln stigma.

      Quote Originally Posted by StlVDub View Post
      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.
      Very true!

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      03-20-2017 06:57 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by nobbyv View Post
      I have the pricing/option guide for the 2018 Q5 if you want it. Ordered one two weeks ago. PM me w/ an email address.
      Thats awesome, check you inbox.

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      03-20-2017 07:01 PM #40
      If you have access to charging at work; I'd highly suggest test driving the i3. Ideal commuter car. Not so great for long trips.

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      03-20-2017 07:08 PM #41
      Again stage 2 sq5

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      03-20-2017 07:12 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by windycityvdub View Post
      A4 allroad FTW?

      You know I hadn't even considered this car but i'll have to take a gander.

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      03-20-2017 07:15 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by Tdi13golf View Post
      If you have access to charging at work; I'd highly suggest test driving the i3. Ideal commuter car. Not so great for long trips.
      The volt was high on my list until I attempted to sit in one. Sadly, that car is not made for anyone over 6'. The i3 sounds cool but I'd rather leave the GTI home when taking road trips.

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      03-20-2017 07:18 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by forewheel View Post
      You can buy a lot of 4Runner for under $40K.
      my thoughts exactly, bit smaller than tahoe, but at the same time plenty large enough for truck things.

      CPO sq5 with low miles would be a nice choice too, basically free extended warranty and definitely within the price range.

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      03-20-2017 07:27 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by ENV² View Post
      Again stage 2 sq5

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      +1 again

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      03-20-2017 08:07 PM #46
      Just took a look at the 2018 Q5 and SQ5 ordering guide and it appears that adaptive cruise is unavailable at this time. Who releases a new luxury vehicle and doesn't offer this...

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      03-20-2017 09:13 PM #47
      You could find a CPO A7 in your price range.

      Also, what about the Jaguar XE or F-Pace? Terrible names, beautiful vehicles.

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      03-20-2017 09:17 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      Just took a look at the 2018 Q5 and SQ5 ordering guide and it appears that adaptive cruise is unavailable at this time. Who releases a new luxury vehicle and doesn't offer this...
      Must be stuck in lawyer's lair.

      It is available everywhere else.
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      03-20-2017 09:40 PM #49
      Quote Originally Posted by reelknead1 View Post
      That is a beautiful car but that motor and electronics out of warranty would scare me.

      Like you said though sometime you just gotta yell YOLO.
      Wholeheartedly agree if you plan on keeping the car out of warranty.

      Mines CPO until late 2019. When it runs out, I will be in the next one.

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      03-20-2017 10:09 PM #50
      You can squeak an S90 T6 in, that's a great, comfortable car that's different. Pilot Assist II semi-autonomous drive is standard, and ventilated front seats on Inscription.
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