So the end of my F30 lease is rapidly approaching (07/2017). Unlike a lot of people, I truly enjoyed this car, especially after my supporting mods. However due to life, I need to get a new car. Looking for something fun and practical in the 17-25K range. It must be reasonably reliable in that I don't want long periods of downtime. Should be good in winter. Reasonable fuel economy. Most importantly fun to drive, good modding, aftermarket community. No manuel only options Right now:
1) VW GTI - I know very little about this car except all the rave reviews online. I haven't driven one. But it falls pretty easily in my budget. Debating whether I would get a 2013-2014 one or buy a new one.
2) VW Golf R - 2012-2013. Again don't know very much about this car. But being that its a higher horsepower Golf that can't be too bad.
3) 2012-2013 BMW 335I - would have no problem getting one. Platform I'm used to. Might be a little pricier than I'd like
4) Infiniti G37X - Reliable Japanese Engineering. Don't particularly like how the car looks though.
5) Mini Cooper Clubman S.
Any other cars I should be looking at. Primarily this will be a daily driver, as in the upcoming years I'd like to swap my Ecoboost with a GT or maybe a C7.