Hi, I am new to this forum and am looking to get into a performance luxury car. Currently I have an e46 325xi, which is an OK car....but not one of any superlatives. What scares me most about it, is that as it nears 100k it is slowly falling apart, and my brothers audi a4 has been the least reliable car my family has ever owned and it doesn't even have 80k on it. Meanwhile my other brother has owned a suburban for 170k miles with no major: the ac-compressor went last month and it has gone through a couple of window regulators and a wheel hub...that's it. And my mother owns an xlr and the interior and looks are first class. So, being in the market for a performance luxury can I immediatly turned towards BMW and the m3/550i, but my experiance with german reliabilty steered me away. GM quality/simplicity/performance drew me towards their products, and I looked at g8's and suburbans, but the exclusivity factor was not there. Then I remembered the sts-v and was instantly drawn, but no car is perfect, and I have a few questions.
I would probably be looking at an 07 with no warranty(50-60k miles).
-I really wish they came with ls2/3/7/a's instead of the N* 4.4 s/c....I try to do all the work on cars my self and I image parts are hard to come by inexpensively for an engine that maybe 5k were made?
-With a car of such limited production and so many gizmo's I image electrical bugs are an issue, you can tell GM never really refined the electrics in my mothers XLR as it will do weired things. I can fix mechanical issues, but electrical components are a little scarier to me.
- I would LIKE to spend under 20k, but could stretch to 22-23 if it is the exact one I want
-Are their any common issues that happen at xx,xxx mileage, or maintanance that should have been done on the car by that time?
-I am OK with around 16 combined on premium and 9 quarts of mobil one, as my daily drive is short and do the oil changes myself.
-They are so hard to find locally(mass), so i can't test drive one very easily.
-Are there any owners out there with high mileage v's? I plan on keeping the car for about 6 years 100-110k miles at the very least, and want to know if it would make financial sense to keep it this long without me spending stupid money on repairs.
-I trust GM, and in my experiance they make great cars, but the limited production of this car and the electircal gadgets scare me!
From what I have seen I am in love with the car and am just throwing all of the ideas in my head out there to see if this is the car for me, and insight would be great, especially from high mileage v owners.
Thanks in advance, Casey.