What about a Volkswagen Corrado V6 Turbo?
What about a Volkswagen Corrado V6 Turbo?
I don't know about the land between the Coasts, but in California and in Virginia VWs are pretty common. I know of two Corrados that live within a quarter of a mile from me.
Don't know about their availability in the Islands, but if a good was to be found it would make a great "toy" car for someone who wanted a a quick, fun, closed car that was attractive and handled really well. I've only heard good things about Corrados.
Just a quick update: I have been very busy with a new project. I need to submit something till early March, and then will restart my car shopping again. But the good news is that my two candidate cars are still up for sale and their asking prices keep going down!
Another news is that I heard that the new V3 will be available in 2014. As a result the V2 shoppers may need to wait a few more months to take advantage of the big incentives that should be available during the last months of 2013. Those incentives may affect the market value of used V2s, and even V1 as well![COLOR="Silver"]
By the way, there is a new kid on the block, Chevrolet SS! I am hoping they keep the price tag low. Anything more than 40k will be too much. I would say, ideally, this car needs to be priced less than 35k! 2014 seems to be a great year; ATS-V, CTS-V3, Chevrolet SS, 2014 Corvette Stingray!
And no one I know ever bought a 4th gen LS1 F-body for the interior...You are missing the point of the car if the dash is that important.
It is crude and very nice to drive with the T-tops out in the summer.
E46 330ci vs E46 M3:
Ian once told me to totally forget the M3. He said for regular driving, the M3 is not a good car and 330 is a much better choice. I also read that the maintenance costs of a M3 are very higher than the maintenance costs of a regular E46 BMW. Any other idea on M3? IF I want to buy a M3, this one seems to be the perfect M3 for me! That E46 330ci seems to be a good car too, well, other than those ugly rims!
Maintenance will definitely be higher. That I-6 is high strung and really needs to be wound up for max thrust.
Personally, I would love to live with that. But for most, the 330 would be the better choice...
The 330's wheels and color would eliminate for me .... black car in the tropics is a no go! While the mileage seems low, it is now approaching an age and mileage where expensive refurbishment and maintenance really begin to be a factor. My son's 2006 BMW is now becoming a money pit. Of course he must depend on dealerships and specialty repair to do the work .... but his Bimmer is costing him considerably than my '95 Seville STS even though they both currently have the same mileage on them.
Ian gave you good advice on the M cars. if you have been happy with Buick Regals and Sevilles in the past, you are unlikely to find the driving demands of the M to be that enjoyable and the extra expense a waste of money.
Ben, the M is simply not worth it. The extra cost to run it would significantly outweigh it's fun factor, though from what I've read they are amazing cars to drive. However, they require good amounts of money to keep them on the road and it's just not worth it. Regardless of what BMW you buy, you'll need to set aside at least $1.5k to $3k at all times just in case something goes wrong. As far as maintenance with these cars they can be maintained cheaper than the Seville's, but if you take it to a dealership or indy all the time they are neck and neck. DIY'ing on the E46 chassis is very easy to do and take this from a guy who never worked on a car in his entire life until I bought my 323, it's not hard. I've done 80% of the work on my car alone and it's basically been refurbished to factory condition aside from the body.
I also am learning the hard way about German paint jobs; they are soft and scratch really easily so I would skip the black car as well and stick to something lighter like Alpine White or Titanium Silver that hides swirls and imperfections much better. The quality of paint in general isn't great for the Germans as even from the factory they have a higher than usual amount of orange peel. One of Cadillac's greatest strengths is the quality of the paint and how the cars don't scratch so bad.
Isn't that funny? Whatever you like, it is actually not good for you! :D For example, fried food, salt, sugar, or black paint! It looks gorgeous when it is clean, but for sure it is a royal pain to keep it that way. Orconn, your son's BMW is a E46 or E90? Based on what I have been reading, E90's can and will be a money pit. But a high mileage E46 isn't that bad.
I think Ryannel's BMW has more than 150k miles, and he has spent about $2-3k so far to recondition the car himself. This is not bad at all! However, I walked away from the blue 330ci that once I had posted here. It was high mileage, and that scared me.
My car at this point has 156,280 miles on it and it drives so much better than it did when I bought it last April. It's amazing how a simple suspension refresh can change the entire car. I can also say that even though it has high mileage, the engine is smooth as silk. I think Jeremy Clarkson summed it up best when he was reviewing the E46 and quoted "Imagine bathing in extra virgin olive oil and then slipping between a set of satin sheets with Roger Moore, that's how smooth the engine is." It's really one of the smoothest engines on the planet and I used to be one of those people who scoffed when told how great BMW's are... it's true. The integration of power, handling prowess, supple yet firm ride, elegant looks and interior design is the reason why the E46 was one of the greatest BMW's ever built. I have driven newer E90's and F30's and they don't compare at all, especially the E90 which has an interior that feels a bit cold to me unless you get the dashboard with iDrive.
Here's Clarkson's review on the E46 which he loved, but of course he hated admitting that:
Also, here is a very clean '04 330Ci for $13k which is a bit high, but the mileage is low and the car looks immaculate.
EDIT: That '04 is simply gorgeous. The price on that is high was well, but it has the optional Style 71 18" wheels which are very stylish and look good on that car. The white cars are really beautiful and when I originally set out to buy a BMW I wanted the Alpine White and Sand interior. Of course I love my Orient Blue but it simply shows every imperfection and gets dirty quickly. Even a good buffing didn't do this car as well as it should.
The white BMW is listed this morning for the first time by its original owner. Owners, especially the original owners, normally overestimate their cars' value. But after a while they start to understand the market condition and will adjust heir asking price. By the way, aren't these rims after market?!