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ultimate wife approved ride...

First off i want to say i know this is off topic.. but oh well haha

I'm getting married this spring, and with my fiance needing a car we are planning to upgrade her wheels sometime this year..

So here want i want to know, what is the ultimate DD for the ol' ball and chain thats secretly a toy for us.. please post lots of pics!!

She has her heart set on this...



But this is the ultimate wife mo-bile in my opinion!!!


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When I get married, I'd get my wife a nice car to use as a daily driver. If she was into hot cars, I'd get her an E39 M5 or a X5 4.6is. For more regular type driving, an E90 3 series, X5 4.4 or a C350.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:48 PM
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YUK!

If you want a DD Porsche that's going to be easy for her to drive too, get yourself a nice 993 or a 996. Prices have dropped significantly
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:50 PM
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i know your not hating on the ctsv... as of right now its the fast 4door production car around nurburgring... even the mighty m5 can't beat it!
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changed the caddy pic... thats alot better than the ricey one! haha

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MBZ E55.

Something like 455hp. Over 500 with a chip and a pulley. 6 piston brake calipers.

Used CTS-V's are cheap if she drives a stick.
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Stay away from dodge!
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Stay away from American made- if any of them go out, so does the resale value of the car...
What about a 2005 Audi RS6 (mmm twin-turbo V8 goodness...)? Or maybe a slightly used new S6 or S8? Im only saying used because you could take good advantage of forced sales...
Those would be bad-a$$-
You live in a good climate- what about the M5?
I know the papers are saying that the caddy is faster- but knowing GM- how much material/ quality had to get stripped out in the name of saving cost (not weight)
Chargers are fun as hell, but no quality at all. I do say they are a hell of a lot of fun.

Besides- the new domestic stuff is all plastic like a barbie doll... I know from working on them that they are not quality pieces
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Heh... I can provide some insight here for ya.

First, congrats on the upcoming nuptials.

Important to keep wife happy whilst still maintaining sanity. When Wifeo and I were just dating, I con'd her into approving my e28 ///M5 (family Ferrari). Sucker. That into a 190E 2.3-16, then into //S6, now into //S8.

Note the trend - sedans with uber power and rewarding driving experience.

Now, she ended up basically um disliking all of those. Alumibiatch now (//S8) is the first car I've had she not only tolerates but *really* likes (she likes her MB's).

So, talk to us - we'll try to tell you what we know. I've had good exposure in many of what you should consider, at speed.

Give us price point goals and miles tolerances. Stick / auto matter? How long intend to own? What 'region' it to be used (climate). Daily driver? Space requirements. Etc. Your CTS-V thought sorta paints me an idea but be more specific. I got a colleague into one of those, had me some good time in it, I def. have some feedback.

Real quick to mind jump all of what's been suggested:

E55
C63
RS4
e39 ///M5
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RS6
Cayenne TT (don't laugh - it's a real MFk'er)

Spill it - I'll spill back, have had WOT time in those too (surf me blog below if bored) & many more if you need to pick me brain happy to share. I've got a wife and 3 young kids to keep happy and make things work daily in daily out in snowy CT...
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haha... well thanks so much for all the feedback!!

i see the point that it might be a bad time to buy domestic...

i think the pros of the charger srt8.. she loves it, and i am smart enough to know that when she gets what she wants she won't mind the constant flow of cash into the 930! haha.. and lets face is 30k for a low low miles used one.. thats a hell of alot of bang for your buck... then a few mods and its a true muscle monster

i think the new CTSv is incredible, and the potential for more power is huge! i mean just a pulley, exhaust, chip.. prolly be north of 650hp.. but right now a new one is more than i can justify spending.. so its really out of the question and i don't think i would be happy with the original ctsv.

I do however like some of your other ideas..
i'm a huge fan of the rs6.. i've had the pleasure to ride in one and it is such an incredible sedan.. but its going to take some convincing to get her in an audi, i want to get her behind the wheel of a few of them.. i think the ride/drive will speak for itself especially compared to a dodge! i think a s6 or s8 is a nice choice as well..

i think the main constraints are that its 4 door, unfortunatly auto, DDable, fast!!, and probably not looking to spend more than 40ish.. so the used market is probably where i'll be looking.. i just wanted to have fun tossing this around a little bit
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Dude - you saw my 550i when we ran up around NC right? Right now you can pick up a e60 550i for like $30k or less with about 30k miles.

Its the ULITIMATE wife car - just not my wife. She loved it but wants a 996tt and since values are dropping so quick personally I think that's the best WUT (Wife Unit Transportation) if you can get away with a 2 door.

Other than that the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) goes off the charts with the BMW 550i. The interior space is the same as the older model 7 Series.

This was my old ride when I had the M6 wheels on her:

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reaper930- that is a wonderful car- my father just bought a 535Xi for the winter and loves it.

Tarheel- I know that you just want to shut her up so you could do your 3.6 conversion and not hear about it... bro- we all work the same.
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Careful on what you get her used to... I met my wife in '98 and she drove a 95 cheby z28. I finally convinced her to get a nicer car, so we went to the bmw dealer to get a 3 series, when the jerks at the dealership sized us up and never even asked if we needed help we went across the street and got a new saab 9-5 aero. Fun car, but a turbo and front wheel drive still don't make sense to me... We had some problems with the saab (lemon) and she wanted a "toyota", so we lost our asses on the saab and bought a new Lexus IS 300, this was the most boring car i've ever driven, felt like driving a camry... anyway, we kept that for a few years, got married and then I got her a proper toyota, a Lexus GS 430. That was a good car. Had that through our 1st kid, when no 2 came, i tried to fit 2 car seats and in a moment of weakness traded the GS for a MB R350. OK, I know i have minivan now, but notice how the cost of the cars generally got more... Once they get used to the luxury of a fine car, they can never go back to the simplicity of a low cost vehicle.

In summary: Spend lots of $$ on wifey's car = take $$ away from spending on 930.

sorry for the long rant...
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I had to re-read your initial statement, d'oh I'm sorry - I was more thinking it was for YOU and to be Wife Friendly.

Many good points made above. And agreed Calvin - my wife's entire family were all American when we met now all Euro. Nutty.

For HER daily, you're spot on - you want her *happy* which means no maint. issues. Focus then on opp's with best warranty. 2nd the 550i thought, tremedous amount of car for the $ right now.

Or E55 (with added CPO or other extended warranty on either BMW or MB) are smart options. C6 A6 4.2L could be interesting too, heard rave things. Do not look into the Lexus / Infiniti light look away...

Yes neu CTS-V too $$$ / old one is, well... unacceptable for a wife's daily.

C5 RS6 rock hard but are not for the squeemish. If it were for YOUR daily maybe, but they're not w/o maint. issues (chronic DRC suspension failures / tq convert issues) but also come with other maintenence 'fun' like $$$ tbelts every 35k and $900 rotors / $400 pads.

CayenneTT could be real entertaining. Stop laughing 8-). Bud just scored an all black and optioned one, low miles and warrantied for like hi $20k's. Helluvalottarig those are, I whirled one years back they're quiiiite the hoot to er exploit. Wife's like the 'commanding' driving position being higher up, and she will glow in her circles as Porsche ownership settles in. And you'll get to ahem enjoy it. SUV's are handy to have around not to mention, and AWD mit snows it's a skimobile. My bud's using his as a tow rig for an enclosed hauler. Bastid.

I'm sure that Dodge is amusing and is built ok long as you're in warranty. Just a little too amusing I'd worry. Dunno, I don't usually get too hung up on image but I'm not sure I'd want my wife in 'that'. Depends on who she is I guess.

Report back on your findings, happy hunting. Buyer's market certainly.
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Cayanne TT's are in the high $20k range now?!?!?!? Holy hell! Wife does want a 4 door....
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I recently test drove the 300C SRT8 and was very impressed with it...I much prefer the lines of the 300C over the Charger. The 6.1L in the SRT8 is a brute and 100mp/h comes up very quickly. All the new models have the limiter removed and can hit 173mp/h!

But my soft spot by far would be the W210 E55 AMG 469hp and 517ft.lbs is hard to beat and it is a world class machine.

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If u r in a cold climate and do winter sports--all whell drive is your friend and safety==AUDI S8 OR BMW XI OR MERC...

If not same as above without all-wheel drive...

Look for financing deals and low ball them!!!

Good Luck!!!
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I'm disappointed in you guys. I use my targa on nice warm days when the top can come off and the Turbo for every other day. 1 of the 2 cars is driven everyday. I even pick up my son at the elementary school in them.

Why can't you guys think that a 911 or 930 is a good wife car?
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Why can't you guys think that a 911 or 930 is a good wife car?
Marry me, dammit!

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