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Old 09-26-2005, 08:45 AM
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I just paid $4500 for a 1993 Miata.

30 plus mpg, bulletproof reliability, more fun than anything on the road this side of the Porsche, and the truck is still sitting in the driveway for when I need to carry a load or tow the race car.
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My choice 1996 or 97 BMW 328 i .
This is my wife's car , excellent, paid $13,500 four years ago .
Nice handling , comfort and style . Highly recommend !


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Old 09-26-2005, 09:14 AM
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here is my take. keep in mind that i have a 96 chevy S10 with ZR2 package. (interpret this as a 6 banger, factory jacked up, with big tires, and 16-17 mpg on the freeway). great truck, gets parts, does home duties, but ends there.

i think the best second car daily driver for me is a 3/4 ton diesel. it would get better gas mileage than my turd. haul more crap, and with a trailer, i could move my 911 around with ease. i would never hire a tow truck again (for friends too). but the first time i try to find a parking space in san francisco, i would be cursing like a fool. oh, i also have a house i am always working on.
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How much versatility do you need? A volvo wagon can haul quite a bit and in 'R' form hauls ass too.

If you want something more compact, go for a newer e36 328 or m3.
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:08 AM
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Cooper S - more fun than barrel of monkeys, high-revving supercharged motor, ABS, DSC, LSD, loaded with features, cold AC, tons 'o airbags - $27K new. I grin everytime I get into it.
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I've always like Toyotas for their reliability.
Bought a 96' Avalon 2 years ago for $10k. Had 55k miles. Have had no problems at all. Back seat has tons of leg room, 6' tall adults fit great, very versatile. And for only $10k, lots of money left over for PCar upgrades and you don't worry about door dings, kids muddy shoes, etc, etc. It is boring to drive, but that's why we have the PCars!
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:35 AM
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WRX, wagon if you haul stuff, ride bikes, or have kids or dogs. Very practical, decent MPG, and still fun to drive.
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Accords are great cars. Can't go wrong with one.
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I like the M3 Thom. Is your a lightweight M3? no sunroof and manual seats? any reliability issues or thing to look for?

thanks,
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How 'bout the Saab version of the WRX, much better looking IMHO. I have heard they are having problems moving them off the lots, you could possibly pick up an '05 for around $20k.
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Early 996's can be had for sub 30 nowadays
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Most compatible with Porsche drivers: A good E39 5 series BMW, 6 cylinder 5 speed, extended warranty, reasonable miles.

Note: I have owned a E34 540i since new in 1994, still love it. My daily driver.
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Old 09-26-2005, 12:23 PM
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E34 535i is another rock solid choice. bombproof 3.5l 'big six' with freight train torque esp chipped minus the nikasil flaking that plagued some 1st gen 540i's.

Also thumbs up on the subarus. FOUR of my friends drive WRXs. 2 wagons, 2 STI's. Great cars.
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I can't believe nobody has suggesting just getting another SC. That way, you can drive one while working on the other.
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Ok i know you don't use diesel cars, but my 330D with 390Nm of torque is a great car...
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Family car - I recently went for a 94 850 Volvo wagon turbo $3,900. (maintenance not cheap) -But you already know that's what toyota and hondas are for.

Commuter - I drive a Carollo, just sold a 91 Tercel. Not much fun, but even worse if you don't get stick.

IMO, go cheap and save your dough for your P-car.
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I'm not looking to torture myself with another SC.... I want a newer reliable car.....
plus Id be scared I'd make one into a parts car in no time...lol
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We have an '02 A4 and a Mini. A4 I use everyday back and forth to work. Get's 25 MPG on the average. I do all highway miles. Mini S w/ works... lucky if you get twenty two.

I have had great luck with the Audi. Purchased two years old with 22,000 I think. Sport package, quattro, can't bit*h even a little great car. I paid 22 or 23,000 for it.

Next car is going to be an Audi wagon, BLACK. You probably see it in picturea alot!
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1989 911 is my daily driver. Why would you ever drive anything else unless you have to? Wew also have an '05 Honda Odyssey which is a great van for hauling the whole family.
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