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      01-20-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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So I have to get rid of my car. Looking to jump into something around $25K to keep the payments low. Any suggestions? Would love to stick with a coupe that has AWD but can't think of too many that have that. Looked at a used A4, any thoughts on Audi's? Hate to jump over to one of those but they seem nice. Thanks Guys!!
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      01-20-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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AWD, 420 HP. Used Jeep SRT8. You could probably find one with less than 30k miles for around $25k.
I'm biased...
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      01-20-2009, 10:39 PM   #3
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If looking new, Mazdaspeed 3. They are doing a redesign for 2010 and speculation of 300+ hp.
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      01-20-2009, 10:48 PM   #4
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      01-20-2009, 11:03 PM   #5
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new cobalt !
+1 - This just knocked off the Mazdaspeed 3 as one of the top sub compact cars (a spot it has held for awhile) in either Motortrend or Car & Driver (cant remember which).
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      01-20-2009, 11:19 PM   #6
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AWD, 420 HP. Used Jeep SRT8. You could probably find one with less than 30k miles for around $25k.
I'm biased...
You read my mind?!
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      01-20-2009, 11:27 PM   #7
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Mazdaspeed 3 is not bad, although it has mega torque steer and a pretty narrow power band.

The new 09 WRX is pretty nice as well.
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+1 on the 09 WRX...
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      01-21-2009, 12:23 AM   #9
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G35 Coupe

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'09 WRX

330Ci 6mt (if you could push it to 30k you could find a nice e46 M3)

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      01-21-2009, 12:44 AM   #10
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G35 COUPE HANDS DOWN
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      01-21-2009, 01:01 AM   #11
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AWD, 420 HP. Used Jeep SRT8. You could probably find one with less than 30k miles for around $25k.
I'm biased...
id absolutely love a GC SRT8
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      01-21-2009, 01:25 AM   #12
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+1 on the 09 WRX...
I read a great article on these, they perform for the price.

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id absolutely love a GC SRT8
I loved mine. And miss it, but i think this 335i will do. They are such different vehicles, the Jeep was so damn torquee and raw. And the 335i is so much smoother, i can't really FEEL how fast i'm going like i could with the srt8.
But anyway the GC SRT8 is a great truck, I drove mine for 30k, 8k with a 150 shot of nitrous that I used liberally and never had any big problems.
Look around, they are going for cheap.
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      01-21-2009, 01:37 AM   #14
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      01-21-2009, 03:23 AM   #17
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GTI or G35

I saw g35s for 20k used in good shape.
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      01-21-2009, 08:16 AM   #18
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I can't believe this hasn't been said yet! I would take this (clean, good condition, 6MT) over most cars up to the $50K range.
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To stay in the family there are Xi deals out there. Just get used to 4 doors?

06 SG 330Xi
19,000 miles
Asking $24,900

06 Black 330Xi
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Asking $23,000
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+1 on the 09 WRX...
+2 on the WRX

I drove a Impreza for almost 4 years, great car, no real problems through 110k miles, cheap to maintain/fix out of warranty, plenty of mods available, fun to drive.
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      01-21-2009, 12:12 PM   #22
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I have a 2008 VW GTI that I really love. Still on the top 10 list for C&D.

I paid around $23k, love the plaid seats, loaded with all the cool stuff like Xenons, 6 spd manual, 200HP turbo engine, sat radio, nice wheels, red brake calipers, allow pedals and footrest, etc.

A real good bargain. Only issue I had was the two front struts were making noise and were replaced under warranty.

I also got a great deal on the extended warranty. 7yr/100k for $1200. It was around $2500.

I like the GTI because it blends in, does not draw attention like my 3 series did, and is a lot more fun to drive. Probably because it is smaller and lighter (3100 lbs). It is a 2 door but I swear the back seat is as roomy as a 5 series.

Also, I believe starting with 2009 model year, VW is offering free maintenance during the basic warranty period (3yr/36k), Power train warranty is 5yr/60k.
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