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      11-18-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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New car suggestions/help: 25k max w/options

Hey Guys,
I'm getting a car for my girlfriend for xmas and my budget is 25k. She's never had a brand new car in her life, so I want it to be brand new (used cars aren't an option). The only thing that's kind of girly but cool at the same time is the new 2011 Mini Coopers (the cooper s's are too much though when optioned out).

So, right now though my top choice is a 2011 Mini Cooper hatchback. Are there any comparable cars out there at this price range that are better than the new Minis?

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fyi - she's 21 so no need for family vehicles, just something fun (it has to be an automatic though)
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      11-18-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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I thought of it and went to build one online, and it has too much of a boy racer feel to it. Remember this is for a 21 year old girl so things like VW GTI's and Civic SI's are out of the question (because the meaningless extra power is pointless and they are too boyish looking).
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All really nice handling cars and can be had either loaded (Jetta, TDI, M3) or very well equipped (Fusion, Kizashi) for 25K
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^ thanks bro for the sugestions.. i'll look into a couple of those
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wow, $25k for a gift? Why not just buy her a ring, it'll be cheaper!
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I think pictures of the girl would help

I think you have the right idea with the Mini Cooper though. Hyundia Genesis Coupe, Mazda 3, Honda Fit, dare I say...Prius? Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Beetle.
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wow, $25k for a gift? Why not just buy her a ring, it'll be cheaper!
lol i don't want to buy her a ring yet.. we've been together 4 years, but i want to get married in ~2-3 years... so just a car for now (which is much more useable than a big diamond ring)

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I think pictures of the girl would help

I think you have the right idea with the Mini Cooper though. Hyundia Genesis Coupe, Mazda 3, Honda Fit, dare I say...Prius? Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Beetle.
lol no pics of my girl allowed on here.. yea i think mini is the best choice, although maybe a prius... i'll look into them too (didn't think of them)

and my girlfriend (as with myself) is kind of a "brand whore" of sorts, where a mini sounds way better than a hyundai or mazda, etc...
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ehh just checked out the prius's and the cheapest one is 26k with the 2k option of nav that you can't unchoose... they definitely don't look as fun as a mini either.. scratch that lol
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Supposed to be starting sales in America next month from an article I read 2 days ago. $15,500 USD base price. I guarantee these things will be trendy, and being an Italian car, perfect for a young brand whore!

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Not trying to be in any way, but you're not even married and you're buying her a car? Are you guys engaged at least? Anyways, the Fiat 500 would be an awesome choice, as would a Mini or even a Hyundai Sonata (got to kick the Hyundai image to the curb; they make good shit now).

The MkVI Golf is an excellent car, but it is more masculine looking now. The new Jetta might be up her alley.
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Yes, Fiat 500


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lol i don't want to buy her a ring yet.. we've been together 4 years, but i want to get married in ~2-3 years... so just a car for now (which is much more useable than a big diamond ring)



lol no pics of my girl allowed on here.. yea i think mini is the best choice, although maybe a prius... i'll look into them too (didn't think of them)

and my girlfriend (as with myself) is kind of a "brand whore" of sorts, where a mini sounds way better than a hyundai or mazda, etc...
im assuming your 21 also? dating 4 years sets you back at 17; are you guys high school sweet hearts ?

i think you answered your own question, and out of the bunch mini def sounds the way to go, gl to say the least .
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im assuming your 21 also? dating 4 years sets you back at 17 how you guys were high school sweet hearts ?

i think you answered your own question, and out of the bunch mini def sounds the way to go, gl to say the least .
Maybe he's a bit older? 2-3 years give or take?
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Wait, aren't you 21? It's a bit large of a commitment to buy a 25k present for a gf at that age.
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My wife though that were very cool (and cute), ever since she saw the 500 Abarth on Top Gear. I assume they would throw a automatic transmission in some US-bound cars. I don't know if you could get one in time for Christmas though, there may be a waiting list initially.

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I think GTI would fit her better
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My recommendation would be the Fiesta.... It comes with some nice options well below $25k.
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Wait, aren't you 21? It's a bit large of a commitment to buy a 25k present for a gf at that age.
yea it's a pretty big commitment but it'll be under my name just in case. And we live together, so it pretty much will be an extra car for me as well.

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im assuming your 21 also? dating 4 years sets you back at 17; are you guys high school sweet hearts ?

i think you answered your own question, and out of the bunch mini def sounds the way to go, gl to say the least .
lol yes we're highschool sweethearts. we've lived together over 2 years now, so I'd think by now i'd know if i want to stay with her lol.


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good idea! although kind of small, i'm going to check it out.

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I'll check out that 128i idea of yours. That's a pretty good idea.


Thanks guys for the suggestions.. all of them really give me something to think about now.
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Holy shit a Fiat 500 would be great. The new Jetta looks really nice as well
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