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Car buying advice

Postby T_Dub » Dec 1st, 2015, 10:12 am

Lets get a little action in the lounge. Recently I've become super bored with cars. Not sure why. The GTI is great but its not really doing it for me anymore.

So, give me options for replacement, and discuss the pros and cons.

Here are my current thoughts:

2004 R32
2000 S4 Avant
2008 911 C4
2008 RS4
2016 Golf R
etc

Anything I'm missing? I think we have to go 300hp+, either stock or easy with tune. Has to be exciting to drive, and AWD with that power in NL for a year round car. Also MUST be manual. If I was willing to go auto I'd be in an S3 right now. Is the S3 drivetrain exactly the same as a Golf R? If so that could be the answer. I really liked the S3, but part of that was the interior. I've been in Golfs since 2002, probably time for a change of scenery.

On the 911: if it was a little more practical it would be the hands down winner. But I think I need to be talked into it. Couple good examples on Canadian Autotrader with around 100k km for $40k. Should mention thats my budget as well. No more than $45, unless its a new vehicle, then I could go to ~$60 (lease).

Also for reference I've tested the 335i xDrive, WRX, and S5. None of which I found overly interesting.
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Re: Car buying advice

Postby GTI » Dec 1st, 2015, 11:34 am

All good choices. If this is going to be a year round daily driver get the newest option available. All of these cars you listed I wouldn't drive year round as I feel they are far too rare to subject to the horrible winter driving elements around this place.
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Re: Car buying advice

Postby T_Dub » Dec 1st, 2015, 12:50 pm

The problem is finding something that isn't mind numbingly dull to daily drive. I'm not one for owning multiple cars, I hated owning the LR3. If I have a winter car that will have to be my daily as well. The reason being that the road to work is bad enough that if I wont drive to work in the winter, I never will, and then it becomes a weekend car which I'm not looking for.

None of these cars will ever be collector cars, since super clean versions are too expensive.
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Re: Car buying advice

Postby dubnut » Dec 1st, 2015, 1:44 pm

Right out of the gate, you're not going to get 300+ HP out of a 2004 R32 easy with just a tune. You're looking at forced induction, for sure.
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Re: Car buying advice

Postby T_Dub » Dec 1st, 2015, 2:24 pm

dubnut wrote:Right out of the gate, you're not going to get 300+ HP out of a 2004 R32 easy with just a tune. You're looking at forced induction, for sure.


Thats probably correct. That car is pretty low on the list right now.
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