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Honda Accord, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CTS
#1 of 81 Best new or used vehicle for $30,000
Jan 02, 2006 (1:53 pm)
want to consider new and USED vehicles, in this analaysis (gasp!).
What would you buy if you had 30k burning a hole in your pocket? Please assume that your needs are: sporty, yet comfortable on the highway; 4 seats minimum; over 28 mpg, and reasonable reliability.
Our discussions always focus on new cars, but shouldn't our discussions start with price, and thus include used cars, as well?
I think comparos between new cars and equal-priced-but-more-expensive-when-new used cars are valuable.
(If you are interested in what folks recommended at the 40K price point, see calidave, "Best vehicle for $40,000" #1, 5 Dec 2005 4:05 pm
#2 of 81 .....at ...
Jan 02, 2006 (3:46 pm)
..I'll bite with a 2000-2001 BMW 330 coupe (manual shift, of course) with enought options equating to 30 large.....
#3 of 81 Another good topic Calidave
Jan 02, 2006 (5:52 pm)
And a little closer to my price (comfort) zone...
1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2
1991 BMW M3
2006 Mitsubishi Evo RS
2005 Subaru WRX STi
2004 VW R32
2006 Mini Cooper S
#4 of 81 i might be a tad more practical
Jan 03, 2006 (7:16 am)
'06 Accord V6 6-speed sedan with Navi.
fedlaw - a 15yo m3? really? i mean, i'm not saying its a bad car, but nothing 15 years old is all that reliable. so it doesn't meet at least one of the criteria.
#5 of 81 Re: i might be a tad more practical [qbrozen]
Jan 03, 2006 (9:19 am)
gbrozen: I like the idea of throwing a 15-year old car in the mix. It's more entertaining/enlightening than just talking about new cars. (but I agree on the dependability piece - then again, if you can find a 15-year old M3, it's probably been fairly reliable, no? I guess that's not necessarily true. Very few owners are going to completely walk away from an M3, even if it is a lemon - eventually someone will buy it and put it back on the street)
#6 of 81 Re: i might be a tad more practical [calidave]
Jan 03, 2006 (10:20 am)
oh, i have no problem with adding in used cars. My last 3 purchases for myself were all slightly used. Makes for a much better value if you pick the right car.
But my used choices are close to $20k, so i couldn't really recommend one for a $30k comparo.
But, yes, I would still exclude something so old. Basically, for me, if I'm looking at new AND used cars, and comparing, I typically wouldn't consider something more than 4 years old. I would only go older if it was really pristine and ultra-low miles. But still not THAT old. I just can't bring myself to spend $30k on something I would need to work on every weekend to keep it up to snuff. And I also wouldn't spend $30k on something I didn't plan on commuting in every day. But that's me. I know there are plenty of folks who can afford to blow $30k on a weekend-only car that doesn't pose a problem when it sits in the shop for weeks on end.
#7 of 81 Re: i might be a tad more practical [qbrozen]
Jan 03, 2006 (11:40 am)
yeah, I agree with you. Hard to spend 30K on an older car that is going to be your every day commuter, for 40 miles/day, at highway speeds.
#8 of 81 This Needs Two Forums
Jan 03, 2006 (11:57 am)
If you want to discuss the best choice for a $30,000 vehicle, there is an entire group of folks who would NEVER CONSIDER buying a used one and would only be interested in discussing NEW vehicles. Why would they want to participate in a forum discussing used or classic cars? Of course, the converse is true too.
If there is considerable interest in the $30,000 threshold, there should be one forum each for new and used vehicles.
#9 of 81 Re: This Needs Two Forums [blane]
Jan 03, 2006 (12:03 pm)
there are tons of comparison discussions concerning new car A vs. new car B. And I've seen discussions in the past like "best used car under $x.xx" and the same for new. So its all been done or currently being done. There is nothing wrong with this dicussion's topic as it stands.
#10 of 81 Re: This Needs Two Forums [blane]
Jan 03, 2006 (12:08 pm)
Well, since this is MY thread, and since I WOULD consider a used car as well as a new car at a particular price point, I think we should have ONE forum in which used and new cars are considered. Feel free to make your suggestions, or create your own threads.
If there are folks who only like new cars, they should feel free to simply note that preference and then list the cars they suggest. In my experience, this is what people do. (see the $40K thread)