Last post on Feb 13, 2011 at 5:11 AM
You are in the BMW 1-Series
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BMW 1 Series, Car Buying, Car Financing, Car Leasing, Convertible
#12 of 16 Re: Advice for a first time college grad [cdnpinhead]
Jan 11, 2011 (9:07 pm)
I caught that from the beginning. (note the near total absence of personal pronouns in my posts)
Oh - note the C350 "Sport" - the thing is worthless with the stock suspension and really needs the sport package. That said, while it's lovely, it's also very expensive, even used.
If you want a convertible, though, you're stuck with a precious few choices that aren't heavy or pretty much impossibly expensive for no good reason. The Camaro and Mustang are probably the only fairly reasonable choices, though you *could* always get a couple of year used S2000. There's nothing not to like about it - it was one of the few actual roadsters on the market.
#13 of 16 Re: Advice for a first time college grad [plekto]
Jan 12, 2011 (12:32 pm)
she also wants 4 seats, so no S2k.
I'd find a used 1-series, if that's what I had my heart set on. $26k can buy a 2009 128i automatic with less than 20k miles.
#14 of 16 Re: Advice for a first time college grad [qbrozen]
Jan 12, 2011 (2:45 pm)
True, that's also a good way to go about it, though the 128i is (IMO), heavier than it should be. If I could buy any BMW, it would be a 1999 E36, which I feel was the best example ever made. Light, fast, and just simply perfect. The newer models suffer from excessive weight and electronics to break and go wrong. The 1 series was a step back towards the E36, but it doesn't have the same magic. (especially if you are looking at a used E36 M series - those are truly worth drooling over) $15K and you're in heaven.
I've always loved BMWs, but the last decade or so has seen them turn more mainstream and that's unfortunately why I recommend other vehicles which do "mainstream sport sedan" about the same for less money.
Case in point - the CTS. It's a pretty amazing car and shows what GM can do when it decides to get serious. The only thing before it that I'd consider to be as groundbreaking from GM was the old Grand National from the 80s. Well, maybe that and the Syclone. That was simply bonkers. It's kind of somewhere between a 3 series and a 5 series, but for a lot less money, especially CPO/Used.
Still, if you want it all in one package, this is your car:
I'd rather have one of these over anything but a 928 S4 or maybe a GNX. Finding a cherry example for these cars, though, is the tough part.
#15 of 16 Re: Advice for a first time college grad [hikari07]
Feb 08, 2011 (12:20 pm)
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#16 of 16 Re: Advice for a first time college grad [eliset]
Feb 13, 2011 (5:11 am)
Anyone mentioned how extremely unreliable the CTS is?
I think the BMW or an Infiniti G37 would be great convertible choices.