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BMW 3 Series, Volvo C70, Audi A4, Car Buying, Convertible
#1 of 9 Help me choose a used luxury convertible...
Jun 07, 2012 (1:24 pm)
trying to decide on a used convertible - i want it to be a luxury brand
the two i think that are on the top of my list are bmw 3 series and volvo c70 hardtops - looking for 2007/2008 with hopefully low mileage - but would like to know other alternatives to consider - I want to be closest to $20K as possible but from looking on ebay and stuff it seems like I might be closer to $30k
#2 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Jul 17, 2012 (9:02 pm)
I'd go with the C70. Safety, reliability and overall solid ride. My brother has a 2007 convertible BMW and it's been in the shop forever. My wife's sister has the volvo c70 and it's awesome.
Did you purchase one yet?
#3 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Jul 19, 2012 (1:26 pm)
Unfortunately, I've been researching the value of our '11 C70 in case the insurance folks 'total' it after yesterday's wreck. According to Edmunds, the value is only $30K +- on this vehicle that had a MSRP of $45K. IF I could replace ours for $30K, I'd be all over it! You should be able to pick up one with a bit of warranty left for under 30, but I would think closer to $20 would get you the '07-'08 you seek. We had a beautiful '08...Celestial Blue/Calcite. In many ways, I liked that car better than the 'refreshed' '11...smoother tranny, more classic styling.
A 5-6 year old BMW(unless CPO) is not something I would consider, personally. Ideally, finding a soon-to-be-off lease '08 or '09 C70 and purchasing direct from the consumer before turn-in would be the route I'd take. Good luck!
#4 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [4mercoachrick]
Jul 29, 2012 (2:17 pm)
how do you locate "soon to be off lease" owners?
#5 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Jul 29, 2012 (3:05 pm)
How to find those 'soon to be off lease' folks???
A fair question. Folks who knew us during the past few years could have asked us at any time "When are you going to trade your vehicle? I know it will be SOON!". We went through a number of Volvos during that time...we've slowed a bit since.
Taking it from a 'one on one' circumstance to a larger scale would require an enterprising nerd or geek with access to dealer records.(I'm NOT suggesting anything illegal!)
I actually wanted to find such a list when getting rid of the Scorpion A/T tires on my XC60. They had at least half their usable life left and someone turning in a vehicle with 40-48K miles could have replaced their worn-out tires with pretty good ones for a song!
By the bye, our list of owned Volvos includes '01 S40, '04V70, '04C70, '07 XC70,'08 C70, '10XC60 and '11C70(with an RX330 in the middle).
#6 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [4mercoachrick]
Jul 29, 2012 (3:24 pm)
Just a note, looking at ebay within 150 mi of where I live, prices for 2009 are generally from 24k to 29k with the 29k having about 19K and loaded with premium and convenience packages. 24K gets you around 40K miles but not sure of options
#7 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Aug 01, 2012 (3:55 am)
Actually, you can choose a lot of luxury convertible cars, just pick the right one that fits on your budget.
#8 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [aaronjohn]
Aug 02, 2012 (7:57 pm)
very informative response
#9 of 9 Re: Help me choose a used luxury convertible... [jmsnyc]
Oct 13, 2012 (7:49 am)
I bought a 2008 328i convertible 9 months ago and absolutely love it.
The answer to your question is very simple;
Drive the two cars and decide how much you enjoy the response and handling performance of the BMW.
If it does not mean that much to you, get the Volvo-otherwise enjoy the fabulous handling and ride of the BMW.
I got the extended warranty, top of the line, to 100,000 miles.
The car is sheer fun, reliable and fast.