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Old 09-09-2009, 01:09 PM   #1
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$24k dollar used car.. what would you buy?

What would you get following these requirements:
  • 4 doors (i have two kids)
  • decently quick / fast from the get go - faster than a bolt on SVTF.
  • be comfortable on long drives
  • handle exceptionally well - (will probably be the one thing I do modify after a little bit)
  • low mileage but used: 06 or newer and less than 40k miles.
  • less than $25k after title and taxes...
  • luxurious / semi luxurious (wifes X5 has spoiled me)
  • Manual Transmission

I looked at the speed6 already and heard there were some issues with some odds and ends. I'd like to stay away from a car that will have a lot of little issues.

I've already found but not really looked at in depth:
06 BMW 330i,
06 STi, the evo's seem to get a noticable bit less mpg than the STi's so I'm not really considering them.
06 / 07 Audi A4 Quatro 2.0T

I may take it to the 1/4 once or twice... most likely I'll autocross it a few times a year.



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Old 09-09-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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STI or the BMW 330i
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:15 PM   #3
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audi or subaru
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Idk if the STI will supply the luxary you are looking for. I think you can get an M3 for that price even. If your already spoiled by your wifes bmw, Id say go for a bmw. If you can get an M3 awesome, but if not the 330i will be a great car as well.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:19 PM   #5
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well if you want luxury and comfort, then your only choice would have to be the lotus elise.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:26 PM   #6
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Minus the long-cruise comfort and luxury aspect, Id recommend an EVO IX. Its fast, 4 door, around that price range, and offers AWD for inclement weather. Handling? Even better than the SVT.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:31 PM   #7
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evo 9 mr? my friend got his for 26 last year, maybe you can find one for your price
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I really like the A4, I think it would fill your needs the best. Besure to get the 1.8T
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i like the evo idea. just take the wing off the back and everyone will think you have a widebody lancer es.lol.
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I'd also go along with the Subaru route... WRX or Legacy GT
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