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Old 03-23-2019, 02:12 PM   #41
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OP here. 2 MT contenders I've found somewhat locally. Guess this is lucky as some here have said they had to travel quite far to get theirs. Also, I prefer the sedan over the hatch, and I think MT sedans are even more rare.

So...door #1 or #2?

#1: 2014, 54K miles, $8000. Carfax shows 2 previous owners, rear collision but low insurance payout which likely implies only rear bumper change.

#2: 2015, 47K miles, $10000. 1 owner, no accidents.

I hate it when there's 2 choices, each with goodies the other doesn't have.

I thought I preferred the MK3 look hands down, but the MK3.5 look has grown on me, and I might be liking it more actually. But I definitely prefer black, though among all other colors, white would be my second choice. #1 has an aftermarket twin chrome exhaust tip, which I don't like. Maybe I can quickly spray it with some black high-heat paint. #2 is stock. For either car, I'll get new black wheels and tires. Should look good for all black car, probably with white car too.

Anyone have an opinion on what they'd personally prefer?
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Old 03-23-2019, 04:21 PM   #42
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Offer #2 $8K.
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I'd never own a black car again, so #2. Are they both SE?
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I'd never own a black car again, so #2. Are they both SE?
Yup, both are SE. Why against black - is it because it's so easy to see all the imperfections, chips, paint swirls, etc? I'm like that. I have a Lincoln in black and I hated, especially when I first got it, how my attention would always just focus on the imperfections. Didn't have a choice though - I like Lincoln and wanted one and a Lincoln has to be black. But took away from enjoying the car. I was pretty much sure I'd never get another black car but since I'm buying used I'm thinking it won't drive me nuts as much.
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:35 PM   #46
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I'd never own a black car again, so #2. Are they both SE?
What's wrong with black?
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Why against black - is it because it's so easy to see all the imperfections, chips, paint swirls, etc?
Black is the best looking color new on the lot, but it's a PITA for the reasons you stated. More power to anyone who has one, but it's just not for me.

Do either of them have maintenance records, maybe noted in the owner's manual?
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i love black cars, but i probably will not own one again

had a black zx3 that would give you 1st degree burns, and had killer ac but it would never cool off the interior, went to a white mk3

is night and day too cliche?
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Go for the black one......No refrigerator white for me......boriiiing color....
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Black is the best looking color new on the lot, but it's a PITA for the reasons you stated. More power to anyone who has one, but it's just not for me.

Do either of them have maintenance records, maybe noted in the owner's manual?
Haven't checked out the white one yet because it's a bit of a short distance away from me and haven't had the time. Trying to go this week. Black one only had one service record indicated in the CarFax. But I've seen a lot of CarFaxes and none of them ever listed regular, multiple services on the vehicle and the form says as much - that services may not be reported to CarFax. The dealer didn't have any service records, which I didn't like, but I'm trying not to focus on that too much. The dealer is a Dodge-Chrysler and their used car div seems quite a bit more developed than the typical place I've come across or would expect. They really seem to take it seriously. But then again I haven't biought a used car in forever, so maybe I'm being naive.
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