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Miguel
11-06-2005, 11:42 AM
Assuming you are considering getting out of the E36 game... what would you buy next?

The rules:

Car WILL be a year round daily driver.
Assume $25K MAX to spend on the next car.
Keep in mind reliability, warranty, KM's etc....

Although I change my mind everyday, I think if I were to get out now I'd like to step into an '01 or '02 6 speed IS300 or an '01 or '02 MB C240

What is your next ride?

spooner_dee
11-06-2005, 11:57 AM
I would either look into purchasing a bmw e46 330I/ 330xi or a mercedes benz e320/ e340

or an M3

i do like your 01/02 c class thatd be a thought

325isRED
11-06-2005, 01:14 PM
my next car is going to be a e39 FOR SURE! i love those...

that or a PRE- face lift e46

Kal
11-06-2005, 01:18 PM
Audi A4

RumRogerz
11-06-2005, 01:24 PM
e34, don't know why, but i really like the style (much to the dismay of others).
I'd get a 540i and be a happy camper with that.

bmdbley'sBro
11-06-2005, 02:04 PM
maybe any mide 90's bland Subaru, then dump sti or wrx driveline in it..
well below $10K probably.

keep my jetta & have custom fabbed in a syncro (awd) driveline,
but probably not
:D fricken money pit, dub :mad:

vertakul
11-06-2005, 02:06 PM
the car I bought..

'02 rsx type-s w\50,000km or so. (still warranty and blah blah)

Suprano
11-06-2005, 03:32 PM
How about a nice 02 Nagaro blue S4 w/80k.

Razkal
11-06-2005, 06:03 PM
When I do get out of the E36 game, or get another car alongside it - it's either going to be an E39 540i or 530i or an E46 330i/ci.

Cosmic 325i
11-06-2005, 06:07 PM
G35 coupe-hopefully in a couple years you can pick up a used one for around that price

Antz_Marchin
11-06-2005, 06:08 PM
Can't make the price cut but 4-5 years from now I'm planning on an E39 M5 to join the E36 M (will never get rid of this car) and the old beater.

Justin e36
11-06-2005, 06:18 PM
e46 330ci

I wouldn't stray too far away from BMW. Not because they are the best cars, but because I already have a decent network in the BMW community for parts, repairs, and modifications. Plus, I already have a decent understanding of how the technology works in BMW's so I can do many repairs myself when the time comes. Just makes life easier for me.

bimmer318ti
11-06-2005, 07:44 PM
Although I change my mind everyday, I think if I were to get out now I'd like to step into an '01 or '02 6 speed IS300 or an '01 or '02 MB C240

What is your next ride?

I believe that in 2001 the IS300 only came in auto or tiptronic not 6spd *thmbsdwn*

sloveniaboy
11-06-2005, 07:46 PM
'03 subaru wrx

Understated
11-06-2005, 09:01 PM
Although I change my mind everyday, I think if I were to get out now I'd like to step into an '01 or '02 6 speed IS300

What is your next ride?


sweet....will you be doing the 6speed swap yourself?

01=no manual
02=5spd manual available

seberschlag
11-06-2005, 09:01 PM
porsche boxster summer 2005

propr'one
11-06-2005, 11:50 PM
e46 330ci

but i doubt im getting outof the e36 game.

BMW_7
11-07-2005, 12:35 AM
I'd say E34 M5

But looking that the car has to be daily driven and all. I'd have to say E39 530i or a 540i. I just love how the E39 looks.

I'd also look heavily into a M coupe, but the design is kinda funny. The power speaks for itself though.

1BADBMR
11-07-2005, 05:13 AM
The E36 body style is one of the best IMO. Before I got my M3, I had an E36 318 too
But if you really want something new I would go for the E39 5

vertakul
11-07-2005, 10:19 AM
make sure you buy warranty.. buying a 25k car you don't want to worry about repairs!! no one seems to keep this in mind with their suggestions!

vertakul
11-07-2005, 10:20 AM
I'd say E34 M5

But looking that the car has to be daily driven and all. I'd have to say E39 530i or a 540i. I just love how the E39 looks.

I'd also look heavily into a M coupe, but the design is kinda funny. The power speaks for itself though.

e34 m5 is the most impractical suggestion i've read so far. 20K for an old car.. looks dated.. can be out performed easily.. and no warranty.. already 10+yrs old.

but then again.. this is comin from someone who's spent over 5 grand s/c'ing a 318 instead of just buying an m3 or 328.

Understated
11-07-2005, 11:17 AM
e34 m5 is the most impractical suggestion i've read so far. 20K for an old car.. looks dated.. can be out performed easily.. and no warranty.. already 10+yrs old.

but then again.. this is comin from someone who's spent over 5 grand s/c'ing a 318 instead of just buying an m3 or 328.

you gotta pay to play....

i think if warranty was a big issue with most ppl here....nobody would be driving modded e30s or e36s...bottomline you find a nicely taken care of car....check it out with ur mechanic....and leave a lumpsome of money on the side for immediate use should you need to repair the car and you are laughing sir *th-up*

Ital_325i
11-07-2005, 11:27 AM
Theres so many to choose from I don't know where to begin. I think I would consider a few of the mentioned.

Pre face lift E46 330xi/M3
E39 540i/M5
G35c

Really comes down to upgrading. Id love to buy another car, and turn the E36 into a fun Auto-X car. Nothing too crazy, just something reliable to drive to the parking lot, do my thing, and drive home. Nothing trailered around, just a fun project car.

SpoolinS6
11-07-2005, 11:52 AM
http://www.webwombat.com.au/motoring/news_reports/images/7sepaud3.JPG 2006 audi s4 nagaro blue wagon ;)

vertakul
11-07-2005, 12:06 PM
you gotta pay to play....

i think if warranty was a big issue with most ppl here....nobody would be driving modded e30s or e36s...bottomline you find a nicely taken care of car....check it out with ur mechanic....and leave a lumpsome of money on the side for immediate use should you need to repair the car and you are laughing sir *th-up*

modded e30s and e36s are not expensive.. that's why warranty is not an issue... if you haven't noticed.. there is a lot younger crowd here than most bimmer forums. a lot of people dont want to look like they are in an old bmw in their mid-late 20's.. they want to be in a newer car. I don't know about most of you but I think all 90s bmws are starting to look really dated and I would never go in debt for one with what he's looking to spend.(Assuming you weren't born with a platinum spoon up your ass and your parents buy you everything and plan to fix the car for you.. warranty is very important.) Less disposable income (insurance goes up on a more expensive car, faster car.. plus he might have payments to make if he's going the finance route.. and right now he probably owns his car out-right).. these are all factors making a warranty a little more convenient..

With that buying a 20K car (e34 m5).. and putting a lump sum on the side?? well chances are you are financing this car or gettin a loan from the bank, whatever it may be.. for the AVG person anyways. Why would I put 5K on the side for repairs when I can put that towards the car and not pay interest on 5,000$ bigger loan... and that's being generous because we all know how m5's are NEVER beaten up.. especially 10+yr old ones. :D :D WIth a warranty that 5k isn't a concern.

Miguel
11-07-2005, 01:36 PM
a lot of people are forgetting the 25K factor... how can you buy a G35C, 2006 S4 or E39 540 for 25K?!?

and yes, I should REALLY emphasize that I do NOT plan on spending $$$ on repairs after this E36...

jeffrie
11-07-2005, 01:38 PM
Already have enough $$ aside from not paying payments/warrenty/interest to buy 2 e36's. Also was not born with a platinum spood up my ass.
If you can afford to buy it no need for a warranty or 2 side insure something that cost far less to fix yourself not to mention most used car warrenties I'v seen from friends give huge hassles when pay up time comes and rarly pay for themselves unless you do not fix your car yourself.
IMO.

mech9T8
11-07-2005, 01:39 PM
I'd love to get an e46 330 for my next car. That probably won't happen so I'm going to keep my car as long as I can.

Mitch555
11-07-2005, 01:51 PM
I'd prolly buy a 100% stock 96-99 civic dx, or another japanese car that competes with it. I'm tired of taking care of a done up car. Too many things you have to worry bout.

The car will prolly be automatic too.

djcontra
11-07-2005, 01:53 PM
Turbo G35 coupe or a Diablo Roadster will be my next car....but if limited to 25k, i'd try and get an NSX (even if it was an older one)

325iSBimmer
11-07-2005, 03:16 PM
HANDS DOWN E39 540i 6 speed sport/ exec pkg with 18" parallels Black on Black
newest possible in the price range. so for 25g prrobably a 99-2000 ish?

vertakul
11-07-2005, 03:38 PM
HANDS DOWN E39 540i 6 speed sport/ exec pkg with 18" parallels Black on Black
newest possible in the price range. so for 25g prrobably a 99-2000 ish?

puttin gas into a V8 will be real fun.

vertakul
11-07-2005, 03:39 PM
Already have enough $$ aside from not paying payments/warrenty/interest to buy 2 e36's. Also was not born with a platinum spood up my ass.
If you can afford to buy it no need for a warranty or 2 side insure something that cost far less to fix yourself not to mention most used car warrenties I'v seen from friends give huge hassles when pay up time comes and rarly pay for themselves unless you do not fix your car yourself.
IMO.

used car warranties?? i'm talking about factory dealership warranties that cover the car until 100,000km or 160,000km or whatever it may be..

325iSBimmer
11-07-2005, 03:49 PM
Darkness95M3 has a 540i which can be driven to get close to 30MPG. sounds not bad for a V8.
not saying it isnt a pig if u wanna go fast. but fast and economical dont ussualy combine easily

PS..to some people gas price isnt an issue.

Miguel
11-07-2005, 04:20 PM
Turbo G35 coupe or a Diablo Roadster will be my next car....but if limited to 25k, i'd try and get an NSX (even if it was an older one)
sounds like a GREAT daily driver lol.
NSX VS. Winter = teh lose.

uber e36
11-07-2005, 08:26 PM
out of the price range right now, but in a few years... Porsche 993

e36chick
11-08-2005, 02:44 AM
my next car will be an m3. e46 cos i like that best.

Paul540/m3
11-08-2005, 02:57 AM
http://www.webwombat.com.au/motoring/news_reports/images/7sepaud3.JPG 2006 audi s4 nagaro blue wagon ;)

2 things wrong with this picture. B6 S4, the one pictured, was available in 2004/2005 only. Secondly Nogaro blue is no longer available in 2006, the new blue is sprint blue.

Cmon your an audi guy, you should know these things ;)

vertakul
11-08-2005, 09:32 AM
Darkness95M3 has a 540i which can be driven to get close to 30MPG. sounds not bad for a V8.
not saying it isnt a pig if u wanna go fast. but fast and economical dont ussualy combine easily

PS..to some people gas price isnt an issue.

those people shouldn't ask for cars under 25k :)

BMWags
11-08-2005, 07:47 PM
id get the newest tacoma or ranger pick-up that i could find :)

Understated
11-08-2005, 08:04 PM
modded e30s and e36s are not expensive.. that's why warranty is not an issue... if you haven't noticed.. there is a lot younger crowd here than most bimmer forums. a lot of people dont want to look like they are in an old bmw in their mid-late 20's.. they want to be in a newer car. I don't know about most of you but I think all 90s bmws are starting to look really dated and I would never go in debt for one with what he's looking to spend.(Assuming you weren't born with a platinum spoon up your ass and your parents buy you everything and plan to fix the car for you.. warranty is very important.) Less disposable income (insurance goes up on a more expensive car, faster car.. plus he might have payments to make if he's going the finance route.. and right now he probably owns his car out-right).. these are all factors making a warranty a little more convenient..

With that buying a 20K car (e34 m5).. and putting a lump sum on the side?? well chances are you are financing this car or gettin a loan from the bank, whatever it may be.. for the AVG person anyways. Why would I put 5K on the side for repairs when I can put that towards the car and not pay interest on 5,000$ bigger loan... and that's being generous because we all know how m5's are NEVER beaten up.. especially 10+yr old ones. :D :D WIth a warranty that 5k isn't a concern.

that is a very valid point, however a warranty is NOT a fail safe on everything....it doesn't cover wear and tear items to my knowledge on any car...so if after certain amount of km a part thats MEANT to go goes....warranty isn't going to save your a$$....sure yes if something that wasn't meant to go wrong e.g. transmission blows up at 3800 km sure they'll fix it up for ya...

...but in that context you could always avoid the 'chance' that there may be a major unexpected problem....even if you buy a new car out there and as the years pass will you not set aside money to keep it running well? of course you will. So why not set maybe a LITTLE more aside and get the car you REALLY want....

but then again it coems down to a person, their needs and insurance rates.

but yes i see ur point regarding the old m5...but if thats some1's favourite car...i'd say GO for it...you live once ! if it means you have to spend a few more thousand....why the heck not if it makes you happier

member here Big D for example picked up a sweet e34 m5, did a complete engine rebuild.....why? because he's a bmw enthusiast thats why *th-up* with the money he spent he could have just went out and bought a brand new cobalt SS with warranty and probably had some change left over.

bottom line, different strokes for different folks...whatever your financial situation, buy something reasonable.....good quality....doesn't absolutely BREAK the bank....and makes you feel good when you're driving. because afterall it's YOU driving....if 84 e30s are ur fancy....go pick one up and enjoy *th-up*