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Looking for advice on a new car

mocfive

Proven Member
187
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Nov 4, 2002
Fremont__CA
Hey guys, I'm looking for a little direction with buying a car. I have to buy a 4 door car, and it should from the year 2000 or later (for work). The budget is 20,000 or less. I am seriously considering an Audi a4 quatro 2.8 or 1.8 turbo. I am wondering how reliable these cars are. I am hearing mixed reviews from people I have spoken with so far. My guess is that the 2.8 might have less problems with the turbo 4. Is true?

Other considerations for me: 4door accord, Lexus is300, UN-equipped BMW (sounds kinda boring), 2000-2003 Accra Tl, wrx (well maybe not), basically any non American car now that I think about it.

Well I always got good info from the people here, so thanks in advance.

-Greg
 

Defiant

DSM Wiseman
34,763
186
Jan 13, 2003
glorious Galt, California
Dude. $20K is a huge market area for used. Is this going to be a racer car, or just a transit tool? You need space, or mileage? Commuter around Fremont, you'll thank yourself for an automatic gearbox.
 

ZachM31

Proven Member
428
9
Aug 30, 2004
Moorhead, Minnesota
so this is a work vehicle? if so, a 4 door accord should suit you fine, you see alot of them on the road, so they must still have that "honda reliability", plus 20,000 will pretty much buy you a brand new one.... might even has some $$ left over afterwards... i'm surprised to hear the word "reliability" out of dsm owner, haha j/k, way too many people associate dsm's as being unreliable... oh well.. anyways, a WRX would be a good pick too, i've loved them since the day i first saw one in my Car and Driver... oh well.. those are my 2 picks.
 

mocfive

Proven Member
187
0
Nov 4, 2002
Fremont__CA
Well I was hoping for low milage, must be 4 door. I am looking for a daily driver that is still enjoyable to drive, and doesnt reqire a bunch of mods for me to like it.

Greg
 

Defiant

DSM Wiseman
34,763
186
Jan 13, 2003
glorious Galt, California
mocfive said:
I am looking for a daily driver that is still enjoyable to drive,
Almost too vague. For half of $20K, there's brand-new KIAs and Hyundais. Think of the fun of driving a car you don't give a crap about, and which has a ten-year warranty. That's almost as full of possiblities as a rental! :D Add an MP3 player and some "shared" stolen files off the internaweb, and you're more than set for a drive in the rubble that used to be Bay Area freeways.
 

leet

Proven Member
10,924
30
Jan 10, 2003
Atwater, California
Defiant said:
Almost too vague. For half of $20K, there's brand-new KIAs and Hyundais. Think of the fun of driving a car you don't give a crap about, and which has a ten-year warranty. That's almost as full of possiblities as a rental! :D Add an MP3 player and some "shared" stolen files off the internaweb, and you're more than set for a drive in the rubble that used to be Bay Area freeways.

Christ, you aren't kidding.
 

mocfive

Proven Member
187
0
Nov 4, 2002
Fremont__CA
Those cars are very affordable. Thats something to check out.
My struggle is really about whether or not I want to buy a nicer, more comfortable car like an is300; or just a p o s that meets the requirements and save my money.

I am seriously considering that is300. I am hoping for a car that is more reliable, and still nice. Then again that car would be between 15 and 20 for the 2001 though 2003 models. I could pic up a newer Hyundai, or I was thinking about a 2000 4 door civic for real cheep. I just know I would want to sell that civic or Hyundai asap, but I would be satisfied keeping the Lexus.

Anyways it always helps me to run these things by others.
I checked out Audi a4's, they are affordable. I found a very long list of common problems and had eclipse flash backs. I used to love working on my eclipse, but its different now, I don't have a garage to work on cars any more, or really the time to do it. Most importantly, I can't afford having my car break down.


What cars would you guys buy with 20k, that was 4 door and reliable for a daily driver in some of the worst traffic in California? Not to mention a tight budget after that higher car payment.
 

xxrealmsxx

Proven Member
1,052
0
Jan 2, 2004
marietta, Georgia
Mazdaspeed Protege or Protege5, very cheap, very good on gas, and very fun. Dont get something like a wrx you'll end up wanting to mod it, just my $.02.
 

mocfive

Proven Member
187
0
Nov 4, 2002
Fremont__CA
you've got a point about the wrx, I decided against that as well as the audi. Man that lexus would be the perfect car for me, but I cant get past the gas milage. It gets less miles per gallon than a 2001 camero. But then again, I think I might be happier with it than the other fwd options. This is driving me nuts.

Greg
 

talon94es

Proven Member
1,006
1
May 3, 2002
BroomField, Colorado
^ yeah those MazdaSpeed Protege's were pretty sick for the price. Hell, you could get one of those for 16K NEW! Now that is a hell of a deal for a nice sports car. I'm personally seriously thinking of saving and selling a lot of my stuff to straight up buy the new 2006 MAZDASPEED6 AWD car that's coming out later this year. Think I first heard about it on these forums and have been entralled ever since. Don't get me wrong I thought about the SRT and all of it's awesome power but I realize it's not my style. Aside from the power the SRT doesn't do it for me. Great power for the $ though..

If I were you I would probably stick with the A4. Those are really nice cars and should suite your needs accordingly. Fun, roomy and stylish. But, I'm a big euro fan so that's a given. Keep us posted.
 

Wufei

Proven Member
563
20
Sep 4, 2004
Los Angeles, California
Mazdaspeed Protege's are turboed, aren't they? Oh yeah, isn't Kia doing a buy-one get one free thing with cars? ROFL
 

talon94es

Proven Member
1,006
1
May 3, 2002
BroomField, Colorado
Wufei said:
Mazdaspeed Protege's are turboed, aren't they? Oh yeah, isn't Kia doing a buy-one get one free thing with cars? ROFL

yeah they are turboed.. Link

Funny thing is I'm looking them up on the net and ones with 18-35k miles are selling for around 16K.. I know that I saw a special about 1 1/2 years ago where you could get this car brand spanking new for 16-17K... Now that's a deal!
 

Wufei

Proven Member
563
20
Sep 4, 2004
Los Angeles, California
They have the same turbo as us 2g's!
 
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