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Old 01-13-2016, 01:57 PM   #11
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Start shopping Porsches. It makes everything else seem like a serious bargain.
It was Mike Wood's 986 S that made me seriously start thinking about 10 year old cars. That car for $12.5? Makes anything newish hard to justify.
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:13 PM   #12
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I really enjoy my 135. You could get a low mile 2012 in your price range and still have money for stiffer rear bushings and an LSD.
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:21 PM   #13
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I've intentionally stayed away from thinking about BMWs for a while, but this time they've been creeping back. A 335 could be an interesting option at the right price. An E46 M3 maybe? Well, probably not, but, maybe.
Yeah I was gonna say, get a 135 WAY before thinking about an E46 M3.
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Yeah I was gonna say, get a 135 WAY before thinking about an E46 M3.
why is that?
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Old 01-13-2016, 02:36 PM   #15
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why is that?
Torque, flexibility, rear seat accommodations, 10yrs newer w/ decent tech.
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Old 01-13-2016, 03:06 PM   #16
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Torque, flexibility, rear seat accommodations, 10yrs newer w/ decent tech.
Does the one series have the same lift/fold mechanism on the front seats for accessing the back as the e46?

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It was Mike Wood's 986 S that made me seriously start thinking about 10 year old cars. That car for $12.5? Makes anything newish hard to justify.
JST has to be ready to move on from his by now....
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Old 01-13-2016, 03:17 PM   #17
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On second thought - air conditioned seats are nice on 20 hour stints when driving cross country.
That's the one feature I miss from my '08 CTS. Didn't have them on the Boxster and don't have them on the Tesla (not avail on the S, but are avail on the X)...

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Start shopping Porsches. It makes everything else seem like a serious bargain.
A used/CPO Boxster or Cayman wouldn't be that expensive and likely would fit in the ~$40k budget. Might be a good option. I loved my Boxster, but really only got rid of it since a 2-seater really wasn't practical for our family. Maybe in another ~10 years I'll look for a 2-seater again.
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I missed his price limit. I vote boxster too
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Old 01-13-2016, 03:26 PM   #19
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An early 996 911 with the IMS fixed would be high on my list if wasn't for stupid autox classing.

Wait, didn't they class the 981 in STU now? That could be fun, and I bet I could find you a co-driver with a truck and trailer.
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E90/92 M3? It's not the best car I've ever owned, but it had its moments. At the right price it might be appealing. Probably more so than the E60 M5.

V8 S4/S5?

Used CTS-V?
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