What do you think? (Car thread)

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by jakochampolska, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. jakochampolska macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2005
    I'm getting a car soon...and my parents want me to get a good name but used. My dream car is a red audi A3,but its a bit too expensive for a first car. So I've decieded to get a used car. I've narrowed it down to 3 cars:
    2001 or 2003 BMW x5
    2001 or 2003 BMW 325i
    2003 or 2002 Audi a4
    I gave some links below to the cars. But I got a few more questions:
    Is it worth it? Should I skrew all this used car crap and ask for a NEW VW rabbit?
    How realibe is it to get a car from a private seller?
    If I were to choose from the x5 or the 325i which should I get? My mom doesnt want a x5 on our drive way because we all ready have 2 SUVs. But SUVs are safer,right?
    Also, how come the 325i seems to be more expensive than the x5?


    2003 325i: http://autos.yahoo.com/usedcars/det...TYmdnR5cGU9YXV0b3MmbWs9Qk1XJm1vPTMyNWk-#image

    A4 2002:http://autos.yahoo.com/usedcars/det...jI1NiZ2dHlwZT1hdXRvcyZtaz1BdWRpJm1vPUE0#image

  2. Bobdude161 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2006
    N'Albany, Indiana
    "God bless the child who can stand up and say I've got my own"

    -Billie Holiday

    Other than that, get a beemer
  3. CompUser Guest

    I would not get an Audi, they are cool but very unreliable. If you are concerned with the rising cost of gas, don't get the X5, and besides, from what I hear the X5s are unreliable. I would go with the BMW 3-series out of those used car options. To get make sure you are getting a good used car go to a dealer and buy one or have a mechanic take a look at a private party/used car lot.

    As for the VW Rabbit, I don't really like them, and VW recently has not been doing well with reliability.

    Don't get people started with the car vs suv debate. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. Does it snow where you live?
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I would go for the 2003 BMW x5. Would rather have that used, nice SUV over the new but small car style Rabbit.
  5. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2005
    With gas prices now, you should get a vehicle that gets better than 12mpg :rolleyes:
  6. jakochampolska thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2005
    I live in florida lol

    I didnt think of the whole gas issue thing with the x5 so thats goes on my list of CONS.
    hmmm...I'm leaning towards the 3 seris anyways.
    thanks for your opinion!
  7. jakochampolska thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2005

    call me stupid, but which cars gets better than 12mpg out of that list?
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    But a Toyota Camry is a soccer mom vehicle, he might as well get castrated or start wearing women's clothes. ;)

    However, a new VW Golf or Jetta wouldn't be as reliable as a Nissan Altima, Camry or Accord.
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    None, but I think he's trying to say not to get a car on that list, and get a smaller car.

    I'd rather have a new VW Rabbit than the cars on that list.

    Oh, and if you're not American, you can get a use A3. My friend has one from 1996.
  10. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004

    Wrong. Less control = less safe, and you have a greater chance of killing the other person.
  11. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    The 325 and the A4 will get in the mid-20s.
  12. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    He's asking about a car, not a motorcycle.

    beemer = bike
    bimmer = car
  13. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    Out of those I would go for the 3 series, but with that said I wouldn't get a bimmer because that damn iDrive drives me crazy!
  14. CompUser Guest

    Actually, I would look into an Acura or Infiniti. They are nice cars, somewhat sporty, and are very reliable.

    The BMW X5 does not get 12mpg, its a 3 liter V6, I would expect it to get 17 to 18mpg on average.

    Another thing to consider- the BMWs and Audis most likely take premium fuel, which costs a lot more than regular. My parents cars suggest premium fuel. My dad's Discovery can handle regular, but my mom used it, it messed up the engine and she got horrible fuel economy.
  15. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    Jake -

    My recommendation is that you get a Subaru WRX. Not an STi, just the regular WRX.

    It's a solid, reliable, fun, sporty, very stable and very safe handling car. Look for a 2003 - 2004 model, that has *not* been beaten on by a young driver.

    There are several forums where you can read (don't post newbie questions before you READ, READ, READ first) and get valuable info about them.

    With the money you'll save instead of overspending on a BMW, go get some *real* driver training. If you're in Florida, you could go to Atlanta and take the 2-day teen program here:

    This will make you a much safer, more skilled driver, and is a much better thing to do than squander money on a BMW for a first car.

    Incidentally, I have an Audi A3.
  16. CompUser Guest

    Well I wouldn't say thats entirely true, my grandma's DeVille handles about as well as our jeep. ;)
  17. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

    Apr 16, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    325i all the way. I hate the x5 and between the A4 and the 325... 325 wins in my book.
  18. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    As far as reliability goes, I'd recommend you get a certified used car from a dealership. It'll cost a little more but it will definitely be worth it when something goes wrong.
  19. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Two things:
    2: read the post directly above yours
    1: the iDrive didn't appear in the 3 Series until the '05 model

    Anyways, out of those three, I would go for the 325i, because the X5 is pointless in Floriduh* (unless you drive through the everglades, in which case you should get a fan boat), and the aforementioned lack of reliability of the A4 (which might not end up being a problem).
    That said, I wish my parents were able to buy me a $24k car. I'm having trouble finding a 2000 Impreza 2.5RS for a reasonable price (i.e., not higher than the listed blue book value for excellent condition :rolleyes: )
  20. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    Hehe :eek:
  21. eclipse525 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2003
    USA, New York
    Dude! Have you seen the new Camry's? They are Sweet! Not to mention the performance boost from previous models and ofcourse the reliability. Previous Camry's, I'll agree are TOTALLY soccer mom vehicles BUT these new models are worth a second look.

  22. mark! macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006

    My mom had one for like 4 months but sold it 'cause she didn't like the color white :rolleyes:

    EDIT: its not 'beemer' either. 'beemer' refers to their motorcycles. 'bimmer' refers to their cars. bmw is what they should be called.
  23. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    I've come to save you....


    Look no further. Now go.
  24. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    It depends where you live actually.

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