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Old February 27th, 2015, 02:50 PM
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The new WRX. Hard to beat the bang for the buck, reliability, fun-to-drive component, and resale. Besides, Subaru has that cult following that people without Subarus do not understand.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:11 PM
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BMW 328d, CLA250, or a maxed out Prius.

Would definitely consider a 911 if you can afford one. They are roomy, relatively speaking.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:13 PM
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BMW 328d, CLA250, or a maxed out Prius.
Id take a Prius over a CLA. That has to be the ugliest car on the road, and without a doubt the ugliest MB ever.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 03:20 PM
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I know it is RWD, but a lotus with snow tires is unstoppable and now that the oil cooler line recall got sorted out, they are pretty reliable once you put in a non-plastic radiator.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:03 PM
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:17 PM
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Id take a Prius over a CLA. That has to be the ugliest car on the road, and without a doubt the ugliest MB ever.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 05:18 PM
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Tell us how you really feel, Kent
Haha, Im a BMW guy at heart, so I could go on and on about how MB sucks..... Maybe at the next HH
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:22 PM
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Took a wrx for a spin today was a nice car. Wanted to drive the sti but there was only one and it was inside.

Tried to drive a Lancer evo today but the dealer was a tool and I walked away. All of the cars were marked up $5k - 6k above mrsp for a "Denver area market adjustment". Even the little pos Mitsubishi cars had 2k tacked on. Worst dealer I have ever dealt with.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:27 PM
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:29 PM
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Insurance isn't too bad for me. $750/year. Registration in CO for mine is about $85/year due to age. Maintenance is where things get interesting. Oil changes on the turbo is very easy, as long as you can get it in the air (low-profile jack is a must). The 996 Turbo motor does not suffer the same catastrophic issues as the na motors of the early 996. There are stories of 200k cars out there. Engine has been very solid in mine for the 4 years I've owned it. I've had some suspension issues due to previous owner lowering it too far. Since that has been corrected, the car is fantastic. My wife doesn't want me to sell it, but I need space in the garage for my 110. For the same money as a new STi, you can own a 911 Turbo with more power, better looks, better handling, and much higher 'valet appeal.' Plus, values have bottomed out. Chances are you'll be able to sell it for $30-$35k in 5 years as opposed to $15k for a 5-year-old Subie.
When I first read the under $40k and some of the OP's parameters I immediately thought of the 911T you had posted for sale. My father in law had a 911 convert some years ago and that car was a blast to drive and that didn't have nearly the looks or power yours has.

I think a Porsche would be a very nice compliment to a Defender.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:29 PM
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Did you fix the IMS bearing?

I'm super tempted to get a 996.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:41 PM
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NA 996's can be really affordable. I've seen some near the $20k range. NA 997's are typically in the $40k's.

Best thing is, because Porsche rarely makes significant design changes to the exterior, people routinely ask if mine is brand new. Nobody needs to know that you paid $40k for a 13-year-old car that had a MSRP of $127k.

I'm also an auto broker, and I would NOT recommend getting a DSM. Not that they are bad cars (at least the EVO is good), but they've been rumored to be exiting the US market for years, and the dealer network is notorious for being bad to deal with. When we get new Subies, we buy them outside the Denver market to avoid those charges.
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Old February 27th, 2015, 09:49 PM
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Did you fix the IMS bearing?

I'm super tempted to get a 996.
Yes both done long time ago IMS and the RMS

never an issue, and they are so cheap upper teens buys you an early 996 in top shape
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Old February 27th, 2015, 10:26 PM
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Two options:

1) if you're looking for a small hatchback, you should consider a TDI golf with the DSG transmission, very close to your budget for a new one
2) the newest Porsche 911 you can find in your budget, especially a Carrera 4 that would satisfy your requirement of an AWD.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 12:15 AM
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Meh...you guys and your little 2/4 door AWD's...go big, go RWD...

You will ultimately drive your D in real snow and Denver snow melts quick...get a real sports car...go RWD
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Meh...you guys and your little 2/4 door AWD's...go big, go RWD...

You will ultimately drive your D in real snow and Denver snow melts quick...get a real sports car...go RWD
In that case, go with an R230 SL63 or SL600 (2009-2011). Probably one of my all-time favorite exhaust note in cars are the AMG engined benzes
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Old February 28th, 2015, 12:52 AM
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I have a 07 STi as a daily driver and it's not fancy, and the interior isn't as nice as the newer ones but it's a ridiculously fun car to drive. It also has a fully built motor and a few other mods here and there. You're going to get different opinions from everyone you ask so I just suggest driving whatever you are considering and decide for yourself.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 04:52 AM
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X2 on the Carrera 4. Best snowmobile ever. Two low mile C4's for sale under 20k on Portland and Seattle's Craigslist. For 40k you can have them both! One coupe and one conv't. ;-)

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/4907647076.html

http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/ctd/4886105969.html
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A low mileage Honda S2000 can be had in the teens, not AWD but a ton of fun.
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Old February 28th, 2015, 11:56 AM
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I was thinking about a golf GTD as I have to spend some time in the UK ..when I left 8 years ago VW build quality we good. Is the view that quality is lower now?
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