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Old March 1st, 2015, 09:57 PM
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Old March 1st, 2015, 10:38 PM
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One of my life mottoes has been "you can pretty much cover your transportation needs with the right combination of Land Rovers and Porsches (with the occasional distraction of a BMW 2002)."

That philosophy has served me pretty well - I've owned a whole bunch of Land Rovers, nearly as many BMW's (seven 2002's and five E-30's plus a few others) and a few Porsches. A friend of mine recently bought a 2003 Boxster S for $10,500 - that's a lot of car for cheap money.

A few years ago when the wife asked why we couldn't have a "normal car" I bought a Honda CR-V wagon to use as a transportation appliance. The AWD came in handy a few times during visits to the great white frozen north (upstate NY) and it was a good choice. I have since replaced it with an LR3 so I could tow my travel trailer (plus I really wanted heated seats). The LR3 is a pretty nice daily driver if you don't mind the 13.5 mpg around town. Surprisingly it gets around 20 mpg on the highway.
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Old March 1st, 2015, 11:06 PM
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Funny you should mention those. We've owned 4 BMWs through the years, I've got the 996 turbo, wife drives a LR4 (which I love more each time I drive it), and soon my 110. I'd sell a nut for a clean e30 m3 or 930 with the 5-speed.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 12:20 PM
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I don't think European cars are made in Mexico ... A lot of the stuff here seems to be built down to a price.
nope it shows as built in Mexico on the window sticker when I bought it.
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 12:26 PM
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I hear you I would love to get something fun to play with just thinking that maybe I could build my shop in the next 12 months if I were to suck it up and get a cheap DD + get the 90 on the road.

I am a cash kind of guy and refuse to finance the car or the shop but do not have enough play money to do both this year.

40K - the cost of a cheap DD and a few parts to get the 90 on the road would leave me with an extra 30K to spend on building the shop.

Maybe I will give into temptation time will tell
That being said, I re-nominate the Mazdaspeed3. The added practicality of the hatch is unbeatable, plus the sleeper factor
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 06:27 PM
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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:17 PM
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What about the Mini All 4? I've seen a couple around and I think I like them.
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Depends on where they are made. My On my jetta I had to plug in the factory installed foglights, had to replace a failed horn so I'm not too thrilled with my Mexican made car.
My Mexican made sportwagen TDI has been trouble free for 56k miles. My Mexican made suburban has 317k on it.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 09:15 AM
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I made a huge mistake.....



Took a mini S for a spin and it was a blast. Like driving a go cart on steroids not sure I will go for one but they went up on my list of fun toys to have.

Going to drive a mazdaspeed 3 today and see what they are all about.

The want for a WRX is still strong and they hold their value really well better than most so it is on the top of my list if I buy something new.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 09:23 AM
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I vote to force Dave to post pictures of his gorgeous burnt orange Ls powered 90 conversion. The tdi drive train came out a year ago.....
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Old March 6th, 2015, 09:28 AM
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Old March 6th, 2015, 09:47 AM
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I made a huge mistake.....
Took a mini S for a spin and it was a blast. Like driving a go cart on steroids not sure I will go for one but they went up on my list of fun toys to have.
Few years ago my (now) 75-yr old mother purchased a Clubman S. Family and friends did NOT see that coming. They are a blast. And at 6'-4", it is one of the most comfortable and intuitive cars I have driven. I cannot say that about 95% of the crap out there.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 10:38 AM
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One of my brothers has owned one of those for years and he loves that thing. He's a big guy too, and just got the new monster Yota truck. But he has always said he will never part with his mini. He says they are worry free, fun to drive and great on fuel economy. Way back in his early years, he was a salesman for Mazda, still in sales but for a different industry...have you ever witnessed a veteran car salesman/finance guy go car shopping? Loved it lol
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:02 AM
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I had a GTI to accompany my 90. Biggest hunk of junk I ever bought. Bought it brand new from the dealership, sold it a few months later with 15k on the clock and never looked back. Wow was that thing a headache. Gremlin central. STAY AWAY.

(Is it sad when my D90 was more reliable than my GTI?)
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:05 AM
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I had a GTI to accompany my 90. Biggest hunk of junk I ever bought. Bought it brand new from the dealership, sold it a few months later with 15k on the clock and never looked back. Wow was that thing a headache. Gremlin central. STAY AWAY. (Is it sad when my D90 was more reliable than my GTI?)
You drive 15000 miles in a few months?
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:07 AM
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You drive 15000 miles in a few months?
With it being in the shop all of the time as well?

I've had VWs and know lots who do. They have been reliable when new. It is not until 10 to 15 years that they start to consume money, IME.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:13 AM
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Subaru's great piece of kit, unfortunately we experienced problems with the tranny. They don't seems to handle the output power of the engine. (Impreza rs non-turbo). The car now has 170 000km on the clock and sports its third tranny. A mate of mine bought a new (2012) impreza wrx and its tranny gave up at 45 000km. Other than that the car's a blast and in winter driving it feels like a snow mobile!
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:15 AM
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My Mexican made sportwagen TDI has been trouble free for 56k miles. My Mexican made suburban has 317k on it.
Just got 42mpg in my sportwagen driving from LI to MD last night (yes in that wonderful weather). Love that car, 50K on the clock and the sunroof is a panty dropper.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:20 AM
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I've had VWs and know lots who do. They have been reliable when new. It is not until 10 to 15 years that they start to consume money, IME.
Same here. In my limited experience (two vws), VAG cars do about 75-100k miles ok and then it's downhill as almost every component starts to fail in rapid succession.

For some reason, engine problems seem to be first, followed by electrical problems, then interior components start falling off. Strange because when they're new, they are fantastic.
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Old March 6th, 2015, 11:31 AM
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With it being in the shop all of the time as well?

I've had VWs and know lots who do. They have been reliable when new. It is not until 10 to 15 years that they start to consume money, IME.
Yes and yes. Drove across the US with it hitting all the stops (and repair centers).
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