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Old 02-12-2003, 01:17 PM
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What a shopping list....

Last night we had a look at some cars, and made a list of cars within a certain price range. I will tell you that the low $30's to low $40's is one CROWDED market.

There are:

Honda Accord EX-L four and six
Nissan Altima 2.5 and 3.5
Passat (base only)
Mazda 6 - full load 4 or 6 cylinder
Camry 4 banger
Subaru Impreza Outback

Camry V6
BMW 320i
Audi A4 1.8T
Infiniti G35
Nissan Maxima
Acura 3.2TL
Lexus IS300
Passat - better equipped
Subaru WRX
Mercedes CL230
Mercedes C240 (base only)

PLUS, on the used front we also saw (less than $40K)

1997 Mercedes E420
1998 BMW 540i
1998 Lexus LS
1999 Lexus GS300
1998 Lexus GS400

This is going to be one tough job...

John Shellenberg
1998 C230 "Black Betty" 240K
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Old 02-12-2003, 01:40 PM
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hmmmm I would think a benz would be a nice one to get john, but some of those other cars seem tempting too.

The WRX is quick, but I don't like the feel it has... I kind of get that smae feeling with most cars that aren't benzes. ITs a feeling or a lack of feeling solid.

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2004 C240 - 744 - C7 Wheels - Android Radio
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:04 PM
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So you are not really getting a Maybach? Sigh

Okay, how about living a little and getting a Lexus....?
Just think of it: good service, from an almost 10 year JD Powers people's choice winner. You get a new car warranty, a no problem Lexus or Toyota loaner (far better than a Ford Focus crap that you’d get from a MB dealer) when the car is in for service. Excellent gas mileage, average depreciation and all the other niceties you get from Lexus. Sure some in your family would be riled, but like I a little!

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'92 400E "Stella"
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:39 PM
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I like the WRX and the '97 E420.

Does BMW sell a 2.0 liter 6-cylinder 3-series (320i) in Canada? That's news to me, the base 3-series up here is the 2.5 liter 325i.

The Lexus IS might also be nice, if you don't mind looking a little "import tuner".


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