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Old 10-03-2012, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by specialist23 View Post
if for around the same $, wouldn't the v8 be a better option?

I buy the car I want. Period. I dont spread around a pile of money most 'efficiently'.

If you want the power of a V8, buy the V8- if you want AD handling, buy that. But IMO it is really inappropriate to consider options as fungible and just seek to get 'the most of them' for your defined $$$. (Actually a big V8 impresses for the first couple of hundred fee, whereas AD impresses every mile you drive!)

I have other cars when I need to feel pressed into the seat, the diesel with AD is- for me a pretty perfect SUV.

Now, if you want to ask "what will retain the most value", it will be the V8- but that isnt a concern with a least. (And this is precisely why no dealer ever orders AD on a car they intend to sell off the lot)

Keep it as simple as possible...but no simpler.
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