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Help me pick another horse for the stable:

  • 2002 GTI 1.8T

    Votes: 3 8.6%
  • 2002 A4 1.8T

    Votes: 4 11.4%
  • 2002 BMW 325i SP

    Votes: 10 28.6%
  • 1998 M3/4

    Votes: 5 14.3%
  • 2003(?) RX-8

    Votes: 11 31.4%
  • 2003(?) G35 6 speed

    Votes: 2 5.7%

Which second car should I get?

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Which second car should I get? Should I go for the:

GTI (Nice fun and cheap)

A4 1.8T (Nice, almost as fun, but not as cheap)

325i SP (Very nice but somewhat dull next to an M3)

Used M3/4 (Then have two of the same car but increase my chances of actually using the second one as a commuter car rather than just driving the M3 all the time. Also, finding a good used one is tough)

Wait for the RX-8 (Can get a wicked discount, car looks fun, but it means one more year with the 92 Sentra)

Wait for 6 speed G35 (Ugly, unappealing interior, but looks like good performance and relatively cheap)

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Since you're used to the BMW's smoothness, the 1.8T engines will probably come as a big disappointment. Having owned an Audi 1.8T in the past, I was never thrilled with it's performance, especially in hotter weather. The turbo lag just plain sucks. The VW 1.8T has the same engine - you could chip either car, thats true. But there are downsides to doing this such as voiding the warranty, and reliability of the turbo becomes a big question. And you're still stuck with the turbo lag.

But if you like 4-bangers and turbo's, etc - Have you considered the Benz C Coupe?

Supercharged 4 cyclinder, rated at 190hp. Seems like a fun car, and starts around 25,000. Can get pricey with options, but you can pick and choose. MB has a car config website, and there are extensive options for this car.

Otherwise, I think the GTI VR6 is a really fun car. The VR6 engine is potent, but the suspension needs work. On the flip side, for commuting, the suspension would be a lot more comfortable. The GTI VR6 also comes loaded with all the toys. I though I heard that it will soon be offered at 200hp. But I'm not sure. I'd still take the 174hp 6 over the 1.8T anyday - smoother and more torque. (Rumor has it that in 2004, VW will offer the GTI with AWD and the W8 engine. Now that will be interesting!)

I would also consider the Acura CL, type S with the 6 tranny. Again, a lot of bang for the buck, more comfort than sport, and RELIABILITY if you're going to do a lot of commuting miles.
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