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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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Not that I think you could go wrong with any of them, here's my thoughts:

GTI: FWD :thumbdwn:

A4: Nice, but there's a lot of crap going on over at about the availability of a working chip for the 02 (I think it's all BS and they do work, but why take the chance) plus I don't care for the new body style.

325: My choice -- performance, looks, fun to drive -- you can't go wrong!

M3: Why drive another? The biggest concern would be finding one that's in good enough condition for a good price.

RX-8: Just not a fan of it.

G35: might not be too bad, but why drive the 3er clone when you can have the real thing?

Why no Acura though? The Cl or maybe even the RSX depending on what size you need?
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JST said:

1.5 A car that is fun to drive and reasonably fast.

1.6 A car that doesn't cost a lot to maintain.

3. A car that I can use for track days/driving schools; it doesn't have to be blazingly fast, but the understeering GTI probably wouldn't be too much fun.

5. A car that is safer than a ten year old Nissan.

How about the IS300? Reasonably fast, fun to drive, and toyota/lexus reliability (I know some sources rank the Lexus about the same as the 3 series, but I'm not one to argue history!). To me, the IS300 and the 325 are the proper comparision between the brands (the 330 is a significantly better performer than the IS even though they have the same displacement). If you really don't want another BMW, this might be a good way to go!?!?
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