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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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It seems you have quite a range of cars there spread across several price ranges.

I see people here suggesting the CL Type-S. As I have posted before, I wasn't impressed any of the three times I test drove the Type-S. FWD, cheap materials, FWD (torque steer sucks in auto and 6-speed), wimpy tires, FWD... and did I mention FWD? ;) Really, why would you get a car that's trying to be a BMW when 'the real thing' seems to be in your price range?

Regarding the used BMWs... if you're looking for a commuter, wouldn't you be better off with a brand new car with a warranty? Reliability is key when you're using a car for this purpose. :)

As for the others, all I can say is variety is the spice of life. I've always been a big Wankel Rotary fan since I started studying engine design way back when... but I somehow doubt the RX-8 will be reliable enough to be a commuter. My cousin has a previous-gen A4 and she won't be buying another Audi. After seeing what she has been through I won't buy one either (they need to learn that a little responsibility goes a long way). I don't know too much about the GTI...

Personally I have been thinking about picking up a new Toyota truck in 6 months or so to use more or less as a commuter, but then again I've been finding myself where I need to haul stuff often... and I sure don't want to do that in my new 330ci when it arrives!

Just some random thoughts for ya. I guess the best thing you can do is go out and test drive them all and decide which one is worth a chunk of your stock portfolio/investments. Somehow things just look a bit different when you look at them that way, don't they? :D

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