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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:39 PM   #81
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30K /yr is 120 miles per day/5 days per week/50 weeks with 2 weeks vacation.

Option 1 - 2008 Tahoe LTZ - super comfy. Will take a beating and last well into 200K miles. Gets ok mileage (21mpg on highway).

Option 2- 2007 2500 HD with the LBZ Duramax. Get EFI live and get around 24mpg. Super comfortable and nice. Will run 500K miles easy if maintained.


Keep in mind. Gas mileage cost will not matter if you produce. Additionally they are the ones asking you to drive. I would careless what my gas bill was. If they are going to fire you over budget cuts its because your expendable. Good luck
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:26 PM   #82
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30K /yr is 120 miles per day/5 days per week/50 weeks with 2 weeks vacation.

Option 1 - 2008 Tahoe LTZ - super comfy. Will take a beating and last well into 200K miles. Gets ok mileage (21mpg on highway).

Option 2- 2007 2500 HD with the LBZ Duramax. Get EFI live and get around 24mpg. Super comfortable and nice. Will run 500K miles easy if maintained.


Keep in mind. Gas mileage cost will not matter if you produce. Additionally they are the ones asking you to drive. I would careless what my gas bill was. If they are going to fire you over budget cuts its because your expendable. Good luck
You're seriously suggesting he buy a heavy duty pick up truck to drive clients around in? A loud clanky smelly diesel one at that? Unless all his clients are construction workers I wouldn't think that was a good idea. Durability isn't a huge issue as long as he stays in budget he can afford to buy a new car every few years before serious maintenance/repairs are needed.

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:46 PM   #83
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If I type in newb will your car show up? I've driven almost every car listed including "fords", just junk and after 6 years and 180k they will be junk. And yeah I'm a fanboy of cars I've driven 500k+.


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Old 09-15-2013, 11:30 PM   #84
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Maybe it would work, but I have a feeling he won't be able to get a decent rate on the lease or the mileage if they know in advance he plans on tripling the allowance. A BMW with 90k miles on it coming off the lease is going to have a terrible residual. No dealership wants that car.

And he will still have to pay for the maintenance, after the first year and a half.

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Eh... the over mileage effectively reduces the residual to $11k on a 3 year old car, so bmw will be able to sell it at a profit in spite of the mileage. Plenty of people will buy an F30 for mid teens in 2016. Maintenance on a newer high mileage car won't be anywhere near as bad as an E46.


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Old 09-16-2013, 05:25 AM   #85
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If I type in newb will your car show up? I've driven almost every car listed including "fords", just junk and after 6 years and 180k they will be junk. And yeah I'm a fanboy of cars I've driven 500k+.


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why the quotation marks around "fords"


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Old 09-16-2013, 06:42 AM   #86
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Actually, yeah. None of our vehicles are as old as your 328.

Oldest thing we have now is my wife's 05 Yamaha.


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Old 09-22-2013, 12:10 AM   #88
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Hey OP - you still there after 5 pages of thread? Didn't realize how many opinions there would be out there huh?

Seriously though, I just re-wrote a company car plan and I can tell you that there are some catches typically... Most plans will stipulate that it has to be a 4 door car with a fixed hard top (no convertible). The plan will also say that it can be no more than 5 model years old. They're trying to ensure when you pull in someplace for work, that your car doesn't improperly represent the company.

Now let's talk numbers for a second also - $600 a month isn't as awesome as it sounds. You can't lease because you'll kill the mileage limits so you have to buy. And at 30,000 miles per year for business use, your insurance is going to SUCK. Figure probably $200 for insurance, set aside $100 per month for maintenance (think oil changes, inspection I or II on a BMW or similar on other, tires, and brakes). That leaves you $300 per month for a actual car payment. Quick math says that you can afford about a $15,000 car which is less than 5 model years old.

Oh yeah - is the $600 before or after taxes.

Not trying to be a downer here, but just went through all of this for the entire company and had to have the conversations (arguments) about lowering allowances from $850 - $1,200 per month range down to $600 - $800 per month so that we encourage employees to drive company cars as opposed to taking the allowance.

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Figure probably $200 for insurance, set aside $100 per month for maintenance (think oil changes, inspection I or II on a BMW or similar on other, tires, and brakes).
$100 for maintenance sounds about right, but $200/month for insurance is insane. This will be a second car on his policy and as long as he picks something within the budget of his allowance the premiums shouldn't me anywhere near $2400 a year extra beyond what he is already paying. If you're paying more than $100/mo extra then you either picked the wrong car or you need to go get a new insurance quote from other providers (assuming your driving record is clean).
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Audi s4 . All the way . Or c63amg .


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Old 09-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #91
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Might I suggest that you join the real world with respect to your recommendations? A $600 per month car allowance will not support the purchase of any vehicle that costs more than $40K, and that leaves nothing aside for maintenance and repairs.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #92
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Hey OP, down to a week before your deadline. I assume you've made a decision and are shopping this week if you haven't purchased already.

Curious to know what you went with...

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Old 09-23-2013, 05:15 PM   #93
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Not sure if OP is still looking, but I personally would just get (and even though I hate autos) an Audi A8. Or even an S8. It'd be used or CPO obviously, and for driving a lot that car is just amazing. The only car that came close in my opinion is the SAAB 9-5. It had the most comfortable seats I've ever felt!
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