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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 09-10-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Hey guys I got a new job today with an excellent company. I will be driving an estimated 30K a year. I am told that I will receive $600 dollars a month for a car payment and all my gas is free. So the question I present is what car to buy?

I am going to quit DD my E46 m3 and start using this vehicle as my sole transportation. So please Im all ears...... My friends have suggested chevy Tahoe, Dodge Charger, used 535i, and additional feed back would be great. I love my M but the new car can't be older then 6 years according to the company, must have 4 doors, and thats it the rest is up to our imagination.

Please help me I have til the 30th!!!!
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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At 30K miles a year - I'd find something comfortable, very good 360 degree visibility and good gas mileage.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:50 PM   #3
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I recommend, and really like, the Mazda3 s Grand Touring that was just released. With the Tech Package, it is a very, very good car. Four adults can ride comfortably.


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Old 09-10-2013, 10:22 PM   #4
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I travel about 75% and find myself in a LOT of rentals through the year. Hyundai Genesis surprised me. "Luxury" model and still fun to drive. It won't guzzle the gas, keep in mind it's still company dollars paying for it so it hits the bottom line.

Currently in a Chevy Cruz LTZ.. drives fine, not a fan of the interior (dash).

If it's just going to be used for touring, I would make your focus the amenities and controls, nothing is more irritating than not being able to sync your phone, or find the AC, or reach the volume knob without leaning across the car.

Just my .02
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:33 PM   #5
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At 30K miles a year - I'd find something comfortable, very good 360 degree visibility and good gas mileage.
His gas is FREE!
I would get something you like to drive. What is your price range?
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:34 PM   #6
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His gas is FREE!
I would get something you like to drive. What is your price range?
price range is 600 a month...........

and the gas is free to him, not his company. It's alright to be socially responsible..
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:36 PM   #7
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The new Lexus gs. Can that be had for $600 a month? Idk. But it's nice.
I wouldn't go with a Tahoe or any truck unless you're using the room. A new Malibu will ride nicer and get better gas mileage all while being easier to control on the highway.
Hyundai genesis is nice. New mazda 6 LOOKS really nice. Havent driven one
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:43 PM   #8
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I love the new Lexus iS's. tht would be top on my list, even over the new 3-series.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:54 PM   #9
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:01 PM   #10
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The most mature thing to do would be to get the new Accord, or Fusion, or a Hyundai. That being said, the newest generation Chrysler 300/Dodge charger is nice.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:02 PM   #11
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This is what I need responses from fellow enthusiasts.... see what my problem is that I always have driven a Range Rover (1st car 1989) then Range Rover (2005) then my beloved E46 M3 which I love!! I want something I can drive that i can be proud of. I also don't want something beige like a Camry. Such a tuff question I tried to rifle through different car brands then look at their sites for ideas.. to no avail.

Please help me choose using these requirements, great looks, nice amenities, still a "fun car", and lastly something I can be somewhat proud of and not have to tell a girl this is my work car blah blah.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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The Cadillac ATS is probably too small (I've never been in one,) but it's probably in your price range.
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Alan I frequently vist VIR and your signature makes me sad because Oak Tree is no more.....
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:21 PM   #14
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What about a Subaru? They look nice but I hear they feel cheap and are loud as hell on the highway which would be terrible, or maybe a GLI VW? Toyota 4Runner? Ford Fusion? Ford Focus? infinity?
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Old 09-11-2013, 01:25 AM   #15
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I'd probably go with a 4-5 year old CPO car bought from a second owner. Plan on keeping it for 1-2 years. That way you get a nicer car and don't have to use as much of the $600/ mo paying for depreciation.


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The new Lexus gs. Can that be had for $600 a month? Idk. But it's nice.
I wouldn't go with a Tahoe or any truck unless you're using the room. A new Malibu will ride nicer and get better gas mileage all while being easier to control on the highway.
Hyundai genesis is nice. New mazda 6 LOOKS really nice. Havent driven one
I would agree with the GS. My dad has a 2011 GS and every time I take it out it just feels amazing. Comfortable seats, safe car, gps, great ride, and everything else. Should really consider it
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:43 AM   #17
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How about a evo or wrx sti or.... I know a Acura TL


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I'd look at the Jaguar XF.
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