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Old 04-06-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Hoping to get some good ideas from you fellas. My mother is looking to spend around $8,000-$10,000 on a used vehicle. It shouldn't look overly dated and we're looking to keep mileage below 70k. So far we've looked at a 2002 Audi A6 3.0 and a 2000 Porsche Boxster. The Audi was very nice but we offered the guy $8000 cash and he wouldnt budge below $8500 so we walked. We are not in a hurry and my mother will only buy something when she knows she's getting a great deal for her money. What other cars should we look at? Most domestics are pretty much out of the picture here.

 
Old 04-06-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I wouldn't call a Boxter a luxury car. It is definitely a premium brand.

But those two are not natural to compare together since once is a 2 seater roadster and the other a sedan.

I would probably look for an Infiniti G35 or Acura TL before I would go with a $8K German car. I just think you are more likely to get a car that needs LESS (and cheaper) ongoing maintenance.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I would go for that 2000 boxster if it has less than 70K miles on it and never been in a wreck and has records to show it's been upkept it's a great deal and a fun car but chances are for 8-10 it been wrecked or in a flood
 
Old 04-06-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I would definitively look at G35 sedans, they are a quality car.

However, if you really like the Audi, it's on the lower end of your price range. Is it really worth losing a good car over $500? Audi's are very nice cars, and if you like it a lot, get that one.

Don't be so pigheaded about "the deal" that you lose on a good value.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I've got a G35 myself so we are looking for something a bit different. The Boxster is going for 10k and looks to be a fun ride. Porsche vehicles tend to be fairly reliable for a premium brand and that year of A6 with the 3 liter six looks good too.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I'd go for the Audi, but that's just because I don't like Boxsters.

Also, it should be a little cheaper to maintain. Porsche's are expensive.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 07:16 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'd go for the Audi, but that's just because I don't like Boxsters.

Also, it should be a little cheaper to maintain. Porsche's are expensive.
Audi's are also a nightmare to maintain. Stick with the used Japanese luxury cars.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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I'd wager that the Porsche is more reliable than the Audi.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'd wager that the Porsche is more reliable than the Audi.
I wouldn't doubt that myself.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: NYC & NJ
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Having owned an A6, I'd never want to have one without a warranty. Parts and labor aren't cheap, and that's after using a forum to find the best prices on both. You can save some money on the labor if you are very mechanically inclined, but it's a headache and you're still on the hook for parts.

If the 'C5' generation of the A6 is really your choice, I'd get an older one with the 2.8L naturally aspirated V6 and put the extra money away for a rainy day fund for maintenance and unscheduled repairs
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