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Old 08-06-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Here's an answer. Get a Prius and super glue a BMW medallion to the front. Problem solved.
Lol.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Wouldn't the Accord pretty much be in the same class price-wise as the Camry?
Yes, it is.

My husband drives BMW's. 5 series. In fact, he just got a new one last week (gave his old one to my son in law). I don't really like driving them, myself. I liked the 1st one he got, but the other's just felt
uncomfortable to drive to me.

If you get one, make sure there is a local mechanic who can work on the car, don't take it to a dealership unless you want to spend $$$.

You'll pay more for gas, as you know because they take mid-grade.

Personally, if you want a luxury car I'd get a Lexus because they are basically upscale Toyotas.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Normally I would say get the Honda, but there is some missing information here, how many miles on the Honda vs the BMW, plus, if you buy the BMW how much cash cushion do you have? You know the BWM will cost more when it's time for repairs, so cash position is important. You seem to be a simple person in that you said you could be happy with less. For most people who don't live like that, I would say to buy the Honda. For you I might say the BMW, but again, we need more info.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I have driven a Beemer a few time as rental cars. As much as their fan club likes to squeal over the things like so many teen-aged girls, they are not the end-all, be-all, epoch-shattering driving experience that people claim. Certainly not worth the extra expense it costs to buy, maintain, and ensure one.
Speaking strictly for myself, I'm not taking advice on cars from a handle like MinivanDriver.

As I mentioned upthread I found a nice late model used Bimmer, added new Koni's and fresh spark plugs. My Total Cost of Ownership is under $8K and I'm riding in style. When you can do that in a Prius.....let me know.

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Old 08-06-2018, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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LOL...my reaction to your post title was "Buy a Honda and tape $30,000 to the hood".

I don't think a used BMW is a good investment. Repairs would be too much. have you actually looked at the BMWs in your price range? I'm wondering if they would be as nice (and therefore worth extra) than you think.

I see that you mentioned the Prius...I just bought my second one and I'm really hooked. It's roomy and comfortable, handles nicely, accelerates better than you might think and during recent highway travel got 50 mpg. I had considered a Honda Civic but ultimately wanted the hatchback for more cargo space.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Yes, a Camry or Prius is very similar to a BMW and their Total Cost of Ownership is much cheaper. Oh wait....

https://charleston.craigslist.org/ct...661819664.html

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Old 08-07-2018, 12:17 AM
 
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Oh yes... You need to wear a mask / costume when driving a Prius, and quickly hide in the garage before anyone sees you coming home!

My neighbor has been driving them since day 1, and he was SO happy to get his Tesla 3 last week (just due to how embarrassing it was to be seen in a Prius. He usually only drove it during the dark if at all possible.

That's an option, Maybe you could get the Prius an 'Edsel or Studebaker' Costume or something similar.

BMW can be a VERY nice and dependable car, but... if something goes wrong (and stuff does go wrong) you will PAY for it... Since it is a used one, get recommendations on local shops (Private) and go talk to them. I see the BILLS and the number of times co-workers / neighbors BMW's are in the shop... Not for me yet (until AFTER I have won a few lotto's, and I get really mellow about sitting in car repair shops...(never have done this) )
My favorite thing about the Prius is the reaction it can get from “haters”. For some a Prius is like a big F-you to vanity and status while being very practical, reliable and cheap to operate. If anyone cares to ask why - I just tell the truth; I like to save money.
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Old 08-07-2018, 04:07 AM
 
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Why should anyone 'talk' you into or out of a car purchase? You're an adult, you're working, you get to make decisions on what to do and how to spend your money.

If you want a certain car and you have the money to buy it, then have at it and enjoy!

No one else can make life decisions for you, nor should anyone else be called upon to talk you into or out of things, as you know yourself and your needs and wants.

All the logic in the world isn't going to assuage you of something you want. You're not asking about basic transportation and how to get from Point A to Point B in the most cost efficient way. This is a want based on desire and emotion. Those are never about logic.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I couldn't get over the looks either. If your like me, you will never be happy with a Prius. Check out a Camry. and depending on your budget, they make a Hybrid Camry that can get above 40 mpg.
I have a Prius C. It looks like a Toyota Yaris (same platform), a Honda Fit, a Nissan Versa Note, or basically any other hatchback out there.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I see that you mentioned the Prius...I just bought my second one and I'm really hooked. It's roomy and comfortable, handles nicely, accelerates better than you might think and during recent highway travel got 50 mpg. I had considered a Honda Civic but ultimately wanted the hatchback for more cargo space.
I got mine in 2015. I've never been happier with a vehicle.
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