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Old 02-28-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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So my '03 325i is getting some miles on it and the maintenance costs is unfortunately starting to surpass a reasonable average monthly car payment. Time to upgrade!

Looking for a sport sedan or coupe around 20k, used.

So far I have:

3 series - another, I'd consider going BMW again, but I'm open to others.
Audi A4/S4 - mileage and reliability is still important to me
G35/G37 - probably the only japanese brand i'd go for
Saab - i loved the 9-3 Aero, but I think I'll stay away considering BK
Volvo s40 T5 - probably wont even compare to a 3 series, for old people?

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I'd get a 2011 Mustang V6 with around 15k miles for ~$21k. 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and 19/31MPG.


Something like this: http://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/2851466400.html (broken link)

Couldn't imagine paying $20k for a 3-5 year old used car with 50k miles.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:50 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'd get a 2011 Mustang V6 with around 15k miles for ~$21k. 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and 19/31MPG.


Something like this: 2011 Ford Mustang ((6 Speed)) Leather Heated Seating Extra Clean Must See!! (http://denver.craigslist.org/ctd/2851466400.html - broken link)

Couldn't imagine paying $20k for a 3-5 year old used car with 50k miles.
No knock on the Mustang but the OP is looking for a sedan.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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So my '03 325i is getting some miles on it and the maintenance costs is unfortunately starting to surpass a reasonable average monthly car payment. Time to upgrade!

Looking for a sport sedan or coupe around 20k, used.

So far I have:

3 series - another, I'd consider going BMW again, but I'm open to others.
Audi A4/S4 - mileage and reliability is still important to me
G35/G37 - probably the only japanese brand i'd go for
Saab - i loved the 9-3 Aero, but I think I'll stay away considering BK
Volvo s40 T5 - probably wont even compare to a 3 series, for old people?

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks.
Aside from maybe adding the CTS your list is fairly complete for that segment.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:11 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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So my '03 325i is getting some miles on it and the maintenance costs is unfortunately starting to surpass a reasonable average monthly car payment. Time to upgrade!

Looking for a sport sedan or coupe around 20k, used.

So far I have:

3 series - another, I'd consider going BMW again, but I'm open to others.
Audi A4/S4 - mileage and reliability is still important to me
G35/G37 - probably the only japanese brand i'd go for
Saab - i loved the 9-3 Aero, but I think I'll stay away considering BK
Volvo s40 T5 - probably wont even compare to a 3 series, for old people?

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks.
An uber-low mileage example W203 AMG would be cool.
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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So my '03 325i is getting some miles on it and the maintenance costs is unfortunately starting to surpass a reasonable average monthly car payment. Time to upgrade!

Looking for a sport sedan or coupe around 20k, used.

So far I have:

3 series - another, I'd consider going BMW again, but I'm open to others.
Audi A4/S4 - mileage and reliability is still important to me
G35/G37 - probably the only japanese brand i'd go for
Saab - i loved the 9-3 Aero, but I think I'll stay away considering BK
Volvo s40 T5 - probably wont even compare to a 3 series, for old people?

Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks.
If you've been pleased with your current 3 Series, I see no reason no to look around for another one. With a $20K budget, getting one any newer than a 2008 328i is going to be nearly impossible, I also can't see spending $20K for a vehicle that is going on 5 years old unless you get a CPO with warranty in tact.

I'd stay away from Saab, nobody knows yet how easy it will be to get replacement parts if something goes wrong. I'm not a fan of Volvo either, pretty bland and certainly doesn't hold a candle to the 3 Series.

The Audi's are nice but again, you'll have to get an older year. The G35/G37 are a good bargain and you could likely get a newer 2009-2010 in your budget. Not a bad deal in my book.

I'd shy away from Mercedes AMG, the repair costs will burst your budget exponentially, not worth the risk.

The only other vehicle I could think of is a 2009 Cadillac CTS but it's also a bit bigger than the vehicles you're looking at. Not quite as sporty as the BMW either but passengers might appreciate the extra room.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:01 AM
 
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I stopped paying attention to BMW after the demise of the E39 and E46
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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No knock on the Mustang but the OP is looking for a sedan.
He says sedan or coupe in his first post....

If want something rare, get a 2006 Pontiac GTO. LS2 with 400HP/400lb-ft, comfty power leather seats. You can get them for around $17k with under 50k miles. The 6 speed is rated for 25MPG highway. Great comfty cruiser that does the 1/4 in 13 flat
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: NJ
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What about a Charger or Chrysler 300?
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: O'Hara Twp.
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Used car prices are pretty crazy right now. Not sure what your budget is specifically but I think you may have to look at a 2007 to get a 3 series south of 20,000 especially if you want a CPO.

I would also look at the 1 series if you are open to coupes.

If you want more of an econobox with a big engine maybe a Subaru WRX.
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