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Old 02-14-2012, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I've been having an internal conflict with myself for the past few months...I keep waffling back and forth between what I should buy as a secondary vehicle; a 2008-2010 Covette or a 2009-2011 Caddy CTS are right at the top of that list. I want a convertible back and think the Corvette might be the right choice but then I think it'd be good to have a sedan to drive once in a while. I thought about a Caddy CTS-V but I wouldn't want the first model year and a 2010-2011 still seem to be priced over $50K which is appx. $10K more than I want to spend on a weekend driver.

I'm really intrigued by the new ATS but I want to see it in person. IF it can truly compete with the 3-Series and was priced right, I'd strongly consider buying one (ATS-V would be great ). I love my pickup truck and will always have one as my daily driver but when I take trips on the weekends, the gas mileage really sticks my wallet. Next year I'll probably trade up to a new F-150 with the Ecoboost, hopefully that'll offset my gas costs a bit!

ATS, anyone else interested? When will I finally be able to look at one up-close?
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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According to Cadillac, "summer 2012." So figure July/August.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Likewise. Given the direction BMW has gone, there's definitely an opening for someone else to come in and make the 3-series that BMW used to make. Cadillac is probably in the best position to do that aside from maybe Infiniti. Both really would have to introduce a new model to do so, especially with the sedan... the G sedan is more 5-series sized although with each 3 getting bigger lazier. Of course, BMW could stop dicking around and bring the full lineup of 1-series over and price them realistically instead 10% off 3 series price.
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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why not just a used M3? It's the real deal, not a pretender.

If you're just using it for weekend roadtrips, reliability & maintenance shouldn't really be an issue. Honestly, there's no use in buying a brand new car just for fun since you'll lose more on depreciation than anything else.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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According to Cadillac, "summer 2012." So figure July/August.
Sounds good to me, I hate the waiting game but I hope to be impressed enough by the ATS to pull the trigger.

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why not just a used M3? It's the real deal, not a pretender.

If you're just using it for weekend roadtrips, reliability & maintenance shouldn't really be an issue. Honestly, there's no use in buying a brand new car just for fun since you'll lose more on depreciation than anything else.
I'm not a fan of German cars, I just don't see the value in them. I'd much rather have an American sedan or sports car. Besides, I really don't care for the look of the M3...it's fairly boring.

Not asking for advice about depreciation, I don't really care. I'll have a budget of around $40K to get a secondary vehicle and because the ATS is competing with the 3-Series, I imagine a fairly well-equipped one is going to be at that price point.

If I could swing a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible at the moment, I'd be all over it but they're all selling for in excess of $50K...same goes for a 2010 or 2011 CTS-V.

Right now I'm just weighing my options, trying to decide what I really want. I think another 'Vette would be fun but then I think maybe a sedan might be more practical. I thought about a Caddy XLR but then I didn't know if I really wanted to have possible issues with the Northstar if I don't drive this vehicle very often. Thought about a 2011 CTS Coupe but if I bought a coupe, I'd rather have a convertible two-door.

Once in a while I just want something different to drive, not to mention a bit less thirsty. IDEALLY, I'd really like to have my F-150 along with both a Corvette Grand Sport Convertible AND a CTS-V Sedan. To me, that'd be about as perfect garage as possible. Unfortunately, idealism doesn't pay the price tags...

I have a 3 car garage and my F-150 is pretty lonely.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:13 PM
 
Location: 'Murica
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For a weekend car, I'd probably go with a convertible.

Then again, I'd rather have (and do have) a sedan as a daily driver instead of a pickup truck.
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Practical? Come on. You know you really don't want practical. Get the Corvette you know you already love.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Practical? Come on. You know you really don't want practical. Get the Corvette you know you already love.
I'm searching around but there seems to be a shortage of 2008-2010 Corvette convertibles in the Phoenix area at the moment. I've been actively looking for a few weeks and haven't found "the one" yet. Preferably I want a manual tranny convertible but an automatic may suffice if the price is right. I'm a stickler for colors on a sports car and it either has to be red, yellow, or blue preferably with a black interior. So far I've come up with nothing that fits my criteria for around $40K. I'm currently having my brother search around Dallas to see if he finds any good deals.

If I don't find a 'Vette before the ATS comes out, I may have an even MORE difficult decision on my hands.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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why not just a used M3? It's the real deal, not a pretender.

If you're just using it for weekend roadtrips, reliability & maintenance shouldn't really be an issue. Honestly, there's no use in buying a brand new car just for fun since you'll lose more on depreciation than anything else.

The E46 is getting old though... It's a 7+ year-old car at this point. Reliability begins to go down around that age pretty substantial and cars continue to get better. Since BMW is making a different breed of the 3 (and M3) these days, a modern pretender just may well be the best modernized E46 available. Or it might not.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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While I like the ATS, it's a car that doesn't deserve the title "Weekend Car."
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