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#4690796 - 03/10/18 07:01 PM What do you buy for $50k?
Quattro Pete Offline


Registered: 10/30/02
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Loc: Great Lakes
Requirements:
- 4 door sedan or 5 door hatchback or wagon
- RWD or AWD
- no 4 cyl engine
- fun to drive
- classy interior
- not horrible reliability, but it does not need to have stellar reliability
- can be new or used, but not too old and no high miles

It can be a new one for up to $50k, or a used one for say $30-35k and keep the rest aside for potential repairs.

I test drove a Charger Scat Pack and Audi S5 Sportback recently. Both kind of fit the bill, but I wish I could have the Charger's engine with S5's interior.

A used Macan S crossed my mind, too, even though it's not a sedan, but it does nearly drive like one.

So, what else should I be looking at?
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#4690802 - 03/10/18 07:08 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Used M5?
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#4690804 - 03/10/18 07:10 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6142
Loc: USA
The Kia Stinger is worth considering

You can also get a RWD IS300 within your budget too smile

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#4690808 - 03/10/18 07:13 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 12/24/11
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I'd let my Carrera go and pick up and yellow 996 C4S or Turbo.
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#4690809 - 03/10/18 07:15 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
biggusblockus Offline


Registered: 09/14/12
Posts: 21
Loc: Iowa
Audi S6 with the V8 4.0 twin turbo. Amazing engine and interior.

If you can find one CPO they are a fun and a decent value.

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#4690814 - 03/10/18 07:22 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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I bought my house for $50K. The interior is classy, but it only has two doors.
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#4690828 - 03/10/18 07:36 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: eyeofthetiger]
Quattro Pete Offline


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Originally Posted By: eyeofthetiger
I bought my house for $50K. The interior is classy, but it only has two doors.

Does it have wheels? smile
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#4690831 - 03/10/18 07:38 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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#4690837 - 03/10/18 07:42 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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#4690839 - 03/10/18 07:44 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Loc: Rockwall, Texas
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#4690843 - 03/10/18 07:48 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15687
Loc: OH
Less than 60% of 50K would put you in a new Outback with the flat six.
The more premium versions have a pretty nice interior, although not really classy.
The Charger's interior is far from classy, certainly nothing like any Audi of the past twenty years.
If shopping used, then the world is your oyster.
Lots of high zoot stuff out there for the 35K you say you'd be willing to give up on something used.
From Tesla to any BMW, Benz or Audi, 35K will buy you a lot in a used car.
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#4690844 - 03/10/18 07:48 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: rooflessVW]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
I'd let my Carrera go and pick up and yellow 996 C4S or Turbo.


+1. I can't see putting $50k to a daily driver that is a depreciating asset.

Nothing wrong with buying a $50k+ car; it's a daily driver that's the rub. It's literally leaving dollar bills on the road mile by mile for monotonous duty. And that's not just a matter of "luxury" vehicles. The obscene pricing on full size trucks and SUVs is similar.

Id rather buy a new vehicle for $30k, which is about average, and then have something worthwhile to keep nice. Having the other vehicle keeps mileage down.

Just another perspective.

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#4690845 - 03/10/18 07:48 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 01/09/09
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It is wasn't for your no 4 cylinder requirement I would be all over a Lapiz Blue Golf R w/ manual transmission.
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#4690846 - 03/10/18 07:49 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Registered: 12/15/17
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Loc: US
How about a used RS5 for 40-something?
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#4690853 - 03/10/18 07:57 PM Re: What do you buy for $50k? [Re: JLTD]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
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Loc: North Carolina
Originally Posted By: JLTD
How about a used RS5 for 40-something?

You sure you don't want a Camaro? LOL
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