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Fun, comfortable car for long term ownership (5+ years)

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Have had a Honda Accord for 11 years now and would like to drive something more refined/fun with a little bit more power when needed.

Considering either BMW or Audi. Would be happy with manual transmission if I could get. Should be able to DIY maintenance (oil/brake changes, simple repairs etc.,). Been looking into 2006-2008 years BMW/Audi. Leaning towards BMW 328i; Used cars are listed usually higher or close to KBB/NADA values. Looked at Audi A6 3.2 Quattro. Priced lower than NADA/KBB.

Not averse to other cars, but don't really like to trade cars often. Reliable cars that drive for long with regular maintenance is what I am interested in. Any suggestions?

Priorities: Fuel economy / Handling / Powertrain performance / Reliability & durability / Audio & nav systems

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Long trips / Fun toy

Primary Driver(s): Short driver

Need minimum of 4 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 100000
Maximum age: 10 years

Maximum price: US $ 10000

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Response from jasonmreece

2:52 pm August 5, 2015

If long-term reliability is a primary goal, I would suggest taking a look at the 2004-2008 Acura TSX and TL. If you want a manual transmission, the TSX will be your best bet. The TL with manual is very hard to find.

The TL is a great car with lots of power even with the auttomatic, though. But the TSX is a lot of fun to drive with the manual!

I'd be wary of buying an older vehicle with a navigation system. You'd be amazed how outdated a 2007 or 2008 nav system is today. And if the HVAC and audio controls are integrated into the nav screen and something breaks, the repair cost can be astronomical!


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Response from mkaresh

6:51 pm August 9, 2015

Once just about any German car has over 100,000 miles expensive repairs are a significant possibility, if not guaranteed. The best candidate for any such car is someone willing and able to do nearly all of their own repairs. There's no such thing as a cheap Audi or BMW; the prices of older ones are under $10k for a reason.

The Acura TSX is a good suggestion if you're okay with front-wheel-drive and don't need a lot of power. They also offered the 2009 and up TSX with a V6, but with this engine it didn't handle well. The first-gen cars (2004-2008) are the most fun.

Among rear-wheel drive sport sedans, the Infiniti G37 probably has the best combination of reliability, performance, and a reasonable price.

The Lexus IS might be another possibility, but it's less fun, less roomy, and more expensive than the Infiniti. Plus no manual transmission with a sufficiently powerful engine. Higher prices probably reflect that it is the best bet for ultra-long-term reliability, though.

The Acura TL can be fun with a manual and SH-AWD, but it's larger and less agile than the others discussed here.


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