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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    I'd go for this vehicle personally, but the kid has told you and you keep asking...her answer is always the same here. Methinks y'all want the vehicle and aren't listening here,,,make the kid happy and get her what SHE wants because trust me, in a few weeks or so y'all are going to find something else to purchase. Or better yet, purchase this for yourselves and get her what she wants and then cut an older one from the herd. It is time to move on this already!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,887
    I'm going to do you a favor and not tell you. Kid wants a Jetta. Don't make another mistake. ;)

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,125
    Makes sense Sandy, and you're definitely right that we (my wife and I) like the car. We did have a non-persuasive talk with her last night where she stated she likes the Audi better, but that since she also liked the Jetta, she figured we should save the money (nice girl). When we told her that financially there was little or no difference between the two, she admitted she liked the Audi.

    I shared this on CCBA, but since I started it here, I'll quickly share some results from our shopping this past weekend, taking into account Q's advice:

    The Jetta we liked (2010 Jetta LE, 29k miles) came to a deal of our Hyundai plus $1,500. We were working with the manager we know well, so feel comfortable this was their best offer (and they let us walk). That was compared to Q's advice of $1,000 BACK to us for the deal.

    We saw the Audi A3 at the Acura dealer while we were checking out the TSX. After some back and forth, we got to a deal of our Hyundai plus $1,000 for the A3 (2008 FWD, Auto, 37k miles).

    Not to say we couldn't find a better deal on a Jetta, but the deal on the Audi seems to be a better relative value.

    Thanks for the feedback!

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,125
    Awww - c'mon.

    Am I to take that as it is indeed a good deal on the Audi? : )

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,887
    edited October 2013
    I hadn't even looked before.

    Miles are ultra-low compared to the others that have gone through. Closest had 48k miles and reported as above average. That got $14k. The only blue one had 74k and got $13,600.

    so I think it is a real strong offer.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,125
    Alright - thanks for the info and the advice.

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Get the Audi and you weed out all the broke college boys, too. ;)
  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 323
    Thinking we might get a 3rd car/toy over the winter. Anyway, would like a convertible with a back seat. My wife likes BMWs. So, what do you think a 2008 128i convertible (either a stick or slusbox) goes for with reasonable miles 50,000-60,000. In Pittsburgh, could we expect to get it for under 18,000?

    Is the Mini Convertible a better buy at this price point? Am I missing something out there?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,887
    Of course, there are many choice out there, but if your wife likes BMWs, then it seems you may have no choice.

    Might not be alot of choose from in Pittsburgh. Winter would be the time to buy it, though. I see a few with mileage in the 50k-70k range in the warmer states that are right around $15k at the block, so your pricepoint could be had from the right dealer at the right time.

    Personally, I'd probably take a look at the EOS, too. I'm not sure of the reliability of the folding hardtop, but there are several right around that same auction value for '08s, but with lower miles, such as a silver one with 41k that went through PA recently. This is a 4-cyl Luxury model, BTW. The Komfort model is quite a bit cheaper. That one in PA with 67k only got $11k.

    Another favorite of mine is the Volvo C70. Again, you get the hardtop, but you get a more generous back seat. Might be a tad more expensive, depending on the options. I see one with 58k that got $15,500, but one with 52k that hit $17k.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 323
    Thanks Q. My wife is afraid of VWs after my GTI. Seriously, how could the glove box break?

    I agree there aren't a ton of any of these out there right now in the Burgh.

    We will need a 3rd car next summer. Our options are to buy one of these or lease something small and fun.

    Thanks again.
  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    I've also been thinking about a convert and looking at the 08 128 and EOS. However they both get pretty bad reliability ratings from consumer reports. Any insight on that?

    They are both sweet looking rides but an unreliable foreign car is a looming money disaster.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,887
    edited October 2013
    I have read of some folding top issues with the EOS. No idea what's wrong with the 128. My 135 was problematic, but that's a different animal, as all the problems were engine related.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • jprocjproc Posts: 133
    thx. I've really got the urge to get another convert-drove em for about 15 years and miss having one
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    Living down here in South Florida, a drop top is the perfect vehicle, especially as a 3rd which is something I'd love actually. Convincing the other half would be the problem but I see many in Autotrader that really hit the mark. Like the BMW's also and could probably pick up a very nice one for a decent price I'd suspect and realize that they can get to be a money pit if one picks the wrong one. I'm always looking so if I do find one, and convince the other half, I definitely would jump!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Do you actually plan to use that back seat?

    I shopped arounda lot and the cars you mention couldn't even fit my pre-teen kids.

    I gave up and got a Miata. The Chrysler is an option, and the Audi A5 is decent. The rest are penalty boxes, especially the Mini and 1 series.
  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 323
    My kids are pretty small (6 and 5) so we would/could use a tiny back seat. Basically we would put them back there to drive to the pool. Which is about 5 minutes from our house. Otherwise, the car would be driven to work by either my wife or me.

    A neighbor just got a Miata as a toy. And a Miata would be great since it would fit in our garage easily. However, it would be nice if the family could ride in the "toy" every so often.
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,125
    How about an older 3-series 'vert? I picked one up earlier this year - an '05 330ci. Mine has 74k miles, but there are others out there in the 50k's or even lower. Generally being a "toy" car, it's not too hard to find one with low miles.

    My 8 and 10 year old boys can ride in the back seat for an "around-town" trip. In fact, they're pretty comfortable - at 6' 3", I'm the one who's punished, since I have to put my seat so far forward.

    2014 Passat - 2010 328xi M-sport wagon manual - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,444
    With kids that young, you don't want to go too fast with them in the back.
    Get a Mustang V8, sounds great even when driving slow. :)
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,567
    basic boring Corolla. AT. about 102K on it. Nice and clean, good body, tires, like new inside. Doesn't have any needs. Once detailed will show spiffy. Light mint green with a light interior. In NY burbs.

    Looking for a retail #, not going to be traded in.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,887
    Selling or buying?

    If you are selling... well, its a Corolla. It would trade for $3500-$4k, auction for $5k, and hit a dealer's lot probably for $8995. I'd be bold and try for $7995, but, when push comes to shove, cutting it loose for $6k has to be an option.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

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