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Best new or used vehicle for $30,000



  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. If you know about cars is by far the best choice for 30000.
  • robbiegrobbieg Posts: 340
    If buying used, then reliability is a huge issue. If I were to buy a used BMW or Saab, I would have to have a warranty. I probable would never buy a used Saab because even though I would get a tremendous deal on it, it will likely be worth less than my golf clubs when I would go to trade it in. Most of the people in my area buy would buy a used Lexus ES300. Clearly this car is more sporty than a Buick, but is far from a BMW. If you want something sporty, try the GS300 or 400. If reliability is a factor aren't you saying to buy Japanese?
    2014 Highlander XLE AWD, 2009 RX 350 AWD and 2007 Odyssey EX
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,586
    If it were my money, I'd go with a CPO '04 or '05 BMW 325i with a stick and a sports package (at least).

    I saw an ad in the paper on Friday for an '03 CPO Black/Black 325i with stick, sports package, leather, sunroof, & NAV (34K miles) for $21K & change. I'd spend the rest of the money on driving schools & modifications :shades:

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315

    "With $31K you can get an 06 TL non-navi and call it a day."

    My brother said that he had the dealer down to $31,000 for a brand new TL but he did not buy it because it is so ugly. Looks like the Joker in the front. The TL sales are way down because of that.
  • dan3434dan3434 Posts: 9
    I just got a 2007 335i sedan with 14,850 miles on it for $28K. Premium and sports packages, nav system, cold weather package. I had the same criteria as you, and this meets my needs, especially in the sporty department! Time will tell about reliability, but right now I'm very happy with it.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    I know, the TL just looks too harsh in its line. The grill is just too odd! Even, creating a smaller wing for the grill would look so much better. Though, I have seen a painted one, it looks much better. That could be an option.
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    So get a 2007 or similar model for a bit over 20K. The older TL was beautiful.
  • jsoujsou Posts: 1
    hey dan,

    i'm in the market for a CPO 335i as well. Was your price $28K OTD?
  • dan3434dan3434 Posts: 9
    It was actually approximately $29K OTD.
  • jmerttjmertt Posts: 1
    i saw a VW phaeton w12 for $28,000 with about 74,000 miles on it
  • lovemyclklovemyclk Posts: 351
    Absolutely! FWD aside, I find the prior-gen TL to be the closest Japanese sedan design to my '03 e39 530i. Hanging on to my BMW, but find the prior TL to be a terrific design... tidy dimensions, fairly elegant lines, nice interior design without the need to make it look like a teenager's study-hall doodle.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Did you go looking for a used car and find that prices were so high that it made more sense to buy a new car instead? Or found that your trade-in was worth a lot more than you expected?

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  • jfdsccmjfdsccm Posts: 8
    I am seriously considering the CTS wagon. I was shocked to find out that none of the 3 cadillac dealers in central texas had Any 2011's in stock. They say "wagons" aren't popular in Central Texas. I will see if I can get my hands on one to test drive. If I like it I'll have to have them order it.. Do you think I can get a good deal if a dealer orders a vehicle?
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Ken Batchelor Cadillac in Austin has several. That's probably an hour or two drive from where you are.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    The price of the vehicle shouldn't be different due to if the vehicle is ordered or in stock. I would recommend visiting the brand web site and using the live web chat option. They are able to locate vehicles in your area. Web chat is able to assist with pre-purchase questions such as availibity of different features, differences in trim levels, as well as incentives; however, they don’t have specific pricing or payment information. Web chat agents can also assist you in requesting a quote or locating a dealer, and using the different tools on the web site. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me.
    GM Customer Service
  • tdbmdtdbmd Posts: 20
    I was in this situation. I was driving a 2005 Buick LeSabre with 105k miles on it that had been basically bulletproof. I had owned it since 2008.

    I wanted to move up to a more sporty car that my kids would not make fun of for being a "grandpa car" (I am 44!). I wanted something that would be decent in the snow, as we get plenty around here. So, I started looking at AWD sports sedans. Drove the Audi A4, MB C300, BMW and Caddy CTS. Ended up going with the CTS, found a 2010 with the performance package and 3.6 DI motor, AWD and have now owned it for about 10 days and 400 miles. Great car so far, does everything that I want without being too much of a "boy racer" and my price for it with 8800 miles was right at $32k, so in the range you are asking about. Will see how it goes long term, hopefully it is as reliable as my old Buick was!
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