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Need to buy a car.
« on: August 25, 2009, 07:46:30 PM »
I need to buy a car.

My question is, what should I buy, I cant afford a new one but a pretty newish one with good milage and low maintenance cost.

My choices so far.

1. BMW 530 xi or which model is best or decent.
2. Infinity M35x
3. Lexus
4. Maybe a Benz if the price is close to the ones about.

I am getting an Infinity M35x for $25,000. Is this a good price, 24k miles.

Can you pros post some pros and cons on some cars.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009, 09:46:32 PM »
as per your criteria, NONE ah dem car yuh call dey have low maintenance cost
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 11:08:05 PM »
In June I bought a 2006 Lexus IS250 and I am very satisfied with it and Lexus. It's a nice ride but a bit slow and the backseat is tight. I like my cars small and the backseat is not an issue as I not riding there and only my 4 year old sitting back there regularly. I got the maintenance schedule from the dealer when I bought it and the prices were pretty similar to what my wife pays for her Honda Accord. I've been to Lexus dealers in 3 different states and have absolutely no complaints about the experience.

Before the Lexus, I came really close to buying a 2006 BMW 330, negotiated price, got approved for the 1.9% financing but turned out the car was not CPO. I told the fella I not buying no BMW without the extended CPO warranty. To be honest, the BMW really was an excellent driver's car (6 speed manual) compared to the Lexus but both cars were same year and similar mileage but the BMW interior did not wear well, even the CPO ones. On some of them there were broken interior bits, missing pixels on the radio and peeling fixtures. One thing that surprised me was the automatic BMW 3 series move fast but the manual ones languish and the dealer was willing to negotiate on them. So if yuh could drive stick, yuh could find some deals.

Bottom line is German cars are nice but get an extended warranty because they can be expensive to maintain. Check out the online forums to get an idea of what to look for when buying specific used cars. Use ebay motors to give yuh an idea of where used car values fall and keep an eye out for special financing deals on used models.

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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 11:16:50 PM »
well i looking for a twin cab 4*4 pickup beween 40gs-50gs TTD PM mih people i will come to visit i in POS
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 03:54:45 AM »
as per your criteria, NONE ah dem car yuh call dey have low maintenance cost

Agreed for the most part.

Just curious though... why say that you can't afford a new car if you prepared to spend $35,000?

Lot's of new cars out there for much less than that. Of those posted I would go for the Lexus, because I like Toyota or the Inifinti.
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009, 05:17:36 AM »
as per your criteria, NONE ah dem car yuh call dey have low maintenance cost

Just curious though... why say that you can't afford a new car if you prepared to spend $35,000?

ah was goin an aks dat....but ah know trinbago people too good, so I eh bodder
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2009, 07:04:30 AM »
as per your criteria, NONE ah dem car yuh call dey have low maintenance cost

Just curious though... why say that you can't afford a new car if you prepared to spend $35,000?

ah was goin an aks dat....but ah know trinbago people too good, so I eh bodder

De man want a nice ride man.

Anything German go be  expensive when coming to maintenence. Had Mercedes Benz and that was pretty pricey when coming to the mechanic. Only thing though. If you willing to spend for these cars you will have to be prepared for the pricier maintenance cost.
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2009, 07:32:21 AM »
In June I bought a 2006 Lexus IS250 and I am very satisfied with it and Lexus. It's a nice ride but a bit slow and the backseat is tight. I like my cars small and the backseat is not an issue as I not riding there and only my 4 year old sitting back there regularly. I got the maintenance schedule from the dealer when I bought it and the prices were pretty similar to what my wife pays for her Honda Accord. I've been to Lexus dealers in 3 different states and have absolutely no complaints about the experience.

Before the Lexus, I came really close to buying a 2006 BMW 330, negotiated price, got approved for the 1.9% financing but turned out the car was not CPO. I told the fella I not buying no BMW without the extended CPO warranty. To be honest, the BMW really was an excellent driver's car (6 speed manual) compared to the Lexus but both cars were same year and similar mileage but the BMW interior did not wear well, even the CPO ones. On some of them there were broken interior bits, missing pixels on the radio and peeling fixtures. One thing that surprised me was the automatic BMW 3 series move fast but the manual ones languish and the dealer was willing to negotiate on them. So if yuh could drive stick, yuh could find some deals.

Bottom line is German cars are nice but get an extended warranty because they can be expensive to maintain. Check out the online forums to get an idea of what to look for when buying specific used cars. Use ebay motors to give yuh an idea of where used car values fall and keep an eye out for special financing deals on used models.

www.clublexus.com
www.mbworld.org
www.m3post.com
www.bimmerforums.com


I also own a iS 250 AWD, I am very satisfied with it. I tend to drive the speed limit so I have no problems with it, had it up to 90 and it handle quite well plus in sport/power mode you get a more aggressive take off. The OEM tires are very quite but the wear quickly, I replace them with Michelin Sport plus which are bit louder but you can barely tell the difference with the window up. Marginal decrease in MPG. 

If the excessive brake dust irks you, there is a TS bulletin where you can have them replaced for free. Took mine in to dealer for service and drove a 2009 loaner for the day. Did not like the black wood grain look of the 2009 but other than the shark fin there is no difference in body style ( you can always buy a dummy fin off ebay). The standard HID light were a nice improvement, keeping going back and forth on if i should install the after market since it still under the warrantly. 

« Last Edit: August 26, 2009, 11:52:34 AM by trinindian »
 

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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2009, 03:38:45 PM »
as per your criteria, NONE ah dem car yuh call dey have low maintenance cost

Just curious though... why say that you can't afford a new car if you prepared to spend $35,000?

ah was goin an aks dat....but ah know trinbago people too good, so I eh bodder

De man want a nice ride man.


nobody cyah vex wit de man for dat....life too short oui
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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2009, 02:18:39 AM »
I'd say BMW all the way having owned 4, an X3 2d, 318M Sport Convertible, 335iSE, and a 335MSport (current). The BMW is a drivers car, and yes, it is expensive to own and maintain, however the engineering behind them is superb. If the car is <2years old the BMW warranty is for 3 years, and besides, these things are built like tanks, the only things that need changing are tyres, wipers etc.

As I say, they are built to last whereas I find that the Jap cars, though well spec'd as standard feel cheap. BMW / Merc are prestige cars, but I find Mercs don't handle very well.

Hence I vote for the 530.

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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2009, 07:10:44 AM »
In June I bought a 2006 Lexus IS250 and I am very satisfied with it and Lexus. It's a nice ride but a bit slow and the backseat is tight. I like my cars small and the backseat is not an issue as I not riding there and only my 4 year old sitting back there regularly. I got the maintenance schedule from the dealer when I bought it and the prices were pretty similar to what my wife pays for her Honda Accord. I've been to Lexus dealers in 3 different states and have absolutely no complaints about the experience.

Before the Lexus, I came really close to buying a 2006 BMW 330, negotiated price, got approved for the 1.9% financing but turned out the car was not CPO. I told the fella I not buying no BMW without the extended CPO warranty. To be honest, the BMW really was an excellent driver's car (6 speed manual) compared to the Lexus but both cars were same year and similar mileage but the BMW interior did not wear well, even the CPO ones. On some of them there were broken interior bits, missing pixels on the radio and peeling fixtures. One thing that surprised me was the automatic BMW 3 series move fast but the manual ones languish and the dealer was willing to negotiate on them. So if yuh could drive stick, yuh could find some deals.

Bottom line is German cars are nice but get an extended warranty because they can be expensive to maintain. Check out the online forums to get an idea of what to look for when buying specific used cars. Use ebay motors to give yuh an idea of where used car values fall and keep an eye out for special financing deals on used models.

www.clublexus.com
www.mbworld.org
www.m3post.com
www.bimmerforums.com


I also own a iS 250 AWD, I am very satisfied with it. I tend to drive the speed limit so I have no problems with it, had it up to 90 and it handle quite well plus in sport/power mode you get a more aggressive take off. The OEM tires are very quite but the wear quickly, I replace them with Michelin Sport plus which are bit louder but you can barely tell the difference with the window up. Marginal decrease in MPG. 

If the excessive brake dust irks you, there is a TS bulletin where you can have them replaced for free. Took mine in to dealer for service and drove a 2009 loaner for the day. Did not like the black wood grain look of the 2009 but other than the shark fin there is no difference in body style ( you can always buy a dummy fin off ebay). The standard HID light were a nice improvement, keeping going back and forth on if i should install the after market since it still under the warrantly. 



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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2009, 08:25:57 AM »

I want to be big jus like you when I grow up  :beermug: :devil:

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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2009, 09:00:15 AM »
as per your criteria, NONE ah dem car yuh call dey have low maintenance cost

Agreed for the most part.

Just curious though... why say that you can't afford a new car if you prepared to spend $35,000?

Lot's of new cars out there for much less than that. Of those posted I would go for the Lexus, because I like Toyota or the Inifinti.

Sorry, that should have been 25,000K not 35k....

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Re: Need to buy a car.
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2009, 10:49:50 AM »
Sorry, that should have been 25,000K not 35k....

For 25,000k you could get a fleet of Veyrons. :)

For 25k you will have to settle for a certified Bimma or something.