BMW M235i sedan
BMW X2 M35i CUV...uh, Hatchback
Subaru WRX STI!
Something else (tell uber wagon which model)...
These are not pocket rockets, Uber. You got it all wrong.
Hey Uber, where's Audi eTron S? Shame on you!
Keep your X3, Uber. What are you thinking?
This is a pocket rocket...
Anyway, out of your terrible list, I would say STI hands down and probably S3 over all of it if you don't care about manual (which it seems you don't). No offence, but your cons list on the STI is pretty funny. Wing can be deleted, dealers don't deal on them because YOU WANT IT and they WILL sell it. Resale makes up for any other finance cons you have. The ride is kind of fixable and pretty moot given the BMW competition. No front collision systems, lol. That said, an all-new one is right around the corner, so I would wait personally. You also have new 86, new Z being announce (although that is probably gonna be vapourware), and we will see what new Mustang variant will come out of 2021.
The 2-series sedan is hideous, even for current BMW standards. If you want a MINI with a BMW badge, why not just get a MINI? They are far more interesting than any consumer-grade BMW.
For the love of gasoline... don't get the X2. I got one for family to use and I despise it. I offered a GTI and their response was the dressed up MINI. With your budget, get something really fun
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Bygone: '87 GTI 16V, '91 GLI 16V, '91 Vanagon, a few e30s and Jeeps.
Previous: '95 Talon AWD 2.0T | '98 GTI 2.0 | '00 Jetta 2.0 | '02 GLI 2.8 | '07 GTI 2.0T | '09 GLI 2.0T | '00 A4 2.8 | '04 R32 3.2 | '12 R 2.0T | '01 S4 2.7TT | '14 ST 1.6T | '12 R 2.0T | '16 R 2.0T | '17 R 2.0T | '18 RS3 2.5T |
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I drove the C63 and C43 back to back. I preferred the C43, hands down!!
I'm getting bored with my '18 Accord 2.0 w/6MT as well. ALGO recently offered my $25k for it and I'm tempted to sell it to them so I can get into a '20 STI Limited.
STI I'm looking at MSRP's for $43949. I was offered $39,890. I'm very tempted to jump into that. However, I keep hearing there's a new STI around the corner and wondering if I should wait for that. But the current '20 iteration is supposed to be the last of this generation and it'll probably fetch a premium in resale... Decisions, decisions...
All I need is a STI Hatch is to make this easy and this will be all over... Subaru - PLEASE bring back the STI hatch!!!
Past: 1998 Accord V6 LX, 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 2-24-11), 2009 Mazdaspeed 3 (KIA 9-19-11), 2003 Jetta GLS 2.slow (good riddance), 2010 VW GTI, 2011 Toyota Camry, 2006 NC Miata
Out of everything you mentioned, and I like the little X M235i thing and have considered one for us, but man please don't buy the STi...you have the word "mature" in the title and that is far from it. Go drive the MB.
'14 F-150 FX4 (bread and butter)
'11 GTI (wifeys)
'13 MIATA (dumb modified weekend thrasher)
Speed/handling/whatever aside..... if you are mentally able to get out of your S3 and into a CTR, kudos to you.
It’s hideous in every way.
Besides its looks though, it is a wonderful machine as long as it's working as intended. More practical than the Audi too.
Why not an M2? CPO should fit your budget easily.
He generally leases cars, due to automotive ADHD (as evidenced by this thread).
I'd think that neither the STI or CTR would be lease champions.
I still think you stretch your budget and go RS3. That's a truly special car. The FWD-chassis BMW's are not, in any sense.
CTR is a great car to drive, offers a reasonably usable cabin, and the 2020MY cars seem to have a number of meaningful improvements. I just couldn't drive one as a daily (and generally speaking I'm someone who doesn't care about what people think of what I drive).
I wouldn't lease a new RS3 unless Smooremin can do some stupid deal. I would buy CPO, make sure the car is absolutely stock, and leave it that way (and try to get a 2018), it won't depreciate all that much. So many guys are treating these things like rented mules and putting them away wet that I truly believe stock ones will be worth good money down the road.
There are some good suggestions on this thread so far. I'm gonna test drive a Mercedes CLA 43AMG this weekend.
Last edited by Uber Wagon; 09-16-2020 at 06:16 PM.
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If you get bored with cars quickly, there's always the option of a lease takeover. I've done it once before on an E-class, took 30 days from start to finish, you can find them at: