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Need suggestions on car purchase
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Posted on 07/24/2005 6:15:20 AM PDT by Treeless Branch

Sorry for the vanity, but I do respect the opinions of the posters on this board, who also possess a great wealth of information. With that said, I am in the process of buying a car, and wanted your advice.

Here is the deal. I am a young attorney at a large corporate law firm. I have about $40,000 to spend. I need something that I can drive clients around in, yet hopefully is fun to drive, reliable, and that my estemeed colleagues will not view with disdain. I am not opposed to buying a used car, and would prefer not to lease.

I am not a car guy, so any thoughts would be helpful. Thanks in advance.


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1 posted on 07/24/2005 6:15:21 AM PDT by Treeless Branch
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To: Treeless Branch

Buy a Toyota Camry and put the extra money into the stock market.


2 posted on 07/24/2005 6:17:31 AM PDT by Shawndell Green
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To: Treeless Branch

Get a "deals on wheels" and check out used 1950's-1960's vintage Rolls Royces....You should have enough to pick one up.


3 posted on 07/24/2005 6:17:41 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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To: Treeless Branch
I would buy something useful and unpretentious, say a Jeep Grand Cherokee with all the bells a whistles and the 5.7Lt Hemi. Now that would be a car you male clients would drool over and the women love.
4 posted on 07/24/2005 6:20:20 AM PDT by St.Mark
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To: Treeless Branch
Since I'm a Honda fan, I would recommend an Acura. Nice upscale car with Honda reliability.
5 posted on 07/24/2005 6:20:29 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland ("Consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies")
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To: Treeless Branch

Toyota Highlander Limited (I've got one. . .excellent for carrying clients, excellent for comfort, excellent for just fun driving).


6 posted on 07/24/2005 6:22:01 AM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Treeless Branch

Buy the new (retro) Mustang convertible. It's an instant conversation piece and every passenger will be impressed. A ride with you in that car will be something not soon forgotten. It's not extravagant in cost but is WAAAAY COOL!
You will not be known as a boring guy who drives a Taurus.


7 posted on 07/24/2005 6:22:11 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: Treeless Branch
Buy a used car... preferably about three or four years old so the car has trade-in value. Stick with a brand that has a "corporate" cachet to it - Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury and M-B are your best bets. Buy in cash and when it comes to the particular car the features are important than color. Ask the dealer lots of questions. When you narrow it down to a particular car you're interested in, run a Carfax check and have an independent mechanic inspect the car and give and opinion as to whether any costly repairs are needed. If the car has a clean bill of health, title and mechanical reliability wise, close the deal and enjoy the car of your dreams. Good luck!

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
8 posted on 07/24/2005 6:22:39 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Treeless Branch
The only way to travel...

I'm not kidding...

9 posted on 07/24/2005 6:23:42 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit
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To: Treeless Branch
Look for a 2-3 year old Mercedes with low miles; the large sedans should go for around 30K.

Lexus would be another good bet. Nice, high end car and very reliable.

Buy from a dealer if you can, and get an extended waranty plan if the original warranty is expired. Most extended warranties when bought new are transferrable to the next owner.

I say this because nice, high end cars also require pricey parts and mechanic's fees when they do require service.

Good luck, sir!!

10 posted on 07/24/2005 6:23:57 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Smokin' Joe
A friend of mine has a 60's era Rolls Royce. I looked it over and can't see the big deal. Nice car but basically just a car.

Not sure how much he paid for it but he didn't buy it new. I do know he has won a bunch of awards at car shows with it.

11 posted on 07/24/2005 6:25:17 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Treeless Branch

Used Lexus


12 posted on 07/24/2005 6:25:44 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Treeless Branch
Show em you take crap off of anyone....


13 posted on 07/24/2005 6:26:01 AM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: Treeless Branch

Only one choice.

Lexus GS series.

Wish I could afford one.


14 posted on 07/24/2005 6:26:27 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: St.Mark
Hey! Andyandval just got this Jeep.

330 horsepower!

Like riding in your living room.

4,800 lbs of race car.

It is awesome!

15 posted on 07/24/2005 6:27:06 AM PDT by andyandval (Try flushing a book down the toilet....get back to me on how you did)
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To: Treeless Branch

'66 Chrysler New Yorker....


16 posted on 07/24/2005 6:27:34 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Treeless Branch

"my estemeed colleagues will not view with disdain"?

Impress them with the hard work you put in at the office and save your money.


17 posted on 07/24/2005 6:27:34 AM PDT by Sabatier
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To: Dallas59

Whoops!..."don't"


18 posted on 07/24/2005 6:27:48 AM PDT by Dallas59 (" I have a great team that is going to beat George W. Bush" John Kerry -2004)
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To: Treeless Branch

Check out the Ford Freestyle..otherwise maybe an Explorer or a Maxima?


19 posted on 07/24/2005 6:27:55 AM PDT by shattered
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To: Treeless Branch

Hell with the clients. Get a babe magnet.


20 posted on 07/24/2005 6:28:10 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Treeless Branch

Over the past 6 years I have purchased two "certified" used vehicles from Lexus. Both purchases have been very good experiences, and I still have both vehicles.

I am considering the purchase of a third vehicle and will probably buy either a certified used Lexus LS 430 or a certified used Lexus ES 330. Both of these vehicles will meet your requirements.


21 posted on 07/24/2005 6:29:03 AM PDT by LOC1
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To: yarddog

All cars are afflicted with certain similarities which render them "just a car". I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like the early '60s Lincolns (with the suicide rear doors) too.


22 posted on 07/24/2005 6:29:59 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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To: Shawndell Green

I agree. I am on my 3rd Camry V6 (leased) and have never had a lick of trouble. It's a great value car as well.

My parents were always "Buy America" when it came to cars, but even they got sick of the poor quality and value of GM products. (That's what you get when both management and labor are socialists).


23 posted on 07/24/2005 6:30:22 AM PDT by neocon1984 (end the idiocy of post-modernism)
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To: Treeless Branch

http://www.carbuyingtips.com

Check it out. It may help in the journey.


24 posted on 07/24/2005 6:30:31 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free!)
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To: shattered

BMW 633i


25 posted on 07/24/2005 6:30:40 AM PDT by chas1776
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To: Treeless Branch

Do you want looks or speed?? Ambulances can travel at pretty good speeds, you know....O.K. I'm kidding you. I know you're not that kind of lawyer. But once in a lifetime, if you're lucky, you get a car buying question from a lawyer. I had to do it. I was compelled. Sue me.:)


26 posted on 07/24/2005 6:30:50 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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Hunt down a 1965 Ford LTD, the car that was ACTUALLY quieter than a Rolls Royce.

390 V8, CruiseOMatic, A/C, Power Steering / Power Brakes, just update the sound system if necessary and you will be cruising IN STYLE, and I can assure you that your clients will be impressed with your restored classic (be sure to buy one that has been properly restored, fyi).
27 posted on 07/24/2005 6:31:55 AM PDT by Mad Mammoth (Some folks just need killin' = Clint Eastwood as 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'...)
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To: Treeless Branch

Buy yourself a 2005 Infiniti G35 Sedan. That should put you right under 40,000 with all the options. Trust me, you will enjoy the power. I've been driving a 2003 G35 Coupe since 2002, and the only problem I've had is a brake switch that was recalled.

http://www.freshalloy.com/site/cars/infiniti/2005/g35/firstdrive/001.shtml


28 posted on 07/24/2005 6:31:59 AM PDT by sigSEGV
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To: goldstategop; Treeless Branch

This is good advice. I just went through the same "what to buy" myself. I bought a BMW Roadster which is fun to drive, but I was very impressed with the plush interior of the Infiniti M45 and would have purchased that if I wanted a sedan. SUVs are fine for families toting groceries but not so great for clients.


29 posted on 07/24/2005 6:32:43 AM PDT by Zechariah11
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To: Shawndell Green

Get a Lexus ES330! Great resale value. Or better yet buy a certified Pre-owned ES330. Great value and still great resale plus a great warranty. It is a Toyota Camry with all bells and whistles. Reliable, economical and will impress clients. A small step down would be a Toyota Avalon.


30 posted on 07/24/2005 6:33:08 AM PDT by buckeyesailor
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To: Treeless Branch

GMC Denali


31 posted on 07/24/2005 6:33:41 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: Treeless Branch

Whatever you get, make sure you get a vehicle that'll pi$$ off the environmental nutjobs.


32 posted on 07/24/2005 6:33:56 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Treeless Branch

No question: BMW 5-series or 7-series. The 7-series is longer and thus more comfortable and has a powerful V-8. Most of the 5-series have powerful inline 6 cylinder motors but some have V8s, i.e., 540 or 545. For $40,000 you'll have to buy used, but only a few years old, or use that as a downpayment.

I recently rented a big 2004 Cadillac but my '93 BMW 740iL is waaaay better but you'll want something newer. You won't be disappointed in a big BMW.

www.autotrader.com is a good source. Also, ebay has great deals, especially if you live near New York City or south Florida so you can look at the car before you buy.


33 posted on 07/24/2005 6:34:01 AM PDT by libertylover (Liberal: A blatant liar who likes to spend other people's money.)
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To: Treeless Branch

Congradulations on making partner.


34 posted on 07/24/2005 6:35:13 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: Dallas59
Heh, heh...see post #9...

Is that your rig?

35 posted on 07/24/2005 6:35:14 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit
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To: Treeless Branch
Here's a nice BMW Isetta which would certainly make an impression:
36 posted on 07/24/2005 6:35:55 AM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: Treeless Branch

a texas cadillac = full size pickup, lots of rubber, 4-wheel drive, and attitude.


37 posted on 07/24/2005 6:36:24 AM PDT by ken21 (it takes a village to brainwash your child + to steal your property! /s)
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To: Treeless Branch

It depends on what you consider "fun."

Were I in your shoes I'd buy a loaded Ford Expedition. I like comfort, power, room for passengers...and I think there's a certain "something" about sitting above the crowd and looking down at those who drive around you.


38 posted on 07/24/2005 6:36:38 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: Treeless Branch
Don't listen to any other deluded Freeper. Listen to me.

The ONLY CAR TO CONSIDER is a low mileage BMW M5.

It is the arguably the best sport sedan on the planet.

See if you can test drive one.

A 2000 M5 with just under 50,000 miles should cost you about $40K.(NEW start at $86K.

It's in a class all by itself.

39 posted on 07/24/2005 6:37:32 AM PDT by DCPatriot
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You need a 4dr, I'd look at a Lexus GS300 or Infiniti G Sedan.

In that price range, only other competitor is the BMW 3 Series and I think the new ones are Fugly.

The Infiniti is gorgeous, fast and impressively assembled.

40 posted on 07/24/2005 6:40:45 AM PDT by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority; Treeless Branch
I'm not a "Ford guy", but I have to agree with this one, the new(old design) Mustang is a very good choice.

Although it depends on where you live, weather has to play a part in your decision. Rear- wheel drive cars are BAD in snow.

For bad weather areas, front wheel or 4-wheel drive cars are the way to go.

41 posted on 07/24/2005 6:41:32 AM PDT by infidel29 ("It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world."- T. Roosevelt)
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To: libertylover
A "big" BMW 7 series??

The person is a YOUNG attorney, not a grandparent.

M5 is the only way to go.

If you offered me 7 assorted Lexis or Vettes or Mercedes over the course of a week, I STILL wouldn't give up the M5. And the owners of all those 7 wouldn't want to give it back to me at the end of the day, so...I guess that plan won't work. ;^)

42 posted on 07/24/2005 6:41:39 AM PDT by DCPatriot
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To: Treeless Branch

$40,000.00? You could buy all the cars I've had in the past 50 years.
Do you want a car, or do you just want to spend money?


43 posted on 07/24/2005 6:43:01 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET IN MY SWAMP, ALEX KOZINSKI FOR SCOTUS)
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To: Recovering Hermit

Just spent a couple weeks at the plant in St. Louis where they make those beasts. Good looking trucks.


44 posted on 07/24/2005 6:44:16 AM PDT by Shawndell Green
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To: Treeless Branch

Definately get yourself a Jeep Grand Cherokee LIMITED 4X4 ....if you want to save some bucks get a used one (a 1996 on up will run you less than 10G and they all look the same basically, and the older ones perform really well. If you want to impress your clients with your sense of investment and practicality, get a restored station wagon of the 60s. It will bring back old memories and be a good investment which will be worth more everyday, unlike a new car that will depreciate every day. If neither seems exciting enough, get yourself a CORVETTE (new ones are 400 + horsepower), and after a few burnouts you will have them listening to every word you have to say !! You might even get change back from your 40G to go to McDs !!!


45 posted on 07/24/2005 6:46:16 AM PDT by Searching4Justice
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To: Sabatier

"save your money."

Yes, and thereby impress them with your prudence.

Cars depreciate. Putting lots of money into cars to show off is foolish.


46 posted on 07/24/2005 6:47:11 AM PDT by Shawndell Green
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To: DCPatriot

deluded Freeper...?


47 posted on 07/24/2005 6:48:01 AM PDT by dakine
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To: DCPatriot

deluded Freeper...?


48 posted on 07/24/2005 6:48:01 AM PDT by dakine
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To: Larry Lucido

And then lay on your back getting greasy replacing the clutch after a mere 55 thousand miles, eh?


49 posted on 07/24/2005 6:48:21 AM PDT by Shawndell Green
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50 posted on 07/24/2005 6:48:35 AM PDT by Enterprise (Thus sayeth our rulers - "All your property is mine." - - - Kelo vs New London)
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