Skip to comments.Need suggestions on car purchase
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.
Buy a Toyota Camry and put the extra money into the stock market.
Get a "deals on wheels" and check out used 1950's-1960's vintage Rolls Royces....You should have enough to pick one up.
Toyota Highlander Limited (I've got one. . .excellent for carrying clients, excellent for comfort, excellent for just fun driving).
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.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
I'm not kidding...
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!!
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.
Only one choice.
Lexus GS series.
Wish I could afford one.
Like riding in your living room.
4,800 lbs of race car.
It is awesome!
'66 Chrysler New Yorker....
"my estemeed colleagues will not view with disdain"?
Impress them with the hard work you put in at the office and save your money.
Check out the Ford Freestyle..otherwise maybe an Explorer or a Maxima?
Hell with the clients. Get a babe magnet.
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.
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.
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).
Check it out. It may help in the journey.
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.:)
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.
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.
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.
Whatever you get, make sure you get a vehicle that'll pi$$ off the environmental nutjobs.
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.
Congradulations on making partner.
Is that your rig?
a texas cadillac = full size pickup, lots of rubber, 4-wheel drive, and attitude.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. ;^)
$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?
Just spent a couple weeks at the plant in St. Louis where they make those beasts. Good looking trucks.
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 !!!
"save your money."
Yes, and thereby impress them with your prudence.
Cars depreciate. Putting lots of money into cars to show off is foolish.
And then lay on your back getting greasy replacing the clutch after a mere 55 thousand miles, eh?
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