I'll try to do this as briefly as possible. After college I went to NYC to work for the past 10 year. So, bottom line is I didn't need car. Now I'm relocating to San Diego with my new employer. And, well, as life is in SoCal, you need a car. I'm thinking of shopping in around the $23-25k range. I can afford more, but beyond that it seems like a waste. So definitely going for a used car. My commute to work is just 20 miles.
So I did a little research around and I feel like I can get:
2002 Lexus IS300
I've been leaning towards the BMWs cuz, well, as nice as the IS300 is, I'd always *know* that the beemer would be more fun.
So question is what makes more sense? And how much creedance to people put in warranties?
I know that Warranty Direct will sell an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty on the 330ci as long as it's < 50k miles. For about $2300 I can get converage for another 4 years or to 100k miles. On the other hand, they will not sell coverage for an M3.
Seems that there are a number of vehicles in the price range, but I seem to have numerous concerns about whether I need a warranty or one can get by with a very well inspected car and careful maintenance thereafter?
So bottom line, M3 or 330ci? Warranty or no?