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|BTW, for what it's worth, the insurance on my 525 is more than on my v8 mustang, for the same coverage.|
| Originally posted by The Deuce@Jan 17 2005, 05:42 PM |
As the owner of a BMW wagon of the vintage you are considering, I may be able to offer some insight.
Station wagons are a great way to have occasional hauling ability and maintain car performance and efficency. I was stubbornly commited to having a RWD vehicle, as I'd never met a FWD car I really liked. The whole sideways motor and CV boots thing just doesn't do it for me.
That being said, The Volvo 850's are great cars. I'm sure to take some heat for this, but given the chioce between an 850 T-5 and a 525 Wagon, the 850 would be more fun. They are a good bit faster than 5 and would have more useable space because of the squared off back.
If you could find a 530 or 540 wagon, that may prove different, but the 525 wagons don't handle like any other RWD car I've owned when pushed to the limit. The 850 is a little lighter and would be at least as fun, especially if you could talk him into a T-5R.
Either one will prove to be a better first car than most people have. I'd be careful not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
BTW, for what it's worth, the insurance on my 525 is more than on my v8 mustang, for the same coverage.
| Originally posted by sp0rky@Jan 17 2005, 06:00 PM |
Heres where I stand. This was my first car that I've had for a while and after driving everything I was interested in, this is the car I bought although its the slowest thing in the world - It's SO much fun to drive. Maintenance is getting really expensive and as bad as it sounds, it's time to sell it and use my money on a down payment on a brand new (and cheaper non BMW) car. I figure I'm only 20 and by the time my new car is payed off I should be in the position to go back to a BMW 3 series or so. I will also welcome the insurance break that I should get with another car. I've enjoyed my bimmer and I will miss it, but I have a whole life ahead of me to get another one. Enjoy the Volvo and buy yourself your own BMW when you are in the position to maintain it.
Edit: I'd like to add that parents are usually right. Back when I bought this car my mom was pushing me to get a brand new car that was on the cheaper side. I couldnt see how I should spend that much money when this little BMW was only 3k. I went against their word and we all loved this car. If I hadn't been doing my own maintenance and repairs - honestly I would have spent about 12k by now. I now see why I should have bought a brand new car. Now that my school's class load is heavier I don't have the time to work this car anymore and I definately dont have $1,000 at a time for repairs.
Best of luck to you, hope this helps some.
| Originally posted by numberthree_@Jan 21 2005, 03:38 AM |
I am with sp0rky on this as well..
I am only 20 years old, and I bought mine for around 3k.. EVERYONE and i mean EVERYONE discouraged me from buying a BMW because the costs are SKY-high to fix it.* And you know, they were all completely right.* Thats why I saved probably over 10k doing it all myself..
My parents were really surprised, and now they are a lot more comfortable about me owning a BMW.. I bought the car when I was just about 19..* A lot of work has gone into it, and more to be put in, but you know what? I enjoy it and really love my car.* Sure, its not a SUPER NICE BRAND NEW one, but its a BMW, it drives like* a BMW, and did I mention that i LOVE it?!?*
Also, insurance has been incredibly cheap for me. I was surprised but its just a few dollars more than my previous car, which was an old civic.. I guess all of this depends on how much time, tools, money, motivation, and enthusiasm is available.* Thas my 2c.
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