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#1 (permalink) Old 09-20-2006, 10:24 AM
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Loosing an M.. have to trade for a B.

B... as in Baby on Board.

We're keeping the M5 but the M-Roaster.... well.... M-Roaster and Baby won't mix. Since we also have a 2 seater Austin the decision has been made that 1 of the 2 seaters must go. There's no way the Austin is going.... So sorry the M-Roaster must go.

So I'm seeking a bit of advice. The M-Roaster is my wife's car. With the baby on the way we need ..... something else. So far I've been looking at AWD wagons. In the running thus far is, BMW 325xi, Audi, Volvo and Saab. Looking for suggestions! We're looking at making a 0 debt type purchase deal. I figure we can get around 18-20k for the M-Roadster and so that's the budget for the replacement car. So obviously I'm looking at used. Any suggestions? We don't care much for SUV's and with gas prices these days don't want one. She likes sporty cars (obviously... she bought the M-Roaster before we met!) She also prefers a manual (as do I). However, those of you with children please feel free to offer debate on that. Also a minivan is definatly NO freaking way. :-)

I of course would love a 545ix wagon but there's no such thing and it would be more then 20k to purchase one!
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B... as in Baby on Board.

We're keeping the M5 but the M-Roaster.... well.... M-Roaster and Baby won't mix. Since we also have a 2 seater Austin the decision has been made that 1 of the 2 seaters must go. There's no way the Austin is going.... So sorry the M-Roaster must go.

So I'm seeking a bit of advice. The M-Roaster is my wife's car. With the baby on the way we need ..... something else. So far I've been looking at AWD wagons. In the running thus far is, BMW 325xi, Audi, Volvo and Saab. Looking for suggestions! We're looking at making a 0 debt type purchase deal. I figure we can get around 18-20k for the M-Roadster and so that's the budget for the replacement car. So obviously I'm looking at used. Any suggestions? We don't care much for SUV's and with gas prices these days don't want one. She likes sporty cars (obviously... she bought the M-Roaster before we met!) She also prefers a manual (as do I). However, those of you with children please feel free to offer debate on that. Also a minivan is definatly NO freaking way. :-)

I of course would love a 545ix wagon but there's no such thing and it would be more then 20k to purchase one!
I suggest the Audi Allroad with the 2.7T engine. You can chip it with the OEM RS4 chip and suddenly it's got an amazing amount of hp. My buddy Alex in the UK has one, and absolutely loves both its power and its maneuverability--he likes it almost as much as his Lotus Esprit Turbo! I've driven it too. Lots of room inside for kids.



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Well the plan is changing a bit.

After much debate, tears and please god no......

We've decided to keep the M-Roadster and sell the M5. Our basic issue is this:

#1 - we own 3 fun cars with very little practictal use. (M5, M-Roadster and 1960 Austin Healey)
#2 - it snows here....
#3 - baby is coming

So it's a given something must go and we need to buy something practical. We're also not willing to have a car loan at this time.

So we had to decide which car was the most fun. Talk about a hard choice. M-Roadster vs M5. Convertable vs Sedan. the debate went on and on.

I know one could argue that the M5 will carry a baby just fine. Ya well... my M5 is perfect. It looks like it still belongs on the showroom floor with 0 miles on the odo. I'm admittedly overly anal about keeping it perfect. So the idea of baby, food, vomit, juice, and poopy diapers in the M5... well I think I'd go insane.

So my wife basically said, "if we sell the M5 we can trick out the M-Roadster with all the Dinan stuff we want and keep it as the fun weekend racer". I've been wanting to deck out the M5 with Dinan upgrades but the cost is just too much. Dinan stuff for the Roadster is much more reasonable.

Selling the M5 also opens up the budget such that we can get something much more "fun" that will be a snow and baby friendly. Presently I'm thinking X5. Or a Touareg. or.... hmmmm dunno....

Anyway I've been doing some online searching trying to find the right price point for my M5.

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Car is in perfect shape. Garaged all it's life. Never seen a single snowflake. Never parked in a situation to even get a door ding, an interesting trick being in Boston I might add...

Anyway, feel free to tell me I'm nuts to even consider the sale of the beast. Interesting of how a baby on the way changes your perspective on things tho...

Also if you want to buy it let me know! =D
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I'll do the honours. You're nuts to consider the sale of the beast.

I'd say you should start the bidding at $34K.

I do understand, though. You will have another, smaller beast that makes squeaks and groans you don't understand with fluids that have to be changed regularly and upgraded parts over time.

If it was a year from now, I would definitely have bought it from you.



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Agree that you are nuts to sell the M5...personally I would go with the X3 over the X5 (*only exception being the 4.8*) but it's totally all about what fits your needs.

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He already changed his mind. Thank God.



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Indeed think god!!! I know he'd end up kicking himself in the rear after he sold it (I know I would!)

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darn i would have kept the m5 lol , ,best of luck to you

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Much praise to you, tough decision, executed well.

I'd say go with an Audi AllRoad 2.7t(twin turbo 6) or 4.2L(v8), but instead of investing on a chip in the 2.7t, you would need to be more focused on replacing the turbos because they are known to go out around 100k, sometimes sooner. You can also get these in a 6spd manual.


Also, I've somewhat fancied the new Volvo XC90 T5 SUV a lot lately...or go with the V70R Wagon(300hp), can even get it in a manual().

XC90 quick suv, safe, still performance, maybe more MPH?:


V70R, great power, performance, offroad, and sportyness, but not INSANE offroading...:



Also, a Toureg would be sweet, and are...I've driven the V10 Diesal on the track and it was a BEAST, very little roll, great power. BUT, I've heard gas mileage isn't too pleasant..maybe it was just at the track?

So that is all I really would suggest to you for good AWD snow sporty cars..I would suggest Subaru WRX Wagon, but I do not think you woul dlike them as they are japanese..haha.

But it does get good gas mileage, great performance and utility and much easier to maintain. Also lots of aftermarket modification:



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The decision is done. The M Roadster is SOLD. The M5 is still safely in the garage. :-)
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The decision is done. The M Roadster is SOLD. The M5 is still safely in the garage. :-)
sad to let go of any M...

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Maybe my write up will be useful to someone, muaha.

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I was just happy that your first recommendation was the same as mine :-)



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Wife took me by surprise last night..... We're looking at 740i's now to replace the M Roadster. She very much so doesn't want anything that resembles an SUV or a Wagon. She sees clients every day and for some reason doesn't want to look like a mom. I keep trying to tell her that... looks aside, YOU ARE A MOM. :-) From one extreme to the next. Basically we're finding several high miles 740i's that fit our low budget family mobile. Any common issues I should be looking for? Going to look at a 1999 and a 1998 today.
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ok test drove some 740i's. 1998 vintage.. Not so thrilled....


Spent the whole weekend test driving this that and the other...

So far the list is...

02 Mercedes ML500
02 BMW X5 3.0 (too high on price tho...)
03 Infinity QX4 (basically a pathfinder)

We really liked the ML500 the best... but doing research on the ML class is making me a tad nervious. Thoughts?
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