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Old 12-02-2006, 12:10 AM   #1
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Hey friends! My mom has come to me about new car questions. Since I am the car expert in the family and I am more in tune with todays cars then my parents are she asked me for help. Now I ask for you help and your opinions in case you have more experience. She doesnt want to spend more then $25,000 and she would like a car that is a hatchback but also more like the wagon type cars. Lately american cars arent favorable so I didnt look much into those and she doesnt personally like the cars ( I was thinking a magnum ) So I ventured onto mazda. I would love her to have a BMW x5 or x3 even the 3 or 5 series wagons but its not in the price range. So back to mazda, she likes the mazda3 5-door with all the goodies and that is $20,000 but she would like more horsepower and unfortunetly the mazdaspeed3 is in the price range but only comes in manual. Then there is the mazda6 sports wagon for the base model its $23,000 and that has more horsepower which I would favor her to go for. My question is if you guys have any other ideas, she is kind of picky but after looking at nissan and honda and all those other companies it seems like the mazda is the best, smartest and the cheapest way to go for her. Anyone have experience with these cars, friends with these cars or family? It would be appreciated, I just dont want my mom to buy something that is cruddy.


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Mazdas are nice but a used 3 or 5 wagon might be in her range. Volvo 850T5R wagons are really nice to but Im not sure what the prices on those would be and it would be used. My personal favorite wagon is the Audi A4 1.8t avant. It is quite possibly the hottest wagon ever created. There was one in European Car or Eurotuner recently that was an absolute track beast. A early 2000s Benz wagon probably would be in her price range too and would be a nice option.
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You can get a little bit older 3 or 5 series wagon for less than 25k. Some people have to have a new car though.
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I'd say Mazda 3 wagon which is a great little car and pretty quick or wait till the Volvo C30 comes out. The Volvo is a 2 door hatch which i might consider buying myself when it comes out shortly.
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I'd look at the Mazda. I drove a Protege 3 and it handled very well.
Just didn't have enough umph to get 3 adults up a hill.
But the Mazda 3 changes all that.
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1.) honda hatchback with a K series swap.
2.) 318ti with a LS1 swap. The HP she wants will be there.
3.) Mercedes C230
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1.) honda hatchback with a K series swap.
2.) 318ti with a LS1 swap. The HP she wants will be there.
3.) Mercedes C230
Pointless post.
Classic. If you have nothing to add, don't.
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Pointless post.
Classic. If you have nothing to add, don't.
I don't think his C230 suggestion was that bad. The new 6 cylinder should be promising, and a used one would certainly be under 25k.
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I don't think his C230 suggestion was that bad. The new 6 cylinder should be promising, and a used one would certainly be under 25k.
OK, 1 out 3.
Although I would have no problem with a Mazda.
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OK, 1 out 3.
Although I would have no problem with a Mazda.
And why not the other 2? It would be 25k or less.
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And why not the other 2? It would be 25k or less.
For god's sake, she's not going to a conversion on a freakin' car.
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For god's sake, she's not going to a conversion on a freakin' car.

We dont know that. But ok fine, lets scratch that,

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Used Audi A3 im in love with those cars. Been trying to get my mom to trader her c230 for one forever!
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For god's sake, she's not going to a conversion on a freakin' car.
If mommy were to go this route, I'm sure she'd do a better job than certain members' attempt at DASC. ROCK ON MOM!
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If mommy were to go this route, I'm sure she'd do a better job than certain members' attempt at DASC. ROCK ON MOM!
what are you talking about exactly? my SC works just fine.
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