Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > What Car? > Luxury, Imports & Niche


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 5th February 2005, 02:11   #16
Team-BHP Support
 
aah78's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: NYC / BOM
Posts: 3,640
Thanked: 1,646 Times
Post budget luxury

my recommendations-
Jaguar X-Type
it would be a good buy though it would mean pushing your budget up by a few more 1000s. it comes with AWD to beat the snowy/icy conditions.

Audi A4
the 1.8T would just about squeeze into your budget or the 3.0 which would just cross your budget.

Chevrolet Impala
no frills family sedan with a HUGEE!!! trunk (like the Toyota Camry) with decent power, good handling & cheap to maintain. will fit well into your budget and will also solve seating constraints of my other 2 choices

Saab 9-2x/9-3
excellent buy. tried & tested (the 9-5 & the 9000CD, not the 9-2x or the 9-3 unfortunately). however, you just cannot go wrong with a Saab. My Recommendation.


Volkswagen Jetta/Passat
another excellent buy - depending on your budget stretchability (the Passat). the Jetta falls well into your budget though.

are you looking for a brand-new car? you can get a bigger luxury car within your budget, second hand (approx. 2-3 year old). ofcourse theres the issue with warranty and condition.

won't re-mention the other cars as they've already been commented on numerously.
ad

Last edited by aah78 : 5th February 2005 at 02:19. Reason: adding content
aah78 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 10:42   #17
BHPian
 
hawkeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 188
Thanked: Once
Default

Meanwhile does anybody know some free site to check used car histories in US using the VIN.

Thanks in advance,
hawkeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 10:58   #18
Team-BHP Support
 
Rehaan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 22,478
Thanked: 23,396 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by hawkeye
Meanwhile does anybody know some free site to check used car histories in US using the VIN.

Thanks in advance,
I highly doubt a free site exists!
Even if it does, it will not manage to match the extensiveness of carfax.

I'd imagine the best thing to do would be pay that extra 5/10$ to get the "unlimited VINs" for a month or whatever the deal is....... and then split the costs and share the account with as many people as you can.

You also *may* be able to find these accounts being given off on other forums.

cya
R
Rehaan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 12:28   #19
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: navi mumbai
Posts: 23
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

the galant was my first car. i got it for $5000 and am not expecting anything over $2000 for it. i would have gone for a bigger used car that would fit in my budget but i really dont see the need for it. the criteria is kind of vague because i really havent decided what to look for. i already have luxury and performance so mabey a run of the mill car with decent performance and seating capacity for 4 should do. i am planing to stick to the japaneese brands as they are tried and tested in terms of reliability. the wrx sti fits in my budget and i am planing to give it a try( my friend owns one so i might borrow it for a week and see how well it fits my need.) also a local dealer has a used evo with less than 5000 mile on it for 25K i will take a look at that too. (but in the end it is the wife that will decide LOL)
aditya19882003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 12:31   #20
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: navi mumbai
Posts: 23
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

ps- how do i change my location, i dont see that in the options or settings.
aditya19882003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 12:49   #21
Team-BHP Support
 
Rtech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,769
Thanked: 217 Times
Default

Quote:
(but in the end it is the wife that will decide LOL)
Well then, the Evo and WRX are off the list! I doubt she would go for the riceracer look and stiff ride!

I still think the G35 coupe would be perfect. Soft enough for the wife, yet powerful enough for you!
Rtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 13:09   #22
Senior - BHPian
 
Shan2nu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Hubli - Karnata
Posts: 5,525
Thanked: 87 Times
Default

Is the G35 Coupe based on the Nissan 350Z by any chance, coz they have pretty similar styling and design.

Pretty impressive, 3.5 ltr, 260 bhp, 0-60 in 5.9 secs and all this for around 27 grand.

But, though we've been reccomending cars like the S2K and the G35 Coupe, we forgot about one condition, which says that it should be a 4 seater.

The G35 Sedan, TSX and the Acura TL would be more like it. And what about the lower versions of the Evo 8? You can get one for around 27 grand. It is equally powerful, very fast and can seat 4 comfortably.

The 270 bhp version should be more than enuf, for the job.

Shan2nu

Last edited by Shan2nu : 5th February 2005 at 13:14.
Shan2nu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 13:52   #23
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: navi mumbai
Posts: 23
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

actually i am considering the g35 coupe not the sedan. and yes i am considering an evo(just not a new one) and a wrx sti.
aditya19882003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th February 2005, 22:40   #24
BHPian
 
hawkeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 188
Thanked: Once
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rehaan
I highly doubt a free site exists!
Even if it does, it will not manage to match the extensiveness of carfax.

I'd imagine the best thing to do would be pay that extra 5/10$ to get the "unlimited VINs" for a month or whatever the deal is....... and then split the costs and share the account with as many people as you can.

You also *may* be able to find these accounts being given off on other forums.

cya
R
Thanks for the info buddy.
hawkeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th February 2005, 23:23   #25
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: navi mumbai
Posts: 23
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

..... a day of test drives later (too bad there is a stupid law in new jersey that says that car dealerships must be closed on sundays) i test drove the accord V6 coupe, the tsx, the G35 coupe( and a porsche boxster just for kicks as it was in the same dealership) and a camry V6 M/T oh yea and the used evo. now first the evo even if i am going to buy an evo it is not going to be this one. last time i looked at it i didnt pay much attention to detail and now that i got the carfax report the car has been in an accident nothing major but the attitude of the dealer was not going for him. the accord coupe and the tsx are just lwhat you expect from honda, perfect fit and finish sporty ride and great engines. they are definetly still on the list just dont know which one. the camry wasnt originaly on the list but since the dealer had one with a manny tranny i decided to check it out, the ride was too soft to be sporty and the shifter had an aftermarket grip(can be changed but...) and even the slightest sweat on my palm would make shifting from 4th to 3rd or 2nd to 1st a nightmare, just not sporty enough in my opinion(if i was looking for a good family sedan this would have been it). my friend is dropping off his scooby in a couple of hours and it will be mine for the week so i will decide after i drive it in city traffic and stuff. and just to add that the boxster was AWESOME! one of the best sports cars for the money if i tried this car uple of months back, this car would definetly have been in my garage. keep the suggestions comming guys.
aditya19882003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th February 2005, 23:42   #26
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,479
Thanked: 14,544 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by aditya19882003
...the G35 coupe( and a porsche boxster just for kicks as it was in the same dealership)...
I am guessing Ray Catena Dealership on route one...
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th February 2005, 10:36   #27
Team-BHP Support
 
Rtech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,769
Thanked: 217 Times
Default

Hey aditya,

what were your impressions of the G35?? Can't be too good if you didn't bother writing anything about it!
Rtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th February 2005, 11:27   #28
Newbie
 
ariesmale870's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 17
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

Ofcourse, you could go the traditional desi way and get a Merc or a Beemer, but it would be the no frills base model for that amount I would think.[/quote]
the traditional desi way would be a TOYOTA CAMRY ... now if you had your green card and a wife with a kid you would go the MINIVAN route....
seriously.. you can TELL a freakin desi driver in the states... it SUCKS
ariesmale870 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th February 2005, 11:48   #29
Team-BHP Support
 
Rtech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,769
Thanked: 217 Times
Default

Quote:
now if you had your green card and a wife with a kid you would go the MINIVAN route....
I thought the minivan has been replaced by the SUV? And since when did the Camry replace the Accord as the favorite?

But thats for the family man. For a 26 something who has his first job bringing in the greenbacks, he has to show his friends and family back home that he has "made it", hence it's either a Mercedes or a BMW.
Rtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th February 2005, 22:03   #30
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: navi mumbai
Posts: 23
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

u r right samurai, ray catena it is. that is where i bought me mercs also. oh and i didnt have enouugh time to write about the G35 and also i drove the G35 right after i drove the boxster so..... it was a good car but the guy who was sitting with me bored me so much that i wanted to be done with it as soon as i could. oh yea and the scooby, it is going great. there is a slight turbo lag but my friend said that this was due to some mod that he messed up with and does not come standard. the clutch is not too great for city driving so i am still thinking about it.
aditya19882003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Suggestions - Bigger Rim & New tyre on new RE Electra zcanji Motorbikes 7 19th June 2009 16:15
Need help on deciding a new car fb1 Sedans 4 4th September 2006 10:04
Need a new car-budget 10lakhs....help princezahed Sedans 13 24th July 2006 12:16
Need Mad Help With My New Esteem Vxi Car Battery ..... Tool Modifications & Accessories 4 17th May 2006 20:11


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 18:05.

Copyright 2000 - 2018, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks