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Interior on these is way too dated to consider IMO.

Pop in an aftermarket AA/CP integration module + screen and it will look and more importantly work modern enough.
 

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Interior on these is way too dated to consider IMO.
Well when you purposely pick the worst picture available on Google Image Search anything will look crappy. :laugh: In real life sure it's not the most up to date but it's not a bad place to be either. Good layout, nice switch gear, nice materials, nice rear seat area, etc.
 

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Hell, I bought a CPO A3 for less than 20, I'd imagine it would be considerably less with a private party sale and no warranty. Same with A4.
 

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Im going to get thrown under a bus for this one, but you should look onto a Sentra Nismo, i'm sure you can get one for pennies now that the new sentra is coming out. 6sp 4dr sedan with plenty of leg room and plenty of trunk space, i had place 3 baby seats in the back without issues, i currently have a front facing seat and a booster seat for my kid and my wife can fit in the middle perfectly. she is 5'1 i'm 6 feet tall, i can have my seat comfortably without being cramped (something i wasn't able to do on the GLI we test drove) I've gone on road trips with the car with our crib, stroller bags and it all fits there.

Or like everybody else buy a 5dr GTI, i've been wanting to test drive one of those but until i get the house purchased i'm stawing away from dealers...
 

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:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

I realize is not for everyone but when it came down to crunch numbers and my family needs it came on top from the GLI.

The whole fact that in Mexico City cars stop being able to being driven on daily basis after x amount of years, made me look for new cars, if not i would have been all over plenty of cpo cars.
 

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As someone that lived with a 3dr GTI with 1 kid for 5 years and 2 kids for 1 year, I went with a 5dr R. Problem solved.

The MK7 is a blast to drive, and much easier to get kids in and out of than the 3dr MK5 that I had.

I will say, I'm not sure if the numbers bear it out, but to me the MK7 Golf feels a bit small inside versus my MK5, which felt cavernous from a head and leg room standpoint (despite the numbers suggesting that the MK7 is actually ~3 inches longer than the MK5 - the old car just felt much more airy inside (kind of missing it, actually).
 

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First of all, congrats on the first born! :thumbup:

For me, as a new dad (and especially once the second one arrived) I found it increasingly difficult to get out with the "fun" weekend car. You may find it more enjoyable to just have the one car - a fun daily that you can enjoy with the kiddos.

So my write-in vote is to sell both the GTI and the 128 and put in a little more on a cool daily - MK7 Golf R, Stinger GT, 335i M perf, yadda yadda
 

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I want to suggest a G37, but I feel like that's a loaded + obvious answer coming from me. But they are roomier than the E90, more reliable than the E90 + E60, and tuned + equipped nicely (stickshift = sport package = LSD + big brakes + better steering + other driver goodies). Def worth a look IMO. Everything else is some combo of less reliable, less roomy, worse equipped and wacker drivetrain
G37 or, more realistically at this budget, G35 sedan is a great option. Probably the best.

I guess maybe an Accord Sport could be decent too.
 

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I have to say, why not get a 5dr GTI, problem solved? More functional than a sedan and you still get to enjoy a GTI.
...Says the guy who ditched his 5dr GTI for a couple of SUVs. :p

In related news, my first kiddo will be coming home in a few weeks in the previously-stated MK7 5dr GTI. :thumbup:
 

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...Says the guy who ditched his 5dr GTI for a couple of SUVs. :p

In related news, my first kiddo will be coming home in a few weeks in the previously-stated MK7 5dr GTI. :thumbup:
Hahah :laugh: Lease was up , but yea I should have just kept it! But honestly the height of a the SUV is what we enjoy the most. Taking a baby in and our of the car sucks when you have to hunch down. You'll know soon enough :p Congrats btw:beer::beer:
 

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My reply didn't post and I lost the message. so I'll have to give a TLDR:

-ATS looks awesome, 2.0T RWD 6MT!! Concern is rear seat and trunk size, may be too small?
-My GTI is awesome and still considering keeping it.
-C300 is sick + DTM racing prestige
-328i is similar to my 128i, so that is a solid
-B5 S4 has imploding engine or was that B6/B7 V8's? Electrical gremlins??
-4 door GTI/R don't do it for me, grew up in 2 door GTI's (Dad's 1 MKI and 3 MKII's, and owned MKIV)
-MKIV GLI has aged well, a clean example can still be had with some searching
-MKVI GLI I should test drive
-Wife wouldn't be caught dead in a wagon, but give it a couple years, I'll turn her to the dark side. E63 wagon let's go!

There are the more mature options such as CC and Accords, but at the price point have the Subaru's, Acura's, Honda's and Toyota's age well both interior and exterior? CC certainly has especially a rust free one.
I said a “well sorted” B5 S4 sir. What could possibly go wrong. I say good day to you sir.


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Congrats! Hope you’re able to get some sleep!

Coming from a father of 2 small kids (3 year old and 14 mos): if you are planning on having another relatively soon, I will def say ignore the 5-door GTI suggestions; I drove my R less than 2k miles last year after my second arrived. I’m sure you already realize how cramped the hatch is with a car seat stroller! Now imagine that space with all the stuff needed for 2 kids. It’s getting easier now that our oldest is nearly potty-trained and our youngest can walk, but until both happened, I never bothered taking the R out for anything besides the occasional weekend spin.

My Mk 6 Jetta had a HUGE trunk and incredibly spacious rear legroom. It would easily fit a Chicco Keyfit seat, Keyfit stroller, and everything we wanted at the grocery store. So I’d go with the GLI suggestions. Or if you’re not in an emissions state, a TDI that still has the diesel warranty could be a good option, and you can rip out all the exhaust stuff once the warranty is up and get it tuned.

Or go with the suggestion someone made about having one car. If I could do it again, that’s what I would do!
 

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sleeper pick here - top-line 2.0T B6 Passat WAGON....cargo for DAYS. Fun with a tune / suspension + excels in the looks department. 14k should get you a mint one with low mileage.



if the wife doesnt want a wagon, then a B6 sedan...the trunk is still huge...pic of my old steed. really enjoyed it.

Untitled by peterszew, on Flickr
 

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Thanks all! I have been looking at each of the cars and now it comes down to having higher mileage to save thousands, or newer car with barely any maintenance for the first five years for what I’d sell the GTI for. Here is what I found

E90 328/330 can be had all day for 8-9k which would save me 5-6k. Added familiarity is a bonus.

Sentra and GLI would be a lateral move and I have all the creature comforts without downgrading a decade.

ATS I really need to test drive and check out spaciousness for myself. If I am going to a sedan it better be have more room than my GTI.

C300 can save me 6-7k, and thanks to the poster above that posted the race car. Tranny and engine are stock but I heard that suspension and brakes are from C63 for that race car that has thousands* of hours on it and the owners find it reliable.

Subaru’s, GTI/R, wagons are currently lower on the list.

Passat and CC are a strong contender as they can save me 4-7k.

B7 A4 i would throw into the same category as the E90.
 

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First of all, congrats on the first born! <img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/thumbup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb Up" class="inlineimg" />

For me, as a new dad (and especially once the second one arrived) I found it increasingly difficult to get out with the "fun" weekend car. You may find it more enjoyable to just have the one car - a fun daily that you can enjoy with the kiddos.

So my write-in vote is to sell both the GTI and the 128 and put in a little more on a cool daily - MK7 Golf R, Stinger GT, 335i M perf, yadda yadda
Thank you! Don’t get me wrong I have thought about selling the 128i too just for the added bump of cash and to cut my losses (bought new fresh out of college, stupid rookie move). Financially it makes sense as insurance will go down along with maintenance. But it is just an absolute blast to drive and never tire of it. It doesn’t put a strain on me financially now, but if I never purchased it I would have liked to put that unspent money towards my mortgage as a significant paydown on principal.
But having a daily that is fun for me to enjoy WITH the family is certainly a priority for me.
 
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