I hear ya. My 17k mile Cayman clutch/flywheel grenade'd. Nobody wants to believe you though when you tell them. :laugh:I have been driving for nearly 30 years. I have never once burned a clutch out. Ever. SO I hear you on the wear, but this is NOT a matter of wear.
The main problem with the G37/35 is that the manual sedans are super rare, and most of them have NOT aged well. They've got the WRX syndrome, all used examples are beat.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.
OP's list is a little depressing IMO.
The E90 over a MK7 GTI? Realllly?
Comparing a Sentra to a GLI?
IMO the car ticks all the boxes is 4-Door MK7 GTI lol.
He's going to get a ride in the GTI every day on the way to daycare. I'm hoping you're wrong. :laugh: Thanks! :beer::beer: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 Congrats btw:beer::beer:
At that point, you'd be better off just getting the clutch done proactively somewhere else and swap in a beefed-up aftermarket option. Assuming you're planning on keeping it, of course.I get it, but the car has 12,000 miles on it. There's no excuse for clutch slip. Period. And there's plenty of evidence both here and on the FB pages that the clutches are weak.
VW wants me to pay $1500 to drop the trans, with no guarantee that they will warranty it. Sorry, not doing that on a $40,000 car that's effectively brand new still.
I’m very familiar with this car and you are right, there are a lot of hours and trick work in some areas of the car like the C63 brakes; suspension is Bilstein club race coilovers and the control arms are standard pieces with spherical bushings). My favorite bit is the Mk60 standalone ABS system.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.
OK, now I am intrigued. How are you so familiar with that car?When going car shopping, try going in with the car seat and stroller you’re going to use, if you have it or can borrow from a friend. Based on my experience with the Mazda3 we had before our son was born I am gonna say the ATS is a non-starter. Fitting an adult in the back seat is not the same as being able to fit a rear facing seat and then being comfortable in the front seat. In the Mazda, my knees were wedged up against the dash, and I’m not a big guy (5’9”)
I get that fun to drive is still a factor, but the ability to fit (or not) the baby and related big-ticket items will outweigh any minute gains in steering feel or dash stroking abilities. That’s why in my mind, a GLI beats a 5dr GTI in daily usability. And I’m saying this as someone who’s looking to get one once Jr. is out of daycare/stroller/rear facing hell.
I’m very familiar with this car and you are right, there are a lot of hours and trick work in some areas of the car like the C63 brakes; suspension is Bilstein club race coilovers and the control arms are standard pieces with spherical bushings). My favorite bit is the Mk60 standalone ABS system.
But all that aside, having driven a standard W203 as well, if you’re considering an E90 street car, a manual W203 should be a strong consideration given the similarities between the two. The W203 is a very underrated platform. If you find yourself straying from the manual-only requirement, the C350 Sport is 300 hp of reliable NA goodness. Not as good as an M-sport, but it won’t have any of the N54/N55 drawbacks.
I was involved with those guys back when we built that car and campaigned it in AER. Car wasn’t my brainchild though, so I can’t take credit for the trick stuff that’s done to it, but I’ve got a good amount of my time into it from wrenching to crew support at races. It’s been a phenomenally reliable race car, but it hasn’t seriously campaigned since 2018. The FCP guys turned pro in 2019 with the TCR series and the MB has been brought out as a party piece on occasion. Life’s also gotten in the way as I’ve moved, changed jobs with more travel, and had a kid.OK, now I am intrigued. How are you so familiar with that car?
This makes me miss my 2010 Passat. I loved it. Ugh.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.
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What car is it and how did it go?Talking with a dealer and hoping to schedule a test drive by flying down to a southern state.
Found a car that looks clean in and out with some higher miles. So it's looking like I am going down the road where I go with an older car and pocketing some money rather than making a lateral move. Waiting to hear back about placing a refundable deposit.