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Inspired by the thread, " That...was a mistake. Cars you've purchased and immediately regretted", what cars were you glad that you ultimately passed on?

Here are some cars that I almost bought, but instead woke up the next morning with a huge sense of relief that I didn't actually do something that ridiculous - Sort of the opposite of Buyer's Remorse!

2000 VW GTI GLX I really liked these cars, especially with the VR6. But my local dealers were so extremely arrogant, that I bought a Celica GT-S instead. In hindisght, the reliability of these GTIs left a lot to be desired, a lot of which I learned on VW Vortex. ;)

2005 Acura TL This isn't so much that it was a bad car, as this was one of Acura's greatest cars to date. However, I chose another one of their greatest cars instead, which turned out to be the best car that I have bought to date - our '05 TSX. At the time, I chose the TSX over the TL primarily due to the $6k price difference, and better fuel economy, however, the lack of a timing belt and the inclusion of a folding rear seat were other factors. In hindsight, I most likely also avoided transmission issues, as our utterly reliable TSX currently has 242k miles on it.

2011 BMW 335xi This was a fully optioned leftover E90, Monaco Blue over Tan, which listed for $54k, but was offered at $42k. I was really close on this one, as it looked so amazing on the showroom floor, but decided to think about it. I couldn't help to think that this car was going to be a far greater pain in my rear than our 7 year old (at the time) TSX. I woke up the next morning with a huge sense of relief that I had passed on it, just like I had awoken from a nightmare, and my family was still alive! :D

Alright - Your turn!
 

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Back in the 90's I had a 94' GTI and found a 90 or 91' Audi Coupe Quattro at a dealership. I test drove it, and almost traded my car in on it. But decided the odd parts, questionable reliability, and trade in wasn't the best thing to do at that time.
 

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The list on this one is a mile long.

Over 20 Taurus SHOs through the years, for various reasons.
A very nice Merkur XR4Ti.
A base Honda Accord 6 speed coupe - ended up with my Golf 2.5 instead.
A TrailBlazer SS that the dealer was not moving on at all
A Scion tC (back when they were new....ended up with the SRT4, which I spoke about in the mistakes thread)
Most recently, a Honda Civic Si. Ended up with my GLI instead and was a lot happier about it.
 

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When I was 22 I bought an E39 540/6. Loved that car. Had it for 8 years, and it was fantastic. Two weeks after I bought it, a friend of mine sold his E34 M5 with a Dinan 3.9L stroker. 22 year old me wanted the E34, but since I had just bought my E39, I felt like a great car slipped through my fingers.

Until the recession hit, and while I was able to keep my E39, I realized on my newly drastically reduced budget I would have either have had to sell the M5, or if it had blown up as S38's are wont to do, I'd have been up isht creek with no means to put humpty dumpty back together again. Blessing in disguise.
 

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I was through to the PPI stage of a 2010 Clubman 6MT. There was a bit of paint crap here and there but nothing major. Car drove and looked solid otherwise although the price was seemingly low. I checked everything I could given the circumstances (no lift or tools, overcast day) and nothing popped up. I kind of had blinders on at the time (about MINIs and their reliability) but I though a second gen would be better and I preferred the Clubman form factor.

PPI quickly reveals that the car was burning coolant and that was that. A couple days later, the seller (used car lot manager) calls me all hostile about my taking the car to some BS shop that didn't know what they were talking about. The shop was actually a BMW specialist and the only cars that were on lifts were a fully restored (like frame-off restoration) C1 Corvette and a Ford GT. I laughed into the phone and told him I saw the smoke myself, good luck with the sale.

Bullet dodged.
 

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I was within 2 hours of buying a tdi Jetta wagon on Memorial Day 2012. In fact, we were on the way to the dealer but we needed to kill some time since our appointment with the sales dept wasn't for another 2 hours. We stopped at an Acura/Honda dealer to kick some tires. My wife immediately gravitated to a TSX Wagon w/tech package that still had the transport covers on it from the day before. They had a $3k off and 0.9% for 60mos Memorial Day promo. I actually got it for $29.5 plus ttl which would have put it close to the Jetta price. Still love the car.
 

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Ford Taurus SHO on three different occasions. Ended up going with various Mazdas. Also Nissan Quest. Instead purchased a Mazda5.

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almost bought a passat rline two months ago but thanks to an idiot sales person, i went elsewhere and spent $10k more to get my tiguan, which i always had the hots for since the 2012 facelift. i feel i got $10k more car.
 

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A dealership was pushing an e60 manual very hard, sport pack, etc. Mileage was about what I wanted and the price was quite a bit higher than I liked but it could be hard to find a manual at the time. I drove it and it wasn't what I expected. Something was off. I'd driven a good e60 and I knew they could move and handle decently. Still, maybe an alignment and new rubber...

It was a white car, so they took it in for detailing and I was waiting to see it clean. When it came out there was a little packet on the dash. The packet had some of their sales info and the car fax. They had told me it was accident-free, well, it wasn't. I called them on it, look guys, that's not good, and then left. A few days later they offered it to me for five grand less, much closer to what I thought it was worth, but I had already bought something else.
 

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A dealership was pushing an e60 manual very hard, sport pack, etc.
I love the E60s, and they were fantastic cars when new. However, this is probably one of the last cars that I would want to own as a used car. CRISIS AVERTED! :D
 

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OP, so I gather that you are not much a risk taker, right? Yeah cartesian people like you and me are like that. :beer: :laugh:
 

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A carburated Festiva as a joke...glad I didn't actually do it (this was back in '07). It was a dare, I lost and was supposed to get one. Couldn't do it to myself.

Next was a MKIII Golf back in 2012. At that time, I was itching for a MKIII and found one that appeared to be in good condition. Sat in it and the carpet was kind of dusty. Whatever, I could always clean that up (but deduct from cost). Drove it and the clutch was SUPER sticky. Iirc that is a legit clutch issue that I didn't want to deal with. Opened the boot and zomg was it dusty!! Told the guy I'll think about it. He knocked the price down super low (like $400 bucks or something) because he didn't want to keep the car parked up and registered while he doesn't use it. Never turned back.

Almost committed to buying an RX8. A great price and low miles. Then I remembered 1) It's an RX8. 2) I live in a cramped city where it will be driven at low speeds due to constant traffic almost daily. 3) It's an RX8.
 

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Dodge dart-enough said. Bought a Volvo that was more fun to drive and less than half the price.

At the same time, I was a real big fan of the B6 Passat and the 2.0T Jetta, but the FSI engine was a POS so I dodged that one.
 

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OP, so I gather that you are not much a risk taker, right? Yeah cartesian people like you and me are like that. :beer: :laugh:
You can say that again! I get buyer's remorse even when I make a great purchase! Problem is, I still love to look.
 

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I passed on buying a gold 1970 Chevelle SS 454, 4 sp cowl induction, back in late 1972. I had a 1970 VW Karmann Ghia convertible at the time and I had never driven anything over 60 HP. Good thing I did not buy it - I would either have lost my license, probably crashed the SS and worse case scenario, would have killed myself in a wreck.

That car is worth $40K + now.

In 1969 I passed on a beat 67 Camaro, 327 4 sp. - it had rear leaf spring shackles and wide tires that had rubbed the fender lip pretty hard.

In 1973 my friend wanted me to get a 1970 Challenger convertible - 426 Hemi - probably $100 K+ now.

With any of the above my license would have been a ticking timebomb!
 

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I passed on buying a gold 1970 Chevelle SS 454, 4 sp cowl induction, back in late 1972. I had a 1970 VW Karmann Ghia convertible at the time and I had never driven anything over 60 HP. Good thing I did not buy it - I would either have lost my license, probably crashed the SS and worse case scenario, would have killed myself in a wreck.

That car is worth $100K + now.

In 1969 I passed on a beat 67 Camaro, 327 4 sp. - it had rear leaf spring shackles and wide tires that had rubbed the fender lip pretty hard.

In 1973 my friend wanted me to get a 1970 Challenger convertible - 426 Hemi - probably $175 K+ now.

With any of the above my license would have been a ticking timebomb!
gonna go ahead and adjust your prices there
 

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almost bought a passat rline two months ago but thanks to an idiot sales person, i went elsewhere and spent $10k more to get my tiguan, which i always had the hots for since the 2012 facelift. i feel i got $10k more car.
A Tiguan 10K more car than Passat? Not sure about that ....

You were looking at the wrong kind of Passat.

 

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A Tiguan 10K more car than Passat? Not sure about that ....

You were looking at the wrong kind of Passat.

passat rline vs tiguan sel 4mo? yeah, thats 10k more car easy.

cc is nice but thats too much cash for a fwd car. also if i were buying a cc rline itd need to be an rline executive w/carbon, not a regular base rline.
 

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almost bought a passat rline two months ago but thanks to an idiot sales person, i went elsewhere and spent $10k more to get my tiguan, which i always had the hots for since the 2012 facelift. i feel i got $10k more car.
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The CC comes in AWD, btw.
 
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