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Old 02-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #126
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^ Most Euros tend to be pretty solid during the warranty period. If you keep the car after the warranty period, be prepared for nickel and diming; you'll see things break that never break on Japanese cars - interior bits, electronics, sensors, and other components peripheral to the drivetrain.

With that said, chances are a Euro won't leave you stranded (though I don't know why this is emphasized because I would think a modern domestic won't either.)
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #127
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Well considering my last 6 cars have all lasted me less than 2 years each, the 5 year warranty should be more than sufficient for the time I own the car.

I am thinking 4 to 4.5 years and get rid of it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:43 PM   #128
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Lets face it. They're not as reliable, efficient and a lot of other things that other more affordable cars are. So what was your reason?

i bought my old one because for the money you get way more bang for the buck and because just cause depreciation is a bitch for someone else it doesnt mean i shouldn't get a deal. and handling. and i wanted to have the first thread. so why did you go euro? poll coming later.
well in terms of reliability, the old ones are. The new ones are crappy though. The world record for mileage is a 1980's Mercedes with 1.8mil miles, even in my experience, my cars have 240k km, i have no ideea what the inside of a shop looks like, never, not even once did they have a issue, and i really ,really dont take too much care of them.

in terms of efficiency, i think a 4.4L v8 with 300hp that can get 8L on high way and 12 in city is not bad.

i went euro simply because they are superior,my 91 bmw has more features and is more luxurious than my dads 2007 crv.He went through 2 clutches in 2 yrs, i have my original 20yr old clutch.
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #129
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Simple, its an E36 M3
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:31 PM   #130
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The main reason... Only European manufactures know how to make car seats that won't hurt my back!
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:52 AM   #131
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Because I like paying extra money to the dealer to charge me for taking optoins/weight savings out of the car.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:14 AM   #132
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Because a 4000$ e39 has more options and is safer than a 2010 honda crv thats over 15 grand.
The whole "german eneneering" thing is still valid, but only for the pre 2000 cars made in europe. I know plenty of friends with brand new euro cars that are complet shit in terms of mechanical issues, but the older ones are quite good and cheap to service
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Because a 4000$ e39 has more options and is safer than a 2010 honda crv thats over 15 grand.
The whole "german eneneering" thing is still valid, but only for the pre 2000 cars made in europe. I know plenty of friends with brand new euro cars that are complet shit in terms of mechanical issues, but the older ones are quite good and cheap to service
The E39 seems to be a solid car - it may be my next one when prices fall on a good M54 example with a 5-speed.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:42 PM   #134
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I currently got an 04 rsx. Loving the car. 5yrs of ownership and its sucha. Low maintanece car.
I want a 05-07 bmw z4. But too scared to buy one
Kuz I'm scared of the repair bills.
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #135
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I love the low end torque of euro cars... more power in the usable range... no Vtec love here
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Long time domestic lover, just bought my first Euro.

I have to say, if it wasnt an Abarth, I would still be driving a domestic...
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:26 PM   #137
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^Abarth 500? How is it?
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Yeah, I bought a white on white 2012 Abarth 500. 17" white spoked wheels. It its tons of fun. Everything I could have hoped for and more.

160hp and 170 ft/lbs in a 25xxlb car. I'm considering a piggy back ECU that will boost power to close to 200hp, and a bigger turbo (I have considerable turbo experience).
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:59 PM   #139
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^ Sounds like you're having fun
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:37 PM   #140
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I got my 1997 BMW 328i 5-speed, 179000km on the odometer with service records ever since the car was purchased new, and it was never in any accidents. The clutch, brakes, rear shocks, thermostat, hoses, tires, etc. etc. were all recently replaced so it felt good knowing I didn't have to worry about any of that for a while. Plus the car was in perfect condition apart from one small white scratch on the right side.

Was actually looking for a Prelude at first, but this car actually cost me a little less and I liked the look and driving experience of it more.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:46 PM   #141
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^ Congrats on the E36. I was very close to buying one a couple of years ago, just like the one you described, but an E30 came up that was just too good to refuse. I took my dad's auto 325 coupe out for a spin the other day, and despite the ancient interior, the E36 is a very good car. Terrible plastics aside, it's a car that drives and feels like a BMW should. The E36 feels a lot more nimble than my E46 (though the E46 is nice for longer drives.)
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Began searching for a import for a year..ended up with a MK4 jetta was just too good of a deal, couldn't be happier - 70k km on the odo, clean records and Richmond Lexus even fixed up the paint
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because theyre beautiful and reasonably cheap.. its worth it having a unique car especially in vc
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because theyre beautiful and reasonably cheap.. its worth it having a unique car especially in vc
Nice car! But if you got into euros because they're 'reasonably cheap', I think you're in the minority..
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The world record for mileage is a 1980's Mercedes with 1.8mil miles
Don't Know if this is a record but: Irv Gordon's Volvo P1800 closing in on 3 million miles

Plus I also remember reading somewhere a man in Germany has 5 Million Miles in a Diesel Powered Mercedes G Wagen, but I couldn't find a link to that. Apprently he's driven around the globe for the last 23 years just visiting every country possible.

Those I'd say would have to be the unofficial world record's.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:04 PM   #146
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no matter how much the parts cost or how much of a pain it is to work on I still love euros
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they are absolutely beautiful regardless of the cost of parts
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #148
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European cars just have a very "solid" feel to them.
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I personally think they feel well built and just quality
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I went Euro over and over again, primarily because of the quality of the interior and the interior designs. People often argue that Euro has far better built quality overall than Japanese but I haven't found that to be true.

I was stuck between an Infiniti and an Audi a few months back and was leaning towards an Infiniti because to be honest, for the X dollars you spend, get so much more. But, the quality of the interior was simply lacking. I don't know if it's a design thing or actual construction of the materials used for buttons, gauges, handles etc.

I got lucky finding the model of Audi that I did. It's hard to find a model that's full load with all the amenities for a reasonable price. When it comes down to it, if I didn't find this particular Audi, I would've been perfectly contempt with a high-end Japanese car like an Infiniti.
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