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June 3rd, 2002


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09:39 pm - Carfoo
We had our first game this evening. We lost. By quite a large margin. We played a second, pickup game, where we did better. But everyone had fun, and there were no injuries. I bought new cleats yesterday, but didn't push it in terms of playing time.

So I'm torn. For a couple of thousand dollars less than I was expecting to pay I could buy a babied, enhanced 1995 M3 Coupe. It is pretty, it is fast, it is red, it is two door.

For a sense of pretty:





1995 Red BMW M3 2 door coupe, 5 Speed Manual Trans, 54,000 miles, Clean Title, Remus Exhaust System, Twin DTM Tips, Alway babied. In Immaculate condition. Tinted Windows, Sun Roof, On board computer, Leather Interior, 6 Disc CD changer, AM/FM Stereo Cassette, Cruise Control, Dual Air Bag, Heated Seats, Non smoker car. FREE A set of 17" Goodyear winter tires & uninstalled/unpainted HAMANN 'lookalike' Front Lip Spoiler.


The trick is, its yet another one of those asian kids with the beautiful ride, who graduated and are going home. His listed price ($20500) is less than bluebook by a bit.

Here are the problems, as I see em.


I'm not really sure I'm a flashy BMW type

...and it would frost leko and ommkarja's cookies

I'd kind of like a hassle free car for a while, and while this may be fine... BMW gets expensive quickly
It is red, and it is two-door

red raises premiums. so do 240hp handling machines.
i hate climbing into the back seat.



And I'm thinking of getting a dog, which makes leather and two doors inconvenient. I've leaned towards the WRX wagon as a fun machine (sleeper) with space. This lacks space, increases visibility. On the other hand, this is an exceptional vehicle. ("The M3 earned a spot on our annual 10Best list five years in a row -- 1995 through '99. In 1997, it defeated eight cars, including the Acura NSX-T and Ferrari F355, to win our best-handling-car shootout.") It is what the WRX looked for as what its upperbound was.

So I dunno. This is ridiculous. I want sage advice because I am not, in these things, anything more than an idiot. For example, this is compelling because it means I don't need to bum rides off people to go out to car dealerships, nor deal with carsalesmen, etc. And it more thoroughly justifies the initial outlay of cash -- a point of contention, in that I can buy outright, but that's a whole lot of my warchest, gone.
Current Music: Tori Amos - Twinkle

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From:maryneedssleep
Date:June 3rd, 2002 08:50 pm (UTC)
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<drool>
"It is pretty, it is fast" and it could be yours without too much difficulty
what else really matters?!
</drool>
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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 08:06 am (UTC)
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Yes. I could argue that AWD and clearance could be important. We recall cpu's fun in the winter months? But who would I be kidding - I'm as likely to go warm as cold, and I generally don't go "out there".
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From:leko
Date:June 3rd, 2002 08:59 pm (UTC)
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it wouldn't frost me, I'll be getting an m3 within a few years. In the mean time, I'll ride in yours.

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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 08:14 am (UTC)
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E36. I dunno. I guess I'll go for a drive and see if it calls me. Sounds like they have had a reasonably strong history, and this one is fairly low milage.
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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 08:15 am (UTC)
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And I don't know where frosting cookies came from.
From:ex_trurl
Date:June 4th, 2002 07:16 am (UTC)
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As cool as a BMW sounds, I am going to advocate that the WRX is probably a much more practical car for your needs. Additionally I find two door cars to be a real nuisance. Plus, the Subaru will be easier to convert to a war-wagon when the info-apocalypse arrives.
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From:effjay
Date:June 4th, 2002 11:15 am (UTC)
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Get the WRX and watch the jaws on the BMW owners drop.
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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 11:18 am (UTC)
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Hmmm. I guess I lean this way -- the other being out of character -- although I don't think M3 owners' jaws drop against Rexen. I mean, 240-333hp vs 220, and without turbolag.
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From:effjay
Date:June 4th, 2002 11:42 am (UTC)
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Nonetheless, the WRX is a very formidable opponent.
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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Agreed.
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From:vermonster
Date:June 4th, 2002 08:02 am (UTC)
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very pretty, not dog-friendly... hmmm. i'll think this one over and get back to you. i know you're just ACHIN for my advice...
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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 08:03 am (UTC)
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Yes, actually I am.
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From:leko
Date:June 4th, 2002 08:55 am (UTC)
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The reason I always refuse used cars is the warrenty. This might not be as much an issue with you, since you're less of a perfectionist/OCD/whatever than I am, but I want the ability to take my car to the dealer and say "fix this, bitch." You'd get that with the WRX, not with the Bimmer.

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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 09:07 am (UTC)
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Yes. I think we both approach warranties differently, but on the whole it is something I am keeping in mind. The subaru one is a little disappointing (36 months)... but a whole lot better than 0 on a 7 year old car.
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From:skamille
Date:June 4th, 2002 11:54 am (UTC)
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Pretty. I would say do it just to frost Aaron's cookies, but I guess it won't frost them...
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From:daemonv
Date:June 4th, 2002 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Are you mocking me and my frost cookies comment?
From:ex_trurl
Date:June 4th, 2002 03:36 pm (UTC)
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Can I have cookies? They don't need to be frosted.
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From:skamille
Date:June 4th, 2002 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Heh, no, it's a good euphamism.

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