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    Quote Originally Posted by spectrrr
    another question - BMW would be preferable.... but i havnt ruled out a Volkswagon Jetta if i cant find a decent BMW for the right price -- anyone have any comments on those?
    Choose a drivetrain you want. VWs are gonna be FWD. BMWs are gonna be RWD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monger
    Hate to burst your bubble on this one, but my cherokee has 264,000 miles on it right now with no signs of failure or problems. I have had many Jeeps in my day all of which have had very high mileage, and I'm not talking about a measly 120,000 miles. You can look at it this way, parts for a domestic vehicle are cheaper and the cherokee has not changed very much for about 15 years so every mechanic in the country knows how to work on them. The same cannot be said for a BMW. That and why would you want to trade a vehicle for another with an extra 50000 miles on it. Keep the cherokee, change the oil every 3000 miles dont drive like a dick and you will NOT have a problem. Almost garonteed (sp?).

    Anyway, if you are really horney to sell your Jeep, lemmie know, at that price I would gladly buy it.
    Well yes that does burst my bubble just a bit... but could it be possible that your '87 cherokee was simply built better than they do nowadays? \

    "dont drive like a dick" .... lol... I do so wish more people these days actually took that advice to heart - would save them alot of maintainence and maybe a wrecked car or two =)

    I'll keep you in mind if i do end up selling it ... still doing research at this point - what can I get for what price etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Choose a drivetrain you want. VWs are gonna be FWD. BMWs are gonna be RWD.
    Comparison
    Thanks for the link - nice article for the non-mechanics among us... lots of good info in there... Still not sure which one i want though

    I'd definately have to get used to not powering my way through turns with a FWD car.... grew up driving RWD cars and fine tuning the throttle to maintain optimum stability in sharp curves. on the othe rhand FWD is better in snow.... which i do see a couple months out of the year
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    -CarPC: [_____]50% complete
    -planning done, still need a few parts
    -In-dash motorized VGA is finally out, need $$$
    -Need to replace factory HU

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    My Brother in law has a 87 Bmw 5 series, it has like 315,000 miles on it, so they are capable of lasting forever if driven correctly.
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    how about major maintainence on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectrrr
    how about major maintainence on it?
    Hasnt had to do any!!

    Im pretty sure he said he just did oil changes, brakes, tires and things of that nature, but didnt have to replace the engine or transmission or anything.

    Maybe lucky i dont know.

    Also he has a 92 5 sereies with like 280k miles on it
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    impressive ... i'm becoming of the oppinion that they just dont make em like they used to =)
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    -In-dash motorized VGA is finally out, need $$$
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectrrr
    Thanks for the link - nice article for the non-mechanics among us... lots of good info in there... Still not sure which one i want though

    I'd definately have to get used to not powering my way through turns with a FWD car.... grew up driving RWD cars and fine tuning the throttle to maintain optimum stability in sharp curves. on the othe rhand FWD is better in snow.... which i do see a couple months out of the year
    Yeh, the choice could be hard in a snow state.

    Are you looking for a stickshift or an auto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    Yeh, the choice could be hard in a snow state.

    Are you looking for a stickshift or an auto?
    I can go with either... sticks are alot more fun to drive, but take hands away from important things... like err.. carputers
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    -In-dash motorized VGA is finally out, need $$$
    -Need to replace factory HU

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    I would say you would do really well to look at a 93-95 325is, or a 96+ 323 or 328is, that is assuming you want a coupe. If not, drop the "s", and look for one with 4 handles on the side I wouldn't reccomend you get a 92, since that model didn't have "VANOS", BMW's variable valve timing system. 94s had double VANOS, which made a bit of a difference as well, but you at least want single VANOS. Plus, I wouldn't reccomend the first model year of any car (92). The e36 (chassis name for the 92-98 3 series) has a reputation of being a very reliable car, and people have put upwards of 400,000 miles on them without a great deal of service. As long as you do regular maintenance, they will treat you well. Another plus is that there are many enthusiasts that have e36's, since it's an easier way to get into BMWs than say a 750il or something equally complicated. Because of this, you will find a wealth of information about them online that will make working on them worlds easier. There's a great community out there, especially at roadfly and bimmerforums. If you want something bigger, the e34 5 series is always nice, too. It has classic styling that I just love, and the interior is beautiful. There is a pretty big "fan base" but certainly not as big as the e36. Either way, I would reccomend you get a 5 speed as opposed to an automatic, or you'll probably be dealing with a transmission replacedment. BMW's selection of automatic transmissions in the early e36 series tend to die off after 130,000 miles or so, and that's just a hassle to replace.

    Whatever you get, I think you'll be happy, and the grin on your face when you take a sharp turn going 45 and the car asks for more will probably be the point at which you realize you're not driving a lexus or mercedes. Go out and test drive some, and see what you like. Good luck!

    Dan

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