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Old 01-18-2012, 01:05 PM   #43
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Actually ordered a custom '12 C30 R-design (my Neon's brakes went out and had to get something very quickly) and I actually regret this decision SOOO much!
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:04 PM   #44
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Volvo C30
True dat. I also looked at the C30, but two doors was too impractical.

However, I like the fact that you can buy an ECU flasher from IPD and transform the C30 into a totally different car.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:06 PM   #45
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MS3 or Civic SI. i got the GTI back in 09 though, so both the SI and MS3 would have been 09 models.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:17 PM   #46
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MS3, WRX...both of which are very good cars. Dealer I was at had the exact GTI I wanted on the showroom floor which helped a lot. I drove the Hyundai GC and was not impressed at all.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:20 PM   #47
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335, STI, EVO, CTS-V, S4

Ultimately the GTI won out because it did everything well, not just a couple really well. And the price was perfect.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:22 PM   #48
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My objective before purchasing my GTI was to look for something compact, fun with mix of economy, and practical. I wanted the HP of my 02 Honda Accord EX-V6 coupe but without the bulk (and potential for 'total failure' tranny). My top choices were:
1. MS3 - too much power for daily city driving and no auto. I used to drive manual but got tired of shifting in stop and go traffic.
2. Mits Lancer Sportback - Nice unique body style. Not too common. Poor interior quality. Really bad 'easy to scratch' plastics. Wanted the Ralliart version but those bucket seats are too tight around my hips.
3. Volvo C30 - Looked into it. A bit more expensive. Sedate fun not too exciting. Does not grow into you over time.

Saw and test drove a used MK5 GTI. Loved it! MK6 came out. Test drove it with the DSG. I loved it even more! Best mix of interior quality/comfort, practicality, and euro fun factor without punching a hole in your pocket (not too much compared to a BMW).
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:30 PM   #49
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:35 PM   #50
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None. The GTI was the only car I tested. Drove it, liked it, bought it.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:36 PM   #51
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:39 PM   #52
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I almost got myself into a 2012 G37 sedan.. it was only about 3k$ more than my Golf, with the same service package, as they had a promotion on it.
Sure, it was more powerful and a bit more roomy, but in terms of equipment, interior quality and styling I had to go for the GTi.. no regrets either.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:42 PM   #53
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True dat. I also looked at the C30, but two doors was too impractical.

However, I like the fact that you can buy an ECU flasher from IPD and transform the C30 into a totally different car.
The only thing that kept from getting the C30 was that they wouldn't give me enough for my MKV GTI as trade-in. Other than that, I would be driving one today.

Kind of glad I didn't get it though. I am glad it worked out the way it did for me.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #54
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:55 PM   #55
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an '09 328i coupe, 6 spd. That was a great car
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:05 PM   #56
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335i- Too much coin..
WRX- Crappy gas mileage..
2011 Mustang GT- No 4 door model (I have 2 kids 2.5 year old and 15 month old)

Very happy with my decision!
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