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So my next car will most likely be either a Mini Cooper S or an Acura TL Type-S. Not that I'm gonna get a new car anytime soon (prolly once I get outta college in 2009 or a bit later) but it's fun to think about.


If I were to configure my dream Cooper S it prolly would be about $36k and the TL configured as I want it would be about $43k. So I guess if it came down to it, which would you choose:





My 2008 MINI Cooper S

Base MSRP* $21,200

Destination & Handling $650



White Turn Signals $100

Astro Black Body Color $500

White Roof/Mirrors $0


Cold Weather Package $500

Heated Powerfold Mirrors & Washer Jets

Heated Front Seats

Premium Package $1,500

10-Speaker. Hi-Fi Sound System

Automatic AC

Dual Pane Panoramic Sunroof

Sport Package $2,000

Sport Suspension

Dynamic Stability Control

17" Web-spokes (Run Flat Perf.)

No Bonnet Stripes



Front Fog Lamps STD

Xenon Headlamps w/Power Wash $500

Rear Fog Lamp $100

Limited Slip Differential $500

6-Speed Getrag Manual STD

Aero Kit (Factory Installed) $1,250



Sport Seats STD

On-Board Computer STD

Center Arm Rest $250

Dark Grey Color Line INC

Leather: Punch Carbon Black $1,500

Comfort Access System $500

Alarm System $500

Interior Surface Piano Black $250

3-Spoke Leather Sport Wheel STD




JCW Shift Knob (installation not incl.) $129

JCW Drilled Front Brake Rotors (installation not incl.) $218

Black Rubber Floor Mat (front) (installation not incl.) $55

Black Rubber Floor Mat (back) (installation not incl.) $30

Black Rubber Floor Mat (boot) (installation not incl.) $54

4 Valve Stem Caps MINI Logo (installation not incl.) $16

4 Wheel Locks (installation not incl.) $50

JCW Door Sills (installation not incl.) $78

Bumper Protection (installation not incl.) $43

JCW Sport Suspension (installation not incl.) $1,295

JCW Tuning Kit (installation not incl.) $2,100

Outdoor Cover (w/spoiler) (installation not incl.) $197

"MINI Cooper S" Black Frame (installation not incl.) $39












2008 TL Type-S 6-Speed Manual with High-Performance Tires

Total as Configured:$43,368.00*



Selected Interior Accessories**

Installation costs not included in price


All-Season Floor Mats $132.00

Carbon Fiber Style Front Console Trim $50.00

Carbon Fiber Style Rear Console Trim $100.00

Carbon-Fiber Style Steering Wheel $519.00

Trunk Tray $109.00


Selected Exterior Accessories**

Installation costs not included in price


Front Under Body Spoiler $324.00

Side Under Body Spoiler $351.00

Rear Under Body Spoiler $324.00

Door Visors $199.00

Moonroof Visor $132.0018"

Sparkle Silver High Performance Alloy Wheel $1,680.00

Wheel Locks $49.00

Car Cover $259.00




Late edit for pictures and lists of options and prices.

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I've thought about a 3 series as well. That and the new G37 coupe. Anyone of those would be nice, really.


The goal would be to get a car I could option out to a nice point but then wouldn't need aftermarket anything, since after the sol I wanna get out of that game.


Nate, for some reason I don't like the TSX at all. I didn't know it was that reasonable priced, however, which does raise my opinion of it.

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For $43k I'd be looking at the 2008 Cadillac CTS w/ the 304hp DI motor. Motor Trend car of the year.






But between those two, definitely the TL. Those quad exhaust pipes are boner-inspiring.

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um, you dont really have to tune an sti.

its fast enough already, and you can take friends along for the ride.

besides, look at all the money you would save at buying a used one.


this one is pretty, but expensive and relatively new, and in cali

another one, cheaper, in sd


and in baltimore

stage 2 2005 sti

super sexy 2006 sti, talk him down to 20k

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Check out the Legacy GT limited. It looks incredible lowered on nice wheels, luxurious, quick for stock, and wouldn't need to be modded (besides drop and rims) to be an awesome driver. Even bone stock they are great cars and more grown up looking than the STI. Then if you ever change your mind about modding it has a great platform to build on.

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Mmmmm...the Legacy is one nice looking car.


I was thinking about getting a 3-series coupe or a G35. Not a fan of the G37. I was actually pretty close at picking up an IS350. *sigh* I do not regret taking the S2 tho...may not be as luxurious, but I dunno after sitting in the S2 I didn't want to get out. But looking at your choices, I think I'd pick up the TL. Maybe by the time you get out of college they will do the TL right and make it a competitor with the Germans.

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Nice. Didn't realize they were so close timewise.


Chris, apparently I'd actually 36k for the mini I want. I just love certain cars. This is why I have a del sol right now. They just appeal to me.


I've updated the initial post with the actual cars that I'd get and a list of options.

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Then again there's always:





My BMW 2008 335i Coupe


Standard Features:

3.0 liter DOHC, 24-valve, 300-hp

6-cylinder engine

Rear-wheel drive

BMW Ultimate Service™

4-Year/50,000-mile Warranty

BMW Maintenance Program

Roadside Assistance Program


Added Options:

Exterior Options:

Sparkling Graphite Metallic $475

Interior Options:

Black w/Dakota Leather Upholstery with Dark Burl Walnut Wood Trim $1,450


Sport Package $1,100


MSRP $40,800

Options and accessories $3,025

Destination charge $775

Total price as built* $44,600


Okay, I've had my fun in dreamland. Off to bed with me...

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i dunno, if youre spending that much money on a car, i would personally get something with a little more, "woah" like a new 3 series or the IS350



Then again there's always:





Okay, I've had my fun in dreamland. Off to bed with me...


see john, i wouldnt lie to you

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