Cars. Tell me what you know about these…

We’ve been on the look-out the past week for a nice, fun, reliable used car. Something sporty (and probably not practical but who cares!) but I don’t know much about used cars since we’ve never really bought one. And I definitely don’t know anything about the ones we are looking at except they look good. So I turn to you bloggers for advice. Please let me know what you know about these pretty little cars. These are the top contenders because the prices are so much better used here than in the US (with the exception being the Mini, it’s the same) so might as well get something here while it’s affordable 🙂

Car #1 03 BMW 320ci Cabrio, dealership also has an 04. Both automatic.

Car #2 04 Mercedes CLK320 Cabrio. I’ve read some stuff on reliability. Let me know if that’s true.

Car #3 Mini Cooper, various model years

Give me the Good Bad and Ugly. The last thing I need is another Lemon! I am editing my post to add one rarely known fact about me: I absolutely, positively ADORE car shopping. And I’m a girl, go figure!

3 thoughts on “Cars. Tell me what you know about these…

  1. You might want to check the import laws if you plan on taking it back to the US. Even though the same model might be sold in the US, you might not be able to import a car there from here if it doesn’t meet certain standards. That happened to a friend of mine that moved from England to Australia.As far as cars go, if it’s a choice of the BMW or the Merc, I’d pick the BMW. However, that’s only because Mercs are for older people. I know nothing about reliability and other stuff like that.


  2. Oh, importing is an issue too. I think you won’t have a problem with engine/emission standards, as those are higher in Germany than in the US, but you’ll have to change a few things like bumper height and headlights (it’s not too big a deal). I think the problem comes in that you need to pay customs duties if you’ve owned the car for less than a year before importing it, but I might have the time length wrong, and the cost might still be worth it.


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