In fairness, not everyone is broke! This man obviously has the money, and wants to get advice in a motors forum so i dont see the problem.
My god, yummmm
Would a GT-R float your boat MarkN? I'm guessing not but just putting it out there.
Don't know how much the VRT would put on it but theres ones available on pistonheads.co.uk for £59,995 before any bargaining.
Again not a personnal attack but I think its attitiudes like the one you have that are part of the problem we have. The car industry is in strife because people like MarkN aren't spending big money on cars, who knows, he might save a dealership from going under, saving a good few people from the dole. Either way your post is OT (as is mine so i'm gonna stop).
That CLK is bloody gorgeous.
I'm not blowing 80k, I've equity in my BMW so the cost of change is what I'm blowing. Depending on the price tag and the deal I can hammer out, that's about the cost of a new VW Scirocco or a Ford Focus with all the trimmings.
I'd also draw your attention to something - yes the situation in places is bad but banks are still very much lending money to people with good credit history.
Also Stevie - yes in an ideal world a 911 is what I'd love but I'm just seeing what others hold up there as something special.
It might just try to kill you but... http://pistonheads.co.uk/sales/788809.htm
I doubt €80k will get you a 997 yet. The one in the above post isn't VRT'd. The Aston is a nice suggestion.
If you could get one then I would get a 997 Carerra S. GTR probably doesn't interest you, also probably over budget. You'll have to drop years to go Italian or British, don't think you'll do that either. So that leaves German really. An AMG of sorts maybe? What are you thinking? We need more to go on!
Good jesus it's almost impossible to keep a thread on track around here.
Mark you have been sniffing around 911 and an M3 for a while now, the S5 is probably the only other car that you will seriously consider based on your previous wish lists. If I was spending 80K it would be an XKR without doubt
FWIW If it was my money and I was choosing only between the Porker, Audi and M3, I'd go for the M3, like the E46 it's a very capable all rounder, might not be different enough from your own one though.
The 911 is a cracking car not as flexible at the M3 or the S5 in terms of practicality and ability to leave parked around the place relatively anonymously.
Edit: Actually just a though, would an SL appeal to you at all, a beautiful car that seems to be plummeting in value?
For me it would be without question a 997C2S. I think you could get a decent one landed for around the €80k mark. Failing that a 993TT /drool.
No more off topic, folks. Final warning...
Richford have a 06 997 for low 80s (I could get them down a bit I'm sure) but it's a bit of a high miler.
997 or perhaps Cayman S?
Unkel I've been trying to do a deal with a dealer who has a gorgeous black Cayman S - 07. It's missing xenons and sat nav but that's about all. It's too rich at 78k, I've watched the car since the middle of summer and it's had a few grand knocked off but that's it. Offered the same money that I was offered in Duffy's against the M3 though.
Belgard have better specced Caymans with the horrible wheels for close on 20k less than the black Cayman I looked it - put it that way.
Here's a very low mileage 997 for close to budget, if a cabriolet would be a runner?
A Cayman has no back seats at all - you'd be surprised how useful the back seats in a 911 are when compared with nothing.