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Posted: 1/21/2006 10:35:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 10:36:44 AM EDT by Accountant30339]
Hello GA Gang,

This morning on my way to work, I was involved in an accident. My poor BMW took a direct hit to the rear at 35-40 mph. Thanks to excellent German engineering, I was able to walk away with only a stiff neck. Since the vehicle is totaled (bent the unibody frame) what vehicle should I get?

Requirements:

1. 4x4 or AWD
2. Straight 6 or V8
3. Preferrable used
4. Cheap enough to pay cash, for since I hate car payments, or have only a small car note.


So, which vehicles strike your fancy.

Accountant


PS: Thank you Roswell PD, EMS, and Fire Department for your great service!
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 10:44:53 AM EDT
Glad your ok, get that neck checked out by professionals. Could wake up in a few days not be able to move! Anyway, glad your ok. No real suggestions on what type of wheels to get, always another BMW.

GlockSpeed31
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 11:57:37 AM EDT
Thank God you were unhurt. I didn't know you were around Roswell. Hmm, maybe we should get together sometime.

Older maximas (95-99) are cheap, fast, and reliable (aka "poor man's beamer"). They go around $5k to 7k. I'll let you test drive mine for the feel if you want to. And yes, I survived a 65 mph frontal collision without a scratch and it still...runs God be praised.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 12:09:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 12:11:21 PM EDT by Accountant30339]

Originally Posted By Graziani:
Thank God you were unhurt. I didn't know you were around Roswell. Hmm, maybe we should get together sometime.

Older maximas (95-99) are cheap, fast, and reliable (aka "poor man's beamer"). They go around $5k to 7k. I'll let you test drive mine for the feel if you want to. And yes, I survived a 65 mph frontal collision without a scratch and it still...runs God be praised.




I know. I have been thanking Him all day!

With tax season starting, my schedule is going to get even crazier, but breakfast or lunch would be good.

Maxima's are ok, but I can get an older 5 series BMW for that much. The nice feature of my old BMW was the all wheel drive. That car was fast, fun, and I couldn't make it slide.

I have been thinking about buying an SUV lately........or maybe a new truck. I like the older body style Toyota Land Cruisers (91-95), Jeep Cherokees, and Ford Super Duty's...........but I can't decide so I thought I would ask for ya'lls opinions.

Accountant
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 12:28:49 PM EDT
Glad you are ok. What BMW did u have with all wheel drive?
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 12:55:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/21/2006 12:57:23 PM EDT by Accountant30339]

Originally Posted By CrazyBosnian:
Glad you are ok. What BMW did u have with all wheel drive?



325IX

ETA: After poking around on autotrader.com, I have found a 535I for $4,500 and an Landcruiser for $9,000. Hmmm.........I will keep looking.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 2:06:18 PM EDT
Wow. Sorry to hear that.

The EXACT same thing happened to my girlfriend March of last year. She was sitting at the traffic light @ Holcomb Bridge Rd. & GA 400, and some guy in a Toyota Tundra hit her from behind at nearly the same speed. She had a stiff neck for a few days as well. When we looked at her car (99 Honda Accord) it didn't look all that bad. It ended up being totalled because the unibody frame was messed up. The guy had insurance with Progressive, and after the inconvenience of the whole thing, she got another 99 Accord, with less mileage and leather.

Hope you find what you are looking for. The whole deal sucks, but it's life I guess
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 2:16:05 PM EDT
I have a 94 Grand cherokee, 5.8, auto with full time 4wd. Runs great. I got it for about 6300 out the door. At less then 11000 miles in 04. If I had it to do over I would have searched for one without all time 4wd. But other than that no complaints. It will hit 95 on the interstate with no hesitation and you wont even know it. Very strong engine and tranny.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 2:44:40 PM EDT
Out of the 6 streetbike wrecks and 2 car rollovers I've been thru over the years I can tell you this..
Make sure you go get some xrays.. It will hurt like hell the next day and sometimes worse the following....
As for the vehicle I would recommend something with a 5.8 v8 or the 4.0 six... I am not a real fan of 4wd.. I did auto parts for 6 years before bike stuff.. One thing that stuck with me was that the 4wd units that are used for street use are simply twice the drivetrain to break.
I will say that they are nice for off road use but.. Have a commuter and then an off-road vehicle is the best deal.. Get a 4 wheeler(atv) and a 2wd commuter.. I like the jeep cherokee you have a lot of room and its one of the few non trucks that still has a frame... just my.02 ( did I mention my wife works at a jeep dealeship)
Speed.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 4:17:31 PM EDT
Out of what you mentioned I would get an F250 4x4 with a powerstroke. That would be the truck for me if I had my choice. Used of course, because they have gotten so dang expensive (and they do hold there value pretty good). Next would be the Land Cruiser.

Depends on what you want. Big difference between those two and a little BMW.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 5:08:56 PM EDT
Glad you're OK. Get some xrays and go see a specialist to be safe.

Check out Toyota Tacomas.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 6:16:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
Glad you're OK. Get some xrays and go see a specialist to be safe.

Check out Toyota Tacomas.




I am going to hold off on the x-rays. I hate doctors..........and every time I leave the hospital I feel like I need a shower. My neck is hurting but I am hoping the Icy/Hot patch I am using will help.

The Tacomas are too small. The Tundra's are nice but the towing capacity isn't great. The F250 is what I need for hauling and towing but the gas mileage sucks. The Grand Cherokees are nice but you can only get the V-8 with the full-time 4x4. My old truck needs replacing too so maybe I can get rid of 2 vehicles and buy one.

Any other vehicle ideas?

Accountant
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 6:42:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
Glad you're OK. Get some xrays and go see a specialist to be safe.

Check out Toyota Tacomas.




I am going to hold off on the x-rays. I hate doctors..........and every time I leave the hospital I feel like I need a shower. My neck is hurting but I am hoping the Icy/Hot patch I am using will help.




Dude you were in an accident and your neck hurts. A few hours of inconvenience in a doctors office is cheaper than winding up on a lifetime regimen of prescription painkillers.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 6:58:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JoeWang:

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
Glad you're OK. Get some xrays and go see a specialist to be safe.

Check out Toyota Tacomas.




I am going to hold off on the x-rays. I hate doctors..........and every time I leave the hospital I feel like I need a shower. My neck is hurting but I am hoping the Icy/Hot patch I am using will help.




Dude you were in an accident and your neck hurts. A few hours of inconvenience in a doctors office is cheaper than winding up on a lifetime regimen of prescription painkillers.




Yes, dad.
Link Posted: 1/21/2006 7:21:23 PM EDT
Check out 4Runners. I like the older model LC's as well, but they're gas guzzlers. 13mpg+/- for the mide to late 90 straight 6. The mid to late 90's 4Runners have good power, lots of options, and th 3.4L V6 is reliable.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 3:27:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JoeWang:

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
Glad you're OK. Get some xrays and go see a specialist to be safe.

Check out Toyota Tacomas.




I am going to hold off on the x-rays. I hate doctors..........and every time I leave the hospital I feel like I need a shower. My neck is hurting but I am hoping the Icy/Hot patch I am using will help.




Dude you were in an accident and your neck hurts. A few hours of inconvenience in a doctors office is cheaper than winding up on a lifetime regimen of prescription painkillers.


Hmmm, Maybe I need to get in a wreck.........
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 6:49:41 AM EDT
Get a late 90s jeep grand cherokee, ive got one and I love it. 4x4 v8 only if you dont drive much
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 6:54:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 6:54:54 AM EDT by the_reject]
Since you are now a fan of German engineering, and based on your requirements of 4x4 or AWD, used, and straight 6, I recommend a nice Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4-matic. The M103 inline 6 has decent power and fuel economy, and relatively long service life. The w124 chassis is a blast to drive and holds the road nicely. The rear should have hydraulic self-leveling suspension, in the event you ever toss a couple cases of ammo in the back on the way to the range - you'll never know they were there by how the car handles. You should be able to find lower-mileage well-maintained examples under $7k.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:06:36 AM EDT
A few years ago I had some xrays of my neck taken and found out that my spine is actually curved the wrong direction due to some rear end accidents I had many years ago. I have alot of trouble with my neck now.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:09:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By the_reject:
Since you are now a fan of German engineering, and based on your requirements of 4x4 or AWD, used, and straight 6, I recommend a nice Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4-matic. The M103 inline 6 has decent power and fuel economy, and relatively long service life. The w124 chassis is a blast to drive and holds the road nicely. The rear should have hydraulic self-leveling suspension, in the event you ever toss a couple cases of ammo in the back on the way to the range - you'll never know they were there by how the car handles. You should be able to find lower-mileage well-maintained examples under $7k.



Isn't the 300TE a wagon????


Why not a 560SEC?

Accountant
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:20:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:
Isn't the 300TE a wagon????

Yes, it is.

Why not a 560SEC?
Because of the criteria you posted, it only meets 1 - it's a V8. They are also miserable on fuel - 15 if you are lucky on the highway. They are also more expensive - similar condition to the 300TE will be north of $11k. US market cars are dogs due to tuning and emission crap, the more rare Euro grey market cars will have much more power (close to, but not quite 300hp), but are more expensive. You might also find some AMG-tuned cars, and the price goes up again. Also, the M119 V8 takes a lot more maintenance than the old inline-sixers.

Don't get me wrong, they are fantastic highway cruisers. Tons of power. Gobs of it. They also have the same hydraulic system in the rear as the 300TE.

If you find yourself seriously interested in a MB, drop me a PM. I've got connections to several people who can find what you want - including an AMG-tuned 560SEC.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 10:26:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2006 10:30:27 AM EDT by Accountant30339]

Originally Posted By the_reject:
an AMG-tuned 560SEC.




Does anybody have a klenex?

ETA: I am going to have to be careful with this vehicle search. If I am not, I will soon be looking at G500's.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 11:08:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:

Originally Posted By the_reject:
an AMG-tuned 560SEC.




Does anybody have a klenex?

ETA: I am going to have to be careful with this vehicle search. If I am not, I will soon be looking at G500's.



Here ya go.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 12:25:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:
Does anybody have a klenex?

Like I said, nice cars. Not so nice daily drivers.

ETA: I am going to have to be careful with this vehicle search. If I am not, I will soon be looking at G500's.
The newer G-wagens aren't as nice as the old ones. Unfortunately, the older grey market ones will still cost you north of $17k for a nice one.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 1:57:17 PM EDT
awd, safe, power (turbo)

some sort of subaru, turbo forestor, perhaps WRX. great for dirt roads, decent gas milage and for totings around in.
Link Posted: 1/22/2006 2:06:17 PM EDT
I have owned BMW's for over 20 years and have run a shop that is usually 100% BMW repair, I would suggest another 325iX unless you need the room. if you need any help or other suggestions, feel free to ask away. The 535 is a great car that has an engine ( as you probably know) that is known to go 300,000 miles with proper maintenance. I've got an M5 that has 200,000 but I wouldn't rec any M car for most folks.
My wife wanted more room than I could get in a BMW, so we bought an 03 Tahoe with the 5.3Ltr, it will get 23mpg on the highway FWIW. An 2000 or a 2001 wouldn't be too bad in cost, but around town, they will drink gas.
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:10:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ga41:
I have owned BMW's for over 20 years and have run a shop that is usually 100% BMW repair, I would suggest another 325iX unless you need the room. if you need any help or other suggestions, feel free to ask away. The 535 is a great car that has an engine ( as you probably know) that is known to go 300,000 miles with proper maintenance. I've got an M5 that has 200,000 but I wouldn't rec any M car for most folks.
My wife wanted more room than I could get in a BMW, so we bought an 03 Tahoe with the 5.3Ltr, it will get 23mpg on the highway FWIW. An 2000 or a 2001 wouldn't be too bad in cost, but around town, they will drink gas.



There are 2 problems with getting another IX. First the parts are a bitch to find and second the vehicles are hard to find. I looked on the autotrader website and I could only find 4 for sale.

I am leaning toward the 535. Are there any issues w/ these vehicles that I should be aware of?

Thanks,
Accountant
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:29:07 AM EDT
Standard BMW things, Brake Shimmy( usually repaired by replacing the ball joints and or bushings) Driveshaft ujoints. Cam lobes can wear if the oil tube has loosened ( should be checked everytime the valves are adjusted) .If it's a manual trans, listen to the trans with the car idling in neutral. Car should feel tight in the corners with no rear end wiggle or steering( could mean rear bushings are weak). I could probably arrange for a friend to look it over or even possibly meet with you and help you look it over. Email me a number and I'll call if you want
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 12:01:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ga41:
Standard BMW things, Brake Shimmy( usually repaired by replacing the ball joints and or bushings) Driveshaft ujoints. Cam lobes can wear if the oil tube has loosened ( should be checked everytime the valves are adjusted) .If it's a manual trans, listen to the trans with the car idling in neutral. Car should feel tight in the corners with no rear end wiggle or steering( could mean rear bushings are weak). I could probably arrange for a friend to look it over or even possibly meet with you and help you look it over. Email me a number and I'll call if you want




ga41, aren't you down in the Macon area?

Accountant
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 12:10:11 PM EDT
45 minutes west of Macon on Ga74
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 12:29:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ga41:
45 minutes west of Macon on Ga74



Ok, I appreciate the offer of inspecting the vehicle but that's a bit too far from Atlanta. If I have any specific questions, I will send you an IM.

Thank you,
Accountant
Link Posted: 1/24/2006 6:33:28 PM EDT
Stop avoiding the obvious choice...

Link Posted: 1/25/2006 6:13:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bradd_D:
Stop avoiding the obvious choice...

www.army.mil/fact_files_site/hmmwv/images/hmmwv%203.jpg



Bradd_D, you beat me to it



http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Chevrolet-Blazer-ARMY-VEHICLE-1986-3-4-ton-BLAZER-4X4-CUCV-MILITARY-VERSION_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6154QQitemZ4607119­934QQrdZ1

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:02:58 AM EDT
Those are weak. Get a Unimog! German engineering AND the most capable offroad vehicle ever built!

Link Posted: 1/26/2006 6:44:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 5:37:08 PM EDT by Accountant30339]

Originally Posted By the_reject:
Those are weak. Get a Unimog! German engineering AND the most capable offroad vehicle ever built!

www.ankhenterprises.org/images/005%20Unimog%20b&w.jpg




Ladies, ladies, ladies.........I already have one. That is my BOV. We are talking about a daily driver here.

Accountant

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JK
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 7:18:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2006 7:19:44 AM EDT by jeffdt]

Originally Posted By Accountant30339:
Hello GA Gang,

This morning on my way to work, I was involved in an accident. My poor BMW took a direct hit to the rear at 35-40 mph. Thanks to excellent German engineering, I was able to walk away with only a stiff neck. Since the vehicle is totaled (bent the unibody frame) what vehicle should I get?

Requirements:

1. 4x4 or AWD
2. Straight 6 or V8
3. Preferrable used
4. Cheap enough to pay cash, for since I hate car payments, or have only a small car note.


So, which vehicles strike your fancy.

Accountant


PS: Thank you Roswell PD, EMS, and Fire Department for your great service!



www.rennsouth.com/showthread.php?t=700

Accountant, keep it German! I'm up in Suwanee!
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 4:38:06 PM EDT
How's the neck doing?
Link Posted: 1/26/2006 5:38:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JoeWang:
How's the neck doing?



Doing better. It's still a little stiff but getting better everday.

Have you tried out the CD yet?

Accountant
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