I've posted before regarding comparisons but I've been delayed in coming to the States.
I'm a little lazy (read: useless) when it comes to internet research, so was wondering if you guys could help.
How much am I looking at for:
3.4L 996 Carrera
E39 M5 (Would want to do the exhaust and ECU and go for closer to 500hp)
E46 M3 (2000 - 2002 models)
Are Zo6 Vette's going for 40k or less second hand yet?
Basically after a second-hand car for no more than 40 grand.
Also I keep hearing lots of rumours about buying new in the States. More than 1 person has told me that dealers are practically giving new cars away to get them off the showroom floor. I've heard of 0% finance, no money down, and $1500 cash in the hand all on the same day just for buying new off them. Is there any truth in this? If so I may be looking at buying a new car.
Does anyone have good or bad opinions on the cars I've listed? Would anyone care to suggest others?
It'll be my first car when I arrive and I'll buy after a few months of being in Houston. Practicality may be a plus point for my first car (I'll have a collection later on which will include a big HP Mustang, a lightweight road/track machine and a stripped-out 911 - hopefully a GT3 if I can afford it). I love BMW's and have driven the M3 and found it to be a great car. Haven't driven the M5 but hear it's a good car - not as agile as the M3 but with a fantastic engine and great overall package, very nice for sliding around too (which I love
If the early 996's are in that price range I'd be tempted. Also may consider a 993 but I'm not too sure if I'd want to run the risk of a 993 for my first car (and a daily driver).
Has to be fun to drive, rear wheel drive, more sports than luxury but I do want a nice car (comfortable, good sound system etc).
Sorry for long post but any help appreciated.