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      01-25-2013, 05:04 AM   #10
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The 4 will be out of budget but if the M2 is "just a step" above the 1 series M costs (say circa 45k new) then I think we're looking at used values after a year of mid 30s.

Furthermore, I expect to see sub 350 lease deals on the M2 as well if that is the kind of price.

Which is (at least for me ... ) a damn sight less than I pay right now and therefore ticks both the key boxes:

1. Achievable
2. There's a USP to convince the other half it's a good idea!

The M4 on the other hand? If they are really talking 60s for one of those when the M5 is only 70 something then I really can't justify it. Plenty will buy them. But not I.

Maybe I'd look at a 2 year old one of those, who knows.

The absolute most I'd ever splurge on a car is 40 - with my current circumstances. One way or the other.

Which reminds me, I was looking at Baby Astons the other day which can be had for significantly less than that now!! Tempting until I looked up what the gearbox costs when (yes, when. It will happen) it does. Circa a third of the value of the car. Oh well. Also - they weigh so much that on a very good dry road they aren't much quicker off the line than the 335d anyway.. hah. (Flame suit on)
Previously: 2003 Peugeot 206 1.6 8v | 2006 E90 320d M-Sport, 19" BBS CH, Full Ice-cold JL audio install, August 2010 Total BMW 6 page feature car. | 2003 Nissan 350Z GT Coupe 286BHP
Now:2010 E92 LCI 335d M-Sport