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I'm being made redundant from my current job at some point in the next 6 - 18 months (dates to be finalised in the next couple of months). Now as much as this is a scary thought, I'm young and fairly well qualified so shouldn't have an issue finding anything else. All in I've been working there for 11 years, so I'll be looking at a cash payout of about £32,000 (30 of which is tax free) and also all my shares (estimated at around £25,000... also tax free). Provided I find a job within 6 months I'm going to have a nice lump of cash and I think you can guess where I'm going with this by now... (disclaimer, I will be paying a chunk off the mortgage as well). 

 

So with the Golf plus cash I'm looking at a budget in the £40,000ish range but I'm all over the map on what to get. Originally I was thinking this would be a good opportunity to scratch the supercar itch but I will need to use the car as a daily still. I don't mind driving something that only does 15mpg average and I don't mind having to stick new tyres on every 10,000 miles at £200 a corner. What I DON'T want, are scary massive servicing costs or a car with 100's of faults that will cost £1000's to fix. Below is my current thought process and what I'm considering or have ruled out. Feel free to comment if any of you have any experience with the cars mentioned or just want to comment in general.

 

Aston Martin DB9 - 2008, less than 25,000 miles - around about £40,000 - as much as I'd love that V12 and a handbuilt car I'd be shit scared of those repair and servicing costs

 

Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 2011, less than 25k miles, just over £40,000 - newer, more fun to drive, also personally think they look better and could get an N420, but again repair and servicing makes it a scary thought. 

 

Jaguar F-Type (various engines) - Could get a 2014/2015 V8 R with less than 20k miles for around the low 40's, or could go with a 2016/2017 V6 S with barely 10k miles for the same price. The looks and the sound appeal to me so much, but the only thing that scares me is long term residuals, JLR build quality and the reported "stiff" as f*ck ride.

 

Mercedes C63 Wagon - 2017/2018 with 20k or less miles is in the price range. I do love a fast wagon and would make A LOT more sense as a daily than the above. Doesn't really hit that "sports/supercar" itch but come on... V8!

 

Mercedes C63 Saloon or Coupe - Why bother when you can have the same car but a lot more practical and just as good looking in my opinion

Mercedes C43 Estate - I love the idea of AWD but it doesn't look quite as mean and no V8...

 

Audi RS6 Avant - 2013/2014 and would have to go higher miles (30-40k) but is an interesting proposition. The interior is a little bit outdated with that wonky low res folding sat nav but you cant argue with the performance. It might be a bit on the larger side as well making parking a bitch.

 

Audi R8 V10 - 2010/2011 - less than 30k miles - I could settle for the V8 but that V10 would be freaking awesome. I know someone on here said running costs are high (can't remember who) but I can't remember why? I suspect tyres and servicing more than anything. 

 

BMW M3 - I struggle to see a reason to get one over a C63 Wagon, but a 2017 with less than 10k miles could be had to well within budget.

 

 

Any other suggestions?

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3 minutes ago, tweaked9107 said:

I'm being made redundant from my current job at some point in the next 6 - 18 months (dates to be finalised in the next couple of months). Now as much as this is a scary thought, I'm young and fairly well qualified so shouldn't have an issue finding anything else. All in I've been working there for 11 years, so I'll be looking at a cash payout of about £32,000 (30 of which is tax free) and also all my shares (estimated at around £25,000... also tax free). Provided I find a job within 6 months I'm going to have a nice lump of cash and I think you can guess where I'm going with this by now... (disclaimer, I will be paying a chunk off the mortgage as well). 

 

So with the Golf plus cash I'm looking at a budget in the £40,000ish range but I'm all over the map on what to get. Originally I was thinking this would be a good opportunity to scratch the supercar itch but I will need to use the car as a daily still. I don't mind driving something that only does 15mpg average and I don't mind having to stick new tyres on every 10,000 miles at £200 a corner. What I DON'T want, are scary massive servicing costs or a car with 100's of faults that will cost £1000's to fix. Below is my current thought process and what I'm considering or have ruled out. Feel free to comment if any of you have any experience with the cars mentioned or just want to comment in general.

 

Aston Martin DB9 - 2008, less than 25,000 miles - around about £40,000 - as much as I'd love that V12 and a handbuilt car I'd be shit scared of those repair and servicing costs

 

Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 2011, less than 25k miles, just over £40,000 - newer, more fun to drive, also personally think they look better and could get an N420, but again repair and servicing makes it a scary thought. 

 

Jaguar F-Type (various engines) - Could get a 2014/2015 V8 R with less than 20k miles for around the low 40's, or could go with a 2016/2017 V6 S with barely 10k miles for the same price. The looks and the sound appeal to me so much, but the only thing that scares me is long term residuals, JLR build quality and the reported "stiff" as f*ck ride.

 

Mercedes C63 Wagon - 2017/2018 with 20k or less miles is in the price range. I do love a fast wagon and would make A LOT more sense as a daily than the above. Doesn't really hit that "sports/supercar" itch but come on... V8!

 

Mercedes C63 Saloon or Coupe - Why bother when you can have the same car but a lot more practical and just as good looking in my opinion

Mercedes C43 Estate - I love the idea of AWD but it doesn't look quite as mean and no V8...

 

Audi RS6 Avant - 2013/2014 and would have to go higher miles (30-40k) but is an interesting proposition. The interior is a little bit outdated with that wonky low res folding sat nav but you cant argue with the performance. It might be a bit on the larger side as well making parking a bitch.

 

Audi R8 V10 - 2010/2011 - less than 30k miles - I could settle for the V8 but that V10 would be freaking awesome. I know someone on here said running costs are high (can't remember who) but I can't remember why? I suspect tyres and servicing more than anything. 

 

BMW M3 - I struggle to see a reason to get one over a C63 Wagon, but a 2017 with less than 10k miles could be had to well within budget.

 

 

Any other suggestions?

Hi mate, having looked at your post, the C63 service and maintenance costs are ridiculous which is why I steered clear of anything AMG, circa £1800 for discs and pads.  The Audis are great cars, just avoid the autos, know a few people that have had serious gearbox issues and apparently it’s really common, a mate of a mate just bought a new shape R8 for £97k and in less than a month the gearbox had gone, luckily it was fixed under warranty.  I’d definitely consider the M3 especially since I have one albeit an E46 which I love, the M cars are pretty amazing.  I am currently selling my 996 C4S as it didn’t put as much of a smile on my face as the M3, the straight 6 is a joy to listen to especially with an agency power titanium back box on the car.  Wouldn’t touch any Jag with a barge pole unless it was an Eagle E-Type, one of their engineers basically in his own way told me how far they are behind their German counterparts in terms of engineering and build quality.  I’d say go for what puts a smile on your face, the answer isn’t always speed which is what I’ve learnt, probably why a RS200 Clio will be finding it’s way into my garage soon and just for the record, I think the R gives you more bang for your buck than almost any other car right now which is why I bought one.

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14 hours ago, Shakeel said:

Hi mate, having looked at your post, the C63 service and maintenance costs are ridiculous which is why I steered clear of anything AMG, circa £1800 for discs and pads.  The Audis are great cars, just avoid the autos, know a few people that have had serious gearbox issues and apparently it’s really common, a mate of a mate just bought a new shape R8 for £97k and in less than a month the gearbox had gone, luckily it was fixed under warranty.  I’d definitely consider the M3 especially since I have one albeit an E46 which I love, the M cars are pretty amazing.  I am currently selling my 996 C4S as it didn’t put as much of a smile on my face as the M3, the straight 6 is a joy to listen to especially with an agency power titanium back box on the car.  Wouldn’t touch any Jag with a barge pole unless it was an Eagle E-Type, one of their engineers basically in his own way told me how far they are behind their German counterparts in terms of engineering and build quality.  I’d say go for what puts a smile on your face, the answer isn’t always speed which is what I’ve learnt, probably why a RS200 Clio will be finding it’s way into my garage soon and just for the record, I think the R gives you more bang for your buck than almost any other car right now which is why I bought one.

 

I'd be doing things like pads and discs myself to be honest and I know a good specialist for any faults. The only time I would use Merc is for the annual service to keep the history up.

 

The M3 is definitely on the table still and I imagine prices with drop even more when the new ones hit the market, but short of a test drive being spectacular I cant see it beating out the Merc for me.

 

As for the R being the best bang for your buck... a very true statement no doubt, but this is definitely a a heart over head moment. I want something that sounds awesome, putting a smile on your face just from starting the engine, and also something that gives me a true sense of occasion. Both of which are about the only two things a Golf R doesnt do.

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I want something that sounds awesome, putting a smile on your face just from starting the engine, and also something that gives me a true sense of occasion. Both of which are about the only two things a Golf R doesnt do.

 

Sounds like you’ve made your mind up about the R already then.

 

 

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Fair point mate, I personally favour the M3 but we all have our favourites right, just find the M3 to be better balanced and far more controllable than the C63.  Having read your post again, I do not think you can scratch your supercar itch because your parameters aren’t realistic, supercar maintenance comes with scary costs, all part and parcel of being a supercar owner.  I have a few mates that own Lambos, ferraris and various others and believe me nothing is cheap on those cars.  I currently have a manual 996 C4S for sale with a factory X51 pack, you may call me crazy but I prefer my M3 and Golf R over it which is why it’s for sale.  Best of luck with your decision going forward, it will be interesting to see what you end up with.  

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5 hours ago, Shakeel said:

Sorry the point about the 911 being for sale was that you don’t have to buy this type of car to experience great driving thrills, I would test various cars out to see what ticks the boxes for you, good luck

 

I think that's likely what I'll do. Try out all different manner of cars, types, power etc. I appreciate power isn't everything especially on public roads, but its rare that great sound comes without it. It does seem the "supercar" itch might be out of reach. Maybe I'll go with "sports car" instead. A guy on piston heads has a pretty good break down of his R8 running costs over 17 months and has it down for running costs of about £5248 per year, including insurance, tyres, servicing, repairs and tax (not fuel). It is based on him doing 30k miles though which would take me about 5 years to do. I think because of the reduced mileage it would be closer to about £3000ish for me which isn't actually all that bad.

 

5 hours ago, tinman68 said:

I'd be wary about the F-type Jag as I know someone who recently had one, it was horrendously unreliable

 

Thanks for the tip. I seem to be hearing more and more suggesting the same.

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Sorry to hear about the job loss, but hopefully opens up new opportunities. I had the same situation 6 years ago, am a fair bit older and got a decent chunk, so bought a house as a long term rental / pension hedging option.

 

Personally i’d pay off more of the mortgage and buy a new car so costs managed. 

 

Other option - a mate of mine bought a three year old Maserati Qautraporte, took him ages to find the right one, fairly low milage, just had the big service done, and paid about £35k. Kept it for a year, sold it for £35k and bought a new R.

 

Would avoid anything JLR at present. SWMBOs boss has a top spec discovery, and it’s crap. He’s had it just over a year and spent more time in a loan car than his as it keeps going back with stupid minor issues every week. 

 

 

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The other half bought a Giulia QF and she's had no issues with it. Sounds great in the tunnels around Monaco too!

 

I hope you find a new job soon; I'm taking redundancy in November so will be having plenty of time to drive the R :grin:

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