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Looking for second car (after SLK)

I’ve got a 2002 SLK 320 which has been relegated to my daily driver for the past two years. I reluctantly traded my 2008 VW Passat VR-6 4Motion in on a GLK for my wife with the intention of driving my SLK for a couple years then shifting it to my weekend fun car. That time has come and I am starting my search for a fun, comfortable and sporty daily driver.

I know it’s dangerous but I am soliciting input on sub $20k cars with under 40k miles.

My ideal and top choice would be a 2006-2008 Audi S4 Avant, however low mileage versions of this model are like a unicorn and hard to comeby. Especially in the southeastern US.

The more practical side of me is considering a 2012-14 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn, with the 2008 R32 right behind it, but again low mileage examples are hard to come by.

I have also considered the Audi TT, but would only consider the 3.2 Quattro unless I were to find a TT/S cheap enough(which price wise would almost certainly require either me trading my SLK, the GLK or my wife), finding a low mileage S-line in my price range is probably a long shot.

Another idea I had was a BMW 135i, but having never owned a BMW and I am not as familiar with their idiosyncrasy, as I am VAG (VW/Audi) cars and know close to nothing about the early ones before 2011.

I briefly contemplated finding a VW GLi Edition 30, but realized the build quality as compared to the German made GTI would probably disappoint.

I haven’t really thought much about Mercedes products, mainly due to price and mileage requirements. A used C55 would be in my price point, but again mileage; and a newer C250 just doesn’t inspire the sporty side of me. The same goes for things like the Subaru WRX, or Hyundai Genesis coupe…in addition to wanting low miles. I also want a quiet, solid built car and the Japanese don’t inspire me either.
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The Mk5 R32 is a fabulous car (I've had 2 of them, both with DSG 'boxes). Not as much luggage space as the S4 Avant would have, but 5 seats and definitely more practical than the SLK (and 4WD too)... and it's V6 sounds awesome (for a V6).

As you've already said though, low mileage examples will probably be difficult to find

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I've owned 2 Subaru Imprezas, one WRX and one WRX STI. The WRX although the lower model was my preferred of the 2. Very capable, very practical and extremely reliable. Build quality is actually okay but not up to German standards. If you have never driven one you may be pleasantly surprised. Handling is out of this world and inspires confidence under all conditions. Fuel consumption about on a par with my 55 believe it or not. Happy hunting!
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I looked at an 135i today. Dealer was was closed but spent time around car and I like it. More so than the TT or GTI on first blush. Unfortunately the boss has told me I need to live through one more Florida winter in the slk. She isn't ready for car payment or for me to dump our savings just yet. In next few months I'll take time to drive a few and if I happen upon my unicorn (S4 Avant) I may be sleeping in it but will have to seriously consider it.
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you could sell your 320, add it to the $20k, and get an early SLK55 in the 40k mile range
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