What the fuck should I drive, starring Mike K!

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So those that have been following my saga know that I bought an M5 only to have it implode on itself like a dying star within 18 hours of purchase. Whoa is me.

So instead I picked up a groovy 550i with a 6 speed manual. I fucking love this car. It moves out, it power slides, it handles like a 3800lb sedan should never handle and it's just an awesome overall car. My only beef with it is that the 360hp is just a bit short of what I desire and the car is just about impossible to modify. There's a bigger problem though: I'm shipping a car to California to have out there which means we're only going to have my wife's XC90 and my BMW out here.

She hasn't demanded it but strongly prefers that I have something that she can drive. She can't drive stick and if I'm being honest, even if I taught her I'm not sure I'd want her driving the car. I think she'd be hell on the clutch.

So, that said, I've been casually shopping. My ideal car? Another 2006+ V10 M5 but to own that car I'm looking at a $5000 warranty that lasts just two years, 10 miles to the gallon and exorbitant maintenance costs. For instance, $500 rotors... per rotor. Can I afford it? Yeah but I'm cheap and for a guy that puts 15 - 20k miles per year on his cars I'm not sure it's the smartest buy.

So that leaves me with a couple other cars. I'm going to list them below in no particular order. If you have recommendations, go nuts. I'm all ears. Keep in mind that I'm pretty anti-domestic street rods though (last gen CTSv, SRT8 300, etc). I like the build quality of the Bimmer, the features, the way the whole car as a package handles, etc. I'd suffer with a slower car rather than a faster domestic equivalent. Don't hate me; it's just what I like. I think the CTS-V and SRT 8 are awesome cars but they're just not for me. So without further delay...

BMW 535i - 300hp Twin Turbo inline 6. Slow stock but with $1500 it runs 12's and is well north of 400hp. Has most of the features I love about my 550 but is nearly impossible to find fully loaded (heads up display, sport package, nav, sport transmission, etc) without paying more than the same body style M5.

Audi S6 - Lamborghini V10... What more do I need to say? It has the build quality of my A8, a familiar interface system (MMI), all wheel drive which would be great for the winter, and timeless looks. The downsides? Whereas my 550 weighs 3800lbs (still a pig), the S6 weighs 4500lbs, eaks just 435hp out of that V10, is painfully nose heavy and is not 435hp fast with a quarter mile time of just 14.0 seconds at 102mph. I hate to say it's slow but It's not much quicker than my A8. Apparently once it's moving though, it's just sick.

Mercedes E55 - 470 horsepower supercharged V8 which is reliably kicked up pretty inexpensively, not that you'd ever need more power in a street car. This car is an enigma to me. I LOVE it's power. I'm less enthralled with it's aging looks, painfully out dated navigation system and the fact that my 550 beats it in every handling/ braking stat. I know Mercedes' aren't made for handling but I'm spoiled now. I know the car is nice, I'm just not in love.

Honorable mention: Jaguar XF Supercharged - 500 Horsepower Supercharged V8. I drove one with the 400 supercharged V8 and even that was ridiculous. The tap shift in this car is a replacement for a manual transmission too. It's as fast as the SMG in the M5 was but is a full automatic transmission. The best automatic I've ever felt and with 500 horsepower out of the current models, this car is sick. It also has a standard Bowers and Wilkins audio system and I'm a huge audio nut so this is a selling point. Downsides... The seats suck. No really, they're terrible. Go look at pictures. They're narrow, lack side support and even look bad. They are a deal breaker. I can't get by them.

So when I look at my own post, to me it seems like the BMW 535 is the obvious choice. It has everything I like about the 550 plus the ability to make more power and it solves my problem with ditching the manual transmission. The only issue with this is that I want nav, I want the top audio system, I want the sport package with a rare sport transmission option and I want the heads up display but to get the car with these options is rare which means that when I do find one it's generally a lot more money than a comparable M5 and the M5 comes with all of this stuff (and more) standard. My brain won't let me pay more than an M5 for a 535.

Opinions on the listed cars? Recommendations for other cars?
 

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New CTSV...I think you would be pleasantly surprised by one...

I have nothing to offer out of the choices made. I rode in a S8 (which i believe had the v10) and was not impressed. Super nice inside but felt slow. I do love Audi interiors tho.

The E55 is always a good choice but I think i remember reading (recently actually) that its unreliable as fuck...dont quote me tho as plenty of people love the shit out of them.
 

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What's your budget?

Edit: The 535i is a solid choice but the bang & olufsen stereo in the Audi models is an amazing stereo if you're an audiophile. What about the 2010 and newer supercharged S4?
 
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I've set myself a 35k limit so I think that eliminates the current body style CTSV.

I believe you can only get that B&O system in the A5/ S5 and A8 and it's cripplingly expensive. It was a $7,000 option in my A8. $7,000. God forbid you blow a speaker and the Bose system in the A8 is great as it is.

The S4 is too small for me as is the 3 series and c class.
 

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Can definitely get the bang and olufsen stereo in the 3.0 S4, but the car won't work if it's too small for you. And I think the 2010s are still in the high $30s on the low end.
 

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I'd get the BMW, but I am far from an expert... Heck look at my cars, they all suck.

Second choice would be the Mercedes, then Jag, then A6... I just don't like those.
 

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I'd say the S6 with the v10.
 
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I'd say the S6 with the v10.
Look at the specs on it though. They're not even close to what you'd expect out of a car like that. My 550 is almost a full second faster in the quarter and has 75 less horsepower. 14.0 in the quarter isn't V10 territory, not in a sedan like that.
 

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Lol. I know, audis are slow cause they are so heavy. My s4 is a dog but it's still fun to drive.
 

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Spend a lil more and get a ctsv, pulley, tune, and it will give you a boner every time. Warranty will be cheaper id assume.
 

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That thing is worth 40k and more? Mike, please keep thinking inside the box.
 

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Lexus ISF? Didn't really look into prices and is probably in the same boat as the S4 in terms of size
 

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methinks it's kind of an odd small motivator to drop 35k on a car or have two cars so similar... vote is for 535i
 
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methinks it's kind of an odd small motivator to drop 35k on a car or have two cars so similar... vote is for 535i
I'd be selling the 550i and the Audi is either going to be sold and replaced with a car that we'll leave in California or it will go to California itself. Insurance is painfully expensive on the Audi because of the aluminum body though so I'm thinking it's going to be sold.

Or you can think outside the box and take a look at this.........

http://www.mercurymarauder.net/forum...ad.php?t=79075

Worth every penny and then some
I can appreciate Marauders for what they are but this car pretty much embodies exactly everything I don't want. I don't think you could find a better example of what I don't want than this. :)

The CTS-V is really out of my price range. For what I'd pay for one I can grab a low mile M5 with full warranty and save about 10k and out of the two I'd rather have the M5.
 

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Well as much as people have made suggestions. It seems what you may be looking for doesn't exist. Good luck on finding something LOL.
 

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You still looking to get into a new car aftermarket?? Maybe buy something that you could build mods for. Claim it as a company vehicle
 

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I own 2 n54 cars so my vote is on the 535i. You can make them decently quick. Nothing more badass than parking one bimmer at the airport, flying outa state, and jumping into another bimmer on the other end.
 

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whats insurance on your a8
 

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