I want to suggest a G37, but I feel like that's a loaded + obvious answer coming from me. But they are roomier than the E90, more reliable than the E90 + E60, and tuned + equipped nicely (stickshift = sport package = LSD + big brakes + better steering + other driver goodies). Def worth a look IMO. Everything else is some combo of less reliable, less roomy, worse equipped and wacker drivetrain
My reply didn't post and I lost the message. so I'll have to give a TLDR:
-ATS looks awesome, 2.0T RWD 6MT!! Concern is rear seat and trunk size, may be too small?
-My GTI is awesome and still considering keeping it.
-C300 is sick + DTM racing prestige
-328i is similar to my 128i, so that is a solid
-B5 S4 has imploding engine or was that B6/B7 V8's? Electrical gremlins??
-4 door GTI/R don't do it for me, grew up in 2 door GTI's (Dad's 1 MKI and 3 MKII's, and owned MKIV)
-MKIV GLI has aged well, a clean example can still be had with some searching
-MKVI GLI I should test drive
-Wife wouldn't be caught dead in a wagon, but give it a couple years, I'll turn her to the dark side. E63 wagon let's go!
There are the more mature options such as CC and Accords, but at the price point have the Subaru's, Acura's, Honda's and Toyota's age well both interior and exterior? CC certainly has especially a rust free one.
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As a side note, I owned a MKIV GLI. While I certainly never placed a car seat in it (high school/college), i'm damn near certain there is no way a rear facing seat will fit while allowing anyone other than a dual amputee to sit in the front seat. The recaros that came in that car take up a good bit of space.
I went from a MK7 GTI to a MK6 GLI and it suuuuuuuucked. It felt like I went back 10 years in terms of automotive development. I was absolutely miserable. I then went from a MK6 GLI to a Elantra Sport and was so much happier. The car drives way nicer, the steering felt better, handles better, and the interior had no rattles (I've had two MK6 Jettas and both were rattle city). The only downside is that the Elantra Sports engine doesn't respond nearly as well to the aftermarket and it's more expensive to mod.
Don't forget about the VW/Audi (and BMW even) 12 year rust warranty. Completely transferable too. Find a 2009 or later somewhat rusty example, let the dealership deal with it for a couple weeks, and drive it like you stole it. That's what I'm doing for my gal's MkV, got a great deal on a (so far) problem free car with cosmetic issues a dealer will be fixing on February 3rd.
2011 Golf TDI 2 Door 6MT - 165k - Things wrong 0 -
1997 Golf 5MT 4 Door - Things wrong - A lot - (project)
Fiancee's 2008 Rabbit 4 door Tiptronic - 184k - Things wrong 0
Since OP is in Upstate Imma recommend an A4. Unstoppable in winter, good looks, nice car to drive, good engine, easy to find a good one like this..
Im going to get thrown under a bus for this one, but you should look onto a Sentra Nismo, i'm sure you can get one for pennies now that the new sentra is coming out. 6sp 4dr sedan with plenty of leg room and plenty of trunk space, i had place 3 baby seats in the back without issues, i currently have a front facing seat and a booster seat for my kid and my wife can fit in the middle perfectly. she is 5'1 i'm 6 feet tall, i can have my seat comfortably without being cramped (something i wasn't able to do on the GLI we test drove) I've gone on road trips with the car with our crib, stroller bags and it all fits there.
Or like everybody else buy a 5dr GTI, i've been wanting to test drive one of those but until i get the house purchased i'm stawing away from dealers...
I realize is not for everyone but when it came down to crunch numbers and my family needs it came on top from the GLI.
The whole fact that in Mexico City cars stop being able to being driven on daily basis after x amount of years, made me look for new cars, if not i would have been all over plenty of cpo cars.
As someone that lived with a 3dr GTI with 1 kid for 5 years and 2 kids for 1 year, I went with a 5dr R. Problem solved.
The MK7 is a blast to drive, and much easier to get kids in and out of than the 3dr MK5 that I had.
I will say, I'm not sure if the numbers bear it out, but to me the MK7 Golf feels a bit small inside versus my MK5, which felt cavernous from a head and leg room standpoint (despite the numbers suggesting that the MK7 is actually ~3 inches longer than the MK5 - the old car just felt much more airy inside (kind of missing it, actually).
First of all, congrats on the first born!
For me, as a new dad (and especially once the second one arrived) I found it increasingly difficult to get out with the "fun" weekend car. You may find it more enjoyable to just have the one car - a fun daily that you can enjoy with the kiddos.
So my write-in vote is to sell both the GTI and the 128 and put in a little more on a cool daily - MK7 Golf R, Stinger GT, 335i M perf, yadda yadda
Jeff | '94 BMW Alpina B3