Hi everyone. I joined this forum a while back when I was considering a GTI or a Golf R, but that never really went anywhere. Quick "about me" -- I'm in my mid-30s and currently daily-drive a bone stock 2006 Evo IX SE that I bought new and never modded. It's been great and has around 132k miles, and other than doing the normal routine stuff recommended, the only thing I've ever had to replace was the radiator at around 100k miles. It still runs really well, and I have no plans of getting rid of it.
With that being said, I am in my mid-30s. I don't really care what people think of what I drive (plus most people don't even think I'm as old as I am anyway), but considering I have a recent job offer for a VP position with another company, it wouldn't hurt to look into a new car. (I have the money for a new car in my current role, but this might be a good time to do it, with a bump in pay and a higher likelihood of visiting clients.)
I apologize if this is a topic that has been beaten to death, but how is ownership? Originally I was thinking about a 2020 BMW 330i (since even the base ones are pretty sweet, and the standard features are plenty, especially coming from an Evo, so I don't mind if it doesn't have all of the various packages), but it's likely going to cost around $40-45k. Again, I can do it, but it's still a nice chunk of change. But I saw what to me seems like a pretty sweet deal -- a CPO 2019 A3 with 1300 miles for under $24k, and it makes me want to pull the trigger because it's so cheap.
Is there anything I should be worried about? I'll still keep my Evo, so if something goes wrong, I'd have another car, but I'd rather not have to worry about that. I searched online for a bit and didn't find anything specific, other than some reviews saying that the long-term reliability is a little below average, so I'm curious how people have liked their cars or what kinds of problems they've had, provided it's a STOCK car, as I know some people on here mod.
Just as an FYI, if my Evo were totaled and I'd only have one car, I'd probably look at a higher model, like maybe an S3. Keep in mind that originally I was thinking about a Golf R a few years ago, but since I wanted to keep my Evo, I thought it would be redundant to have two AWD four-doors with similar performance.
Thanks ahead of time for any input or suggestions.