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Given the two options what will you buy?

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This:

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Turbo Coupe (New)

LSD+Sunroof. Metallic Red Paint (Not the one shown in the picture)

OR

This:

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2005 BMW 330i with performance package just as shown above.

ZHP performance package. 6-speed manual transmission. Leather and memory seats, and upgraded stereo.

Extended warranty up to 100,000 miles which includes the free oil change and other crap. Currently at 57,000 odd miles.

Let us assume that the price difference, insurance costs, operating costs, etc are non existent.

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As cool as they made the Cobalt SS powertrain, and performance-wise... I'd still have to go with the BMW.

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Good thoughts keep them coming.

There is some personal twist to this trivia, but I will update on it later.

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Seriously I would go Cobalt SS, no question, faster and its a coupe.

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This must be a trick question :P

BMW all the way. More luxuy, more features, RWD, superb chassis, and if there was every a timeless BMW this is it.

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Current Score:

BMW - 7

Chevy - 1

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assuming the BMW is in good shape you'd have to say that however, the cobalt would be covered powertrain for 5/100. the BMW has what 43k warranty left?

if you were in a salt state, too, the new car might be a better option as it has not been in salt for 4 years like the BMW might be (if it were driven in winter). you generally shouldbe suspect of rust being possible in any car 5 years or older.

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To be fair, this is a strange comparison.

I can't imagine cross-shopping those two cars.

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To be fair, this is a strange comparison.

I can't imagine cross-shopping those two cars.

Cuz I am weird? LOL. The plan was not to cross shop, but it ended being that way.

Mr. Reg

The car was born in Bavaria, shipped to Charleston SC, and bred in sunshine state of Florida since January 2005. As a matter of fact possibly closer to your neck of the woods - Coconut Creek.

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Well, as much as I'd like to say the Cobalt SS, the BMW will hold it's value more over the years. Plus the extra benefits of luxury options/features that the Chevy doesn't have, and the image you'll gain from owning a BMW over a Chevy. If that's what you want.

However, the Cobalt SS is a sharp looking coupe and is no doubt a reliable little car that will give you many years of good service. Downside is resale value, but today all new cars that aren't a Mercedes, BMW, Audi, ect. don't hold value well.

Can't wait to hear the backstory on this comparison!

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Well, as much as I'd like to say the Cobalt SS, the BMW will hold it's value more over the years. Plus the extra benefits of luxury options/features that the Chevy doesn't have, and the image you'll gain from owning a BMW over a Chevy. If that's what you want.

However, the Cobalt SS is a sharp looking coupe and is no doubt a reliable little car that will give you many years of good service. Downside is resale value, but today all new cars that aren't a Mercedes, BMW, Audi, ect. don't hold value well.

Can't wait to hear the backstory on this comparison!

The bolded part is exactly why I'm voting Cobalt. I don't want to be lumped into that crowd.

I too anxiously await the backstory.

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It pains me - BMW. Safety, and it drives the correct wheels! RWD rocks. I love the SC Cobalts - and the turbos have been bulletproof!

Question: Why not cross shop a CTS against the BMW? A Certified Caddy would be a great car, and I have seen CTS-V's in the $16,990-$19,000 range. That is a hell of a car and drivetrain for Cobalt money!

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Cuz I am weird? LOL. The plan was not to cross shop, but it ended being that way.

Mr. Reg

The car was born in Bavaria, shipped to Charleston SC, and bred in sunshine state of Florida since January 2005. As a matter of fact possibly closer to your neck of the woods - Coconut Creek.

i am way up north!.

sounds like the car has a clean bill of health to me then.

like i said, the cobalt has the big powertrain warranty, but the CPO left on that beemer is nice as well. i think what tips the scale on it is the performance package. i've driven the base beemers and they don't have that great of performance advantage.

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Well, as much as I'd like to say the Cobalt SS, the BMW will hold it's value more over the years. Plus the extra benefits of luxury options/features that the Chevy doesn't have, and the image you'll gain from owning a BMW over a Chevy. If that's what you want.

However, the Cobalt SS is a sharp looking coupe and is no doubt a reliable little car that will give you many years of good service. Downside is resale value, but today all new cars that aren't a Mercedes, BMW, Audi, ect. don't hold value well.

Can't wait to hear the backstory on this comparison!

even toyotas history of whoring camrys on lease is showing a huge drop in their resale.

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Rust isn't an issue for most cars 5 years old. Living in NE, I know this for a fact. Closer to 10 years is when you have to start worrying about rust.

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It's tough to compare a used BMW with 60,000 miles to a brand new Cobalt Turbo. Is the warranty on the BMW a factory warranty or 3rd party warranty? The BMW is a sedan compared to the Cobalt being a coupe. I'm guessing that the Cobalt Turbo if faster than the BMW 330, but I'm too lazy to look it up. I would go for the Cobalt.

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I'd buy the Chevy. I would expect a much lower cost of ownership with it, and I've watched stock SS/TC's tear up autox courses with ease.

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