Alright guys as some of you know I am graduating and will be looking for a new daily driver for work (keeping the 318is as my weekend and temp track day car). I will be working for a consulting company and be working onsite at ford daily, so there is going to be some pressure for me to drive a ford product but I think I can still do what I want. I have been thinking about rides I want to check out and am trying to keep it below $25,000, so far I am thinking about the following options:
Mazdaspeed 3: (might be able to get good terms through my ford supplier status), supposed to be very good car.
MINI Cooper S: its almost a bmw and a blast
VW GTI Mk5 2 door: pretty cool but I would need a new test drive the last place I went sucked
VW Rabbit: cheap and its only a daily so might be perfect.
I would like to stay away from american cars for the most part, let me know what you think of the possibilities or if there are others you would put into the running.
There is still a chance I will look for another used Bimmer though.