So I'm selling my car currently in the hopes of getting a 2008 SAAB 9-3 Turbo X. At least that's what I thought. I did some searching to find a backup in the case that I sell my car and the Turbo X is a lemon. During my searches I found a BMW 135i with reasonably low miles in my price range, now I just have to decide between the two... any suggestions? warnings?

Here's some pros and cons I can think of. If there's anything I missed please do add in the comments

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Turbo X

Pros:

  • More usable: four doors, bigger trunk, five seats. I pack my wagon nearly full every single day so I need the practicality
  • Rare: only 600 in the U.S., especially rare with a manual
  • Cheaper Maintenance: lower part costs, lower garage fees
  • I love Saabs

Cons:

  • Lower Quality Interior: More plastics, more GMness, but good design and ergonomics
  • Not as Good to Drive: steering feel probably isn't as good, not as lively as the bimmer, but the haldex AWD is rather advanced and means amazing traction.
  • Not a wagon: but oh well, I can deal with it, a turbo X wagon would have seen my arm cut off by now anyway

BMW 135i

Pros:

  • More fun to drive: better handling, RWD, BMW. The 135 is a fantastic car and I would love a RWD hoon machine
  • Holds Value: Better than a SAAB at least, I'm sure it will be a classic in the future, although the Turbo X will be a cult classic as well.
  • Better Interior: I'm not a fan of BMW interiors but the 1 series I actually like. It's not as cluttered and the ergonomics are better than the 3 or 5. The bimmer lacks nav, which is ok considering it would be iDrive; the Turbo X has nav, and some great nav at that.

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Cons:

  • Less space: only four seats. I drive people around a lot but have yet to fill my car more than once so I guess I could live with a four seater
  • Higher Maintenance: costs more, and more often. I don't know of any reliability issues but the Turbo X is basically bulletproof
  • BMW status: I'm a high school kid, other high school kids see BMW keys and go "Oh, you're that kid." That's one reason I love SAAB. They're basically classless, or people just don't know anything about them.

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This decision is really hard. Both are fantastic cars. Both are fairly rare and sure to increase in value in the future. Each offer a unique driving experience and have their own quirks. Either way I know I will be happy, you can't go wrong with either.