Luxury vehicles are for you too! Car dealerships are catering to the average wallet size

You are able to

finance or lease a luxury vehicle for a reachable monthly price. According to the New York Daily News

there are 12 entrylevel

luxury cars for under $35 thousand. Here are a few specific models from that list

of twelve that will not empty your bank account.

If you are a BMW person, the 2014 BMW 228i has your name on it. Even though the 228i is their lowest

price end model do not let this fool you. At a low base price of $33,025 this entry level luxury coupe is

all that and more. With its inline 4cylinder

TwinPower Turbo 240hp engine this sweet ride will go from

0 to 60mph in 5.4 seconds. Despite the sporty design, fuel efficiency is an incredible 28 (miles per

gallon) mpg. The 228i navigational system has a touch pad controller and 8.8inch

display screen along

with the cutting edge technology of realtime

traffic data. The integrated touch pad rotary controller

allows you to effortlessly key in your destinations, phone numbers and even important information into

the system. So when searching for a small and sporty ride that is still practical the BMW 228i will fit the


This luxury vehicle is for the family man. The Lexus CT 200h is a luxury hybrid highoutput,



motor with (electric vehicle) EV mode. Its base price is only $32,050. The CT

200h has a 134 total system horsepower engine with an impressive combined 42 mpg (Environmental

Protection Agency) EPA rating. It is a sensible option for distance driving with the family due to the

spacious hatchback style body and convenient 5 door access. It is a reliable model with the great value

that Lexus continues to bring to the luxury, yet practical auto industry.

Finally, there is the 2015 Audi A3 sedan. This one is the popular kid on the block with a starting price of

only $29,900. This is a compact yet still luxurious car with leather seating surfaces and a panoramic

sunroof. The A3 has a smaller engine than some others, but turbocharges it to get the same power as a

larger engine. Despite that, it still does not hinder the fuel efficiency of 23 mpg city and 33 mpg

highway. Plus the full LED headlights radiate brighter than halogen and Xenon headlights. No wonder

the competition dims compared to the Audi A3!

New Cars: Buying, Leasing, or Pre-owned?

A new car is an expensive item and stretches many household budgets. It is therefore important to look at the options carefully, and among these options are buying and leasing a new car, or purchasing a good pre-owned car.


Owning a brand new car can feel like an accomplishment because you have bought and paid for an asset worth a substantial amount. Buying a new car also gives you the flexibility of choosing the options and accessories you want without compromising, so you have exactly the car you want.

If you enjoy driving a car for more than three years and if you enjoy doing some of the maintenance and repairs yourself, a new car may be the best option because you will be certain of its history and can keep it in good repair for longer.


Leasing a car can be a good choice especially if you drive for business and can deduct auto expenses from your taxes. The payments and down payments are often low.

One important consideration is how much you drive. Car leases usually have a capped annual mileage of about 15,000 miles and you are charged extra for any miles driven over the limit.

You will be responsible for repairs and maintenance of the vehicle, but if you lease for the usual period of two or three years the car will normally be under warranty for the entire period.

At the end of the lease period you will need to renegotiate the lease, find another lease, or purchase the vehicle. You will not own it.

Buying or Leasing: The Quiz

A simple way to decide whether buying or leasing is best for you is to complete a simple quiz, you can find one example at the website. ACVL Online and BankRate have similar quizzes.

The quiz includes questions on mileage driven, whether you like to customize accessories or are happy with the standard options, and if you become emotionally attached to your car. Answer the questions with the most applicable option, and then click on the Calculate or Submit button to see your result.

Pre-owned Car

When you buy a new car you lose several thousand dollars just by driving it out of the showroom because a car is a depreciating item. Cars constantly lose value but the biggest decline is when the car ceases to be a new car and becomes pre-owned. It stands to reason then, that buying a good pre-owned car can be a sensible option since the biggest depreciation has already occurred.

Buying a pre-owned car is also the best option if you cannot afford a new car or do not want to spend a lot of money on a vehicle, but loans for used cars often attract higher interest rates than new car loans, and this can offset the savings.

Buying a car is a big decision and it pays to study the market and the purchase and lease options before you commit to any deal. Make sure you look at the long-term costs as well as any short-term savings.

The TVR 350SE and 390SE Sports Car

A review of The TVR 350SE and 390SE Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this classic car.

From Classic to Modern

The TVR 350SE

With production of the best selling TVR 350i having ended in 1989, the company decided to produce a limited edition of 25 units of a specially prepared 350 to signify the end of an era, being the last 350′s to leave the factory.

Covering a period of seven years, over 1,000 of the 350i were built.

Launched in 1990, the commemorative car was designated the TVR 350SE, and each unit received, as a future record, a unique number that was set in a surrounding of gold laurels, and positioned on the wings and rear.

A “350SE” logo also appeared on the front spoiler, at the rear, and on the sills. The car was powered by a 3.9 litre, all aluminium, Rover V8 engine, and was fitted with polished multi spoke alloy wheels, and Koni adjustable shock absorbers.

Using a hot wire mass air flow (MAF) fuel injected system, installed by North Coventry Kawasaki, the engine developed 240 bhp, and 235 ft/lbs of torque.

This produced a top speed of 140 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 6.0 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 15.9 secs. This model was regarded as the pinnacle of the 350i in respect of both performance and appeal.

Production of the TVR 350SE ended in 1991.

The TVR 390SE

In October 1984, a year after the introduction of the 350i, the next sports car in the high performance series to be introduced was the TVR 390SE.

It was powered by a standard 3.5 litre, Rover V8 engine, which had been bored out to 3.9 litre, and which had been modified as follows:

Addition of high lift camshafts
Gas flowed cylinder heads with larger valves
Lightweight Cosworth pistons
A higher compression ratio
A free flow exhaust system

The engine now developed 275 bhp, and 270 ft/lbs of torque, and produced a top speed of 143 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 secs.

Other refinements included a stronger clutch to handle the increased power, a limited slip differential, and wider tyres. The outcome was a variant that would give a Porsche 911 Carrera of the period a definite run for its money.

The wedge shape body styling received a deeper front air dam, a rear under body aerofoil, flared wheel arches, and modified sills in order to create a more aggressive profile.

The rear suspension was heavily modified to reduce body roll, and it came with ventilated front disc brakes, together with wider 15 inch wheels to provide more grip.

In 1988, the 390SE Series 2 was unveiled, and its most striking styling change was the adoption of a rounder nose section. Also that year, the engine capacity was increased to 3948 cc, when the car was redesignated the TVR 400SE.

Since North Coventry Kawasaki was instrumental in modifying engines for various TVR models, it was duly acquired by the company, and renamed TVR Power.

Production of the TVR 390SE ended in 1988, when around 100 units had been built. This marks the end of my Review of the TVR 350SE and 390SE sports car.