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    Car advice thread

    What would you do?

    In about 6 months I'll have enough money saved to buy a different car.

    My situations:

    No kids, wife with reliable decent sized SUV, one empty garage stall. I've owned a ton of cars in my life. Everything from a Pontiac Fiero that required a hammer to open the door, to a Honda Element, to a Lexus ES. Probably 15+ cars in 24 years of driving.

    I currently drive a small little import (with close to 300hp). It's a fine car but I'm getting tired of it, which is a common them for me.


    My dilemma: I know my budget and I'm not going to finance and go over it. I feel like I have 3 or 4 choices but don't know the best answer.

    #1 Used Lexus LS460-2 or 3 years old. Less than 40K miles. I've always wanted one of these since they first came out in the late 80's. One of the quietest and best cars ever made. Tons of gadgets, plenty of power, etc. Downside is that it's not sporty at all which may not be a bad thing. It would also be near the top of my budget. It's also rather large.

    #2 Used Mid Size Luxury sedan-Something like the Infiniti G37 , Cadillac CTS, BMW 335, Hyundai Genesis, etc. Probably could get one with fewer than 20K miles and still be $10K under budget. Would this keep me happy?

    #3 Two cars-A 2006-2008 Corvette and a daily beater for under $10K. This would put me near the top of my budget, it would also take up my last stall in the garage leaving me without a lot of room. The wife acceptance factor (waf) would be very low on this option. Probably 80% of the time I'd be driving the beater to work. I did this with a Toyota Corrola for a year and it got a little old. On the plus side I'd have a 400 horsepower vette!


    Suggestions? Other options? Keep my little sport compact and just save the money?



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    Re: Car advice thread

    Would the Corvette keep you happy any longer than the G37 ?


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    Re: Car advice thread

    FWD...

    The Toyota or the Hyundai.



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    Re: Car advice thread

    Don't waste your money on cars unless you have a valid reason, like needing a work truck or wanting AWD for safety.

    But to each his own I guess. I'd rather retire at 52 than trade cars and buy Corvettes every 3 years and work till 68.



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    Re: Car advice thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Dopey View Post
    Don't waste your money on cars unless you have a valid reason, like needing a work truck or wanting AWD for safety.

    But to each his own I guess. I'd rather retire at 52 than trade cars and buy Corvettes every 3 years and work till 68.
    Not me. I'd rather retire at 52 and have a Corvette.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dopey View Post
    Don't waste your money on cars unless you have a valid reason, like needing a work truck or wanting AWD for safety.

    But to each his own I guess. I'd rather retire at 52 than trade cars and buy Corvettes every 3 years and work till 68.
    Note...He doesn't have kids, so probably will be able to trade every 3 years and still retire at 50.



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    Re: Car advice thread

    2 very good points. Maybe when I have kids, I'll just push them in athletics till they hate me and then live off their pro athlete salaries. That should work too, right?

    But back to the topic, I'd advise against the CTS. I've heard nothing but bad things about the quality. One of my buddy's wife has a brand new one and it burns a quart of oil every 1000 miles, which is apparently acceptable in Cadillac's eyes so their warranty refuses to do anything about it. Even though it only holds 5 quarts and recommended change intervals are 5000 miles. So I guess you can just run it dry and you're good??

    I'd either get the Lexus or look into an Audi model



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    Re: Car advice thread

    Corvette trumps all. Including WAF.


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    Re: Car advice thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    Note...He doesn't have kids, so probably will be able to trade every 3 years and still retire at 50.
    No kids help but I won't be close to retiring when I'm 50.



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    Re: Car advice thread

    CTS-V
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    Best of both worlds. Cadillac with a Corvette motor and suspension. I even think you can get them with manual transmissions. (sports cars without manual transmissions are not sports cars)



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    Re: Car advice thread

    No Cadillac, buy an Audi or an Acura.

    I guess if you're buying a used Cadillac it probably won''t be bad but if you plan on every replacing it, it will hold nothing for resale value.


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    Re: Car advice thread

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    No Cadillac, buy an Audi or an Acura.

    I guess if you're buying a used Cadillac it probably won''t be bad but if you plan on every replacing it, it will hold nothing for resale value.
    The man has had 15+ vehicles in 24 years of driving. I'd say it's a virtual lock that he will be replacing this new car - probably in 18-24 months.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaCy View Post
    The man has had 15+ vehicles in 24 years of driving. I'd say it's a virtual lock that he will be replacing this new car - probably in 18-24 months.
    I've changed....

    This is why i normally buy used.



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    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    CTS-V
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    Best of both worlds. Cadillac with a Corvette motor and suspension. I even think you can get them with manual transmissions. (sports cars without manual transmissions are not sports cars)
    I've considered it but the CTS-V (the 550hp one) is out of my price range even used.



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    Re: Car advice thread

    Or keep my car and just buy a different motorcycle......BMW S1000RR.....Another one that won't pass the WAF.



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