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Old 08-06-2018, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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Too expensive to maintain or repair, plus what will the insurance be?
Get a decent reliable car that will get you from point A to B.
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Old 08-06-2018, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Hey Op

Get a reliable car for now. Reliable, dependable and cheap. Save your money though. Buy fun cars during a recession when people are liquidating their weekend fun cars because they need cash. Yeah they're more expensive to maintain, but you can pull a lot of these vehicles with very few miles on them for not a lot of money.

Big bonus if if you can find a cheap source that works on these imports (not the dealership) in the meantime.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:20 AM
 
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Years ago when I met my husband, he had a Mercedes 450SL. It was a gorgeous, fun car but it cost an arm and a leg for service. Basic maintenance was bad enough, but replacing things like a timing chain really hurt the pocketbook. I'll admit it was fun cruising along the beach with the top down, and I loved how powerful and responsive it was. I can understand that at least once in your life you might want a fun car, but maybe renting it for a couple of weeks would put that urge to rest. As much as I enjoyed the 450SL, I thought it wasn't worth the money. I had a Honda Accord that was a spunky little monkey, and hubby was even impressed by it. He became a Honda lover too. He sold the Mercedes, probably because he felt like he no longer needed a chick magnet. I enjoyed watching it drive out the lane for the last time just as much as I enjoyed cruising the beach.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:55 AM
 
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My dream car (years ago) was a BMW 318i.

I've always known deep down inside I'd never spend that much money on a car, even if I could afford it. Which I never expected to be able to do.

Now I'm older, and decades later I really like the look of Lexus' and Infinitis. And like back then, 1) I can't afford them, and 2) and I still just can't see spending that kind of money on a car.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Same here I drive a Camry....my second....cant beat it, reliable, comfortable....
though Im seeing more and more BMWs on the road these days...
people buy them for the status ....same with other German cars...Mercedes...Audi...

Buy a Camry and bank your money...or better still ...Amazon and Apple stock
Wouldn't the Accord pretty much be in the same class price-wise as the Camry?
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Oh yes... You need to wear a mask / costume when driving a Prius, and quickly hide in the garage before anyone sees you coming home!
Lol.

Let me be clear that I can't say I care what I look like driving a Prius to others (I work from home full time so if you saw what I wear/look like nowadays just leaving the house to go anywhere you'd get it lol).

*I* personally just have a certain reaction whenever I see those vehicles and I personally just really do not like how they look is all.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I will say that though I don't like the style of it, I inherited my mother's Hyundai and it's a really good car. For her it was GREAT. She likes the style (large sedan, I call it 'floaty boaty' the way it handles - ugh for a person who likes sporty), and she got a very reliable car with every bell and whistle (for that year model) for 10K or less.
Elantras are cute.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:50 AM
 
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Elantras are cute.
So are hamsters.
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:13 PM
 
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Here's an answer. Get a Prius and super glue a BMW medallion to the front. Problem solved.
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:15 PM
 
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So, driving a BMW is not an experience? He is only ever, in his life, drive the car around Atlanta in rush hour traffic? Maybe he has an interest besides utilitarian in cars?



I have driven a Beemer a few time as rental cars. As much as their fan club likes to squeal over the things like so many teen-aged girls, they are not the end-all, be-all, epoch-shattering driving experience that people claim. Certainly not worth the extra expense it costs to buy, maintain, and ensure one.
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