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Old 09-20-2011, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I've realized something over the years- my tastes in vehicles is as broad as a Montana plain. EVENTUALLY (appx. a year) I'd like to add a second vehicle to my garage, in the place where my C6 Corvette used to be. I love looking at cars, weighing choices, and the ones I'm interested in are about as different as you can get.

Choice #1- 2008-2009 Corvette Convertible (I miss my C6) Only in red, blue, or yellow.


Choice #2- 2009-2011 Cadillac CTS Sedan. Only in diamond white or possibly red.


Choice #3- 2007-2008 Mercedes S550. Only in black.
http://image9.autorevo.com/3085/pics/3383159_f00287f0-9660-42f9-b088-a138f6eb8597.jpg (broken link)

Choice #4- 2008 Cadillac DTS Performace only in black w/ black grille.


I'm really all over the map when it comes to vehicles I wouldn't mind putting in my garage. Obviously it'll be a year or so before I can afford any one of them without a massive loan so I have plenty of time to research my options. But I feel like I'm going from one extreme ('Vette) to another (DTS). I appreciate what each vehicle is and what the capabilities of each are.

Anyone else have this problem looking at vehicles that are on extreme ends of the spectrum?
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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I love looking at cars, weighing choices, and the ones I'm interested in are about as different as you can get.

But I feel like I'm going from one extreme ('Vette) to another (DTS). I appreciate what each vehicle is and what the capabilities of each are.

Anyone else have this problem looking at vehicles that are on extreme ends of the spectrum?
I like your taste but I find those vehicle hardly extreme choices. They are very common vehicles IMO...I opt for the vette myself especially if I already have a 4 door vehicle big enough for the family.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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I wouldn't buy a used Merc (and especially one that going on 4-5yrs old) unless you have endless funds when it needs work done.

And I agree with the guy above. I'd call extreme looking at an HHR to a Leaf to a LFA.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:49 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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I test drove a new Civic and a new Silverado back to back and had a hard time deciding between the two. The only reasons I got the truck were that insurance was $40 a month less and it didn't have carpeting. I had no need for one (although it does get use now).
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I wouldn't buy a used Merc (and especially one that going on 4-5yrs old) unless you have endless funds when it needs work done.

And I agree with the guy above. I'd call extreme looking at an HHR to a Leaf to a LFA.
Not worried about the repair bills as long as it was maintained properly, one-owner, etc etc. I normally would go along with your line of thinking when suggesting one not buy a used German sedan but I guess I know I can swing repairs if need be.

The S550 is sort of my "I've arrived" vehicle. I love the presence and stately nature of the car. The DTS is such a bargain, easily had for less than $25K with low miles. My parents had an '06 and it was a nice vehicle albeit not in the league with others in the "new" price bracket.

The CTS and 'Vette are at the top of my list at the moment but as I said, it'll be a while before I get anything.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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Most of the S550 owners I know are leasing it and don't have the slightest clue on how to keep a car. It is just a status car. I would not risk buying a used one, having ridden in one, it is not so great either. Its neither sporty nor very cushy. Personally I will go with the 'vette. If this was going to be my primary car then the CTS is a good compromise.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Most of the S550 owners I know are leasing it and don't have the slightest clue on how to keep a car. It is just a status car. I would not risk buying a used one, having ridden in one, it is not so great either. Its neither sporty nor very cushy. Personally I will go with the 'vette. If this was going to be my primary car then the CTS is a good compromise.
Most I know also lease it or buy it outright and trade in every few years but everyone I know maintains their vehicles meticulously. I've ridden in one and thought it was pretty comfortable, I don't care how sporty it is.

It'll be a second car, my primary vehicle is a 2010 F-150.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Denver
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If it had the money to buy a Vette, I wouldn't. The 2011 CTS is looking like a great choice.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Don't worry, my stable is varied even more.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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if you look at the list of cars i've owned over the last 30 years, you'll see that I vary it up pretty good. From a 740iL to a Mini Cooper, from Pintos to Porsches. When I bought my Mustang, the short list was a Mini Cooper S convertible, a Jaguar XK8 and a 740i Sport model. And I went with the Mustang, which hadn't even been on the list.
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